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The MentORWoRKS team

MentorWorks Founders

Karthik Krishnan

Karthik Krishnan

CEO + Co-founder


Karthik Krishnan has expertise in higher education, finance, data analytics, and ISA pricing models. He is a thought leader in the higher education financing space and has published peer reviewed articles as well as appeared in various media articles on this topic. He has developed MentorWorks ISA pricing models that are student friendly and transparent. His connections in the higher education space have allowed us to get early customers and validation of our model as well. Karthik has been an angel investor in early stage companies through Launchpad Venture Group. He has been involved in doing company deep dive and diligence reports for startups at Launchpad. He has a PhD in Finance from Boston College and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Delhi University. Karthik is a tenured associate professor and industry faculty in the finance group at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University (NU). At NU, he advises the dean of the business school on their fintech initiatives and outreach. He has also developed a course on applied machine learning in finance at NU.

Mark Bernfeld

Mark Bernfeld

Co-founder

Mark is the Chairman of Tamarack Technologies and an angel investor with Launchpad Venture Group and Clean Energy Venture Group. An experienced entrepreneur, he has significant experience in sales, marketing, and business development. Mark has been involved in academia for a number of years and has mentored many students.

Senior Leadership

Micha Sabovik

Micha Sabovik

COO + Head of Marketing

Micha has nearly 25 years in higher education, leading teams of all sizes in the areas of student services (graduate and undergraduate), enrollment, career services & strategies, business development, marketing, mentoring, financial aid and social media content creation. Micha also teaches a graduate-level social media course at Boston University.

Ki akrami, CFA

Ki akrami, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

 

Ki is a seasoned investment and business development professional with a notable record in alternative investment and business building. He has over 20 years of experience in capital markets including as Managing Director at Lighthouse Capital Partners LLC, where he secured a $150 Million mandate from a Fortune 500 corporate pension for a bespoke investment strategy. Before that, Ki was Managing Director at Rothschild where he was involved in various roles in portfolio management, product development, capital raise, and structured financing.

Clayton Samuels

Clayton Samuels

Chief Financial Officer

Clayton has 15 years of experience in private equity direct investment, M&A focused corporate development and building out the finance function at early-stage companies. He has supported companies in the life sciences, real estate, software technology and impact investing spaces and led the deal process of a triple-bottom line fund by identifying, evaluating and structuring transactions. Clayton has also guided business transformation strategies as a management consultant.

Mike Trachtman

Mike Trachtman

Chief Technology Officer

Mike brings 25 years of experience designing and architecting digital products and software solutions using a wide range of technologies for innovative companies in digital health, manufacturing, and higher education. Over the years his work has been supported by research grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and MassVentures, among many others.
As Chief Technology Officer at MentorWorks, Mike designs and delivers digital user experiences people enjoy through human centered design, cloud computing, and software development lifecycle best practices.

Katie Gallagher

Katie Gallagher

Vice President of Corporate Engagement + Career Development

 

Katie has more than ten years of higher education experience working with students, faculty, and employers in various stages of the higher ed life-cycle (graduate and undergraduate). Her roles have included corporate partnership development, crafting and executing innovative career development programming aligned with market needs, student advising, marketing, and social media content generation. Having worked at Boston University and Brandeis International Business School, Katie is well-positioned to bring her expertise to MentorWorks and continue to build upon a solid foundation with our employer partners as well as career development enhancements. 

Elisabeth Symczak

Elisabeth Symczak

Director of School Partnerships

Elisabeth has over seven years of higher education experience working with undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in the areas of student advising and counseling, enrollment, and program development and management. Having worked at Boston University, Lesley University and USC, Elisabeth is passionate about education access, student services and developing proactive relationships. She is on the Associate Board of a local education non-profit, Breakthrough Greater Boston, and also volunteers as a College Access Coach supporting students through the college application process.

Neal Colman

Neal Colman

Chief Mentor

Neal was Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer of Major Accounts at Liberty Mutual when he retired in 2015. During his 38 year career at Liberty, Neal held various underwriting management positions in the large account casualty insurance marketplace. He holds a BA degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts and an MBA degree from Babson College.

MARGARET "MEG" LUCAS

MARGARET "MEG" LUCAS

Director of Account Management

 

Meg has over nine years of experience in higher education management and international education, specializing in the areas of marketing, sales, account management, content creation, project management, and recruiting. Having worked at CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange and Boston University, as well as recently having taught English abroad in Thailand, Meg identifies as a lifelong learner and is passionate about educational access, equity, and development, as well as cross-cultural and experiential learning practices. She is excited to bring her unique skill set to MentorWorks to ensure that our education and corporate partners are successfully onboarded and have all of the needed tools and resources to effectively engage with us and our students. 

Roy Kresge

Roy Kresge

Lead Software Developer


Roy has over 5 years of experience in software development. Experience in full stack development. He has significant experience in integrating platforms at startups with banking partners and credit bureaus.

The Team

Ford Draper

Ford Draper

Corporate Engagement + Career Development Associate

  
Ford is our Corporate Engagement & Career Development Associate. Before his time at MentorWorks, Ford worked in admissions for a large study abroad non-profit organization for nearly 2 years. While there, he on-boarded hundreds of students each semester for the Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan programs. It was there where he developed his passion for student relations, developing relationships and the consulting process.

 

Joel Soo

Joel Soo

Business Development + Underwriting Manager

Joel graduated from Northeastern University with bachelors in Finance and Psychology. He has a passion for higher education reform – specifically for how students are financed. He also has experience in the financial services industry as well as working in non-profit micro-financiers such as WorldVision Cambodia.

Julie Weiss

Julie Weiss

Content + Engagement Associate

Julie Weiss is our Content and Engagement Associate. Before coming to MentorWorks, Julie worked as the marketing and communications administrator for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Boston University, where she developed her marketing, social media and graphic design skills. Julie is excited to use her skills to further develop the MentorWorks community and make a difference in higher education financing. 

Diane Beauvais

Diane Beauvais

Student Success Coach

Diane supports our mentoring platform. 

Hayley Long

Hayley Long

Operations Associate

Hayley supports our operational efforts.