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Brian Haug


Brian is a graduate of VCU's College of Engineering School with a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering. While attending VCU, Haug began investing in real estate and now owns a portfolio of properties in and around the City of Richmond. Haug serves on the Board of Trustees for the VCU College of Engineering and also serves on VCU's Athletics Advisory Board. As a son, brother, father, and husband Haug is passionate about the journey of lifelong learning, hard work, and continuous personal discovery. 


He serves as senior vice president, Divisional Sales Manager for Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC.  Haug began his career with Prosperity in Southern Virginia where, for about a decade, he was a successful mortgage consultant, working with Long & Foster Real Estate’s Midlothian, Virginia, office. A few years later, he was promoted to branch manager for Prosperity’s Richmond and Southwest Virginia regions, and he led that area until he transferred into the D.C. market.  


Emily Elliott

SVP Chief Learning Officer

Emily Elliott’s passion is education.  She has attended more than a dozen schools in her lifetime and has taken a little bit of each experience to formulate her philosophy for learning: Children thrive when they feel safe in their environment, secure in their abilities and supported by people that believe education is a lifelong priority.


When you ask Emily “Where are you from?” she doesn’t know quite how to answer.  She moved every three to four years as a child and spent most of her life in California.  She is a “lifelong learner” and if she had endless time and money would be a college student forever. 


Emily earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an Organizational Behavior Emphasis from California State University, Fresno, a Master of Business Administration with a Marketing Emphasis and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Los Angeles Unified School District and a Master of American Studies from Pepperdine University. 


Emily has served as a teacher in both public and private settings.  She began her career with Los Angeles Unified School District at a Title I school in the San Fernando Valley.  She was a private school principal for six years and enjoys tutoring all ages of students.  The Beacon RVA is something she has dreamed of creating for years.

Emily Elliott is the proud mother to Charlie (15), Jonah (14) and Lily (11). 


Jessica Haug

SVP Operations

Jessica Haug serves as Chief Operations Officer and overseas operations of Beacon Learning Collaborative.  In this role, she works on marketing, technology and operational programs to grow the business and the brand. 

In her prior position, Jessica was a project manager with Wachovia Securities now Wells Fargo Financial.  There she successfully completed over 100 complex projects, including establishing offices for new brokers, relocating and consolidating offices and merging offices from different firms.  Under her leadership, her team worked successfully with branch managers, Corporate Real Estate, IT, Telecom and many additional business partners to effectively manage multiple in-depth logistics projects simultaneously. 


Jessica is a graduate of VCU's Business School with a bachelor's in Business Management. She then earned her master’s in business administration from Strayer University.


 Jessica is also an avid real estate investor and manages a portfolio of multi-family properties in and around the City of Richmond. In addition, she runs a busy household of four and is very dedicated to education, physical fitness, and her family. 


Dr. James C. Haug

SVP Educational Advisor

Dr. James C. Haug is an Associate Professor of Management at Longwood University’s College of Business and Economics, Farmville, VA.  He currently serves as Longwood’s representative and Board member the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems ( From 2002 to 2007, he served as an Organizational Business Analyst and Contracts subject matter expert with Quality Technical Services, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.  From 1991 to 2001, Dr. Haug was a tenured Associate Professor for Troy University, teaching full time in both the Atlantic and Florida regions.  He was the program manager for the Master of Science in Management degree, and together with adjunct teaching both before and after his full time role, taught over 200 graduate level courses in the MBA, MSHRM and MPA programs.  During his career in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1991, he served as the Director of the Contracts Group and Resident Officer in Charge of Construction, Navy Public Works Center, Pensacola, FL, where he managed the solicitation, award, and administration of construction, repair, maintenance, equipment installation, planning and design work valued at over $35 million per year.  Other past positions include serving on the staff of the Navy’s Broadway Complex Office in San Diego, CA; Visiting Professor, University of San Diego Business School; Facilities Planning Academic Division Director at the Civil Engineer Corps School Port Hueneme, CA; and various public works related assignments in the San Francisco Bay area, Washington, DC, and S. Weymouth, MA.  Dr. Haug holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Management Engineering from Columbia University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Doctor of Business Administration from George Washington University, Washington, DC.  He is professionally registered in California as a Manufacturing Engineer.

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