With a combined 60 years of experience in the field of higher education, the HelioCampus leadership team’s expertise and business acumen helps institutions make faster, more informed decisions.
Darren Catalano is the CEO of HelioCampus, leading company strategy and operations. Since launch, Darren continues to serve as the face of HelioCampus in the market through both a business development and thought leadership capacity. Prior to joining HelioCampus, Darren was the Vice President of Analytics at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) from 2011 to 2015 where he helped develop a culture of data-driven decision making. Under Darren’s leadership, the Office of Analytics built a technology platform and sophisticated approach to data analyses for senior leadership across the university community. Recognizing the value this model could bring to other universities, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents approved a plan to spin off the Office of Analytics into a new company, HelioCampus. Prior to joining UMUC, Mr. Catalano ran the Business Intelligence department at Rosetta Stone, where he built new analytics functions into finance, accounting, sales, marketing and customer operations. He began his career as an analyst for Verizon Communications (formerly Bell Atlantic) before working as a management consultant across multiple industries. Mr. Catalano earned a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.
Steve is Vice President, Operations at HelioCampus. Previously, he was a co-founder and President and Chief Operating Officer at ABC Insights, which became part of HelioCampus in 2020. Steve first encountered benchmarking tools while working for Duke University Health System, then subsequently joined Truven Health Analytics where he helped manage an industry-leading healthcare benchmarking product. Steve concluded that the higher education sector could benefit greatly from using a similar “apples-to-apples” benchmarking approach to identify key insights and help lead strategic change initiatives.
Steve’s background includes teaching, management consulting, product management, operations management, engineering and manufacturing. Steve earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering with honors from Rutgers College of Engineering, and his MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School where he continues to serve the consulting department as Professor of the Practice, an adjunct faculty member.
As the Director of Human Resources, Anya is responsible for several aspects of Human Resources including recruitment, employee training, incentives, benefits and payroll. She has a track record of coaching in the areas of transformational leadership, intercultural communication, team building, and managing change. Prior to joining HelioCampus, Anya held the Human Resources role across various industries establishing and developing Human Resources teams and infrastructure to effectively support business growth. Anya received a B.A from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Psychology, and a Continuing Studies Certification in Human Resources Management from Duke University.
As the VP of Finance and Business Operations, Ryan is responsible for the accounting, financial planning and analysis, and corporate development functions. Prior to joining HelioCampus, Ryan was a Vice President at Tailwind Capital, where he focused on investments in the Technology and Business Services sector. Ryan holds a B.A. in Economics from Davidson College.