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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Christopher Masahito Padilla

Head of Marketing

Education:

UCLA Anderson School of Management

M.B.A. (2010)
Master of Business Administration

University of California, Berkeley

B.A. (1998)
Business

Expertise:

Marketing, Digital Advertising, Growth
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Charlotte Hazard

Director of Admissions

Education:

Princeton University

Ph.D. (2018)
French Literature

The University of Massachusetts - Amherst

M.A. (2012)
French Literature

Mount Holyoke College

B.A. (2010)
Education, French Literature

Academic Appointments:

Gettysburg College

(2018-2020)
Assistant Professor

Expertise:

Testimony studies, memory studies, media studies, comics & graphic novels, French and Francophone literature
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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 Partnerships

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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Ant Veverka

Head of Mentor Recruitment

Education:

West Virginia University

B.A.
Marketing, Business Administration, Communications

Expertise:

Edtech, Admissions, Sales, Customer Success
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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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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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Lexi Bucci

Head of People

Education:

Xavier University

B.A. (2017)
Liberal Arts & Sciences

Xavier University

A.A.S. (2013)
Radiological Technology & Sciences

Expertise:

Recruiting, HR Policy & Compliance
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Victoria Michaels

Student Projects Coordinator

Education:

Johns Hopkins University

B.A. (2017)
International Studies, French Culture, Theatre Studies
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Blake Williford

Senior UX Designer

Education:

Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S.
Human Computer Interactions

Texas A&M University

PH.D.
Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction)

Georgia Institute of Technology

B.A.
Industrial Design

Expertise:

EdTech, Human-Interaction Design, Design
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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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Tara Brown

Admissions Advisor

Education:

Upsala College

B.A.
Literature

Expertise:

Admissions, Sales, Literature
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Stephen Weber

Mentor Affairs Analyst

Education:

University of Georgia

Ph.D. Candidate
Neuroscience

San Jose State University

M.S. (2017)
Molecular and Microbiology

University of California, Santa Cruz

B.S. (2012)
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Expertise:

Neuroscience, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biology
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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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Linwood Noble

Admissions Advisor

Education:

Keiser University

M.S
Education

University of Phoenix

B.A.
Business

Expertise:

Education, Admissions
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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

Admissions Advisor

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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Ramona Gyorfi

Mentor Recruitment Specialist

Education:

Lake Forest College

B.A. (2020)
Psychology
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Balint Hompot

Mobile Application Developer

Education:

University of Amsterdam

M.Sc. candidate
Artificial Intelligence

University of Groningen

B.Sc. (2019)
Artificial Intelligence

Corvinus University of Budapest

B.A. (2015)
International Business

Expertise:

Mobile Development, Software Engineering, AI, Machine Learning
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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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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

Admissions Advisor

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

Admissions Advisor

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

Partnerships 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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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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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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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