Scott M. Shaw
Chief Executive Officer and President
Scott M. Shaw joined us in 2001 and currently serves as our President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Shaw has served on our board of directors from 2001 to 2006 and since July 2015. Prior to taking this position, Mr. Shaw served as President and Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development. Prior to joining Lincoln, Mr. Shaw was a partner at Stonington Partners, Inc., where he had been since 1994. As a partner at Stonington, Mr. Shaw was responsible for identifying, evaluating and acquiring companies and then assisting in the oversight of these companies through participation on the board of directors of acquired companies. In addition, Mr. Shaw worked closely with senior management to develop long-term strategic plans, to evaluate acquisitions and new investment opportunities, to assist with refinancing, and to execute on the final sale of the company either to the public or to another company. Mr. Shaw also served as a consultant to Merrill Lynch Capital Partners Inc., a private investment firm associated with Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., from 1994 through 2000. Mr. Shaw holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business and a B.A. from Duke University. His extensive financial and business management experience provides the board a unique perspective on the issues facing companies in our industry.
Brian K. Meyers
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Brian K. Meyer joined us in 2002 and currently serves as our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Mr. Meyers has more than 25 years of accounting and financial management experience. Prior to joining Lincoln, Mr. Meyers served as Vice President and Controller for Candie’s Inc. and began his career in 1989 with Richard A. Eisner (currently EisnerAmper LLP), a public accounting firm. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from Wagner College.
Stephen M. Buchenot
Executive Vice President of Campus Operations
Steve Buchenot has held various field and corporate positions since he joined Lincoln in May, 1992. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Campus Operations and oversees the operations of all campuses.
Steve entered the vocational training industry in 1982. During his thirty six years of service, he has held positions including Regional Controller, Campus President and Regional Operations Manager.
Over the years, he has participated and held positions on various State Associations including the Missouri Association of Private Career Schools and the Maryland Association of Private Career Schools.
Steve is a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Stephen E. Ace joined Lincoln in 2008 and currently holds the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer to which he was promoted in January of 2013. Previously, Mr. Ace was Vice President of Human Resources. He is responsible for HR processing and reporting activities, benefits offerings and administration, employee communications and relations, and talent acquisition and development. Before joining Lincoln, Mr. Ace held the position of VP of Human Resources with Education Management Corporation. Mr. Ace possesses over 20 years of experience in Human Resources within the proprietary, post-secondary education sector. Prior to his involvement in the Education sector, he held positions in store operations and managerial training with a major retail chain. Mr. Ace holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Grove City College.
Ami D. Bhandari
Senior Vice President of Education and Corporate Strategy
Ami Bhandari joined Lincoln in 2003 and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Education and Corporate Strategy. Ms. Bhandari leads the company’s educational, corporate strategy and product development efforts. She and her team focus on researching and developing new products, streamlining our business delivery models, leveraging education technology and ensuring faculty and administration have the skills, support and tools needed to deliver engaging and effective education. Ms. Bhandari’s earlier positions in the company include Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development and Vice President / Director of Planning, Analysis & Strategy. Her prior expertise lies in strategy development, structuring analyses, and evaluating data to solve problems that improve and optimize company results in areas ranging from program profitability, compliance and financial aid. Prior to joining Lincoln, Ms. Bhandari held positions as a Management Consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton and as an Operations Manager at Procter & Gamble. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
Alexandra M. Luster
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Alexandra M. Luster joined Lincoln in 1995 and currently serves as our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. When she was hired as Corporate Counsel, Lincoln was privately-held. During her tenure, she has seen the evolution of the company from a family-owned business, to its sale to a private equity group, and ultimately to becoming publicly traded. In her current position, Ms. Luster oversees the Legal and Regulatory Departments. Prior to joining Lincoln, she was employed as an associate by a boutique law firm in New York City. A member of the Association of Corporate Counsel, Ms. Luster received her B.A. in Communications from Fordham University and her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.
Senior Vice President of Student Financial Services
Rajat Shah joined Lincoln in 2002 and currently holds the position of SVP – Student Financial Services to which he was promoted in September 2014. He is responsible for overseeing Lincoln’s student financial aid operations as well as federal student aid regulatory reporting and compliance activities. During the course of his years with Lincoln, Mr. Shah has held numerous leadership roles overseeing our business office operations, acquisition and integration of new campuses and, most recently, institutional effectiveness and research. He is a member of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative and a regular member of various Technical Review Panels convened by the National Center of Education Statistics. Before joining Lincoln, Mr. Shah held the position of Audit Manager at Deloitte and served as an Economic Development Volunteer with the US Peace Corps in Honduras. Mr. Shah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Organizational Behavior from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Peter Tahinos joined Lincoln in 2013 and served as Vice President of Marketing for one year. After a one year absence, Mr. Tahinos rejoined Lincoln in 2015 as Senior Vice President of Marketing, the position he currently holds. Mr. Tahinos is responsible for aligning marketing strategies with sales and operations goals to ensure appropriate lead generation and brand positioning. He leads and directs a team of marketing professionals in those efforts which include oversight of strategic planning, digital and traditional marketing, creative development, public relations, promotional sponsorships and social media. Before joining Lincoln, he held the position of Senior Vice President of Marketing for Direct Auto Insurance from 2008 through 2013 and, prior to that, held the same position with Jackson Hewitt Tax Service from 1999 through 2008. Mr. Tahinos holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland.
Valerian J. Thomas
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Valerian J. Thomas joined Lincoln in 2010 and serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for the oversight of Lincoln’s information technology services, products and new strategic initiatives both at the corporate level and at Lincoln’s many campuses nationwide. Prior to joining Lincoln, he was the Chief Information Officer of LibGo Travel. In addition to the education and travel industry, Val has held several key leadership positions in the Finance, Internet, Engineering, and Pharmaceutical industries. His experience has provided wide ranging yet deep understanding of the research, development, operational and financial aspects of large and small information technology organizations. Val holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Business Analytics from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University.