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Jeremy A. Colby – Niagara University

As it strives to build a better community on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border, Niagara University is following the mission of its patron, St. Vincent de Paul. So says Jeremy A. Colby, who’s soon to celebrate his second anniversary as general counsel of his alma mater in Lewiston, New York. When asked about his […]

Maria Feeley – Washington and Lee University

Private practice had its rewards, most of which were tangible. But in her professional prime, Maria Feeley wanted something other than to simply sustain her career at an Am Law 100 firm. “At the big firms you can just be moving money from one client who has it to another client who has it,” she […]

Lilianna Kalin – College of DuPage

Given the complex and litigious environments in which many universities and colleges operate, having in-house counsel isn’t just wise, it’s often a necessity. But it can be equally out of reach, particularly for smaller institutions and community colleges, says Lilianna Kalin. She’s one of the rare ones, just the second general counsel for College of […]

Kenneth M. Walker II – Shelby County Schools

In 2020, the stage was set in the midst of a pandemic for Shelby County Schools to have its own version of “Mission: Impossible.” In administering one of the largest public school districts in the country—with 95,000 students—the Shelby County Board of Education had to find the same number of computer devices to enable remote […]

Alecia Chen – Climb Credit

With nationwide unemployment still high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are looking to further their education. But as the economy continues to sputter, the cost of higher education remains high, and potential learners struggle to identify which programs will help them improve their skills and career prospects. That’s where Climb Credit hopes to […]

Matthew Gerber – Center for Excellence in Higher Education Inc.

Not all college students are 18 to 22 years old. There are many barriers—time, money, other commitments—that keep people from pursuing the traditional college path. Imagine a young single mother—her 20s were spent raising two children while picking up every shift she could to make a little extra money. Now she’s in her 30s and […]

Robert Abramson – Bisk

Robert Abramson subscribes to the aphorism, “it’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” He’s applied that principle throughout a legal career of nearly 30 years, whether working with M&A, regulatory issues or helping create new revenue models in the education industry. Now general counsel for Bisk, a global provider of online […]

Elicia Pegues Spearman – Quinnipiac University

The highest-ranking security clearances handed out by the U.S. Department of Justice: secret and top secret. Elicia Pegues Spearman has held both. She received top-secret security clearance while working at the FBI. More recently, in her last position, she received secret security clearance at Groton, Connecticut-based General Dynamics Electric Boat, which—among other things—builds nuclear submarines. […]

Shannon Castellani – Age of Learning

When she got the opportunity to interview for a new position at Age of Learning, the parent company behind the popular ABCmouse and Adventure Academy children’s education platforms, Shannon Castellani sought insight on the product from an expert: her son. “He was around four at the time, and I wanted to know if the product […]

Natalie Ham – Charleston County School District

It was a School Board Committee meeting the likes of which Natalie Ham will never forget, helping to turn the tide of systemic racism in South Carolina’s Charleston County School District. On the surface, CCSD won an impressive first-place for its Academic Magnet High School from U.S. News and World Report in 2019, topping thousands […]

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