Our Founders

Dr. Mark Adkins, is a leader in the technical development of course materials and effective delivery. As AK Collaborations Founder and Managing Partner, Mark executes with his innovative and transformational leadership in the digital collaboration arena. Dr. Adkins provides extraordinary time-to-value on mission critical operations leveraging digital engagement systems. Mark completed his doctoral studies at the University of Arizona in Communication and Information Systems.

As the Director of Research at the Center for the Management of Information at the University of Arizona, he directed large scale multi-million dollar research projects around the globe with government departments and agencies. He has extensive time at sea, eaten fine powdery dust in austere locations while orchestrating  action research to create, develop, and implement a number of collaboration capabilities and systems, including the original ThinkTank platform
A former athlete, having won championships in ice hockey, he understands the requirements for teams in competitive environments. Now he enjoys outdoor activities such as horse riding, hunting, motorcycling, and golf.

Dr. Edwin Dawson, has been in education for over 30 years and creates course materials as well as direct and produce content. His teaching experience spans 4th grade to graduate students and his administrative experience ranges from being the Director of Research in a tribal college, to Executive Director of Federal Programs and Research in a Pre-K to 12 district in the southwest SUSD. Working with schools and districts in improvement, corrective action and restructuring Dr. Dawson has a deep understanding and experience in the State and Federal accountability systems including Federal-funding requirements. Ed has worked as an organizational and political consultant as well as holding an executive post in a Healthcare Research firm in the Midwest. He is a well-published author and researcher.