Management Team

1.-Saad-Alam_CEOSaad Alam is co-founder and CEO of  Before co-founding, Saad co-founded and served as CEO of Citelighter for six years. Citelighter is a multi-million dollar education technology provider that offers comprehensive writing and critical thinking tools for teachers and students, primarily in the K-12 market. During the time when Saad was CEO, Citelighter’s product won 7 national awards and continues to be used by thousands of schools across the US and abroad. Citelighter was acquired by Sylvan Learning in May 2017. Earlier in his career, Saad held a series of executive positions at Eli Lilly, Health Central and Mypadlife. Saad earned graduate degrees from Columbia University and the University of Rochester and earned his B.S. in molecular science from the State University of New York at Albany.


Jason Palmer co-founder and Board Chair of Jason has been a leading entrepreneur, executive and investor in education technology and online education for twenty years, including three years leading higher education innovation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Earlier in his career, 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 Kaplan, Jason led three turnaround businesses as General Manager and President, in addition to leading successful venture capital investments in Moodlerooms and StraighterLine. Jason holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Elizabeth_PriorElizabeth Prior is Vice President of Product and Operations at Previously 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 has 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. At College Board, Stephen led efforts to digitize core businesses and establish new assessment technology capabilities for scoring, overseeing a $100 million budget. Prior to College Board, Stephen led and sold a management consultancy and worked as an executive in digital publishing and telecommunications. Stephen has a Masters 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 writer for the NYSBA. 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.

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.