Our Team

  • Darwin Abella

    Darwin Abella

    VP of IT

    I am a creative problem-solver with a strong interest in new technologies and approaches that are both customer and business focused.

  • Rob Aronson

    Rob Aronson

    Executive Director of Partnerships, Noodle

    Rob has been building successful partnerships within the student & education market his entire career. His passion for the marketplace & deep relationships have helped companies such as Student Advantage, TheU.com, Monster, CollegeClickTV and MyYearbook.com establish positions of brand dominance. Rob brings publisher partners and both educational & brand marketers into the Noodle network.

  • Christopher Beland

    Christopher Beland

    Senior Developer

    Beland studied computer science, linguistics, and STS (Science, Technology, and Society) at MIT. He's been a student journalist, a member of the MBTA Rider Oversight Committee, and remains a Wikipedia administrator and NPR junkie. He enjoys biking, gardening, user-friendly software, and overly complicated sentences.

  • John Boyle

    John Boyle

    Vice President of Sales, Noodle

    Whether it be eating new dishes or making them, food is a passion. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about what makes them tick. I've spent my entire career helping people find the right schools and helping schools find the right people. I also enjoy outdoor activities from cycling to hiking, swimming and discovering new places that are easy on the eyes.

  • Julie Butensky

    Julie Butensky

    Director of Strategic Partnerships, Noodle

    Prior to Noodle, Julie worked in both private equity and asset management, with roles in investments and business development. Her passion for early stage companies and education reform led her to Noodle where she manages content partnerships. Julie graduated from Emory with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

  • Rivkah Carl

    Rivkah Carl

    Data Analyst, Noodle

    Rivkah found her dream job at Noodle, combining education with mathematical and data analysis. After graduating from Barnard College and CUNY, Rivkah spent two years educating youth in the US and Germany.

  • Suzi Cho

    Suzi Cho

    Manager of Account Operations, Noodle

    Suzi partners with clients to help them achieve their short- and long-term goals. Prior to joining Noodle, she was a researcher and advisor at a higher education consulting firm. While completing her B.A. in economics and international studies at Boston College, Suzi interned at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and IDC consulting in Beijing, using her knowledge of Mandarin in market research. She likes all things related to Boston and enjoys crocheting -- she has yet to master anything beyond a scarf.

  • Abby Cohn

    Abby Cohn

    Client Services Coordinator, Noodle

    Hailing from a rural town in Pennsylvania that has more cows than people, Abby became a Noodler after launching her marketing career in the realm of retail. Having lived in the City of Brotherly Love and graduated cum laude from Temple University with a BA in Communications, Abby strives to be a voice for consumers and always puts the customer first. Abby balances her love of cooking and baking with her lifelong passion for fitness. She’s always up for trying the latest fitness craze or new recipe! Abby is also a devoted fan of all things Disney.

  • Peter Crosta

    Peter Crosta

    VP Research and Development

    Peter is a researcher and educator who has spent a decade studying the economics of community colleges. Peter is passionate about helping students and families use data to make better decisions about education. When not knee-deep in data, he can be found sailing the mighty Hudson or convincing New Yorkers that Jersey City is both really close and really cool.

    Peter graduated from SHS, earned a BA at Cornell, an MA at Teachers College, and a PhD at Columbia University.

  • Anna Crowe Bates

    Anna Crowe Bates

    Marketing Manager

    By finding meaningful conversations to help build relationships and fuel advocacy, Anna is helping Noodle be discoverable wherever people are searching. Previously, Anna led digital marketing strategies for global brands at multiple agencies. When not working, Anna is on the soccer field, surfing, or walking her basset hound, Norman. Say hi @annaleacrowe

  • John Dodig

    John Dodig


    I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in scenic New Jersey; now I live in Brooklyn. I read a lot of Joyce as an undergrad and wrote my thesis on Alison Bechdel's graphic memoirs in grad school. I also make music for dance pieces, compulsively listen to podcasts, and have a cool dog named Patrick.

    I'm an alumnus of Westfield Friends School (2003), St. Joseph's Prep (2007), Connecticut College (2011), and Villanova University (2014).

  • Dan Edmonds

    Dan Edmonds

    Senior Director: Research and Development

    Dan Edmonds has been working in the world of Admissions Counselling and Test Preparation for nearly two decades. He has worked with thousands of students, trained hundreds of teachers and tutors, and had leadership roles in two major test prep companies. His articles have appeared in Time, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. He currently works in Research and Development for Noodle and continues tutoring a handful of students in the New York City area. Twitter: @edmonds_dan.

  • Jessica Finger

    Jessica Finger

    Product Specialist

    Before joining Noodle, Jessica studied Broadcast Journalism and Interactive Digital Design at Quinnipiac University. She's worked as a web editor, layout designer, and social media specialist for Chase Media, The Putnam Press, and iHeart Media Inc. Connect with Jessica on Twitter.

  • Jeni Ford

    Jeni Ford

    Sales Manager

    Jeni received her BSBA in Marketing from The Ohio State University, Fisher School of Business. After graduating, she quickly fell in love with early stage technology and how those platforms could help solve or disrupt the cluttered internet landscape.

    In her free time, she's always passionate about trying new things like boxing or the new restaurant with no name in Chinatown on a Friday night.

    The Ohio State University ‘09

  • Morgan Gray

    Morgan Gray

    Sales Intern, Noodle

    Morgan is a rising sophomore with academic interests that lay in multiple different departments. Thus far, he has dipped his toes in six of these different departments (i.e. Psychology, Philosophy, Engineering, Environmental Science, English, Geology) and has yet to declare a concentration. Morgan has much experience in the athletic recruiting process, as he was a student-athlete until the end of this semester.

    All Souls School '01, Cathedral School of St. John The Divine '10, Poly Prep Country Day School '14, Brown University '18

  • Lauren Grisanti

    Lauren Grisanti

    Originally from Buffalo, NY, Lauren studied Advertising Design at Fashion Institute of Technology. In her spare time she is a Doula, helping pregnant women give birth.

  • Michael Grossman

    Michael Grossman

    Regional Sales Manager, Noodle

    Michael is a seasoned seller who builds lasting relationships through trust, commitment and satisfying his client's needs. When he isn't glued to the TV watching the Knicks, he enjoys spending time with his wife & son, playing sports, traveling and trying new restaurants in NYC.

    Graduate of: Poly Prep Country Day School '91 Muhlenberg College ‘95

  • Jonah Higginbottom

    Jonah Higginbottom

    Marketing Communications Coordinator

    Born and raised in Virginia, I need to experience four seasons each year. I have a double major in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Mary Washington and now want to use those skills to solve every type of problem possible. I taught high school math for 1 year which spurred an interest in helping students and families make the best decisions about education. I enjoy running along the East river and exploring all of NYC. I love cooking and eating everything delicious!

  • Benjamin Himley

    Benjamin Himley

    Junior Software Engineer

    An avid hiker and martial arts devotee, Ben comes to Noodle by way of the Pacific Northwest. After studying web development on his own, he cut his teeth on Python at Byte Academy where he fell in love with list comprehensions.

  • Catherine Holland

    Catherine Holland

    Senior Editor for Content Research

    Catherine has raised two kids in New York City, helping them navigate the K-12 public school and college admissions processes. She's spent her professional career in education, working for non-profits, community organizations, and private companies. She's fascinated by the Civil War, the French language, and typographical tattoos.

    Catherine attended T.C Williams High School, University of Virginia, and University of Pennsylvania.

  • Ben Homnick

    Ben Homnick

    Senior Software Engineer

    Currently living in Taiwan, Ben joins Noodle following years as a wandering freelance consultant. While not traveling, Ben enjoys kittens, candlelight dinners, and long walks on the beach.

    Graduate of University of Michigan Ann Arbor

  • Spyros Karidis

    Spyros Karidis

    Marketing Coordinator, Noodle

    I view startups - the singular embodiment of the democratization of entrepreneurship - as one of the most elegant and potent forces for social good. I'm an ultra-committed lifelong learner - currently hitting the full-stack by learning Node.js with the good folks at Thinkful - always eager to better serve the people I work with and solve real-world problems for the greater good. Social entrepreneurship enthusiast, attorney - details on LinkedIn.

    Alumnus of: Glenwood Landing Elementary School, New York University and Brooklyn Law School

  • John Katzman

    John Katzman

    Founder & CEO of Noodle

    John has founded and run three education companies: The Princeton Review, 2U, and now Noodle; in each, he's brought together incredible people and helped them create transformative services and compelling cultures. He sits on the Boards of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

  • Rob Kibria

    Rob Kibria

    Regional Sales Manager, Noodle

    Rob is a seller focused on building relationships before selling the business. Rob likes to think of himself as the guy who sets the foundation for long-lasting business partnerships, because trust and communication are the most important components of a relationship.

  • Vincent Kuwornu

    Vincent Kuwornu

    Vincent has a background in computer science, specialising in software development and is passionate about open-source. He has worked in both the media and finance industries. In his spare time he enjoys a good run.

  • Christine Larusso

    Christine Larusso

    Community Manager, Noodle

    Christine holds a BA from Fordham and an MFA from NYU, where she studied creative writing (specifically, poetry) thanks to the generous funding of a Starworks Fellowship. She's worked in editorial and publishing roles at Washington Square Review and Guernica Magazine, and before coming to Noodle, was working as a a private tutor, copywriter, and publishing consultant. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Women's Studies Quarterly, Prelude, The Literary Review, The Awl, Narrative Magazine, and elsewhere.

  • Chris J. Lebron

    Chris J. Lebron

    Front End Engineer, Noodle

    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.

    Chris strives to make everything fast, squishy, and delightful.

    Graduate of Archbishop Molloy High School '01, New York University '05, Teacher's College, Columbia University '10.

  • Ralph Lepore

    Ralph Lepore

    VP of Engineering, Noodle

    Ralph started his career as a Unix Systems Administrator after receiving his B.S. in computer science. He quickly moved to Wall Street writing real time and algorithmic trading systems. After the 2008 market crash he fell in love building large scale web applications and hasn't looked back. When Ralph isn't hacking on Noodles core infrastructure you can usually find him reading comic books or tinkering with his RaspberryPI and Arduino.

    Graduate of Framingham State ‘01, Wethersfield High School and Silas Deane Middle School

  • Caitlin Levys

    Caitlin Levys

    Strategic Marketing Manager, Noodle

    Originally from CT and drawn to Elon University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I decided to leave finance and indulge my creative side with a French home decor company where I was able to help build their US platform. I am very excited to now call Noodle home as we aim to create the best possible educational resource.

    In addition to being an animal lover, I enjoy traveling the world, Pilates, Pac-man and road trips with my "actual size" Mini Cooper.

    Graduate of: Whitby School, Greenwich Academy '04, Elon University '08

  • Grace Linch

    Grace Linch

    Vice President of Marketing

    I love an energetic start-up environment where everyone works together to create something truly useful. When I’m not talking up our amazing services, you might find me baking delicious treats or kicking butt at Scrabble.

  • Orly Michaeli

    Orly Michaeli

    Assistant Editor, Noodle

    Originally from Guatemala, Orly earned her BA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. She has been interested in education since she became a counselor for her youth group at age 15 and has interned at museums, educational editorials, and Columbia’s admissions office. Orly enjoys dancing (and eating) salsa.

  • Aryeh Morris

    Aryeh Morris

    Business Analyst & Controller

    Aryeh works on everything from business analytics and accounting, to human resource. A veteran of both finance and operating environments, Aryeh’s most satisfying pre-Noodle role involved six years at The Community Development Trust, a REIT, where he had progressively more responsibility both in business plan development and both business analytics and investor reporting. Aryeh is also a long-suffering Mets fan.

    Graduated: Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University

  • George Nagel

    George Nagel

    Senior Software Developer, Noodle

    George Nagel grew up moving around the world, and has lived in Cairo and London. He comes to Noodle from Allclasses, where he wrote code to crawl the internet for course information. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and recording music.

    Graduate of: Tufts University '10, Georgia Tech '11

  • Sehreen NoorAli

    Sehreen NoorAli

    Vice President, Business Development

    I'm all about building communities and partnerships; advising on 21st century skills; learning how to be a new mom; and plotting my next int'l adventure.

    McLean High School; Brown University; Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • Marcy Petroccione

    Marcy Petroccione

    Web Developer, Noodle

    Marcy has worked as a web developer since 2007, starting at a small financial firm before joining Noodle. She enjoys debugging any software problem, writing clean, concise code, and learning from brilliant minds. In her free time she enjoys running, climbing, swimming, and eating!

  • Josue Pimentel

    Josue Pimentel

    Software Engineer, Noodle

    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.

  • John Rutledge

    John Rutledge

    Senior Software Engineer, Noodle

    A former resident of Austin Texas, John worked in film, advertising, and technology before he finally found his calling writing software. His passions include reading, dancing, speaking Japanese, and virtual reality. He has a degree in Art and Psychology, and his favorite quote is "don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things."

  • Sheryl Simonitis

    Sheryl Simonitis

    VP, Marketing

    I am a lover of building and growing companies through targeted, strategic marketing plans. In my downtime I work with local companies and charities to help share their message. My husband and I love to travel, and we work on a local farm in our town. I am an avid reader, sponge of information, and amateur knitter.

    Graduate of Pace EMBA program, and The College of New Jersey

  • Kelli Sweeney

    Kelli Sweeney

    Account Strategist, Noodle

    Kelli is originally from CT and a proud Boston College graduate. Prior to joining Noodle she worked as a 3rd grade teacher in Harlem, NY and as an analyst at a technology consulting firm. She comes to Noodle excited to fuse her interests in business and education.

    In her spare time she enjoys running in Prospect Park and reading food blogs.

  • Remi Taffin

    Remi Taffin

    Junior DevOps Engineer, Noodle

    Remi graduated with a master's degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lille, in France. After several internships in France, Spain and Australia, he realized there is nothing more hateful than doing the same tasks again and again. His life goal is to make everybody's life easier by automating any repetitive tasks around him. When he's not writing scripts, Remi likes traveling, running and cooking to show that the French eat more than baguette and snails.

  • Mariama Todd

    Mariama Todd

    Senior Manager Business Operations and Intelligence,Noodle

    Mariama has held a variety of finance, strategy and operations positions in the media industry at Omnicom Media Group, Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, American Lawyer Media, Meredith Corporation, Inc. and Fast Company magazines. Prior to working in the media business she worked in the investment management sector.
    Mariama is a storyteller, history nerd, lover of Harlem, dogs and whisky ( scotch. neat, please). She is also a graduate of: Old Bridge High School, Dartmouth College and New York University

  • Charles Wang

    Charles Wang

    Data Scientist

    I'm a professional nerd with a deep and abiding interest in lifelong learning and personal growth. Outside of work I study social science and the Western Canon, practice martial arts, listen to classical music and heavy metal, and think about open-ended questions. I'm a sometimes ambivalent alum of the University of Chicago ('11), where I double-majored in economics and political science and where I was heavily steeped in the life of the mind while largely miseducated about the real world.

  • Brendan Young

    Brendan Young

    Regional Sales Manager, Noodle

    Brendan was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 2009 from Colgate University where he studied English and played bass guitar in a funk band. In his free time, he loves to run with New York Bridgerunners, brush up on his Spanish and see great live music. His favorite show of 2015 so far was D'Angelo and the Vanguard at Forest Hills Stadium.

  • Lisa Ziviello

    Lisa Ziviello

    Senior Manager of Brand Communications, Noodle

    As a creative copywriter, strategic thinker and expert juggler (of projects), I love diving into a challenge and finding the best possible solution. When it comes to communication, I follow the 3 C's -- be clear, be concise, and make a connection with the audience. I'm a huge fan of efficiency and I maybe love grammar a little too much. #wordnerd

    Graduate of Syracuse University