Our Team

At Sora, we’ve brought together educators, engineers, admissions officers, and other incredible people all across the world to build a new high school unlike any other.

Carolyn Reeves

STEM Expert

Carolyn started off her career as a software engineer. After she earned her Master’s in Math from the University of Georgia, she was a high school math teacher for years before Sora.

Michael Granado

Humanities Expert

Michael has an extensive background in the humanities with his M.T.S. in Historical Theology from Emory University, paired with years of high school teaching experience.

Brandy Daniels

Lead Counselor

Brandy is a Certified Professional Coach who holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Emory University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Miami University.

Sharon Tooson

Counselor

An experienced counselor, Sharon earned her Master’s degree in Psychology and Family Studies at the University of West Alabama and Public Health from the University of Alabama.

Ailsa Beggs

English Guide

As a student at Columbia University, Ailsa wrote content at Legal Outreach and worked as a Case Analyst at Outten & Golden LLP before joining Sora to help students with their writing.

Desiree Daniel

Biology Guide

Desiree earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences with concentrations in Biology and Health Management at the University of South Florida, where she also worked as a Biology TA.

Ryan McLaughlin

Math Guide

Ryan is a veteran math teacher with experience in administration, curriculum design, and technology integration and advocacy. He loves working with students and helping math to come alive!

Lana Hungerford

Math Guide

Lana has a Master’s Degree in Education from Dominican University and has been a teacher for the past ten years during which she worked as a math interventionist and STEM teacher.  

Maryah Laine

Spanish Guide

Maryah served as a Spanish translator and a private Spanish teacher for many years. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Communications from Thomas Edison State.

Anna Wills

Languages Guide

Anna is a student of languages. She studied French, German, Danish, Italian, and Swedish in Lyon, Edinburgh, and Oregon, and earned degrees in French and German from Oregon State University.

Maria Hernandez

Health Sciences Track Advisor

Maria earned her degrees in Molecular Biology and Public Health and worked as a hospital corpsman in the US Navy. She has worked in biotechnology companies and most recently as a NASA Payload Operations Specialist for experiments on the ISS.

Maythana Paquete

Design Track Advisor

A self-taught user experience designer, Maythana loves thinking through complex problems and breaking them down into streamlined designs. She has worked in multiple roles across product and brand design.

Dana Gretton

Hardware Engineering
Track Advisor

Dana earned his degree in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, where he also works on robotics for biotechnology and software.

Ole Kröger

Software Engineering
Track Advisor

Ole is a student earning his Master’s in Computer Science at Heidelberg University in Germany. He previously worked as a backend web developer at OBMK.

Kevin Faveri

Full-Stack Developer

 Kevin previously worked as a Full-Stack Developer at TradersClub and Mobiliza, responsible for developing back-end and front-end solutions for core product. In his spare time, he also contributes to open source projects.

Felipe Menezes

Full-Stack Developer

 Felipe previously worked as a Product Manager and a Software Developer at Ahgora Systems. Before that, he was a software developer intern at AgileProcess.

Tiago Peixoto

Senior Full-Stack Developer

Tiago worked as Engineering Lead at Mobiliza and a Software Engineering Manager at Ahgora Systems. He previously co-founded a software development agency called Plyom.

Suzanne Conquest

Head of Partnerships

 Suzanne is an experienced education leader. She was previously Senior Director of Partner Engagement at the ACT corporation and worked at the United States Department of Education prior to that.

Jesse Cheng

Business Development Manager

Prior to Sora, Jesse worked in a number of different education organizations such as Southern Methodist University, Hult International Business School, and more.

Anna Westendorf

Director of Growth Marketing

An experienced marketer, Anna has previously worked as Director of Marketing at PeopleGrove and Manager of Brand and Marketing Communications at Funding Circle.  

Tara Baumgarten

Product Manager

Before Sora, Tara served as a Learning Architect as iDesign. She has worked in education design for multiple years at organizations like the Education Design Lab and George Washington University.

Lexa Watroba

Admissions Counselor

Lexa has served in admissions roles for many years, from her time as Admissions Coordinator at Heritage College to her position as Senior Admissions Advisor at Cleveland University.

Anthony Gault

Director of Admissions

An experienced admissions officer, Anthony previously served as Associate Director of Admissions at Laurel School and Graland Country Day School before joining Sora.

Chris Wilson

College Consultant

An experienced school leader, Chris served as Head of School for Peoria Academy and The Bement School. He has overseen the professional development of many school leadership teams.

Wesley Samples

Co-Founder

Before Sora, Wesley co-founded a creative agency called Elevate Media while he was a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also worked as a Venture Partner at Contrary Capital.

Indra Sofian

Co-Founder

 Indra previously worked as a Content Marketer at UXPin and worked in youth entrepreneurship education through his involvement with Startup Exchange and 3 Day Startup. 

Garrett Smiley

Co-Founder

Before Sora, Garrett co-founded two charities across his time in high school and college: Drops of Love, building wells in developing nations, and FLiP, teaching financial literacy skills to foster children in Atlanta.