Our Company

Hello, (We’re) Mongoose

We’re a team of higher ed enthusiasts who live and breathe our values. (There’s just something about integrity, in the “whole” sense, that unlocks potential.) Yes, that means this is a pretty great place to work. But maybe more importantly, it means you know what you’re getting by partnering with us.

What are those Values?

We’re glad you asked! At Mongoose, we are:

a·dapt·a·ble (adj.): able to adjust readily to different conditions
We learn, we grow, we change, we evolve, we get better. At Mongoose, change isn’t something we avoid or cower in front of; rather, we know that the only way we’ll realize our vision of a world where higher education is accessible to everyone, regardless of background, age, ability, or socioeconomic status, is by being open to change.  

re·mark·a·ble (adj.): unusual or surprising in way that causes people to take notice
We are intellectually secure, which means we listen to learn (rather than listen to answer), and we show up with integrity (i.e., as our full selves) in every interaction. From our technical acumen to our experience working with institutions of all types and sizes, we bring a lot to the conversation. But before we start solutioning, we take the time to understand what makes your situation unique and what success looks like for you, your institution, your students, and all of your other stakeholders, too. 

We know that the chance to hear diverse perspectives makes the world a better place, period. We believe that higher education is key to ensuring those perspectives are heard. That’s why we center our work around using technology to foster belonging, and we aim to hire people who have a unique view to contribute (We’re not perfect but we are holding ourselves accountable!). Most importantly, we respect and create space for those unique perspectives in every conversation.

ac·count·a·ble (adj.): responsible and answerable for what we do
We create opportunities for higher education to provide delightful experiences, conversations, and outcomes for all people. To do this, we have to hold ourselves accountable. When we make commitments, we keep them. When we give you our word, we stand by it. We fulfill our promises, and we recognize the impact of our actions, whether short- or long-term.

em·pa·thet·ic (adj.): able to understand and share the feelings of another
We’ve worked on campus, teaching or leading in different capacities but always serving students (whether prospective, current, or past!). Most of us have been students ourselves — and many first-generation students at that! — and/or parents of students as well. With this experience, we bring a firsthand understanding of your challenges, and we use it to balance automation and human connection, creating products and offering services that drive outcomes across your campus.

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Meet Our Team

Dave Marshall
Dave Marshall

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who is more passionate about higher education communication than Dave. His desire to create out-of-the-box solutions while employing an under-the-radar approach is evident in Mongoose’s innovative and intuitive software.

Phil Lunas
Philip Lunas

Phil looks into the future, analyzes all sorts of information, and empowers data-driven decision-making at Mongoose. He brings a 20+ year track record of helping companies scale efficiently and responsibly. Inspired by his father, who championed education and lifelong learning, he’s dedicated to promoting the same in his personal and professional endeavors.

Andrew Veatch

Andrew is responsible for technology and product architecture at Mongoose, and couldn’t be more excited to be helping institutions optimize their communication. He has spent nearly his entire career in higher education technology.

Laura Nicole Miller

Motivated by her own experience as a FirstGen college student, Laura is dedicated to leveraging tech to make higher ed more accessible, affordable, and impactful. She’s led Marketing teams at large and small EdTech companies, and she taps that experience at Mongoose, leading our Marketing team to make more messages count.

Leslie Skwara

While the financial responsibilities of the company lie in Leslie’s hands (no pressure), her role with the company cannot be restrained by a mere bio. Think “lifeblood.” From operations and accounting to contracts and Client Love, Leslie is holding the reins of a rocket ship heading to the moon. And, she does it all while basking in our gratitude and admiration.

Nikki Matuszek

Nikki has spent the past 13 years of her career dedicated to Ed-Tech in both Higher Ed and K12. Prior to joining Mongoose, Nikki led sales and customer success teams at Hobsons, PowerSchool, D2L, and BookNook. As a former First-Gen college student, she is deeply focused on empowering student access to higher education while supporting institutional goals for clients

Matt Baker

Matt’s passion for innovation led him across several industries to higher ed tech, where he has dedicated the past 9 years to leading product teams pioneering data, communication, and CRM market solutions. Inspired by his speech therapist wife, Matt believes in the potential of ethical, thoughtful AI/ML to transform educational and product accessibility.