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About Us Team

  • Leon Heller CEO

    Leon cofounded Cappex in 2006, and has overseen its growth from a startup to becoming Your College Decision Headquarters for more than 7 million students, 600 college and university clients, and thousands of high school counselors. Prior to Cappex, Leon was the CEO of FastWeb.com, which was sold to Monster.com in 2001. Originally from South Africa, Leon graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Accounting.

  • Alex Stepien President

    Alex is responsible for company revenue and client growth across all business units, including developing and maintaining relationships with our college, university and other partners across 7 countries. Alex holds a BS in Economics from the University of Michigan.

  • Jonathan April General Manager

    As General Manager of College Greenlight, Jonathan is responsible for developing our strategic vision, ensuring that our community members (students, organizational partners, and college clients) are delighted with our efforts, and managing our incredible team. He has been with Greenlight since its inception and is thrilled with our growth and impact. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • Chris Homberg Senior Vice President of Product Development

    Chris leads product development efforts, where he oversees the team responsible for developing, building and delivering best-in-class products for the entire Cappex product platform suite. Chris graduated from Michigan State University, home of the Spartans, with a BA in Advertising.

  • Mark Kantrowitz Publisher and Vice President of Strategy

    Mark is the nation's leading expert on financial aid for college. He is interviewed regularly by news media and has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Newsweek and Money Magazine. Mark has written 11 books, including 4 bestsellers about planning and paying for college. Mark served as Publisher at Edvisors, Fastweb and FinAid. Mark has served as a member of the board of directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association, and is a current member of the board of trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education, the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid and the editorial advisory board of Bottom Line/Personal.

  • Junho Park Vice President of Technology

    Junho is responsible for managing the technology team and infrastructure powering Cappex's family of websites, with a focus on software engineering, quality assurance and operations. Junho earned his Bachelor of Science in computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

  • David Pruitt Chief Privacy Officer and Corporate Counsel

    David is responsible for Cappex's legal and privacy matters and draws on years of experience as a corporate and technology lawyer in the financial services and higher education industries. David holds a BA from the University of Illinois, a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

  • Andrew Sutter Director, Human Resources

    Andrew is responsible for leading all HR initiatives at Cappex including employee relations, performance management, and recruiting and has a background in both HR Operations and Labor Relations across both private and public organizations. Andrew holds a BS in HR Management & Entrepreneurship from Illinois State University and is a current MBA candidate at DePaul University.

  • Jeanne Valenta Vice President of Finance

    Jeanne Valenta is responsible for all aspects of the Company's financial management including accounting policies and procedures, budgeting, monthly closing process, forecasting, cash management, controls, accounts payable and receivable, management reporting and other financial processes. Jeanne holds a BS in Finance from DePaul University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and a MS in accounting from Roosevelt University.

  • Sarah Wilde Senior Vice President of Marketing

    Sarah leads marketing and communications efforts at Cappex, overseeing the team responsible for student acquisition and promotion of Cappex to students, counselors, parents, colleges, and foundations, based on modern digital marketing best practices. Sarah holds a BS in advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a MBA from the University of Chicago.

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