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About

ECS EDUCATION

ECS Education was founded with one singular purpose in mind – to help teachers and administrators enhance the quality of their education by freeing them from the time, hassle, confusion, and narrow options inherent in self-ordering educational supplies.

 

The ECS team navigates the maze of purchasing from product selection to installation for organizations around the world. Our personal attention to your needs is what sets us apart. You will work directly with one of our dedicated purchasing specialists to ensure you get just the right products in your organization at the right price and on time. From the smallest lab specimen to a whole library full or furniture, the ECS team’s efficient service makes purchasing a pleasure.

WHAT DO WE DO?

Simply put, we do it all! We exist to make life simple for you, whether you’re ordering for a single classroom or for an entire school. Just submit a request, receive a quote with the lowest prices available, and get what you need delivered, unpacked, and assembled exactly where you need it – anywhere in the world!

WHO DO WE HELP?

We specialize in helping domestic schools nationwide, and DoDEA schools anywhere in the world. Our extensive experience in international shipping and logistics allows us to provide all of the same goods and services you would normally get in the United States anywhere the U.S. has a base. We are also proud to work with government agencies, libraries, and developing markets – anywhere where learning takes place.

HOW ARE WE UNIQUE?

ECS is a certified woman-owned small business, which means you get the largest possible range of options and services, all with the individualized attention of a small organization. We pride ourselves on our communication with clients and can be easily reached with questions as they arise.

OUR CORE VALUES

We believe the difference between a mediocre customer experience and a superb one lies in a company’s values. That’s why everything we do starts with our remembering the six core values that define who we are and how we work. These are:

 

1.  Serve with integrity

2.  Maintain trust

3.  Follow through

4.  Be intentional

5.  People are important

6.  Quality matters

OUR TEAM

Katie Bricker

CEO

Katie provides leadership, management, and oversight at ECS. She focuses on ensuring that our customers receive what they ordered, and the support needed in the process. Katie earned a BS in History and International Studies with a Russian minor from Northwestern University and a MA in Public Policy from George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Katie worked as a government negotiator for close to a decade for nonproliferation issues and educated her three children at home while moving as a military spouse. She now brings her education and experience to assist the customers of ECS to meet their goals and needs.

WENDY MILLS

Director of Science Sales

Dawn Okada

Director of Contract Sales

KELLY KEOGH

Director of Communications

STACY PRATT

Director of Customer Support

It is with sadness that we announce that Wendy Mills succumbed to a stroke on May 6th, 2022.  Wendy was a valued member of the ECS-ed team, a friend, a co-laborer, and a sister in Christ.  Wendy was the third person hired to work at ECS after it was founded in 2012.  She worked in science sales throughout her long tenure and did an amazing job.  Wendy worked with excellence, prayed with faith, and loved deeply.  Her loss has left a deep chasm at the company.  Yet, the sting of her loss is lessened by the hope that we shared in salvation through Jesus that has her in Heaven now.

Dawn Okada provides procurement expertise and support at ECS by cultivating productive relationships with vendors to provide the best possible value for our customers. Dawn is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Management Science. She previously worked as computer programmer/analyst for the Department of Energy and the Food and Drug Administration before choosing to homeschool her six children. Through her work at ECS, Dawn is able to use her previous education and experience to provide needed support to customers so they can achieve their mission objectives.

Kelly brings creative problem-solving skills and over 25 years of experience in communications and education to the ECS-ed team. Kelly has taught at the preschool through college levels and provided grant writing and consulting services for education entities. Kelly is a graduate of the University of Southern Colorado with a BS in Mass Communications. Since earning her MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Kelly has provided business consulting and customer service to clients in a variety of fields. She now puts her experience to work for ECS-ed.

Stacy Pratt serves as the Accounts Manager at ECS-ed. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Communications. Stacy received her Master’s in Journalism from Regent University. She has worked in the communications and public relations field of both the government and non-profit sector. As the mother of 10, Stacy brings her organizational and communication skills to best serve the customers of ECS-ed.

LISA HESS

Budget Director

KELLY KAHLER

Contract Sales Assistant

SHARON GINGELL

Contract Sales Assistant

COURTNEY POWERS

Contract Sales Assistant

Lisa brings expertise in budgeting and financial management to the ECS-ed team gleaned from over 15 years in contracting and finance. Utilizing excellent analytical skills, she maintains our complex government and civilian accounts. With a solid background in education, corporate operations, health and media, Lisa is a perfect fit to the breadth of ECS-ed product industries. She provides our clients, product partners and government agencies with expedient responses while maintaining meticulous attention to detail.

For the past thirty-plus years Kelly has run her own business providing professional organization consulting to businesses and individuals. She brings that organization, administration, and communication expertise to the ECS-ed team. Her attention to detail and exemplary customer care fit right in with the core standards of ECS-ed operations. Kelly is a specialist in overseeing complex projects and problem-solving with experience in political, education, community service, medical and ministry fields.

With over three decades of experience in customer care and effective operations, Sharon contributes to the ECS-ed team with excellent attention to detail and administrative efficiency. Her work in commercial and ministry settings has given her a broad range of skills. She has extensive background in event coordination, facility operations, education, data processing and finance. Sharon works in customer support for ECS-ed with DoDEA and international clients who benefit from her professionalism and meticulous service.

As a contract sales assistant with ECS-ed, Courtney enjoys connecting people and finding solutions to complex problems. Courtney’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication from Washington State University. Following graduation, Courtney worked in finance and fitness prior to joining the ECS-ed team. From these positions, she has meaningful experience in customer service and account management. She is attentive in project facilitation and consistently utilizes her diverse skillset with excellence and integrity.

Science Teacher & Department Chair, Italy

Brian M.

“I would like to express my happiness with ECS's superlative service.
Communications with the team at ECS have been so satisfying in terms
of the clear and prompt replies to all my enquiries. And the speed with
which we recently received that safety equipment truly stunned
the department. Everyone here is so impressed by the quality
and quickness of your communications and this delivery so soon is
amazing. You've got a great system! Great customer service!

Germany

James S.

“Outstanding customer support and first-rate supplies. Ramstein
High School’s #1 choice to fulfill our science classroom needs!
ECS makes the ordering process a breeze!!!"

DoDEA-Europe

Jeffrey B.

“The service provided from ECS and Carolina was the single best
purchase experience this school year. Our location provides a bit
of a challenge for shipping purposes and I knew after the first
correspondence things were being handled with the utmost
attention to detail. Our shipment arrived quickly and all of the
boxes were carefully packed. This is the level of customer service
that sets the bar! Thank you again.

Bahrain

Peter V.

“ECS has put in place a flawless process that is fine-tuned and perfectly streamlined
from acquisition to delivery point. Material has been received in a timely manner.
The collaborative partnership between Carolina Biological Company and Effective
Communication Strategies is the perfect strategy that benefits the end user.