If you’re in search of a great Silicon Valley startup story about a couple of classmates who got together and built the next Facebook…well, this isn’t it. Our beginnings are a tad less movie-worthy.

Have you ever tried to plan a fundraiser for your charity, school or church and found your spirit utterly crushed by the experience? Then you’ll definitely be interested in our story.

A few years ago, our founder was feeling the same pain. With 100 students, a large fundraising goal, and just a few resources, he saw the need for what eventually became RallyUp.

We began with a single vision: to make fundraising easier for organizations of every kind.

Over the years, RallyUp has grown into a team of parents, entrepreneurs, thinkers and go-getters that are united in this mission.

We’ve designed the most flexible fundraising platform in existence. Now anyone can raise funds more easily for the organizations and causes they care about.

So give RallyUp a try to start your own great fundraising story!

Meet the management team

  • Steve Bernat
    Steve Bernat
    Founder & CEO
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    Steve Bernat
    Steve Bernat
    Founder & CEO

    Steve has been successfully starting and growing technology companies for over 20 years. His strong background in nonprofit operations and accounting has been a key asset as he leads RallyUp’s efforts. Steve graduated from the University of Arizona, sits on two nonprofit boards, and actively volunteers with middle school aged youth.

    Steve is fanatic about the game of Gaga Ball. Yes, it’s a real thing. If you haven’t played yet, he strongly suggests you try it.

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  • Heather Wolf
    Heather Wolf
    Client Services Manager
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    Heather Wolf
    Heather Wolf
    Client Services Manager

    With a background in community outreach and account management, Heather is focused on providing a successful outcome for all of RallyUp’s clients, offering assistance with campaign setup and ensuring their needs are met. Heather holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Business Administration.

    A total bibliophile, Heather devours English Literature, especially the work of Roald Dahl and Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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  • Kevan Mann
    Kevan Mann
    Product Manager
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    Kevan Mann
    Kevan Mann
    Product Manager

    Kevan brings a wealth of product management experience to RallyUp. He leads the company’s efforts to provide organizations with a rich and seamless fundraising experience. Kevan holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a focus in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona.

    In his spare time, Kevan finds great joy in watching reruns of The Office series nonstop.

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  • Yara Askar
    Yara Askar
    Marketing Manager
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    Yara Askar
    Yara Askar
    Marketing Manager

    Yara’s passion is to scour the internet for trends and insights into the changing culture of the digital world. With that knowledge, she makes sure RallyUp’s marketing message is well crafted and fine-tuned to effectively communicate across a broad spectrum of channels. Yara holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Arizona.

    She is proud to admit that she has made, and continues to make, crucial life decisions based off of the show Gilmore Girls.

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  • Linsay Chavez
    Linsay Chavez
    Operations Manager
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    Linsay Chavez
    Linsay Chavez
    Operations Manager

    With over 12 years' experience in business administration and project management for corporate and non-profit organizations, Linsay brings a diverse set of skills to the RallyUp team. She provides project management and business support to ensure that every area of the company is running smoothly.

    In her spare time, Linsay can be found taking road trips with her family of 5 and traveling the Southwest...with a Diet Coke in hand.

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  • Will Lee
    Will Lee
    Product Design Specialist
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    Will Lee
    Will Lee
    Product Design Specialist

    With experience in IT and developing web apps for businesses, Will has a passion in the intersection of technology and business. He assists in improving and polishing the experience users get from RallyUp. At the University of Arizona, Will is currently working towards completing his B.S. in Business Administration with majors in Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship as well as a B.S. in Computer Science.

    In the glory days of high school, Will was a budding breakdancer.

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  • Emily Hudson
    Emily Hudson
    Communications and Content Manager
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    Emily Hudson
    Emily Hudson
    Communications and Content Manager

    Through writing creative copy and content, Emily ensures that our customers feel our passion for supporting nonprofits. She brings 7 years of marketing communications experience to RallyUp, with a particular interest in crafting brand personalities that transcend the written word. Emily holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a marketing emphasis from University of Redlands.

    Outside of writing life, Emily teaches yoga and meditation. She attributes her sunny disposition and creativity to her dedicated practice.

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  • Alex Sobolev
    Alex Sobolev
    Application Architect
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    Alex Sobolev
    Alex Sobolev
    Application Architect

    Alex has over 15 years of experience in the development of large-scale enterprise software. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Informatics from Novosibirsk State University.

    In his free time, Alex enjoys skiing and traveling.

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  • Santosh Nikam
    Santosh Nikam
    Technical Project Manager
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    Santosh Nikam
    Santosh Nikam
    Technical Project Manager

    Santosh has over 10 years of experience in project management and over 15 years of experience in IT industry. He likes rolling up his sleeves in SQL & .Net coding. He holds master’s degree in computer sciencefrom Pune university and a Master’s of Science degree in software systems from BITS Pilani.

    In his free time, Santosh likes to play sports like football, badminton, cricket, and table tennis.

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  • Vadim Pestryanin
    Vadim Pestryanin
    Development Manager
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    Vadim Pestryanin
    Vadim Pestryanin
    Development Manager

    Vadim has a passion for the art of coding and embraces the challenge of creating the highest quality software. He holds a master’s degree in Information Technologies from Novosibirsk State University.

    Vadim enjoys mountain biking and took part in XC-races in Russia.

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  • Brent LaFoley
    Brent LaFoley
    Business Development Manager
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    Brent LaFoley
    Brent LaFoley
    Business Development Manager

    Brent manages the business development and account management activities for RallyUp. When not working with RallyUp’s clients, Brent enjoys advising parent-teacher organization in streamlining their operations. Brent holds a B.S. in computer science from Boston College and an MBA in International Business.

    Floating over Europe in a hot air balloon for a year with his family kindled a taste for adventure and travel for Brent.

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  • Vrushali Bhosle
    Vrushali Bhosle
    Quality Assurance Manager
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    Vrushali Bhosle
    Vrushali Bhosle
    Quality Assurance Manager

    With over eight years of experience in software quality assurance, Vrushali is leading the highly efficient testing team for RallyUp. She is a dedicated IT professional who always ensures a seamless experience for RallyUp’s customers. Vrushali holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from Pune University.

    Being a nature lover, Vrushali enjoys exploring new places to capture nature’s beauty.

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  • Colleen Cass
    Colleen Cass
    Graphic Designer
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    Colleen Cass
    Colleen Cass
    Graphic Designer

    Like any digital artist, Colleen is passionate about crafting beautiful and engaging websites. She has a strong interest in Google’s Material Design framework, and is in charge of overseeing its implementation in RallyUp’s platform. Colleen holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and Psychology from the University of Santa Barbara.

    Before finding her passion for web design, Colleen was a pastry chef in San Francisco and interned with Wolfgang Puck.

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  • Ollie
    Ollie
    Chief Mascot Officer
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    Ollie
    Ollie
    Chief Mascot Officer

    Ollie, short for Oliver, hails from a strong lineage of registered stuffed Jersey stock.  He holds honorary degrees from London's LSE: a Doctorate in Bovinity, as well as a Doctorate in Ecownomics.  He can be found happily grazing along downtown sidewalks telling kids about where milk really comes from!

    Ollie has frequently been called on to make personal appearances at Vegan Conventions to speak on the dangers of depending on animal mascots.

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We’re fun! Join our team!

We’re always looking for smart, creative people to join our team. We have opportunities for people with all kinds of backgrounds. At RallyUp, you’ll get the opportunity to work in a creative, collaborative, and enjoyable atmosphere while playing a role in helping organizations further their causes.

Say hello! Don’t be shy…we won’t bite.

We’d love to hear your success stories, your ideas about how to make RallyUp even better, and feedback on new features you’d like to see us add. Get in touch. We’d love to learn a little more about you and your organization. Send us an email at hello@rallyup.com