Staff

Daryl Anderson, Recruitment Account Manager, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2010. He spent the previous 12 years at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, where he managed the sale of print and online recruitment advertising for the journal Science. Daryl graduated from Fordham University in his hometown of Bronx, New York. In addition to being a pop culture junkie, he enjoys occasionally performing in community theater and cabaret productions in Washington, D.C., where he resides.

Raisa M. Andrzheychik, Senior Accountant, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2010, following eight years of work in corporate accounting positions. She earned a master's degree in accounting, analysis and audit from Belorussian State Economic University and a certificate in federal and advanced accounting from the USDA Graduate School. During her spare time, she enjoys travel, painting, books, movies and plays. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Bill Baird, Director of Corporate Advertising, came to Inside Higher Ed with more than 20 years of marketing and media sales experience.  He is the principal owner of SalesConcepts Associates, an independent media sales organization that is based in Southern California.  He has served the education market most of this time where he managed business-to-business media sales for The Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Week.  Prior to that, he spent time in New York handling consumer media sales for The Atlantic Monthly and Esquire.  During his spare time, he enjoys traveling, participating in masters swimming, and playing golf.  Bill graduated from St. Lawrence University where he received a bachelor’s degree in English and Economics. He resides in Westlake Village, California with his wife Suzanne, and his two children graduated from University of Pennsylvania pursuing careers in business and nursing.

Svitlana Barnes, International Advertising Representative, is based in London as an independent sales consultant managing international advertising sales for Inside Higher Ed. She operates her own B2B marketing and sales consultancy, S Barnes Media, working with international magazine publishers and conference providers. Her previous international business development roles included sales of recruitment advertising at Science journal in Cambridge, UK and subscription, advertising and sponsorship sales at Lafferty Group, a financial research firm in London. She holds a professional diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) in the UK. She is a great believer in “sales with a difference,” because whether you need to attract new customers or retain existing ones, you need to establish and build lasting relationships. Her past employment by the British Embassy in Ukraine led her to earning her M.A. in International Relations at the University of Kent at Canterbury. She graduated from Lviv University in Ukraine with B.A. in English Language & Literature. She speaks five languages and is currently learning to play the piano.s and is currently learning to play the piano.

Sara Brady, copy editor, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2015. She is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and earned a master’s degree in publishing from New York University. Her work has appeared in Premiere, ESPN the Magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, Time Out New York, Latina, and on the websites Television Without Pity and The Billfold. She has also copyedited and proofread books for publishers including Abrams, Macmillan, Harlequin, RosettaBooks, and Kirkus Media. Sara enjoys cooking, soccer, and the Oxford comma.

Kathlene Collins, Publisher Emerita, is one of three founders of Inside Higher Ed. Kathlene spent 20 years in the recruitment advertising department of The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she became excited about the evolution of recruitment made possible by the Internet. She developed The Chronicle's recruitment site, winner of several industry awards for excellence. A regular speaker on recruiting issues at higher education and publishing industry conferences, Kathlene is a leading authority on recruiting in higher education. She grew up in suburban Washington, D.C., attended Montgomery College and Catholic University. She continues her higher education in one of Washington's longest-standing book groups (22 years, 200 books, and counting). Kathlene lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, David Lowenstein, and their son, Jack.

Kacey Cox, Advertising Associate, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2012. Since graduating in 2008 from Elon University with a B.A. in English, Kacey has pursued a variety of professional and academic interests. She is a certified literacy tutor and an early morning gym devotee. Kacey currently resides in Arlington, Virginia with her dog, Brooks.

Paul Fain, News Editor, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Paul has also worked in higher-ed P.R., with Widmeyer Communications, but couldn't stay away from reporting. A former staff writer for C-VILLE Weekly, a newspaper in Charlottesville, Va., Paul has written for The New York Times, Washington City Paper and Mother Jones. He's won a few journalism awards, including one for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association and the Dick Schaap Excellence in Sports Journalism Award. Paul got hooked on journalism while working too many hours at The Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware, where he earned a degree in political science in 1996. A native of Dayton, Ohio, and a long-suffering fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, Fain plays guitar in a band with more possible names than polished songs.

Colleen Flaherty, Reporter, covers faculty issues for Inside Higher Ed. Prior to joining the publication in 2012, Colleen was military editor at The Killeen Daily Herald, outside Fort Hood, Texas. She also has covered government and land use issues for newspapers in her home state of Connecticut. After graduating from McGill University in Montreal in 2005 with a degree in English literature, Colleen taught English and English as a second language in public schools in the Bronx, N.Y. She earned her M.S.Ed. from City University of New York Lehman College in 2008.

Samson A. Habteghiorgis, Senior Drupal Developer, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2015, following 11 years of work in web development. He earned a B.S.C. degree in computer science from Addis Ababa University and a B.S.C. degree in software engineering from Microlink Information Technology College. He has previously worked at University Business Solution, Synergy Enterprise and Addis Ababa University. Samson enjoys swimming and running.

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

Doug Lederman, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Scott Jaschik, he leads the site's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his family in Bethesda, Md.

Laura McFarland, Vice President of Sales, came to Inside Higher Ed in 2005 with a strong background in publishing and advertising sales management. Most recently she was the business director for The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, where she managed the sales and marketing activities for the recruitment advertising department. Prior to that she managed advertising sales at Legal Times, an award-winning weekly newspaper owned by American Lawyer Media. She began her professional career by working in advertising positions at a number of obscure associations around the Washington, D.C. area. Laura graduated from UCLA and received her master's degree in marketing from the University of Maryland University College. She lives with her husband, Dennis Wamsted, and their two children in Virginia.

Scott McLemee is the Intellectual Affairs columnist for Inside Higher Ed. In 2008, he began a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. From 1995 until 2001, he was contributing editor for Lingua Franca. Between 2001 and 2005, he covered scholarship in the humanities as senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2005, he helped start the online news journal Inside Higher Ed, where he serves as Essayist at Large, writing a weekly column called Intellectual Affairs. His reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Newsday, Bookforum, The Common Review, and numerous other publications. In 2004, he received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He has given papers or been an invited speaker at meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Cultural Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Organization of American Historians. A selection of his work is available at his website. He is also a member of two group blogs, Crooked Timber and Cliopatria.

Chadd Molloy, Digital Advertising Operations Manager, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2013. He earned his B.S in communication from East Carolina University. Before coming to Inside Higher Ed, Chadd found his passion for digital advertising with Media General, helping to build and maintain digital advertising campaigns for The Richmond Times-Dispatch and the CBS affiliate for Greenville, N.C, WNCT. When Chadd's not behind a computer, you can find him getting lost in Washington and hanging out on the water with his friends.

 

Kaitlin Mulhere, reporting intern, started at Inside Higher Ed in September 2014. She previously covered education at The Keene Sentinel in New Hampshire, where she earned the 2013 Rookie of the Year Award from the N.H. Press Association for excellence in her first year of professional reporting. A Florida native, she graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 with degrees in journalism and political science.

Jake New, Reporter, covers student life and athletics for Inside Higher Ed. He joined the publication in June 2014 after covering education technology for eCampus News and interning at The Chronicle of Higher Education. For his work at the Chronicle covering legal disputes between academic publishers and critical librarians, he was awarded the David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists. He has also written for the Bloomington Herald-Times, Beacon Reader, and Indianapolis Monthly. Jake studied journalism at Indiana University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Daily Student.

Michael Pierce, Vice President, Digital Strategy and Operations, Michael recent joined our company after spending 8 years with Gannett overseeing the Digital functions of their healthcare publications. Michael comes to the company with a diverse background spanning some nearly 30 years in web and systems development and marketing, commercial and government consulting and commercial software development. Over the years Michael has served in an executive role in start ups, established organizations and served in the military. Michael is the proud father of five children, an accomplished photographer and avid gym rat.

Rick Plotkin, Senior Director, Recruitment, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2006 after a six-year stint at The Chronicle of Higher Education as an account manager for recruitment advertising. He comes to Inside Higher Ed as a former insider in higher education with eight years of experience in college admissions at George Washington University (M.A. '95, human resource development) and four years at Vanderbilt University (B.A. '86, economics). Rick has presented many sessions at a myriad of CUPA-HR regional conferences, as well as national conferences. Rick grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and now lives in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia with his spouse, Marguerite Rippy, Chair and full professor of English at Marymount University, his son, Merrill O'Neill and their dog, Charlie.

Mirella Romansini, Administrative Assistant, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2014. She  graduated from Towson University with a B.S. in business administration. While at Towson, she also worked as a community ambassador for Student Activities. Previous to that,  Mirella worked for Spring Landscaping administering the company’s database and  managing accounts. She enjoys cooking, the outdoors activities and spending quality time with her loved ones. She grew up in Brazil and now lives in Rockville, MD.

Sharon Salang, Advertising Associate, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2011. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2007 with a B.A. in communications and minors in Spanish and sociology. Before joining Inside Higher Ed, Sharon was a TV advertising sales assistant. She loves movies, music, reading, "attempting" to cook, venturing out into the city and traveling, especially to visit her family in the Philippines. When she's not busy, she likes to spend quality time with her loved ones. A northern Virginia native, she currently lives in Woodbridge, Virginia.

Maria San Jose, Account Manager, is an independent advertising sales contractor. Prior to joining Inside Higher Ed, she was with Foreign Policy magazine. Her 20 years of experience include Legal Times/American Lawyer Media, Roll Call, The Washington Times and Foreign Service Journal. An active member of the International Correspondents Committee of the National Press Club, Maria speaks Tagalog, Bicol and Spanish. Originally from the Philippines and a resident of Washington for two decades, Maria earned her liberal arts degree from St. Paul’s College of Manila. She lives in the District with her husband and son.

Samantha Smith, Marketing Manager, joined Inside Higher Ed for the second time in April 2013.  She had previously worked on the Inside Higher Ed recruitment advertising team for three years, before joining the marketing department at Science and later the American Society of Landscape Architects. Outside the office, Sam can be found dining out, at the pilates studio, or occasionally on the Kennedy Center stage as a supernumerary with Washington National Opera.  Sam is a graduate of The George Washington University, and lives in Washington.

Ashley A. Smith, reporter, covers community colleges, for-profit schools and non-traditional students for Inside Higher Ed. She joined the publication in 2015 after covering government and K-12 education for The Fort Myers News-Press in Florida for three years. Ashley also covered K-12 and higher education for three years at the The Marshfield News-Herald in Wisconsin. She has interned with The Flint Journal, USA Today and The Detroit Free Press. Ashley grew up in Detroit and is a 2008 graduate of Michigan State University. 

Michael Stratford, Reporter, covers federal policy for Inside Higher Ed. He joined the publication in August 2013 after a stint covering the Arkansas state legislature for The Associated Press. He previously worked and interned at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education. At The Chronicle, he wrote about federal policy and covered higher education issues in the 2012 elections. Michael grew up in Belmont, Mass. and graduated from Cornell University, where he was managing editor of The Cornell Daily Sun.

Carl Straumsheim, Technology Reporter, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2013. He got his start in journalism as a video game blogger for Norway's third largest paper, Dagbladet, at age 15, and has since dabbled in media criticism, investigative reporting and political coverage. Straumsheim (pronounced STRAWMS-hyme) boasts that he once received a perfect score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which enabled him to pursue a bachelor's degree in English from LaGrange College and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Todd Thompson, Account Manager, Institutional Branding, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2010. He spent the previous nine years in a variety of sales and business development positions, most recently in the staffing/recruiting field, working with a number of colleges and universities. Todd was raised in Orlando and graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in education. He enjoys boating on the Potomac, producing music and watching Gator football. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Jordan Woll, Senior Web Designer, brought his UI/UX design and front end development talents to Inside Higher Ed in 2015 after spending over seven years with Gannett. He is largely self-educated, but did earn a B.F.A. in web design and interactive media from the Art Institute of Washington. When not hard at work, Jordan volunteers his time to help injured and orphaned birds of prey, brews beer in his inadequate kitchen, and supports the Washington Capitals.

Kellie Woodhouse, Reporter, joined Inside Higher Ed in 2015. Previously she was a higher education and University of Michigan reporter for The Ann Arbor News and AnnArbor.com for three years and a general assignment reporter for The Baltimore Sun Media Group for two years. She interned at The Sun and National Geographic and graduated from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where she was a staff writer for the daily student newspaper, The Diamondback. She has won press awards for investigative, public service and government reporting, as well as feature writing and ongoing coverage of a news event.

Mark Yucha, Vice President of Finance, came to Inside Higher Ed in 2005, with more than 14 years of accounting and finance experience. He started his career in Philadelphia with KPMG Peat Marwick and moved to Inside Higher Ed after nearly nine years with NVR, a large national homebuilder and mortgage company, where he served in various financial capacities, most recently as a financial analyst specializing in business planning and technology issues. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University, and lives in Washington, D.C.

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