Our Roots are in Public Education

Abre grew from a need. As classrooms filled with Chromebooks and students had more access to edtech, we noticed that many of the software solutions were messy.
We faced countless logins, siloed data, terrible UI/UX, and increasing confusion among different users. We were missing the simplicity. We wanted a one stop shop for our learning community.

So we created it.


Innovation in a School Setting

Abre started in a public school district. We began small, with just two Abre Apps. With constant feedback and helpful guidance, we grew our app offerings.

Abre is quite literally made by educators. Our founders have years of experience teaching and holding administrative leadership in education.

Our mission is to open learning communities by connecting what matters.

Through consolidated solutions and meaningful connections, we ignite the aha moments that open the future for the whole child and the community.

Our Values

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    Be Open

    We love and encourage new ideas, learnings, and connections that lead to better outcomes

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    Client Obsessed

    We’re not just proximate to those we serve, but we engage in active listening to shape what we do next

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    Innovation Driven

    We’re not afraid to experiment or fail and strive to deliver new value to the market frequently

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    Exceed Expectations

    We flourish when we overdeliver on our promises for external and internal partners

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    Always Transparent

    Growth occurs when stakeholders are trusted and empowered with knowledge they need to thrive

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    Constantly Flexible

    Like our platform, we’re adaptive to the ever evolving market and those that depend on us

Company Leadership

We are educators and technologists with decades of experience in both the classroom and the boardroom.

  • Kelly Havens

    SVP of Finance & Operations

    Fueled by helping technology companies maximize their growth and impact opportunity, Kelly has spent 15 years leading finance and operations teams at some of the most successful organizations. As a native to the Pacific Northwest, Kelly enjoys staying active outdoors with her family and enjoying a good glass of wine while reading a great book.

  • Ashley Keating


    Ashley is the CFO of CincyTech and helps venture-backed companies navigate from seed through growth stage. As a working mom, she is well aware of the messy edtech experience most parents and teachers have to navigate. She's excited for Abre being well-positioned to simplify edtech for all stakeholders.

  • Nicole King

    SVP of Business Development

    With more than 20 years of experience as an educator and EdTech leader, Nicole is a passionate advocate for change and innovation. Nicole embraces opportunities to partner with local, state, and national leaders to ensure each and every student is set up for success in school and life. Nicole loves mentoring women of color, traveling, and spending time with her family.

  • Christie Madsen

    SVP of Client Experience

    Christie is a former elementary and middle school teacher who has spent more than a decade building and scaling customer-facing teams. She's inspired to support educators effectively leverage technology to solve real and pressing challenges with a sharp focus on driving customer outcomes and surpassing expectations. In her free time, she enjoys staying active in the Utah mountains, rivers, and parks with her family, listening to a variety of podcast genres, and reading a good thriller.

  • Paula Reed


    Paula is the President & CEO of BizEducation Consulting, Inc. where she helps EdTech companies strategize and scale success across their go-to-market, sales, and marketing functions. Previously she held leadership positions at Discovery Education, Educational Services of America, and University of Maryland. She resides in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Tony. When she's not consulting EdTech companies she enjoys ready, traveling, and spending time with family.

  • Chris Rose

    Co-Founder | SVP of Product | Board

    As a former high school math teacher, Chris taught Algebra and Pre-Calculus and understands the challenges of the classroom. Chris has a passion for providing educators with good design, engineering, and development to help them better serve students.

  • James Stoffer

    CEO | Board

    With a passion of leading and scaling social impact companies, James has spent nearly 20 years in education technology. James loves coaching, learning, traveling, skiing, and making awesome memories with friends and family.

  • Zach Vander Veen

    Co-Founder | SVP of Innovation and Outcomes

    Zach's worn many hats in education including History Teacher, Technology Coach, Administrator, and Director of Technology. Zach loves learning, teaching, traveling, and seeking adventures with his family.