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Lorna Hermosura

Chief Executive Officer

LornaBWtrees2Lorna is a fourteen-year veteran education administrator and the founder and CEO of edMosphere.

For nine years Lorna served as the director of a TRIO Upward Bound program that assists low-income students to be the first in their family to attend college. Lorna led the program to yield six classes where 100% of graduates enrolled in college immediately after high school. With student attrition rates consistently between 0-10%, the program received attention from the U.S. Department of Education for its innovative approaches and Lorna was selected to share best practices at national and regional TRIO conferences. Lorna also successfully administered college access and dropout prevention programs at public middle and high schools for Texas A&M University and Communities In Schools.

The “secret sauce” to Lorna’s education administration success lay in paying attention to students’ socioemotional well-being and to the overall learning environment – a concept known as school climate. Lorna approaches school climate as a condition that is created and managed, not as a by-product of circumstance. Currently many school climate measurement tools are administered once per year and engage just a sampling of students, if at all. Lorna created edMosphere as an alternative tool that harnesses the power of real-time technology to engage all students and position educators to proactively, rather than reactively, ensure a positive school climate.

Lorna is in the final stages of completing her PhD with a specialization in Educational Policy & Planning at The University of Texas at Austin. Lorna holds a BA in psychology from the University of California, San Diego and an MS in college and career counseling from San Francisco State University.


Raul Calvóz

Chief Operating Officer

RaulBWtreesRaul is an executive leader with over 20 years of experience in business and law. A practicing licensed attorney, Raul is experienced in high stakes litigation, corporate law, and business strategy. Raul brings hands-on business experience to edMosphere, having served as Vice President and Executive Committee Member at a Fortune 500 company based in London. Raul also served on the boards of directors of numerous public and private entities. Raul earned his Juris Doctor, Summa Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University School of Law and holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.


Jon Harold Dutton

Chief Marketing Officer

Jon is a graduate business student at the University of Texas McCombs School
of Business. Previously he’s worked in management consulting and as Associate at the Austin Technology Incubator. As a product of the Houston public school system he is passionate about the intersection of education and tech. Jon earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering for the University of Oklahoma.


Ivan Morales

Chief TECHNOLOGY Officer

IvanBWtreesIvan is a web developer with 15 years of web development experience. Ivan drives and executes edMosphere’s technology goals, manages the technical team and is responsible for all website, mobile and internal product development, corporate IT and datacenter operations. After attending Texas A&M University, Ivan began as a software design engineer in 1999. Ivan has helped to build several start-up companies and for six years served as CTO for an international company.


Board of Advisors

Kevin Cokley, PhD, Professor of Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Rob Crosnoe, PhD, Professor of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin | Author Fitting In, Standing Out

Marty De Leon,  School Law Attorney, Escamilla, Poneck & Cruz LLP

Andrew Kim, Superintendent, Comal Independent School District

Michael Perkins, Principal, Decker Middle School | 2007 AISD Teacher of the Year

Andrew Vreeke, Co-Founder & COO, SKO Learning | EdTech Digest Leadership Excellence Award winner