Our team

  • Emily Foote

    Driven by the ideal of providing equal education opportunities for all learners, Emily co-founded Practice. A former Teach for America and KIPP teacher, lawyer and luddite, Emily has embraced technology’s potential to help educators scale great teaching and learning. Emily received her B.A. and M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Drexel Law.

  • Dan Lopez

    Dan is dedicated to building technology that empowers educators and learners to achieve their goals. Dan previously taught high school science with Teach For America, created a collaboration platform for teachers and has spent the past few years writing code and leading product teams. In his free time, he likes playing board games, competing in triathlons and traveling with his wife. Dan has an S.B in mechanical engineering from MIT and an M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Paul Tzen

    Trained as an electrical engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology, Paul has 10+ years of software engineering experience and has worked in organizations large to small. These days he enjoys working with the talented Practice engineering team, working across the web stack – from infrastructure and databases, to architecture, APIs, and front-end UI.

  • Jason Blanchard

    Jason is passionate about building tools that empower learners to do great things. When he’s not reading about code, writing code or teaching other people how to write code, you can find him perfecting his Black IPA homebrew recipe or exploring Philadelphia with his wife.

  • Manuel Nakamurakare

    Originally from Peru, Manuel is a technology enthusiast. Since the very first time Manuel set foot in Silicon Valley back in 2011, he knew this was the place where he had to be and in 2012 he decided to move from Peru to the U.S. to follow his passion. When he is not at work, he is trying to learn something that could help him build the next big thing.

  • Morgan Loewith

    With a background in marketing and a desire to help others, Morgan spends her days at Practice assisting clients with problems big and small. Outside of work, she can be found running along the Schulykill River, eating truffle pecorino pizza at Nomad, and cheering on her beloved Eagles every Sunday during football season.

  • Jennifer Eng

    Jennifer has a background in education, hospitality, and publishing, and is an advocate for lifelong learning. She is a JET Program alumna and a Room to Read volunteer. Jennifer enjoys writing short fiction, hiking, and making music.

  • Ryan McMahan

    Ryan comes with 11 years of mobile/web product design experience across multiple industries, including digital music, social networking, mobile gaming, advertising, transportation and, as of now, education technology. When he’s not in the office designing the next big feature, you might find him at the skatepark with his kids, at a live show with his wife, or on the mountain with a camera.

  • David Williams

    David has over ten years of marketing experience with a focus on content strategy, brand development, and market analysis. He guides Practice’s marketing and brand strategy, with a focus on building strategic relationships with enterprise learning and talent development partners through the sharing of insights, strategy, and thought leadership. He studied creative writing in college, has written television and film scripts and is a sucker for a good story.

  • Alyson Emmett

    Alyson has a background in human resources, leadership development, outdoor experiential education, and K-12 public school teaching. She is interested in the relationships between technology, pedagogy, and curriculum, and how modern tools can increase learner access and bridge the gap between teaching and learning. When she’s not building relationships with clients and showing off all the wonderful features of Practice, she can usually be found camping, backpacking, or pretending she’s a Goonie.

  • Erik Jenks

    Prior to becoming a software developer, Erik was a martial arts instructor, and has been involved in teaching for most of his professional career. When not wrangling code, he practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu, plays guitar, goes surfing, and takes long walks with his dogs.

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    Tristan Hough

    Tristan is motivated by helping shape the educational environment to one that all learners find effective. He hopes to use his background in customer service to ensure seamless transitions to positive learning processes. Originally from Seattle, he enjoys being outdoors, exercising, and watching live performances. Tristan received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington.

  • Nick Alzapiedi

    Nick has a background in electrical engineering and graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology, then decided to switch to software engineering. He recently relocated to Philadelphia from the NYC area. In his spare time, Nick enjoys swimming, hiking, yoga, and playing the guitar.

  • Thomas O’Brien

    Thomas is a Seattle native and recently relocated to San Francisco. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and is a graduate of the Galvanize Web Developer Immersive program. Thomas enjoys traveling, and would like to visit South America next.

  • Trish Delude

    Trish has a background in marketing and client management across a range of industries including global health, health foods, tech, and higher education. She loves building relationships and earning the trust of her clients. Trish is a motorcycle owner, casual urban cyclist, enthusiastic wino, and occasional vegetarian. While she’s never been to Texas, she’d like to remind you that you shouldn’t mess with Rhode Island, either.

  • K’Shelle Waller

    K’Shelle has a background in community health promotion, education, and higher-ed administration. She is very excited to be able to combine her passion for education and technology to help clients empower their learners. K’Shelle is originally from Virginia, and enjoys attending music festivals, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She received her B.A. in Health and Societies from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Caroline Humphrey

    Caroline is a Bay Area native who has worked in tech for over a decade. She has become increasingly passionate about helping engineering teams build organic, scalable processes to deliver great products. Caroline loves Oakland, and can often be found walking around Lake Merritt or Redwood Regional Park, watching a Warriors game, going to the beach, or catching a great movie.

  • Ashley Karpeh

    Ashley is a NYC native with a background in hospitality and education. She is passionate about service, and seeks to provide clients with a positive, worthwhile experience. Outside of the office, she enjoys attending concerts and music festivals, cooking, or spending time with her enormous extended family in the Philly area. She received her B.A. in psychology from Boston College.

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    Samer Qirreh

    Samer is a San Francisco Bay Area native. He was a paratrooper in the 1st Special Forces Group and is currently in the Army Reserve. He also has experience as a corporate trainer and management consultant. Samer received his BS in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State University. He enjoys trail running, especially on the Dipsea Trail. His favorite book is “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexandre Dumas.

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    Dan Luchi

    Dan is a Michigan native, has lived in San Francisco and Boston, and is hoping to settle down in Philly. He spent eight years building web and mobile apps in education, healthcare, e-commerce, and construction. Dan spends his free time cooking, watching college football, and searching for the city’s best burritos and sandwiches.

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    Kyle Larrow

    Kyle is a Massachusetts native with a background in business development and direct and channel technology sales. He is passionate about solutions that have a positive impact on users both inside and outside of the workplace. Kyle received his B.A. from Harvard College, where he was a four-year member of the varsity baseball team.

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    Vinay Ganti

    Vinay’s background spans education, teaching, agriculture and marketing. He was drawn to Practice’s amazing team and potential to fundamentally transform how people learn both inside and outside the classroom or corporate boardroom. He has lived in Florida, New York City, Providence, and San Francisco, but is excited to call Philly home today. He has a JD/MBA from NYU and a BA from Brown University. Vinay enjoys reading a good book, working out, and also claims to know how to cook, but would much rather be traveling and eating someone else’s food.

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    KC Naegle

    KC is the Lead Software Engineer in Test for Practice. She graduated from Utah State with a degree in Computer Science, and is devoted to ensuring high-quality software. KC lives in Salt Lake City, and loves playing board games. Her current favorite is Sagrada.

  • Dana Luther

    Dana grew up in Texas, and has spent the last decade moving back and forth between Philly and California. She has been working in the education and the education technology space since getting her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, she enjoys playing sports, reading, drinking bourbon, and generally being outside while using SPF 50.

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    Stephen Schmidt

    Stephen has a background in systems engineering and loves automating infrastructure and creating tools for fellow developers. He is intrigued by new tech that leads to increased velocity, such as Docker and Kubernetes. Stephen enjoys playing soccer and is a huge hockey fan (especially the Flyers).

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    Joel Hommes

    Joel has a diverse work history, having done trust accounting for ERISA attorneys, managed field operations for a global medical device and waste collection company, and directing business development for a triple bottom line laundry startup. He is passionate about using business as a force for good. Joel has a journalism degree from the University of Georgia and has completed certificate programs from Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Initiatives and the Good Company Ventures business accelerator. In his free time, Joel enjoys outdoor activities with his family, attending concerts, or putting on a good vinyl record.

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    Ashok Bhaskar

    Originally with a background in cognitive science, Ashok moved from carbon to silicon, building software applications in a variety of industries from finance to education. When he’s not writing code, Ashok enjoys writing microtonal music, shooting photos, and practicing circus arts.


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