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About Progress Adviser

Progress Adviser is the first and best Walk-Thru and Evaluation system that allows you to set your goals and track your progress on all levels including District, School, and Staff. Goals can be developed for a variety purposes including instructional strategies, professional development, lesson study, learning rounds, grant data requirements, facilities, WASC, LCAP, and more.

Founded in 2012, we have one passionate focus: supporting your efforts to integrate and track system-wide goals. We are a national company based out of Redding, California. Our team brings over 60 years of proven leadership in the educational professional development and business industries. We are nimble and responsive with minimal layers. When a customer calls, a support specialist answers.

Progress Adviser is built on a strong conviction to serve students: we do this by supporting their leadership. We believe the local leaders are the experts with knowledge of the student population, community, staff, and parents. Progress Adviser offers technology that is easy to use and dedicated support personnel to serve your team.

We look forward to beginning many new partnerships with Districts and Schools like yours!

Our Team

Portrait of Steve Hiscock

Steve Hiscock, Founder & CEO

As Progress Adviser’s chief executive officer, Steve is responsible for Progress Adviser’s day-to-day-operations, as well as leading the company’s product development and technology strategy. Steve co-founded Progress Adviser with Mitch Santala in 2012 while being a principal at a middle school. Steve has been in the education field for 15 years as a coach, teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Away from Progress Adviser, Steve is a husband and father of two.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from California State University Sacramento and a master’s degree in educational leadership from University of LaVerne.

Portrait of Mitch Santala

Mitch Santala, Founder and Co-Owner

Mitch Santala has been a part of Progress Adviser since its launch in 2012. As a vocational leader, he has over 20 years of experience empowering leaders and teams in both non-profit and for-profit capacities. Prior to his involvement, Mitch founded ESA as President and Owner, a national service company in the Financial Industry. Mitch also serves on the board of Bring Love In, a non-profit organization focused on placing orphans in families. Mitch is married and has four children.

Mitch received a bachelor’s degree with honors in leadership from Simpson University in Redding, CA.

Patty Fuller, Support Manager

As Progress Adviser’s head of customer service, Patty is dedicated to ensuring that support requests are met with timely responses. Whether answering simple how-to questions or overseeing the onboarding process, Patty is committed to providing our clients with the best possible experience while ensuring that the user base has a voice within all aspects of company management.

Patty holds a BA in Management from Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, CA.

Nathan Noble, Lead Developer

Nathan Noble serves as Progress Adviser’s lead developer, overseeing all aspects of software development for the Progress Adviser web app, iOS app, and LCAPca.com. Nathan has a broad range of software development experience, having worked on software product and project/consulting teams ranging from GIS desktop applications to tablet and web business applications, developing primarily of late using the JavaScript, C#, SQL Server technology stack.

With a heart for user experience and a desire to steadily drive products towards ease of use and consistent performance, Nathan works daily to raise the standards of usability and reliability.

Todd Moegerle, Production Manager

Serving as a bridge between the development, support, and executive efforts of Progress Adviser, Todd’s role as Production Manager is aimed at joining the end user’s needs and experiences with the objectives and resources of Progress Adviser as a whole. In addition to his involvement with general product development, Todd oversees the custom development process; working with clients whose organizations require additions or modifications to the standard product lineup.

Todd has worked primarily within software or SaaS oriented businesses since 2003, with a focus on Quality Assurance and Customer Service.

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