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Meet our Staff

ReadTheory is run by a small but dedicated group of educators who are passionate about improving the learning experience for students around the world.

Josh Capon

Managing Partner

Josh “Shuky” Capon is a managing partner at ReadTheory and is in charge of technology, product, design, and development of ReadTheory. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and has been in his lead role at ReadTheory since 2019. He believes in the power of adaptive learning and is committed to providing ReadTheory as a free resource for all students around the world. When he’s not answering late-night messages, he enjoys listening to music and spending time with his two young kids.

Ron Kirschenbaum

Managing Partner

Ron is a managing partner of ReadTheory and is in charge of the long-term vision, establishing relationships, marketing, and development of ReadTheory. Ron holds degrees in Law and Accounting and has been in his lead role at ReadTheory since 2019. He believes that each student deserves a tailor-made educational experience. He thinks the “one-size-fits-all” approach to education is why so many students feel discouraged in a traditional classroom. After a long day planning out ReadTheory’s 10-year-plan, Ron likes to unwind by surfing.

Sean Mournighan

Manager of Customer Success

Sean is in charge of all educational content for ReadTheory. He hosts webinars, edits passages and blog posts, and is the person at ReadTheory you’re most likely to get an e-mail from. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from FSU and earned a Master’s degree in Teaching from Duke University. He has spent the last decade working in a variety of roles in education: a behavioral therapist for children with autism, the manager of a group home for adults with disabilities, a high school English teacher, and a mentor teacher for elementary ELA teachers. He loves identifying trees and hiking through the forests of North Carolina with his wife, two small children, and his hound dog.

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Oleg Grinchenko

User Experience and Full Stack Developer

Oleg is in charge of making sure ReadTheory looks and feels intuitive for our student and teacher users. He’s an expert full-stack developer and helps ensure that ReadTheory’s many updates flow together seamlessly. He holds degrees in Linguistics and Computer Science and has been with ReadTheory since 2019. He is passionate about his work with ReadTheory and helping to ensure students have the support they need.

Roy Birger

User Experience and Full Stack Developer

Roy has been with ReadTheory since 2020 and is responsible for building and maintaining the front and back end of the site. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a Master’s in Philosophy of Science. He is a firm believer in the power of online and personalized learning and was proud to support students and teachers throughout the global pandemic. Roy spends his work hours in front of a screen, so after logging out for the day, he’ll head out to the nearest trail for a hike.

Kartik Anand

Ad-Operations Manager

Kartik is responsible for all ads that appear on the site. He ensures that all advertisements on ReadTheory are appropriate and optimized for our advertising partners. Kartik holds a B.S. in Computer Science and has been with ReadTheory since early 2021. He believes that interventions like ReadTheory are crucial for young students to ensure that they can reach their full potential. He loves playing badminton and practicing sweet licks on his guitar.

Shawana Iftikhar

Outreach and Administrative Assistant

Shawana manages ReadTheory’s administrative and outreach tasks. She holds a Master’s degree in Media Sciences and has been with ReadTheory since 2019. She believes that it takes courage to support others and is proud of her contributions to ReadTheory. When she’s not gathering data or aiding the team, she enjoys spending time with her two children.

Stacy Donahue

Customer Service and Support

Stacy is ReadTheory’s newest customer service representative. She’s happy to answer any questions about ReadTheory’s program and how to best utilize the website for both teachers and students. Stacy believes access to a quality education is a fundamental right and is excited to be a part of a team that provides reading education worldwide for free. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida State University and has over 15 years of experience in customer service, working for most of that time in Veterinary practices. When not working, Stacy loves to go hiking in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband and their perfect Pit Mix, Lou.

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