Meet the Team

Neill Seltzer

Chief Executive Officer

Neill started as an SAT and GRE tutor in Hong Kong in 1992. Since then he has run tutoring companies in top markets across the US, trained hundreds of teachers, written test prep books, software, courses, and tests, and consulted for other educational brands. He still tutors GRE students in NYC. Neill also has a Masters of Architecture. He has designed numerous restaurants, ice lounges, and consumer products. When he is not designing or working in tutoring, he is cooking or hanging out with his three kids.

Yiwen Looi

Head of Marketing and Growth

Yiwen grew up in Malaysia, and lived or worked in Singapore, Argentina, Hong Kong, China, Spain and Colombia. She sees her role as the perfect combination of skills from her Swarthmore liberal arts degree, Wharton MBA, prior work at Google and the United Nations, and love for education and technology. She enjoys building relationships with friends and fans of Noodle Pros, and finding new and creative ways to showcase the stellar credentials of the tutors. Outside of work, she's often learning a new language, traveling, or predictably drinking an iced beverage.

Adam Kliegman

Head of Web Product

Adam is a Product Designer driven by an obsessive desire to create online experiences that are both elegant and intuitive. Hailing from New York with a degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Adam combines his interests in human behavior with his passions in art and coding to visualize and develop thoughtful web products for Noodle Pros. When not working/being the team's resident loudmouth, you can find him in the city overdosing on coffee, being sad about imminent failures of the New York Knicks, or hanging out with his cuddly (but bad-breathed) golden retriever, Ralph.

Molly Phelan

Director of Operations

Molly is a Pennsylvania native and a lover of all things writing and language related. After gaining an M.A. in Composition, Language and Rhetoric and tutoring throughout undergraduate and graduate school in University Writing Centers, she transitioned to work in test prep. She enjoys assessing students’ needs and matching them with talented tutors who inspire them to reach their goals. While she’s not working in Operations at Noodle Pros, she’s going to concerts around NYC and pretending she’s an athlete on her intramural kickball league.

Darwin Abella

Head of IT

Darwin serves as Head of IT Operations for Noodle Companies, LLC, and its subsidiaries. Prior to this role, he was the Executive Director of Networking and Telecommunications at The Princeton Review where he led day-to-day operations, management of data and voice networks, data centers, and call centers. Darwin has over fifteen years of experience focused on building and cultivating best-in-class disruptive technology platforms and groundbreaking products. He is passionate about architecting cloud computing environments that are secure, scalable, and cost effective. He enjoys fine wine and food, traveling, music, and pickup basketball games.

Brendan Mernin

Director of Outreach

A star tutor for 27 years, Brendan is or has been a dad, husband, teacher, student, writer, reporter, laborer, bike messenger, hipster, gentrifier, anti-gentrifier, hiker, biker, transit nerd, and traveler. He loves the fun and hard-working team at Noodle Pros, and he especially loves bringing more great and experienced tutors on board. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the writer Regina M. Porter, and their two daughters. These days, he’s into CitiBike, coaching youth soccer, helping improve STEM education with a nonprofit called Math4Science, and serving on the Board at St. Joseph High School in Brooklyn.

Victoria Kehl

Marketing Associate

Victoria grew up in Colorado before moving to Texas to pursue a degree in journalism from Texas Christian University. Victoria’s love of conversations, people, and writing help her build relationships with anyone and everyone who will talk about Noodle Pros. When she isn’t busy working, she is either being dragged down the street by her labrador-mutt 70 pound puppy or watching Netflix while pretending to be active.

Remi Taffin

DevOps Engineer

Remi is responsible for supporting the engineering team to ensure site reliability and seamless code deployments. After several internships in France, Spain, and Australia, he realized there is nothing more frustrating than doing the same tasks again and again. His life goal is to make everybody's life easier by automating any repetitive tasks around him. Remi graduated with a Master's degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from École Centrale de Lille, France. When he's not writing scripts, Remi likes traveling, kickboxing, and cooking to show that the French eat more than baguettes and snails.