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Daryl Anderson, community college account manager, joined Inside Higher Ed in September 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 the Bronx, N.Y. In addition to being a pop culture junkie, he enjoys occasionally performing in community theater and cabaret productions in Washington, where he resides.

Raisa M. Andrzheychik, senior accountant, joined Inside Higher Ed in September 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.

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 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 working as a private college admissions counselor for high school athletes. Bill graduated from St. Lawrence University, where he received a bachelor's degree in English and economics. He resides in Westlake Village with his wife, Suzanne. His two children are attending the University of Pennsylvania.

Kaustuv Basu, reporter, joined Inside Higher Ed in October 2011, after working for nearly six years at Florida Today, in central Florida. Basu has also worked and interned with newspapers in California and India. While in Florida, he won journalism awards from the Education Writers Association, the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Florida Press Club. Basu graduated from Presidency College in Calcutta, India, and received a master’s degree in journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. He is always looking for story ideas.

Trish Calamari, digital advertising specialist, joined Inside Higher Ed in August 2011. Trish spent the previous five years with nonprofit educational organizations focusing on marketing, promotions, content management, sales support and events. She lives in Washington, and loves running, yoga, film, literature, travel and volunteer work. She earned her B.A. from New School University/Eugene Lang College, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Uzbekistan.

Kathlene Collins, publisher, is one of the 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 (15 years, 150 books, and counting). Kathlene lives in Washington with her husband, David Lowenstein, and their 13-year old son, Jack.

Alana Courtois, recruitment advertising representative, joined Inside Higher Ed in March 2011. She graduated in 2008 from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in public relations and sociology, and comes to Inside Higher Ed with 3 years of marketing and event planning experience. In her free time, Alana loves cooking, live music, and exploring D.C. on foot; she is also a contributing writer for a men’s blog. She lives in the Shaw neighborhood of D.C. with her three roommates and their bunny, Gus.

Paul Fain, senior reporter, came to Inside Higher Ed in September 2011, after a six-year stint covering leadership and finance for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Fain 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., Fain 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. Fain 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.

Serena Golden, copy editor, joined Inside Higher Ed in July 2008. She is a 2007 graduate of Reed College, where she earned a B.A. in English. She previously worked as a research associate at a hedge fund and an intern at CQ Press.

Allie Grasgreen, reporter, joined Inside Higher Ed in September 2010. She graduated from the University of Oregon in June with a B.S. in journalism and a minor in environmental studies. She covered higher ed for two years at the Oregon Daily Emerald before becoming managing editor and then editor in chief, and she interned at The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2008. Allie enjoys HBO television series and "Mad Men," and wishes she had cable on which to watch them. Instead, she listens to the likes of Radiohead, The Beatles and The Black Keys, ideally on vinyl or while riding her trusty Huffy.

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.

Kevin Kiley, reporter, joined Inside Higher Ed in April 2011. A North Carolina native, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with a degree in political science and journalism. At UNC, Kevin covered and edited university news for four years at The Daily Tar Heel and shared the state's top award for higher-education reporting with two other writers his senior year. Before coming to Inside Higher Ed, Kevin was an intern at The (Raleigh) News & Observer, The Arizona Republic and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Kevin enjoys running, nonfiction books and his home state.

Steve Kolowich, reporter, joined Inside Higher Ed in August 2009. He graduated in 2008 from Bowdoin College, where he earned an A.B. in political philosophy and co-edited the Bowdoin Orient. Shortly after returning from a 15,000-mile post-college road-trip, he interned at The Chronicle of Higher Education, which awarded him the David W. Miller Award for Young Journalists. He served a brief stint at the Global Security Newswire, but couldn't stay away from higher education reporting for long. Steve is a freelance music writer, and plays music in his apartment with his roommate way too loud, way too late. He likes Washington, but would like it better if it were in Maine.

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, USA Today, the Nieman Foundation Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Princeton Alumni Weekly. 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 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 wife, Sandy, and their two children in Bethesda, Md.

Laura McFarland, vice president of sales, came to Inside Higher Ed with more than 20 years experience in publishing and advertising. 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 recruitment advertising. Prior to that she spent 10 years handling advertising at Legal Times, an award-winning weekly owned by American Lawyer Media. She began her professional career by working in a number of advertising and marketing positions at obscure associations around the Washington area. Laura graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles and received her master's degree in marketing from the University of Maryland University College. She lives in Arlington, Va. with her husband, Dennis, and their two children, Annemarie and Timmy.

Scott McLemee, Essayist at Large, writes the Intellectual Affairs column. In 2004, the National Book Critics Circle honored Scott with its annual Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, for his work appearing in Bookforum, The Common Review, Newsday, and The Washington Post. He writes frequently for The American Prospect and The New York Times Book Review. From 2001-5, Scott wrote for the The Chronicle of Higher Education, covering developments in the humanities. His work included long features on scholarly trends and profiles of important figures. Previously he was a contributing editor for Lingua Franca. In 2000, the editors named "Invisible, Inc." (his article on Thomas Pynchon scholarship) one of the top 10 articles it had published over the previous 10 years. A broad selection of his work is available at his personal Web site. In 2008, he was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Book Critics Circle. He lives in Washington with his wife, Rita Tehan, and their two cats.

David Mundy, marketing coordinator, joined Inside Higher Ed in August 2011. David graduated in 2010 from Marymount University with a B.A. in communications and a minor in journalism. In his free time, David plays basketball, football, Frisbee golf, and kickball. He also is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and used to write for the Dexter Manley Show but now is a contributing writer on a DC sports blog. He lives in Arlington, Va with three roommates and his puppy, Brando.

Elizabeth Murphy, editorial intern, joined Inside Higher Ed in September 2011. This summer, she interned at The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., covering a wide variety of local and state issues. She is a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she worked at the independent campus newspaper, The Daily Collegian, serving as editor her senior year. Outside of the newsroom, she earned degrees in journalism and women's studies. A D.C. transplant by way of Pittsburgh, Liz can often be found arguing about how great her home city really is, blathering on about her summer trip to Cuba and fixing her ancient purple bike.

Libby A. Nelson, reporter joined Inside Higher Ed in April 2011 from Scranton, Pa., where she reported on six towns and a wide range of issues for the local newspaper, The Times-Tribune. As an intern at The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2009 and 2010, she covered federal higher education issues for nine months; before that, she interned for The New York Times, where she reported on city and police issues and was once hit with a soggy tomato while writing about outdoor performance art. She graduated in 2009 from Northwestern University, where she served as the editor of The Daily Northwestern and earned a B.S. in journalism. She is fluent in French, a skill she wishes she had more occasion to use.

Rick Plotkin, senior account manager, joined Inside Higher Ed after a six-year stint at The Chronicle of Higher Education as an account manager in 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, Md. and now lives in Old Town Alexandria with his spouse, Marguerite Rippy, associate professor of English at Marymount University, his son, Merrill O'Neill and their dog, Hobi.

Juan Pablo Risso joined the tech team at Inside Higher Ed in June 2010. Juan’s love of computers, programming, and everything technology began as a child and blossomed into his career. In Argentina, he worked for several fast-paced Web developers. In 2009, he abandoned it all after meeting his wife-to-be. They traveled around South America before making their way to the Northern Hemisphere, where they got married. Juan has made D.C. his new home -- with his wife, Angie, and their new infant, Sebastian. When not programming or playing with his son, Juan enjoys beer, tech magazines, and rooting for Argentina’s soccer team.

Sharon Salang, recruitment advertising representative, joined Inside Higher Ed in July 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.

Todd Thompson, recruiting account manager - Western sales, joined Inside Higher Ed in September 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.

John Washington, administrative assistant, joined Inside Higher Ed in April of 2011. He is a 2010 graduate of Haverford College with a degree in English. John is a classically trained singer, and in his spare time he participates in various choirs. John spent his time off from working honing his skills in the kitchen and garden. As well as becoming a capable homemaker, he is also proud to call himself a “true Washingtonian,” and currently lives on Capitol Hill.

Fiona Wright, display account manager, joined Inside Higher Ed in May 2011. She previously spent 18 years in media sales, and worked in radio and cable television advertising, and as a media director for an advertising agency. Fiona holds a bachelor’s degree in corporate communications and a master’s in publication design management – both from the University of Baltimore. When not working, Fiona enjoys the balancing act of raising her two sons, Jamar, age 15, and Giovanni, age 19, who will be attending Barry University in the fall of 2011. During her spare time, Fiona loves to travel and listen to reggae music. She lives in Maryland.

Mark Yucha, vice president of finance, came to Inside Higher Ed in 2005, with over 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.


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