Capstone Welcomes New Executives to Senior Leadership Team, Accelerating Its Growth and Expansion Plans

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Capstone Welcomes New Executives to Senior Leadership Team, Accelerating Its Growth and Expansion Plans

June 21, 2021


  • Dr. Judy Chartrand named Chief People Officer, effective May 10
  • John Maketa named Chief Revenue Officer, effective June 1

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – June 21, 2021 – Capstone, an innovative publisher of children’s educational content for schools and home, announces two key appointments to its senior leadership team. Dr. Judy Chartrand joins the organization as Chief People Officer and John Maketa comes aboard as Chief Revenue Officer. The changes reflect a thoughtful and strategic approach to long-term growth in the education and digital learning landscape for the organization.

“We’re energized to bring talent like Judy and John with their expertise in leading fast growth companies to Capstone. As we respond to the needs of the education market and increase our focus on creating great products for learners, adding Judy and John to an already strong leadership team will better position our organization for ambitious growth. With Capstone Connect’s launch in 2020, the perennial success of PebbleGo™, and the continuity of Capstone’s strong content, we’re looking forward to expanding solutions across our product platforms to support educators and parents in discovering and sharing engaging content with their students,” said Scott Sustacek, Capstone President.

Dr. Judy Chartrand, Chief People Officer
In this new role, Chartrand will oversee the people, culture, and organizational strategies, leading company-wide learning and development, culture and engagement, diversity and inclusion, and organizational design initiatives to drive employee engagement and accelerated growth. Most recently, Chartrand was the Director of People Development for Hajoca Corporation where she was responsible for acquiring and selecting talent, creating a Learning Center for over 5,000 employees, and spearheading leadership development programs across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to Hajoca, Chartrand was a Consulting Chief Scientist at Pearson where she led consulting and research services and innovative new product development efforts such as Critical Thinking University. Her teams also created psychological assessment products that are currently used in schools, clinics and the workplace.

Judy began her career as a college professor and teacher, specializing in counseling, career development, and assessment. Chartrand received her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

John Maketa, Chief Revenue Officer
Throughout his career, John Maketa has led top-tier sales, marketing, and cross-functional teams to drive organizational revenue, performance, and profit. He will oversee Capstone’s revenue generating sales and marketing teams in executing the publisher’s rapid growth strategy. Most recently John served as the Chief Revenue Officer at Caliper Corporation where he increased the organization’s valuation and managed the executive team in creating and executing strategy. Prior to this, Maketa was the Vice President of Corporate Development for Performance Assessment Network where he led the organization’s acquisition and business development process to enhance top-line growth and profitability. Maketa spent 7 years at Pearson Education, first as National Sales Director and then later as Direction of Business Development, Strategy and Innovation for Pearson TalentLens, launching a new division with a global presence in the education and workforce development markets.

Maketa received his Master of Art (MA) in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia and his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from The Fox School of Business at Temple University in Philadelphia.


About Capstone
Capstone is a leading content creator for digital solutions, children’s books, and literacy programs for school libraries, classrooms, and at home reading including the award-winning PebbleGo™ research database.   #ReadingIsForEveryone