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An eclectic group of subject matter experts ranging from online instructors, HR management, marketing gurus, and education professionals.

J. Mason, Managing Editor
Jessica is a Content Marketing Manager at American Public University System. Her day-to-day activities revolve around the written word. She’s been a wordsmith and content guru for more than nine years, seven of them spent in higher education. She gets to use her B.A. in English from Florida State University every day, and relishes in the opportunities she has in working with subject matter experts from different types of industries. In her downtime she enjoys reading, writing, listening to rock music, trying cupcakes from local companies, and spending time with her family.

J. Thompson, Contributor
James is a dynamic communications and talent management advisor and copywriter having earned his M.F.A in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He performed his undergraduate studies in English literature, political science and business management between the University of New Mexico and East Carolina University as a national student exchange ambassador. James worked in Web development, technical writing and marketing for IBM, U.S. Department of Energy, and software and emergency management firms in Colorado and California. His career insights draw upon experience as a communications vice president supporting learning management, applicant tracking, and talent and leadership development for Bank of America and other Fortune 500 firms. In addition to offering career and learning perspectives, James is passionate about his marketing work, developing creative projects for film, multimedia and print, and riffing tunes on his guitars and piano.

Madeline Kronfeld, Contributor
Madeline is a Social Media Manager at American Public University System, where she oversees more than 100 social profiles and works to promote student engagement and school spirit. She has more than six years of marketing experience and has worked for one of the nation’s leading nonprofit healthcare organizations and leading BI software providers. Madeline graduated magna cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism and concentration in Broadcast Journalism. She has an MBA with honors and with a Marketing concentration at American Military University. Madeline lives in the DC metro area and enjoys blogging, DIY projects, and binge-watching TV shows.

Brian Muys, Public Relations Contributor
Brian Muys is associate vice president of public relations for American Public University System. He has nearly 30 years of experience in developing and implementing earned/social media relations, corporate and internal communications programs for public and private organizations. He received an English degree from Dickinson College and an MS in Communications from the American University Kogod School of Business.

Adrienne Erin, Contributor
Adrienne spent four years working in career development before setting off on her own as a freelance writer. Though she started out in business administration and ended up in career counseling, she has enjoyed a number of other passions along the way – from animation, to creative writing, to the French language. With four years of experience working in a college career development office, and continuing experience volunteering with Dress for Success, a charity that helps economically-disadvantaged women get jobs, she’s here to answer all your pressing career questions. When she’s not working, you might find her daydreaming about taking roadtrips or adopting a cat, attempting to construct baffling IKEA furniture, or preparing overly elaborate meals in her tiny kitchen.

Robin Adney, Special Contributor
Robin is a video marketing specialist with more than a decade of experience in the broadcast television industry. Most recently, she made the transition into higher education, and creates video pieces geared toward lifelong learners. Robin is passionate about the video-making process—concepting ideas, setting up interviews, getting her hands dirty during video shoots, and bringing projects to life in the editing room. She is a graduate of the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida. Robin currently resides on the beautiful island of Kauai with her husband and son.

Courtney Bousquet, Career Services Contributor
Courtney realized her passion for career development early on in her graduate school career and has since developed specializations in federal careers, those in transition, trainings and creating resources. Courtney is currently a Senior Career Coach and Resource Specialist at American Public University System, working with students at a distance, using various technologies and has become a Global Career Development Facilitator.

Kristen Carter, Career Services Contributor
Kristen began her career in higher education as an Academic Advisor. After identifying her passion to assist students in achieving their career-related goals, she transitioned to the Career Services department, where she currently serves as a Career Coach. Kristen holds a BS in Psychology and is presently pursuing a M.Ed. in School Counseling. She is a member of the Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association (MACCA), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), and also holds a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) certification.

Ronald Kling, Career Services Contributor
Ron graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts in 2006 with a degree in History, concentrating on both European and American History. After graduation, Ron worked as a Government contractor as an Investigator, Analyst, and most recently General Consultant. In 2010, Ron discovered his passion for higher education, and has since worked with American Public University System (APUS) as a Graduation Auditor, Career Coach, Team Manager, and, currently, Senior Manager. Ron currently lives in Northern VA with his wife, sons, and two Great Danes, Zelda and Gandalf. In his free time Ron enjoys hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and anything else involving the outdoors. As the names of his dogs suggest, Ron is also a geek and enjoys anything and everything Sci-Fi (his Trekkie father went so far as to force his family to learn to speak Klingon).

Rowe Leathers, Career Services Contributor
Rowe is a graduate of San Jose State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Psychology. Prior to coming to APUS, she held a position in career services with a trade school where she enjoyed performing all the various aspects of career services: coaching, resume workshops, employer contacts, and graduation. Rowe transitioned into career coaching after over a decade of working in both residential and commercial mortgage.

Shun McGee, Career Services Contributor
Shun graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Business Management. Stemming from a desire to positively impact the community, he entered the teaching profession. As a member of the Special Education Department, history and English were his core subjects. He also taught English for Speakers of Other Languages.Shaun moved from the position of student advisor to the Department of Student and Alumni Affairs where he has worked in Career Services as a resume review specialist. Shun holds the academic process in high esteem. He appreciates having the opportunity to assist students make important life decisions and hopes they are motivated to excel after interacting with him.

Christine Muncy, Career Services Contributor
Christine is a career services professional who started her career in higher education as an Admission Counselor at a small liberal arts college. After finding her passion for helping students, she began working on her Master of Education in Student Affairs at Wright State University. Christine graduated and moved to Northern Virginia to begin work at the American Public University System as an Academic Advisor, then transferred to the Career Services team and found her true passion- Career Counseling.Christine holds a certification as a Global Career Development Facilitator and is currently serving as the Director of Career Services. To learn more about Christine, connect with her on LinkedIn!

Kristen Pearson, Career Services Contributor
Kristen received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, emphasis in Public Relations, with a minor in Psychology from George Mason University. In the of summer 2014 she attended American Public University to begin obtaining her Master of Arts in Management. After various positions in the customer service field, Kristen discovered her passion for higher education in 2011, when she was offered a position at American Public University Systems. Since then, she has found her home in the Department of Career Services and has moved from Career Coach to currently serving as a Team Manager. Kristen is also a certified Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and enjoys encouraging and advising students towards enhancement; and aspires to aid every student towards the road to success.

Jaymie Pompeo, Career Services Contributor
Jaymie completed her Bachelors in Business Administration with Florida Atlantic University. Her career journey began in human resources where she handled several aspects of the employee experience such as new hire orientations, team buildings, employee relations, and exit interviews. Motivated in helping others succeed, she transitioned into higher education with American Public University System (APUS) in 2010. The experience she gained in academic advising helped shape her passion towards empowering students and alumni with their career journey, particularly those transitioning from military to civilian work. For this reason and many more, she is excited to be a Career Coach supporting interests with Homeland Security, Emergency and Disaster Management, Criminal Justice, and Security Management.

Marcia Powers, Career Services Contributor
Marcia attended the University of Minnesota – Duluth where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduation, Marcia decided to serve in the AmeriCorps where she discovered her passion for helping others achieve their academic and career goals. Deciding that Higher Education was the right path for her, Marcia gained experience in Admissions and Financial Aid before transitioning to Career Services at American Public University System (APUS). As a Career Coach at APUS, Marcia’s industries of focus are Emergency and Disaster Management, Homeland Security, Criminal Justice, and Security Management. Marcia currently resides in West Virginia and enjoys spending her free time hiking, fishing, and camping with her family and friends.

Ann Eastham, Career Services Contributor
Ann started her education at the University of Findlay and completed an associate degree in equestrian studies in 2005. After working for a few years in a wide variety of farm/ranch jobs, she completed her bachelor’s in health care administration at Ashford University. Ann served as a clinical technician in an ICU/Telemetry unit before working as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Cardiac, Vascular, and Thoracic surgery.In 2011, Ann transitioned from working in the healthcare field into higher education and started as an Academic Advisor. While working as an advisor Ann developed a passion for assisting students in converting their education into careers and became a career coach in 2014. Ann will be working with students in the health, nursing, and intelligence/national security, and military industries.

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