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Meet our team 

Meet our tem

Mary Ann Perry, Ed.M.

CEO & Founder

Mary Ann founded Relatable Learning after directing the JUICE First in the World grant-funded project for the College for America initiative at Southern New Hampshire University. Earlier, she led higher education learning technology product strategy and development at Pearson for 14 years, where her team designed and grew MyMathLab, the flagship online homework and assessment product line that launched MyLab/Mastering brands and continues to lead the US higher education marketplace. Extensive experience in Boston tech startups, technical publishing, and ESL/adult basic education also inform her understanding of how we learn and how educators can use online learning experiences to help students reach their full potential.

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.

Head of Development

Philippe directs software development for Relatable Learning. He architected JUICE content development tools and interactive learning software and contributed statistical analyses for JUICE learning research. Previously, Philippe co-founded the ed tech company that powers Pearson’s MyMathLab and largest line of homework and assessment products, including mathematics, accounting, finance, and adaptive developmental learning. His company was acquired by Pearson. He earned his doctorate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brussels Free University and worked extensively in the field of real-time mathematical simulation. He continues a long-term interest and involvement 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. Recently, 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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