Our Team

At DMV.ORG, we know our success is dependent upon the collective abilities of every team member. Think of a symphony - as a listener, it may sound effortlessly beautiful, but in reality it is a product of the combined talents and efforts of each musician working together. At DMV.ORG, we see our company as an art that we create daily with the unique skills and talents of every employee.

Passionate, talented, intelligent, and authentic, we love to work and play together every day. From dancers to surfers, runners to unicyclists, each of us brings a different card to the table - creating an unbeatable hand.

Click on any of the images below to learn more about each of our rock stars. And if you'd like to join our team, head on over to our Careers page!

The Team

Nicole Arrizabalaga

Account Executive-Digital

As Digital Account Executive for DMV.ORG, Nicole brings 10 years of passion for forging partnerships that drive a thriving business. She loves helping connect media buyers with DMV.ORG's spectacular audience, which in turn drives ROI for positive results. A mom to two bright, beautiful toddlers, Nicole enjoys spending time with her family at the beach and community parks, and can be found dancing to tribal tunes when the mood strikes.

Nicole Arrizabalaga

Nicole Arrizabalaga

Tierney Brannigan

Digital Marketing Strategist

As Digital Marketing Strategist, Tierney uses her passion for people and products to create new opportunities to engage and interact with DMV.ORG’s visitors. When she’s not at work, Tierney enjoys hanging out with animals, everything outdoors, sampling exotic cheeses, and listening to live music.

Tierney Brannigan

Shane 'The Godfather' Hale

Jesse Decker

Senior Software Engineer

Jesse is a full-stack developer with over 10 years of web experience and 5 years experience in digital product development. He has managed SMB- and Enterprise-level product lifecycles, up-leveling their technical processes. Jesse loves riding his motorcycle and dancing West Coast Swing.

Jesse Decker

Jesse Decker

Jennifer Fox

Front End Designer

As a Front-End Designer, Jennifer uses her talents and passion for beautiful, functional design to create seamless interactions and intuitive interfaces for DMV.ORG’s users. From initial design all the way through final testing, she’s involved in every aspect of the site’s front end, including ad media, forms, widgets, interactive pages, and more. When not in design mode, Jen enjoys brewing beer with her husband—including conducting beer and cheese pairings. A Wisconsin transplant, you can find Jennifer running the coastal streets of San Diego, traveling the world, and spending time outdoors.

Jennifer Fox

Jennifer Fox

Stella Galovich

Accountant

Stella is our accountant and "master of all things finance." She closely monitors our accounts and records and is admired for her unparalleled organizational skills and dependability. She has a great sense of humor and phenomenal dancing skills.

Stella Galovich

Stella Galovich

David Gray

VP of Technology

David leads our technology charge with a laser focus on what's best for the company in the long run. He is passionate about building everything from teams to business processes and loves “all things website." In his free time, David enjoys making everything from home brews to tree houses.

David Gray

David Gray

Shane Hale

Director of Product
and UX

Having been with the company for over 6 years, Shane has worked on nearly every aspect of the site, earning him the title "The Godfather." He creates website projects and optimization tests and believes that the right advertisement in front of the right user brings both revenue and great UX.

Shane Hale

Shane 'The Godfather' Hale

Lauren Hannula

Content Project Manager

Lauren oversees the workflow of DMV.ORG's Content Team, assigning and tracking projects, editing, and collaborating with the Director of Content and other team members on content strategy. Lauren is a self-described "professional hockey fan" and knitting enthusiast.

Lauren Hannula

Lauren 'Lo' Hannula

Maria Hernandez

Product Manager for Web

As Product Manager for Web, Maria Hernandez focuses on creating a seamless experience for visitors to DMV.ORG’s other owned and operated properties. With her passion for constant improvement and deep care for our users, she identifies opportunities to create and uplevel online solutions and interactions. In her free time, Maria enjoys going to the dog beach with her Yorkie mix Bentley, sampling wine from around the world, and pairing said wine with food and cheese. She also enjoys working out and hiking.

Maria Hernandez

Maria Hernandez

Adam Hirschberg

Director of Display Advertising

As Director of Display Advertising, Adam leads the efforts managing DMV.ORG’s Ad Operation and Account Executive departments. With 10+ years of experience in the digital landscape, he’s held various roles in different sectors of the industry. When not geeking out over ad tech or playing with his two dogs, Adam spends his time boxing, producing music, and enjoying everything the California weather has to offer—a welcome change for the native Bostonian.

Adam Hirschberg

Adam Hirschberg

Melissa Kayle

Customer Care Manager

Melissa brings over 10 years of amazing customer service experience as our DMV.ORG Customer Care Manager. She believes in empathizing with visitors and seeking all ways to help guide them in the best direction with any DMV-related task. Her goal is to save each and every visitor a trip to the DMV! In her free time, Melissa enjoys dancing the night away, and going to music festivals.

Melissa Kayle

Melissa Kayle

Bob Kurilko

President & COO

Bob is a seasoned executive and brings over 28 years of experience to DMV.ORG. He has a passion for growing businesses with a focus on sustained revenue and cash-flow growth. Bob is a self-described "big kid" and enjoys numerous hobbies such as playing multiple sports and riding his motorcycle.

Bob Kurilko

Bob Kurilko

Raj Lahoti

CEO

As CEO of DMV.ORG, Raj is the momentum behind the company. His high-energy approach sets the company's fast-paced direction toward optimal user experience. With nearly 20 years of online experience, Raj began running his first website at 14 years old and brings his insight to the daily operations and overall strategy of the business. Raj's focus on nurturing company culture creates a healthy, fun, and creative workplace where the team can thrive and reach their best potential.

Raj Lahoti

Raj Lahoti

Jeff Lerner

Head of Marketing

As Head of Marketing, Jeff brings 15 years of digital marketing and branding experience to the DMV.ORG team. He oversees marketing and public relations, while simultaneously trying to answer the question, "Who are we as a company?" Born and raised in NY, Jeff has strong opinions about what makes for a great slice of pizza.

Jeff Lerner

Jeff Lerner

Catherine Linamen

HR Talent Director

With over 15 years of experience in all aspects of Human Resources, Catherine is passionate about using her role as HR Talent Director to help DMV.ORG cultivate and preserve the very special and unique culture here. Working closely with the leadership teams, Catherine helps build and nourish the team of rock stars that push the company to its next level and beyond. In her spare time, you'll find her cruising the coast on her motorcycle or dancing the night away.

Catherine Linamen

Catherine Linamen

Andrew Mason

Partner Manager

Andrew onboards new partners for DMV.ORG and actively seeks opportunities for optimization and product expansion. Andrew brings experience from the largest online driver education and traffic school in the industry, where he managed a multi-million dollar affiliate program. Andrew loves singing to his teammates and visiting Disneyland.

Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason

Danielle Mauldin

Web Content Writer

As a Web Content Writer for DMV.ORG, Danielle puts her talent for engaging, accessible writing to good use, creating content that quickly and easily guides our users through their DMV experience. A busy driver herself, she knows the importance of accurate, easy-to-understand information, and makes it her focus to give our users the info they need so they can get back on the roads. When not singing along to Drake at the Warehome, Danielle takes full advantage of the California lifestyle by spending time at the beach, practicing yoga, and going to as many live music events as possible.

Danielle Mauldin

Danielle Mauldin

Michael Messner

Head of Business Development

Michael has held leadership roles in digital marketing and sales for startups and Fortune 500 software companies. He oversees business development for DMV.ORG, including partner management, display advertising, new business development, and site optimization. When not driving growth for DMV.ORG, Michael is exploring a new hobby every two weeks, from origami to electronics.

Michael Messner

Michael Messner

Mike McCallum

Front End Developer

Mike McCallum monitors web traffic, builds partner ads, and runs conversion optimization tests. He's a prior service member with a TS/SCI clearance, and a former EMT. He enjoys hiking, video games, and making spontaneous plans.

Mike McCallum

Mike McCallum

Nick Musica

Director of Content & SEO

Nick directs the SEO efforts of our website and is passionate about continually working to improve traffic, revenue, and user experience. Nick is a former adjunct professor at NYU and the co-author of When Search Meets Web Usability. He loves surfing, yoga, and his cats.

Nick Musica

Nick Musica

Marc O'Bryan

Insurance Partner Manager

As Insurance Partner Manager, Marc is committed to ensuring that all new and current partners are set up for success in their relationship with DMV.ORG. Marc brings prior experience in partner management from his work at various startups in the Bay Area. In his free time, Marc enjoys bouldering and updating his Seinfeld blog.

Marc O'Bryan

Marc O'Bryan

Anise Owen

Recruitment Engagement Specialist

With 8 years of experience in all things recruiting, Anise loves playing matchmaker for DMV.ORG. As Recruitment Engagement Specialist, she brings awesome talent and personalities together at the Warehome, seeking out top candidates who are a strong fit to add their skills and charisma to our all-star team. When she’s not building out the DMV.ORG squad, Anise loves adventuring around San Diego with her daughter (AKA Mini-Me), cooking, visiting breweries, and hiking off the beaten path with her mutts, Ellie Moo and Willie Nelson.

Anise Owen

Anise Owen

Sohil Patel

Product Manager for Web Applications

As Product Manager for web applications, Sohil Patel focuses on creating a seamless user experience for DMV.ORG’s visitors. He’s driven by a passion for understanding customer needs and identifying opportunities to create and continually improve online solutions. Sohil is a San Diego craft beer enthusiast who loves to make people laugh and is always ready to try new things.

Sohil Patel

Sohil Patel

Jennifer Pavin

Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst

Jennifer analyzes all aspects of DMV.ORG's data, from web analytics to creating models and self-service dashboards. She loves to "tell the story" found in the data, and has many years of data analysis experience at online software, beverage, and apparel companies, plus corporate litigation consulting. She is an enthusiastic USC football fan—Fight On!

Jennifer Pavin

Jennifer Pavin

Marlon Phlek

Ad Operations Manager

As the Manager of Ad Operations for DMV.ORG, Marlon Phlek is responsible for developing and growing display advertising on the website. Marlon's 7+ years of experience in ad operations includes working with larger brands in the automotive, endurance and action sports industries. Marlon is passionate about music and composes for commercial purposes when he's not playing live with his band.

Marlon Phlek

Marlon Phlek

Celeste Polson

Site Optimization Manager

As Site Optimization Manager, Celeste relishes helping the team gain important and meaningful optics into DMV.ORG’s site activity and testing process. When not catching some rays at one of San Diego’s stellar beaches, she can be found playing board games, exploring local breweries, and entertaining her Warehomies with fun trivia.

Celeste Polson

Celeste Polson

Jeff Sanders

Lead UX Designer

As a Front-End Designer, Jeff Sanders brings a zest for beautiful, functional design to the DMV.ORG team. He can be found building partner ads, testing for conversion optimization, and contributing his unique creative perspective to various parts of the website. In his free time, Jeff loves hanging out in the California sunshine with his growing family.

Jeff Sanders

Jeff Sanders

Roberto Vargas

Facilities Assistant

As DMV.ORG’s Facilities Assistant, Roberto uses his background in facilities management and coordination to keep the Warehome running smoothly behind the scenes. He puts deep effort and care into the team’s well-being so that they can focus on upleveling the DMV experience. When not at work, Roberto enjoys biking with his son, performing community outreach with his church, and volunteering at a variety of local organizations around San Diego.

Roberto Vargas

Roberto Vargas

Michael Wicker

Partner Manager

After years in auto remarketing, Michael had a vision: the future would be digital, optimized, and AI-driven—and he had to be a part of it. Fast forward to the future (i.e., now), and you’ll find him on our Business Development team as a Partner Manager, cultivating existing relationships and looking for new opportunities on the horizon. Michael's off-the-clock passions are beach days, cruising on his skateboard, and growth hacking.

Michael Wicker

Michael Wicker

Ben Witkins

Conversion Strategist

As Conversion Strategist, Ben brainstorms and develops the design requirements that help consistently uplevel DMV.ORG. With an eye for detail and a drive for constant iteration, his focus helps elevate the company’s user experience and bottom line. Outside the office, Ben enjoys traveling, live music—including singing karaoke and playing guitar—stand-up comedy, and playing golf. A recent Midwestern transplant, he’s loving the amazing new adventures that come with living on the West Coast.

Ben Witkins

Ben Witkins

Lance Yamada

Software Engineer

Bringing experience from Oracle, UCSD, and Levementum, Lance is passionate about bringing new technology to DMV.ORG and implementing the ideas of his fellow team members. When he's not having spirited discussions about code, you can find him carving the streets on his motorcycle.

Lance Yamada

Lance Yamada
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