Leadership
Our executive leadership brings the spirit and tactics of entrepreneurship to the problems—and opportunities—in our nation's system of education.
Dan Fisher, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of ECMC Group

Mr. Fisher is the primary legal advisor to the Corporation and affiliates, including its executive management team and board of directors. Mr. Fisher also provides executive oversight to the legal department, compliance department, and several shared services departments. In addition to ensuring the compliance with all laws and regulations, he has been critical in forming ECMC's national bankruptcy litigation strategy. He has argued appeals involving student loan dischargeability standards, due process matters and collection cost issues. He is admitted to practice in most federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Fisher also serves as the secretary for the ECMC Group Board of Directors.

Prior to joining ECMC in 2000, Mr. Fisher served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Judge Advocate for six years in Georgia and the Washington, D.C. area, where his primary focus was court-martial litigation.


Jan Hines, President and CEO of ECMC

In her role as president and chief executive officer of ECMC, Ms. Hines is responsible for the management and coordination of all Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) and guaranty agency program activities for ECMC. She also oversees our college access, trainings and outreach activities in the states where ECMC is the designated guarantor. Ms. Hines brings a wealth of operational and tactical experience to her position, including nearly 30 years in higher education finance.

Since 1994, the U.S. Department of Education has asked ECMC to play a critical role in phasing out insolvent guaranty agencies or agencies that wish to exit FFELP. Ms. Hines has worked with the Department and has led the conversion of portfolios from agencies in Virginia, Oregon, Connecticut, California, Tennessee and South Carolina. Each conversion has resulted in a timely transition of resources and uninterrupted services for borrowers, schools, lenders and servicers.

Ms. Hines currently serves on the board of directors of the National Council of Higher Education Resources.


Greg Van Guilder, Chief Financial Officer of ECMC Group

Greg Van Guilder is chief financial officer for ECMC Group. His responsibilities include treasury, investments, internal and external financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, financial operations, tax, budgeting, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Van Guilder joined ECMC Group in 1994 as a financial analyst, and during his tenure has held a number of key leadership positions in finance. From 1987 to 1994, he held a number of positions at the Higher Education Assistance Foundation in finance, information technology and operations.

In 2006, he was promoted to chief financial officer. During his tenure, ECMC Group’s revenues and operating margins have consistently improved.  Mr. Van Guilder plays an integral role in ECMC Group’s corporate strategy and he works closely with the ECMC Group Board of Directors and executive management team to help ECMC Group achieve its mission of helping students succeed.


Peter Taylor, President and CEO of Zenith Education Group; President of ECMC Foundation

Peter Taylor is the president and chief executive officer of Zenith Education Group and the president of ECMC Foundation. As president of ECMC Foundation, Mr. Taylor led more than $26 million of investments in initiatives that affect educational outcomes, especially among underserved populations, in the focus areas of teacher and leader development, college success, and career readiness. He also led the ongoing partnership between ECMC Foundation and Zenith that has thus far resulted in more than $6 million of ECMC Foundation grants to support Zenith initiatives since mid-2015.

Before joining ECMC Foundation, Mr. Taylor served as the executive vice president and chief financial officer for the University of California (UC) system. During his time at the UC system, Mr. Taylor oversaw all aspects of financial management at the ten campuses, five academic medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Previously, Mr. Taylor held senior positions in investment banking, including Barclays Capital where he served as managing director of public finance. His experience encompasses governmental work as well, which includes more than six years on the legislative staff of the California State Assembly Majority Leader.

Active in the community, Mr. Taylor sits on the board of the Kaiser Family Foundation, where he chairs the Investment Committee, and on the board of the California State University system last year, where he chairs the Finance Committee. He previously chaired the James Irvine Foundation board of directors for three years and the UCLA Foundation for two years, and was the alumni representative on the UC Board of Regents in the late 1990s. He also served on the board of the California Student Aid Commission in the early 2000s.


Sarah Strehl, Chief Administrative Officer of ECMC Shared Services Company; Chief Human Resources Officer of ECMC Group

Sarah Strehl joined ECMC Group in May 2015 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer (CHRO). In this capacity, Ms. Strehl is responsible for the human resources function and people-related processes, policies, and decisions for ECMC Group and its subsidiaries. In August 2016, Ms. Strehl was appointed by the ECMC Group Board of Directors to chief administrative officer (CAO) for ECMC Shared Services Company, in addition to her CHRO role. Her primary responsibilities as CAO are to provide overall leadership for the Shared Services departments to: ensure business needs are fully understood; develop and implement a resource allocation process; and ensure business clients receive the support services they require.

Prior to joining ECMC Group, Ms. Strehl was vice president of human resources in the for-profit higher education industry for several years. From 1998 to 2012, she served in various human resources roles at Cargill, Inc., including enterprise human resources leader, organization effectiveness practice leader, human resources process leader and human resources generalist.

Ms. Strehl has more than 18 years' experience in human resources, with more than 14 years in a leadership position. She leads with energy—creating an environment that enables individuals to fully utilize their talents to execute against the company's mission and drive value for the organization.

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