Carolyn Walch Slayman
Former Chairman of the Board
Daughter of the firm’s founder, Carolyn has been an active contributor to and supporter of the company for over 50 years. Carolyn earned her B.A. at Swarthmore and Ph.D. in genetics at Rockefeller University, and holds an honorary D.Sc. degree from Bowdoin College where she is a Trustee Emerita. She is currently the Sterling Professor of Genetics, Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, and Deputy Dean for Academic & Scientific Affairs at Yale University School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Although she is no longer formally involved, Carolyn remains a great friend of the company and continues to lend us her wisdom.
Former Chairman of the Board
Son of the firm's founder, J. Weston Walch, Peter literally grew up with and in the company. By age 10, he was assembling books; as a teenager, he ran a press on the night shift. After earning a B.A. from Swarthmore and a Ph.D. from Princeton, Peter spent close to 20 years as a teacher of art history at Pomona, Vassar, Yale, and the University of New Mexico, then 15 years as director of the UNM Art Museum, all the while serving on the Board of Walch Education. He returned to Maine in 2001, in part to devote more time to the company. He was an extremely valuable contributor and mentor to the company, both strategically and in its day-to-day operations until his death in 2014. He helped guide Walch’s transition to where the company is today and his spirit remains with us to this day.
Our TeamNader Darehshori
Nader has more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of publishing, including sales, marketing, editorial, technology and acquisitions. He is currently Chairman, CEO & Co-Founder of Novium Learning, Inc. Previously, Nader co-founded Cambium Learning in 2003 and grew it in three years to more than $100 million in revenue; the company was sold to Veronis Suhler in March 2007. Nader is the former Chairman and CEO of Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co., where he began his publishing career in 1966, became Senior Vice President and head of the College Division in 1986, and was elected its Chairman and CEO in 1990. Under Nader’s leadership, Houghton Mifflin grew from $400 million in revenues to more than $1 billion; in 2001-02, he led the sale of the company to Vivendi Universal for more than $2 billion. Nader is a trustee of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He received a BA from the University of Wisconsin and an honorary degree of Doctor of Commercial Science from Suffolk University.
Bill has been involved with Walch since 2010. He has a strong leadership and functional background, including strategy, innovation, marketing, and executive development. After initially practicing law Bill joined McKinsey and company as a management consultant. He then ran business development and strategy for the Pasona Group before joining J.M. Huber from 1996 to 2007 where he ran businesses in engineered woods, oil and gas. Most recently, from 2007 through 2011 Bill was a corporate vice President at IDEXX Laboratories, running their poultry and livestock diagnostics division before retiring in June, 2011. In addition to his involvement with Walch, Bill is on the Board of Directors of Granger’s and Assoc., Khaki Food, Longo’s, Sheetz, and ABARTA. He earned a BA from Dartmouth College, 1980 and a JD from University of Michigan Law School, 1983.
Al's career in education began in 1993, when he started a business in Massachusetts to connect assessment results with learning. By the late 1990s, that work evolved into what was then the largest web site focused on educational materials, SmarterKids.com, where Al was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and helped lead the company through a successful IPO.
An experienced company leader and builder, he also worked at Pepsi, Arthur D. Little, Symantec and Intuit before becoming Chairman of the Board of Excelligence Learning Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of Pragmatech Software. Al graduated from nearby Falmouth High School in 1976 and returned to Maine almost 30 years later, in 2005, to join Walch. He earned his B.A. at Dartmouth College and an MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Al is an active Junior Achievement teacher, a husband and a father of two children in public school. He has been quite involved in children's sports, as a booster, board member, a coach, and as a supportive parent.
"There are few things more important than the education of children. By providing classroom proven, educator-driven, tailored materials and support to leading districts and committed teachers, we do our part to help kids learn and succeed. The resources of Walch, from the experience and talents of our people to the wealth of materials we have at hand, make this possible, and ensure that we deliver great value to our educator partners and customers".
Jean joined Walch in 2016 to help manage and build our growing business serving school districts nationwide with tailored math solutions. She began her career as a high school math teacher at Spanish River Community High School in Palm Beach County School District where she also coached cheerleading. After over 10 years with Palm Beach, Jean became an accomplished sales executive at McDougal Littell Publishing and then joined Voyager Sopris West from 2005 to 2015. Jean’s reputation for adding value, putting her customers first and working to make sure implementations are successful has been proven again and again, and Walch’s approach and resources will allow her to be even more responsive to the unique needs of each district she works with.
Director of HS Math
Pam joined Walch in 2016. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Mathematics Education, and taught college, high school, and middle school Math for 20 years. Her passion lies in being able to give all students an understanding of Math, regardless of their former Math background. In 2011, Pam began creating Math videos in order to teach using a flipped classroom model. Her classroom caught the attention of many who saw an innovative, successful way to teach. Pam has used Walch’s math curriculum in her classroom for the past 3 years. Pam joined Walch excited to help them reach their goals of ensuring that teachers receive the quality materials they need, and students have access to interesting, easy to follow, concept direction and practice.