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 & CEO

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

I'm a father mucker.

Scott Case

Co-Founder & President

"I'm a father mucker."

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

"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

Board Member & Senior Travel Advisor

"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

Senior Data Analyst

"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 wear eyeglasses.

Brian Adeloye

Senior Application Security Engineer

"I wear eyeglasses."

I attempted a start up magazine catering to the South-Asian community called Masala Corner back in college. Didn't last long, but it was fun!

Archana Agrawal

Senior Director, Customer Experience

"I attempted a start up magazine catering to the South-Asian community called Masala Corner back in college. Didn't last long, but it was fun!"

I've biked over 2,000 miles this year.

Hoby Albright

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

"I've biked over 2,000 miles this year."

I was an extra twice in House of Cards.

Emmanuel Apau

Senior Site Reliability Engineer

"I was an extra twice in House of Cards."

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

SENIOR EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

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

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

Technical Lead

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

I prefer Pepsi over Coke

Tony Bradley

Full-Stack Engineer

"I prefer Pepsi over Coke"

My 21st birthday was on Thanksgiving Day

John Breen

Android Engineer

"My 21st birthday was on Thanksgiving Day"

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

Elizabeth Bruce

Senior Full-Stack Engineer

"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 of Partnerships

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

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

Lead Interface Designer

" 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

Data Scientist

"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."

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

Data 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 traveled to 24 countries.

Maureen Dahlstrom

Travel Specialist - ARC/TRAMS

"I’ve traveled to 24 countries."

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."

I was a white water kayaking instructor for a summer.

William Emmanuel

Technical Architect

"I was a white water kayaking instructor for a summer."

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

Anson Felder

Quality Engineer

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

I proposed to my wife in Sedona, Arizona on a hiking trail called Devil's Bridge. Some thought that was a bad idea, but it made for some amazing pictures!

Mike Ferraco

Senior Android Engineer

"I proposed to my wife in Sedona, Arizona on a hiking trail called Devil's Bridge. Some thought that was a bad idea, but it made for some amazing pictures!"

I’ve never eaten mayonnaise

Lauren Flickinger

Senior Product Manager

"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

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

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

Catherine Guarnieri

Growth Lead

"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 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 have shared BBQ with Stephen Colbert.

Robert Hitt

Full-Stack Engineer

"I have shared BBQ with Stephen Colbert."

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."

I used to do small tours with a technical death metal band.

Shehroze Khan

Full-Stack Engineer

"I used to do small tours with a technical death metal band."

My cats give high fives!

Jessica Lachewitz

iOS Engineer

"My cats give high fives!"

Since graduation, all of my programming work has in some way involved airplanes.

Dottie Lindsey

Full-Stack Engineer

"Since graduation, all of my programming work has in some way involved airplanes."

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

David Little

Senior Software 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

Data Warehouse 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."

As a teenager, I made lunches for 3 future Super Bowl ring wearers while working at a golf course snack bar. I also got to see them play at Woody Hayes' last game.

Scott McAlister

Principal Native Applications Engineer

"As a teenager, I made lunches for 3 future Super Bowl ring wearers while working at a golf course snack bar. I also got to see them play at Woody Hayes' last game."

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

Tara McQuain

Email Marketing Specialist

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

I just realized that the Washington football team is from Washington DC a couple of years ago.

Emily Meeks

Senior Quality Engineer

"I just realized that the Washington football team is from Washington DC a couple of years ago."

I've been published for my photography and poetry.

Danielle Mitchell

Office Manager

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

Once I asked Denzel Washington for directions to a gas station in NYC.

Elena Morales

ACCOUNTING MANAGER

"Once I asked Denzel Washington for directions to a gas station in NYC."

I am a twin and also have twins.

Michelle Morley

Design Director

"I am a twin and also have twins."

I own a preserved bat.

Frankie Nicoletti

Senior Software Engineer

"I own a preserved bat."

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 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 took a solo trip to the Dominican Republic and learned how to surf for the first time.

Monica Puerto

Operations and Forecasting Analyst

"I took a solo trip to the Dominican Republic and learned how to surf for the first time."

I taught David Hasselhoff Chinese for a movie.

Lin Qiu

Technical Lead

"I taught David Hasselhoff Chinese for a movie."

I have received a voicemail from Kanye West.

Genevieve Rafla

Senior Manager, Strategic 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

Senior iOS Engineer

"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

Software Engineer - Python

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

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."

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

Full-Stack Engineer

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

I still own a 80’s computer that works with a 8-inch floppy drive.

Dhamanjit Sehdev

Database Administrator

"I still own a 80’s computer that works with a 8-inch floppy drive."

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

Maggie Skinner

Client Success Manager

"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

QE Manager

"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."

Randomly met a distant relative with the same surname on a domestic flight in Brazil.

Sean Soper

SENIOR TEAM LEAD

"Randomly met a distant relative with the same surname on a domestic flight in Brazil."

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

Senior Backend Engineer

"I played baseball in college."

I'm a big foodie and love exploring new restaurants in DC.

Hilliary Turnipseed

Director, Talent

"I'm a big foodie and love exploring new restaurants in DC."

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

Kharmen Watkins

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 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."

My favorite hold ’em hand is JT suited

Victor Yang

Senior Data Analyst- Decision Sciences

"My favorite hold ’em hand is JT suited"

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

Warren Zentz

Manager, Quality & Training

"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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