Programs for High School and Middle School Students

Envision Leadership

Envision is led by a highly motivated and experienced team of professionals in the education industry. Seasoned educators and proven business leaders have come together to create a portfolio of programs that encourage students to explore their interests and gain skills, knowledge and behaviors that will help them make the most of their college and career goals in a highly competitive 21st century.

John B. Richards

Chief Executive Officer

John B. Richards was named chief executive officer and director of Envision EMI in 2012, bringing more than 30 years of senior corporate leadership and marketing experience to the organization. Prior to joining Envision, Richards served as principal and managing director at The New England Consulting Group, a leading marketing management consulting firm.

Richards has held senior level posts at a number of well-known companies, including serving as CEO and director of Elizabeth Arden Red Door, Dean & Deluca and The Picture People. He was also president of North American Operations at Starbucks Coffee, executive vice president at Four Seasons Hotels and a consultant with McKinsey and Company.

Richards holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a Wharton Public Policy Fellow.

Jan Sikorsky, Ph.D.

Vice President, Education

Dr. Jan Sikorsky is a vice president of Education at Envision. Sikorsky has been with Envision and LeadAmerica, now part of Envision, for more than eight years, serving as director of academics responsible for science and skills development programs. Under his leadership, Envision’s science offerings have hosted more than 35,000 students, providing in-depth looks into future academic and career success. In addition to his work at Envision, Dr. Sikorsky holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Palm Beach State College, where he has taught courses on topics such as forensic investigation techniques, handling of biological evidence, and death investigation.

Dr. Sikorsky also serves on the National Science Teachers Association Committee on College Science Teaching – a committee charged with improving teaching practices of NSTA’s more than five thousand college educators.

Dr. Sikorsky holds his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and M.S. in Forensic Science from Marshall University, as well a B.S. in Medical Technology from Michigan State University.

Andrew H. Potter

Vice President, Education

As a vice president of Education at Envision, Andrew H. Potter oversees the development of curriculum, methods and pedagogy that provide learning experiences designed to deliver tangible college and career success multipliers.

A thought leader on federal education policy, student engagement, educational philosophy and instructional methodology leading to college readiness, Potter often speaks at educational institutions and professional organizations such as the National Council for the Social Studies, the Cushing Academy Symposium, the International Assembly for NCSS, the Association for Middle Level Education, and the Association for Experiential Education. He holds a delegate position with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), serving a second three-year term as Chairman of the Government Relations Committee. Recently, he was appointed to a national level steering committee focused on developing state level advocacy platforms in support of college, career and civic readiness.

Potter taught at the university and high school levels for more than a decade, offering courses in economics, philosophy, history and politics. He holds a B.A. in History and M.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations, with a minor in Modern Europe from Cal State University. He also earned his M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University while completing additional work in Semitic Languages at the University of Judaism in Bel Air.

Stephen Gessner, PhD

Advisor, Global Education

Dr. Stephen Gessner provides Envision with global education expertise, including serving as an advisor on building 21st century global skills into Envision programs and developing curriculum for international students. As a popular guest speaker at Envision programs, he most recently was on a college and career planning panel with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Army General Wesley Clark and journalist Bob Woodward at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Conference in Washington, DC.

An experienced educator, administrator, teacher, clinician and researcher specializing in gifted and talented programs and international education, Gessner is also the co-founder and president of The Council for International Culture and Education (CICE), an international educational and cultural organization. Previously, he served as chief academic officer of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), where he began as president of one of the organization’s subsidiaries, the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG). He also held positions as senior director of programs for the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins University, assistant and interim director of the University of Chicago Laboratory School and Head of the Sandy Spring Friends School in suburban Maryland.

He has held positions at the University of Chicago, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, Bennington College and the George School, and was founding senior program officer of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, an organization supporting educational innovation. He has also worked as a clinical psychologist and served on a number of national education boards. He is currently is the president of the Board of Education of Shelter Island, New York School District.

Dr. Gessner has been published in a number of notable publications including Education Week and the Stanford Law and Policy Review. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College, majoring in English literature, and holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago.

Marguerite Regan, PhD

Dean of Academic Affairs

As Envision’s Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Marguerite Regan has worked for more than 18 years developing age-appropriate curricula for elementary school, middle school, high school and college students across all of the organization’s programs.

Prior to joining Envision, Dr. Regan served as the policy analyst for the President’s Intergovernmental Advisory Council on Education, where she wrote reports, including a nationally-recognized piece on teacher education.

A former high school social studies teacher and department chairperson for the Chicago Public School system, she also wrote curricula that resulted in pilot projects and courses instituted into Chicago high schools. In addition, she chaired evaluation teams and drafted reports on curricula for high school accreditation.

Dr. Regan received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Purdue University, and has taught courses at the college level. A member of the National Council on Social Studies, she has been an annual presenter and has served on the Instruction Committee.