Leadership Team

Our leadership team has the right skills to successfully transition your School to Aeries Software, train your staff, and manage your software needs.

Our administrative, technical, and support staff brings over 580 aggregate years of experience to the development, implementation management, and support of Aeries.

Leadership team bios

Barry Lloyd, CEO

Barry has had a long career with California Student Information Systems development and was one of the three founders of Aeries Software. Barry has extensive experience in the design and development of Aeries SIS, oversight of systems development, data conversion, support, Aeries implementation, and management of Aeries Software.

Brent Lloyd, President

Growing up around the family company, Brent has strived to work for Aeries Software his whole life. Brent officially began in a part-time capacity in 2009 while attending Loyola Marymount University. Since graduating from LMU with a Bachelors in Business Administration in 2011, Brent took over the duties of former Vice President John Walden upon his retirement. Brent oversaw many of the day-to-day operations of the company, as well as contract administration and company finances in his position as Vice President for 8 years. As President, Brent looks to continue his grandfather's legacy of innovation by pushing Aeries to new heights.

Camden Iliff, Vice President of Product Development

Camden has been with Aeries Software since 1998.  Starting as an intern and Jr. Programmer, Camden grew as a developer under the guidance of founder, Jerry Lloyd.  He now manages the team of developers working on Aeries SIS and engages with current and potential customers to identify needs and to prioritize their development.  Camden has in-depth knowledge about all aspects of the Aeries Student Information System and continues to build his knowledge of the entire K-12 education space in order to better guide the future development of Aeries.

Jonathan Cotton, Executive Director of Operations

Jonathan is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, class of 2007, and joined Aeries in September 2015. He received extensive one-on-one training from Chuck Berridge, who was the Aeries Implementation Manager for nearly 9 years. Prior to joining Aeries, Jonathan was an anti-piracy manager at Sony Pictures Entertainment, where he was responsible for implementing global protection schemes for all feature and television content. Jonathan also has an extensive legal background, as he was a paralegal for a renowned Civil and Human Rights Law Firm in Los Angeles, California. A true passion for education and business brought Jonathan to Aeries. Jonathan was responsible for all implementations and training in his prior role before becoming Executive Director of Operations in 2019. He has dedicated himself to being a true partner for all Aeries customers.

Lauren LaRose, Director of Implementation

Lauren worked previously at Certica Solutions as an Application Support Specialist where she was responsible for PK-12 education data quality analysis and support for school districts in Texas and California. She contributed to process improvement practices by being a member of school districts’ data governance teams. She worked with database tables, ETL stored procedures, mappings, and business rules processing using Microsoft SQL Server and Certify to ensure accurate student data for 130 school districts. She attends the TEA TSDS meetings to keep abreast of PEIMS changes and TSDS integrations. Lauren is a Texas and California Departments of Education data submissions expert including file formats and business rules. Lauren has been in technical roles since 2002, Aeries Level 2 Support from September 2016 to July 2017, a Project Manager for implementations and data conversions from July 2017 to December 2018, and now Director of Implementation since January 2019.

Sonia Cassatt, Director of Sales

Sonia has been with Aeries Software since 2014. She is responsible for all California and Texas sales and strategy. As the Director of Sales she works directly under Rich Lloyd, VP of Sales and Marketing to develop team sales goals and strategic partnerships. She has been in Educational Sales for 15 years. Sonia studied at Cal State Fullerton College of Business & Economics. She was one of the original members of the multi-lingual notification solution, TeleParent that was purchased by Edline and subsequently Blackboard. The successful startup that was TeleParent provided Sonia with business insight and performance based success. She comes to Aeries with a wealth of sales knowledge and client relationships. She lives with her husband and 3 children.

Scott Knuckles, Director of Customer Success

Scott joined Aeries in 2014 after spending 25 years as a motivated technology leader for three school districts in California. Scott has been an Aeries customer since 1999 and has deployed many enterprise systems, leading to a complete understanding of the challenges of rolling out comprehensive systems in schools. Scott has extensive knowledge of the K-12 educational technology market, including educational policy, trends, products, and funding. As Director of Customer Success, Scott’s duties include identifying school districts' issues that go beyond day-to-day support and delve into how to maximize Aeries. Scott is a great advocate for schools and their educators.

Marge Romasanta, Customer Support Manager

Marge joined the Aeries Support family as the Customer Support Manager in June of 2018. Making the customer happy is an essential fabric in her value proposition. Over the past 19 years, she has held multiple titles in all levels of customer support in many different fields. Marge intends to provide the highest level of service when representing Aeries Software. Marge is responsible for both our First and Second Level support.

Michael Gehrke, Director of IT Operations and Cloud Services

Michael began his education-oriented career at Orange Unified School District back in 1989 as a temporary employee. Michael started answering OUSD’s central support issues and questions regarding their business and personnel software, plus their student information system, Macro. Over 15 years at OUSD, Michael assisted in planning, building and implementing their network systems as well as take part in implementing Aeries within the school district starting with Access and then one of the second phase set of districts migrating to SQL. He also began leading the Standard Based Grades breakout sessions at Aeries conferences. Michael became an Eagle employee May 2005 as the first inhouse Second Level / Network Administrator. At the time Aeries was hosting five school districts within our hosted environment to which he has help grow over the past 14 years into over 300 hosted customers. Michael now leads and directs the entire network and cloud services teams to implement new and exciting technologies with emphasis on Aeries company focus of our standard of high level customer service.

Kathy Kelly, Quality Control Manager

Prior to working with Aeries Software, Kathy worked in the banking industry. Her experience as Operations Supervisor translated to her career at Tustin Unified School District. In 2005, she joined the Aeries team as a Support representative and became a part of the Programming department in 2007. She is now the Quality Control Manager and oversees the department, programming projects, documentation, as well as assisting the Support department with any programming related support.

Kevin Praeger, Core Product Manager

Kevin joined Aeries Software in February 2016 as a member of the Quality Control team. He brought with him 9 years of school district experience working for Bonita and Glendora Unified School Districts, both of which reside in Los Angeles County, California. As a former customer, Kevin would consistently contribute development ideas and suggestions to Aeries for consideration. He enjoyed the fact that Aeries Software openly allows any of their customers to submit programming requests. Prior to his school district experience, he worked in the printing industry where he gained an appreciation for high quality printing, graphic design, and mailing services. In 2019, Kevin was promoted to the Core Product Manager where he has continued to help make the product and company a success.

Lynn Heatherly - Texas Product Manager

Lynn joined Aeries in May of 2019 to help oversee the expansion of Aeries into the Texas market.  She has over 20 years of experience in public education, including 13 years working with Student Information Systems.  Lynn has an extensive background with state reporting, funding and auditing requirements. Lynn works closely with customers and the programming staff to ensure the products and features fit the needs of the market and the customer.  She also works with the implementation and data conversion teams to help create an effective transition experience for Texas schools new to Aeries.

David Lin-Clark, Director of Design

David lives in the world of software development marketing and design, having held directorial positions at several software companies whose solutions impact millions. Tapping into a varied skill set, David provides designs, tools, workflows, automation and insights to support sales, marketing, support, and development efforts. He specializes in web development and design, but also has experience in UX/UI design, analytics, brand management, print design, and project management tools. He is well-versed in industry standards and helps Aeries look to the future in adapting to innovative new technology.

DX Dolar, Director of Marketing

Having worked with a number of large, public-facing brands (ProBoards.com, BJ's Brewhouse, OC Fair), DX has happily joined the Aeries Software family to tell its story, bring awareness to its products, and establish a clear brand identity.

Lara Clickner, Director of Training

Lara joined the Aeries family as a Trainer in January 2015 with 14 years of Aeries User experience working in various roles including High School Counselor, Alternative Education Principal and Technology Coordinator. Drawing from her experience in schools, Lara brings her knowledge of effective teaching principles and her focus on using technology to support individual student success to her work with the team of Aeries Trainers. She ensures Aeries provides a variety of up-to-date, valuable and engaging training options to all Aeries Districts. In addition to coordinating all Aeries training, Webinar, and Regional Workshop offerings, Lara also oversees the development and management of Aeries Academy and plays a pivotal role in new customer implementations.

Michele Sullivan, Aeries Support Supervisor, Trainer

Michele has worked for Aeries since 1999. Hand-picked by our Founder Jerry D. Lloyd, Michele has been an integral part of our Support Staff and Training Staff. Michele worked at South Pasadena USD before joining us at Aeries. She is also a specialist in CA Attendance Compliance and has taught at the Aeries User Conference on specialized topics.