NaviGo Board and Staff

As NaviGo continues to grow, meet the dedicated team who handles our daily operations and sets our strategic direction. For questions about NaviGo, be sure to email Tim or Stephanie.


Tim Hanner


In addition to serving as NaviGo’s president, Tim Hanner is the founder and a board member of NaviGo College and Career Prep Services. He is also owner of Hanner Educational Enterprises, LLC. Tim was named the 2010 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year and was recognized for creating innovative educational programs in the Kenton County School District, including starting the Born Learning Academy and collaborating with the United Way to engage families in school activities from prenatal care through preschool. He also created a STEM campus (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) featuring the latest green infrastructure technologies; Hanner’s Heroes, a program that encourages students to mentor to other, younger students; and the Superintendent’s Advisory Board and Student Ambassador Program—both student leadership and empowerment programs. Tim also launched the Success Academy, a military school for high school students and the Northern Kentucky Education Team and the Kentucky Education Action Team, partnerships that advocate for and support critical issues in public education. During his tenure as superintendent, the Kenton County School District was selected as a national Literacy and Math Content Lead District by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a Next Generation of Learning Model Site District by the Stupski Foundation, and a model district site by the Harvard Executive Leadership Program.

Tim’s background includes experience as associate commissioner of education for the Kentucky Department of Education, and he also served as a deputy superintendent, a principal, a program coordinator, and a classroom teacher.

Recent recognition includes the 2012 Paul Mason Legislative Advocate for Children Award (presented by the Kentucky PTA), the 2012 Distinguished Service Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators), and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award (presented by the Northern Kentucky Education Council). He has been affiliated with the local Superintendent’s Advisory Council through the Kentucky Department of Education and the United Way of Northern Kentucky’s Action Council. Tim has also served as a member of the advisory board of Kids Voting Northern Kentucky and as a board member of the Kentucky Center for Safe Schools. In addition, he has served as vice president of the Council on Better Education.

Tim retired as superintendent of the Kenton County School District in 2011. He has two children and two grandchildren and lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife, Marlene.


Stephanie Layton

Operations Manager

Stephanie Layton spent most of her career in television news, working at stations in Iowa, Illinois, and Phoenix, as well as Cincinnati. She was a news producer at both WLWT and WCPO, producing newscasts and special reports. Stephanie’s favorite job in the news involved personally meeting people in the community, getting to know them, and sharing their stories. A 2010 education special she produced for WCPO then drew her attention to all of the educational opportunities available to students, from cradle to career.

Stephanie now lives in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, with her husband and two children, who keep her quite busy outside of work. In addition to her role at NaviGo, where she serves as the day-to-day contact to clients and as Director of NaviGo Scholars and Private Coaching, she loves to volunteer at her children’s school, as well as at The Cure Starts Now, a charity that funds research for pediatric brain cancer. She thoroughly enjoys getting to know NaviGo students and families, as well as the incredible coaches that lead students to success


Larry Tibbs

Research and Development Manager

Larry Tibbs began his career teaching in the business department at his alma mater, Dixie Heights High School. He would later go on to serve as guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal at Dixie. In 1993, Larry received the A.D. Albright Award for Outstanding Teaching from the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his work with NaviGo and serving as its research and development manager, Larry now works with and helps facilitate the Northern Kentucky Youth Advisory Board, which is sponsored by Children, Inc. He also volunteers with Action Ministries, a local food pantry, specifically with the charitable organization’s “Food For Thought” program.

NaviGo Founders


Jim Cutter

Co-Founder / Board Member

Jim Cutter is president of Cutter Construction, Inc., a company he founded in 1993. His company’s two divisions specialize in residential remodeling projects, developing new commercial projects, and building custom homes. In 2011, he was named a Torch Award winner by the Better Business Bureau, an award highlighting his commitment to ethical practices in the marketplace.


In addition to being a co-founder of NaviGo, Jim also volunteers for many local community groups. He is the president of Kids Voting Northern Kentucky, has worked with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and is involved with the Alumni Association at Northern Kentucky University.



Jeremy Deters

Co-Founder / Board Member

Jeremy Deters is a practicing attorney and partner at Deters Fichner & Williams PLLC. He focuses his practice in the areas of education law and general business practice. Jeremy serves as president and CEO of The Deters Company, a family-owned business that operates real estate, food, and gasoline retail businesses, including Wendy’s restaurants, Blue Pantry convenience stores, and Snappy Tomato Pizza Company restaurants.


He is a co-founder of NaviGo. Jeremy also serves in various capacities for other charitable and religious organizations.



Todd Dykes

Co-Founder / Board Member

Todd Dykes is chief investigative reporter for Cincinnati’s WLWT Channel 5. His specialties as an investigative news reporter and anchor include news writing and producing, utilizing critical thinking skills, evaluating relevant content and data, engaging reluctant sources of information, and serving as a workplace ambassador.


Todd’s mission as a journalist is to provide a voice to people who might otherwise never be heard and to deliver information in a straightforward and concise manner. A former student of Tim Hanner, he has been involved with NaviGo since its inception as a co-founder.



Tim Hanner

Founder / Chairman of the Board

Along with his board members, Tim Hanner founded NaviGo in fall 2011. In addition to developing the overarching vision for NaviGo, he serves as its president. The 2010 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year, Tim has spent countless hours improving the lives of students and focusing on ways to improve their overall educational experience. He works closely with NaviGo’s coaches and staff to make sure students’ success is at the forefront of NaviGo’s mission.



Ken Weidinger

Co-Founder / Board Member

Ken Weidinger spent nearly 30 years working in the Kenton County School District as a middle school teacher, middle school counselor, high school counselor, and consultant to the district’s secondary schools. In 2008, he retired from education to study theology at Lexington Theological Seminary. Ken is now pastor of Faith United Church of Christ in Cincinnati.


As a NaviGo co-founder, Ken helped develop NaviGo’s proprietary curriculum. He is committed to his ministry, but Ken’s passion for education has kept him close to the NaviGo mission.