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Staff Members

Chris Spetzler, Executive Director of the Decision Education Foundation, is passionate about bringing decision skills to young people. In addition to teaching  and developing  decision skills programs, Chris supports educators and organizations in realizing and evaluating the benefits of decision education. Chris completed a Masters at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and an MBA at Thunderbird.

Dana Luco, Marketing and Program Development for the Decision Education Foundation, is delighted to drive decision skills into the hands of youth. Dana has redirected her focus from a long training development career in the silicon valley software realm to her original passion, children's education. Bringing practical skills and comfort-zone-expanding experiences to kids is her way of giving back.


Board of Directors


Andy Dey, Board Chair
Director of Secondary Instruction, Eugene School District

Former Principal at South Eugene High School

David Heckerman

Distinguished Scientist, Amazon


Ronald A. Howard
Retired Professor, Management Science & Engineering

Retired Director, Decisions & Ethics Center

Stanford University

Tom Keelin
Managing Partner, Keelin Reeds Partners

Carl S. Spetzler
Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Decisions Group


Jeff DeFranco

Superintendent/President of Lake Tahoe Community College
Owner/Lead Consultant of True North Consulting

Advisory Council


Nazir Ahmad
GivingWorks Inc.

Jared Curhan
Ford International Career Development Professor      

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Baruch Fischhoff
Howard Heinz University Professor
Carnegie Mellon University

Mazen Skaf

Managing Director of Strategic Decisions Group's Europe and Middle East Practice
PhD in Decision Analysis at Stanford

Frank Koch

Decision Coach

Lisa Dare

Co-founder and CEO Tootelage, Inc.

Consultant, Blythe Daggett Consulting

Amy Stranieri

School Counselor at Thurston High School  

Society of Decision Professionals Member

Eric Horvitz
Principal Researcher
Manager, Adaptive Systems and Interaction Group
Microsoft Research

Jeannie Kahwajy
Founder & CEO
Effective Interactions

Robert Loew

Mathematics Instructor
Foothill High School, Pleasanton, California

Barbara Mellers

I. George Heyman University Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

Dave Reiter
Mathematics Instructor
Branson School, Ross, California

Life Decision Coach

Gary Riekes
Founder & CEO
Riekes Center for Human Enhancement,
Menlo Park, CA

Paul Schoemaker
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Decision Strategies Int'l
Research Director, Mack Center for Technological Innovation
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Sandy Wrobel
Strategic Advisor & Business Performance Accelerator
Wrobel & Associates

Our Volunteers


To find out more about how your interests and skills could be put to use, contact volunteer@decisioneducation.org.

Volunteer Awards:

2019       Phil Beccue

2018       Brian Putt

2017       Anne Dilinger  

2016       Waleed Dirani  

2015       Nathan Proudfoot 

2014       Frank Koch
2013       Dana Luco  
2012       Michael Fisher 

2011       Nancy Golden  

2010       R. Kenneth Wolfe  


Educator Awards:

2019       Amanda Dobberpuhl

2018       Liz Henderson

2017       Carrie Brumbach 

2016       Kendal Rachuy 

2015       Amy Stranieri 

2014       Tim Adkins  


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