About Soomo Learning

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

  • David Lindrum

    David Lindrum

    Founder and 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.

  • Mj

    Mary Jane Lindrum


    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.

  • Dan

    Dan Broughton


    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.

  • David Perkowski

    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.

  • Mo

    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.

  • Tom

    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.

  • Matt

    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.

  • Jacob

    Jacob Caselli

    Managing 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.

  • Zara

    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.

  • Andrea

    Andrea Nelson

    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.

  • Nancy

    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.

  • Susan

    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.

  • Maclin

    Maclin Sweeney

    LMS 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.

  • Giovanna

    Giovanna Hopkins

    User Experience Designer

    Giovanna’s enthusiasm for working with students and BA 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.

  • Jen

    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.

  • Jenny

    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.

  • Georgia

    Georgia Mason

    Deputy Managing 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.

  • Tamina

    Tamina Wolfe

    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.

  • Lauren

    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.

  • Tara Pressley

    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 steadfastness and attention to detail.

  • Laura

    Laura Traister

    Production Editor

    Laura is a twin—which will save us the trouble of cloning her! She loves pondering issues of identity, spirituality, culture, and social change, a passion fueled by her time spent teaching English in India and learning Hindi. An avid learner, reader, and writer (especially of poetry and nonfiction), Laura and her obsession with language are a great fit for our Production team.

  • Nick

    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.

  • Autumn

    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.

  • Mark

    Mark McCraw

    Software Engineer

    When we needed a stellar engineer to improve students’ webtext experience, we were favored to discover Mark, a coder who had earned a Kennedy Space Center college internship from NASA. Mark isn’t just at home in front of a monitor, though. He is a former amateur boxer (2005 NC Golden Gloves runner up!) and two-time marathon runner—good practice for chasing after his kindergartener.

  • Ashley

    Ashley Bourne-Richardson

    Development Editor

    Ashley earned a PhD in literature and taught English for 15 years at a Virginia community college, where she also coordinated the school’s Honors Program. This former competitive horseback rider loves all things British, so just picture her in tweeds on horseback with her two beautiful rescue hounds at her side, a thesaurus in her hand, and a saucy street cat perched on her shoulder.

  • Tahnee

    Tahnee Johnson

    Senior Sales Representative

    With a cat named Tony and a dog named Romo, no one could doubt Tahnee’s dedication to the Dallas Cowboys. She’s also dedicated to managing our sales efforts in Texas with the same energy she brings to each game. Tahnee’s passionate personality also led her to earn her bachelor’s degree at 20 and fuels her volunteer work for Blocking Out Hunger (founded by a former Cowboy, of course).

  • Sunita

    Sunita Pillay

    Development Editor

    A Chicagoland native, Sunita earned her master’s in the Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University, and now utilizes her experience in high school and college classrooms to improve webtext instruction. When she’s not hiking with her beloved rescue hounds, you’ll find her plating up a tasty vegetarian dish or penning her forthcoming novel.

  • Stephen

    Stephen Clark

    Assistant Production Editor

    Stephen hails from the Rockies but is just as content here in the Appalachians, where he enjoys hiking, biking, and climbing. (He won’t complain about Asheville’s music scene or craft beer, either.) He is an avid reader of fantasy novels and has recently taken up medieval fencing. Soomo users can rest assured knowing that this longsword-wielding champion has their back.

  • Ernesto

    Ernesto Yermoli

    Associate Editor

    Ernesto came to us from DC with over 15 years of copyediting experience and a healthy measure of sprachgefühl. When he’s not debating style quandaries with the rest of the Production team, you can find Ernesto preparing for his Saturday-morning radio show on Asheville FM, wrangling his four kids, or playing with his hound dog, Clover.

  • Samuel

    Samuel Jenkins

    Instructor Support Specialist

    Samuel’s experience coaching international educators drew him to Soomo, where he works hard to make sure instructors have what they need. Originally from Black Mountain, Samuel enjoys hiking with his family and their dog, Lucy. He also loves to play bluegrass fiddle and classical violin… after he gets his toddler to bed.

  • Trevor

    Trevor Quirk

    Development Editor

    With an MS in science and medical journalism, Trevor has written about everything from supercolliders to sewage to seismic activity. His background as a tutor and TA also enables him to craft engaging webtext content, and his Bernese mountain dog and love of reading help him fit right in at Soomo.

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    Nick Timmons

    Custom Development Coordinator

    Nick has an MA in drama therapy and experience designing team-building exercises for escape rooms, so he excels at managing many moving parts—a skill he applies to coordinate Soomo’s diverse custom content. Originally from the Little Apple (Manhattan, Kansas), he also has a wide range of hobbies, from acoustic guitar to tabletop role-playing games.

  • Eric Website

    Eric Hultgren

    Senior Sales Representative

    Eric draws on his MA in English and years of teaching college writing to understand our clients’ needs. And as a high-caliber dog trainer, he’s no stranger to sizing up the competition. After training sessions with his dog Charlie, Eric likes to unwind with a glass of scotch and a sci-fi novel.