"I am an educator, inventor, disruptor— I believe that we can change the world for the better through entrepreneurship. Real change in education will take vision and the will to build new operations and systems. We choose true disruption, and the path that is less traveled.”
Dr. Kevin Berkopes, CRE CEO and Founder, has been experimenting with the operating system of how education is designed and deployed for over 15 years. His pragmatic approach to education was built through experience, teaching at all levels of the US Education system.. Kevin has received numerous national awards for his research and leadership, including the prestigious Indianapolis Business Journal Forty Under 40 award in 2018.
Dr. Berkopes studied applied and theoretical mathematics while continuing to extend his professional teaching experiences. His academic work culminated in a PhD from Purdue University in 2014. The Learning Commons model began as the model for proving the value of peer-to-peer engagement and tutoring, but has since evolved to the operating system for a solution to the mathematics crisis in America. For 6 years, Dr. Berkopes experimented with the Learning Commons model in Higher Education alongside a talented team of undergraduate and graduate students. The success of this work led to the creation of Crossroads Education in 2016 and has now scaled to work in the entire K-16 sector in Indiana.
The evolution of Dr. Berkopes’ career is built on fundamental beliefs in equity and the right of all children to have access to high quality education and experiences. The original Crossroads Education has now become a portfolio of companies that deploy tech enabled platforms and professional services for all types of content domains, including still mathematics.
Marian Bibb, Executive Director, has been helping shape the culture and development of Crossroads since its inception as the first CRE employee. In Marian’s current role as Executive Director she is focusing on the development and integration of new Crossroads projects, strategizing company growth and processes, managing and training managers, and the development of Crossroads’ values and culture.
Marian’s responsibilities at Crossroads started as a Field Experience Designer, where she conducted client-based research projects, designed spaces, and conducted personal development training. Her role then shifted to Field Director, where she worked as a Learning Commons Director (LCD) and helped develop the tutor training program and Learning Commons model. As an LCD Manager, and later the LC Executive Director, she continued developing the Learning Commons model, managed client relationships, and trained and managed LCDs.
Marian graduated from Purdue University-Indianapolis with a Bachelors in Mathematics and a Minor in Secondary Education. During her undergrad, she worked with Kevin Berkopes at the Mathematics Assistance Center, where she was an Assistant Manager overseeing 100+ employees. During this time she developed educational materials, trained student tutors, and offered mathematics tutoring herself. Marian also has experience in sales, administrative directorship, teaching middle and high school math, and creating interactive elearning courses.
Marian is passionate about education and serving those who are under-resourced; in addition to her work experience, she has also spent time volunteering at her church and has served as an academic mentor in community programs.
As Chief Administrative Officer, Andrew Salmon is responsible for the overall strategic function of the company. He works closely with the CEO, Dr. Kevin Berkopes, to align the company’s vision with a strategic roadmap for execution and align priorities in all departments of the company. Andrew came to Crossroads with a career background in real estate and construction project management. While in project management, he worked on unique and challenging projects throughout the country for two of the largest general contractors in the U.S., where he learned the meaning and value of operational excellence.
As a disengaged student during my K-12 school experience, he has always been passionate about finding ways for disengaged students to connect with their education and unlock their potential. He first became involved with Crossroads Education in 2017 when he met the Dr. Kevin Berkopes, at a high school where he was mentoring students. He continued involvement at Crossroads as a thought partner and eventually joined Crossroads full time as an executive partner in 2020.
When not working at Crossroads, Andrew works at my most important and challenging job, which is being a present and loving husband and father of two energetic boys. The Salmon family attend mass at St. Malachy in Brownsburg, and maintain ambitious goals of DIY home improvement.
Nickolas Williams is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Indiana University— Bloomington receiving his Bachelor of Science in Sports Marketing and Management and his Master of Science in Sports Management and Administration. Nickolas Williams joins Crossroads Education as the Chief Revenue Officer where he is responsible for business development, sales, and marketing.
Nickolas has a diverse background in sales, business development, and fundraising. Most recently, Nickolas served as the Senior Philanthropy Analyst/Senior Major Gift Officer at the Indiana University Health Foundation. At the IU Health Foundation, he raised philanthropic funds for the various diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as hospital service lines such as the Neuroscience, and Transplant departments. Prior to joining IU Health, Nickolas was the Sr. Associate Director of Regional Development for the Indiana University Foundation. He was responsible for cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding Indiana University (IU Bloomington, IUPUI, and the six regional campuses) alumni both locally and nationally. His local region included Boone County, Hendricks County, Marion County, and Tippecanoe County. Nationally, Nickolas covered the Atlantic Coast: Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Additionally, he was responsible for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA) development initiatives for the foundation.
Before joining the Indiana University Foundation, Nickolas worked in political fundraising for several years. He first served on the Melina Kennedy for Indianapolis mayoral campaign, and then more recently, worked on the Joe Donnelly for Indiana US Senate campaign. Prior to his experience in politics, Nickolas worked in athletics. His experience includes working for Purdue Sports Properties, a partner of Learfield Sports, the Black Coaches Association, and USA Track & Field.
Currently, Nickolas spends much of his time volunteering with several not-for-profits and civic organizations. He sits on the Board of Directors for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, serves as the Polemarch (President) for the Indianapolis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, selected as an Indiana Representative for the US Global Leadership Coalition, and volunteers time for the Exchange, the young professional affiliate of the Indianapolis Urban League. Furthermore, Nickolas is a Leadership Indianapolis Alum through Class XLI of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. Nickolas was also recently recognized by the IBJ as Forty under 40.