Joel Nkounkou, CEO of ecoText, is an avid entrepreneurial innovator. With strong passions in project management, software architecture, and product design, he is continuously looking to provide technical solutions that have social impacts. Joel maintains a growing history of projects, has co-founded two startups, worked at distinguished companies such as Intel, and holds Board Member status in academic circles. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in 2018.
Nelson Thomas serves as Chief Marketing Officer of ecoText, Inc. Prior to ecoText, Nelson has also worked as an entrepreneur first developing a retail garment brand when he was in high school. Nelson then founded a company named Campus Clips, a mobile barbering service that would provide students in rural New England towns consistent haircare services. Nelson was also a sustainability intern at Coca-Cola Northeast as well as a four-year Division One athlete at the University of New Hampshire competing on the school's football team.
Nelson has also worked in the nonprofit sector most notably founding an event named Bench Out The Stigma, which works toward destigmatizing mental health among the community of his alma mater, the University of New Hampshire. The event has grown in its two brief years of existence and was covered by WMUR and the Union Leader this past year, two of New Hampshire’s leading news outlets.
Dylan Wheeler grew up in Bow, NH, and is a senior at the University of New Hampshire pursuing degrees in Information Technology and Philosophy. He is a Hamel Scholar in the Honors Program and is an active member of the UNH community. In high school, Dylan founded Triumph Software LLC to launch a professional development management tool, Loggit. The app has since served over 500 educators across New Hampshire and tracked more than 47,000 hours of professional development. In August 2018, he co-founded ecoText, Inc. with five past and present UNH students with the mission of delivering affordable digital textbooks to students. When he isn't tackling challenging problems, he enjoys practicing card magic, staying physically active, and building deep interpersonal relationships while pondering his place in the universe.
Hans Massie, the CIO of ecoText, is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where he studied Information Systems and Business Analytics. Hans is responsible for the management, implementation, and usability of information on the business side of our organization. With a knack of compiling and analyzing data, Hans provides the team with crucial information that would be useful in driving the company forward by interpreting changes in the collegiate and publishing markets.
Sam Werman is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in Finance and Business Analytics. During his time at UNH, Sam was the founder and president of the UNH Sports Club as well as part of SAE and the baseball club. Sam is the Chief Financial Officer of ecoText, where he is currently heading internal finances and publisher relations.
Head of Business Dev
Rachel Yee is the teams top account manager. She handles auxiliary partnerships and critical to ensuring there is a fluid feedback loop for students and professors. She has a strong passion for entrepreneurship, research, and innovation.
Rachel was the Director of External Relations for the Rines Angel Fund during the 2019-2020 academic year. In addition, she has worked as a research assistant in chemical engineering and polymer chemistry laboratories. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of New Hampshire.