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.

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Nicole Arrizabalaga

Nicole Arrizabalaga

Andrei Antonyshau

Senior QA Engineer

As our Quality Assurance Engineer, Andrei reviews all of our web products and suggests optimizations. He has experience testing various products, from mobile games to SaaS. Andrei is part of the last generation born in the USSR.

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Andrei Antonyshau

Andrei Antonyshau

Tierney Brannigan

Associate Editor

As Associate Editor, Tierney is committed to shaping our DMV content so users receive the most accurate and understandable information. When she’s not at work, Tierney enjoys hanging out with animals, everything outdoors, and listening to live music. As a San Diego native, she’s always stayed classy.

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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.

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Jesse Decker

Jesse Decker

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.

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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.

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David Gray

David Gray

Dan Greco

Manager of Site Optimization

As Manager of Site Optimization, Dan leads efforts to test and validate ways to continually improve DMV.ORG. Being equal parts creative, strategic, and analytical, he loves bringing ideas to life. Outside the office, Dan enjoys playing golf, guitar and poker. His secret talent is card throwing.

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Dan Greco

Dan Greco

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.

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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.

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Lauren Hannula

Lauren 'Lo' Hannula

Angelo Ilumba

Content Strategist

As a Content Writer for DMV.org, Angelo specializes in the topic of car insurance. He loves taking complex topics and simplifying them for readers. Angelo has an English degree from UC Berkeley and enjoys playing guitar and hockey.

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Angelo Ilumba

Angelo.

Kelli Jensen

Manager of Administration

As DMV.org's Manager of Administration, Kelli supports the team in all its administrative processes and acts as a representative of the company to vendors and visitors. Her extensive experience includes such positions as Executive Assistant and Marketing Manager, both of which require strategic thinking as well as the ability to wear multiple hats. Kelli has lived in four different continents and can do the human pretzel.

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Kelli Jensen

Kelli Jensen

Melissa Kayle

Visitor Support Agent

Melissa brings over 10 years of amazing customer service experience as our DMV.org Visitor Support Agent. 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 at music festivals and spending quality time with her cat, Monkey.

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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.

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Bob Kurilko

Bob Kurilko

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.

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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. Woking 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.

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Catherine Linamen

Catherine Linamen

Kyle Magin

Content Editor

Kyle Magin is a content editor with a passion for writing that's quick, witty, and useful. He loves adding solid content to a well-designed and thought-out website. When not at work, Kyle enjoys sportswriting and spending time in California's National Parks.

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Kyle Magin

Kyle Magin

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.

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Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason

Michael Messner

Senior Director 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Marc O'Bryan

Marc O'Bryan

Ethan Orenstein

I.A. & S.E.O. Specialist

Ethan specializes in content optimization, identifying rank improvement opportunities and developing content strategy. Ethan brings journalism experience and an all-around knowledge of history, motorbikes, and surfing movies.

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Ethan Orenstein

Ethan Orenstein

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 laugh and is always ready to try new things.

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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!

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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.

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Marlon Phlek

Marlon Phlek

Tessa Pier

Accuracy Department Lead

Tessa is responsible for ensuring accuracy on the DMV.org website. She teaches, sculpts, and makes specialty desserts for fun.

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Tessa Pier

Tessa Pier

Celeste Polson

Site Optimization Analyst

As Site Optimization Analyst, 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.

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Celeste Polson

Celeste Polson

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.

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Raj Lahoti

Raj Lahoti

Jeff Sanders

Front End 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.

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Jeff Sanders

Jeff Sanders

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.

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Lance Yamada

Lance Yamada
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