Meet the team

 
Erik Neighbour   Founder, Business Lead   Experience   Experience leading large IT transformations at financial institutions  Product manager for redesign of large government agency's career page  U. of Virginia, BS Commerce; Finance and Accounting   Personal   Growing up, Erik lived in six different countries on three different continents. Through his life experiences, Erik developed a passion for design and a desire to help people. Through friends asking for his advice on personal finance topics, Erik started thinking about how we should teach children about finance differently. When he isn’t obsessing over Guardian Savings, Erik enjoys soccer and spending time with friends. Erik currently lives in Washington, DC.

Erik Neighbour

Founder, Business Lead

Experience

Experience leading large IT transformations at financial institutions

Product manager for redesign of large government agency's career page

U. of Virginia, BS Commerce; Finance and Accounting

Personal

Growing up, Erik lived in six different countries on three different continents. Through his life experiences, Erik developed a passion for design and a desire to help people. Through friends asking for his advice on personal finance topics, Erik started thinking about how we should teach children about finance differently. When he isn’t obsessing over Guardian Savings, Erik enjoys soccer and spending time with friends. Erik currently lives in Washington, DC.

 
 
Austin Fry   Founder, Technical Lead   Experience   Programmer in US Air Force  Software Engineer at ManTech Int.  Technical lead for social nightlife app  U. of Virginia, BS Computer Science  Georgia Tech MS Computer Science   Personal   Austin grew up in Richmond, Virginia where he went to the Math and Science high school at Clover Hill. In college, he joined Air Force ROTC and earned a commission in the US Air Force. After developing his initial interest in programming at UVA, most of his life now revolves around computers and he has started several different software ventures since graduation. When he isn't in front of a computer screen, he enjoys playing soccer and cooking. Austin currently lives in Washington, DC.

Austin Fry

Founder, Technical Lead

Experience

Programmer in US Air Force

Software Engineer at ManTech Int.

Technical lead for social nightlife app

U. of Virginia, BS Computer Science

Georgia Tech MS Computer Science

Personal

Austin grew up in Richmond, Virginia where he went to the Math and Science high school at Clover Hill. In college, he joined Air Force ROTC and earned a commission in the US Air Force. After developing his initial interest in programming at UVA, most of his life now revolves around computers and he has started several different software ventures since graduation. When he isn't in front of a computer screen, he enjoys playing soccer and cooking. Austin currently lives in Washington, DC.

Meredith Gallo   Marketing and Content Strategy   Experience   Experience building and executing sales campaigns at Oracle  Three years in the SaaS technology space  U. of Virginia, BA History and Global Studies  Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, MSJ (ongoing)   Personal   Meredith grew up in the Middle East, East Africa and the DC suburbs. Always passionate about learning, Meredith followed her interests in diverse cultures and international relations to the University of Virginia. After graduating she tried her hand at software sales which spurred her interest in marketing and content strategy. She is now enrolled at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where she will learn more about the intersection between media and tech. She is looking forward to putting her new skills to work at Guardian Savings and help us connect with more families!

Meredith Gallo

Marketing and Content Strategy

Experience

Experience building and executing sales campaigns at Oracle

Three years in the SaaS technology space

U. of Virginia, BA History and Global Studies

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, MSJ (ongoing)

Personal

Meredith grew up in the Middle East, East Africa and the DC suburbs. Always passionate about learning, Meredith followed her interests in diverse cultures and international relations to the University of Virginia. After graduating she tried her hand at software sales which spurred her interest in marketing and content strategy. She is now enrolled at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University where she will learn more about the intersection between media and tech. She is looking forward to putting her new skills to work at Guardian Savings and help us connect with more families!

Alexis Aronson   Product Adviser   Experience   Elementary school teacher , pre-K through 3  U. of Dayton, Education   Personal   Alexis is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has known that she wanted to be a teacher since she was in the second grade. She pursued her passion for education and has fulfilled her dream of having her own classroom. Alexis feels strongly about data driven teaching and enabling learning through technology, so naturally has been a proponent with Guardian Savings since day 1. In her free time, Alexis enjoys cooking and spending time with family. Alexis lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Alexis Aronson

Product Adviser

Experience

Elementary school teacher , pre-K through 3

U. of Dayton, Education

Personal

Alexis is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has known that she wanted to be a teacher since she was in the second grade. She pursued her passion for education and has fulfilled her dream of having her own classroom. Alexis feels strongly about data driven teaching and enabling learning through technology, so naturally has been a proponent with Guardian Savings since day 1. In her free time, Alexis enjoys cooking and spending time with family. Alexis lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Douglass Reale   Product Adviser   Experience  Product Manager @ The Motley Fool  10+ years of digital marketing and ecommerce  George Mason University, MBA, June 2019 completion   Personal   Doug grew up in South Jersey and is rabid Philly sports fan. Doug embraces user-centered design principles to build engaging content and learning experiences. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, making pies, and obsessively re-watching Star Wars movies. Doug is fanatical about his personal finance spreadsheets and wants everyone to love saving and practicing responsible spending habits as much as he does.

Douglass Reale

Product Adviser

Experience
Product Manager @ The Motley Fool

10+ years of digital marketing and ecommerce

George Mason University, MBA, June 2019 completion

Personal

Doug grew up in South Jersey and is rabid Philly sports fan. Doug embraces user-centered design principles to build engaging content and learning experiences. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, making pies, and obsessively re-watching Star Wars movies. Doug is fanatical about his personal finance spreadsheets and wants everyone to love saving and practicing responsible spending habits as much as he does.

 
 

Want to Get Involved?

If you like what we are doing and would like to join the team get in touch with us at support@guardiansavings.org. We are looking to expand our team with talented individuals and advisers that care about helping children and have experience in the following domains:

  • JS React Development: Augment the existing development team in building features that enhance children’s financial literacy and development of positive financial habits.

  • Designing User Experience: Provide UI/UX support for the various app interfaces to make them more intuitive, while also nudging users to positive behavior outcomes.

  • Creating Marketing Strategies: Enhance our marketing strategy, create plans to maximize depth of impact, and execute marketing campaigns when we do a full launch.

  • Pilot Testing: Recruit families to join the pilot, lead family interviews, and gather valuable feedback on app usage.

  • Education: Co-design user interfaces and user experience, design games that meet our educational goals, and refine the overall education objectives/curriculum of the program. Additionally refine educational success metrics to measure the social impact the app has.

  • Foundation Fundraising: Seek funding from grants/foundations/VC.