Management Team


Jason Palmer is the Founder and CEO of  Jason has been a leading entrepreneur, executive and investor in education technology and online education for more than fifteen years.  Jason founded and grew three venture-backed technology and services companies in the 1990′s, before holding a series of executive positions at Microsoft, SchoolNet, Kaplan and StraighterLine.  At Microsoft Education, Jason was responsible for product managing and launching the world’s first learning management system for tablet-based education.  At SchoolNet, Jason was responsible for establishing partnerships with Scantron, The Princeton Review, Kaplan and ETS, as well as make its first acquisition, before the company was ultimately acquired by Pearson for $230 million in 2011.  At Kaplan, Jason led three turnaround businesses as General Manager and President, in addition to making corporate venture capital investments and serving as a Board Member to some of the world’s top education startups, including MoodleroomsStraighterLine and iProf India.  Jason was also one of the first ten employees at StraighterLine, serving as its first Chief Product Officer. Jason holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  Jason also serves on the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation Board.

Elizabeth_PriorElizabeth Prior is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Product and Operations at Before, Elizabeth led the product management group within Blackboard Student Services and was the product manager for online program management and strategic consulting solutions within Blackboard Educational Services. Elizabeth also served in multiple strategic operational roles at Strayer University, where she implemented solutions in Admissions, Student Support, Faculty Management, and the Registrar’s Office. In addition, she has consulted with multiple educational start-ups regarding strategic planning and operational process improvements. Elizabeth completed her M.B.A. at MIT Sloan School of Management and her B.S.E. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Stephen Meyer

Stephen Meyer provides partnership and operational strategy guidance for Stephen is a highly motivated and experienced leader with more than twenty years of experience in strategy, planning, new product development, operations, and technology management, including almost ten years at the College Board, where he most recently served as Vice President of the Office of Strategy Management.  At the College Board, Stephen led efforts to digitize core businesses with focus on product innovation, education impact, and margin growth. He also focused on digital assessments and unlocking the power of student data.  He also led efforts to establish new assessment operating and technology capabilities for scoring and score reporting (including a platform that supported the human scoring of 600,000+ essays in 2 weeks, 7x a year) and oversaw a $100 million operating budget.  Prior to College Board, Stephen co-founded and sold a management consulting company and has worked as an executive in digital publishing and telecommunications.  Stephen has a Masters in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Brown University.

Carolyn 2Carolyn Leuba is an accounting and instruction expert. Carolyn has 25 years of accounting experience working in a variety of industries including a role in business management with Martin Marietta Corporation, which is now Lockheed Martin.  Carolyn worked for five years as an accountant for a real estate development firm and nine years in public accounting. Most recently, Carolyn taught accounting at Howard Community College, in Columbia, MD.  As an educator, Carolyn was a member of the adjunct faculty staff for five years, becoming a full time assistant professor for the past two years. Carolyn is a graduate of Towson University and has a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in Accounting; she is a licensed CPA in the state of Maryland.

Sheila CarmodySheila Carmody is a marketing and content specialist with 20-plus years of experience in communications, first as a writer/editor for weekly and monthly cable TV guides, circulation 1.5 million, and then as a reporter for a daily newspaper. In the recent past, Sheila has reported on security issues in multiple industries — hotels, hospitals and colleges and universities – before serving as a Senior Writer for the New York State School Boards Association. Sheila started writing about education reform and best practices in education almost to the day the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed into law. As the Internet’s transformation of media has grown, Sheila’s added technical skills in online marketing, social media and public relations. Sheila’s writing has always been influential, early on entertaining and informing readers of a daily newspaper and then influencing governmental policy and now engaging web-savvy student users.  Check out Sheila’s Putting Pen to Paper blog and her LinkedIn Profile.

AngelaAnglea Shen is a social media maven for  She’s also currently a graduate student in Smith School of Business, majoring in Management Information System.  Angela graduated from Zhejiang University of Finance and Economic with a background of International Business and Finance.  Angela previously worked for the Agricultural Bank of China.  Besides her work for, Angela is also writing a microblog as an regional editor for a promotion website on Sina Weibo. Her hobbies include movies, traveling, dancing and Latin dancing.