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Our Team
Aravind Pochiraju, Chief Everything Officer
Aravind Pochiraju, Chief Everything Officer

Aravind is highly experienced in educational technology. Before starting Lrnr he ran the Digital Innovation Group at Pearson and built a publisher first eReader for iOS, as well as several other blockbuster apps. He helped put Pearson ahead of competition in the Mobile domain.

He led the development and successful implementation of Pearson’s first highly scalable K-12 LMS in 2001 which is still in use today with millions of student users under the name Pearson SuccessNet.

In his free time, you can get him excited for long hikes on a mountain, rowing and kayaking, biking, scuba diving and sci-fi movies.

Rafael Mayer, Board Member & Investor
Rafael Mayer, Board Member & Investor

Rafael Mayer is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Khronos LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor in New York City. Prior to his founding Khronos, Rafael was Director of Software Development at Franklin Electronic Publishers in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. Rafael led a software development team specializing in reference software for hand-held electronic platforms. Rafael graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School. Rafael serves as Board Chair for the KIPP NYC charter schools.

Venkat, Director of Engineering
Venkat, Director of Engineering

Venkat Viswanathan is a technology leader who brings 2 decades of experience building scalable products in eCommerce for brands like Adidas, Uniqlo, Under Armour, etc., handling daily volumes of over a Million users.

Before joining Lrnr, Venkat led the engineering efforts at SingPost eCommerce, the largest eCommerce service provider in Asia Pacific region. He built ezyCommerce and Omigo marketplace at SingPost.

Venkat holds a MS in Statistics from the reputed IIT Kanpur. A sports enthusiast; anytime up for a game of Chess, Badminton, Pingpong or a Marathon.

Heather, Director of Customer Success
Heather, Director of Customer Success

Heather Von Fange, has spent the last 7 years empowering faculty and students through Educational Technology partnerships in Higher Education. Her biggest strength is her passion and laser focus on student success, which helps enhance Lrnr’s usability and personalization. Heather works towards Lrnr’s mission to bring about change in student’s lives through personalized learning.  She has been on the cutting edge of EdTech integrations and bridging gaps for employability.

Heather believes in lifelong education and passing that philosophy on to her kids. She is an active member of volunteer organizations and loves to explore culture through cuisine.

Amanda Perdaris, Director of Sales
Amanda Perdaris, Director of Sales

Amanda Perdaris has been working in Education Publishing for 2 decades, with 13 years as a Top Performer at Pearson. Amanda brings a strong understanding and appreciation of the impact that digital innovation has on the process of teaching and learning. She has a passion for making learning more affordable and effective for students and instructors, and is working with change makers in the classroom who share this same philosophy.
Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, reading, ballroom dancing and garage sales. She is a master with the hot glue gun, and loves Greece and the Kansas State University Wildcats.

Prajin, Senior Software Engineer
Prajin, Senior Software Engineer
Rohith, Senior Software Engineer
Rohith, Senior Software Engineer
Arun, Content Engineer
Arun, Content Engineer
Carrie Hughes, Biology
Carrie Hughes, Biology

Carrie Hughes is a graduate of the University of Houston Clear Lake with a BA in Biology and a MS in Biological Science. She taught 10th grade Biology for ten years then made the move to higher education. She has currently been teaching Majors Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology at San Jacinto College – Central Campus for the last fifteen years and would rather be nowhere else. In her free time she enjoys traveling with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys exploring National Parks on long road trips enjoying hiking, river rafting, horseback riding, and zip-lining along the way. Visiting all fifty states is on her “Bucket List.” She only has eleven more states to go!”

Dr. Donna Burge, Anatomy and Physiology
Dr. Donna Burge, Anatomy and Physiology

Dr. Burge retired after twenty years of equine veterinary practice and found a new career as a full-time professor of Human Anatomy and Physiology. She has two sons, a geriatric pit bull, and a cat with a questionable attitude.

Dr. Nina Dulabaum,  Sociology
Dr. Nina Dulabaum, Sociology

Dr. Duly is highly experienced in leveraging technology for student success. After graduating from Oberlin she served abroad for three years; continuing her Ph.D. studies, she led seminars on cross-cultural communication, conflict transformation as well as de-escalation interventions with violent youth. She has diverse work experience, e.g. as a professor, consultant, city government administrator, mom, and has published 5 editions of her popular handbook on communication and conflict along with other research. She advocates for OER, social entrepreneurship, and innovative technology for global sustainability.

Sharath, Product Experience Engineer
Sharath, Product Experience Engineer
Taufiq, Software Engineer
Taufiq, Software Engineer
Subramani, Content Analyst
Subramani, Content Analyst
Manpreet Kaur, Content Editor
Prasadrao Pulipati, Software Engineer
Prasadrao Pulipati, Software Engineer
Keerthini, Content Editor
Subham, Content Editor
Surya Kiran, Software Engineer
Surya Kiran, Software Engineer
Akhileshwar, Software Engineer
Akhileshwar, Software Engineer
Nithin, Software Engineer
Nithin, Software Engineer
Akash Gond, Quality Analyst
Akash Gond, Quality Analyst
Venkatesh, Customer Support
Venkatesh, Customer Support
Dr. Adam Welday, Biology
Dr. Adam Welday, Biology

Dr. Welday has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of California, Los Angeles. His prior research focused on unraveling how regions of the brain involved in spatial navigation and learning and memory encode and decode information from their environment. Firmly believing in the power of education in transforming people lives and the society they live in, Dr. Welday has chosen to teach in community colleges as a way to contribute to providing educational opportunities to as many as possible.

In his hypothetical spare time, he likes to cook, camp and frolic along the California coast.

Sandesh, Customer Support
Sandesh, Customer Support
Dr. Cindy Morgan, Biology
Dr. Cindy Morgan, Biology

Cynthia E. Morgan Ph.D. is a graduate from the University of Texas, El Paso, with a Doctoral degree in Pathobiology.  Concentrations were in ecology, evolution and myrmecology. She has taught at several institutions of higher education to include University of Texas, El Paso, Austin Peay State University and Lord Fairfax Community College. She raised four children while finishing her doctorate. Now she lives with her loving husband, two cats and a dog.

Melissa Ha, Biology
Melissa Ha, Biology

Melissa Ha earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico and an M.S. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her graduate research examined how season, evolutionary relatedness, and floral similarity affect the outcome of pollinator-mediated interactions in different plant species. She currently teaches introductory biology, microbiology, and anatomy and physiology at Mohave Community College in Kingman, AZ. She enjoys sewing, painting, reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and pets.

Board, Investors and Active Advisors
Lisa March, Sales Strategy
Lisa March, Sales Strategy

Lisa March, co-founder of Noblestream, is a highly regarded leader, speaker, and advocate in the education services industry. As a top performing sales team leader for Pearson, Oxford University Press, and John Wiley & Sons during a time of great change in the education sector, Lisa experienced first-hand the profound shift in strategy required to market, sell, and successfully deploy digital content and educational platforms. She owes her success to being solutions-oriented, and has built her own companies around a customer-first core philosophy.

Dr. Dhanesh Jain, Strategic Investor
Dr. Dhanesh Jain, Strategic Investor

MD and founder of Ratna Sagar P. Ltd., one of India’s largest Textbook publishing houses. Ratna Sagar is a strategic investor for Lrnr. Ratna Sagar has also established key partnerships with Wiley to bring high quality content to Indian students under Dr. Jain’s leadership

Nathan Schultz, Product Strategy
Nathan Schultz, Product Strategy

As Chegg’s Chief Learning Officer, Nathan is responsible for student achievement, overseeing all aspects of Chegg’s self-directed learning tools, which includes content development and publisher relations. Nathan has dedicated his career to putting students first and representing their interests within the world of educational publishing, having served at Bowker, Pearson, and Jones & Bartlett prior to joining Chegg. Nathan attended Elon University in North Carolina, receiving his BA in History and English and continued his education at Stevens Institute of Technology, in New Jersey. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys traveling and tearing up the outdoor trails.

Mark Miller, Business Advisor
Mark Miller, Business Advisor

Mark is the founder and managing partner at Good Harbor Partners and also a partner at LearnLaunch. Mark provides corporate development, strategy and M&A services to exceptional ed-tech companies.

Mark has co-founded, built and/or served as CEO or Executive Chairman for leading publishing, technology and community companies, including TakeNote, The Daily Jolt, CollegiateLink, and The Custom Publishing Group. He lead the commercialization of CUPID that later became NetPaper.

Mark is a member of the Cornell University Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and the Quill and Dagger Honorary Society.

 

David Harris, Product & Salestrategy
David Harris, Product & Sales Strategy

David is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has worked extensively in higher education publishing. During his career David has held a range of leadership positions allowing him to collaborate with the best authors, editorial groups, and media development teams in the industry. Most recently David was the president of WebAssign, the largest independent online homework provider. At OpenStax College David hopes to contribute to the teams effort of improving access to high quality materials by working with authors, developers, and partners to substantially lower costs for students.

Jade Roth, Business Strategy
Jade Roth, Business Strategy

Jade is a member of the Executive Team at Flat World Education, an education technology company that partners with colleges and universities to improve learning outcomes for students.

A digitally fluent education and learning materials leader, Jade mastered the business from the ground up at Barnes & Noble Education as the former Chief Product Officer and Vice President of Books and Digital Strategy.

She is an experienced leader in organizational change management and cross-functional team building and has spent her career dedicated to finding the best learning solutions for students.

 

Howard Weiner, Marketing Strategy
Howard Weiner, Marketing Strategy

Howard Weiner, co-founder of NobleStream has held senior marketing and sales leadership positions with commercial publishers in Higher Education, most recently as Vice President and Regional Sales Director at John Wiley & Sons.

Howard has spent his career in Academic Publishing at the forefront of technical subject matter and emerging educational technologies. Among his many accomplishments at Wiley, Howard is noted for founding the Wiley Faculty Network (WFN) a peer-to-peer network of faculty advocates missioned with sharing best practices around implementing new technologies.

Dr. Girija Rao, Executive Editor
Dr. Girija Rao, Executive Editor

Former faculty member of St. Joseph’s College with over 3 decades of teaching experience in Biology. Dr. Girija has been a big promoter of personalized learning methodologies using technology to help learning needs of students. Dr. Rao has been instrumental in the development of Lrnr’s turnkey solutions in STEM. She manages the content editorial process and collaborates with authors and content engineers to develop new homework solutions.

James Caras, Board Member
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