Team

Clay Whitehead

Co-CEO & Co-Founder

Clay WhiteheadClay is the Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and chief student advocate at PresenceLearning.  He is also a member of the company’s board of directors. Clay leads the company’s school partnership efforts, driving its commitment to ensuring the best care possible for all students. Clay was inspired to found PresenceLearning in part by the role of technology in his own struggles with learning disabilities as a young child.  His background spans consulting, successful startups, and venture capital. Clay holds a B.A. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

 


Jack Lynch

Co-CEO & Co-Founder

Jack LynchJack has experienced the SLP shortage firsthand.  His cousin Rory, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, struggled to become verbal because he could not access the SLP services he needed as a child.  Inspired by Rory’s story, Jack is determined to expand access to high quality SLP services for children.  While Jack was working at Lumosity, a leading web-based cognitive games company, Jack and Clay conceived of the idea of a web platform for speech language pathologists that would integrate top-notch video conferencing technology with engaging games and activities.  Jack holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

 


Melissa Jakubowitz M.A. CCC-SLP

Vice President of SLP Clinical Services

Melissa Jakubowitz

A SLP with over 20 years of clinical and managerial experience, Melissa is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language. She is the past-president of the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which, with over 5,000 SLP members, is the largest SLP state association in the country. She is also active in ASHA, serving as a Legislative Counselor for 12 years. Melissa began her career working in the public schools. She has also operated a successful, multi-office private practice and is a past Director of the Scottish Rite Institute for Childhood Language Disorders in Stockton.

 


Katie Povejsil

Vice President of Marketing

katie povejsilKatie joined PresenceLearning in May 2011 with more than 20 years experience as a strategic marketing leader. Katie has worked in executive and management positions with technology companies such as Apple, Macromedia, Claris and most recently, iParadigms, largely focusing on the education sector. At iParadigms, she oversaw marketing for Turnitin, the world’s leading plagiarism prevention and writing improvement solution. She lead the company’s expansion into a successful direct-to-student business and helped the company expand internationally as well. In addition to her corporate positions, she was president of Catalyst Consultants for over a decade where she developed marketing strategies and programs for some of the most recognized companies in media and technology, including Adobe, Cisco, Gateway, Handspring (now Palm), HP, Panasonic and PBS. Katie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University and received a master’s degree from Stanford University.

 


Aaron Skiles

Vice President of Operations

Aaron SkilesAaron joined PresenceLearning in September 2011, bringing more than 13 years of experience in operational leadership roles in retail, services, and the military. Aaron oversees the Operations Team at PresenceLearning and is responsible for establishing world-class service for our schools, students, and therapists.  Aaron was previously the Chief Operating Officer of SwimOutlet.com, leading that company to establish itself as the world’s largest online swim shop.  He has also worked as a General Manager at The Home Depot, and a logistics officer in the United States Army.  Aaron holds a B.S. from The United States Military Academy, West Point, and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

 


Mark Mantel

Vice President of Customer Partnerships

Mark MantelMark Mantel has nearly two decades of experience partnering with education organizations to adopt and deploy digital technologies to improve educational outcomes. Prior to joining PresenceLearning in late 2011, Mark worked for CTB McGraw-Hill, bringing their national assessment solutions to state departments of education and large urban school districts. Mark also has held positions at Renaissance Learning and NCS Pearson.

 


Sandy Lerman

Vice President of Engineering

Sandy LermanWith over a decade of highly technical engineering experience, Sandy has led the development of the PresenceLearning therapy delivery platform for the past four years. Prior to joining PresenceLearning, Sandy designed and built solutions to serve ads and to create and publish videos at VideoEgg. He also designed and implemented video surveillance and analysis technology for the U.S. Navy as well as prototype technology for the U.S. Coast Guard during his tenure at Anteon. Sandy holds a BSE degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Connecticut.