Elissa Lappenga

Academic Director

Elissa Lappenga has served as a leader and educator in higher education, as well as the nonprofit and technology sectors, for more than 20 years. Early in her career, Elissa served as Director of Education for a women’s resource center, where she led a grant-funded team of educators in developing and delivering sexual health and substance abuse education programs to 6th-12th grade students across three Michigan counties. In the higher education space, Elissa has led teams in student life and academic services at both private and public institutions, most recently managing UCLA’s graduate and undergraduate programs across three different life sciences departments. Just prior to joining Noodle, Elissa designed and launched a global online customer education and community program for a software company based in the UK. Elissa completed her B.A. at Hope College in Michigan and earned her M.Ed. from UCLA. In her spare time, Elissa volunteers as a domestic relations mediator and enjoys spending time with her family on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.