Education and Business Expertise

Meet the people that have combined their passion and expertise to create the award-winning StudySync experience.

Katherine Bensel

Academic Designer

Katherine Bensel graduated from Allegheny College with a major in English Literature. After joining Teach for America, she taught and developed curriculum for art, reading, and writing classes in schools in the Mississippi Delta, Philadelphia, and New Orleans. She joined StudySync as a member of the Academic Design team in the fall of 2014.


Ryan Gorman

Academic Designer

Ryan Gorman is a writer and educator living in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he double-majored in creative writing and film studies. He taught English at the American University of Iraq Sulaimani (AUIS) from 2010-12. After freelancing for StudySync for a couple of years, Ryan joined StudySync full-time in August of 2015.


Joshua Luther

Production Director

Joshua Luther graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS, double majoring in Interactive Media and Game Design (Programming Focus) and Technical Writing. He spent several years working in video game software performing quality assurance and design while living in Boston, MA. Joshua would also perform improv comedy shows at ImprovBoston in addition to stand up comedy and sketch comedy. Afterwards he returned home to Sonoma County, working in Asset Protection and Training before joining StudySync as a member of the production team.


Sarah Nolan

Academic Designer

Sarah Nolan joined the team at StudySync after 10 years as a high school English teacher in Las Vegas and Indianapolis, IN where she first began using StudySync to supplement her writing instruction. During her years as a teacher, Sarah taught courses in American, British, World, and Modern Literature, as well as Debate and Advanced Composition for Dual Credit. She holds an M.A. in English from Butler University.


Hal Ober

Academic Designer

Hal Ober spent 20 years as the Senior Project Editor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt developing lesson plans and materials for reading programs.  He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, a Masters in Education from Leslie College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an M.A. in English from Colgate University. He is the author of How Music Came to the World.


Clarissa Romano

Lead Writer

Clarissa Romano received her MFA in creative writing at the University of Mississippi, where she taught writing and literature for the English Department. Her stories have been published in numerous literary journals, including The Los Angeles Review, The South Carolina Review, and Flatmancrooked. She lives in Los Angeles.


Murray Suid

Director of Content Acquisition

Murray holds an M.A. in Education from Harvard University and is a former professor at San Jose State University.  He was formerly Director of Content for EdVantage Software and is the author and co-founder of Monday Morning Books and founder of College Survival Skills.