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Meet our team 

Meet our tem

Mary Ann Perry, Ed.M.

CEO & Founder

Mary Ann founded Relatable Learning, Inc. after a US Department of Education grant-funded research and development project for Southern New Hampshire University. JUICE design and development was part of the College for America innovation project. Her team designed and developed JUICE and she served as Principal Investigator for a randomized control trial research study, which showed substantially promising evidence of improved student retention.

Before JUICE, Mary Ann managed educational technology and product development for 14 years at Pearson Education. As Senior Vice President of Learning Applications, she led higher education product strategy and development through a period of dramatic growth and transformation to online and digital learning platforms. Under her leadership, Pearson developed the MyMathLab flagship online homework and assessment system, which grew to be the most widely adopted and among the most successful learning tools in US higher education.

Mary Ann has an Ed.M. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Boston University and a B.A. in Secondary French Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Early in her career she taught immigrants and refugees in the Boston area then studied programming to transition to a career in software development and technical publishing. At Pearson she combined her skills to develop education for college students and, now, for Relatable Learning to expand access and empower low skill adult learners to increase access and succeed in job training

Sandi Kirshner

Senior Advisor
 

Sandi has held executive leadership positions in educational publishing for over 40 years, spending most of her career at Pearson where she served as President of Addison Wesley Higher Ed. Group, CMO of Higher Education, International and Professional publishing, and EVP of Public Policy for the global Pearson companies.  In 2013, Sandi joined a new management team at Cengage Learning charged with helping transform their business from a textbook company to a student-focused learning company.  During her career, Sandi has developed many of the industry's first student outreach programs and advocated for putting students at the center of content and technology innovations designed to improve access, achievement, and affordability. 

Philippe Marchal, Ph.D. 

Learning Technology 
 

Philippe earned his doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brussels Free University and, after ten years in the field of real-time mathematical simulation, he started an educational technology company focused on higher education.

 

Philippe’s first company built the learning platform that powers Pearson’s largest line of online homework and assessment products for mathematics, accounting, finance, and adaptive developmental learning. His company was acquired by Pearson Education in 2009, after which he served as Vice President for Software Engineering, overseeing large–scale educational platforms serving over 6 million students a year.

 

Starting in 2015, Philippe joined the JUICE team, where he has architected the content development tools and interactive learning software and conducted statistical analyses.

 

In addition to software engineering, Philippe has a long-term interest, and has been deeply involved with student interactions, data analysis, and adaptive learning.

Glen Secor

Legal Counsel

 

Glen is a startup and business attorney and a veteran of the ed tech and publishing industries. Prior to going back into private practice, he was in-house counsel for Cambridge-based educational research non-profit, TERC. Along with his private practice, Glen specializes in ed tech clients and  mentors for local ed tech accelerators. He believes Relatable and its IP can provide tremendous educational value to students and significant economic value to investors.

Todd Rodgers

Board Member

Todd brings extensive leadership experience in guiding Relatable Learning and other startup companies and educational ventures from the ground up. This includes over five years involvement in a variety of ventures for Internet delivery of content/services to consumers. As Adjunct Professor at Endicott College, he led students in STEM research experiment courses. At Pearson, Todd and Mary Ann directed the company’s first large-scale digital publishing and learning management system initiative. The new platform powered an industry-leading, widespread course redesign movement by thousands of educators using MyMathLab and Mastering products for millions of higher education students.

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