Our Team and Mission

Polygence is a team of academics and educators united in our passion to make research more widely accessible to all interested students.

That is why we decided to establish an education company that has the potential to inspire and transform the academic journeys of generations of students to come.

This is how Polygence got started -- excited to mobilize our academic networks in the academic community, we wanted to give the gift of learning and intellectual inquiry to students from all over the world.

Polygence is committed to cultivating multi-faceted intelligence -- with mentors covering diverse disciplines across the humanities and STEM, we are excited to embark on a journey to transform education.

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Alex Armstrong

Head of Product

Education:

Dartmouth College

M.B.A. (2009)
Master of Business Administration

Western Washington University

B.A. (2002)
Management Information Systems

Expertise:

Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, Business, Product Management, Agile Product Development
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Theresa Freet

Head of Customer Operations

Education:

California State University, Long Beach

B.A.
Spanish

Expertise:

Edtech, Operations, Customer Success
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Adam Gyulavari

Head of Engineering

Education:

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

MA. (2015)
Teacher of Engineering
MSc. (2013)
Computer Engineering

Expertise:

Software development, Software engineering, Teaching, Mentoring
Former Software Development Mentor at Green Fox Academy
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Annie Peuquet

Director of Partnerships

Education:

University of Virginia

B.A.
Foreign Affairs & Latin America Studies

Harvard Graduate School of Education

M.Ed
Entrepreneurship in Education

Expertise:

Partnerships, Growth, Education
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Lulie El-Ashry

Head of Mentoring

Education:

Harvard University

Ph.D. (2020)
Religion

Harvard University

M.T.S. (2011)
Islamic Studies

American University in Cairo

B.A. (2003)
Political Science: International Relations

Expertise:

Anthropology and Ethnography, Religion and Society, Theater, Literature, Italian and French
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George Philip (GP) LeBourdais

Head of Strategic Initiatives

Education:

Stanford University

PhD (2018)
History of Art & Architecture

Williams College, Clark Art Institute

M.A. (2008)
History of Art & Architecture

Middlebury College

B.A. (2005)
Art History, French, Italian

Expertise:

History, Art history, Architecture, Photography, Environmental Studies, Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity
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Danny Whittaker

Director of Admissions

Education:

University of Pheonix

M.A.
Management

Expertise:

Education, Business Development, Sales, Admissions
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Veronica Edwards

Senior Data Analyst

Education:

Princeton University

B.A.
Sociology

Expertise:

Edtech, Data Analytic, Data Science, Sociology
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Victoria Michaels

Program Operations Manager

Education:

Johns Hopkins University

B.A. (2017)
International Studies, French Culture, Theatre Studies
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Howard Hsu

Senior Growth Product Manager

Education:

University of Michigan

M.B.A. (2015)
Master of Business Administration

Tufts University

B.S. (2008)
Economics

Expertise:

Product Management, Analytics
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AJ Ranzato

Senior SEO Manager

Education:

Princeton University

B.A.
Sociology

Expertise:

Growth, SEO, Product Marketing
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Tyler Vitone

Student Success Manager

Education:

University of Florida

M.S. (2015)
Entomology

The College of New Jersey

B.S. (2013)
Biology

Expertise:

Ecology, Entomology, Invasive Species, Science Education, Citizen Science
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Jade Ogiwara

Lifecycle Marketing Lead

Education:

Rutgers University

B.S. (2014)
Psychology; Journalism and Media Studies

Expertise:

Lifecycle Marketing, Email Marketing
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Tara Brown

Associate Director of Admissions

Education:

Upsala College

B.A.
Literature

Expertise:

Admissions, Sales, Literature
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Lucy Bryan

Mentor Success Manager

Education:

University of Chicago

M.S.
Humanities

Connecticut College

B.A.
English Language and Literature

Expertise:

Education, Mentor Relationships
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Levente Belteky

Software Engineer

Education:

Eötvös Loránd University

Computer Software Engineering

Expertise:

Software Engineering, Software Development Mentorship
Former Software Development Mentor at Green Fox Academy
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István Kozma

Software Developer

Education:

Green Fox Academy

Certificate of Completion (2018)
Junior Web Developer

Eötvös Loránd University

BA (2015)
Chemistry

Expertise:

Software development, Software engineering
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Nick Pape

Associate Director of Admissions

Education:

Expertise:

Admissions
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Geordyn Ader

Project Support Manager

Education:

DevMountain

Certificate of Completion (2016)
Full Stack Web Development

Expertise:

customer service, web development
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Tamas Czabai

Software Engineer

Education:

Green Fox Academy

Certificate of Completion (2017)
Junior Web Developer

University of Szeged

MSc (2020)
Chemistry
BSc. (2014)
Computational Chemistry

Expertise:

Software development, Chemistry
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Daniel Horvath

Software Developer

Education:

Corvinus University of Budapest

BSc. (2017)
Business IT

Expertise:

Software development, Web development
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Krista Vega

Project Support Manager

Expertise:

Customer Support, Social Media Support, Customer Engagement
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Shayla Vradenburgh

Mentor Affairs Specialist

Education:

University of Florida

B.A.
Psychology- Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Virginia Graduate School

PhD
Neuroscience

Expertise:

Data Analysis & Pedagogy
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Robert Beretka

Software Developer

Education:

Eötvös Lóránd University

Expertise:

Software development, Software engineering
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Richard Nemeth

Software Developer

Education:

Széchenyi István University

International Communication

Expertise:

Accounting, Cooking, Music Management, Software Development
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Máté Cserven

Software Developer

Education:

Green Fox Academy

Junior Web Developer

Expertise:

Software development, Teaching, Mentoring, Cooking
Former Software Development Mentor at Green Fox Academy
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Michaela Danek

Associate Director of Admissions

Education:

Harvard University

M.S. (2013)
Education

University of California- San Diego

B.S. (2012)
Neuroscience and Physiology

Expertise:

Advising, Academia and Teaching
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Erika Richardson

Associate Director of Admissions

Education:

Claflin University

B.S.
Biology & Chemistry

George Washington University

MPH
Health Education

Expertise:

Health, Advising, Admission and Edcuation
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Christopher Jack

Partnership Manager

Education:

School for International Training (SIT)

M.Ed (2016)
International Education

Plymouth State University

B.A. (2007)
English Literature, ESL Teaching

Expertise:

International Education, Partnership Development, ESL Training
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Angela Vadas

Visual Designer

Education:

Ecole d’art Maryse Eloy - Paris School of Visual Arts

BAA (2016) Graphic Design, Visual Communication

Expertise:

Visual Design, Art and Creative Direction, Typography, Graphic Design, Visual Environment
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Maureen Lavin

Partnership Manager

Education:

Drew University

B.A.
Behavioral Science

New York University

Masters
Social Work

Expertise:

Education, Business Development
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József Bakos

Software Developer

Education:

Green Fox Academy

Full stack developer

MATE

Software developer
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Szilvia Bedi

Software Engineer

Education:

Budapest Business School

Commerce and Marketing

Expertise:

Software Engineering, Software Development Mentorship
Former Software Development Mentor at Green Fox Academy
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Claire Jung

Product (UX/UI) Designer

Education:

New York University

M.A. (2016) International Relations

Yonsei University

M.A. (2013), Global Affairs and Policy; International Law and Organization

Yonsei University

B.A. (2011), International Studies

Expertise:

User experience design, User interface design, User research, Information architecture, Competitive and comparative analysis, Wireframing and prototyping
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Jordan Ellington

Project Support Manager

Education:

Radford University B.S. (2016) Media Studies/Journalism

Expertise:

Customer Service, Education, Admissions
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Tamás Csaba Kádár

Software Engineer

Education:

Eötvös Loránd University

MSc. (2018)
Computer Science (Specialization in Software Technology)

Babeș-Bolyai University

BSc. (2016)
Computer Science

Expertise:

Software Engineering
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Emma Leyden

Senior Product Manager

Education:

Macalester College

B.A. (2014)
Psychology, American Studies

Expertise:

User Research, User Experience, Product Development
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Iana Thomas

Associate Director of Admissions

Education:

York College

B.A.
Psychology

Adelphi University,

M.A.
Psychology

Expertise:

Admissions, Customer Service, Psychology
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A'lasha Venerable

Associate Director of Admissions

Education:

Winthrop University,

B.A.
Digital Media

Expertise:

Account Management, Admissions, Digital Media, Customer Success
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Sarah El Massry

Project Support Manager

Education:

UCLA

B.A.
Art History

Harvard Graduate School of Education

Masters
Arts Education

Expertise:

Product, Operations, Customer Success
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Amanda Chagoya

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Education:

Salem State University

B.S. (2004)
Psychology

Expertise:

Market research, consumer insights, product positioning, design research, and go-to-market planning
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Nadia Shalaby

Strategy Advisor

Education:

MIT

M.B.A.

Harvard University

Ph.D.
Computer Science

Alexandria University

M.Sc.
Computer Science

Expertise:

Serial technology entrepreneur and investor
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Dennis Yang

Advisor

CEO of Udemy (2014-2017)

Education:

Stanford University

M.B.A.
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Frank Visciano

Advisor

COO of Udemy (2013-2019)

Education:

Stanford University

M.B.A.

Swarthmore College

B.A.
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Dora Demszky

Educational Advisor

Education:

Stanford University

Ph.D. candidate
Computational Linguistics

Princeton University

B.A. (2017)
Linguistics and Computer Science

Expertise:

Computational Linguistics, Analysis of Textual Data, Computational Social Science
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Kevin Wong

Educational Advisor

Education:

University of California, Berkeley

B.A. (2016)
Physics and Engineering

Expertise:

World War 2, 20th-Century French Literature, Graphic Novels and Comics, Cinema and Media Studies, Memoir and Life Writing, Testimony Studies
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Mark Domahidi

Software Engineer

Education:

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Bsc. (2021)
Computer Engineering

Expertise:

Software development, Software engineering