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Who We Are

Michael Schoen, President & Founder

As a father of 3 school-aged daughters, Mike Schoen has over 13 years of experience in the parent world. Even before becoming a father and launching AtoZ Directories, Mike built several other companies in the education sphere all focused on simplifying the life of parents and helping schools earn much needed funds. Mike’s first company OCM (www.ocm.com) was founded in 1988 and is still around today working with over 1,000 universities across the country.

As the VP of School Services at PTO Today Magazine, Mike was instrumental in creating programs to facilitate the smooth functioning of parent groups around the country.

Marcelo Ramagem, Director of Technology

Marcelo spent his formative years between Brazil and The United States and still maintains close ties to his heritage. Marcelo began coding as a hobby while he was a business owner. Now he brings his 10+ years of experience as a business owner and his coding chops to the table as Director of Technology at AtoZ Directories.

His bicultural heritage allows him to follow technology trends in the US and abroad. His love for entrepreneurship and technology has led him to pursue a Master’s in Information Management with a focus on tech development, deployment, and commercialization.

Stephanie Kempter, Director of Business Development and Sales

Aside from a brief stint in Arizona, Stephanie has called Rockville home her whole life. She pursued her love of Mass Communications and Media Studies at Towson University, thinking she would go into broadcast journalism or video production. Thankfully for AtoZ, her skills took her elsewhere.

Stephanie has successfully helped to launch three business publications over the last 18 years (she was a key member of The Gazette of Politics and Business for over 16 years!), helped to launch three business award programs over the last 15 years, and become a trusted community member and “go to” person for many of the areas business leaders.

John Schmitz, Production Coordinator

John has spent most of his life in Maryland, when he wasn’t attending Elon College and ECU in North Carolina where he began as an Accounting major and ended with Graphic Design. He grew up in Rockville then moved to Frederick and on to quiet countryside of Smithsburg, where he currently resides.

He has spent 25 years working in graphic design, prepress, and printing, and has held many different positions for the Homebuyers Journal, Gazette and now AtoZ.

When he isn’t helping the AtoZ team with their designing needs he travels the country with his wife by road and rail, kayaks, hikes, bikes, and is addicted to landscaping.

Kevin Neitzey, Developer

Kevin grew up in Maryland, where he began working with computers as a young boy building his first PC at the age of 8 and shortly after began building websites as a hobby. Later he attended school at Frostburg State University to pursue a degree in Computer Information Systems while working to start his own screen printing business. His passion for entrepreneurship and outside-the-box thinking makes his seat at AtoZ a natural fit.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys being with friends out on the water – boating, jet-skiing, fishing and tubing. When he isn’t working with AtoZ, Kevin is working to develop his business  and stay active in the local community.

Becky Leavey, Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Becky joined AtoZ Directories this June after 6 1/2 years as the Director of Marketing and Community Outreach with Moment Magazine, the largest independent Jewish magazine, founded by Elie Wiesel in 1973. Prior to her time with the magazine, she enjoyed 10+ years in the television industry, producing PSA’s, sports, and promotions for The Learning Channel, Comcast SportsNet and Washington DC’s ABC7.  A graduate of Boston University, she also spent time in Israel working at the Jerusalem Cinematheque and the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, Aaron and daughters Leora (9) and Lila (7) and enjoys reading, Orioles games, a little bit of yoga and Netflix!

Ashby Crutchfield, Customer Relationship Manager

Ashby joins AtoZ with over 10 years of specialized customer service experience, most recently working with the special publication section of The Gazette. Ashby’s extensive background working with local businesses and organizations, coupled with her familiarity responding to individual client needs, makes her a valued addition to the AtoZ team.

As a native Washingtonian, Ashby enjoys teaching her two boys the historical significance of the area and spends weekends visiting related sites with her husband and family. She looks forward to every summer vacation which is relaxing on the beaches of Cape Hatteras.