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MISSION:  The Partnership for Innovation in Education (PIE) develops innovative education programs which accelerate academic achievement, workforce readiness and economic development.

VISION:  Begin solving tomorrow’s challenges today.

PIE programs use proprietary content interwoven with art, music, international economics, app development, production, design, robotics, medical arts, wellness, strategy, ethics, analytics, finance and marketing.

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  • App Incubator
  • STEM2STEAM (art)
  • STEMFit (health)

Benchmark assessments show significant, double-digit academic achievement, increased attendance, and heightened student engagement across subject areas. Launched in Ohio and Kentucky, PIE programs are expanding across the United States.

A 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, PIE:

  • Develops innovative technology-based initiatives to accelerate academic achievement, workforce readiness, and economic development.
  • Facilitates entrepreneurial discussions about educational service delivery at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Connects knowledge leaders, concerned citizens, educators, administrators, non-profit organizations, business communities and government leaders to discuss best-practices to achieve academic success.
  • “PIE provides our K-12 students with real-world STEM learning opportunities, learning tools to enter the future, and resources to promote hands on career exploration,” says PIE CEO Mary Welsh Schlueter. “We provide a dynamic curriculum with authentic experiences enabling schools to become incubators and engines of growth for our communities.”

Visit the Edu-preneurship Page to find out how you can begin solving tomorrow’s challenges today.

Mary Welsh Schlueter serves as Founder and Chief Executive Officer for Innovation in Education. Please see her background at “Founder’s Biography”.

Board Members

The Board, with the chief executive, serves as a think tank for PIE’s programs and initiatives. They represent significant professional experience in education, business, economic development, government, and nonprofit management.

Dorothy Battle

Jackie Baumgartner

Jackie, owner of Grants, Etc. is a development consultant specializing in grant-writing, fundraising, and annual report creation for non-profit organizations. Jackie became a development consultant after a career as an Event Specialist, Product Manager, and Development Director. Focused in the areas of human service and the arts, Jackie has written a variety of grants for private and public foundations as well as government programs resulting in over $850,000 in funds for the Center for Independent Living Options and the Art Beyond Boundaries gallery. She works closely with her clients to ensure maximum effectiveness and efficiency. Jackie has worked with Bluegrass for Babies, Inc., an all volunteer non-profit organization to raise $45,000 for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She resides with her husband and two children in Mt. Lookout and is also very active in her church community.(

Andrew Benson

Andrew is currently Executive Director of Smarter Schools, a non-profit consulting organization focused on improving efficiency and effectiveness of education. The organization aids states, districts and schools to devise strategies to improve educational outcomes with existing resources.

Benson has spent a decade working on education reform for KnowledgeWorks Foundation. He was most recently Vice President of KnowledgeWorks and Executive Director of Ohio Education Matters.

He spearheaded the statewide Ohio Smart Schools effort to improve efficiency and effectiveness of K-12 education in the state, which ushered in state legislative and policy change over the past three years to advance shared services, blending and digital learning, benchmarking, and innovation. He has supported the state, three governors and four state superintendents, on numerous reform efforts, including the Ohio Race to the Top grant proposal (2010), the Governor’s Institute on Creativity and Innovation in Education (2009), the Governor’s Transition Committee for Higher Education (2006) and the State Board’s High School Task Force (2004-05).

He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Ohio State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University.

Eve Bolton

Eve is a current President of the Cincinnati Public School Board of Education. She served as a master teacher during her 35 years with the Wyoming City Schools, and was elected Wyoming Teacher’s Union President. During her teaching tenure, Eve’s students ranked #1 in the Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics category across the world. Politically active herself, Eve also served as the first woman elected to executive office in Hamilton County as County Recorder.

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Dorothy Corbett

Dorothy serves as Vice President, Law for the Energy, Sterilmed and Sedasys business divisions of Johnson & Johnson. She was formerly Associate General Counsel for Duke Energy, Inc. Before that, Dorothy was in private practice in Cincinnati law firms for almost 10 years. She has volunteered as a truancy mediator in Cincinnati Public Schools and also volunteered through the Junior League of Cincinnati at the former Washington Park Elementary. She received her J.D. from Georgetown University and her A.B. from Harvard.(

Timothy C. Ferguson

Tim is the Associate Provost for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Northern Kentucky University. As CIO since 2007, Tim is responsible for the technology infrastructure, application management and development, help desk, telecommunication, network, mobile and web areas.

In addition, Tim leads the Center for Applied Informatics (CAI),, CAI is a technology collaboration platform and is part of the College of Informatics. CAI was established to work on technology innovations that will assist international companies in being competitive in a global technology driven marketplace. This innovative research includes social, web and leadership in mobile app development for iPhone, iPad, android and many other platforms. The CAI has produced award winning apps with great partnerships allover the world.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from NKU where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Dave Hatter

Dave has over 20 years of programming and consulting experience, numerous industry certifications and a BS in information systems from NKU. He’s a learning junkie and is especially good at bridging the gap between business and technology, solving wicked problems and delivering creative, effective software solutions. Additionally, he has written or contributed to 12 books and written more than 100 articles for various publications like the Cincinnati Business Courier, the Boston Business Journal and the Kentucky Post.

Dave is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class 35, Leadership Kentucky, Leadership Northern Kentucky and is a member of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Forty Under 40”, Class of 2003. He was named the NKU Outstanding Alumnus, College of Informatics in 2006 and NKU Young Alumnus in 1997.

Dave feels strongly about community service and stays active in the community through service on various boards and organizations including the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Cincinnati Better Business Bureau, and he is an 8th term member of the Fort Wright Kentucky City Council. Dave can also be seen as a regular guest on WXIX (Fox19) where he provides technology advice as the station’s tech expert.

Kathy Ovens

Kathy is vice president of organizational effectiveness for Hobsons. She is directly responsible for all HR and corporate services functions in the United States, with strategic global responsibility for talent management and organizational effectiveness.

Hobsons helps educators, administrators, students, and families maximize success through every stage of the learning lifecycle. Prior to joining Hobsons, Kathy spent 20 years at Chiquita Brands International, ultimately serving as HR Business Partner for the North American business unit. During her time at Chiquita, Kathy had the opportunity to live in several cities in the United States, and also had assignments in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Antwerp, Belgium.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a certification in elementary education from Gettysburg College.

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Margaret “Peg” Wyant

As the first highest ranking woman a the Procter & Gamble Company, she developed P&G’s strategic planning and acquisition group, and helped lead the Company into new business areas, notably beauty and healthcare, and new approaches such as acquisition, divestitures, and global planning.

In 1999, she founded Isabella Capital (, one of the first and most successful venture firms targeted to invest in women-led companies.

Peg serves as CEO at Grandin Properties ( which she founded in 1989. Grandin is a real estate management and development company focused on urban, walkable neighborhoods.

Peg holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Smith College where she graduated magna cum laude. She is a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement recipient, and an honoree of Speaking of Women’s Health.