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Thomas Krause, President

Tom Krause, Ph.D. (Psychology) is the former chairman and co-founder of BST. For the past 30 years, he has been interested in leadership, culture, and organizational safety. In the last ten years, Dr. Krause has focused on coaching senior executive leaders. He holds a Masters Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and is serving on its Board of Governors.


Cathryn Krause, Treasurer and Secretary

Cathryn Krause was BST’s Chief Financial Officer for more than 20 years and brings her seasoned experience to this endeavor. In addition, she is actively involved in charitable activities, including great books and liberal education pursuits through The Agora Foundation, St. John’s College, and Thomas Aquinas College.


Paul O’Reilly, Vice President of Curriculum

Paul O’Reilly, Ph.D. (Philosophy) has taught at Thomas Aquinas College since 1989 and is currently the Vice President of Development. His interest in developing liberal education for a broad audience has culminated in writing, speaking, and conducting seminars for adults for many years.

Laura A. Seigle, Board Member


Andrew Gilman, Executive Director

Andrew Gilman M.A. (Liberal Arts) brings 25 years of experience in marketing, organizational functioning, and team leadership to the Foundation. He is a founding parent and former Board President of Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education and formerly the Director of Admissions and Outreach for Oak Grove School. Andy also serves on the boards of the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce and the  Ojai Storytelling Festival


Lois Rice, Board Member

A former Executive Vice President and Division Manager for Wells Fargo Bank, Lois has served on numerous boards including the L.A. County Museum of Art, Ketchum Downtown YMCA, and California State University, Channel Islands.


Karl Haigler, Board Member

 Karl Haigler has more than forty years of experience in workforce development, education, and human resources consulting and is a nationally-recognized expert in workplace and adult literacy. At the federal level (1985-1988), Karl served on the U.S. Secretary of Education’s senior staff as Director of the Adult Literacy Initiative and Director of Adult Education. From 1988 to 1991, Karl served as Special Advisor to Mississippi’s Governor on literacy and workforce development issues. 


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