August 11, 2011 15:25 ET

Former New York City Department of Education Senior Officials Join ePals Executive Team

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Aug 11, 2011) - ePals Corporation (TSX-V: SLN) ("ePals"), an education technology company and leading safe social learning network ("SLN"), today announced the recent appointments of Ted Brodheim and Bruce Lai to the ePals team. Mr. Brodheim, former Chief Information Officer for the New York City Department of Education ("NYC DOE"), joined ePals in June, 2011 as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Lai is the former Executive Director of School Technology Strategy for the NYC DOE and has been named VP Market Solutions.

"Ted and Bruce have spent several years in the trenches helping the country's largest school system integrate technology into the classroom," said Miles Gilburne, CEO of ePals. "Their decision to join ePals reflects well on the depth of our product strategy and the increasing reach of our global learning community."

During their tenure with NYC DOE, Mr. Brodheim and Mr. Lai successfully introduced multiple instructional technology projects, including the NYC Connected Learning initiative (, and upgraded the core infrastructure across a school system that serves more than 1 million students, teachers and parents in more than 1,700 schools.

"We are pleased to join ePals, whose social learning and collaboration solutions have been at the forefront of the education market for the past 10 years," said Brodheim. "Bruce and I are excited to use our combined expertise to expand the ePals solution suite to be even more responsive to the needs of teachers, principals, parents and, most importantly, students, while exploring new possibilities to connect learners across the world to each other through technology."

Prior to joining the NYC DOE, Mr. Brodheim was a Managing Director at JP Morgan and has held senior positions at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and Goldman Sachs & Co. Previously to joining the NYC DOE, Mr. Lai was Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member Gale Brewer, the former Chair of the New York City Council's Committee on Technology on Government.

Both executives will focus on strengthening ePals' deployment services, implementation support and professional development offerings to enable ePals' solutions to quickly and reliably meet the needs of all members of the school community.

About ePals Corporation

ePals Corporation (TSX-V: SLN) is an education technology company and leading safe social learning network (SLN). Focused on the K-12 market, ePals offers primary and secondary schools, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content and facilitating collaboration for effective 21st century learning. ePals' award-winning products include: the ePals Global Community™; SchoolMail®365, LearningSpace® and In2Books®, a curriculum-based e-mentoring program that builds reading, writing and critical thinking skills. ePals customers and partners include International Baccalaureate, Microsoft Corporation, Dell, Inc., IBM Corp., National Geographic and leading school districts across the United States and globally. ePals serves approximately 700,000 educators and reaches millions of teachers, students and parents in approximately 200 countries and territories. For the ePals Global Community, visit Corporate information is available at

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    Aric Holsinger
    Chief Financial Officer
    ePals Corporation
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    ePals Corporation
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