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David Arena

Solutions Architect

Dave joins Noodle Partners with eight years of multifaceted work in the ed tech space at 2U. During his early days at 2U he built and managed a team of Enrollment Services specialists, who managed application data in accordance to several partner universities’ policies and procedures. He also spent his time there building the departmental technology and personnel infrastructure that serves as the department’s foundation til this day.

In the last four years of his tenure at 2U, Dave managed operations for one of 2U’s partner universities, George Washington University (GWU). From eliminating bottlenecks and manual processes, to managing the strategic outlook and assisting in growing the programs’ enrollments and retention strategies, he spent the bulk of his time leading teams towards cohesive goals. On top of managing operations and integrations, he also project managed the launch of two deeply complex programs within GWU.

Rob Avery

General Manager

Rob joins Noodle with over a decade of experience in higher education as an educator and ed tech leader. He comes to us from Cengage Learning where he led the Customer Success group, focusing on the full lifecycle of digital clients – from adoption to training, implementation, usage optimization, and renewal.

Prior to being Director of Customer Success, Rob was Director of Sales at Cengage and has had posts at Pearson Education as a District Manager, Technology Specialist, and Sales Representative. In each of these positions, Rob was at the epicenter of the massive shift in content delivery from traditional print to digital content and platforms. The constant has been Rob’s mission and passion for connecting educators and students to engaging learning tools to improve access to high-quality learning experiences that increase student retention and outcomes.

Raised in North Carolina, Rob currently resides in Knoxville, TN. He received his B.A. in Communications from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, before matriculating to the University of Maine for an M.A. in Communication Studies. Rob completed his Ph.D. coursework in Speech Communication at the University of Georgia. Rob enjoys spending time with his two young boys, traveling, cycling, and watching college sports.

Harris Pittinsky

Software Developer

Harris is a software engineer that can work on either the front or back end. He likes programming with Python and writing web apps with Django. Harris graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Computer Science and in his spare time enjoys playing ice hockey, boating and fishing. A little-known fact about Harris is that he is a certified scuba diver.

Maisha Beasley

Student Affairs Lead
A Bay Area native, Dr. Beasley was raised by a family engaged in community based programs and resources for the underserved. This principle led her to pursue higher education. She went on to graduate from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Communication, University of the Pacific with a M.A. in Higher Education Administration, and from University of San Francisco with an Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Administration. During her 15 year tenure as a student affairs administrator she has become a master planner, strategist, and visionary for orientation and family programs throughout California. In these roles, Dr. Beasley uses her interpersonal skill set to build relationships with her colleagues to ensure the best of the university is shared with new students and their families. Her ability to create wrap around programming and support for families in the university setting has led to state and national recognition.

 

Maisha is a compassionate leader, an engaging speaker, and a lifelong student of the field of education. She has the ability to connect with most students, families, and colleagues with whom she interacts at both large public or small private institutions. Recently completing her doctorate degree, Dr. Beasley provides her expertise as a teacher, educational consultant, and speaker in her field of student engagement and success. Her experience mixed with her personable demeanor make her a relatable professional with the ability to touch people’s hearts, enhance their knowledge, and motivate them to think differently about ideologies and practices.

Greg Blair

General Manager

Greg has worked across a wide range of sectors in the education industry. He joins Noodle Partners from Pearson where he was a member of the company’s Corporate Finance & Strategic Development team. At Pearson, he led global, cross-functional teams in the execution of acquisitions, early stage investments, joint ventures, disposals, strategic initiatives and restructurings across North America, Europe, South Africa, China and various developing markets. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lindsey Bordovsky

Enrollment Advisor

Lindsey began her career in higher education as an admissions counselor at my alma mater. She also worked on a grant-funded project in Public Health Education at Shepherd University for a short while before beginning as the High School Enrollment Specialist at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. She served as the primary counselor, advisor, etc. for all dual-enrolled high school students.

Next year Lindsey will be entering my 10th year as head cheerleading coach at Shepherd University where our team has won National titles in the DII Advanced All-Girl Division in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 (and hopefully 2019!)

Alice Bradshaw

Enrollment Advisor

Alice joins Noodle after almost ten years in public health, healthcare, and higher education. She began her career as a coordinator for the Obesity Prevention Initiative, which worked with both UNC-Wilmington and Blue Cross Blue Shield on community health efforts as well as research. Alice then entered her graduate degree program at the University of Virginia, where she received her MSN with a certification in Clinical Nurse Leadership. After graduation, she worked as both a nurse at the University of Virginia Health System, and as adjunct faculty for the School of Nursing. After moving back to her hometown in North Carolina, Alice went back into the nonprofit public health sector to help those in her small community until she joined Noodle Partners. She is passionate about the empowerment of education, and the incredible opportunities that advancements in technology will bring to those who seek to better themselves through learning.

Lee Bradshaw

Executive Vice President, University Partnerships

With over a decade of experience in education technology, Bradshaw heads the University Partnerships team at Noodle Partners. He has formed deep relationships in a breadth of academic disciplines including Public Health, Social Work, Education, Business, Law, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Health Informatics, and Speech Pathology.

Before joining Noodle Partners, he lead 2U’s new-program software integrations, collaborating with teams at USC, Berkeley, George Washington, American, SMU, Yale, Northwestern, Syracuse, and NYU. By implementing nuanced workflow efficiencies, he deployed more software in the first 18 months than had been deployed in the previous five years of operations.

Pam Bright

Enrollment Advisor

Pam joins Noodle partners with over 13 years of experience in higher education that focused mainly in creative fields such as media arts and design. At her last job as Associate Director of Admissions at The Art Institute of Philadelphia she enjoyed fostering meaningful relationships with students of all ages to help them on an individual path to academic success. She also created and managed on campus and virtual orientation events that enriched the new student experience and built a solid foundation for campus engagement. Pam has a passion for helping non traditional students gain the confidence to continue their education and achieve their goals. She lives in Philadelphia, Pa and enjoys traveling, hiking and kayaking with her husband and two labrador retrievers.

Amber Burkhardt

Enrollment Lead

Before joining the Noodle team in September 2018, Amber spent 6.5 years at 2U where she was instrumental in launching, managing and growing admissions teams in both the education and social work arena.

Suzie de Cárdenas

Project Manager

Suzie de Cárdenas (Project Manager) joined the Noodle Partners team with over ten years of experience in education. She began her career in education at McGraw-Hill Education, where she served as a Software Quality Assurance Analyst, a Business Analyst and a Project Manager on the User Experience team. Most recently, Suzie was a Technical Project Manager on the technology team at Success Academies, where she worked with a team of developers to improve and automate a number of manual processes, while also making improvements to the software applications used across the network of SA charter schools. Suzie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, from California State University, Fullerton.

Scott Cederbaum

Vice President, Analytics and Strategy

Scott comes to Noodle Partners after nearly six years at 2U where he served as VP, Marketing and Strategic Analysis. During his time at 2U, Scott grew a team of four revenue optimization analysts into a world class group dedicated to providing marketing and sales analytics and insights. A big believer in automation and allowing business leaders to power their own decision making, Scott’s team focused not only on analysis, but automation, working to build enterprise level business intelligence tools and to automate analytic insights by productionizing key models. Scott also oversaw 2U’s email marketing team. Prior to joining 2U, Scott served in sales and marketing leadership roles at Politico, MOGL, and the University of Michigan, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Business at the Kogod School of Business at American University.

Scott received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, his MA from University of California, San Diego, and his MBA from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Rebecca Chodos

General Manager

Rebecca has worked in higher education for over 10 years with a focus in non-traditional learning. She joins Noodle Partners from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where she worked with Kenan-Flagler Business School’s online graduate programs including MBA@UNC and MAC Online. Most recently, Rebecca was the Director of Academics and Operations for the UNC Master of Accounting Program where she played an integral role in the launch of the online format of the program. Leveraging the curriculum developed for online, she led the operational effort to re-launch the on-campus program using a blended delivery model. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University.

Daniel Clemens

Solutions Architect

Daniel is a Solutions Architect with a decade of experience in technology as both a manager and expert. Before joining Noodle Partners, he served as Manager of IT Infrastructure at a nonprofit serving 20,000 end users across 50 locations.

Adamah Cole

Head of Strategic Branding

Adamah began his professional career as a member of Teach For America and a 4th grade teacher in the Bronx. In his following role with the organization he continued to expand his scope of impact through leading the recruitment efforts for a portfolio of schools. Additionally, as a member of the Alumni Affairs team, he conceived, structured and executed several internal and external partnerships at TFA’s regional office in his hometown of Philadelphia.

After TFA, he simultaneously earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and an MA from the Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies while also serving on the board of Out4Business, the LGBT professional and social organization, playing an active role in the campus African-American MBA association, and serving a Cast Director and actor with the student-run musical theater group the Wharton Follies.

Following business school, Adamah worked for Viacom, YouTube and within the independent film sector before returning to his education roots as a member of the student marketing team here at Noodle Partners.

Eric Daigh

Creative Director

Eric was born and raised in Southern California, and now calls Northern Michigan home. He has been working in the creative industry for 25 years and has a deep passion for learning and playing with new things. He’s a portraitist and conceptual artist, and has the rare distinction of having created the world’s largest pushpin mosaic.

Lauren Davis

General Manager

Over the past 10 years, Lauren has dedicated her career to helping universities build outstanding online graduate programs that attract top students across the country and internationally while upholding academic quality and integrity. She has been integral in launching and growing enrollment for graduate programs at the University of Southern California, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, American University, and recently Tulane University. Prior to specializing in online program management, she gained experience in working in higher education admissions and student development departments at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and Loyola University, Maryland. Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Loyola University, Maryland. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, playing golf, and photography.

Alix Dejean

General Manager

Dejean joined Noodle Partners from Dewey Square Group (DSG), a global strategic communications and advisory firm, where he was a Principal in the State and Local Affairs and Multicultural Affairs practices. During his more than seven years at Dewey Square, Dejean advised Fortune 500 companies, foundations and emerging companies on strategic communications, stakeholder engagement, crisis management, diversity, reputation, and public affairs matters with a particular focus on education, media, technology and aerospace sectors.

Prior to joining DSG, Dejean had a proven track record of accomplishments with more than a decade of public and national government affairs experience, as political and fundraising strategist. He began his career working for the Kerry- Edward Presidential Campaign, followed by several years at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Obama Victory Fund 2008 in the following roles; Southern Deputy Finance Director, Northern Deputy Finance Director, Finance Director for the African American Leadership Council (AALC), and later as a consultant with the Dejean Group.

Alix is active in the community serving as the Vice Chair of the board for Democracy Prep Congress Heights School (DC), Episcopal High School’s The Promise Campaign (VA), and the Jessie Banks Scholarship Foundation (NJ).

Raised in South Carolina, Alix is a graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He is currently studying for a Masters of Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary and lives in Washington, D.C.

Stefan Dimitrijevic

Software Engineer

Stefan is a full-stack developer with both passion for new tech and an appreciation for retro technologies, especially if delivered on vinyl. His approach to development rests on frequent feedback iterations and a radical openness and eagerness to adopt. Stefan has a wide-ranging experience in various stacks, from MEAN to ASP.Net. He enjoys being an active member of the blockchain community.

Julian Farmer

Vice President Of University Relations

Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Julian served for five years as VP of Sales and Admissions for 2U partnering with leading universities to deliver higher education degree programs online. His responsibilities there included the building and management of a 150+ person sales and admissions team located in several offices across the US, Asia, and Central and South America.

Julian created and defined an industry within an industry with his unique approach and unprecedented successful growth of sales for online programs at partner institutions, including: USC, Berkley, Northwestern, NYU, Washington University in St. Louis, American and Simmons. In addition, Julian launched and scaled new partner programs that maintained brand integrity, built program reputation, delivering exceptionally qualified candidates, increasing new student enrollment by an average of 35% year after year, which provided the majority of 2U’s gross revenue from 2010 to date.

Riana Ferleman

Enrollment Advisor

Riana worked as an Enrollment Counselor before at another company, while simultaneously running a catering business. Before that, she worked in administration while living in Washington D.C.

Hallie Finch

Enrollment Lead

Hallie has been working in higher education for the past three years. She is on the recruitment and enrollment team at Noodle, partnering with universities to develop effective recruitment processes and training advisors to assist prospective students through the enrollment process. With nearly ten years of sales experience across different industries, Hallie’s background consists of working closely with clients, buyers, and customers to meet their needs.

Hallie lives in Denver, Colorado and enjoys camping, hiking, and skiing in the nearby Rocky Mountains.

Amber Ford

Academic Lead

Amber joins Noodle Partners having spent seven years on faculty with the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Most recently, as a Clinical Associate Professor of Field Education, she taught multiple courses while involved in program administration and development, faculty development and support, and curriculum design. She was responsible for teaching evidenced-based interventions for MSW students and Family Nurse Practitioner students through the Nursing@USC program. She was also instrumental in securing funding and developing the curriculum for a HRSA-funded workforce development grant preparing MSW students for employment in Integrated Behavioral Health. Amber previously served as Regional Field Education Director for the USC Virtual Academic Center, the first online Master of Social Work program in the world. During this time, she led a team of faculty and staff responsible for field practicum placements in Northern California and 12 western states.

Prior to working in higher education, Amber worked across medical social work settings with a focus on populations experiencing cancer and other chronic or life-limiting illness or injury. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Wise Caregiving, an organization providing training and consultation in contemplative caregiving for both formal and informal caregivers.

Amber received her Bachelor of Social Work from Azusa Pacific University, her Master of Social Work from Eastern Washington University, and her Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and Change from the University of Southern California.

Jamal Gay

General Manager

Jamal joined Noodle Partners with nearly a decade of experience working closely with over two dozen globally recognized colleges and universities to develop, scale, support and improve learning outcomes through the creation of high-quality digital educational experiences.

In former roles as Senior Director and Vice President of Production at 2U, Jamal and his teams created the necessary project and data management infrastructure, workflows and protocols leading to the ongoing iteration and continual improvement of 2U’s expansive portfolio of academic coursework. Additionally, Jamal and his teams led the delivery of Semester Online, an interdisciplinary undergraduate program consisting of over twenty credit-bearing course offerings developed in partnership with a consortia of globally recognized American and international colleges and universities. In an earlier role, Jamal worked directly with faculty to develop the creative vision, production and delivery of the online Master of Social Work program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the online Master of Teaching program at the USC Rossier School of Education.

Prior to his pivot into higher education, Jamal was an accomplished multimedia producer and project manager helping Fortune 100 brands extend their marketing activations to hard-to-reach audiences. Jamal co-founded Wonderbox Studios, a Los Angeles-based production company, which partners with globally recognized brands, cutting edge technology firms, and front-line non-profit organizations to produce promotional and cause-based content.

Jamal earned a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications and Film with a minor in Business from California State University, Los Angeles. He subsequently completed coursework in Design Project Management and Digital Media for the Web and Mobile Devices. Jamal is now based in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area and enjoys golf, photography, and traveling abroad with his wife and young children.

Joshua Gordesky

Academic Lead

Josh joins Noodle Partners as an Academic Lead. He is fascinated with understanding how people learn, what role that neuroscience plays in the learning process, and how educational technology helps us to become lifelong, independent learners. He was a captain in the Air Force and worked as a nuclear missile launch officer at Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls, MT. He has been in the L&D field since 2006 and ran his own training firm, Game Plan Communications, for the past ten years. He earned his Ph.D. in Learning Technologies in the distance learning section of the University of North Texas. Originally from Dallas, TX, Josh now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Stephen Green

Chief Program Officer

Stephen Green is committed to improving the intersection between access, education, and technology. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Stephen was the CMO at eCornell, the online learning arm of Cornell University, and Qubed Education, an ed tech company that builds online career exploration programs for millennials with top universities and leading consumer brands. Earlier in his career, Stephen was one of the earliest employees at 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU), where he helped several great institutions build and run high-quality online degree programs in a series of senior management positions including EVP/General Manager and President of Graduate Programs. Stephen is a member of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and the National Council on Educating Black Children. Green also sits on the boards of Bright Star Schools, a Los Angeles based Charter School Network, and UThink PC, a build your own computer company. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross; an M.A. from Columbia University; and an Ed.M. from Teachers College.

Jane Hamilton

General Manager

Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Jane Hamilton served as Congressman Marc Veasey’s Chief of Staff and campaign manager. Jane has 17 years of success creating and leveraging strong political and government networks in public policy, electoral politics and grassroots organizing to achieve strategic goals at the state, local and federal government levels. Jane boasts over a decade of North Texas electoral victories, from the court house to Congress. Jane’s legislative work spans from the Texas State Legislature to the Halls of Congress. She began her career as a legislative aide to Texas State Representative Helen Giddings. In Washington, D.C., Jane served on the U.S. House Rules Committee as a professional staffer to Ranking Member Martin Frost and for the past four years, Jane proudly served as Congressman Marc Veasey’s Chief of Staff, where she created the framework for the implementation of all political, legislative, and communications goals. Jane honed her public relations and political skills off the Hill as well. She worked on K Street with leading public relations firm Public Strategies, Inc. in the government relations practice group.

Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Political Science from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL. She has made her home in Dallas, TX, where she serves on the Annie’s List Board, is a Member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and served as past Chair of the Dallas County Citizen Election Advisory Board.

Kathy Hanson

Vice President, Teaching and Learning

Kathy has forged her career in the education arena, in both academia and the civil service. She has taught at all levels, and for several private and public colleges and universities. Kathy has considerable experience in instructional design, having held key leadership positions within learning and development at several federal agencies, to include the Food and Drug Administration and the National Park Service, where she was the Chief Learning Officer. Her experience teaching in an online doctoral program, combined with her experience building blended learning opportunities in the Federal Government, sparked Kathy’s passion for helping to create and sustain superior online programs. In addition to her civilian work experiences, Kathy is a Gulf War-era veteran of the U.S. Army who served as a helicopter pilot for several years. Kathy received her B.A. degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, her M.A.Ed. from Western Carolina University, and her Ed.D. from the University of Southern California.

Benjamin Harges

Enrollment Advisor

Benjamin’s career has been focused on human betterment and motivation. He has more than ten years of experience in the field of human services while holding positions such as Group Home Counselor, Detention Specialist, and Probation Counselor. He also has amassed over ten years of experience in fitness and wellness management while holding positions such as Membership Specialist, Personal Trainer, and Fitness Manager. Benjamin’s focus has always been to help others and that has served to shape his career path and lead him to become an Enrollment Advisor for Noodle Partners.

Jaimie Hoffman

Director of Student Affairs and Learning

Dr. Jaimie Hoffman has worked across the higher education landscape for over twenty years. Her expertise includes assessment in higher education, student affairs administration, development of college student leaders, inclusion and equity, and use of technology inside and outside of the classroom for advancing student learning and engagement. She has served as a full-time faculty member, most recently (from 2015-2017) as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education at the University of Southern California (USC) in Rossier’s School of Education. Jaimie also served as an adjunct faculty member at various institutions in the United States.  Through her teaching career, Jaimie has taught face-to-face, blended, and online (using synchronous and asynchronous technology) courses on assessment, research, communication, diversity, and organizational leadership to students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

Prior to her work as a full-time faculty member, Jaimie held various roles in student affairs and information technology. In the area of information technology, Jaimie served as a Teaching and Learning Innovations Specialist at CSU Channel Islands where she provided pedagogical training and support to faculty teaching blended and online courses. Jaimie spent the first 15 years of her career working in, and leading student affairs/services – she worked in, and with the following programmatic areas: assessment and training, new student programs, orientation, leadership programs, residential education, judicial affairs, campus recreation, and career development services.

Jaimie received her Ed.D. in Leadership from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and M.Ed. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University. She maintains leadership roles in various professional associations including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Faculty Council and the International Higher Education teaching and Learning Association (HETL).

Shelby Hoffman

Enrollment Lead

Shelby Hoffman is from Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. She grew up living on a boarding school campus where her mother was a dean of students. Shelby has always been surrounded by the value of education and is honored to make education her own career. Before Noodle, Shelby worked at 2U where she was instrumental in launching, developing and recruiting for both Simmons College and University of Southern California’s FNP program. During her spare time, you can find her on a Mountain in Colorado. She enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking, camping and taking pictures.

Michael Horn

Board Member

Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations. He is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank; he serves as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions; and he is the director of the Education + Technology fund, a joint philanthropic project of Two Sigma and Robin Hood with the mission of unlocking the potential of technology to advance achievement for low-income students. ​ Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations. Tech&Learning magazine named Horn to its list of the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Horn holds a BA in history from Yale University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Jeffrey Horne

Learning Specialist

Jeffrey Horne (Learning Specialist) is committed to improving the quality of learning in the digital age. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Jeffrey was the Director of Programs at the Bill of Rights Institute, an K-12 civics curriculum and educator professional development organization. As Director of Programs, he helped transition the Institute from a paper based curricula to an online curricula with a variety of added learning tools. This included the development of the Institute’s Homework Help series, which were 3-5 minute videos that simplified complex historical and civics content. Earlier in his career, Jeffrey also taught Advanced Placement History and Civics courses for six years in both Utah and California. Jeffrey is married and has a three year old daughter. They love to camp, hike and rock climb. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah; an M.A.T. from the University of Southern California; and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California where he expects to complete his Ed.D. this upcoming August.

Keri Hoyt

President

Keri Hoyt (President) started her career at The Princeton Review. During her 18-year tenure, she partnered with colleges and universities to help improve their marketing and admissions processes, helped build online programming, and honed her marketing and product-development skills. Keri joins Noodle Partners from Success Academies, where she ran 34 high-performing elementary, middle, and high schools throughout New York City.

James Jannicelli

Software Developer

James is a software engineer helping to build the systems that power Noodle Partners. His previous experience includes working at Noodle Markets and developing business intelligence tools for online marketers, as well as working with K-12 educational publishers in Minnesota. He spends much of his free time playing music, and though he grew up in Colorado, he went skiing less often than you would think. He holds a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

Kristina Jenik

Enrollment Advisor

Kristina brings with her a life-long love of learning. She joins Noodle Partners with over 20 years of experience in education, ranging from Preschool-aged children, to teen-parent programs, to working with students at a private high school. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Child & Adolescent Development from California State University, Northridge, and has dedicated the past 10 years of her career as a high school administrator and teacher, specifically as Director of Service Learning & Student Activities, at a Los Angeles-based high school. Kristina was proud to grow the Service Learning program into a robust and important part of student life on and off campus, partnering students with local non-profit organizations. She also found fulfillment and joy in being a student advocate, teaching students about graphic design through her Yearbook course, and by developing students’ Social Emotional skills through her Human Development course.

Jarrod Jordan

Chief Marketing Officer

Jarrod Jordan has operationalized and led several award-winning marketing teams across the globe in several different languages. His success in leading global marketing initiatives that are rooted in leveraging quantitative analytics for omnichannel marketing has earned him invitations to deliver keynote speeches at Amazon Websummit 2017, Wearable Tech Conference 2017, Forbes CMO Series 2016 and participate in a live taping of “market makers” at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017. In addition to these special engagements, his marketing teams have won many accolades from companies such as EY, McKinsey & Company, Google, Frost & Sullivan, RedDot Design, Digital Trends, and Amazon.

John Katzman

Chief Executive Officer

Before founding Noodle Partners, John Katzman founded and was CEO of 2U, which helps the University of Southern California, Georgetown, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Washington University, Northwestern University and other great institutions build and run high-quality online degree programs.

Prior to 2U, Katzman founded and ran The Princeton Review, which helped half of the students applying to U.S. colleges and universities each year find, get into and pay for school. Katzman serves on several for- and not-for-profit boards of directors, including those of Renaissance Learning, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. He has authored many articles and five books.

Lauren Kayen

Field Placement Lead
Lauren joins Noodle Partners with nearly a decade of experience in education, and spent the past five years at Success Academy. She began as an Education Manager and soon became a Scholar Support Manager, a role in which she ensured that students with disabilities received the appropriate supports they needed to be successful across a cohort of schools. Lauren joined Tech for America where she taught 9th grade Special Education in Washington D.C for 2 years, and earned her Masters in Special Education from George Mason University while teaching. She is passionate about helping students find the right place to practice the skills they are learning in the classroom. She graduated from Cornell University in 2011.

Rachael Kelly

Enrollment Advisor

Rachael Kelly has focused her entire career on improving student access to quality education. After graduating from UMBC, Rachael joined the 2013 Teach for America corps in inner-city Baltimore. While teaching elementary students full-time, she also received her Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. She then transitioned to clinical counseling after earning her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Rachael has spent the past several years focused on the intersection of higher education and social work, helping prospective students to find the graduate degree program to best suit their professional and academic needs.

Sarah Kelly

Enrollment Advisor

Sarah Kelly joins Noodle Partners as a recent graduate of the University of Maryland. As a lifetime learner, Sarah is eager to connect education and technology as an Enrollment Advisor with Noodle Partners. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Sarah served on the Executive Board for her local Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon program benefitting Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC, and helped cultivate donor relationships and develop stewardship strategies. Sarah has also worked as an research assistant at the National Security Archive, and interned with the Pew Research Center.

Danielle Kim

Project Manager

Dani comes to Noodle Partners with over eight years of project and client management experience. Previously, she shaped client relationships and the internal project management structure as Senior Digital Producer at Layerframe, a small creative agency of strategists, designers, and developers with whom she crafted impactful digital experiences for some of the world’s biggest brands. She worked to ensure that deliverables and milestones were successfully met on multiple ongoing digital projects and product launches.

Prior to that Dani served as Executive Director of three Fellowship programs at NYU School of Law where she developed content for websites, created marketing materials, improved application systems, and hired and managed staff and projects. There she had the opportunity to work with major donors, outside vendors, heads of state, and international professors.

Dani holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and Management from NYU, and a BA in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University.

Ann Kirschner

Board Member

Ann Kirschner is an American entrepreneur, educator, and author of the books Sala’s Gift: My Mother’s Holocaust Story and Lady at the OK Corral: The True Story of Josephine Marcus Earp. A veteran of four start-ups, Kirschner launched the National Football League’s NFL.COM and co-founded Columbia University’s interactive knowledge network Fathom.com. She is Dean Emerita of Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York (CUNY), a University Professor at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a faculty fellow of the Futures Initiative. She is the co-founder of the Women In Technology and Entrepreneurship in New York (WiTNY), a collaboration between CUNY and Cornell Tech to increase participation of women in computer science.

Slavko Krstic

Lead Architect

Slavko hails from a background of science and music composition. He has several decades of experience developing cutting-edge software. Never content to settle in a particular industry or stack, Slavko has developed software in fields ranging from finance to pharmaceuticals, and languages from C++ to Q#. His current interests include data science, predictive analytics, machine learning and more generally, extracting elegance from chaos and taming difficult problems into simplicity.

Angelica Lafollette

Enrollment Advisor

Angelica has worked in Ed Tech the last 3 years serving as an Enrollment Counselor, Trainer, and Manager assisting in creating new processes for tenured and incoming employees. Believes in the motto ‘work smarter not harder’ which drives her to constantly find ways to improve the work place for all. As the first college graduate in her family she has a strong passion for finding better ways to provide higher education to those who come from areas where higher education is not easily accessible. Before her career in Ed Tech she worked and volunteered in various positions for Non-Profits and Event Planning.

Jonny Lema

Solutions Architect

Jonny Lema joins the Noodle Partners team as a Solutions Architect after spending close to ten years in the exchange industry, which included two years abroad in London, UK. He is a native New Yorker and is based in the NYC office. Business analysis, customer development/support, information technology, process improvement, and more recently product management are his areas of expertise.

 

Julie Leitch

Director of Student Marketing Operations

As Director of Student Marketing Operations, Julie focuses on developing the systems and products that enable prospective students to find their ideal online education program.

Julie joined the Noodle Partners team with 15 years of marketing experience — nearly a decade of which was spent working in higher education. Before joining Noodle Partners, Julie served as Head of Product Marketing for GetSmarter, an online short course provider based in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to that, Julie worked at 2U, Inc. as Director of Brand Marketing where she helped drive the growth of online graduate programs in the business, healthcare, international relations, law and public health verticals. Julie’s tenure in higher education also includes experience with the creative side of the house where she spent several years as a copywriter for Laureate Education.

Before her career in higher education, Julie worked in the telecommunications industry where she led marketing for Comcast’s line of business class products. She holds a bachelor’s in communication arts from University of Notre Dame of Maryland, a master’s in legal and ethical studies from University of Baltimore, as well as a master’s in digital communications from Syracuse University.

Nate Lenz

Board Member

Nate joined Osage Venture Partners in 2008 and as Managing Partner oversees investment and portfolio management activities. He serves on the Board of Directors of BA-Insight,Canvas, InstaMed, FieldView, OpsDataStore, PeopleLinx, Pneuron, Phone2Action, RackWare, and Sidecar. He is also a board observer of 51Maps, Brazen, ExecOnline, Identropy, and ResiModel and formerly was on the board of Carnegie Speech and Medallion Analytics. He is a member of the Technology Investment Advisory Board for Ben Franklin Southeast Pennsylvania. Nate is a frequent speaker and panelist at venture events and is actively involved with numerous venture focused organizations including PACT, NJTC, MAVA, GCV, and Early Stage East.Prior to joining Osage, Nate was President and CEO of Verticalnet, Inc., a publicly traded SaaS solutions provider, which was sold in January, 2008 to Italy-based BravoSolution. He served as the Malvern, PA- based Verticalnet’s CEO for over five years and was attributed with leading the transformation of Verticalnet from an online operator of web portals to a proven software solution provider, while navigating the company through a financial turnaround. Prior to Verticalnet, Nate was a Partner at Mercer Management Consulting and led both the San Francisco and the Hong Kong offices. During his time at Mercer, he worked closely with multinational companies and high growth emerging businesses both in the U.S. and in over fifteen countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Nate began his career at Chemical Bank in New York providing lending and structured finance services to mid-size companies. He is a graduate of Brown University and of the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he graduated with honors. Nate resides in Philadelphia, PA, with his wife Suzanne and his two sons and daughter.

Scott Levine

SVP, University Relations

Scott Levine (SVP, University Relations) has helped more than 100 colleges and universities make process improvements based on market research. Since 2010, he has focused on helping universities create, launch, and scale high-demand online degrees with a focus on matching external market demand with internal institutional readiness to find the best online offerings. Scott is also a prolific author, writing the first Eduventures Market Guide to Online Program Management, a recent article in NACUBO’s Business Officer magazine, and several articles in the Higher Ed Marketing Journal.

Autumn Luscinski

General Manager

Autumn Luscinski joined the Noodle Partners team with over fifteen years of experience in education. She recently received a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University and has a masters in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas and a masters in Education from Pepperdine University. Working in both classroom and administrative roles, she has provided leadership and guidance to faculty, staff and students, working to plan, execute, and develop the organization’s academic support and growth strategies. A believer in the importance of access to education, Autumn’s doctoral research into best practices in adult online education has contributed to her commitment to connecting adult learners with meaningful and engaging curriculum in an environment that leads to lives of purpose and meaning.

Kait Maillet

Enrollment Advisor

With over ten years of experience in the education space, Kait joins the Noodle team in the role of Enrollment Advisor. After graduating from Loyola University in Maryland with a degree in Business Administration, Kait spent time working at ABAC University in Bangkok, Thailand where her passion for education grew. She returned from abroad to work as International Admissions Director at a boarding school, while also obtaining her Masters in Educational Leadership. Kait went on to join 2U as an Admission Counselor for online masters programs before transitioning into corporate hospitality sales at the US Women’s Open golf championship. She served as the Account Director overseeing client sales, product implementation, and event strategy. Kait is excited to bring her diverse experience and passion to Noodle and be back contributing to the field of online education.

Kate Marcus

Senior Associate, Creative

Kate is a recent Biology graduate of Washington University in St Louis, and is thrilled to join Noodle Partners as she embarks on a writing career focused on technology. Previously, Kate was the lead copywriter for SiteZeus, an artificial intelligence startup based in Tampa, FL. She was the Senior News Editor for her campus newspaper, Student Life, and has extensive experience in journalism, marketing, editorials, and science writing.

Brandon Martínez

Director, Learning Development

Brandon Martínez joined Noodle Partners after working at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education and as the Principal of one of the largest and highest-performing high schools in northern Orange County, California. In his role at USC, he helped design, build, and teach in the MAT@University of Southern California program and in the Ostrow School of Dentistry, has taught in the on campus Ed.D. and the online Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership.

Sydney McCann

Business Analyst

Before Noodle Partners, Syndey worked within the ed-tech space at Instructure for four years to implement higher education universities. During that time, Sydney helped Instructure break through to the Canadian higher education market and build up their data warehouse offerings. Her skills and specialties are in technical business analysis, customer support, project management, and information technology.

Matt McCarthy

Learning Project Manager

Matt McCarthy has spent the past sixteen years producing a wide variety of educational programs, beginning in 2002 at McGraw-Hill Education with work on Everyday Mathematics and subsequently the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project’s Algebra and Geometry programs. More recently, over the last four years, Matt has partnered with schools and universities across the United States, Europe, and Australia to lead teams in the creation and implementation of custom Learning Management Systems with customized online curricula, serving over 120,000 learners and educators worldwide.

Based in Chicago, Matt enjoys reading, writing, making music, and traveling with his wife. Matt is the author of the novel Livestock! (highfalutin media), available online and at select local bookstores, and is currently hard at work on his follow up novel (late at night when he isn’t busy Noodling).

Mike McKito

Consultant

Mike McKito (Consultant) is a hands-on marketing executive with over 15 years of operations experience in higher education. Mike was most recently Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment at HotChalk, Inc supporting 6 universities and over 25 online degree programs. Prior to HotChalk, Mike was Vice President of Marketing at Northcentral University, an online university serving over 10,000 graduate students. Mike began his career at Education Management Corporation (EDMC) working in campus and shared services roles across a variety of departments including marketing, enrollment, finance, financial aid and business analytics. Mike has a passion for using data, analytics and technology to drive accountability and institutional outcomes. Mike graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Business Administration and Psychology and Certificate in Human Resource Management from Washington & Jefferson College and earned his MBA from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Alan Mlynek

Director of Solutions Architecture

Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Alan Mlynek (Product Manager) was a director of data and technology for Success Academies. At Success, Mr. Mlynek led the delivery and integration of solutions for digital learning, content management, project management, helpdesk support, and communications for 14,000 students and 2,000 employees. He created a team of IT specialists, project managers, and developers dedicated to automating processes across the 41 schools in order to support organizational growth and efficiency. Before Success Academies, Mr. Mlynek worked in strategic communications for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He holds a Master’s of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

Sophia Mohiuddin

Learning Project Manager

Sophia joins Noodle Partners with over five years of experience working in education and project management. Her passion lies at the intersection of instructional design, project management, and educational research. She has worked with every education level from preschool to late adulthood. Most recently, she managed behavioral economics and cognitive science research at USC as well as interned for SpaceX’s Training and Development Team.

Sophia holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology from the University of Southern California.

Aaron Molenda

Enrollment Advisor

Aaron has spent the better part of his career working in higher education beginning in 1992 as an Admissions Counselor/Associate Director of Admissions for his alma mater, Aquinas College. After leaving Aquinas, Aaron went on to work for Western Michigan University as an Assistant Director of Admissions. He then spent several years working in the nonprofit field for two different United Way organizations in the field of youth development and volunteer coordination. Feeling the desire to get back into the field of higher education Aaron returned to the field working for DeVry University for five years and then transitioned to his first experience with an OPM based out of Chicago, IL, and, for the most part, has remained in the industry ever since. Aaron has an extensive background in OPM start-ups as well as online recruitment, enrollment staff hiring and management, CRM and partner relationship management.

Candice Moore

Enrollment Advisor

Candace worked previously in Tourism & Hospitality starting with the Convention & Visitors Bureau Multicultural Affairs Congress, followed by Marriott and Hyatt Hotel companies, Transitioned to Sales with Enterprise Holdings in their Branch Rental Division. From there, Candice went on to recruiting for various staffing agencies and ultimately landed in Higher Education Admissions with first The Art Institute of Philadelphia & now Noodle Partners as an Enrollment Advisor.

Claire Murphy

Director of Learning Operations

Claire Murphy (General Manager) has dedicated her career to improving education through technology. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Claire was Vice President of Client Services at Pearson. Claire and her team were instrumental in scaling up Schoolnet, an online formative assessment platform, allowing for 25,000,000 assessments annually. Claire’s previous experience at The Princeton Review in a variety of roles from Executive Director to Vice President, provided her with a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience that has proved instrumental in maintaining flexibility and fidelity in enterprise implementation and program launch.

Claire received a BA in Secondary English Education from the University of New Orleans and is a member of the Project Management Institute. Claire resides in New Orleans and is passionate about New Orleans culture, people, music, and continued recovery.

Katrina Ortiz

Learning Specialist

Katrina has always believed that education has something to offer everyone and she’s been working to give back to education what it’s given to her throughout her life. Helping to facilitate others paths in education has led her to work with organizations in various roles within learning and development. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Katrina worked to implement training workshops, design and develop learning programs, and develop professional trainers. She has also had the opportunity to help companies new to the U.S. transfer and translate their professional training materials to be more culturally and operationally appropriate. Her philosophy around learning design remains that people support what they can help to create and thus learner centered design principles are at the forefront of her thought process. In her academic background she has had the opportunity to attend Soka University of America where she worked to advocate and further the student programs department as well as champion curricular diversification. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Educational Studies with a special emphasis in Business at Chapman University in Orange, CA in 2012. Most recently she completed a Masters of Arts in Education at University of Southern California in May of 2017.

Steve Patterson

General Manager

Steve Patterson joined Noodle after 14 year career in higher education as a professor of philosophy. He received his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit in 2003 and has taught courses in critical thinking, ethics, argumentation, social and political philosophy, and East Asian philosophy. During his time at Marygrove College he won the President’s Award for Excellence in Research and conducted multiple workshops on critical thinking pedagogy and assessment. In his career as a researcher, he has traveled the world giving talks on ethics, argumentation, interpersonal reasoning, and disagreement. He was thrice awarded Visiting Research Fellowships with the Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric (CRRAR) at the University of Windsor in Canada and frequently served as a review editor for many journals and conferences, including Informal Logic, Cogency, Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric, the European Conference on Argumentation, and the Windsor Studies in Argumentation monograph series. His CV contains over a dozen peer reviewed publications and book chapters.

During his time in higher education Steve also discovered his passion for curriculum and program development as a leader, first of his program, then of his Department and Division. His experience in this area includes the comprehensive review, assessment and development of both undergraduate and graduate courses and degrees in both the traditional and hybrid/online spaces. He also brings student affairs experience from his time as NAIA Faculty Athletic Representative for Marygrove College, accreditation experience as a team leader for the HLC Pathways process, and enrollment and retention experience from his years on the same institution’s top-level enrollment committee.

Tory Patterson

Board Member

Tory is actively involved with all facets of the firm and serves on the board of directors of Accelerate Learning, BetterLesson, Degreed, DreamBox Learning, Kiddom, LearnZillion, Newsela and Noodle Partners. As one of the pioneers in the next generation of EdTech companies, Tory has led investments in some of the most successful companies in the sector. As a lead investor and board member he has helped them across all facets including their sales and distribution models, hiring, funding and path to successful exit.

Prior to Owl Ventures, Tory was a Partner at Catamount Ventures where he founded and ran Catamount’s education investment practice and led investments in education companies TenMarks (acquired by Amazon), MasteryConnect, PresenceLearning and EdSurge. Tory began his career as an investment banker focused on technology and healthcare companies holding investment banking positions with GCA Savvian, Wells Fargo Securities and Robertson Stephens. Tory is a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow and holds a B.A.in Economics from Williams College and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Cory Pavicich

Academic Lead

Cory Pavicich has worked in education as a teacher, educational technologist, and program builder for over 16 years, and holds an M.Ed. from Harvard and a B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Before coming to Noodle Partners, Cory was the founding program manager of the CU Boulder Digital Learning Initiatives program and was responsible for CU’s Coursera partnership. CU Boulder’s non-credit MOOC program became a financially self-sustaining program in 2018, and is celebrated both as an innovative learning program and a new revenue stream of the University.

Cory was also previously the technology director of a start-up 6-12th grade school, helped develop the original curriculum for a later franchised STEM education camp, and for five years was a regular instructor for the Google Certified Teacher program.

Cory is a Google Certified Innovator, occasional speaker, and was named the Time Magazine 2006 Person of the Year.

Harry Pearce

Product Manager

Harry comes to Noodle Partners from Jop, the on-demand service app, where he worked as product strategist and marketing manager. At Jop, Harry was immersed in the evolving terrain of the On-Demand Economy and focused on data analytics, product and user acquisition strategy. Harry previously worked in digital marketing at Morgan Stanley, Cercone Brown Company, an integrated marketing agency, and Dover Saddlery, an e-commerce company.

Abe’ Perry

Enrollment Manager

Abe’ has spent a majority of her professional career in Higher Education. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Abe’ worked at 2U where served as Managing Director of Recruitment running several of 2U’s largest programs. During her 8 years at 2U, Abe’ played an integral role in launching and delivering record enrollments numbers for several universities. USC, Simmons, NYU, Fordham, University of Denver, Pepperdine, Northwestern, American University and Washington University, St. Louis to name a few.

Abe’ holds a BA in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Dustin Ramsdell

Student Success Lead

Dustin is a dedicated and enthusiastic advocate for positive student outcomes whether they are experienced on campus, or in digital spaces. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Dustin worked as a Student Success Advisor at 2U for over two years. He also worked at Husson University in Maine for two years as a Resident Director prior to his time at 2U. Dustin earned his master’s degree in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University and his bachelor’s degree in History from University of Delaware.

Ali Rubin

Launch Manager

Ali Rubin (Launch Manager) has spent her career working to improve education. After graduating from Barnard College, Ali joined Teach for America and began her career as a New York City public school teacher. For the past seven years Ali has worked at Success Academies where she helped to build and run high performing charter schools across New York City.

Jeremy Rudy

Product Manager, Learning Technologies

Jeremy Rudy (Director of Product) leads the product team focused on the Noodle Stack, the integrated suite of tools and technologies that power the full student lifecycle. Jeremy was previously at Pearson where he led a global higher ed strategy initiative and launched an award-winning suite of mobile apps for students and instructors. Prior to Pearson, Jeremy founded an EdTech startup as an undergrad at Arizona State University.

Tiffany Ryan

Enrollment Lead

A for-purpose higher education professional, Tiffany Ryan is also a mom, a cat person, and an at-home foodie. More relevantly, she works on the recruitment and enrollment team at Noodle helping to ensure recruitment success for university partners. She has ten years of experience working in higher education, performance management, sales/recruiting, and professional coaching. Through her work, she has partnered with companies/institutions such as Hilton, Merck, University of Southern California, and 2U. She also provides consulting and training services to non-profit institutions on grant writing and major gifts solicitation. It is her passion to drive and develop employees, leaders, and organizations to sustainably reach their highest potential.

Tiffany holds an MA in international organizations from Webster University, a BA in social work from Millersville University, and a professional certificate in negotiation from Regent’s University London.

Rebecca Sanders

Technical Customer Success Lead

With almost a decade of experience in the ed tech industry, Rebecca joined Noodle Partners as the Technical Customer Success Lead to manage and create a process for the new service desk!

Rebecca holds a Bachelors of Science in Radio Television Film from the University of Texas at Austin where she focused on video editing. She channeled those skills and her own love of learning and began her career as a middle school media & technology teacher. Her passion for ensuring classroom tech support for teachers led her to transition into her most recent role in central technology policy in a K-12 charter school system in New York City. She created the company’s first ed tech systems portfolio ensuring clear support procedures and instructional continuity for teachers and students across 45 schools!

Vindhya Sarma

Marketing Analyst

Vindhya joins Noodle Partners after two and a half years on the finance team at an integrated creative agency in the Washington, D.C. area.

Kayleigh Schultz

Marketing Lead

Kayleigh joins Noodle Partners after spending over six years at 2U, Inc. At 2U, Kayleigh facilitated the marketing launches for nearly 10 new graduate programs across multiple university partners. Most recently she oversaw marketing for online graduate programs at NYU and GW. Having spent her career in education technology, she is deeply passionate about finding ways to provide affordable education to all. Kayleigh earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Maryland.

Jiin Shin

Product Manager

Since embarking on her career in education technology, Jiin has seen first-hand the positive impact that technology can make. She believes that technology has the potential to close the opportunity gap for learners of all ages and when used in the right way, technology can serve as a powerful tool. As the Product Manager for the Learning Stack, she hopes to optimize the learning experience and ultimately help students succeed.

Notably, Jiin has worked at Digital Promise, an education technology non-profit, and most recently at Autodesk, where she prototyped a generative learning tool for its professional users. Jiin holds a B.A. in Neuroscience from Wellesley College and a M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Amanda Slavinsky

Enrollment Advisor

Amanda Slavinsky joins Noodle Partners from The Learning House where she helped launch recruitment efforts and served as a senior enrollment counselor for online programs at the University of West Alabama. Prior to joining the higher education field, Amanda taught English abroad and worked as a freelance writer and marketing manager. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Jed Smith

General Manager

After graduating from Fairfield University, Jed served as a volunteer in Quito, Ecuador at the Centro del Muchacho Trabajador. When he returned, he started his career at The Princeton Review, where over the course of 20 years, he managed business units throughout the northeast including Marketing, Sales, Operations, Customer Service, Management and Partnership Development. His last few years there were spent working closely with K12 school districts, colleges, and universities, and non-profits to develop specialized programs for their students.

Jed came to Noodle Partners after working for the last 5 years at Bottom Line, a highly regarded college success non-profit, where he was the National Director of Development Operations. While at Bottom Line he helped to build fundraising and organizational capacity as the organization expanded, opened new offices in New York and Chicago, and more than doubled the number of students they served annually. Jed lives in the suburbs of Boston with his wife, 3 kids, and his dog Sandy.

 

Scott Sobelman

Director of Finance

Scott Sobelman (Director of Finance) has spent the past 10 years working in both K-12 and higher education Finance. Before joining Noodle, Scott spent the past six years working for Success Academy Charter Schools where he was responsible for building out the Finance and Accounting functions from the ground up as the organization scaled from 7 schools to 41 schools in New York City. Scott received his Bachelors in Business Administration from The George Washington University and is pursuing his M.B.A. from Rutgers University.

Michael Sorin

Associate Product Manager

Michael joins Noodle Partners as an Associate Product Manager on the Product Team. He is a recent graduate of Colgate University with a major in Political Science. While in college, Michael co-founded a higher education time-management company. He is passionate about changing the way that higher education is delivered and experienced through technology.

Sonya Spann

Product Manager

Sonya has spent nearly a decade partnering with domestic and global foundations, non-profit organizations and academic institutions to extend their brands into the digital space by way of multi-channel marketing and advertising and fundraising initiatives. She has also lead small teams through the product development life cycle as a consultant with a focus in user research and user experience strategy.

In her role as product manager for student succees at Noodle Partners, Sonya is responsible for the tools and platforms that enhance and support the online student’s learning experience. She believes that technology used ethically is the key to providing equitable access to education.

Sonya is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Rosie Stabile

Enrollment Advisor

Rosie joins Noodle Partners from the Publishing Industry where she provided project management and writing services. Rosie worked previously in marketing within Tourism & Hospitality, providing SEO content for Gran Pacifica resort in Managua, Nicaragua. Her experiences in higher education and the opportunities that it has provided her with have invigorated Rosie’s passion and understanding of the power of education. She is excited to share her enthusiasm in the effort to enable the spread of education by way of technology.

Anne Stewart

General Manager

Anne joins Noodle Partners from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she helped lead Kenan-Flagler Business School’s Executive Development team for several years. As the Director of Operations, she developed effective operating procedures and policies for program deliveries to create strong client relationships. Prior to working at UNC Chapel Hill, Anne worked in politics for 10 years in Washington, DC, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Meredith College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Kat Sullivan

B2B Marketing Manager

Growing up abroad in an interracial family, Kat has a unique perspective and a deep desire to understand and connect people. Her passion for and commitment to education and sports have instilled the importance of growth through educational opportunities and a team mentality. With a background in advertising & marketing, Kat comes to us after sixteen years in the education administration space where she served as the Director of Admissions for two independent schools, Kent School in Kent, CT and The Bay School of San Francisco in the Bay Area. She has a B.S. from Syracuse and a MBA from Georgetown.

Melora Sundt

Chief Academic Officer

Melora joined Noodle Partners after working at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education as a Professor of Clinical Education. In that role she designed, built and taught in several online and blended doctoral programs. She also served as Executive Vice Dean, overseeing degree programs, student services, faculty affairs, continuing education and research. Sundt also chaired the design teams to create the MAT@University of Southern California program, the Global Executive Ed.D. and the new online Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership.

Melora Sundt

Dana Sweitzer

Enrollment Advisor

Dana joined Noodle Partners with two decades of experience in a Fortune 200 company (Cummins Inc.) where she was a confidant and contributor to C-suite leaders and their leadership teams as they grew the business from $4B to $17B. She knows first hand the value of advanced education both for the individual and for companies seeking to retain and grow the people within their organization. During her time at Cummins, executive leaders gave Dana challenging leadership and hands-on roles in Engineering, Operations, Global Supply Chain, Human Resources, Corporate Growth and Strategy, and Corporate Responsibility. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and a Masters of Business Administration from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Dana also brings her experience in leadership development, succession planning, and mentoring programs – both as participant and as a leader. As a mentor, Dana has coached and counseled hundreds of individuals as they sought to advance their careers, many of whom were promoted and are now leaders. She also has extensive experience recruiting from targeted universities in the fields of business and engineering. Dana has learned from some of the best leaders in the world in the context of some of the best systems and processes in business. She is very experienced and comfortable listening to individuals and guiding them into decisions relating to their personal and professional growth.

Dana currently resides in Santa Monica with her daughter.

Graham Tribble

Director of Operations

Graham joins Noodle with a successful track record at both 2U, a higher education software and services firm, and Atlantis, an international healthcare education company. He was most recently the Director of Institutional Relations and Campus Marketing for Atlantis. While in this role, Graham managed a team charged with creating new university partnerships and also managed another team charged with campus marketing initiatives.

At Atlantis, Graham and his team aggressively expanded Atlantis’ partnership development and marketing operation, which led to larger programs with existing university partners and partnerships with new universities. As part of these efforts, Graham developed Atlantis’ database for university outreach and campus marketing, led the team that managed Atlantis’ student contractors and Ambassadors, negotiated agreements with vendors to deploy marketing materials and collaborated with university academic advisors, faculty and study abroad offices to finalize contracts and program details.

Prior to his work at Atlantis, Graham worked at 2U for five years, where he helped the company and its university partners navigate and comply with regulatory and public policy requirements from accreditation agencies, the federal government and state governments.

Coryn VanderWall

Director of Operations

Coryn joins Noodle Partners from Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she worked as part of the admissions team with the MBA@UNC and Master of Accounting online graduate programs. Prior to her five years at UNC, Coryn combined her expertise in internal communication and project management with her understanding of change management as a consultant for a global professional services firm. Here, she spent more than eight years helping organizations improve performance through the design and delivery of communication solutions that managed change, optimized benefits and cultivated human capital. Coryn received a Bachelor of Science from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Master of Science from Saint Xavier University.

Raul Vazquez

Enrollment Lead

As a first generation college graduate, Raul is passionate about education and ensuring we continue to expand access to those that do not have it readily available. He is originally from the New England area and currently resides in Denver, Colorado. Raul has been in the educational technology field for the last six years managing sales/recruiting teams and scaling departments in fast-growing organizations. Notably, he worked at organizations like 2U and Guild Education. In his roles, Raul has partnered with academic institutions, fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations to provide educational pathways to prospective students. Raul holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University and a BS from Bridgewater State University.

Alex Ward

Enrollment Advisor

Alex has a deep passion for helping prospective students chase after their dreams and aspirations. In 2016, he helped found a non-profit located in the Washington DC area with a vision to inspire and impact university students completing their studies in the area. After leading students at George Washington University, Georgetown, American University and Howard University for a number of years, Alex decided to shift career paths into the education technology world. Alex spent a short time at 2U as a Brand Marketing Coordinator and joins Noodle Partners excited to get back to his roots and help guide students on the path to success.

Kathy Wasilewski

General Manager and Director of Field Placement

Kathy is passionate about improving education through innovation and providing access to underrepresented populations. Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Kathy was the Senior Director of Field Placement at 2U, Inc. She developed a standardized process and managed a dynamic team to place over 7,000 online students nationwide. Kathy joined 2U’s early stages as a start-up company from the University of Southern California School of Social Work leading recruitment for on-ground campuses. Early in her career, she was a social worker providing mental health services to diverse populations and organizing community efforts. Kathy also served as a consultant to various social service organizations, foundations, and higher education institutions in leadership development, program management, and policy. She holds a master’s degree of Social Work from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Pepperdine University.

Kadjiah Watkins

Operations Coordinator

With the hope and goal to make an impact on others, Kadijah is passionate and driven as she joins the Program Operations team as an Operations Coordinator. Before joining Noodle Partners, Kadijah worked with a health tech start-up in their operations department. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2016 with a BS in Supply Chain Management and is now excited to expand her career into a higher education adjacent field.

Bradley Weiss

Enrollment Advisor

Bradley Weiss joins Noodle Partners from 2U where he helped launch recruitment efforts for Simmons University in Boston, MA. He served as a Senior Admissions Counselor in his previous role for Simmons University and the Master of Social Work program. Other than working in the higher education field, Bradley has experience with another online company, (K12,Inc), which handles online education for elementary to high school students. Originally from Virginia, Bradley now resides in Denver, Colorado. Bradley holds a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Radford University in Southwest Virginia.

Saskia Westhof

Project Manager

Saskia is a PMP certified project manager with nearly ten years of project and partnership management experience. She joins Noodle Partners after working for various organizations in impact investing and international development in half a dozen countries. Most recently she served as a Strategy Consultant for several startups in Boulder, Colorado and managed projects totaling $4.9 million, and led the Business Development team helping raise $28.2 million at an impact investing startup working in Somalia.

Saskia holds a Masters’ degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Saskia cares deeply about lowering the cost of quality education for all. She loves creating logistical masterpieces, ensuring startups succeed, and making the impossible possible.

Leslie Wheaton

Learning Lead

Leslie has served the world of education for the past twenty-five years first as an educator and then as an International Director of a non-profit educational organization.  Leslie has worked with every level of education spanning Pre-Kindergarten through higher education applying her knowledge of brain research and the science of learning coupled with her expertise in engagement.  Prior to joining Noodle Partners, Leslie founded Aligned Direction, a company that aides in developing and redefining educational and organizational structures and systems by providing knowledge and skills, motivation, and organizational support needed to successfully reach goals.

Leslie holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Education from San Francisco State University and the University of Washington respectively.  Her administrative credential is from the University of Washington’s Danforth Program.  She received her Educational Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Josh Wheeler

Student Affairs Lead

Josh Wheeler comes to Noodle Partners after ten years working as a student affairs professional at colleges and universities. In that time Josh’s main focus was the development and implementation of orientation and first year programs. His time on campus allowed him to run one of the largest university orientation programs, as well as, work on projects ranging from student training and development, online orientation programs, marketing and design, and program assessment.

Tobye Whitman

Launch Project Manager

Tobye Whitman joins Noodle Partners with over 5 years of operational experience overseeing charter school launch and management across NYC at Success Academies. While at Success, she also led training and development for 180+ school-based operations staff members. Prior to her work in education management, she specialized in digital advertising strategy, running campaigns for clients in retail, news publishing, and entertainment. Tobye holds a bachelors degree in American Studies and Literature from New York University.

Julianne Wisner

Director of Marketing

Julianne Wisner joins Noodle Partners as the Director of Marketing with nearly a decade of experience in higher education. Prior to Noodle, Julianne led national university partnership and marketing strategy at Uber technologies, solidifying partnerships with schools across the country, most notably Uber’s first Ivy. Before Uber, Julianne worked in Brand Marketing and Global Business Development at 2U as well as Admissions at Johns Hopkins University.