Meet the Team

We asked everyone "What's one thing about you everyone should know?"

According to Yonker’s NY, I am an official Yonker’s Legend

Jay Walker

Co-Founder & Chairman

"According to Yonker’s NY, I am an official Yonker’s Legend"

I’ve been a sneakerhead since 1989

Scott Case

Co-Founder & CEO

"I’ve been a sneakerhead since 1989"

I once presented on stage at The Kennedy Center with acupuncture needles in my head and face...Oddly, my talk was not about acupuncture.

Jon Ellenthal

Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer

"I once presented on stage at The Kennedy Center with acupuncture needles in my head and face...Oddly, my talk was not about acupuncture."

I’m involved in a vineyard supply business in my spare time.

Tim Brier

Founding Board Member

"I’m involved in a vineyard supply business in my spare time."

I ride a Vespa to work.

Jen Moyer

Chief Operating & Financial Officer

"I ride a Vespa to work."

I once managed a horseback riding business in St. Lucia.

Cristyn Girolami

Chief People Officer

"I once managed a horseback riding business in St. Lucia."

I once sailed by the island from Cast Away. We were unable to locate Wilson.

Adam Holmes

CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST

"I once sailed by the island from Cast Away. We were unable to locate Wilson."

I am fluent in Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphics.

Emily Dresner

Chief Technology Officer

"I am fluent in Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphics."

I lived in Iran.

Jason Wynn

Chief Commercial Officer

"I lived in Iran."

I plan to hike all of the State High Pointers (highest point in every US state). I'm not close.

Frank Abissi

Data Scientist, Core Product

"I plan to hike all of the State High Pointers (highest point in every US state). I'm not close."

I maintain a Cube in Magic the Gathering as well as a Legacy Storm deck

Brian Absetz

Full-Stack Engineer

"I maintain a Cube in Magic the Gathering as well as a Legacy Storm deck"

I did a “Chinese fire drill” in a rental car on a major freeway in Italy.

Phillip Armour

DIRECTOR, SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE

"I did a “Chinese fire drill” in a rental car on a major freeway in Italy."

I recently learned how to roll sushi!

Monica Bacican

Sales Operations Specialist

"I recently learned how to roll sushi!"

I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The city's marketing slogan is "Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo!"

Mollie Bates

Product Design Lead

"I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The city's marketing slogan is "Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo!""

My parents still call me Sarah B after my kindergarten class had so many Sarahs that we had to be specified by our last initial.

Sarah Beattie

Product Manager

"My parents still call me Sarah B after my kindergarten class had so many Sarahs that we had to be specified by our last initial."

I was a manager for the University of Maryland Football team while in college. Go Terps!

Michael Bellerose

Senior Technical Architect

"I was a manager for the University of Maryland Football team while in college. Go Terps!"

I won my wife over on our first date with inappropriate stories and a rousing rendition Vanilla Ice's "Having a Roni". I encourage you to google that track.

Chris Blackburn

Full-Stack Engineer

"I won my wife over on our first date with inappropriate stories and a rousing rendition Vanilla Ice's "Having a Roni". I encourage you to google that track."

I never had Mexican food before I came to the US. My first experience was a “mission burrito” in San Francisco. It blew my mind! I had it for lunch everyday for a week straight.

Henri Blancke

Data Engineer

"I never had Mexican food before I came to the US. My first experience was a “mission burrito” in San Francisco. It blew my mind! I had it for lunch everyday for a week straight."

I'm extremely interested in augmented reality and I've been hacking on the Microsoft Hololens.

Sean Bolak

Senior Technical Team Lead

"I'm extremely interested in augmented reality and I've been hacking on the Microsoft Hololens."

My dog's nametag was co-authored by a Forbes' "30 Under 30" alum.

Phil Boothe

Senior Full-Stack Engineer

"My dog's nametag was co-authored by a Forbes' "30 Under 30" alum."

I prefer Pepsi over Coke

Tony Bradley

Full-Stack Engineer

"I prefer Pepsi over Coke"

I have a huge weakness for terrible movies - The Room and Troll 2 are two of my favorites.

Elizabeth Bruce

Technical Architect

"I have a huge weakness for terrible movies - The Room and Troll 2 are two of my favorites."

I played in the backing band to a college production of Oedipus: The Rock Opera.

Michael Burkman

Senior Backend Engineer

"I played in the backing band to a college production of Oedipus: The Rock Opera."

I’ve skied (snow) in the Austrian Alps in August and in the Middle East next to a desert.

Brian Butler

Director, Client Acquisition

"I’ve skied (snow) in the Austrian Alps in August and in the Middle East next to a desert."

I performed in a choreographed lip sync battle in front of over 500 people!

Chanel Butler

Lead Quality Engineer

"I performed in a choreographed lip sync battle in front of over 500 people!"

I started eating salads only after moving to the US, the country of burgers! (I’m still improving on that)

Michele Cardoso

Quality Engineer

"I started eating salads only after moving to the US, the country of burgers! (I’m still improving on that)"

 I was chased by an elephant while on a safari in Tanzania! 

Laura Carollo

Product Design Lead

" I was chased by an elephant while on a safari in Tanzania! "

I have done at least one standing backflip per year for the past 20 years.

Ian Cassidy

Senior Data Scientist, Machine Learning

"I have done at least one standing backflip per year for the past 20 years."

I have a black belt in taekwondo and trained in kung fu with Shaolin monks.

Emily Chen

Full-Stack Engineer

"I have a black belt in taekwondo and trained in kung fu with Shaolin monks."

My high school English teacher taught me to juggle.

Rami Chowdhury

Principal Engineer - Python

"My high school English teacher taught me to juggle."

I’ve gone on the exact same summer vacation every year since I was born.

Adrian Coffey

Manager, Talent Acquisition

"I’ve gone on the exact same summer vacation every year since I was born."

When I was young and my parents wanted alone time, they would leave an open book in the upstairs hallway and send me to get something from my room. 

David Coleman

Senior Product Manager

"When I was young and my parents wanted alone time, they would leave an open book in the upstairs hallway and send me to get something from my room. "

I’ve developed a love for traveling in the last few years and have been to Berlin, Munich (during Oktoberfest!), Prague, Sydney, Hong Kong, and London in just the past few years after having never left the country in the first 30+ years of my life.

Mike Debnam

VP, Engineering

"I’ve developed a love for traveling in the last few years and have been to Berlin, Munich (during Oktoberfest!), Prague, Sydney, Hong Kong, and London in just the past few years after having never left the country in the first 30+ years of my life."

I played in a Metallica cover band in high school.

Stuart Dotson

Full-Stack Engineer

"I played in a Metallica cover band in high school."

I was planning on going to art school at VCU before I decided to become a software engineer.

Jacob Duell

Senior Software Engineer

"I was planning on going to art school at VCU before I decided to become a software engineer."

I drove a car in Saudi Arabia before it was legal.

Isra Elmahdi

Associate Product Manager

"I drove a car in Saudi Arabia before it was legal."

Anson Felder
I was born in London and lived in Japan for two years while my dad was deployed by the Marines.

Anson Felder

Senior Quality Engineer

"I was born in London and lived in Japan for two years while my dad was deployed by the Marines."

I’ve never eaten mayonnaise

Lauren Flickinger

Director, Product

"I’ve never eaten mayonnaise"

I have been to 11 countries and counting. I love to travel.

Elliot Frost

Full-Stack Engineer

"I have been to 11 countries and counting. I love to travel."

I once spent my entire layover in Memphis looking for the cardboard cutout of Tony Allen that welcomes travelers to the Memphis Airport.

Robert Gardner

Senior Software Engineer in Test

"I once spent my entire layover in Memphis looking for the cardboard cutout of Tony Allen that welcomes travelers to the Memphis Airport."

I was on my high school’s wrestling team.

Julie Gelb

Senior Digital Marketing Associate

"I was on my high school’s wrestling team."

I've waited over 3 hours in line for a hot dog.

Emma Giberson

Product Manager

"I've waited over 3 hours in line for a hot dog."

I play water polo.

Patrick Gilday

Lead Full-Stack Engineer

"I play water polo."

I grew up in a town with one traffic light.

Jay Gorrell

LEAD Site Reliability Engineer

"I grew up in a town with one traffic light."

I love training dogs. My dog, Reba, is close to completing her championship in dog agility.

Kate Green

Quality Architect

"I love training dogs. My dog, Reba, is close to completing her championship in dog agility."

I somehow have an ongoing collection of water bottles and Gundam models

Andrew Gu

Full-Stack Engineer

"I somehow have an ongoing collection of water bottles and Gundam models"

I've been in three different TV commercials (in the background at least!)

Catherine Guarnieri

Senior Manager, Demand Generation

"I've been in three different TV commercials (in the background at least!)"

I won 1st place in the only bake off I’ve ever entered—it was the first time in my life that I made my Mom’s pumpkin bread, and probably the last time! #batting100

Kristen Hannon

Senior Design Architect

"I won 1st place in the only bake off I’ve ever entered—it was the first time in my life that I made my Mom’s pumpkin bread, and probably the last time! #batting100"

I rode the Hogwarts Express.

Elizabeth Harp

UX Writer

"I rode the Hogwarts Express."

I used to train horses in Ireland.

Betsy Harrison

Assistant Controller

"I used to train horses in Ireland."

I can make a good batch of guacamole. I'll regularly bring guacamole into work.

Matt Harrison

Systems Administrator

"I can make a good batch of guacamole. I'll regularly bring guacamole into work."

I make and sell handmade greeting cards on Etsy!

Tiffany Harrison

Account Executive

"I make and sell handmade greeting cards on Etsy!"

I love exploring new restaurants and cuisines. I will try anything once and am not a picky eater. Also, I can get rid of your hiccups

Liz Healy

Full-Stack Engineer

"I love exploring new restaurants and cuisines. I will try anything once and am not a picky eater. Also, I can get rid of your hiccups"

My great grandfather and his brother were trapeze artists in England prior to coming to America in the early 1900's.

David Hiltner

Vice President, Client Acquisition Marketing

"My great grandfather and his brother were trapeze artists in England prior to coming to America in the early 1900's."

I have shared BBQ with Stephen Colbert.

Robert Hitt

Full-Stack Engineer

"I have shared BBQ with Stephen Colbert."

I enjoy swimming and playing the violin.

Boyang Huang

Senior Python Engineer

"I enjoy swimming and playing the violin."

I clerked on the Supreme Court of Argentina.

Catherine Jones

General Counsel

"I clerked on the Supreme Court of Argentina."

I played basketball in college.

Ryan Kahle

Full-Stack Engineer

"I played basketball in college."

I worked as a Sunday school teacher when I was in college.

Yesem Kebede

Quality Engineer

"I worked as a Sunday school teacher when I was in college."

My cats give high fives!

Jessica Lachewitz

iOS Engineer

"My cats give high fives!"

I made my own smoker while living in Texas and love to smoke meat

David Lee

Senior Quality Engineer

"I made my own smoker while living in Texas and love to smoke meat"

I have managed to convince the Netflix algorithm that 'Gritty British TV cop procedurals' is a section that should exist.

David Little

Lead Full Stack Engineer

"I have managed to convince the Netflix algorithm that 'Gritty British TV cop procedurals' is a section that should exist."

I am an avid music lover and for years I worked as a audio recording engineer.

Jabari Long

Lead Data Engineer

"I am an avid music lover and for years I worked as a audio recording engineer."

I’ve flown in the cockpit of a commercial airline as the guest of the captain.

Brian Mahoney

Senior Manager, Mid/Back Office

"I’ve flown in the cockpit of a commercial airline as the guest of the captain."

I participated in a competitive karaoke league for several seasons.

Daniel Curaca Malito

Senior Android Engineer

"I participated in a competitive karaoke league for several seasons."

My side hustle is I’m a Lifestyle Blogger and Pure Barre Instructor.

Tara McQuain

Senior Digital Marketing Associate

"My side hustle is I’m a Lifestyle Blogger and Pure Barre Instructor."

I've been published for my photography and poetry.

Danielle Mitchell

Office Operations & Events Manager

"I've been published for my photography and poetry."

I am a twin and also have twins.

Michelle Morley

Design Director

"I am a twin and also have twins."

I've dressed up as a functioning box of wine, more than once.

Roxanne O'Driscoll

Senior Product Manager

"I've dressed up as a functioning box of wine, more than once."

I used to sew and sell self-tie bow ties.

Chiamaka Okoroha

Senior Quality Engineer

"I used to sew and sell self-tie bow ties."

I’m a health nut and personal trainer!

Birin Padam

Product Manager

"I’m a health nut and personal trainer!"

I was once an apprentice pastry chef at high-end restaurant.

Jessica Pavone

Product Designer

"I was once an apprentice pastry chef at high-end restaurant."

Once ate at 15 barbecue restaurants in 51 hours.

Chris Poirier

Vice President, Data Science

"Once ate at 15 barbecue restaurants in 51 hours."

I have received a voicemail from Kanye West.

Genevieve Rafla

Director, Communications

"I have received a voicemail from Kanye West."

I've incorporated 3 failed businesses in Virginia. One of them used to sell replica medieval swords online.

Pietro Rea

Technical Team Lead

"I've incorporated 3 failed businesses in Virginia. One of them used to sell replica medieval swords online."

I share a birthday with another Upside employee.

John Reed

CONTROLLER

"I share a birthday with another Upside employee."

I was the greatest best man at my best friends wedding so much that I forgot to bring the wedding cake.

Tim Reynolds

Software Engineer in Test

"I was the greatest best man at my best friends wedding so much that I forgot to bring the wedding cake."

I’ve played Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center (sounds fancy but they really weren’t very prestigious groups...)

Dan Riggs

Senior Full Stack Engineer

"I’ve played Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center (sounds fancy but they really weren’t very prestigious groups...)"

I’ve been dancing Argentine tango for 4+ years.

Sabrina Ritacco

Product Designer

"I’ve been dancing Argentine tango for 4+ years."

My favorite method of transportation is an electric skateboard.

Casey Robinson

Senior Full-Stack Engineer

"My favorite method of transportation is an electric skateboard."

I always have at least one pint of ice cream in my fridge, and half the time it's homemade.

Allison Rosen

Partnership Marketing Director

"I always have at least one pint of ice cream in my fridge, and half the time it's homemade."

I lived in Denmark for a year when I was younger.

Christopher Rung

Site Reliability Engineer

"I lived in Denmark for a year when I was younger."

In college, I played in three Final Fours for soccer, and lost each time...to the same team.

Jamie Sawyer

Associate Product Manager

"In college, I played in three Final Fours for soccer, and lost each time...to the same team."

I was mistaken for Monica Lewinski on a college trip to Israel. My trip leader was offered 200 camels and 2 Mercedes to leave me.

Jami Schell

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

"I was mistaken for Monica Lewinski on a college trip to Israel. My trip leader was offered 200 camels and 2 Mercedes to leave me."

I am left-handed, and can type 100 words per minute.

Andrew Schmadel

Senior Full-Stack Engineer

"I am left-handed, and can type 100 words per minute."

I met Michelle Obama (and Bo!) on a White House tour, and the footage was on NBC.

Maggie Skinner

Senior Manager, Client Success

"I met Michelle Obama (and Bo!) on a White House tour, and the footage was on NBC."

My one ride in a helicopter was when I had to be rescued from the mountains.

Nate Smith

Director of Quality Engineering

"My one ride in a helicopter was when I had to be rescued from the mountains."

I'm a skincare aficionado.

Sandra Smothers

Data Warehouse Engineer

"I'm a skincare aficionado."

My brother was born on the same day as me.

Stephen Solka

Senior Team Lead

"My brother was born on the same day as me."

In my free time I memorize the lyrics to Portuguese rap songs. Current favorite: “Na Hora” by Sango

Mike Street

Full-Stack Engineer

"In my free time I memorize the lyrics to Portuguese rap songs. Current favorite: “Na Hora” by Sango"

I speak three languages.

Benjamin Sun

Senior Software Engineer

"I speak three languages."

I am fluent in Farsi.

Beshad Talayeminaei

Full-Stack Engineer

"I am fluent in Farsi."

I visited all 48 contiguous US states on two cross-country trips with my family.

Tracy Taylor

Vice President, Product

"I visited all 48 contiguous US states on two cross-country trips with my family."

I played baseball in college.

Seth Taylor

Lead Full-Stack Engineer

"I played baseball in college."

I helped find a new way to give mice liver cancer.

Ashish Uppala

Full-Stack Engineer

"I helped find a new way to give mice liver cancer."

I am obsessed with technology and want the smartest smart home of all time with a garage to park my future Tesla in that I aspire to get one day.

Mic Vachon

Account Executive

"I am obsessed with technology and want the smartest smart home of all time with a garage to park my future Tesla in that I aspire to get one day."

I have a Beanie Baby collection in the hopes of getting rich one day... still waiting.

Kharmen Watkins

Senior Accounting Specialist

"I have a Beanie Baby collection in the hopes of getting rich one day... still waiting."

I'm a member of the Faster Bastards Baltimore City Running Club.

Gilbert Watson

Data Scientist- Decision Sciences and Pricing

"I'm a member of the Faster Bastards Baltimore City Running Club."

I lived in Australia for six months.

Rachael Weinberger

Customer Experience Associate

"I lived in Australia for six months."

I like trying new sports activities and last year won my first Stand Up Paddle Board race!

Stacey Williams

Client Success Manager

"I like trying new sports activities and last year won my first Stand Up Paddle Board race!"

Every zip code I’ve lived in has had a consecutive repeating digit (20011 has two).

Tiffany Wilson

Senior Data Analyst

"Every zip code I’ve lived in has had a consecutive repeating digit (20011 has two)."

I participated in a flashmob in Vegas.

Hillary Yale

Director, Supplier Relations

"I participated in a flashmob in Vegas."

I have sung the National Anthem over 30 times for the University of Maryland's Men's Basketball Team.

Warren Zentz

Senior Manager, Customer Experience

"I have sung the National Anthem over 30 times for the University of Maryland's Men's Basketball Team."

Delight. Crank. Vibe. Our mantras define how we work and why we do what we do. We believe that the more diverse we are - through background, gender, age, ability, and thought - the more we will vibe together. We delight each other by working to foster an inclusive culture, valuing the voices of our team and customers alike. As a company, we crank best through collaboration, feedback loops, transparency and trust. Upside is committed to incorporating inclusivity and diversity in our hiring practices, product development and everything in between.

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