Board of Directors

Mark Svorinic

Mark Svorinic joined Governet as a proponent of the development and implementation of educational technology solutions with more than 25 years experience in the field. Having started as a secondary school educator specializing in Business and Technology Education in the early 1980s, Mr. Svorinic recognized that emergent technologies would inevitably impact the learning arena and leveraged his knowledge of education and technology to bring forth the inclusion of computer assisted and delivered learning from the school districts in his home state of Arizona to international projects literally spanning the globe. Taking on the role of District Technology Coordinator for the school system, he crafted this vision into a reality by moving the schools into a technology rich environment long before the trend towards educational technology was affected across the United States. He continued to drive the trend in Arizona when he became the Director for Academic Technology Services in the Tempe Union school district, a position he held through the educational technological watershed decade of the 1990s.

Since then, Mr. Svorinic has held senior executive positions at Cisco Learning Institute, Pearson Digital Learning, and Pinnacle Education, Inc.

Janice Johnson, Ed.D.

Experienced in employing transformative relationship building that will enable cultural changes that increase opportunities for all people to succeed. Adept at developing positive and collaborative relationships with people and partnerships with agencies and communities. Skilled at creating and implementing strategic plans, professional development, and performance-based management systems to ensure progress, achievement, and success. Exceptional proficiency in developing and implementing mission-based advancement strategies, establishing and expanding organizational identity, planning innovative programs and events, communicating effectively with constituent groups, and leading organizational change.

  • Ed.D. Educational Leadership Arizona State University, 1995
  • M.A. Counseling and Psychology University of Pacific 1980
  • B.A. Liberal Studies University of Pacific 1979

Gary Coraggio

Gary Coraggio is the Director of Business Development for Tallwave in Scottsdale, Arizona. Coraggio has a proven track record as a sales and marketing leader with over 20 years experience in the healthcare and healthcare technology sectors.

Career highlights include championing the development, branding, market launch, and sales of an innovative new healthcare product producing over $1 million in sales revenues during the first year, and overseeing a 60-person sales team generating $60 million in annual revenues. Gary was also featured on CNBC as a thought leader in the area of medical-grade disposable examination gloves.

Gary’s positive, collaborative approach serves him well in business as well as outside of work, where he has been a high school basketball coach for the last 23 years. Gary also enjoys spending time outside of work with his wife and three children.

Gary holds a BA in organizational communication from Arizona State University.

Gary Kaasa

Gary Kaasa provides on-going strategic consulting services for RIESTER public affairs. He has led campaigns and public affairs with a particular focus on research, message, outreach and development of strategic plans. As an active player in Arizona public affairs arena for more than 30 years, Gary has consulted on a wide variety of public affairs projects and numerous ballot campaigns such as local bond measures and local and statewide initiatives.

Gary has provided strategic plans, timelines, budgets, message development and programs for citizen outreach and successful independent funding for candidate campaigns including school board, city council, mayoral, legislative, secretary of state, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. He has provided support, advice and direction for clients such as the City of Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Maricopa Community Colleges, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), City of Glendale, Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, the United Phoenix Fire Fighters and Resolution Copper.

A former educator, Gary was an Economics and Advanced Placement Economics teacher in the Paradise Valley School District.  Gary holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Marketing and teaching certificate from the University of Arizona.