Team

Meet the People Behind Our Student Success Initiative

We believe that a comprehensive solution to student success is the way of the future. Connect your own faculty, leverage outside resources, and have visibility into early alerts and analytics on student performance. You don't need to keep pushing products onto your students. You need a student success partner.

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Melvin Hines Jr.

Chief Executive Officer

Inspiration

Melvin grew up in the small town of Albany in south Georgia. His incoming freshman high school class contained over 250 students. By the time he graduated, there were only 68 students remaining. This ignited his passion for finding a way to empower students to take their futures into their own hands through higher education.

Achievements

After graduating from the University of Georgia, Melvin received a JD/MBA from Duke University where he started a law forum for social and educational equality. Afterwards, he became a law professor at North Carolina Central University.

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Alex Pritchett

Chief Operating Officer

Inspiration

Through his experiences with various social ventures, Alex has seen the impact that academic and mentoring support has on student success. His passion for technology led to the creation of a program to improve higher education through online coaching and data analytics.

Achievements

During his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Alex started a mentoring organization for Latino youth. He also co-founded a non-profit microfinance organization that connects citizens at risk of homelessness with education and community resources.

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Morgan Intrator

Chief Customer Officer

Inspiration

As a perpetual teacher and learner, Morgan loves helping other people understand and interact with software. Morgan saw tremendous opportunity in helping other students succeed while he attended community college classes and Vanderbilt University.

Achievements

Morgan used his engineering degree to challenge the way that his employers (GE and Citigroup) operated when it came to generating value for their customers. He led customer development while employed by Citigroup and has a passion for solving any problem that comes his way.

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Chris Webb

Chief Technical Officer

Inspiration

Chris has always been fascinated with building large, scalable technologies that have the ability to impact people's lives.

Achievements

At the age of 15, Chris was challenged to a coding competition by the CEO of a local tech firm. Not only did he win the competition, but Chris sold the resulting code to the CEO's company. After graduating from Vanderbilt University, Chris took his coding prowess to New York where he was a tech consultant for various Fortune 500 companies.

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Cindy Anderson

Senior Product Specialist

Inspiration

While working as a public school teacher, Cindy focused on finding innovative ways to motivate students to succeed. After her time as an educator, she went beyond the classroom to bolster student success.

Achievements

Cindy previously worked at a higher education technology startup until it was sold to a large publishing company. However, her heart remained in the startup world, which eventually led her to Upswing.

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Neha Madhusoodanan

Marketing Lead

Inspiration

Neha's passion for education stems from her time in a school district boasting one of the largest income gaps in the country. After heading mentorship groups for younger students in high school, she looked for a way to impact college students' success.

Achievements

With a natural passion for communication and a Shakespearean vocabulary, Neha dreams about PR and marketing strategy. Before joining Upswing, Neha started a magazine publication in Boston, which garnered thousands of devoted readers in just a couple of years.

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Justin Fowler

Content Specialist

Inspiration

Justin got a video camera for his 10th birthday - he has been filming, creating, editing, and publishing content ever since. You'll often hear him talking about the latest app and why it is better than the technology that you're currently using.

Achievements

Through social media and original content blogging, Justin has been able to develop a massive online following through his YouTube channel which informs people of iPhone shortcuts and tips. He has helped build social media engagement that connects with college students' passions and interests.

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Interested In Joining the Team?

We're continuously improving our platform and adding new features geared towards improving student success. If you have any questions, or would like to lean more, please reach out to us.