- Clay Whitehead, Co-CEO & Co-Founder
- Jack Lynch, Co-CEO & Co-Founder
- Melissa Jakubowitz M.A. CCC-SLP, VP of Clinical Services
- Katie Povejsil, VP of Marketing
- Aaron Skiles, VP of Operations
- Mark Mantel, VP of Customer Partnerships
- Sandy Lerman, VP of Engineering
- Kathryn Olson, Controller
- Julie Baccelli, Director of Sales and Business Development
- Cole Dudley, Director of Product
Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Clay is the Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and chief patient advocate at PresenceLearning. He is also a member of the company’s board of directors. Clay leads the company’s partnership efforts, driving its commitment to ensuring the best care possible for all patients. Clay was inspired to found PresenceLearning in part by his struggle to overcome 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.
Co-CEO & Co-Founder
Jack has been passionate about expanding access to high-quality specialized services from an early age. His experiences with a family member who has Autism Spectrum Disorder and as a college student teaching low-income students convinced him that our education and healthcare systems leave too many people without the services they need. Seeking a solution to this problem, Jack and Clay conceived of the idea of a telehealth platform for non-physician specialists. From serving just one little girl in Michigan who needed SLP services, PresenceLearning has expanded to deliver hundreds of thousands of telehealth sessions annually to people across the U.S. Jack focuses on overall service quality, overseeing the company’s clinical, implementation and product development functions. Prior to founding PresenceLearning, he worked at The Walt Disney Company, Bear Stearns Merchant Banking, Lumos Labs and The Boston Consulting Group. He 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 Clinical Services
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.
Vice President of Marketing
Katie 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.
Vice President of Operations
Aaron 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.
Vice President of Customer Partnerships
Mark 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.
Vice President of Engineering
With 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.
Kathryn is a CPA with over a decade of accounting, financial and managerial experience. She began her career in public accounting, auditing financial and educational institutions. She has worked with a variety of companies from seed stage start-ups to multinational public companies. Most recently Kathryn has worked as a financial consultant for over a dozen Bay Area tech start-ups. Kathryn uses her experience with large and small companies to streamline financial operations and add value for internal and external stakeholders.
Director of Sales and Business Development
Julie joined PresenceLearning in January, 2013 with a passion for improving the lives of children through technology. Julie has as successful track record for hiring, training and managing sales teams with expertise in effectively communicating technology and service offerings. Since joining PresenceLearning, Julie has managed the market development team, expanding the company’s offering to 43 states and delivering half a million sessions annually. Julie is a graduate of California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.
Director of Product
Cole has spent half his life working in product management, having started his first business, an ecommerce company, while still in high school. (It was acquired in 2003.) Prior to PresenceLearning, he spent four years as a product manager and Senior Director/General Manager at Gaia Interactive where he worked on web, social and mobile applications and managed the product, marketing, engineering, QA, customer service and creative teams. He also brings a personal understanding of the needs of students and clinicians, having received articulation therapy as a child. Cole holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.