Mandi Hartley, Manager of School Partnerships, New Jersey
Want to read something that'll take you back to a time when life was simpler, when teenagers went to drive-in movies, ice cream parlors, and sock hops? Mandi Hartley, Catalyst's Manager of School Partnerships in New Jersey, is happily married to her high school sweetheart. Yes, there are still young couples out there whose puppy love leads to wedding bells and/or ketubahs, and we're proud to say that Mandi and her husband, Dave, are among them. When Mandi isn't spending time with her husband and their adorable, two-year-old daughter, Bella, she travels throughout New Jersey, promoting our unique ACT and SAT prep programs everywhere Springsteen is beloved and Chris Christie is despised. On her off time (or "off time," given that she has a toddler), Mandi likes traveling, spending time with her sister and nieces, and cooking new dishes, so long as the recipe doesn't call for mushrooms, because — quote — "I won't even allow them in my kitchen." (Needless to say, Mandi isn't a big believer in the Japanese concept of umami.)
Why She Works for Catalyst
Loves how Catalyst is just the right distance between scrappy start-up and faceless conglomerate.
How the Universe Has Punished Her for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker
Despite several years of ballet training, Mandi is a self-confessed "horrible klutz" who is always tripping over things, smacking into stuff, and generally wreaking havoc everywhere she goes. (Her tendency to stumble into lamps, swivel chairs, water coolers, Nespresso machines, and other easily avoidable office equipment has earned her the affectionate nickname Mandi "Workers' Comp Liability" Hartley among Catalyst's risk assessors.) When she's not producing unintentional slapstick comedy in the office or at home (for hypothetical example, by accidentally stepping on her daughter's rollerskates, zooming across the living room and richocheting off her husband's barcalounger), Mandi enjoys catching up on TV, trying new restaurants, and shopping for softly-upholstered furniture.
Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate
Labyrinth / Aaron Klug (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1982)