Ben is a leader, entrepreneur, engineer, introvert, designer, optimist and analyst to name but a few. Fascinated by what makes things fly and soaring on his own piloting experience Ben studied and qualified in Aerospace Engineering with first class Honors from the University of Hertfordshire in Great Britain. He has turned his hand to numerous roles throughout his career motivated by a desire to continually learn. Founding Freya in 2009 and learning how to lead has created a deep passion for Ben and a driving force that helps him get out of bed each morning. Ben’s role is to create an environment at Freya to help others learn, grow and enjoy their work.
Ben believes that if we live outside of our comfort zone, learn and grow together we can build a richer world for everyone as well as having more than a little fun on the way. Ben is inspired and sometimes influenced by great thinkers such as Simon Sinek, Brene Brown, Edward Tuft, Mark Manson, Richard Branson, Neil Gaimen and Seth Gordin. As Ben for a book recommendation and he’s bound to share two or three.
Outside of his role and time in Freya Ben loves to stay fit an active; trail running, cycling, hiking and salsa dancing. Ben can occasionally get a tune from a guitar, always has a good book on hand and indulges in the odd video and board game. Ben also volunteers to help those in need maintain their home and is always looking for other opportunities to donate a little of his time.
Paul Townend serves as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Technical Officer and Co-Owner of Freya Systems and oversees the organization’s ongoing operations and procedures. He provides leadership for the continued development of an innovative, robust, secure development environment and defines the technical vision of Freya. He enjoys the hands-on technical challenge of software development and learning new languages, which supports the company culture of continual learning. Paul is known for his ability to address a prospect’s needs in a language they can understand.
He loves long walks with his wife, daughters and their crazy dog.
Lead Data Scientist
Chris MacNeel is the lead Data Scientist at Freya Systems. He loves working with all things data and has a knack for problem-solving. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from West Chester University and is currently working on a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from Penn State University. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and watching the Flyers and Eagles.
As Finance Manager, Vicki oversees all areas of finance and administration including: payroll, accounts payable and receivables, cash management, and banking and reconciliations. Vicki also provides strategic analyses for senior management to determine project and company profitability and ensures compliance with small business regulations, tax laws, insurance requirements, industry standards, etc. Vicki enjoys working at Freya as she enjoys problem-solving, providing timely and relevant analyses, and working as a team to grow the company culture and success. Vicki spent 10 years working in the UK energy market before moving to the US.
Vicki is married to Paul Townend – they have two teenage daughters, a crazy dog, and a cuddly cat. She loves the beach, waterfalls, and lighthouses.
Divya Vijaywargiya has a computer science degree enjoys developing new software, products, and solutions. She specializes in SQL programming and back end application development. Divya enjoys the small team structure in Freya and the flexibility to work from home. She likes the work-life balance and the support she gets from her colleagues and helping customers.
She enjoys spending time with her kids and reading. As a family, they love to travel and explore new cultures.
Albert Collazo is a software developer at Freya. He enjoys working in an open team environment and being involved in the tech industry. After attending an intensive three-month java, based coding camp, he jumped at the opportunity to work with the Freya team doing full stack development. While not in the office, he plays musical instruments in a band, spends time with his family and enjoys going out to see live music.
As a developer, Ben Wood specializes in application back-end functionality in Java. He has been fascinated with computers and programming since coding in COMAL at school or on his Commodore 64 at home (yes he is that old). Ben enjoy the flexibility of working for a smaller company and the sense of togetherness and support fostered within the Freya Team. Ben has a Cat who does not understand that all the socks and pens in his house do not belong to him.
Katherine Anderson is a data scientist because she knows statistics better than most software developers and has better programming skills than most statisticians. She holds a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences and Materials Science Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from University of Southern California. She loves figuring out how to manipulate data in R and Python to help develop and represent mathematical algorithms. Freya Systems gives her the freedom to work in “puzzle-solving” mode and the guidance to contribute to overall business needs. As a graduate of the Zip Code Wilmington coding bootcamp, she also enjoys Freya’s similar approach to work in that we all take our work seriously while maintaining a fun work environment. Outside of work, Katherine sings in two a cappella groups, plays board games, competes in Quizzo nights in Media, and enjoys spending time with her husband and two cats.
Vlad Belyanvskiy is a Full Stack Developer at Freya Systems. He enjoys problem-solving and learning something new every day. He prefers to use the latest technologies and coming up with creative solutions. Vlad loves the smaller company feel at Freya. Because it is smaller he gets to design, develop and test the projects himself. When he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, and watching the Flyers and Eagles.
Jon Leczner became a developer because he enjoys the challenge and endless possibilities of software. He specializes in front-end frameworks and web application development. Jon enjoys working at Freya because it’s a small, tight-knit group of people from different backgrounds that support each other to do the best work we can. He likes that the company has the freedom to choose its clients so there are opportunities for working on different projects and professional growth.Jon has been playing music his whole life and is currently writing and recording material in the hopes of playing some local shows in Philly. He also enjoys gaming, cooking, baking, art, and travel.
Michael O’Donnell loves to solve problems or come up with new, innovative solutions using technology. As a full stack developer, he is exposed to all layers of an application allowing him to be more productive and creative for our end users.
Michael has enjoyed working at Freya and sees it as a natural incubator for learning due to its talented community of technologists, managers, and leaders. He takes the perspective of coming to work each day with an understanding that he will learn something new and finds his work extremely exciting and rewarding.
Technology, even outside of work, is a major passion of Michael’s. However, when he breaks away from the keyboard, he is often found on his bike, watching or playing sports, and always enjoying the company of his loving friends, family, and fiancé.
Elena Rodin is a Software Developer at Freya Systems and loves helping people plan, optimize, and release new software. She has spent the majority of her career in software design and development, gaining experiences in areas such as Java, Scala, and both front-end and back-end web development. She possesses a unique blend of entrepreneurial spirit combined with a deep passion for both technologies and business. Her skill set ranges from team management, software development to product management. While software development is her primary job function by day, Elena also enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the ever-expanding horizons by visiting different parts of the world.
Lauren Green is a Data Scientist at Freya Systems with a background as a math educator as well as a B.A. in Economics from Emory University she has always enjoyed using data to answer questions. After a three-month intensive Java bootcamp, she is excited to combine her coding knowledge to analyze data using R and Python. Freya provided the perfect opportunity to continue learning while tackling challenging problems in a supportive and fun work environment.
She’s an avid puzzle-lover with a large Rubik’s cube collection. Additionally, she has done over twenty escape rooms with her husband, friends, and family loving the challenge and teamwork they provide.
Trying new things has always been one of Lauren’s passions including glass blowing classes, traveling to different parts of the world (45 countries and counting), cooking new cuisines, or renovating her 100-year-old South Philadelphia row home with her husband.