Darwin Abella, VP of IT Operations
Prior to Noodle, Darwin was the Director of Network and Telecommunications Operations for The Princeton Review. He managed and supported day-to-day data and voice services. He is a creative problem-solver with a strong interest in new technologies and approaches that are both customer and business focused.
Alex Bargmann, Product Manager
Alex works as a product manager at Noodle. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2011, where he studied history and philosophy. Follow him on Twitter: @abargmann.
Michele Bianculli, Operations and Account Manager
Michele graduated from NYU with a BFA in Drama and spent years working with actors before joining Noodle. Captain of her volleyball and dodgeball teams and member of her co-op board, Michele loves organizing people and events. She also makes a mean sausage bread.
Jack Birnbaum, Senior Software Engineer
Jack received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Applied Physics at Johns Hopkins. He has developed web applications for the full stack. He loves to spend time with family and friends, working out, reading and exploring open software technology.
Rivkah Carl, Data Analyst
Rivkah found her dream job at Noodle, combining education with mathematical and data analysis. She currently manages and analyzes Noodle's Pre K-20 data. After receiving a BA in Economics and Math from Barnard College, Rivkah spent two years educating youth in the US and Germany. She then received a Masters in Applied Mathematics from CUNY. Rivkah's favorite vacations consist of one-day cultural trips through European capital cities.
Dan Edmonds, VP of Research and Development, Tutoring
A tutor since 1995, Dan has worked with thousands of students and trained hundreds of new teachers and tutors. He's developed course materials for several major prep companies, and, to top it off, has achieved perfect scores on the GMAT, the GRE, and the LSAT.
Jessica Finger, Marketing Intern
Jessica is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Before joining Noodle, she worked as a reporter, and as lead designer and data analyst for CTMedian. She loves reading sci-fi books, listening to classic rock n' roll, and riding her bicycle. Follow her on Twitter: @jkfinger.
Jeff Herbst, CMO
Jeff has a passion for building disruptive start-ups and connecting people with the world around them. He is currently spreading the word about Noodle Education, the first and only lifelong education search company. Prior to joining Noodle, he oversaw a world-class acquisition marketing team at 2U, Inc., where he drove student enrollments to 2U’s university partners. Over the course of his career, Jeff has also founded several internet start-ups in the social discovery and recruiting spaces.
Outside of work, Jeff enjoys meeting and surrounding himself with people who don’t believe in settling. He thinks it is critical to follow one’s passions, pursue a fulfilling life, and above all, to be daring.
Adam Hogan, Data Scientist
Originally from the Detroit area, Adam Hogan has been a data consultant bouncing between Chicago and Budapest, and previously worked in macroeconomic research at the Federal Reserve. He mixes art and numbers to make statistics useful and as pretty as possible. When he's not being a data lumberjack, he likes travel, learning languages, and will talk your ear off about cultivating the North American paw paw. He's a proud University of Michigan alumnus.
Shan Huang, Marketing Analyst
Shan is a data-driven marketing professional with a Master of Science degree in Marketing in University of Rochester. Shan has great passion for digital marketing and marketing research. She is now part of this great team, working on things she loves.
Kyle Jaster, Chief Product Officer
Kyle has a background that blends computer science and art, and has a passion for making things that "just work." After graduating with a BS in Computer Science, he spent four years as Production Director at Rayogram, where he led his team in developing innovative solutions to design problems and made significant contributions to open source software products. As Chief Product Officer, Kyle brings his unique perspective to all of Noodle's biggest challenges. In his spare time he climbs rocks and farms chickens.
John Katzman, Founder & CEO
John’s innovative ideas about education have led him to found three companies: The Princeton Review, 2U, and Noodle itself. Before serving as Executive Director, he founded and worked as the CEO of 2U, an edtech company that partners with prestigious universities to offer online degree programs. In 1981, John founded The Princeton Review and served as its CEO until 2007. He also serves on the Board of several for- and non-profit organizations, and is the author and co-author of five books and numerous articles.
Richard Katzman, Executive Director of Learning Content
Richard’s first career was as Chairman & CEO of Kaz, a multinational consumer appliance company. Under his leadership the company grew from $4 million in annual sales to $500 million. He was also a Director at The Princeton Review from its inception until 2012. Having sold Kaz, he’s now excited to help build Noodle’s Learning Content area.
Paul Kavanagh, Chief Technology Officer
Paul has worked in information technology in Europe, Asia, and the Americas, in the manufacturing, retail and investment banking industries, including at IBM and Microsoft, and most recently in education, which is now undergoing a revolution based on open access to information. In his spare time, he rides his bike to the beach and raises kids, cats, and dogs.
Chris Lebron, Front End Developer
Chris came to Noodle from a career as a freelance web developer, in which he was required to wear many hats. He is thrilled to now be a part of a dynamic team, wearing fewer hats, yet still nerding-out all day. When he's not writing code and making magic on the internet, he's enjoying the sights, sounds, and flavors of his hometown, New York City.
Connor Lee, Product Design Intern
Connor spends his time designing and engineering at Noodle, with a focus on prototyping, building, branding, and marketing creative initiatives. A proud Enstitute fellow, Connor is one of the select few individuals chosen to apprentice under top entrepreneurs of the New York startup scene. When not learning the ropes of the EdTech sector from John Katzman, you can catch him playing the piano or rocking out on his drum set.
Ralph Lepore, Lead Software Developer
Ralph has a wide span of experience in his 10+ year development career. He started off as a Systems Administrator for a small startup after graduating with a degree in Computer Science. A few years later, he was writing real-time trading systems and moving into algorithmic trading on Wall Street. After the 2008 mortgage crisis, Ralph started working on building and scaling large web applications and never looked back. When Ralph isn't hacking on code (which is rare), you can usually find him with his two daughters (probably teaching them how to code) or hacking on his Arduino.
Laura London, Executive Director of Education
Laura is focused on 'transformation' through technology and teaching. Before receiving an MPhil in Educational Research from Cambridge, she taught in SE Asia, managed alliances for Kaplan, and held various roles in Process Improvement and HR in both the education and e-commerce sectors. Her degrees include a Masters in Management and a BS in Industrial Relations from Cornell. Follow her on Twitter @lauralondonator.
Richie Marini, Software Engineer
Richie has 15+ years of experience developing distributed data processing systems. Most recently he worked for a company that manufactured a robotic machine that printed books on demand. In his spare time he works with many non-for-profit organizations striving to bring about world peace.
Patrick McConlogue, Business Analyst
Patrick helps you get to where you want to go. Make no small plans.
Brian Monetti, Product Manager
Brian helps transform data and ideas into working products. You can find him climbing up the side of a mountain on most weekends.
Joe Morgan, Entrepreneur in Residence
Joe’s career has focused on translating insights about human behavior into innovative growth businesses. He brings 20+ years of executive management experience including: Founder and President of Colloquy, a new generation education-tech company; Setting the direction for Kaplan as head of strategy; President of one of the fastest growing companies in quick service retailing which owned Blimpie Subs & Salads; and a host of executive roles in multinational companies and turnarounds. Joe is a recovering lawyer, and even a current member of the Screen Actors Guild (a story in and of itself).
Aryeh Morris, Business Analyst & Controller
Aryeh works on everything from business analytics and partnerships to accounting. A veteran of both finance and operating environments, Aryeh's most satisfying pre-Noodle role involved 6 years at The Community Development Trust, a REIT, where he gained responsibility in business plan development, business analytics, and investor reporting. Aryeh is also a long-suffering Mets fan.
Anam Nasim, Data Analyst Intern
Anam is a summer intern at Noodle and recently finished her Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Bard College. She is a people person and always willing to help others. Her caring nature and technical background brings her to Noodle, where she can contribute in creating the ultimate educational search space and help users all around U.S. In addition, Anam is also passionate about choreographing Bollywood dance routines fused with jazz, hip-hop and salsa.
Sehreen NoorAli, Director Partnerships
Sehreen's mission in life is to get the right people to the table to make big things happen in education around the world. She spent 5 years as a strategist with the U.S. Department of State forging international relationships to build projects in enterprise, education, and science/technology. She's a proud Brown alumna and holds an Ed.M. from Harvard. She studied five languages but only really knows Pig Latin.
Marcy Petroccione, Web Developer
Marcy has worked as a web developer since 2007, building web applications, maintaining databases, configuring servers, and of course, getting suckered into creating websites for friends and family. After starting out as a music major in college, she discovered a new outlet for her creativity in writing elegant and concise code. When not coding, Marcy devotes an unreasonable amount of time to food - cooking, eating, making cocktails and dining out.
Josue Pimentel, Software Developer
Josue started his career as a software developer in 2008 and since that he's been in love with the idea of writting good software. When he's not coding, Josue enjoys gaming and playing basketball.
Maria Popova, Curious Mind at Large
Maria Popova is the founder and editor of Brain Pickings , a library of cross-disciplinary interestingness. She has written for Wired UK, The Atlantic, Nieman Journalism Lab, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, and Design Observer, among others, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow. She is on Twitter as @brainpicker.
Alicia Powers Ph.D, Lead Data Scientist
Alicia is a data scientist with 15 years of experience in the education sector. She has helped organizations decipher and manage evaluation data to create better programming. Before joining Noodle, she worked with organizations, including the Children's Defense Fund, National Science Foundation, and the U.S Department of Education. In addition to being a self-proclaimed "data nerd," she has been known to start dancing at random times, and you might catch her in a flash mob.
Noel Ramos, Software Developer
As a software developer, Noel loves to focus on making things better and easier to understand. Previously, he was in charge of creating and maintaining MyPublisher's restful web services, and a middle man between the development and creative teams. Aside from writing code or tutoring, Noel enjoys exercising, cosplay, video games, and exploring what the world has to offer.
Neelay Shah, Senior Software Developer
Neelay graduated with a degree in Computer Engineering and afterward went to work at a consulting company in India. After a year, he moved to the U.S., where he completed his masters from Stevens Institute of Technology. Ever since, he has worked on Windows and web-based applications for an advertising/media/marketing company and an e-commerce company. On his spare time, he develops Android Apps, plays ping-pong, and of course, video games. He is also a die hard Nexus fan.
Stephanie Slaton, Lead Help Desk Administrator
Stephanie combines her background of corporate training and 5-star hospitality to be the go-to person for all of your Lore questions and concerns. Not only is she the voice of the Lore support line, but she is also a voice-over artist and DJ specializing in Big Band Jazz.
Remi Taffin, Engineering Intern
Remi comes from an IT engineering school in Northern France. His experience from his previous internships in Spain and Australia makes him think before rushing. He works on the network side of Noodle. When he's not working and even when he is, Remi likes traveling a lot and connecting to people around the world.
Charles Wang, Junior Data Scientist
Charles graduated in June of 2011 from the University of Chicago with degrees in Political Science and Economics and worked with a D.C.-based consulting firm before joining Noodle as a data analyst intern. His hobbies include video games, martial arts and thinking about weird things.
Jillian Youngblood, Director of Community Relations
Jillian previously worked on Capitol Hill and in the Bloomberg Administration, where she specialized in public health. She worked on the bill to provide health care to 9/11 first responders, and has a lot of reasons that you shouldn't drink soda. She decided to leave politics before becoming too cynical, and is now a full-stack Ruby on Rails developer who manages press and community for Noodle.
Anis Zaman, Software Developer
Anis just graduated from Bard College with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science in May 2013. Before coming to Noodle he worked as a Software Developer Intern at KAYAK. Anis loves to work with people from various background and learn from others. On his free time Anis enjoys playing outdoor sports, traveling and meeting people.
Kristin Zimmerman, Marketing Manager, Content
Kristin feels lucky to have made a career out of her love for writing. As an editor at Barnes & Noble she helped create how-to guides on everything from fishing to flower arranging. As a community manager at CafeMom.com she crafted articles and activities for moms on everything from fitness to personal finance. Outside of work she’s happiest spending time with family and friends, laughing till she cries, eating (and sometimes cooking) yummy foods, wearing flip-flops, learning new things, and being outdoors.