The IM4U Story

After multiple #1 Children’s Music hits and performing at hundreds of schools, IM4U Founder Jim Mayer learned of a 10-year-old girl’s tragic death in North Carolina. She took her own life, in part, due to severe bullying. With this turning point, Jim’s interest in young children’s social and emotional development became a mission. Soon after, Jim met early childhood expert Ellen Booth Church and IM4U was born.

Today, IM4U comprises play-based content and a revolutionary pedagogy on an advanced technology platform. An engaging product line is in development, including a web-based subscription, puppets, songs and storybooks.

To date, Jim has performed his award-winning music for over 50,000 children across the US.

Team

IM4U was created by a team of nationally-recognized early childhood educators, seasoned executives, and award-winning content creators. Our team is passionate about helping kids learn, and is well-equipped to make engaging content kids will love available via an easily accessible platform teachers and parents will appreciate.

Jim Mayer

Founder, CEO

Jim Mayer, Founder of IM4U Learning, and highly acclaimed professional musician, has performed and recorded as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band for 30 years and counting. As a children’s advocate, songwriter, and author, Jim has presented at national educational conferences and spread joy with musical events and workshops for over 50,000 children and their educators in the U.S. and Europe. Jim’s music has won numerous awards including: XMNation Award – Best New Kids Artist, International Songwriting Competition Winner – Children’s Music, and winning #1 Hit, on Sirius Radio, Kids Place Live, twice.

Ellen Booth Church

Co-founder, Co-Author

Nationally recognized early childhood expert, Ellen Booth Church spent several years as both a pre-k and kindergarten teacher before becoming an early childhood assistant professor at the State University of New York. Her unusual approach of combining cognitive learning experiences with creative play caught the attention of several publishers and she became an educational consultant and author for Scholastic Publishing. Ellen helped to develop and write for Early Childhood Today (formerly Pre-K Today) magazine for Scholastic. Ellen is currently writing and consulting for a variety of publishers and schools around the world. She is the Barnes & Noble Kids’ Expert Circle and Environments, Inc.

Chip Carter

COO/CTO

Chip has over a decade of experience as a non-profit C-level leader (CIO/CTO, COO, interim CMO) and over two decades of experience in software development as a director and innovator. Previously, Chip served as Chief Operating Officer at LeaderJam, a leadership development platform. Prior to that, Chip served as Director of Operations and Marketing at the Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He is currently a senior advisor at the Institute of Coaching. Earlier in his career, Chip was the CIO of Plan International USA, an international NGO focused on community based development in developing countries. He also served as the CIO/CTO of Mercy Corps, an international NGO.

Gina Vild

Chief Communications Officer

Gina’s expertise includes brand leadership in health care and academia, crisis and issue management, government relations and advocacy as well as fundraising strategy and board management. Gina previously served as Director of Marketing for the Cancer Care and OB GYN departments at Massachusetts General Hospital for 10+ years. Prior to that, Gina worked as Director of Communications for Dana-Farber Cancer Center and is the former Associate Dean and Chief Communications officer at Harvard Medical School. Gina is the Co-author of the book “The Two Most Important Days”, released in 2018 with Dr. Chopra.

Susan Ring

Content Co-Author

Emmy-award winning author Susan Ring has written for all types of media, including books, TV programs, educational programs, and zoo exhibits. Her books have been published by Disney, Scholastic, Random House, and Pearson Learning, and have received numerous awards including Parents Choice, iParenting, Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media, and Dr. Toy Awards. Susan has created web content and package copy for numerous consumer goods including Monopoly and Mr. Potato Head for entertainment giant, Hasbro. She has co-authored many of IM4U’s songs and stories.

Sarah Folzenlogen

Educational Program Architect

Sarah has 17 years of experience in both public and private education as a 6-12 science educator, administrator, curriculum designer and instructional coach. Sarah is a co-founder of ConnectingEd and also consults nationally for other education organizations such as The Learning Accelerator, Ohio State University SpotOn, ESC Central Ohio, Modern Teacher, Battelle for Kids, and Ohio Blended Learning Network. She completed Common Core Black Belt Leadership Training through the Common Core Institute in 2013. In 2014, she had the privilege of presenting at ISTE’s national conference as part of Modern Teacher’s “Architecting a Blended Curriculum” workshop.

Stephanie Hollar

Educational Program Architect

Stephanie nationally services schools and other educational organizations in professional development, instructional coaching and educational consulting. In addition to co-founding project-based, blended learning school ConnectingEd, Stephanie consults with various organizations specializing in personalized learning in the 21st Century classroom, curriculum and unit design (UbD), and ELA CCSS. Some of her projects include Leadership in Blended Learning (LBL), Battelle for Kids, ISTE Presenter, and National Consulting with Modern Teacher: Baltimore County Schools.

Melissa Lynott

Executive Assistant

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Advisory Board

Dr. Michael Walls

Board Chair

Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for Modern Teacher as well as The Futures Institute.

Jon Bower

Strategic Advisor/Partner

Accomplished educational entrepreneur, founder of the educational start-ups Family Learning Company and Formativity.

Mike Mckinley

Legal Counsel

A founding partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP. Named to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list in Business Law in 2018.

Kevin Lamb

Advisor, Music Management & Publishing

Previously served as vice president of peermusic’s Nashville branch and Maypop Music Group, owned by the band ALABAMA, handling copyright administration, licensing, and maintenance of all sub-publishing agreements (foreign and print).

Dr. Gene Beresin, M.D.

Advising Psychiatrist

Executive director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Mass General Hospital (MGH), a full professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Dan Burger

Advisor

Senior executive/business consultant with expertise in strategic direction, funding resources, business processes and productive partnerships.

Beverly Bartsch

Financial & Business Advisor

20+ years working with music industry leaders Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Getty Music. Previously Director of Finance and Business Manager at Blanton/Harrell Entertainment and Curtis & Co, and out-sourced CFO for many more.

David Kulick

Education Sales Advisor

David is an experienced Regional Sales Manager, working as such since 2004 at Kaplan Early Learning Company. David is a strong sales professional skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Budgeting, Event Planning, Customer Service, and Strategic Planning.