Charlie Bufalino is Rocketship's Online Learning Specialist. Rocketship is a network of public elementary charter schools serving primarily low-income students that
employs a hybrid school model. With this model, traditional class time is coupled with individualized, online learning. Charlie was drawn to Rocketship's mission of closing the achievement gap due to his concern with the systemic effects of poverty on society and education's role in alleviating these ills. In this role his responsibilities include researching new online curricula, conducting trials of new programs, communicating with teachers about online data, aiding in the design of online data reports, and pushing vendors to make enhancements to their programs to better meet Rocketship's students' needs. Charlie has worked with many online vendors and continues to explore new vendor relationships throughout the educational technology industry.
Charlie also manages Rocketship's Growth & Policy division.
He graduated with honors from Pomona College with a bachelor's degree in History.
Chip Fesko is the Senior Director of Advertising for the George Lucas Educational Foundation and their web site, Edutopia.org.
He has been in education publishing and advertising since 1989. He has worked for Highlights for Children, Teaching K-8 Magazine, and many Scholastic Magazines such as Instructor and Scholastic Administrator.
He has a masters degree in Communications from S.I. Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in History from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
A pioneer in the computer industry, Mr. Gavarini has a Master of Science and a Master of Applied Mathematics from the University of Lyon in France. He also has a post graduate Engineering diploma from the Ecole Superieure d' Electricite in Paris (ESE), one of the most highly regarded engineering schools in Europe.
Mr. Gavarini started his career as Professor at the ESE. He built a computer language widely used in France and implemented the first time-sharing system in Europe.
Hired by Bill Hewlett, Mr. Gavarini was instrumental in the development of Hewlett Packard in various places in Europe and in the U.S.
Mr. Gavarini then built a very successful marketing support organization in Europe for Data General.
Joining a new start-up venture on the East Coast, Vydec, he then led the development and market introduction of one of the very first and most successful word processors. Exxon acquired Vydec and named Mr. Gavarini Vice-President. Mr. Gavarini also held the position of President of the French subsidiary.
In 1986, Mr. Gavarini joined Apple Computer in Cupertino. He introduced the ARM technology to the company. He was instrumental in the development of key technologies such as MPEG and the ARM RISC microprocessor for Apple. The ARM became the core of the iPhone and iPad.
Mr. Gavarini founded Api-Link Corp., a venture software company producing and distributing an interconnectivity package for mainframe computers. He developed the business model for the company and obtained financing agreements from two of the major VC groups in the Silicon Valley.
Most recently, Mr. Gavarini founded Loxxar, Inc., an enterprise software company based on an asp model.
Mr. Gavarini is the author of 13 books and holds two software patents.
As a veteran CMO/VP of Marketing with over 25 years of experience with high-tech firms in Silicon Valley, he adds valuable perspective and insights as strategies and messages are developed.
Bob's high-tech career started with Informix, where prior to taking the role of VP of Corporate Marketing he held management positions in both sales and strategic planning. When he moved into his marketing role, he guided a two-year effort to improve the market perception of Informix that culminated with the company being recognized as the new technology leader in the relational database space by Gartner Group and other industry organizations.
Following Informix, Bob served as CMO/Senior VP of Marketing for a number of companies that were all successfully acquired including Visigenic Software (acquired by Borland), SQRIBE Software (acquired by Brio Software), and InQuira (acquired by Oracle).
Today, Bob enjoys advising a wide-range of high-tech companies on ways they can improve their strategies for addressing the marketplace.