R. Kyle Jones, President and Founder
Growing up in Claremore, Oklahoma, the home of essayist and humorist Will Rogers, gave Kyle Jones an early foundation of solid values that have informed his professional career and his personal life. He chose to move east to attend Harvard College, earning a degree in psychology with a special emphasis on organizational development, thus advancing his understanding and insight into the complex interactions of individuals, especially in diverse settings.
In his current role at Lawrence Academy, Kyle relies heavily on the management skills he learned not only at Harvard, but also at Babson College, where he earned an MBA with honors. At Babson he excelled among a small group of professionals accepted into the specialty track called “Managing the Technology-Intensive Enterprise.” At Lawrence Academy, a leading member of the New England Independent Schools Association, he has been instrumental in bridging not only the interests, aspirations and requirements of multiple interest groups, but also the fiscal realities and constraints of the budget planning process. Since 1998, he has been instrumental in creating and executing the roadmap that has built an up-to-date infrastructure that enhances the administration and educational mission of the Academy.
Kyle Jones carries with him a passion for the educational process and an understanding of its importance in raising not just individual achievement but in solving a host of world problems. Perhaps this seems like an ambitious goal, but it rises from a strongly held belief.
To advance these ideals, Kyle has founded EduSophia, a not-for-profit organization, the mission of which is to bring together leading individuals from educational, technology, and organizational development backgrounds to examine ways in which technology can be brought to bear in the solution of educational problems. Kyle has said, “The new Knowledge Economy has fundamentally transformed the ways in which we think about information, knowledge, and even our economy. Larger amounts of information, though, do not in and of themselves lead to deeper wisdom and understanding. In the end, technology is just a tool, and it is up to us – as educators, researchers, businesspersons, and technologists – to use that tool to transform our universe.”
Breaking the pattern of isolation between the worlds of education, technology, and management science is a grand undertaking that will require creative thinking. It is not the goal of EduSophia to abandon tried and true practices and solutions in the academic world. The foundation seeks to advance knowledge through the contribution of new ideas that synthesize the best of modern thinking in decision theory, organizational development, learning, and technology. Kyle believes that there is a unique opportunity in this time and space to contribute solutions to effectively target individual and group achievement through the educational process.
Kyle Jones makes his home in New Hampshire with his wife, Chiharu, and their comical miniature dachshund, Max. He is an avid student and practitioner of the art of bonsai. Throughout all of his endeavors, he carries with him a strong belief in the values of humility, self-reliance, and remaining true to oneself.
Jonathan Wason, Vice President
Jonathan Wason grew up in New Hampshire and went on to attend Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in Economics. He began his career as a Business Intelligence Consultant managing project teams to help clients design, develop and implement techonology and processes to make better use of their data. He then shifted into a more strategic role, working as an IT Transformation Consultant where he aided lead project teams and advised executives in areas of business intelligence, IT organization, governance and portfolio management.
Currently, Jonathan works for a Boston investment firm in their technology group where he leads systems analysis and works to develop and implement technology solutions that address complex business problems. He helps drive strategy discussions with business groups to assist in overcoming business process issues in concert with technological solutions.
Although he is involved in technology in his daily professional life, Jonathan’s involvement with the EduSophia Foundation allows him to look at the role of technology in very different ways. He has a keen interest in the use of technology in education. He is excited to work toward connecting schools, teachers, students and technologists together to increase knowledge sharing and awareness of beneficial technology and hopes that this discourse will lead to more effective use of technology and better integration into the learning environment.
Jonathan resides in Boston with his wife and enjoys skiing, sailing and scuba diving.
Peggy Trivilino, Treasurer
Peggy L. Trivilino, a resident of Nashua, New Hampshire, was raised in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts and attended the Academy of Notre Dame in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English/Philosophy at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, and a Master of Education from Rivier College in Nashua. Peggy is the mother of one son, Matt, who is married and currently practices law with Upton & Hatfield in Concord, New Hampshire.
Peggy is now retired from a twenty-five year career in Special Education. She is self-employed as a private consultant and advocate for educationally disabled students and their families. During her teaching career, Peggy worked with students at all grade levels — from kindergarten through high school — who were identified as having severe learning disabilities and/or behavioral and emotional disorders.
Peggy is heavily involved in civic activities, which include the Board of Directors of EduSophia, the Board of Directors for her condominium community, and the Nashua Planning Board. Peggy is also a member of the Merrimack Concert Association’s Choral Group, the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Nashaway Chapter of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, the Merrimack Library Book Club , and Grace Episcopal Church in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The common thread running through every effort and accomplishment in each season of Peggy’s life has been learning and teaching. Every step of her way she has learned at least as much as she has taught and says she is still learning and teaching. At this point in her life, Peggy says education is no longer something she does; it is who she is.