At BestColleges we understand that what makes a college the “best” looks different to every student, and each college search comes with its own unique challenges. This is why we aim to help prospective students find the school that best meets their needs through proprietary research, user-friendly guides, and hundreds of independent college rankings.
Meet the people behind BestColleges
Stephanie SniderSince 2014, Stephanie has been managing BestColleges, where she directs content marketing strategy and oversees day-to-day site operations. Her belief that everyone deserves access to quality, affordable education is the touchstone that guides her. She earned her BA in English and M.Arch. at the University of Washington and boasts a work history that spans insurance, finance, design, entrepreneurship, and digital marketing. This varied experience uniquely lends itself to covering college and career planning for students at each step of their journey. In her "down time," Stephanie chases after her two loving, smart, funny, and beautiful children (note: completely biased opinion).
Marketing Communications Manager
Quinn TomlinWhile studying English literature and philosophy at Seattle University, Quinn discovered an interest in the way people communicate and interact with each other. She brought this passion with her to BestColleges, where she specializes in email and media outreach and relationship management. When not building connections, Quinn loves to travel, hike the Pacific Northwest's beautiful trails, and try out new recipes on family and friends.
Chief Operating Officer
Rafael JoseRafael oversees the content marketing production and operations for HigherEducation.com. He works with schools and organizations within the education space, as well as prospective, returning, and current students, to develop BestColleges into the destination site for higher education. When deciding how best to build the library of content and information on the site, he often thinks about what kind of information will be helpful for his two baby boys (even though by the time they're college ready, they will probably experience school via VR headsets and holograms).
Senior Marketing Manager
Heather DileepanHeather oversees data collection and school surveys for the BestColleges team. With over a decade of experience in publishing, editing, marketing, and e-commerce, she loves finding parity between the creative elements of content creation and the compelling story well organized and accurate data presents. She earned her BA and MA in English and Writing and can usually be found with her nose in a book or editing (and re-editing) her latest short story...that is, when she's not busy being mom to her twin boys.
Manager of Marketing Production
James ValentineAs a member of the marketing team at BestColleges, James helps spread the word about our wide range of college planning resources. After graduating with a degree in business and marketing from Boise State University, he came onboard eager to connect organizations and prospective college students with information regarding higher education. Outside of the office he can be found amongst friends & family, exploring all that life has to offer.
Shilpa ShyamShilpa attended Western Washington University, where she earned her degree in marketing. Shilpa began her professional journey in late 2016 when she was hired by HigherEducation.com. She has enjoyed learning from veterans of the business. Her favorite part of the job is communicating with partners on how to best represent universities and improve site content. In her off-time, Shilpa enjoys trying new recipes in the kitchen, making terrariums, watching Netflix, and dreaming of living abroad (she's always liked the sound of Costa Rica).
Operations and Data Intelligence
Jennifer YeeJennifer is responsible for understanding the data and insights behind BestColleges. When she's not on the hunt for the world's greatest Bloody Mary, she is function-deep in spreadsheets looking for trends and outliers. Jennifer is a firm believer that the smartest product decisions are driven by data, and is dedicated to help BestColleges serve prospective students in the best way it can.
Ramzi BesharaOver the past 10 years, Ramzi has honed his artistic eye while focusing on UI and making sure users get what they need and want. He is now responsible for the design and design maintenance of BestColleges. In his free time he enjoys playing music, going to shows, reading comics & books, and hopefully soon -- as a newcomer to Seattle -- taking advantage of the mountains.
Colin WeickmannColin graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Digital Technology & 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. Now as an Media Relations Specialist, Colin combines his passion for technology, writing, and helping students by developing strategies to enhance the site's many educational resources and rankings. Outside of the office, Colin enjoys immersing himself in music, practicing photography, skiing, traveling, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Kyle KuhnKyle studied digital journalism at Central Washington University. While working for school publications and interning at the Seattle Met Magazine, he learned the importance of thoughtful writing and proper grammar. He brings this knowledge to BestColleges, where his goal is to keep site content clean and concise. Kyle enjoys watching Seattle sports, spending time with his significant other, writing/complaining about the Seattle Mariners, and playing video games (the one place where the Mariners might ever be successful).
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Let's Talk College
Join us, using #LETSTALKCOLLEGE, for topics related to higher education, barriers to college, online learning, educational technology, and career development.
We'll post each chat's questions in advance of the upcoming session on our Twitter account, along with related information to help get you ready. Student, faculty, support, and administrator perspectives are welcome!
Every other Wednesday @ 12pm PST
Dr. Melissa Venable
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Meet Our Moderator
Melissa A. Venable, Ph.D. is a writer and educational expert for BestColleges where she contributes to web content on topics related to college and career decision-making. In this role she also leads an annual research project reporting online education trends, and moderates the BestColleges Twitter chat covering issues in technology and higher education. 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.