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.

  • Michele Bianculli

    Michele Bianculli

    Operations and Account Manager, Noodle Partners

    When not in the office, Michele spends a lot of time playing sports (softball, volleyball, and running) and cooking. She organizes events, wrangles humans and prefers dogs to most other things.

    Graduate of Paul D. Schreiber HS and NYU

  • Julie Butensky

    Julie Butensky

    Business Development Manager, 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

    Client Services Manager, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Affiliate Marketing Manager

    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.

  • 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

  • Zach Halper

    Zach Halper

    Email Marketing Manager, Noodle

    Zach is an Email Marketing Manager at Noodle where he works to execute email campaigns. He graduated from Goucher College in 2009 with a degree in English and enjoys (in no particular order) Billy Joel, the New York Yankees, Star Wars, piano, and music. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Jonah Higginbottom

    Jonah Higginbottom

    Marketing Intern, Noodle

    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 taking long walks to explore all of NYC. I love cooking and eating everything delicious!

  • Benjamin Himley

    Benjamin Himley

    Junior Python Developer

    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.

  • Kim Hoyt

    Kim Hoyt

    Director of Major Accounts, Noodle

    Kim is based in Gulf Shores, Alabama and focuses on Major Brand Advertising. She joined Noodle from 2U where she held multiple roles in senior management, most recently as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of @WashULaw (an online Master’s in Law program offered at Washington University in St. Louis). Before 2U, Kim spent 11 years at The Princeton Review. She is a proud graduate of University of Colorado Boulder.

  • 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.

  • 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 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

  • Pia Levine

    Pia Levine

    Junior Analyst

    As an accounting major, Pia is responsible for handling the books at Noodle. She enjoys marathons, triathlons, and snowboarding.

    Graduate of Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University

  • Caitlin Levys

    Caitlin Levys

    Marketing Coordinator, 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

    Senior Director of Marketing, Noodle

    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

  • Sehreen NoorAli

    Sehreen Noorali

    Director of Partnerships/Business Development, Noodle

    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 '99; Brown University '03; Harvard Graduate School of Education '06.

  • 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."

  • Isaac Sherrill

    Isaac Sherrill

    Technology Intern, Noodle

    Ever since Isaac's artist mother asked him to build a website to showcase her work, he has been fascinated by the process of building software. The power of writing code and immediately seeing results on screen motivated him to get involved in other projects and eventually to study Computer Science at Northeastern University.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Lea Yan

    Lea Yan

    Data Analyst, Noodle

    Lea loves seeking for solutions to challenging problems and that's what she's happily doing at Noodle. She graduated from Stony Brook University with a master's degree of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. In her spare time, she likes traveling around.

  • Lisa Ziviello

    Lisa Ziviello

    Senior Manager of 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