Mandy Ginsberg, CEO
Mandy joined Tutor.com in 2013 to help build our team and reach millions of more students. She is best known for successfully building the largest online dating site, Match.com. At Match.com, she created the “Real First Dates” ad campaign and at Chemistry.com she led the award-winning “Come as you Are” campaign. Mandy oversaw all aspects of Match.com’s U.S. business, building strategic relationships and bringing in new customers by creating innovative product features. Mandy was a competitive soccer player at the University of California at Berkeley and she has an MBA from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She is on the Board of Care.com.
Her favorite teacher was Mr. Dumaine who taught high school literature. (“He was tough!”) Mandy wishes she had Tutor.com for AP Physics, her toughest class.
Shar Dubey, EVP Technology & Product
Shar leads our product team and is focused on creating innovative features that will be easy, fun and successful for students. She joined the company in 2013 after spending seven years at Match.com. Shar oversaw product strategy, product management and business operation performance for Match.com and Chemistry.com, driving 60% growth in revenues. She’s a graduate of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and earned a master’s degree from Ohio State University.
Shar was fortunate to have more teachers than she can name here who had a profound impact on her student years. She wishes she had Tutor.com to prepare for the entrance exams for IIT.
George Cigale, Founder and Chairman
George founded Tutor.com in 1998, creating the first online classroom where a tutor and student could connect and learn together. Today, Tutor.com is the largest online tutoring company in the US, helping 100,000 students every month. George spent 15 years in education, software and Internet industries before starting Tutor.com. He is a visiting Fellow in Education Reform at the Johns Hopkins School of Education and a member of the Columbia University’s Teachers College Technology Committee. He was a tutor during his days at the University of New York at Binghamton.
George’s favorite teacher was Richard Sodikow who taught English Forensics and Debate at Bronx High School of Science andtaught George the art of public speaking and persuasion. He wishes he had Tutor.com for genetics, immunology and microbiome research.
Kevin Donalds, SVP, Operations & CFO
Kevin oversees the company’s operations, finances and strategic planning. Kevin has helped companies complete successful IPOs and sales, and was the vice president of financial reporting for another successful Internet company, priceline.com. Kevin is a CPA and graduated from The University of Rhode Island.
Kevin’s favorite teacher was Pat Colburn who taught Algebra I. His sarcastic, funny style was a welcome relief and he never let anyone, including Kevin, slack off. Kevin wishes he had Tutor.com for high school biology.
Joan Rooney, VP Instruction
Thanks to Joan, more than one million students a year get to connect to one of our amazing 2,500 tutors. Joan developed our comprehensive recruiting, screening, on-boarding and mentoring programs that have helped us become the highest-rated online tutoring service. Joan’s brainchild, a tiered mentoring program for every tutor, ensures that high-quality learning happens every day, all day at Tutor.com. Prior to joining Tutor.com in 2001, Joan was a classroom teacher and held multiple operational roles for the City of Boston where she made everything work better. Joan has a BA from Emmanuel College and has a Master’s Degree from the Sorbonne.
Joan’s favorite teacher is Sister Leo Marie who taught sixth and seventh grade. Sister Leo Marie set high standards and believed that every student could learn. Joan wishes she had Tutor.com for Geometry.
Sandi White, GM Institutional Programs
Sandi has spent the last 10 years with Tutor.com working with our clients to solve their most pressing problems, including student engagement, persistence and overall academic achievement. She has held multiple roles at Tutor.com, including vice president of client services where she managed client implementation and developed successful training programs. She has deep institutional knowledge and delivers great results for our clients. Sandi has held sales leadership positions at other education companies and is a member of the Postecondary Board of Directors for SIIA. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts. Sandi enjoys red wine (California vineyards only please!) and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.
Her favorite teacher was Mr. Stankus who taught history and government. She wishes she had Tutor.com for Algebra (our most popular subject!).
Bart Epstein, SVP Corporate Development & Chief Strategy Officer
Bart has worn many hats since he first joined our team in 2004. Today he’s responsible for corporate development, strategy and partnerships. He’s been key in helping Tutor.com reach a wide audience of students during his tenure as general manager of our military and federal business. Before joining Tutor.com, Bart was a successful corporate lawyer and continues to serve as our general counsel. Bart gives back as the president and chairman of Gifts for the Homeless
and as a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight
. He holds a JD from the University of Virginia and graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He loves playing basketball, softball, studying quantum physics and poker.
Bart’s favorite teacher of all-time was Mr. Adams in sixth grade. He wishes he had Tutor.com for algebra, which he survived, barely, with help from Eric Katz who is now an awesome high school teacher.
Russ Greenspan, VP Technology
Russ has been building online learning products for us since 2000. He created our first mobile app, Tutor.com To Go, which was featured by Apple within days of its launch. Russ splits his days between technology leadership and hands-on coding. Before Tutor.com, he created software for investment banks and lived in Hawaii; not at the same time.He has a Master’s from University of Illinois and a BA from Duke. He’s an amateur musician and has spent many nights playing with his band on NYC stages.
Russ’s favorite teacher was Mr. Clancy who taught English in 10th and 12th grade. The best memory was walking around NYC tracing Holden Caufiled’s route in The Catcher in the Rye.
Jennifer Kohn, VP Corporate Communications
Jennifer has held many roles at Tutor.com that helped the company grow from an after-school homework help program to a 24/7 on-demand tutoring service. She is proud of the hundreds of articles that include Tutor.com each year and she enjoys speaking with our students to understand how Tutor.com has changed their lives. Before Tutor.com, Jennifer helped launch dozens of online companies that are now household brands, including Amazon, LendingTree and priceline.com. Jennifer has a BS from Cornell University and loves discovering new authors on her Kindle or at her local library.
Jennifer’s favorite teacher was Dr. Sair who taught AP Literature. Dr. Sair was an old-school grammarian and Jennifer never, ever misuses it’s and its. Jennifer wishes she had Tutor.com for AP Calculus, which still gives her nightmares.