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Welcome Rafi, Tanya, Chris, Zack, and Mia

Posted in Knerds on September 16, 2013 by

L-R: Rafi, Zack, Mia, Tanya, and Chris

Five new Knerds joined the Knewton team last month.

Software engineer Rafi Shamim is a New Jersey native and recent grad of Princeton University. His hobbies include soccer, ultimate frisbee, upgrading his computer, reading, coding puzzles, Civilization V, Crusader Kings II, and European-style board games. His favorite website is You can find Rafi at or on Twitter @rafiss.

Tanya Roth joins Knewton as the Human Resources Manager. Originally from Mountain Lakes, NJ, she graduated from Bucknell and Columbia Teacher’s College. Her favorite movie is Through a Glass Darkly and her favorite book is Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence. Tanya enjoys cooking and baking in her free time.

After working on growth hacking and user acquisition for several startups, Chris Rodriguez joined Knewton as the Growth Marketing Manager. Chris is originally from New York City and graduated from the University of Virginia. He’s a big NYC sports fan, and his favorite book is The Secret. Find Chris on Twitter @Chris_Excel and at his website,

Before coming to Knewton, Zack Nichols — a Data Analyst on the Analytics team — was studying the neuroscience of the visual system at the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences. Originally from South Carolina, Zack also studied at the University of South Carolina. His favorite author is Borges, and his favorite Wikipedia page is about Setun. Zack’s high school class voted him “Best Hair.”

Mia Chubarova joins Knewton as a Designer on the Marketing team. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Mia moved to Youngstown, Ohio in 1994. She graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and previously worked as a design intern at Carbone Smolan Agency in NYC. In her free time, Mia likes online window shopping for fancy sheets and going to see movies with crazy graphics and loud noises.