Our story so far...

Securly was founded in 2013 with a single intention: to keep kids safe online. Securly develops solutions that keep kids safe & engaged online, at school, and at home. From tools that help adults create a kid-friendlier Internet, to an AI that recognizes signs of bullying and even intuits risks of self-harm, Securly breaks new ground and innovates to meet modern problems head-on. For every child that we empower to stand strong, for each kid that chooses hope over hopelessness, Securly is motivated to continue forging ahead.

Leadership Team


Vinay Mahadik


Vinay’s career is deeply rooted in technology and scaling operations. From a security research intern position at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and experience as a vulnerability engineer at Qualys, to later running multiple product lines and research teams in areas including botnet research and application firewalls as a senior R&D manager at McAfee, Vinay brings decades of experience in both engineering and business operations management. Vinay's leadership style incorporates a high level of empathy, ability to triage effectively, dexterity in toggling effortlessly between a bird’s eye and detailed view, decision-making prowess in the absence of perfect information, the ability to reduce complex systems down to their fundamental components, and a deep dedication to Securly’s core mission. Vinay is listed as a primary inventor on several patents and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Bharath Madhusudan


As one of Securly's co-founders, Bharath wrote the first version of the company's core filtering engine and led the sales team that sold the first 200 accounts. He wore many hats as the company grew, including serving as Securly's first sales engineer, customer success manager, demand generation marketer, and renewals manager, and built and scaled the company's support and marketing teams. Bharath has a Masters in Computer Science from Washington University at St Louis and over a decade of enterprise security and engineering experience including an Architect level role at Huawei-Symantec. As Securly's Chief Revenue Officer he seeks to marry his engineering mindset with his operational experience in sales and marketing to help the company achieve the next level of scale.

Nikita Chikate


As co-founder and Chief Design Officer, Nikita has been responsible for Securly’s design and branding from the company’s inception and has touched every single pixel the company has put forth, including company logo, business cards, product UI, and much more. Nikita drives design thought leadership and execution throughout the company and manages customer experience for more than 8 products in Securly’s B2B and B2C portfolio. Prior to Securly, Nikita served as Product Designer at Citrix Systems, where she led the visual redesign of the company’s entire Intranet portal, used by more than 9,000 employees worldwide, and won the 2014 Design for Experience Award for her design.
Outside of design, dance is Nikita’s second passion. She is a certified Bollywood Cardio instructor, and teaches classes in her free time.
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Anders Johnsson

SVP of Global Sales/Co-Founder of Charlotte Operations

Anders has spent the past two decades leading companies in sales and customer support and providing technology solutions to the education market. Anders drives a motivational culture through personal coaching and investing in relationships, both with employees and customers. Anders co-founded an education-focused web filtering company in 2004 and led the sales and support teams as the company expanded. He served as VP of Sales for a UK-based web filtering company and propelled his sales team to achieve 300% growth in 15 months in the US market. He has a passion for driving excellence in organizations to meet the specific needs of K-12 administrators. Anders has consulted for start-ups and joined Securly in 2014 as VP of Sales to build the sales team and the company’s growth strategy from the ground up. Anders is also a commercial multi-engine rated pilot and was one of the youngest at the time to achieve Cisco CCNA certification.
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Luis Curet

SVP of Sales Operations

Luis comes to Securly with over 15 years of executive experience in cybersecurity, as well as 7 years of experience working with SaaS companies. With his background in sales, marketing, and operations, Luis is working with Securly to achieve aggressive growth goals and scale the company’s sales operations. Before joining Securly, Luis served as Senior Vice President of the Americas at M86 Security, a market leader in the K-12 web filtering sector, prior to their acquisition by Trustwave. Luis also served as a Senior Vice President at Rainbow Technologies, where one of their business units specialized in the development of Special Education software solutions for several of the largest K-12 school districts in the United States. Luis began his career at IBM as an engineer before transitioning into marketing and sales. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and attended an executive education program in finance from the Wharton School of Business.
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Rich Watson

SVP of Customer Success

As the son of two educators, Rich has spent his career helping school districts scale personalized instruction and transition to digital curriculum. Prior to joining Securly, Rich was Vice President & General Manager of the classroom business at Follett Corporation and was Regional Vice President of strategic accounts at Amplify Education. Rich has built organizations from the ground up and managed international sales, marketing, product management, operations, and strategy teams. He has a track record of delivering exponential revenue growth in new products and creating exceptional customer relationships.

AJ Tedesco

VP of Channel

AJ is a channel veteran with over twenty years of experience in IT sales and channel management, and has spent the past ten years driving channel sales in the cybersecurity space. AJ joined Securly to scale the company’s sales and customer engagement through channel partners. Prior to joining Securly, AJ has had consistent success growing channel sales by 100% YoY at web filtering and K-12 focused companies, including M86 Security and Aerohive. He has a history of building long-term, successful partnerships with VARs and DMRs and is doing the same at Securly.
Scott Cohn

Scott Cohn

SVP of Finance

Scott comes to Securly with more than 14 years of industry and public accounting experience. Having previously served as Senior Vice President of Finance at DynamicAction, a prescriptive analytics solution built for retail, and as Vice President of Finance for Revel System, an iPad-based point of sale solution, Scott is no stranger to hyper-growth startups that have found product market fit. At Securly, Scott holds responsibility over all accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, treasury, risk, and tax activities of the company. Scott began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Audit and Assurance practice, and is an Active Certified Public Accountant in the state of California. Scott graduated from Santa Clara University in 2006.

Neeraj Thakar

SVP of Engineering - India/Co-Founder of India Operations

Neeraj laid the foundation for Securly’s India R&D center and along with Alpana, VP of India Operations, has built a robust and scalable product development operation for the company over the years. A Network Security veteran and threat detection expert, Neeraj has over 15 years of experience in the Enterprise Network Security domain. He is the primary inventor on two patents and has designed malware research infrastructure and security visualization tools. Neeraj has spent his career building threat research teams dealing with complex solutions for malware, reverse engineering, and network security. He shares his technology knowledge through security blogs and online media.

Alpana Thakar

VP of Operations - India/Co-Founder of India Operations

Alpana is a co-founder of Securly’s Pune office and one of the driving forces behind the success of the Securly’s R&D operations. Alpana has 15 years of experience in technical, managerial and research roles and laid the groundwork as the Pune office’s first Director of Program Management. Currently, Alpana oversees engineering, HR, office, and people operations in the India office. When not working, Alpana enjoys volunteering and spending time with her two adorable kids.
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Andy Hethcote

VP of Support and 24

Andy is a global leader with over two decades of experience building and leading support teams around the world. Having held leadership roles in high tech powerhouse companies Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, Nutanix, and Toshiba, Andy brings a customer-first leadership style that is key to his success in leading successful 24x7 support centers. His experience and leadership create organizations that ensure high quality customer support experiences. Andy has lived and worked in India, Singapore, and Amsterdam building and reshaping customer support organizations, fostering global thinking and driving innovation in every team he leads.
Michael Jolley

Michael Jolley

GM, Securly HQ- East/Director, K-12 Safety Operations

Mike is an award-winning principal from North Carolina who joined Securly to champion student safety initiatives and drive adoption of SecurlyHome, the K-12 industry’s first parent engagement solution. As a school leader with extensive first-hand experience managing incidents of student cyberbullying, threats of violence, and self-harm, Mike brings the experience and passion necessary to guide school districts on their journey to enhanced student safety using the latest advanced technologies. Additionally, Mike serves as General Manager of Securly’s rapidly expanding eastern headquarters in Charlotte, NC.
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Jarrett Volzer

GM, MDM and Classroom Technologies

Jarrett is an entrepreneur and leader with over twenty-five years of experience in EdTech. He began his career in the 1990s working under IBM’s educational division, EduQuest, and since then, has founded multiple educational technology companies and provided technology consulting for K-12 districts. Through his work with K-12 districts, Jarrett saw a growing need for a mobile device management system that would meet the needs of the K-12 market, and founded TechPilot Labs in 2012. Securly acquired TechPilot Labs in 2019, and Jarrett serves as General Manager of Securly’s MDM and Classroom Technologies division.

Dream Team


Marc Fairclough

Director of UK & EMEA


Drew Ostrem

Head of Talent Acquisition


Kathleen Boehle

Director of Securly 24x7 Student Safety Operations


Scott Costner

Director of Customer Success Operations


Amar Patekar

Director of QA Program Management


David Hinkle

Scale Architect


Maia Cocallas

Manager of Business Operations


Jayesh Agrawal


Board Members


Neil Sequeira

Co-Founder & Managing Director at Defy

Neil is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Defy. With an investing career spanning over 20 years, Neil has worked with companies such as TimeWarner Investments, AOL Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Accenture and Goldenvoice, sat on more than 35 boards, and has more than 12 meaningful IPO’s and acquisitions. Neil was most recently with General Catalyst Partners as Managing Director.
At Defy, Neil is focused on connected software, deep technology, and consumer applications that help change the way we work and play. He is dedicated to helping amazing founders and teams change the world for the better by improving efficiency, security, performance, and insights by leveraging technology, data, and analytics. He holds a BA in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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Amit Patel

Amit Patel

Managing Director at Owl Ventures

Amit Patel is a Partner and Managing Director at Owl Ventures. Before joining Owl Ventures, Amit founded and sold Personal Academic Trainers, an afterschool tutoring company, created the quality assurance program and institutionalized sales training for Mathnasium Learning Centers, and served as the Director of Technology for Success Academy Charter Schools. He has experience scaling several education startups and is deeply committed to building new organizations that will create sustainable and higher quality education solutions. Owl Ventures is a venture capital fund that invests in the world’s leading education technology companies.
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Educational Advisory Council

Adam Truex

Adam Truex

Assistant Executive Director, Ohio Mid-Eastern Regional Educational Service Agency (OME-RESA)

Adam Truex has worked 18 + years as a technologist for OME-RESA. OME-RESA is one of 18 information technology centers (ITC’s) within the state of Ohio. OME-RESA provides internet and data services to 56 independent school districts within southeast Ohio. As the former CTO for the organization, he was responsible for ensuring his member districts had access to robust, reliable and CIPA compliant internet service. As the demands for internet continued to grow exponentially, OME-RESA found itself struggling to provide reliable internet services to its stakeholders with the conventional appliance-based solutions that had been the standard ITC solution for many years. This coupled with the emergence of "one2one" technologies, led Adam and his team to explore Securly as the next generation of content filtering for OME-RESA’s member districts.
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Barbara Nesbitt

Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services, School District of Pickens County, South Carolina

Dr. Barbara Nesbitt is a lifetime educator with more than 30 years in education. She has been a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, and consultant with broad experiences in school districts in Virginia and South Carolina. She is currently the Executive Director of Technology for the School District of Pickens County in South Carolina. In this role, Barbara led the district’s transformation of instructional technology from a Bring Your Own Device district to a 1:1 district with a fully interoperable digital ecosystem implementing the IMS Global standards. Under Barbara’s leadership, Pickens received federal funds for a leased dark-fiber ring network, which is expected to future-proof the district’s broadband needs for decades.
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Brad Hagg

Chief Technology Officer, Warsaw Community Schools

Brad graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education with a Computer Endorsement. In 2015, Brad was selected as the Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators (HECC) Technology Coordinator of the Year. Warsaw Community Schools selected Securly as their new web filtering and safety platform due to their comprehensive approach to keeping student’s safe. In 2013 Brad was certified as a CoSN Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL). In 2013 he was also selected by the National School Boards Association as a “20 to Watch” Educator for 2013-2014. In 2009, Brad was elected to the board of the Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators (HECC) organization and was chosen to serve as President in 2012.
Kinzie Wooderson

Kinzie Wooderson

Coordinator of Network Services, Lee's Summit R-7 School District

Kinzie Wooderson has been the Coordinator of Network Services at Lee's Summit since 2013. She has worked in the field since 2006 with 3 years with a local government entity and the rest of her time being in K-12 support roles. Her team implemented Securly in 2015 with the launch of their district-wide 1:1 initiative for over 18,000 students on Chromebooks. Lee's Summit was drawn to and found success with Securly for the product's ability to eliminate the need for onsite hardware allowing for scalability as bandwidth use has grown and DNS offerings for non-Chromebook devices resulting in a single content filtering solution for the networking team to support. The District leverages the Parent Portal to support parents and guardians with the use of Chromebooks at home.
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Shane Snedecor

Information Security Manager Virginia Beach City Public Schools

Shane has been in education for over 18 years in network engineering and most recently information security. His district implemented Securly after struggling with an appliance-based off-site filtering solution. VBCPS selected Securly for its ease of implementation and reputation as an educational based filtering solution. In addition to easing VBCPS’s implementation issues, Securly’s student safety solution has helped to save lives in the district by alerting school authorities when students are in crisis and the Parent Portal is giving parents the needed insight into their children's browsing activities.
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Tom Walker

Director of Technology, Massac Unit School District #1

Tom Walker has been in education for 12 + years as a mathematics teacher, technology coordinator/director, principal, district administrator, and college instructor. Massac Unit #1 implemented Securly in 2013 after looking for a scalable, appliance-less cloud-based filtering solution. Securly was in line with his district’s approach to moving services to the cloud, which helped ease the burden on not only the network, but the staff as well. Securly has not only kept Massac Unit #1’s students safe online, but has also allowed the district to remain proactive in their efforts against school violence through the use of Securly’s Auditor. The tool has given the district the ability to reach out to students in need and continue to nurture positive relationships with those students.
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Lisa DeLapo

Director of Technology, Union DS

Since 2013, Lisa has relied on Securly in her roles at Holy Names HS, Lafayette SD, and currently at Union SD, which Lisa describes as, “...the most amazing district in the world!” With Lisa at its helm as Director of Technology, Union SD is viewed by many other districts as setting the standard. Lisa describes her free time as seemingly spent carpooling to or from the office. Hooray for drive-thru coffee!
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Craig Larsen

Information Systems Administrator

Craig began partnering with Securly in 2017 when Eastern Carver County Schools needed to find an easy filter that continued working even when kids took devices home. In addition to its Personalized Learning, Craig feels that the changes made to ensure cyber and physical safety helps Eastern Carver County to stand apart. Outside the office, Craig can be found working hard at playing with his grandkids. Get some rest, Craig.
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Matthew Wiley

Chief Technology Officer, Perry Township Schools

As Chief Technology Officer at Perry Township Schools, Matthew believes technology should continue to keep kids safe even when they’re away from school. He likens the importance of teaching kids to be better citizens as “...growing precious cargo.” This extends to their lives online. And if he’s ever asked to name a sandwich? It will be the Hunger-Solving Avocado Lettucewich. No word yet on whether it comes with chips.

TJ McCray

Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services, Madison Metro School District

By implementing Securly, TJ believes the online world will evolve into a safe place of community and collaboration. This drive for a better digital world is a big reason why Madison Metro School District’s 1:1 program is so successful. As Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services, TJ trains students how tech can be used to build each other up. TJ also believes that the only justifiable attack is a Mac Attack w/bacon.

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