Meet the people behind BestColleges
Stephanie SniderStephanie has directed the content marketing strategy on BestColleges since its inception in 2014. Today, she oversees day-to-day business operations, working with a talented team that is dedicated to matching students with their best college. Her belief that everyone deserves access to quality, affordable education is the touchstone that guides her. Stephanie has a bachelor of arts in English and a master of architecture from the University of Washington. If she had any, she would dedicate her spare time to DIY home renovations, but that's on hold until the kids are in college.
Public Relations Manager
Quinn TomlinQuinn is the Public Relations Manager for BestColleges. In this role, she oversees a team responsible for public relations, thought leadership, video production, and branding. She's worked on the BestColleges marketing team for over four years and helped to build its robust, student-first brand. Quinn has a bachelor of arts in English literature and philosophy from Seattle University and is an avid hiker and food enthusiast.
Shilpa ShyamShilpa attended Western Washington University, where she earned her degree in marketing. Shilpa stays busy working on the site experience of BestColleges. In her off-time, Shilpa enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen, heading outdoors, watching Netflix, and dreaming of living abroad (she's always liked the sound of Costa Rica).
Content Outreach Lead
James ValentineJames attended Boise State University, where he studied business and marketing. His passion for learning and personal development led him to BestColleges, where he leads content outreach efforts to connect prospective students and life-long learners with a diverse collection of higher education and career planning content.
Colin WeickmannColin graduated from Washington State University with a BA in digital technology and culture. Prior to joining the team at BestColleges, he worked as a writing tutor and instructor, helping college students improve their academic and professional writing. Today, he continues to help students by creating engaging and informative higher education content on BestColleges. Outside of the office, Colin enjoys creating music, skiing, traveling, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Vice President of Creative
Laine PlummerLaine is vice president of content and creative at BestColleges. She joined the team in 2019 when BestColleges joined Red Ventures. As someone who has reinvented her career several times, from direct marketing to digital, she supports BestColleges in its mission to help adult learners and career changers find the right programs to reach their goals. She holds a bachelor of science in integrated marketing communication from Winthrop University. Laine enjoys reading and spending time with two little learners at home.
Julie LintonJulie leads the BestColleges content team. As the managing editor, she oversees the assigning, editing, and production of content while also ensuring a high standard of quality and creativity, so visitors are informed, inspired, and empowered in their college searches. Julie has a bachelor of art in English from Oregon State University and a master of art in publishing from Portland State University. Outside of the office, she loves cooking, reading, and enjoying the great outdoors in the PNW.
Reece JohnsonReece manages the BestColleges blog, "Office Hours." He also writes about expanding educational opportunities, the future of work, and higher education policy. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington and a master's degree from Columbia University.
Grant BradleyGrant is responsible for taking the great collegiate content his teammates assemble from detailed blueprint to live web page on your computer screen. After earning degrees in English and publishing from Whitman College and Emerson College, he's eager to apply his love of letters to creating beautiful, intuitive reading experiences for everyone who visits BestColleges. Outside the nine-to-five, Grant enjoys keeping track of good happy hours and putting together seasonal Spotify playlists.
Croix BostonOriginally from Southern California, Croix moved to Seattle in 2014 to study poetry at Seattle Pacific University. Before becoming BestColleges's lead SEO analyst, he dabbled in various marketing odd-jobs. Outside of the office, Croix can usually be found behind a camera or cuddled up at home with a fresh pot of coffee and a graphic novel.
Kayla AllenKayla holds a bachelor of arts in communication from the University of Washington. Her previous experience in sales and marketing has helped her bring a unique perspective to the content management role. She enjoys being a part of the BestColleges content production process and working with writers to create compelling and informative content for higher education seekers. When she's not binging bad reality television, Kayla likes to cook, read, hike, ski, and travel.
Marketing Communications Associate
Cole CookCole is BestColleges' marketing communications associate, working to connect with BestColleges' audience. She translates BestColleges ideals through a number of mediums, including video production. With a background in creative arts, she is always looking for new ways to showcase the BestColleges brand. Cole received her bachelor's degree in emerging media and communication from The University of Texas at Dallas. In her free time, she likes to binge-watch Youtube videos while drawing or painting.
Jacqueline MaJacqueline attended the University of Washington, where she earned a degree in political science and American ethnic studies. She spends her day to day promoting BestColleges' highly relevant content! When she's not emailing away, Jacqueline spends her time hanging out with her dog, exploring new food spots, and buying way too many books from Half Price Books.
Amy BryantAmy graduated from Seattle University, where she earned a degree in marketing. Her day-to-day at BestColleges focuses on growing and managing our expert contributor network. When not in the office, Amy enjoys spending time with her puppy, making homemade pasta, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Online Education Advisor
Melissa VenableMelissa A. Venable, Ph.D. is a writer and educational expert for BestColleges. She leads our annual research project reporting online education trends. Melissa is also an adjunct instructor and course designer for Saint Leo University and the University of South Florida. She received her doctorate in instructional technology from the University of South Florida with research interests in distance education and online student support. Melissa is also a certified career coach.
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