Meet the OptiLingo Team

Our remote-based company spans the globe. From the US to Europe and all the way to Pakistan. We’re a passionate group of language learners eager to help people find an easier path toward fluency.

Jonty Yamisha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Husband, father, language activist, Circassian and polyglot.

Jonty is a serial entrepreneur, having started and sold several ventures, ranging from software development to healthcare delivery.

Jonty earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Vassar College, and holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.

Speaks English, German, Circassian and Russian. Is rusty in French, Arabic and dabbling in Turkish and Spanish.

Gary Spagnoli

Chief Marketing Officer (CMO)

Marketer, programmer, entrepreneur, and traveler

Gary is an experienced marketer with deep roots in the online education and personal improvement space. He’s also an accomplished entrepreneur, having founded several marketing agencies.

Prior to entering the world of online marketing, Gary earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the City University of New York, CSI.

Speaks English, Some Spanish and JavaScript.

Milos Rajkovic

Customer Support Specialist

Native Serbian speaker. Hodophile who would love to reach fluency in Greek and Russian language.

Kyle Williams

Email Marketing Specialist

Speaks Spanish and daydreams of speaking Japanese amongst the cherry blossoms of Mt. Fuji.

David Allison

Technical Product Manager

Learning Mandarin. Creating resources for Manx.

Shozab Hasan

Systems Architect

Native Urdu speaker and speaks English, learning Chinese.

Yie Ng

Product Designer

Speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. Currently learning Spanish on OptiLingo app.

Valentine Lucquiault

HCI Specialist

Native speaker of French, speaks English, some Spanish, and Italian. Learning Russian.

Georges Awaad

Resident Polyglot & Product Advisor

Student, teacher, polyglot, lover of languages, cultures, music, nature, and life. Speaks over 20 languages and doggy-paddles with Circassian in his language ocean.


Marketing Research Analyst

Muslim/Circassian/American/Syrian. Native English speaker, life-long fan of the Circassian language, fluent in three dialects of sarcasm, and writing activist!

Vinith John

Video Editor

Speaks English, Hindi, and Malayalam. Admires polyglots and is a life-long learner.


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