Herbert Chanez, Manager of Operations

Born and raised in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley (the inspiration for Tom Petty's "Free Fallin'", the Everly Brothers' "Ventura Boulevard," and the Beastie Boys' "Do It," among other songs), Herbert is the middle sibling in a family of five brothers, a birth order that led him to identify with Jan and Peter Brady, Mallory Keaton, Stephanie Tanner, Cory Matthews, and, most recently, Modern Family's Alex Dunphy. (Though Herbert is quick to point out that each of those middle children only had to contend with one sibling on each side — try having two older and younger brothers.)  Despite being "lost in the middle," Herbert excelled in elementary and middle school, so much so that he was accepted into the Naturalist Academy, an innovative high school that supplements traditional courses in math, English, history, and science with lessons on nature and preservation. In addition to their studies, Herbert and his classmates had to learn to plant seeds, water plants, hack weeds, rake leaves, and cultivate organic produce. (Well into his sophomore year, Herbert semiseriously considered the possibility his high school was a covert child labor camp for Whole Foods.)  After graduation, Herbert headed down the 405 to UCLA, where he earned a B.A. in Anthropology and mercifully avoided planting alfalfa sprouts. As Catalyst's Co-Manager of Operations with Ruben Ceja, Herbert ensures that Catalyst runs like a well-oiled, test-preppin' machine, overseeing everything from our VoIP phone services to our far-flung fulfillment centers. When he's not dealing with FedEx, R.R. Donnelly, or any other vendor that occupies the "Cost of Goods Sold" portion of Catalyst's Profit & Loss statements, Herbert enjoys hiking, camping, dancing, cooking, grilling, and — his latest passion — homebrewing. (Herbert is kind of like Kim Jong Un, if you replace trying to create nuclear warheads with trying to create a nice frothy IPA.)  

Why He Works for Catalyst

Loves rubbing it in the face of all those haters at Kaplan.

How the Universe Has Punished Him for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker

Despite Herbert's strong affinity for "singing, karaoke, and music in general," he can't carry a tune to save his life and is unable to memorize lyrics no matter how many times he hears a song — not even Bananarama's infectiously recursive "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"  (na na na na / na na na na / hey hey hey / goodbye / na na na na / na na na na / hey hey hey / goodbye).

Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate

Raiders of the Lost Ark / Henry Taube (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1983)