At rpk GROUP, each of our team members brings a unique breadth and depth to the lens of organizational transformation. Together, they help leaders and teams create safe spaces where difficult decisions can be made through data-informed, strategically framed dialogue. Each of our team members brings significant experience serving higher education, nonprofits and for-profit companies. They have “sat in the chair” and understand the challenges facing your organization today, as well as the solutions that are now transforming the industry.

Rick Staisloff

Senior Partner

Rick Staisloff is the founder and senior partner of rpk GROUP. In this role, he oversees the firm’s growth strategy and operations. Rick has been a leading voice in the development of sustainable business models for higher education, working closely with the American Council on Education, the Association of Governing Boards, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, NACUBO, and others to develop a new language and new metrics around cost, price, and finance issues for the higher education sector.

Lisa Clarke


A member of the rpk team since its founding in 2010, Lisa manages the firm’s Administrative Services Review projects, which enable institutions and systems to streamline services, reduce cost and reinvest in the services that impact student success. Lisa often serves in advisory and embedded roles with rpk’s clients, joining as a senior team finance leader to support implementation of rpk’s recommendations. Lisa is also a member of rpk’s leadership team.

Katie Hagan


At rpk, Katie leads the firm’s Academic Portfolio and Resource Review projects, enabling institutions and systems to reallocate resources to meet the needs of students and employers. Katie also serves on rpk’s leadership team.

Donna Desrochers

Senior Associate

Donna Desrochers has analyzed contemporary issues in education and the economy for nearly 20 years, working with diverse groups such as the Delta Cost Project, Committee for Economic Development, Department of Commerce and ETS.

Mike Daly


Mike Daly has been a faculty member and administrator in public higher education for over a dozen years, with a focus on sustaining student success initiatives and leveraging assessment of learning outcomes.

Corey Gheesling


Corey Gheesling has a decade of experience working to increase equitable opportunities for students through high-quality academic programs, working previously with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and Furman University.

Raven Moody

Senior Analyst

Raven Moody has more than a decade of experience in budget development and data analysis in higher education.

Emma Staisloff


Prior to joining rpk GROUP, Emma worked for 2U, an EdTech company, as a Senior Digital Marketing Analyst.

Sylvana Aho


Sylvana joined rpk in 2022. As an analyst, she supports clients' efforts to be data-informed in their decisions related to academic programs, administrative services, and student success.