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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.

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.

Lee Bradshaw

Vice President, University Partnerships

Bradshaw joins Noodle Partners with over a decade of experience in education technology. Most recently he lead university partnerships for 2U, forming deep relationships in a breadth of academic disciplines including Public Health, Social Work, Education, Business, Law, Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Speech Pathology. In his last year at 2U he announced partnerships with The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Public Health, Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Social Service, and Emerson College’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Prior to leading partnerships, Bradshaw managed 2U’s new-program software implementation for four years, 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 of his tenure than had been deployed in the previous five years of 2U’s operations.

Dan Bursch

Vice President, University Relations

Dan Bursch joined the Noodle Partners team with nearly fifteen years of experience in higher education, having worked with nationally ranked graduate programs at multiple institutions (The University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill, University of Minnesota) where he has been instrumental in program development, admissions, recruiting and marketing strategies. Most recently, Bursch served as Director of MBA@UNC, the online MBA program at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. While Director, the program saw unprecedented enrollment growth in both quality and quantity of incoming students, simultaneously expanding the student engagement platform and academic portfolio.

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.

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.

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.

Jill DeMarte

Enrollment Advisor.

Jill DeMarte has been committed to Education since 1993 where she taught Elementary School grades K-5 for 13 years.  She first ventured into Higher Education in 2013 working as an Academic Counselor and then quickly took the leap into an Admissions role at Hot Chalk enrolling for a Doctoral program at St. Thomas University. Here she trained a team of 16 advisors and successfully recruited more students to lead the team in enrollments for two years straight.

 
2 years ago she moved to Denver to work for 2U on the Admissions Team for the University of Southern California’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program.  She holds a Master of Arts in Education from Northern Arizona University and is dedicated to always being a Life Long Learner!

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.

Elizabeth Foreman

Associate Director, University Relations

Liz joins Noodle Partners with nearly a decade of experience in education and ed tech, specializing in strategic partnerships and building scalable online education programs for learners of all ages. Prior to joining the team, Liz led enterprise partnership efforts between public and private entities and education institutions. Her work helped students gain access to critical skills education on university and K12 campuses. Most recently, she spearheaded a statewide partnership between the Colorado Attorney General to deliver online Title IX programming to students on university campuses. Liz’s passion for online learning and increasing access to high quality education was solidified in her Teach for America Corps experience, and has brought her to Noodle Partners’ team – where she works with the nation’s leading colleges and universities to help meet strategic goals and keep the cost of higher education low.

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.

Tara Gilboa

Learning Specialist

Tara believes that learning with technology is both the future and the present. Prior to Noodle, Tara founded Bolder Learning Design, a consultancy specializing in designing & scaling blended and virtual learning programs. Previously, she was an Online Learning Experience Designer with Colorado School of Mines and a Teaching and Learning Consultant with the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has taught world languages at both the undergraduate and K-12 levels, most notably at Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, Colorado. As a community leader, she organizes a Learning Experience Design MeetUp, supports Techstars Startup Weekend Education, and runs the Edtech track at Boulder Startup Week. Tara holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Oberlin College and an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from CU-Boulder.

Mitch Golden

Developer

Mitch Golden has been active in STEM since before it was cool. He is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and Princeton University. He got his PhD in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and then went on to postdocs at Fermi National Accelerator Lab and Boston University before becoming a physics professor at Harvard. Physicists were longtime users of the Internet, and when the World Wide Web was first deployed in the 1990s, he shifted gears and changed his career to Web technology. He has been a senior technologist at Agency.com, Gucci, Barneys New York, and The Princeton Review. Director University Relations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Katie Kurtz

Chief Product Officer

Katie Kurtz identifies and oversees provider partnerships. She joins the company from Cengage Learning, where she was Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager for Higher Education. Previously she was the Vice President of Business Development and Public Relations at Knewton, where she led the company’s partnership strategy for three years. Prior to joining Knewton, Katie was at The Princeton Review for ten years in sales, marketing and business development roles.

Katie directly manages and optimizes performance of our various integration partners, including those involved in instructional design, marketing and recruitment.

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.

 

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.

Kate Marcus

Marketing Communications Associate

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.

Feather de la Mata

Vice President, Recruitment

After completing her Masters of Arts in Science Education from the Steinhart School of Education (NYU), Feather first worked several years as a K-12 educator in the New York City and Montgomery County, MD public school systems. This provided invaluable experience as she transitioned to Higher Education by joining 2U, Inc. in 2008 – where she launched the recruitment department for the company. As VP of Admissions at 2U, Inc, she was instrumental in developing and implementing multi-faceted strategic plans that lead to recruitment success.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Andrew Reid

Chief Technology Officer

Andrew leads Noodle’s Tech and Analytics teams in seeking to elevate education through code. Prior to joining Noodle, Andrew was VP of Social at comScore, where his team created a variety of now-standard methods for measuring Social Media reach and ethically mining insights from social data. comScore acquired Andrew’s previous company, NY-based SponsorHub, where he served as CTO & co-Founder. SponsorHub was among the first groups to apply social data in the valuation of sponsorships and influencers. Andrew spent over six years in Beijing, China, where he built a digital marketing agency and worked in senior digital and analytics roles within two Interpublic Group agencies: Octagon and Kaleidoscope. He has contributed digital, social, creative and analytics strategy to multiple award-winning campaigns for brands like Amazon, AT&T, Nissan, NBC, Google, Bose, PUMA, Chevy and many more. Andrew received an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and serves as Chair of the Advertising Research Foundation Social Media Council.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.