Chad Castruita Founder & CEO

Chad has managed and run sales organizations for over 17 years. He was Director of sales for NTI Group, a K-12 Ed company that sold SAAS to school district superintendents, which was acquired by Blackboard for $180 million. Chad has since leveraged his relationships in K-12 to sit on advisory boards and consult with start-ups in the Ed tech space. 2.5 years ago, Chad founded CC Capital Group, a virtual services company that labor arbitrages high quality talent overseas, placing them virtually into US companies, and sees net revenue exceeding $20K a month.

Chad has had a personal family experience with substance abuse which fueled his entrepreneurial drive to build a behavioral health tech platform. As the founder of Addiction PROS, he has built HIPAA-compliant care navigator capability for institutions, which serves over 125,000 families, 10,000 staff/employees and over 50,000 students. Chad was born in East LA, received his MBA from USC Marshall School of Business, and currently resides in La Jolla, CA with his wife, Ester, and 11 month old baby, Yasmin. When he isn’t working, Chad enjoys boxing, surfing and golf.

Daniel Schwartz Director of K-12 Relations

Daniel is passionate about helping people and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Diego. His thesis work allowed him to develop skills in Excel, Python, and data analysis. During his time as a grad student, Mr. Schwartz worked as a Teaching Assistant for 6 quarters working closely with young adults and serving as a liaison between them and Professors. This experience helped Mr. Schwartz develop strong communication skills and team leading.

Daniel has provided contract management for Care Solace since Fall of 2018. His responsibilities during this time have included overseeing all implementations, on-boarding, student and family awareness development, and reporting of analytics and training of Care Solace Services. He has successfully implemented Care Solace services in 27 Educational Institutions; a community of users roughly 1 million in population and growing.

Karen LeFever, Ed.D. Chief Business Development Officer

As Chief Business Development Officer, Karen leads the efforts to affect the company’s growth strategies. Karen was recruited to build a national sales team from the ground up. Prior to her new role at Care Solace, Karen was EVP and Chief Development Officer for ChanceLight Behavioral Health, Therapy & Education.

Karen is successful leading the development of partnerships and initiatives that connect public school/district achievement concerns with innovative service and program solutions. She is an established industry expert, thought leader, and educator with broad based management experience who combines strategy excellence with strong financial management skills.

Karen has a proven ability to cultivate productive, long-term relationships and multi-million-dollar deals between public education, governmental bodies, and the private sector. She is passionate about improving achievement success rates; applies tenacity, optimism, and integrity to every endeavor. She is a skilled facilitator and mentor who infuses teams with loyalty and determinedness.

Kelly Van Cleave, LCSW Director of Care Concierge

Kelly is proud to assist individuals in their greatest time of need while advocating for larger, systemic change. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work, with an emphasis in Community Organizing, Planning and Administration, from University of Southern California. Kelly is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Kelly has professional experience providing intensive case management and therapy services in a number of settings, including nonprofit and public agencies, schools, and homeless shelters. She was Vice President of Programs at a nonprofit organization serving formerly homeless families before joining the Care Solace team.

Kelly is responsible for managing the Care Concierge and overseeing the services they provide. She is committed to maintaining the highest ethical and industry standards. Her experience as a provider in the community informs her leadership and support of the Care Concierge as they navigate the complex systems of care that are currently in place.

Greg Thompson
Southeast Regional Director of Business Development

Greg joined Care Solace as Southeast Regional Director of Business Development with a mission to launch the company’s products and services across the entire Southeast. Greg is excited about the potential, and he offers a wealth of experience and relationships in the Educational market segment.

Greg has served in leadership roles at Scholastic and McGraw Hill. Greg entered the K-12 Ed Tech space 19 years ago where he has successfully consulted and established new business from numerous School Systems across the Southeastern states.  Greg is a sales award winner, known for his consultative and problem-solving approach with school leadership.  He has successfully introduced new concepts and services in education and formed loyal partnerships with school leadership. In fact, based on his relationships with K-12 Superintendents, Greg was requested to serve on the Georgia School Superintendent Association (GSSA) Board of Directors. Greg served on the board as an affiliate member for 3 years.

On a personal note, Greg is married to Karen, and they reside in Woodstock, Georgia. They are actively involved in their community and Woodstock City Church. Their hobbies include riding Harleys and playing golf and tennis.

Care Solace Support Amid COVID-19

Care Solace is fully operational regardless of disruptions that continue to unfold due to COVID-19. We are uniquely equipped to support districts and communities during this pandemic. Our proprietary care navigation system taps into our vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local and virtual therapists and programs in minutes.


Elk Grove Unified School District’s Director of Student and Support Services, Don Ross, sits down with Tech & Learning Magazine to talk about positive results with Care Solace.

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