Our LearningRx® Leadership
The Brains Behind Our Cognitive Skills Training Programs
To ensure our brain training centers offer the best experience for our clients, LearningRx needs a leadership team that is committed to continually delivering optimal results. We are proud to introduce you to some of the leaders who help make our programs the best they can be and guide us into the future of cognitive enhancement. Their hard work and dedication to improving the lives of our clients shows in the results and reviews from clients and their families.
Get to know a little bit more about our leaders below.
Dr. Ken Gibson
Dr. Ken Gibson has held a lifelong passion for helping struggling clients learn faster and easier. He started his professional career as a pediatric vision specialist before discovering that brain training provided the greatest gains for clients who were struggling to read or learn. Dr. Gibson spent the next several decades developing programs to measure and train core cognitive skills, in the process training more than 1,000 professionals in education and psychology to use his techniques. In 2002, Dr. Gibson founded LearningRx to make brain training available to more families. Today, LearningRx is the largest one-on-one brain training company in the world, with approximately 80 centers across the United States and programs in more than 45 countries.
Kim Hanson is the Chief Executive Officer of LearningRx. She began her leadership role with the organization in 2004 as Executive Vice President and was named CEO in 2017. Her career passion is to help professionals, educators, and parents learn more about cognitive skills training and the dramatic results it can have on real-life performance.
Prior to her time with LearningRx, Ms. Hanson worked in education with second and fifth graders at several inner-city schools in Nashville and Minneapolis. She is Certified Franchise Executive (CFE) and is a graduate of North Central University in Minneapolis. Ms. Hanson is the proud daughter of Dr. Ken Gibson, founder of LearningRx, with whom she co-authored the book Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart in Your Child.
Beyond the workplace, she currently enjoys mentoring high school and college students as they identify future career options. In addition, she is a vocal advocate for the civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Ms. Hanson has been married to Dr. Wayne Hanson for over 25 years and together they are busy raising their four children: Lily, Zac, Max, and Gracie. In her free time, Ms. Hanson loves creating custom pottery for family and friends. She also loves watching football on Sundays, as she is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan.
Tanya joined her father, Dr. Ken Gibson, in 1995 as the first non-doctor to run and operate a brain training center. She helped him license and train thousands of professionals from around the world on effective one-on-one brain training methods, as well as how to run a successful business.
In 2003, they started franchising LearningRx. After 20 years working in the emergent brain training industry, Ms. Mitchell continues to seek professionals interested in transforming lives for a living and is currently focused on the goal of training 300,000 brains by 2025. In 2017, LearningRx celebrated the training of its 100,000th graduate.
Ms. Mitchell also serves as president of the Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research and loves to learn about new ways to improve the brain and keep it healthy. The nonprofit Institute’s current focus is looking at the daily real-life changes that occur when you train the brain through intense personal training, as well as how brain training can improve skills for people with memory and attention struggles; including those with brain injury and mild cognitive impairment.
Ms. Mitchell lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, four children, three dogs, and a cat. In her spare time she loves to cook, try new foods and wine, travel, and hike. She is co-author of Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart in Your Child; and has co-authored or contributed to several peer-reviewed articles. She is also a brain training program developer, research coordinator, frequent presenter on brain training, business development, and franchise recruitment.
Dean Tenpas is the Chief Operating Officer at LearningRx. Mr. Tenpas oversees finance, human resources, technology, and the operations departments. Prior to his current role, Mr. Tenpas served as Executive Vice President. With a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Tenpas also co-created many of the company’s cognitive training exercises and programs, as well as the ReadRx® reading program and assessments used by clinicians and brain training centers in the United States and around the world.
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