Team

We are dedicated to providing impeccable software and service to higher education institutions, community foundations, and private foundations. AcademicWorks was founded in 2010 by a group of individuals with deep experience helping colleges and universities work more efficiently with software solutions built specifically for higher education.

Colleges, universities, and foundations are using AcademicWorks to help manage their scholarship application and awarding processes. They choose AcademicWorks because of our dedication to engineering and implementing innovative technology that enables students to pay for their education.

Interested in a Career with AcademicWorks?

We’re looking for more great people to join us!  So if you’re excited about helping to simplify the scholarship process for millions of students, check out our careers.

Check Out Our Careers

Brandon Phipps
General Manager

Brandon has over 15 years of experience in helping colleges & universities improve their services and efficiency through technology. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Marketing.

Joe Price
Senior Operations Officer

Joe earned his BA from The University of Texas at Austin, JD from Baylor University, and MBA from the Acton School of Business. He has spent much of his career in and around higher education. When not at work, Joe enjoys spending time with his growing family.

Aaron
Chief Technology Officer

Aaron brings with him a proven history of designing and scaling secure, fast, & reliable web-based technologies. He is excited to develop products for the collaborative and inspiring higher education market.

Kevin
Director of Sales

Kevin began his career in higher education technology 17 years ago with Academic Software. Most recently, Kevin served as the Vice-President of Sales at ACS Athletics where he provided software to collegiate athletic departments to assist in recruiting, compliance, operations, and student-athlete information management.

David
Vice President of Client Services

Throughout his career, David has had the privilege of working with hundreds of Higher Education Institutions and Non-Profit Organizations helping them to achieve their goals using technology. His passion is to ensure customer delight and he loves working directly with people to help solve problems. When not engaged in work, David enjoys trying gourmet food whether at home cooking or in the emerging Austin restaurant scene. He also plays jazz piano for fun and relaxation.

Chris
Principal Systems Architect

Chris builds reliable integration platforms, with a focus on redundant, fault-tolerant Service-Oriented Architectures. After applying his Computer Science degree from The University of Texas at Austin in a diverse cross-section of SaaS industries, he is happy to now be able to give something back to higher education. When not scaling our platform, you’ll find Chris scaling walls with Austin’s rock climbing community.

Brandon
Director of Implementation

Brandon earned his B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Texas State University. He is extremely proud to be directly involved in meeting the daily technological needs of so many schools and foundations in addition to prospective students across the country and abroad. Brandon is an avid sports fan, and lives for football season!

Michael
Client Success Manager

Michael is a graduate of Texas A&M University- Central Texas with a degree in Psychology. He loves working in Customer Service where he is able to help others. Outside the office he enjoys spending time at local record stores and spending time with his wife.

Bo
Regional Director of Sales

Bo Kerin has served higher education since 1998, with stops at Mississippi State University, the NCAA, and Louisiana State University. Most recently, Bo served as the Senior Campus Consultant at ACS Athletics, where he assisted institutions in purchasing systems to manage the student-athlete life cycle. Bo is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and earned his Master’s degree from Mississippi State University.

Harold
Service Engineering Manager

Harold has been helping customers solve their technical issues since graduating from Texas State University with a BBA in Computer Information Systems. He enjoys great solutions to problems and happy customers. When not in the office, you may find him kayaking, camping, or hiking.

Robert
Lead Quality Assurance Engineer

Robert has been working in Quality Assurance for 11 years across multiple platforms and environments. He is an ardent advocate of automation and strongly believes in consistent and reliable testing strategies. In his off time he loves to spend time with his family, woodworking, and gardening.

Cammy
Client Engagement Specialist

Cammy has over 9 years of experience with SaaS systems and is a detail-oriented team player who is focused on customer success. When not in the office, she enjoys running, hanging out at the lake, and exploring new places here and abroad. Her dog, Paltry, is her jogging companion. Fun fact: her favorite food is pho.

Khanh
Lead Client Support Specialist

Khanh is an experienced Customer Support professional who has worked extensively with higher education clients. As a B.A. graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, she is an avid foodie and enjoys trying out the latest restaurants around town. She also loves watching movies, crafting, and spending time with her family.

Lindsey
Regional Director of Sales

Lindsey has served Higher Education in a sales capacity since 2008 and has a passion for helping colleges and universities solve complex operational issues. A native Texan, she was born in Austin and raised on “Tex-Mex” food in San Antonio. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. in Marketing and is a die-hard Aggie fan. When Lindsey isn’t on the road meeting with institutions in the Midwest, she enjoys playing her guitar, scoping out new restaurants with friends, and partaking in all of the live music that Austin has to offer.

Matt
Client Engagement Specialist

After having worked on our Support and Implementation teams, Matt has found his calling as our Onboarding Project Manager. Originally hailing from New York, Matt spends his free time biking around Austin, and checking out the many live music festivals Austin has to offer.

Suzanne
Accounting Manager

Suzanne is a AIPB Certified Full Charge Bookkeeper with 19 years experience in bookkeeping. She is also an experienced operations manager, accounting manager, office manager, small business owner and cat wrangler. In her spare time she is a jewelry metalsmith and enjoys charcoal drawing, reading, mothering her dogs, and travel to preshistoric and historic places.

Seth
Product Analyst

Seth graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy. After spending a year teaching English in Argentina, Seth moved to San Francisco where he gained experience in SaaS Customer Support working for ClearSlide, Inc. Happy to be back in Texas, outside of work he enjoys playing guitar, camping, and watching the San Antonio Spurs.

Jason
Client Support Specialist

Jason has relocated to Austin, Texas from Upstate New York and has been working in support since 2008. Additionally, he has his M.A. in Communication from The State University of New York at Brockport. When not working, Jason enjoys going to see live music and biking around the city.

Brooke
Director of Marketing

Brooke has been working with nonprofit organizations and Higher Education since 2012 and has a passion for helping organizations fulfill their missions through cutting edge technology. She has a degree in Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Outside of the office she enjoys running, live music, and trying new restaurants.

Catherine
Software Engineering Manager

Catherine is a long-time Austin resident and lifelong Texan. Before entering the field of software engineering, Catherine was a math teacher. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Texas at Austin. When not busy at work, she enjoys running and is an ardent Longhorn and Spurs fan.

Monika
Systems Analyst

Monika was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and spent the last four years obtaining her bachelor’s degree at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She enjoys meeting new people, seeing new sites, and going on adventures! In Austin, you can find Monika at an ice skating rink, the roller skating parks, or paddle boarding down the Colorado River.

Ian
Client Engagement Specialist

Before finding a happy home on the Services team at AcademicWorks, Ian studied Linguistics at UT, traveled the world for a while, and made his rounds through the Austin tech startup scene for about 5 years. When he isn’t training and consulting with clients at AW, he can be found running trails around Austin, building things out of wood, playing smash and table tennis and ultimate frisbee, spending quality time with wife and friends, and endlessly intellectualizing on Facebook.

Michael
DevOps Engineer

Michael graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science, and very quickly found his passion in automating systems for the benefit of those around him. When not working, he enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, relaxing at Barton Springs, going to see live music, and playing all kinds of games with friends.

Milad
Client Support Specialist

Milad is a native Canadian who did support for Dell Inc. before joining AcademicWorks. In his free time Milad runs his own photography business, cooks, races cars, and is the team captain for a charitable bicycle team.

Paul
Account Executive

Paul studied Health Promotion at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and later earned his MBA from Franklin University in Columbus, OH. He has been serving higher education for the last 8 years. He loves cheering on the Green Bay Packers with his family and trail running here in Central Texas.

Mary
Client Engagement Specialist

Mary is a dedicated customer service professional with 15+ years of experience working with clients in both deployment and support of SaaS solutions. When not in the office, Mary can be found jogging around Austin’s Town Lake, enjoying a chai latte and a good book, or spending time with her family.

Dana
Deployment Manager

Dana recently moved to Austin from Philadelphia where she worked in Advancement at an independent, K-12 school. She loved working for a non-profit and engaging with all of the members of the school community. Getting to know Austin has joined her list of hobbies, which includes playing field hockey, watching football, binge watching tv, and checking out live music.

Nora
Client Support Specialist

Nora is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Civil Engineering. She is passionate about connecting with people and is very excited with her new career path in customer service. Nora loves living in Austin and enjoys yoga, staying active around town, and spending time with her family.

Jennifer
Training Manager

Jennifer recently relocated to Austin from East Texas, where she has lived since receiving her
B.B.A. from the University of Denver. In her former position, Jennifer was the Scholarship
Coordinator for an AcademicWorks Client and is excited about bringing her unique perspective
to the Client Support Team. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys traveling with her family, riding
(be it a bike or a horse), and seeking out the best live music Austin has to offer.

Morgan
Marketing Coordinator

Morgan is a graduate of Texas State University with a degree in Public Relations and is passionate about event planning, communications, and marketing. In her free time she loves spending time with her puppy, reading a good book, traveling, and exploring the Texas hill country.

Tim
Regional Director of Sales

Tim has 13 yrs of K-12 and higher ed SaaS experience working with some of Austin’s top ed tech companies. He’s an SWT alumni who supports the Bobcats. Tim enjoys just about anything outdoors including camping with his family, trail running, riding bicycles/motorcycles with his 2 kids, and a good a ‘rita.

Jessica
Client Support Specialist

Jessica is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Environmental Studies. She loves learning new things and being able to help others through great customer service. In her free time Jessica enjoys hiking, weight training, and spending time with family and friends.

Mary
Client Success Manager

Mary has over 15 years of experience in supporting Clients, building and maintaining strong, long-lasting relationships, and providing superior customer support. Outside of the office, Mary enjoys traveling to any place she’s never been, going out with friends, playing with her pup Mabel, and reading.

Michelle
Service Engineer

Michelle has over 15 years Ivy League higher education experience in research and property management. A native Rhode Islander, she moved to Austin in 2014 and attended an immersive programming school. She loves sailing, dark chocolate and not having to shovel snow anymore.

Micco
Client Engagement Specialist

Micco is an alumnus of The University of Texas and has a closet full of burnt orange clothes to show for it. Micco brings over 10 years of experience working with Higher Education, Government and Non-Profit agencies in consulting, training, and supportive roles. In his free time, Micco can be found indulging in live music, writing articles for online magazines, or talking to local movers and shakers in his podcast.

Cara
Product Designer

Cara graduated from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a BA in Psychology and Biology. She began working for a medical software company 10 years ago as a Quality Assurance Specialist and transitioned to Designer 5 years later. Afterwards, she completed an advanced graduate certificate in User Experience Design and Development. When not in the office, Cara can be found at Austin Pets Alive! volunteering as a vet tech. In her free time she enjoys exploring Austin as a new local, sampling the many great restaurants around town, and outdoor activities such as hiking and SUP.

Dolph
Software Engineer

Dolph is a self-taught software engineer with over four years of experience. He’s obsessed with crafting elegant solutions to provide customers with simple yet enjoyable experiences. When he’s not working, you’ll most likely find him at Zilker kicking the soccer ball for his dog or hanging out on a patio somewhere.

Nick
Client Success Manager

Nick is a graduate from Colorado State University with a major in Communication Studies who discovered his passion to work with people at a young age. Outside of work he enjoys playing sports, exploring the outdoors, trying out new restaurants, and cheering on the Denver Broncos.

Travis
Jr. Software Engineer

Travis graduated from Texas State University with a BS in Computer Science and later attended The Iron Yard’s immersive programming school to study web development. An Austin native, Travis is excited to be a part of the thriving tech community that has developed here. Outside of work you might find him trekking through the Barton Creek Greenbelt with his dog Lucy.

James
Quality Assurance Engineer

James is an Austin native and a graduate from Louisiana State University with a degree in History. Self-taught, he works hard on new technical challenges and has found his calling in Quality Assurance. When not at work you can find him listening to new music or trying one of Austin’s many unique breweries.

Alania
Director of Product

Alania joins us with a track record of successfully bringing new SAAS products to market. She is passionate about understanding clients’ problems and finding new and creative ways to solve them. In her free time, she works with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin, and she and her husband like running, cycling, dancing, and taking their dog, Maverick, to Town Lake. Alania graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC with a BFA in Dance Performance and from The University of Texas at Austin with an MBA.

Jamie
Client Support Specialist

Jamie has a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and she has lived here long enough to be an honorary native! She has worked in the accounting field for over a decade, and is excited to now have an active role in an industry that provides a great service to folks who are college-bound. In her free time, she loves to hang out with family and friends, attend sports events, and catch new flicks at the movies.

Nick
Software Engineer

Nick switched careers from aerospace engineering to software development after graduating from Dev Bootcamp in 2013. He loves dogs, college football, video games, craft beer, robots, and physics.

Tom
Service Engineer

Tom brings several years of Quality Assurance and Customer Service experience from the Pharmaceutical and Restaurant Businesses. With a Biomedical Engineering Degree from the University of Texas, he enjoys building useful things and ensuring customer success. Outside the office, you’ll find Tom watching his Longhorns Sports or checking out the hottest restaurants in Austin .

Jonathan
Inside Sales Representative

Jonathan Fox is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin as well as a local musician and songwriter. After originally working for AcademicWorks during college and after graduation, Jonathan is excited to return to the team as an Inside Sales Rep.

Liz
Security Compliance Specialist

After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in music performance, Liz decided to switch gears and found a new niche in regulatory compliance. She used to believe the right side of her brain to be dominant, but just doesn’t know anymore. With over 4 years in the compliance space, Liz is eager to help bolster AcademicWorks’ security and compliance initiatives. As a relatively new Austinite, Liz loves exploring different parts of the city and the greenbelt with her pupper.

Katy
Service Engineer

After almost a decade as an educator, Katy switched gears and attended a DevBootcamp, an immersive program focusing on web development. A long-time Austinite, she is thrilled to be a part of the ed tech community here. She also likes camping, cooking, and salsa dancing.