We are a nation of learners and innovators. The greatness of our communities resides in our families—our children—in unleashing their vast potential through the power of learning and through the power of a great education. That is our legacy. And this is our future: to reimagine and transform global learning.

Vision & Mission

Our vision is to reimagine and transform global learning. 

Our mission, our daily goal, our passion—is to increase the capacity for human greatness.

Increasing the Capacity of Human Greatness

For over twenty years, we have grown and evolved into a powerful network of schools, a network dedicated to increasing the capacity for human greatness in our students, in partnering organizations, and in communities. 

BRAINATION is at the forefront of innovative facilitating and learning methods. We have redefined traditional approaches to education and are becoming a leader in world-class learning—helping students become expert learners and leaders, encouraging students to lead principle-centered lives, and inspiring students to belong, find joy, and be great.

Partner With Us

We have designed and operated schools in every environment imaginable. Organizations ranging from the federal government to private youth organizations to local independent school districts have trusted us to care for thousands of their students.

Contact our leadership today to see how we can partner with your organization to fulfill your mission and provide expert educational care for every student, in every environment.

Leadership

Jennifer Rower
Chief Executive Officer
P: (210) 638-5012
Biography

About Jennifer Rower

Jennifer Rower was recently promoted to chief executive officer of BRAINATION, Inc. Ms. Rower has over 18 years of executive leadership experience in a nonprofit setting, including 14 years as a charter school district administrator. She holds a bachelor of business administration degree and a master’s of public administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Ms. Rower is a Texas certified superintendent and national SHRM-SCP. She is a past president of the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association and former state director of Texas SHRM. She is active in the charter school community and in the local San Antonio community. Some of her favorite podcasts include Better Leaders Better Schools, Blanchard LeaderChat, and Lead from the Heart with Mark C. Crowley.

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Ken Whitt, Ph. D.
Superintendent
P: (210) 638-5004
Biography

About Ken Whitt

Dr. Whitt has served as superintendent of Inspire Academies since June of 2020, joining the district as deputy superintendent in 2018. He attended the University of Houston and received a BA in biology with teaching certifications in biology and psychology. Dr. Whitt also completed two graduate degrees: an MS in environmental science and an MS in educational management with principal certification from the University of Houston. In 2009, he completed his doctorate in educational administration and superintendent certification at Texas A&M University College Station. His 23-year career path followed a traditional advancement track, having started as a middle school teacher and high school teacher and then moving forward in advancing campus and district leadership roles in traditional public school settings until reaching the level of superintendent. He is also a published author. His dissertation research, Understanding Superintendent Self-Efficacy Influences on Instructional Leadership and Student Achievement was published in the Journal of School Leadership. 

Dr. Whitt has received awards from Texas A&M University (outstanding service and academic achievement) and the American Association of School Administrators (Finis Engleman Award). With two daughters/two sons-in-law and two granddaughters, one of whom attends AFIA in San Antonio, he spends his time split between San Antonio and his family's ranch south of Houston.

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Ymelda Y'Herrera
Chief Financial Officer
P: (210) 638-5017
Biography

About Ymelda Y'Herrera

Ymelda Y’Herrera, CPA, is the Chief Financial Officer with Braination, Inc. She was the former Chief Financial Services Officer with Charter School Success with primary oversight concurrently of eight charter schools managing budgets between $3M and $23M in local, state, and federal revenue. Ymelda has 20+ years of accounting experience and 16+ years of progressive leadership experience with public and private companies. Ymelda attended college at St. Mary’s University and obtained her B.B.A. in accounting as well as a B.A. in multi-organizational studies and Spanish. She is a certified public accountant, certified in not-for-profit management and leadership, and she is one of the first graduates of the Texas Charter School Business Officer Certification Program. Ymelda continues to be involved in community service and alumni association activities with St. Mary’s University, and as an advisory board member for Crosspoint, Inc.

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Jennifer Swisher
Chief Human Resources Officer
P: (210) 638-5016
Biography

About Jennifer Swisher

Jennifer Swisher has been in the field of Human Resources for over 20 years. She currently serves as the chief human resources officer for BRAINATION, Inc. Jennifer received her bachelor of business administration degree in HR management from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 2000 and is currently enrolled in the UTSA MBA program. Her certifications include the SPHR and SHRM-SCP, and she is a Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ accredited facilitator. Her experience spans various industries, including education, healthcare, and manufacturing. She is considered an expert in her field with extensive knowledge in recruitment, employee relations, payroll and benefits administration, compensation, and training and development. She has been instrumental in the organizational design of human resource departments and has extensive experience creating policies and procedures and creating positive work environments.

Jennifer spent her career giving back to the HR community through her volunteer roles with the San Antonio Human Resource Association and the Texas SHRM State Council. She is an active member of the San Antonio Human Resource Management Association and served on the board of directors from 2006 through 2012, serving as president in 2009 and 2010. She served on the board of directors for Texas SHRM from 2013 through 2020.


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Services

Schools
Consulting
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Impact

131,966
Students Served Over 20 Years
6,437
Students Served in 2020-2021