Meet the Team

BASIS Gloabl CEO Jana Somolova

Jana Somolova


Jana grew up in Dolny Kubin, Slovakia, where her parents and brother still live. Jana earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University San Marcos, and her juris doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is also a member of the Arizona bar.

After working as an estate planning and business law attorney in private practice, Jana accepted a position as general counsel for BASIS.ed in 2013. In 2015, Jana followed her passion to take the BASIS.ed Curriculum worldwide and became the Chief Executive Officer of BASIS Global.

Jana lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Patti Bezanson

Patti Bezanson

Vice President, Operations

Patti came to BASIS.ed with extensive experience in operations and marketing for top-tier Charter and Educational management organizations in Arizona. Patti spent four years building and leading all enrollment and marketing efforts for Great Hearts Academies before becoming Managing Director of Marketing, Branding and Student Recruitment for BASIS.ed in 2014. She joined the BASIS Global team in 2015 as the Vice President of Operations, focusing initially on the opening their first international school in Shenzhen, China. Patti received her bachelor of arts in Communication from Oakland University.

Patti lives in Phoenix with her husband and three children.

Steven Cowan, Director of Marketing

Steven Cowan

Director of Operations and Projects

Steven was raised in Page, Arizona. He was awarded an academic scholarship to study at Arizona State University, where he obtained his bachelor of science degree in psychology. Steven has had a varied career, working first as a graduate fellow at The Ohio State University, then several years in commercial real estate in Arizona. In 2010, he graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree from Arizona State University and pursued a career in education with the Institute for Supply Management in 2011 and with BASIS Global in 2015.

Steven lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his collection of guitars.

Hana Shafer, Director of International Student Programs

Hana Shafer


Hana was born in the Czech Republic, and grew up in Prague. In 1997, she graduated from high school with an emphasis in business, economics and the English language. Hana holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Business and European History from Arizona State University and has been part of the BASIS.ed team since 2011.

Hana resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

Beata Mickevic, ISP Coordinator

Beata Mickevic

Director of International Student Programs

Beata has over four years of experience working with International Students from over 40 countries, as the Internship Manager and Designated School Official at Intrax International Institute. She also has one year experience teaching middle school English in Lithuania. Beata was born in Lithuania and speaks four languages fluently- Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and English. Beata joined the BASIS Global team in 2015 as the International Student Coordinator. She received her Master's in International Relations from LaSalle University. Beata lives in Tempe, where she enjoys participating in outdoor activities.