Focus Drives Innovation

Degree Analytics Thought Leaders

Meet our innovative thinkers, idea makers and education specialists who share a passion for the future of education.

Aaron Benz

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Dr. David Palumbo

Chairman & Chief Academic Officer

Alicia Densford

Chief Operations Officer

Ann Henson

Vice President - Client Success

Katie Pennington

Client Success Partner

Marc Speed

Sales Operations Director

Todd Hoffman

Client Success Partner

DeVon Rasch

Platform Engineer

Jeremiah Smith

Senior Developer

John McGrath

Software Engineer

Aaron Benz

Founder & CEO

Aaron has been a creator all his life.  He has built student mobile apps, designed Big Data systems to support millions of sensors, and mentored young data scientists and developers to do the same.  In his free time, Aaron enjoys training dogs and competing with them. He is also a member of the Eastern Athletics Hall of Honor.

Dr. David Palumbo

Chairman & CAO

Dr. Palumbo has had a profound impact on the way students today consume digital learning.  He began his career in higher-ed as a tenured professor, an ACE Fellow, and an administrator; he has also led companies that delivered some of the most widely adopted learning technologies in the world.  In his free time, he enjoys raising and breeding champion German Shorthaired Pointers, fishing, and keeping the team well fed with homemade Texas Barbecue.

Alicia Densford

Chief Operations Officer

Alicia serves as Chief Operations Officer overseeing general functions across the organization. Prior to joining Degree Analytics, she was founder and CEO of Leading Edge Consulting providing education leadership and development support. Alicia has 20 years of experience in education, consulting and strategic planning. In her spare time, she can be found on the golf course, attending Memphis Tigers sporting events, or walking her dog across town. 

Ann Henson

Vice President - Client Success

Ann has over 30 years of diverse experience in educational technology serving in leadership capacity over Client Success, Product Development, Sales Operations, Strategic Account Sales and Professional Development.  Starting out as a math and computer science teacher, Ann has a passion for helping underserved students reach their potential.  Outside of work she is honing her carpentry skills and spoiling her five grandchildren as well as her two adopted Great Danes.

Katie Pennington

Client Success Partner

Katie has dedicated her career to education and is passionate about helping improve Higher Ed. She has spent her career utilizing data to improve education, and she has first-hand knowledge of the value add of having a data-driven view of student success from her time in K12. Previously, she worked with Customer Relations at Southwest Airlines prior to moving into the education landscape. In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling and hiking.

Marc Speed

Sales Operations Director

Marc has spent his career using data to drive strategic and financial decision making in manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and now higher education. Marc believes every student has the capability to be successful – all they need is a little support in the right places at the right time. Marc was a collegiate athlete on the Centre College football and track & field teams. He is a serial DIY-er, entrepreneur, and amateur competitive sport shooter, and outdoorsman. On the weekends he can be found in a field with his dog, competing at the range, or on his standup paddle board on the lake.

Todd Hoffman

Client Success Partner

After graduating from West Chester University Todd started his career as a middle school teacher in the Washington DC area. He later joined CompassLearning traveling throughout the country supporting the implementation and use of educational technology in K-12 schools. In 2011, Todd, was an IT Director at a new charter school in the city of Pittsburgh where he remained until 2018 to start his own data analytics company called Mend the Gap. He also worked in the hospitality industry as IT Director for Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh.

DeVon Rasch

Platform Engineer

I am a Mathematician who enjoys a great game of chess. Some of my hobbies are playing golf, gardening, and barbecuing.

Jeremiah Smith

Senior Developer

Jeremiah’s father was in the navy so he moved around the states quite a bit. He worked in construction for 10 years as an electrician and  hvac tech. He taught himself how to code and when he moved to Austin, his brother in law got me an internship at Phunware as a qa tech. Jeremiah quickly turned his internship into a full time position. While at Phunware he became one of their top developers working on national brands like E! Entertainment and McDonalds. He even wrote an app and got an Editor’s choice from Apple. He went on to work for MapMyFitness who were later bought out by Under Armour. He also helped design a framework to integrate Under Armour’s first gen wearables. Jeremiah moonlighted on the side working with Aaron to implement Zync Up.And now we are here.

John McGrath

Software Engineer

My name is John and I am a backend software engineers at Degree Analytics. I’ve been working in technology for the past 12 years with my first job being in the US Army. Working with technology is a big passion in my life; however. with my time off, I like  playing guitar and video games. I am also a proud father of two fur children, one named butters(orange cat) and meows (gray cat).