Meet the Team

We are 100% committed to building a diverse team of qualified people who bring a range of origin stories, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to their work everyday.

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

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Jay Walker

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

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

Scott Case

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

I’ve been a sneakerhead since 1989.

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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.

Jen Moyer

CHIEF OPERATING & FINANCIAL OFFICER

I ride a Vespa to work.

Cristyn Girolami

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER

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

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Adrian Coffey

SENIOR MANAGER, TALENT & CULTURE

I once jumped off the top of a catamaran in Costa Rica....directly onto a coral reef.

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Andrew Nitz

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I once played a couple down the aisle at their wedding on banjo.

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Andrew Swe

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I find baking very enjoyable and therapeutic.

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Angie Marable

DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING

I’ve recently traveled to 10 countries in one year (mostly solo)!

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Ania Hoffmeier

SENIOR QUALITY ENGINEER

Despite never having ridden a mountain bike, I recently did a 4 day mountain bike trip in the Canyonlands.

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Ben McLeland

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I built a remote control quadcopter drone capable of reaching speeds of up to 100mph.

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Boyang Huang

SENIOR PYTHON ENGINEER

I enjoy swimming and playing the violin.

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Brandy Collins

DIRECTOR, PRODUCT DESIGN

My friend is a core member of a legendary rock band (hint: starts with Bruce).

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Brooks Lawrence

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

I swam with Great White Sharks in South Africa.

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Chanel Butler

LEAD QUALITY ENGINEER

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

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Chiamaka Okoroha

SENIOR QUALITY ENGINEER

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

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Chris Blackburn

SENIOR 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".

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Christopher Rung

IOS ENGINEER

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

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Claycia Tweed

PRODUCT MANAGER

I participated in a competitive trivia league that included multiple former Jeopardy contestants.

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David Lee

SENIOR QUALITY ENGINEER

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

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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.

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Elliot Frost

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

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

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Emily Gerrity

PRODUCT DESIGNER

All of my dogs have human names 😀

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Emily Gumbulevich

GROUP PRODUCT MANAGER

I published a book about the changes needed in the rent-seeking music industry.

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Erica Snider

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I rode an air-cooled, kickstart-only motorcycle across the country.

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Erik Mangor

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

My wife and I sold everything we had and moved to Denmark with 4 suitcases and two cats.

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Erik Tate

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I still have delusions of becoming an indie game developer and normally have at least one project in the works.

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Francesca Dapiran

ACCOUNT MANAGER, TRAVEL

I traveled to over 30 countries before I was 30

Genevieve Rafla

DIRECTOR, COMMUNICATIONS

I have received a voicemail from Kanye West.

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Hillary Yale

DIRECTOR, TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIPS & SUPPLIER RELATIONS

I participated in a flashmob in Vegas.

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Hung Do

SENIOR ANDROID ENGINEER

For about 8 months I played Pokémon Go full-time, went to grad school part-time, did zero work and still got paid. Ask me about it.

Indira Mason

IT SPECIALIST

I love musicals, there are only two musicals that I can actually sit and sing from start to finish and those are

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Isra Elmahdi

PRODUCT MANAGER

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

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Jabari Long

LEAD DATA ENGINEER

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

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Jacob Duell

LEAD FULL STACK ENGINEER

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

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Jalena Hay

SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER

I am an amateur boxing champion!

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James Opperman

SENIOR SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER

I want to raise turkeys.

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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.

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Jasmine Floyd

SENIOR PRODUCT MANAGER

I think A.I. will take over the world...please shut off your Alexa's and save us all.

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Jee Bae

QUALITY ENGINEER

I love Texas BBQ. I've been on the Texas BBQ Trail and have to say the best is Franklin's BBQ. I definitely recommend the ribs!

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Jeffrey Moore

SENIOR PRODUCT DESIGNER

I’m an esports nerd. I watch competitive Overwatch like other people watch football. Go Philly Fusion!!

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John Reed

CONTROLLER

I share a birthday with another Upside employee.

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Julie Gelb

SENIOR DIGITAL MARKETING ASSOCIATE

I was on my high school’s wrestling team.

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Kabir Gupta

LEAD SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER

I’m a coffee enthusiast and enjoy honing in my latte art skills on my espresso machine.

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Kathryn Rhoads

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I once worked in a bat lab and got to name a bat after my favorite Battlestar Galactica character--Starbuck.

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Kathy Yu

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I have been playing finger-style guitar for 15+ years. My dream is to see my favorite guitarist, Sungha Jung, in concert.

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KC Stage

SENIOR MANAGER, COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

I have taught stage combat across the country and around the world, including in 7 countries on 3 continents.

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Kelsie Scott

DIGITAL MARKETING ASSOCIATE

I backpacked around Western/Central Europe for two months.

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Khayla Sill

TALENT & CULTURE SPECIALIST

I qualified for the Boston Marathon with a time of 3:33.

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Kris French

DIRECTOR, SECURITY

I have really broad musical tastes - I have both an orchestral Final Fantasy soundtrack and Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers) on vinyl.

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Krista DiVenere

ASSISTANT CONTROLLER

I bowl in a league and I play co-ed softball with my church team

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Kristen Hannon

PRINCIPAL PRODUCT DESIGNER

I won 1st place in the only bake off I’ve ever entered—it was the first (and last) time in my life that I made my Mom’s pumpkin bread.

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LC Cunningham

ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER

I was almost cast on the Real World in 2010, but my mom convinced me it was a bad idea. I think she was right.

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Liz Healy

SENIOR 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.

Maggie Skinner

DIRECTOR, CLIENT EXPERIENCE

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

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Mariam Farrukh

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I’m one of the top 125 Heimerdinger players in NA based on mastery points.

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Marius Mogyorosi

SENIOR SECURITY ENGINEER

I enjoy mythology.

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Matthew Suhay

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I have never been stung by a bee/wasp/yellow jacket in my entire life.

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Mic Vachon

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

I am obsessed with tech 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.

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Michael Burkman

SENIOR SOFTWARE ENGINEER

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

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Michele Cardoso

SENIOR QUALITY ENGINEER

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

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Mike Debnam

VP, ENGINEERING

I’ve developed a love for traveling recently and have been to Germany (during Oktoberfest!), Prague, Sydney, Hong Kong to name a few.

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Monica Bacican

SENIOR MANAGER, SALES OPERATIONS

I’m a food blogger! My favorite thing to photograph (and eat) is pasta.

Phil Boothe

LEAD FULL STACK ENGINEER

My dog's name tag was co-written by a best-selling author.

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Rachael Weinberger

ASSOCIATE PRODUCT MANAGER

I lived in Australia for six months.

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Rafa Studart

PRODUCT DESIGN MANAGER

I speak 4 languages fluently. English is my fourth language.

Riley Bauer

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I ride an electric unicycle. it's like a segway with one wheel and no handlebars. It also hits speeds of around 23 mph.

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Robert Townley

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I've played a nearly-perfect game on the minigolf course I used to manage, with 15/18 holes in one.

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Sabrina Ritacco

PRODUCT DESIGNER

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

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Scott Fiore

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

I can juggle.

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Stacey Williams

DIRECTOR, CLIENT ACQUISITION

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

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Stephen Furlani

SENIOR MOBILE ENGINEER

I have over 1200 hours logged on Civilization 5.

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Stuart Dotson

SENIOR FULL STACK ENGINEER

I played in a Metallica cover band in high school.

Tara McQuain

Tara Guthrie

MANAGER, DEMAND GENERATION

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

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Tara Stigall

IMPLEMENTATION SUCCESS MANAGER

I was a key witness in an attempted kidnapping investigation.

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Tracy Taylor

VP, PRODUCT

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

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Warren Zentz

DIRECTOR, UPSIDE FINANCIAL

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

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Will Ley

FULL STACK ENGINEER

I got to play the Madhatter in Alice and Wonderland in High School and it became the inspiration for my own website (https:madhatt

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Yesem Kebede

SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER

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

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