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

Ron Johnson

Partnership Director

Lisa Fox

Partner Account Executive

Marc Speed

Sales Operations Director

Colin Ellis

Partner Account Executive

Jeff Biehle

Client Success Partner

Katie Pennington

Client Success Partner

Stacey Martinez

Human Resources Specialist

Jeremiah Smith

Senior Developer

DeVon Rasch

Platform Engineer

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.

Ron Johnson

Partnership Director

Ron has an extensive background in network engineering. He holds multiple certifications in Route, Switch, Collaboration, and Network Design. Previously, he was a Systems Engineer for Cisco Systems serving K-12 and Higher Ed. His passion for solving problems in Higher Ed stems from his own struggles navigating the campus as a first-gen student. He serves as a mentor for the National Society of Black Engineers chapter at UT Dallas.

Lisa Fox

Partner Account Executive

Lisa brings a passion for finding the stories in data to bring people together to solve problems and create opportunities. She believes in building on strengths – as a teacher working with at-risk students and in her business roles in marketing, sales, and client success. Lisa is a dedicated arts patron and spends her free time at local concerts, galleries, and theaters supporting the student and professional artists in her community.

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.

Colin Ellis

Partner Account Executive

Colin has focused his career on technical training in higher education. His work includes serving as campus director and president in Texas to support post secondary student success. Colin is a lifetime Longhorn (a former member of the Longhorn Hellraisers – look them up, I was the E), love to travel especially to visit my family in Cozumel, Mexico and scuba dive.

My professional goal is to serve as many students as possible by making their educational experience better. Over many years in higher ed I’ve learned that education is the key to community improvement and everyone can be educated. I am beyond excited that I have the chance to impact so many institutions and their students through Degree Analytics.

Jeff Biehle

Client Success Partner

I’m an Air Force brat so I’ve lived all over the US, but most of my adult life has been spent in Texas (30 years, Austin and Houston), with 8 years in California and a 2-year stint in Munich (Prost!). I currently live “West of Weird” in Dripping Springs, TX with my wife Lisa and our two dogs, Catcher and Beemer. I have two kids, Olivia and Blake, who also live in the Austin area. If I’m not mountain biking, reading, walking, gaming, playing piano, eating ice cream or fidgeting with countless items on my desk, you can usually find me out by the pool drinking beer.

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.

Stacey Martinez

Human Resources Specialist

Stacey is a Texas native who grew up in south Texas, but has spent most of her adult life either in San Antonio or Austin. She lives in Hutto, Texas with Joseph-her husband, 2 daughters Samantha-20 and Sydney-14 and 2 dogs Lloyd and Mia. Her step-daughter Olivia-20 lives in Indiana but spends all of her free time in Texas. She loves to read, garden, watch cooking shows and spend time outside, when the weather permits. Stacey has worked various roles in Higher Education and now merges that knowledge with her HR expertise.

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.

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.

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).