About Soomo Learning

We are on a mission to create next-generation learning resources that cost less and work better than traditional textbooks.

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    David Lindrum

    Founder & Course Designer

    David has spent 20 years at the intersection of learning and web technology. Working with major publishers including Pearson, Thomson, and McGraw, he launched both MetaText and Shadowbox before founding Soomo. David’s heart is in creating transformative instructional design and using the web to meet instructional challenges.

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    Mary Jane Lindrum

    CEO

    MJ is passionate about developing content that challenges students with the complexity of reality and reminds them of their responsibility to respond. She enjoys analyzing learner data and reviewing literature to discern the practices of successful students and translates them into tools to help all students. Her impeccable sense of style is evident in everything that Soomo produces.

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    Dan Broughton

    Chairman

    As the chair of our board and chief advisor, Dan contributes decades of experience in successful businesses built on solving problems and delivering remarkable service. His vision and direction inspire us to achieve great things, and in all of our actions we strive to meet his standards of impeccable service and unwavering integrity.

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    David Perkowski

    Chief Technical Officer

    David took the Soomo Learning Environment from an idea on a napkin (at Sunny Point Cafe) and made it what it is today. He remains our leader in all things technical and—even after over a decade of working together—he continues to surprise us daily with the stunningly broad range of things he knows.

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    Maureen Yann

    Director of Instructor Support

    Maureen was highly recommended to us by a professor she TA’d for in grad school, has since served as a remarkably gifted TA for hundreds of faculty with Soomo, and now guides the instructor support team. Her care for professors is personal and profound, and we can always count on her to help us keep their needs in the forefront of any discussion.

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    Tom Meeks

    VP Customer Satisfaction

    After many years of running IT for a top-10 accounting firm’s partners and clients, Tom hung up his corporate shoes and took on front-line student support. The unique mix of whimsy and care you see in our screencasts is exactly what you get from Tom on the phone and in person. And the man can fix anything—if your flux capacitor goes down, Tom would probably know what to do.

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    Matt Bennink

    Software Engineer

    Matt owns our software system. Every function, feature, and URL is faithfully shepherded by Matt, who quietly moves mountains on a daily basis. Matt has the attention to detail and keen technological awareness it takes to keep Soomo’s engines running.

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    Jacob Caselli

    Senior Editor

    Jacob is a true champion of the English language, and few labor as diligently as he on behalf of excellent writing. With his trusty Chicago Manual of Style at his side, Jacob faithfully and fearlessly charges into the tangled fray that is language, leaving clarity, structure, and artfully crafted sentences in his wake.

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    Zara Elizabeth Crockett

    Development Coordinator

    Zara arrived at Soomo with a passion to change the world that has yet to diminish, so mostly we just try not to get in her way. From course development to permissions to illustration research, she handles every project with grace and aplomb. It is worth noting that no one has seen Zara and Batman in the same place.

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    Andrea Nelson

    HR & Accounting Assistant

    Andrea keeps all our internal systems operating smoothly by overseeing an increasingly complex infrastructure comprised of employee benefits, payroll, bookkeeping, shipping student related materials, and chocolate. Andrea has a knack with houseplants and brings sunny energy with her wherever she goes.

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    Nancy Woods

    Production Editor

    Nancy refined her love of attention to detail as a copy editor for West Law, the publisher of the books on the shelves of law offices in films. Nancy’s meticulous efforts, experienced editing eye, and emphasis on style consistency are a large part of the reason Soomo resources look the way they do. And she’s an unfailing source of chewing gum and historical trivia.

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    Susan Cottenden

    Director of Sales

    Susan calls upon her 14 years of experience in the development and sales of innovative educational products to lead our sales efforts with a fresh, comprehensive perspective and an unusual penchant for words. She has an art historian husband, two little boys who refer to her as a Muggle, and a dog who loves her a little too obsessively.

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    Maclin Sweeney

    Instructor Support Specialist

    With a BA in International Studies, Maclin likens providing support for Soomo’s political science faculty to spinning plates in a circus. Ringmaster Maclin is trained in Irish step dancing and enjoys cooking Cajun food and kayaking rivers. Plus, he once found a skull during a paleontological dig.

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    Giovanna Hopkins

    Support Specialist

    Giovanna’s enthusiasm for working with students and B.A. in cultural anthropology initially led her to become an educator at various North Carolina parks and museums. Now she channels her passion for students by helping them do their best work in their Soomo webtexts. When not designing better user experiences, Giovanna enjoys playing the violin, practicing Taekwondo, and hiking with her husband and son.

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    Antonio Ruberto

    Support Specialist

    After spending some time in the finance industry, Antonio decided to embrace his softer side and came to Soomo to help with instructor support. An avid tinkerer, multi-instrumentalist, and local independent music-industry mogul, Antonio brings that same creative drive and passion into his job as he works with instructors to solve their problems and anticipate their needs.

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    Jennifer Harper

    Development Editor

    By the age of 17, Jennifer knew she wanted to be an educational psychologist, which is a long story involving parabolas and detention that ends with a PhD. In her ten years teaching at the college level, Jennifer was always blown away by the ability of her students to balance school, work, and family. She keeps those students front of mind as she works to improve the learning experience here at Soomo.

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    Jenny Westrick

    Development Editor

    Jenny has a passion for crafting content that’s as engaging as it is rigorous. She has taught courses ranging from the medical humanities to the history of witch-hunts, and at Soomo she’s putting her expert eye to all our webtexts. Her perfect Saturday includes baking, writing, and a long hike to a family-friendly brewpub.

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    Kristen LaMier

    Assistant Production Editor

    Kristen came to us from Massachusetts and is our first farm-to-Soomo resident. Kristen brings with her a background in production and in language texts. And while she loves Japanese, she is happy to be working with the Roman alphabet. Kristen has a passion for art and for all things Asheville.

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    Georgia Mason

    Assistant Production Editor

    With a degree in pure mathematics and a sharp wit, little can pass Georgia by without notice. From copyediting to coding, she manages to master every task we throw at her—and she’s a stickler for documentation and formatted apostrophes. Outside of the office, Georgia still enforces correct English... on the pool table.

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    Tamina Wolfe

    Student and Instructor Support Specialist

    Tamina is a fifth-generation Colorado native who was drawn to Asheville by the allure of endless varieties of ferns. The barbecue and brewpubs didn’t hurt either. The same care and conscientiousness that serve her while supporting students and faculty also show up in the handmade custom portraits she creates—in cross-stitch.

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    Amy Dietzman

    Custom Development Coordinator

    Amy has a passion for servant leadership, which led her to earn an EdD in instructional leadership. She comes to us from Phoenix, and maintains a hand in teaching online for ASU to inform the development work she does at Soomo. This mom of two teenage boys—with all that entails—met the love of her life, Oliver, in her 40s, as her husband, Richard, will confirm. Oliver happens to be Havanese... and a puppy.

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    Lauren Player

    Development Editor

    Lauren is a special blend of athlete/geek—okay, scholar. This former Division 1 gymnast is equally comfortable doing a back handspring or delving into data to investigate the effects of different interactions on learning. She has three active kids who share her geeky tendencies, and they all enjoy a good Lego building session. Her Patronus, a bear, projects the patience and strength she possesses.

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    Sara Doverspike

    Instructor Support Specialist

    Sara has an aptitude for finding new things and jumping right into them, which makes her a perfect addition to our instructor support team. If Soomo starts a rock band or joins a roller derby league, you can be sure it was her doing. She changes hair color with the seasons (seen here in spring lavender). A black belt in the art of conversation, Sara will uncover instructors’ needs and help them set up courses to fulfill those needs.

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    Tara Pressley

    Accountant and Office Manager

    Tara loves numbers. Some of hers: she’s been married for 26 years, in the accounting industry for 23, and her German shepherd / husky mix has been with her for 13. Behind those numbers is an Asheville native who raised a wonderful family, rescued a wandering puppy, and now cares for the Soomo team and our customers through her attention to detail and steadfastness.

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    Laura Traister

    Assistant Production Editor

    Laura is a twin—which will save us the trouble of cloning her! Issues of identity, spirituality, and culture occupy her thoughts and are expressed in her poetry and creative nonfiction writing. Her obsession with language makes Laura a great fit for our production team. A stint teaching English in India has her focused on learning Hindi to look at the world and herself through the lens of a new language.

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    Nick Radford

    Software Engineer

    Nick is fascinated by the intersection of technology and design, and brings this passion to the apps he builds for Soomo. Game development and interactive visualizations provide extra outlets for his love of art and animation. When he is not in front of a computer, you are likely to find Nick out for a run—or for a nice walk with his two dachshunds.

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    Autumn McGimsey

    Development Editor

    Autumn taught with Soomo for 12 years before finally joining our team—and has our entire bobblehead collection to prove it. She hearts classical art memes and Boston terriers, so keep an eye out for their appearance in upcoming webtexts. Outside the office, you’ll find her enjoying a glass of Zinfandel in the mountains with her husband, two girls, and one sweet Boston terrier.