Tony Caine is the visionary Founder of Summit 54. A native of Pittsburgh, he grew up in a blue-collar family where he was pushed by his 10th-grade-educated father to attend college. Tony went to Carnegie-Mellon University, where he played football and graduated with degrees in Economics and Mathematics in 1979. He spent the first 16 years of his professional career in the computer and software industries, including employment at Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computers and Trilogy Development Company. It was during these years that Tony began volunteering to help at-risk students and became alarmed at the obstacles and staggering graduation rates they faced. In 1990, he founded the first web browser, Spyglass, Inc., and served as the company’s first President and CEO. In 1995 Spyglass, Inc. was IPO’d and traded on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange until it was acquired by OpenTV five years later. Since retiring from the software industry, Tony has traded options and managed options accounts on a full-time basis. He founded Summit 54 in 2009 to help highly motivated students enrolled in under-resourced schools achieve the goal of attending and graduating from college. He is a firm believer that if one has a dollar or an hour to spare and truly wants to make a difference, there is no better place than in education.
Terri is the co-founder and trustee of Summit 54. Terri focuses on Summit 54’s work in the Roaring Fork RE-1 district, where she seeks to improve educational outcomes by focusing on bridging the achievement gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students. That focus led her to recruit Summer Advantage USA, a nationally renowned summer learning program to the district. “Addressing summer learning loss is one of the most effective strategies for impacting student achievement, particularly in communities where students lack the resources to enroll in their own quality summer programming.” Terri manages the Summit 54 sponsored Summer Advantage program in the RFV and is leading efforts to identify other initiatives to support children in the region. Terri also oversees other statewide programs of the foundation. Terri has a background in Journalism, public relations, marketing, sales and management. A graduate of University of California, San Diego, her first job was as a television reporter. She subsequently became PR Director for the Snowmass Resort Association and then Communications Director for the Aspen Skiing Company. She served as Senior VP for the Aspen Glen development company and was in charge of Marketing, Sales, and the PUD approval process. She then ran the Four Peaks Development sales office as managing broker before “retiring” to work in philanthropic activities. She serves on the Theatre Aspen Board, the Christmas Wish Board, and is the current president of the Aspen Rotary Club. She serves on the Aspen Country Day School Board of Trustees, the Theatre Aspen Board of Trustees, and as an Advisory Board Member of several educational organizations.
Ron Olsen is a seasoned entrepreneur with a variety of professional endeavors centered on building and growing companies. Ron’s passion for education is evidenced by his work as CEO with Remote-Learner, an e-learning platform company, his involvement with Metro State University of Denver’s Center for Innovation, and his commitment to Summit54 as an active member of its Board of Directors. Previous roles have included C-level responsibilities at angel and venture capital-backed start-ups, as well as investment management roles in both venture capital and family office firms. While a native of Southern California, Ron is pleased to have called Denver his home since 2007.
Nicole Tarumianz is the Program Manager for Summit 54. In addition to her responsibilities with Summit 54, Nicole helps coordinate logistics and communications between participating local schools, Summer Advantage and Mile High United Way. Nicole is excited to be returning to her roots. She started off her career as a teacher with Teach For America and has always had a passion for education. Nicole spent the last six years building two companies, one of which she sold and the other which Cirrus Fitness has acquired. For each of these she was responsible for and oversaw every aspect of the business including product development and branding, product sourcing, sales management, and logistics. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur Nicole worked in marketing and public relations for Aspen Skiing Company, she was the Communications Director at Promo Inc., a boutique public relations firm and Campaign Manager at Alexander Haas in Atlanta, GA, one of the nation’s leading fundraising consulting firms. Nicole graduated with honors from Denison University, Granville, Ohio.