Isis Parenting is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of individuals with a wide range of investments and operating experience. The group meets regularly to advance the strategic objectives and vision of Isis.
Heather Coughlin was named CEO of Isis Parenting in 2011 after two years serving as Isis’ Vice President, Business Development. Heather joined Isis after many years as a loyal Isis client with a desire to help the founding team prepare for growth. Before Isis, Heather spent nine years at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where she most recently helped launch a start-up venture, Hudson Street, which created a new distribution model for the investment research industry. Prior to this role, Heather worked in the Goldman Sachs institutional equity sales division. She began her career at The Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. where she managed a sales territory and institutional relationships. Heather has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. When not working with the Isis team, she is busy with her husband, their two young children, Liam & Reagan, and their hamster “Zippy”.
Gregory T. Glarner
Greg Glarner is a Venture Partner for Affinity Capital. Previously he was an Associate with Validus Partners, a health care focused venture capital group. He has been involved in health care venture capital since 1999. Greg also has significant legal experience in several different areas of law and is admitted to the Minnesota Bar. He has a JD from the University of Minnesota Law School and a BS from Marquette University.
Grant Gund is a managing partner of Coppermine Capital. Prior to joining Coppermine, Grant worked at Megunticook Management, a Boston-based venture capital firm. While at Megunticook, he served on the Boards of Carescout, Choicelinx, Data TV Networks and Digital Reliance. Grant was previously general manager of Aware Records, an independent record label in Chicago. Grant is currently serving on the Boards of Agile Magnetics, APS Novastar, BakeFresh, City Pro Group and Fire Suppression Systems. He received a BA from the University of Vermont and earned an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Grant is a Trustee of Groton School and Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.
Nicco Mele is a leading expert in the integration of social media and Web 2.0 with politics, business and communications. As the webmaster for Governor Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential race, Nicco and the campaign team pioneered the use of technology and social media that revolutionized political fundraising and American politics. Later that year, Nicco founded EchoDitto. Through EchoDitto, Nicco continues to consult with Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit groups. Now an adjunct faculty at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Nicco teaches graduate level classes on the internet and politics. In 2009, Nicco was named the Spring 2009 Visiting Edward R. Murrow Distinguished Lecturer at the Harvard Shorenstein Center for the study of Press, Politics and Public Policy. Nicco also co-founded GeniusRocket.com, which used the internet to change the advertising concept by soliciting creative online in an open and collaborative process. He also launched ProxyDemocracy.com, an online resource for proxy voting and shareholder resolutions.
Jane Pemberton is an Operating Advisor and CEO in Residence at North Castle Partners with over 20 years of branded multi-channel, lifestyle and consumer products experience. A consumer-focused and growth driven operator, Jane has held a number of senior level operating roles for market leading companies including The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, Gaiam and Mommy & Me Company. Jane was formerly the Worldwide Divisional President of Gaiam, Inc., a $220 million lifestyle media company dedicated to personal health and well-being. She is credited with transforming the former "green" catalog company into the leading multi-channel healthy living lifestyle brand, overseeing its retail, direct-to-consumer ecommerce, and infomercial business. During her tenure at Gaiam, she oversaw the production of over 500 hours of award-winning programming, launched 150 branded health & wellness consumer products, built a 68,000-strong retail distribution network and secured placement of 5,800 branded store-within-stores. Jane was also responsible for revitalizing the Billy Blanks and Firm brands through Direct Response Television and the establishment of paid web communities. Jane first harnessed the social power of the internet at The Mommy & Me Company as President, where she conceived, built and launched the nation's first, and still largest, online community of parent/child classes. In addition to her role as Chairman of the Board at Isis Parenting, Jane currently serves on the Board of Directors for Performance Bicycle. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, where she received her Bachelor of Arts.
Mark J. Schwartz
Mark Schwartz founded Palladin Capital Group in 1998 and has taken on a number of roles in the Companies in which he has invested, including those of CEO, Chairman, and active board member. He merged the Palladin organization into Gordon Brothers Group in 2002, becoming President and then CEO. Gordon Brothers achieved record results and doubled in value under Mr. Schwartz's leadership. He sold his ownership position in Gordon Brothers in 2009 and is now refocusing Palladin on core investments, loans and restructurings. In addition to managing Gordon Brothers Group from 2002 to 2009, Mr. Schwartz started and became CEO of GB Investment Management Group and GB Merchant Partners, raising more than $500 million of institutional capital deployed in more than 30 transactions. Mr. Schwartz also served as Chairman and Chief Executive of Nine West Group; was President of Rosecliff, a New York-based buyout firm; was a Director of the Investment Banking Division of Merrill Lynch; and was an officer of Manufactures Hanover Trust, Co. and Manufacturers Hanover Limited. Other public and private companies where Mr. Schwartz has served as the Chairman or a Director include Restoration Hardware, Clair de Lune, Spencer Gifts, Como Fred David, Party America, Laura Secord, Marketmax (currently a division of SAS), Jones Apparel Group, Murray's Discount Auto Stores, Government Services Property, Inc, and Vermont Castings. He currently is Chairman of Arnotts in Dublin, a Director of Things Remembered, a Trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Big Apple Circus and an Advisory Board Member of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative at the Wharton School. Mr. Schwartz earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeremy M. Sclar
Jeremy Sclar is President of W/S Development Associates, a real estate development and management company based in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Jeremy is a graduate of Bates College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston as well as the Boards of Directors of Bates College and he is a member of the Board of Overseers for the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. Jeremy is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of Waynflete School in Portland, Maine and the Board of Directors of The Chestnut Hill School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and is actively involved with a number of charitable organizations.