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Pinnacle Consulting Group President Joins MIND Research Institute Board of Directors

Irvine, Calif., Mar 26, 2014 The MIND Research Institute has added Donald E. Garcia, president, owner and founder of Irvine-based Pinnacle Consulting Group, to its Board of Directors.

Garcia’s previous board service includes a presidential appointment to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he chaired the audit and finance committee, and a gubernatorial appointment to the State Workman’s Compensation Board, where he served on the investment committee. Additionally, he chaired the fundraising and sponsorship committee of the American Cancer Society, and served on the board of the YMCA of Orange County.

A leader in the Hispanic community, Garcia is also a board member for the Orange County Hispanic 100, and previously co-chaired the National Latino Coalition Foundation, Por Mi Futuro. He has been honored for his work as a mentor to individual gang members through Santa Ana’s Project PRIDE program.

“Mr. Garcia’s personal commitment to improving children’s lives and developing a stronger future workforce make him a strong fit with MIND Research Institute’s mission,” said Ted Smith, Chairman and CEO of MIND Research. “We’re very pleased to add him to our roster of distinguished business leaders.”

MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit that provides a game-based computer math program, ST Math®, to schools along with teacher training and year-round educational support. The program promotes deeper learning, fosters problem solving skills and inspires a life-long love of learning. More than half a million children across the country are currently using ST Math. The organization’s research division also conducts research into the neuroscience of learning, and applies those discoveries to its educational programs.

“MIND Research Institute continues making great strides to improve math education for students across the country, regardless of their socioeconomic status or language barriers,” said Garcia. “I’m excited to join their board as they continue their momentum toward transforming math education in America.”

Garcia’s Pinnacle Consulting Group provides financial services to affluent families. Prior to founding Pinnacle he was among the top investment advisors for John Hancock. He has been recognized by the Million Dollar Roundtable, a trade organization for financial professionals, and has served as president of the National Association of Professional Insurance and Financial Advisors of Orange County.

About MIND Research Institute
MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND's distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. MIND's programs currently reach over 630,000 students and 25,000 teachers in 2,050 schools in 35 states. For more information, visit

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