Apangea Learning Hires Heinz Endowments´ Gerry Balbier

PITTSBURGH, Pa., January 26, 2007 — Apangea Learning, a leading provider of cost-effective differentiated instruction, announced the recent hire of Gerry Balbier as vice president of innovative programs.

Previously to joining Apangea Learning, Balbier was senior program officer with The Heinz Endowments. He was responsible for lead development and implementation of strategic investments in math, science and reading education, instructional technology and program evaluation. Balbier was also director special projects for the Heinz Family Foundation (Washington, DC), and a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate.

As vice president of innovative programs, Balbier will work to create strategic business partnerships in collaboration with non-profit program providers, government agencies, foundations and corporate partners. The ultimate goal of these partnerships is to increase student achievement in mathematics that is constant over time using more sustainable financial practices. Responsibilities include all aspects of funding and services related to non-profit programs on a regional and national level, including the development of grants program and other funding mechanisms that increase adoption and effective use of Apangea Learning tutoring programs, especially in disadvantaged communities.

"Gerry is an invaluable resource to the company," explained Apangea Learning CEO Louis Piconi. "Not only does Gerry have over 15 years of grant making experience, he has established a personal commitment towards improving education through partnerships with foundations, policy makers, school districts and corporations," Piconi added.

Balbier is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University (BA) and Carnegie Mellon University (MA). He is also a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University´s Senior Executive Program.

Company also grows sales force with recent hires

Apangea Learning growth cycle continues with the recent hiring of Tom Carlson, Christine Riviello and Lora Wade to its sales force.

Tom Carlson was recently hired as a sales executive. His territory will include the mid-Atlantic region. Previously, he was a territory account manager with Educational Resources. Carlson is a graduate of Laroche College (BA).

Christine Riviello was recently hired as a sales executive. Her territory includes the Western U.S. Riviello was an account representative in the environmental and metallurgical analysis field for the past nine years. She is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BS).

Lora Wade was recently hired as a college sales executive. She is responsible for the company´s new college sales initiatives. Previously, Wade was a field sales representative for Course Technology, Thomson Learning. Before that, she was an editorial assistant, assistant editor, editor and inside sales representative. Wade is a graduate of West Virginia University (BA) and is currently perusing a Master of Science Degree in Business Education at Robert Morris University.

"Adding Tom, Lora and Christine to the sales team will allow us to reach more students then ever before," said Piconi. "Not only will Lora be instrumental in launching our 2007 college sales initiative, but Tom and Christine will allow us to access markets we previously didn´t have the bandwidth to reach." Piconi added.

About Apangea Learning: Apangea Learning is setting a new standard in the way students learn. The company´s groundbreaking SmartHelp tutoring solution enables students to dramatically improve achievement, at the most cost-effective price. SmartHelp provides differentiated instruction for every student via a unique integration of its intelligent tutoring system and live one-on-one human tutors. Apangea Learning´s solutions are based on one of the world´s largest bodies of cognitive research. It utilizes innovative Web-based technology that engages students and teaches fundamental problem-solving skills. Visit Apangea Learning on the Web at www.apangealearning.com.

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