About Us

It's often said that kids don't come with a user's manual. While this is true, there is a resource to take some of the "guess work" out of parenting: Kidtelligent.

We are a team of parents, educators, superintendents, coaches and mentors who believe that every child has the potential to achieve great things. It was this shared belief that brought us together to create a resource to help parents unlock their child's potential. Using 30 years of clinical data and personality research, Kidtelligent was designed to provide parents with valuable insight into their child's personality and natural capabilities and strengths and then help them determine the appropriate paths to success in all areas of life, including education, athletics, relationships, etc.

Unlike other available child personality resources, which utilize a one-size-fits-all approach, Kidtelligent uses a tailored approach to first understand the child and then, depending upon what is discovered, apply the approach that best fits that child. Every parent wants the best for their child but many struggle to understand how they can most effectively help their child succeed in all areas of life Kidtelligent is ideal for parents who want to stop the discipline battles, end the homework wars, and find the best career, hobby or sports fit for their child.

Learn more about the Genesis of Kidtelligent.

Kidtelligent Leadership Team

Roger Jansen, Ph.D.

Roger published his first research on what helps kids succeed in the early 1990s. Since that time, Roger has conducted significant research on children and families to understand what social, biological and personality-based factors influence a child's chances of success and life trajectory. This background, coupled with his experiencing in leading a technology firm, provided Roger with the skills and expertise to bring the world a resource that can help kids succeed by leveraging their natural strengths and talents-Kidtelligent. Roger also has a wealth of business experience. He successfully grew ThinkWise, a technology and organizational consulting firm, led a $7B health organization’s strategy and venture group and has served on many child-focused boards including the YMCA, Michigan College Alliance and WMCAT. Roger has a PhD in Psychology from The University of Illinois at Chicago, a MA in Education and a BS from Michigan State University. He is the father of three children and is a Kidtelligent Explorer.

Craig Tiggleman

Craig received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from Miami University (Ohio.) He is a founding board member and investor in a human capital and organizational psychology firm. Craig was involved with the inception, and served on the board of directors, of the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology, which is focused on keeping inner city children engaged in school through art, technology, and mentoring. He further supports the community through a number of art and education-based non-profit organizations. The CEO of his third-generation family business, Craig is the father of two children and is a Kidtelligent Strategizer.

Melanie Jansen

Melanie has 20 years of experience working in project management, strategy and software development. She “retired” to raise her three children and immediately began serving on her children’s school and advisory boards and continues to do so. As she struggled with homework with her son, she immediately turned to Kidtelligent and was astonished by how deeply it described her son and provided insight into his style of learning. Because she is so connected to her children’s schools, she realized that many families struggle with similar issues and could be positively impacted by the tools/information Kidtelligent provides, which led her to join the Kidtelligent team. She now leads the Sales and Marketing efforts for the company. Melanie has her MA in Social Service Administration from The University of Chicago and a BA from Michigan State University. Melanie is a Kidtelligent Problem-Solver.

Melanie de Vries

Melanie has over 25 years’ experience in driving growth for leading education, software, marketing, non-profit and professional services organizations. She brings a history of success with building and improving the profitability and value of companies. Her recent experience includes serving as CEO and Co-Founder of PaymentScholar (an edtech start-up) and as an SBDC TechTeam and independent consultant advising start-up organizations on strategic business planning, market analysis and positioning, customer discovery, go-to-market strategies, sales, brand development, and customer and partner management. She has also served as the senior marketing officer for world-leading organizations and high growth start-ups, including Deloitte & Touche/Deloitte Consulting, The Learning Care Group and ForeSee Results. Melanie is passionate about giving all kids (and their parents) the tools they need to be successful in school and in life and has served with a number of nonprofits focused on early education and literacy. A Kidtelligent Strategizer, she is married to a Conceptualizer and has two daughters, a Problem-Solver and an Energizer. She is very thankful to the Kidtelligent for helping her make sense out of all of them.

Shonn Colbrunn

Shonn first began teaching others about personality types as a peer educator while in college. His BA in Psychology from Hope College and MA in Adult Instruction and Performance Technology from the University of Michigan led him to work as a specialist in organizational development and training at various companies. Most recently, he architected an online learning platform with ThinkWise, a technology and organizational consulting firm, to help adults learn about their own personality and how to best interact with different coworkers. Shonn's other important job is as the dad of triplets. Shonn is a Kidtelligent Achiever.

Kidtelligent Board of Advisors:

Linda Chamberlain, Ph.D.

Dr. Chamberlain received both her BS and Doctorate degrees in chemistry with honors from Purdue University. For over twenty years, Dr. Chamberlain has led technical development teams at Shell Development Company, Allied Signal, and Johnson Controls, where she was appointed JCI's Global Executive Director of New Product and Business Development. For seven years prior to her current role at Global Forex, LTD., Dr. Chamberlain served as Executive Director of the West Michigan Science & Technology Initiative, a business accelerator focused on commercialization of life science products and technologies, and Executive Director for the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Grand Valley State University. In addition, Dr. Chamberlain is the owner and principle of InnoValuation(R), a company that focuses on ensuring companies have the processes and tools to extract the full value of their best innovations.

Jane Kise, Ed.D. - Educational Advisor and Consultant

Jane is an educational consultant, specializing in teambuilding, coaching, and school staff development. She is also the coauthor of more than 20 books, including Creating a Coaching Culture Within Your Professional Learning Community (Solution Tree, 2010), Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change, Differentiation Through Personality Types, Introduction to Type and Coaching, LifeKeys and Work it Out. Jane has worked with diverse organizations across the United States and in Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand. Her clients include Minneapolis Public Schools and various public and private schools, The Bush Foundation, Twin Cities Public Television, and numerous other institutions. She is a frequent workshop speaker and past president of the Association for Psychological Type International. She also is a reviewer for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Jane holds a BA from Hamline University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She and her family live in Minneapolis.

Peter Ruppert - President and CEO of American Education Group

Pete is the founder and CEO of American Education Group, which operates a network of private schools across the Pre-K through 12th grade space focused on specializing and customizing the educational delivery system based on the needs of individual students. Pete's background includes high growth success in education and health care companies and multi-industry experience in the management-consulting sector. He holds a BA in Economics from DePauw University and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. Pete and his wife, Jessica, have four children. He is actively involved in the community and is on the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the East Grand Rapids School Board, and the DePauw University Board of Visitors.

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