Quill Team

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Peter Gault

Executive Director, Cofounder

Peter designs the user experience, manages the team, and leads fundraising. Peter found his passion for writing as a journalist at his high school's newspaper, and studied philosophy at Bates College. By teaching students how to write, we teach them how to organize and articulate their ideas. With Quill, he aims to help millions of people improve their writing and thinking skills. In 2016, he was awarded Forbes' 30 Under 30 for education.

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Ryan Novas

Operations Director/Web Developer, Cofounder

Ryan develops new features for Quill and maintains the website. He also oversees Quill's operations and directs technical support initiatives. Ryan previously taught English to high school students in Maine and has worked at marketing and public relations companies in Washington and New York.

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Donald McKendrick

Technology Director, Cofounder

Donald leads Quill’s engineering team and has a master’s degree in chemistry with a specialization in computer aided modeling and statistical analysis. Donald has previously led financial services and e-commerce startups and is inspired by the opportunity to help educate millions of students through educational technology.

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Hannah Monk

Curriculum Director

Hannah designs the curriculum and works with educators to create new content. Before joining Quill, Hannah was a seventh grade English teacher at a low-income school in western Virginia. She has an undergraduate degree in English and a master’s degree in education.

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Emilia Friedberg

Junior Web Developer

Emilia is a developer who is passionate about education. Before joining Quill, Emilia taught at an elementary school in Arizona and tutored students at Breakthrough Santa Fe. As a developer, the first program she built was Word by Word, a grammar tool that teaches students how to identify parts of speech in a sentence.

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Amr Thameen

Lead Designer

Amr is the Lead Designer at Quill. He designs Quill’s interface, creates the user experience, and oversees the overall brand image. A speaker of three different languages and graduate of schools on multiple continents, Amr sees the importance of improving students' writing and its effect on critical thinking. Before Quill, Amr was a designer at multiple startups, working with Virtual Reality and the travel industry. Amr holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Middlebury College.

Board of Directors

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Jane Parver

Board Chair

Jane Parver is an experienced trial lawyer who concentrates her practice in the areas of civil and white collar litigation and internal investigations. She is Special Counsel at Kaye Scholer, as well as part of the ASCPA board and the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors. Ms. Parver established and now oversees the Susan Price Carr Scholarship Committee, which awards several scholarships annually to Columbia Law School students.

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Paul Walker

Board Member

Paul Walker is a New York City based technologist and philanthropist. Paul spends his philanthropic energies working with organizations that provide opportunity and social capital to young adults through access to education, science, and critical reasoning. Paul retired as a partner from Goldman Sachs in 2015, where he co-headed the firm’s technology division and held roles in risk management and technology. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois and a BA in Physics from Cornell University.

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Ben Sussman

Board Member

Ben Sussman is a Lead Engineer at Betterment and is a technical advisor to Quill. He has 10+ years of experience as a computer programmer and entrepreneur. On the weekends, Ben volunteers with Nanohackers to teach programming to kids.

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Reuben Gutoff

Board Member

Reuben Gutoff founded Strategy Associates Inc., in 1979 and serves as its President and Sole Owner. Mr. Gutoff served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy of GE's plastics and medical businesses. He worked at GE for 27 years, holding several leadership positions. After leaving GE in 1975, he joined Standard Brands, where he served as its President, Chief Operating Officer and Director, until 1978.

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Rhys Kidd

Board Member

Rhys Kidd is an experienced infrastructure and real assets fund manager at Macquarie Group. Alongside his experience in strategic management and capital growth initiatives, he has an avid and active interest in technology and education.

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Matthew Rodriguez

Board Member

Matt Rodriguez is a Managing Director at BlackRock where he focuses on absolute return mortgage strategies. He began his career as a financial modeler after earning masters degrees in mathematics and financial engineering. Matt also serves on the Mathematics Department Advisory Board at UIUC and supports scholarship programs.

Education Advisory Board

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Daniel Scibienski

Advisory Board Member

Daniel Scibienski is the founder of ELL Consulting. He has been involved in English language education for over 14 years as a teacher, trainer, and program administrator.

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Emily Dalton Smith

Advisory Board Member

Emily Dalton Smith was Quill's program officer at the Gates Foundation during the Literacy Courseware Challenge. She currently works at Facebook.

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John Silberstein

Advisory Board Member

After beginning his career as a real estate lawyer at Skadden Arps, John Silberstein pursued an entrepreneurial path in real estate and technology. John then taught middle school English at The Dalton School in New York City and The Rivers School in Weston, MA. John is currently on the Board of Snap Interactive, a publicly traded social media company and is on the Advisory Board of Will Power Labs, which makes Meal Enders, a dietary lozenge.

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Deborah Chang

Advisory Board Member

Deborah Chang is an educator and an entrepreneur. She co-founded Nexus Works, a community of people working with purpose and is also a community organizer of #NYCEDU, an organization that curates, coaches, and connects community organizers.

Technical Advisory Board

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Alex Redmon

Open Source Developer

Alex is an art collector, I.T. professional, and entrepreneur living in Brooklyn who enjoys reading, writing, photography, and music.

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Oliver Hurst Hiller

Advisory Board Member

Oliver is the CTO and Head of Product at DonorsChoose.org. Previously, he managed product engineering projects for Microsoft's new search engine, now called Bing.

Interns and Volunteers

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Matt Coleman


Matt is a developer with a BS in Computer Engineering. He likes Fedora and lives in Boston.

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Jared Silver


Jared Silver is an entrepreneur and TEDx speaker taking a leave of absence from college to intern as a software developer for Quill. He also serves as a learning advisor for Codecademy, a 2017 EdSurge Independent Fellow, and the User Journeys Lead for Oppia. Jared's mission in life is to foster a human capital revolution through education technology.

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Akash Bagaria


Akash is a student taking a gap year prior to attending Harvard University, where he intends to study economics. He is driven to intern at Quill by his fascination with the start-up culture and his love for serving the broader community. Having avidly debated and written for the newspaper throughout high school, Akash grasps the importance of critical thinking -- and he values Quill's mission to instill this skill in students nationwide.

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Priya Mathur


Priya is a graduate student at NYU studying Digital Media Design for Learning. Before pursuing a master’s degree, she was an elementary school teacher and taught in both Canada and England. Most recently, Priya worked as an Educational Technology Consultant in elementary schools across Toronto, training students and teachers on how to accommodate assistive technology to their individual learning needs. She is enthusiastic about learning how educational technology can remove barriers to learning and change the landscape of education.

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Olivia Kingree


Olivia Kingree is a college student who is interning at Quill for the Spring 2017 semester. As an editorial intern, she creates new learning activities and grades existing practice problems. Olivia has also worked as a math and Spanish tutor for middle and high school students for the past four years. She is passionate about reading and writing and hopes to help Quill in its aim to improve students' writing skills and confidence.