Leadership

Ashoke Menon
Ashoke is a leading consultant on building school and company cultures. After receiving his MBA from Indiana University, Ashoke quickly discovered his passion for teaching and learning. While serving with the Southwestern Internship Program, he worked with hundreds of college students to develop their sales and leadership skills. He later became a Senior Vice President at Southwestern/Great American, a national school services company.  He led his team to tremendous growth in working with schools and other nonprofit organizations to help them with their major fundraising projects. At Southwestern Consulting, he coached business leaders, CEO's and business owners on improving productivity and building sustainable systems. Read Ashoke's full bio.

Kris Menon
Kris has worked with youth for the past 30 years, starting as a camp councellor for CYO summer camps in Washington State. During her college years she joined the Southwestern Company’s summer internship program where she recruited and trained over 300 college students for 5 summers.  After graduating from Gonzaga University with a BA in Public Relations she supported Great American Opportunities in Spokane WA.   Kris managed over 200 schools in the NW working with school groups and helping students raise over $2,000,000 in 5 years.  During this time, Kris was the regional manager working with 5 other consultants serving 5 states in the West. 

In 1998, Kris co-founded Ignite for Schools.  For the last 13 years Kris has developed a sustainable transition-training model. Founded in her own life experiences, she brings her fresh and intuitive perspective to her role at Ignite Nation.  She supports schools across the country and has trained over 20,000 mentors and executive mentors in 9 states. Her strength is connecting the dots with what a school is already doing and empowering student mentors to get results.  Over the past year Kris and the team have developed the Ignite Nation Advancement System. Kris’s life goal is to make sure every student has an opportunity to have a mentor, be a mentor and lead enriching lives. 

Darmeny Jones
Darmeny has more than 18 years of experience working with student leaders around the country.  He received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Information Systems from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. After graduating, Darmeny worked in IT as an Enterprise Learning Consultant for eProject.com where he was responsible for troubleshooting customer problems and delivering customized training programs for enterprise customers.  Darmeny then worked in direct sales as a sales consultant and Regional Manager.  He managed one of the largest teams in the regional and was recognized as one of the top recruiters nationally.

In 2004, Darmeny began managing a media and design department for a large insurance agency and was responsible for conceptualizing, producing and disseminating two weekly televisions shows to recognize and educate the company sales force.  In addition, he was responsible for producing numerous large-scale corporate gatherings and recognition events across the country.

Over the last few years, Darmeny has continued to support one of his passions, Washington Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).  Darmeny is a former State President of the organization and currently is the youngest Chairman of the Board of Directors in Washington FBLA history.

Darmeny’s strengths lie in his ability to connect with his audience thru vivid storytelling and intellectual humor.  His  IT  experience and  ability to train others  on how to  effectively use technology serves as a huge asset to the team.