HigherEducation.com About Us

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    70 Million

    High-Intent Users / Year

    Experience where it counts: building high-intent education traffic and industry-leading enrollment services.

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    Premium Portfolio

    Of education-focused websites

    A network run by experts intent on informing and motivating future alumni.

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    Data Solutions

    for Driving High-Quality Enrollments

    Our product suite provides insights schools need to take charge of their growth.


  • Patrick Gavin



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    Online marketing veteran with 15+ years of experience in digital marketing having founded multiple online marketing companies. Patrick has a core expertise in digital strategic and content marketing. He was the founder and CEO of Text Link Ads, a business acquired by Lake Capital in 2006. Was a founding investor in HigherEducation.com in 2007 and became CEO in 2009. Led company partnership with Abry Partners in 2011.

  • John Cascio


    Director of Finance

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    With more than 12 years of experience, John oversees all finance, accounting, data analysis, and forecasting functions. His previous experience includes other private industries and the assurance practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • Jeff Mayer


    Senior Vice President, Operations

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    Over 20 years of marketing and business operations experience with the past 6 years serving higher education. Jeff's previous roles include Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing for Academic Partnerships, Executive Director of Marketing for Kaplan Higher Education Group and various domestic and international roles for DHL Express and Komatsu Latin America.

  • Joeri Weyenberg



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    Over 20 years of experience driving P&Ls, strategy, change management and marketing functions, including 9 years as an executive in online education, as well as senior roles in international companies across Europe, Asia and the USA. Prior to joining the team, Joeri was the head of marketing and student acquisition at one of the largest online higher education institutions in the U.S. Joeri is also a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on a variety of topics relevant to the higher education industry, and has won numerous industry awards.

  • Stephen Amante



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    With more than 25 years of experience starting and growing technology enabled service businesses, Stephen is responsible for all finance, accounting, human resources, and administrative functions and is closely involved with most of the company’s operations. He has served as CFO for various private-equity backed enterprises over the last 10 years.

  • Suzanne Guinn


    Vice President, Managing Director

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    With more than 20 years in higher education and expertise in customer experience and market development, Suzanne serves as the primary lisaon between our HE team and our partner universities.

  • Daniel Yap


    Vice President, Business Intelligence

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    Over 17 years of digital marketing experience with the past 7 years in higher education. Before joining the team, Daniel led digital marketing for a major higher education institution. In 2013, he was named one of the Top 40 under 40 innovative brand marketers.

  • Rafael Jose



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    With more than 12 years of digital marketing experience, Rafael oversees the content marketing production and operations for the Company. His previous experience includes building sales and account teams for both start-ups and large agencies.

  • Mitch Comardo


    Vice President, Technology

    With 10 years of experience, Mitch heads up all of HigherEducation’s product development, infrastructure, design and help desk functions. Prior to joining H-E, Mitch helped large-scale, web-based technology companies leverage supply chain management, pricing optimization and internal operational software to maximize investments and minimize risk.

  • Avishan Hodjat


    Senior VP, Sales & Client Services

    Over 15 years of leadership experience in internet technology, marketing and lead generation, including 11 years as an executive in the higher education industry. Avishan specializes in driving enrollment growth for not for profit and private universities.

Team Members

  • Eric Bae

    Eric Bae

    Operations Analyst

  • Gus Santaella

    Gus Santaella

    Sr. Director of Analytics & Data Science

  • Justin Lam

    Justin Lam

    Strategic Product Manager

  • Sam Sok

    Sam Sok

    Strategy Lead/Product Owner

  • Christian Jones

    Christian Jones

    Analytics Manager

  • Erick Vargas

    Erick Vargas

    Business Intelligence Manager

  • Quinn Tomlin

    Quinn Tomlin

    Marketing Communications Manager

  • James Valentine

    James Valentine

    Manager of Marketing Production

  • Erin Mettling

    Erin Mettling

    Content Operations Manager

  • Joseph Hopkins

    Joseph Hopkins

    Senior Production Manager

  • Chris Villaluz

    Chris Villaluz

    Software Developer

  • Brendan Gawlowski

    Brendan Gawlowski

    Senior Managing Editor

  • Melissa Venable

    Melissa Venable

    Education Writer

  • Stephanie Snider

    Stephanie Snider

    General Manager

  • Amy Tran

    Amy Tran

    Director of Content

  • Valerie Bratt-Leal

    Valerie Bratt-Leal

    Senior Editor

  • Amanda Green

    Amanda Green

    Manager of Content Production

  • Anna Ma

    Anna Ma

    Software Developer

  • Grant Bradley

    Grant Bradley

    Web Publisher

  • Ben Strauss

    Ben Strauss

    Manager of Content Product Development

  • Alex Forbes

    Alex Forbes

    Lead Web Publisher

  • Serena Dickerson

    Serena Dickerson

    Content Manager

  • Colin Weickmann

    Colin Weickmann

    Senior Marketing Communications Associate

  • Katie Nelson

    Katie Nelson

    Manager of Content Strategy

  • Katie Nelson

    Amy Bryant

    Outreach Manager

  • Kyle Kuhn

    Kyle Kuhn

    Content Manager

  • Reece Johnson

    Reece Johnson

    Senior Editor

  • Jonathan Wlodarski

    Jonathan Wlodarski

    Editor I

  • Veronica Freeman

    Veronica Freeman

    Editor I

  • Ky Phan

    Ky Phan

    Software Engineer

  • Erich Rahm

    Erich Rahm

    Full Stack JavaScript Engineer

  • Jen Germann

    Jen Germann

    Front End Developer

  • Evan Kaufman

    Evan Kaufman

    Lead Applications Architect

  • Eric Rasch

    Eric Rasch

    Senior Director of Product Development

  • Chris Gomez

    Chris Gomez

    Senior Product Engineer

  • Chad Donohue

    Chad Donohue

    Sr. UX Engineer

  • Saul Maddox

    Saul Maddox

    Applications Developer

  • Dan Douglas

    Dan Douglas


  • Leonidez Acosta

    Leonidez Acosta

    Product Engineer

  • Tim Fowkes

    Tim Fowkes

    Director UX/Creative

  • Will Stern

    Will Stern

    Applications Developer

  • Jason Comes

    Jason Comes

    Front End Developer

  • Ramzi Beshara

    Ramzi Beshara


  • Emily Maddox

    Emily Maddox

    Senior Product Manager

  • Kate Meyer

    Kate Meyer


  • Jonathan Edge

    Jonathan Edge

    Systems Administrator

  • TJ Quinn

    TJ Quinn

    Director of Client Services

  • Shilpa Shyam

    Shilpa Shyam

    Compliance Analyst

  • Kristina Liu

    Kristina Liu

    Director of FP&A

  • Pilar Sneider

    Pilar Sneider

    Administrative Assistant

  • Stephanie Oaks

    Stephanie Oaks



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    Values & Culture Statement

    We at Higher Education strive to create a professional and fun environment where people look forward to work. This is a place for collaboration, inspiration, and support. We continuously push ourselves to solve simple and complex issues as a way to advance Higher Education’s success, as well as our own professional learning.

    • Communication

      Transfer information and opinions openly

    • Respect

      Show admiration for teammates’ abilities and qualities

    • Accountabilty

      Take responsibility for actions and decisions

    • Continuous Improvement

      Solve problems gradually with each step building on the previous one

    • Collaboration

      Work together toward one common goal

    • Fun

      Contribute to a positive social and professional atmosphere