About Us

Citelighter is a collection of teachers, entrepreneurs, and technologists who are passionate about helping students express their ideas clearly. We are proud to say that Citelighter is being used in over 3,000 schools and has won 6 national awards.

It started with one overwhelmed student.

Our Story

We were inspired to start Citelighter when Saad’s little brother was about to drop out of college during his freshman year. He was overwhelmed and having difficulty with writing research papers because he was not taught how to write well in high school. After helping Saad’s brother finish his semester, Lee and Saad decided to quit their corporate jobs to help students just like him.

The Citelighter team has dedicated their lives to creating tools that help students take their ideas and communicate them in powerful ways.

Give students the tools to succeed.

Our Mission

Our mission is to give students the tools they need to become powerful writers. We believe that students, when given the right tools, are capable of so much more than we know.

We want to be at the forefront of technologies that enable students to take charge of their futures.

Cultivate and communicate with purpose.

Our Approach

Citelighter is focused on making every single point in the writing process easy for teachers and administrators so they can use their unique talents and energy to help their students cultivate ideas and communicate them with purpose.

Providing students with a way to visualize their thoughts and assemble them in a graphical manner helps them structure their words into organized, well-planned papers.

Giving teachers and administrators a platform to track and manage students’ writing growth creates efficiency in the classroom, while giving students the skills they need to meet college-readiness standards.

Citelighter Team

Our Team

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    Saad AlamCEO
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    Lee JoklCOO
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    Jonathan CeresaCTO
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    Alin EpureLead Product Engineer
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    Romica IarcaProduct Engineer
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    Emily LevittDirector of Content
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    Arien MurphyDirector of Professional Services
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    Romulo PerezDirector of Inside Sales
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    Florin FloriaProduct Engineer
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    Bogdan OlenicProduct Engineer
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    Jeff FilsonDirector of Implementation
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    Felicia LarionProduct Engineer
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    Andrei ChirtesQuality Assurance Engineer
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    Norbert GengQuality Assurance Engineer
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    Victor Teodor ButiuQuality Assurance Engineer Lead
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    Shanita StarksAccount Executive
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    Joe PiazzaDirector of Field Sales
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    Aleesha RockAccount Executive
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    Michele SchererLead Generator
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    Cody WhiteAccount Executive
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    Michael BeardAccount Executive
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    Phil ChorneyDirector of Marketing
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    Shelley JohnsonNYC Director of Implementations
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    Davita CarpenterExecutive Director of HR
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    David HewesVP of Field Sales
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    LaShay LongAccount Executive
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    Nicholas DeanerAccount Executive

Academic Advisory Board

  • Delia DeCourcy
    Delia DeCourcy

    “Thinking cogently and coherently in writing gives people the power to share ideas and changes minds.”

  • Dr. Troy Hicks
    Dr. Troy Hicks

    "The quality of our writing reflects the quality of our thought. Thus, good writing is essential for success in school, career, and life."

  • Rissa Karpoff
    Rissa Karpoff

    "Thinking critically and communicating clearly are the bedrock of every academic discipline."

  • Dr. Kristen Hawley Turner
    Dr. Kristen Hawley Turner

    "Writing is thinking, and critical thinking is the foundation of the future."


  • John Cammack
    John Cammack

    "Conveying one's ideas clearly is essential to getting anything complex accomplished."

  • Stephen Dukker
    Stephen Dukker

    "If readers are leaders, Then writers lead our leaders."

  • Kevin Hollins
    Kevin Hollins

    “Whatever you do in life, better writing leads to better thinking, better explaining, and perhaps most importantly--better persuading.”

  • Sacha Levy
    Sacha Levy

    "Good writing is proof that you think well and gets your voice heard."

  • Alessandro Piol
    Alessandro Piol

    "In a world overloaded with information, writing clearly and concisely is an essential skill for all."

Our Investors