The Sparkki Team

Rick Hernandez

Rick Hernandez

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Rick is the lead developer for architecting and designing the online services available with Sparkki. Everything from the mobile application to the cloud services that power your virtual school. Rick's background is in Computer Science and Education. He has worked with The University of Utah, JSecademy, ConexED, and has also founded several other startups.
Zoe Zorka

Zoe Zorka

Chief Strategy Officer
Zoe brings a decade of experience as a business researcher and analyst as well as an educator to Viewly. She has worked for Upside Group Franchise Consulting for over five years as well as participated on several startup teams including Viewly, Buildzoom, and MediaLab. She was an adjunct instructor in North Carolina and has experience teaching adults with diverse learning styles. Zoe holds a PhD in Business Administration.
Julie Sorenson

Julie Sorenson

Instructor Account Manager
Julie has been teaching young children for the past five years and now has transitioned to Sparkki as our Instructor Account Manager. She is the main point of contact for all of our new online educators using Sparkki. Julie has a Master's Degree in Education from The University of Utah and has a deep passion for helping others with learning disabilities.
Saikrishnareddy Pendly

Saikrishnareddy Pendly

Software Engineer
Sai is one of our Software Engineers with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from JNTU in India. Sai is one of our Software Engineers with a focus on MongoDB, Express, JavaScript, Node.js, and .Net using C#. He moved to the United States in 2017 and has had a long standing pation for the sciences since childhood.
anusha-valusa

Anusha Valusa

Software Engineer
Anu is our backend developer with a focus on our information systems using AWS, Jenkins, ART, Bamboo, Big Data, and Maven. She holds a Masters degree in mechanical engineering and Masters degree in information management.
Teresa Chavez

Teresa Chavez

Public Relations Intern
Teresa is the public relations intern here at Sparkki. With 5+ years of experience in international team management and a communications major at UVU. Teresa brings a high level of research and writing skills to the team. Her ability to quantify and draft talking points to our team is unmatched.

Advisory Board


Tim Cooley

Tim Cooley

Advisor
Tim is a seasoned entrepreneur with years of experience helping new companies launch their product and get to market. He enjoys creating games, coming up with new ideas, launching new companies and being of service to those around him. Tim is a key influencer here at Sparkki from helping out with pre-seed capital, product development, to business and financial strategy building.
Joel Smith

Joel Smith

Advisor
Joel Smith serves as an advisor to Sparkki where he is providing a plethora of guidance, mentorship, wisdom, and encouragement to the founding team. Joel's vast experience and his track record speak for them selfs. He's spearheading introductions and making sure Sparkki is executing with integrity, innovation, and commitment to our community.