Degree Choices is a team of education researchers working together to provide valuable financial advice and guide prospective students to find schools and careers that best suit their needs.
Ory is an experienced entrepreneur and investor who founded Degree Choices in 2021. Prior to Degreechoices, He founded XLMedia PLC in 2003 and is an active investor in many companies. He is fascinated by the way people make choices and wants to use his extensive experience in product and service comparison to help people make optimal career and education choices. He is also a self-proclaimed full-time dad, amateur poker player, fitnessholic and holds an Industrial Engineering degree.
Dr. Michael Nietzel began his career in education as the director of the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. Later he was the chair of the psychology department, dean of the graduate school, provost, and in 2005 was appointed president of Missouri State University. Post retirement, Mike became the senior educational policy advisor to Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon, a role he held for a further 6 years.
Mike directs much of our featured content, writes articles, and brings in the contributing experts.
David Levy manages the content, product, and data strategy for Degree Choices. Recently he has been spending much of his time developing and honing the economic valuation methodology used for ranking colleges and programs. David graduated way back in 2001 from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, with a major in political science.
Brandes Gress graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a bachelor’s degree in child development. She is passionate about education, development, and art, which have all played a major role in her teaching practices as a preschool teacher over the last 8 years.
Olga is an in-house editor and writer at Degreechoices.com. She has previous experience as a higher education instructional designer and a university librarian. Olga is passionate about well-crafted sentences, Wikipedia rabbit holes, and the Oxford comma.
Formerly a university English teacher, Tom now works on Degreechoices as a content editor and writer. He is passionate about education, and has a nasty habit of choosing difficult languages to learn.
Our team of qualified educators, writers and researchers provide first-hand industry knowledge to help inform your college and career planning decisions.
Brittany is a content writer with a passion for education, travel, and the great outdoors. With experience in both international education and higher education, she has a passion for helping students achieve their dreams and find their place in the world. When she's not writing, you can find her hiking, camping, studying herbal medicine, or enjoying live music with friends.
Miranda Marquit, MBA, is a freelance financial writer and money expert. Her work has appeared in multiple media outlets, including Marketwatch, NPR, Yahoo! Finance, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and more. In addition to writing about money, Miranda is also an avid podcaster, contributing to the Money Talks News weekly podcast. She lives in Idaho, where she enjoys hiking, traveling, playing board games, and spending time with her son.
Rayelle Davis is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and Board Certified Telemental Health Provider specializing in addictions and trauma. She is also a Doctoral Candidate in the counselor education and supervision program at Duquesne University where she works as an adjunct faculty member and clinical supervisor for master's level counseling students. She is passionate about mental health education and reducing related stigma. Her research focuses on the cultural trauma of the Appalachian region of the United States. She has presented at various professional conferences and received research awards from Duquesne University and the American Counseling Association. She owns her own practice in western Maryland where she resides with her family.
Leah Glennon earned a BA in Philosophy from Clark University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. She has written professionally for over 30 years, in vastly different settings, including as a journalist in Mexico City; in documentary film production for PBS in Denver and New York City; and in content writing and advertising for progressive, elementary education. During that time Leah also honed her skills as a memoirist, working most recently in the short form. Leah gets tremendous satisfaction from collaborating with other writers as well, helping them get to the center of their stories via thoughtful content and developmental editing. Leah was born and raised in New York City, an experience she most often draws upon for her own work, and now lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, and two grown sons.
Alisa Regnier works in healthcare communications, supporting content and campaigns that reach 15,000+ employees and millions of consumers. Alisa holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota and is based in Minneapolis, MN. She’s spent more than 15 years working in communications and marketing in agencies and large global organizations. As an experienced storyteller she’s passionate about creating meaningful content that people want to connect and engage with.
Dr. Amanda Hannon, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist working in private practice near Atlanta, GA. She provides counseling and testing services to her clients and has a background in college counseling and student outreach. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Human Systems from Florida State University and conducted research examining help-seeking attitudes and behaviors regarding students' mental health. She completed an internship and postdoc in college counseling centers and has provided several presentations on various mental health and student life topics. Her current counseling work focuses on helping individuals manage and overcome anxiety, develop healthy boundaries, and improve their sense of self-worth.
Andy is on a mission to help candidates do what they love. He is the Founder & Director of CareerHigher and a Careers/HR strategist, writer, and speaker. Andy has 10 years of experience in Career Consulting, Recruitment, and Business having worked with companies including Oracle, Pearson, and BP. Also, he has earned an MSc in HRM from the University of Edinburgh, is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, and a certified Career Consultant. Outside of work, Andy loves traveling, photography, and the digital nomad lifestyle.
Austin Wetmore is a scientific writer for a biotech company near Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from St. Olaf College and an M.S. in Cancer Biology & Immunology from the University of Minnesota. He has also completed coursework in an MPH degree program at A.T. Still University. He recently changed his career plans from becoming a rural family practice osteopathic (DO) physician to pursuing a career in medical writing, but he remains committed to improving the quality of care for patients and reducing health disparities. Along his professional journey, he has served as a chemist, graduate medical education researcher at a national association for medical colleges in the US, and freelance medical editor. He currently resides in the Atlanta area with his dog, Oliver, but he grew up in Minnesota and played NCAA men's ice hockey during undergraduate college.
Blyss Splane is an experienced certified nurse in the operating room and is currently working as a travel nurse. She lives with her husband and cockapoo outside the Atlanta area.
Bow Young Kim is a teacher, writer and lifelong learner based in New York City. She holds a M.A. in Teaching of English from Teachers College, Columbia University and a B.A. in English from the University of Rochester. She specializes in classroom teaching and curriculum development, and is fueled by a passion to make knowledge and learning accessible and inclusive for all. More specifically, she is interested in exploring the intersection of educational technology, teacher efficacy, and learner engagement.
Brandon Protas, Ed.D. serves as a Strategy Director with Complete College America (CCA). He leads the Momentum pillar of strategies which includes Credit for Competency, Multiple Measures, Corequisite Support, Dual Enrollment, and 15 to Finish / Stay on Track. He also supports CCA Alliance members in the West. Brandon is passionate about education as a public good to improve society and to transform individual lives. Prior to joining CCA, Brandon worked for nine years at Community College of Denver directing their concurrent enrollment program. He also worked for more than a decade in the K12 system in the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona in a variety of capacities including social work, community building, and college readiness programming.
Caralyn is graduate student working on a doctoral degree in forensic psychology at Walden University, has a Master of Arts degree in forensic psychology with a clinical, and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University. She is a member of the International Honor Society in Psychology and currently works as a qualitative research analyst and online writing tutor. Caralyn is passionate about bringing awareness to the importance of research in social sciences. Some of her research interests includes topics related to mental health, the effectiveness of education in the corrections system, and the psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Daniel Jensen is a graduate of the International Security Studies program from the University of Arizona and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Carthage College. His academic career has led him to develop an interest in better understanding the dynamics of the radicalization process which leads individuals down the rabbit hole of extremist ideology. He aspires to use this passion to eventually pursue a Ph.D. in either Political Science or Psychology with the goal of developing programs designed to counteract this dangerous phenomenon. In his freetime, Daniel publishes essays about American politics, democratization, human rights, violent conflicts, and issues in cybersecurity.
Daniel Bal holds an M.S. Ed. in Secondary English Education from Duquesne University as well as a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Penn State University. He spent over a decade as a high school English teacher where he worked with special education and advanced placement students. As an educator, Daniel developed and executed curriculum that revolved around the creative process and the practical application of reading and writing. He continues to focus on helping the literary community by working as a writing coach within both the academic and publishing fields.
Danielle Bodnar is a writer, editor, and EFL teacher. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Writing, Literature and Publishing at Boston-based Emerson College, she transitioned into English language teaching by earning a TEFL certificate, and has picked up editing and freelance work to fill out her schedule. In her spare time, Danielle works on her personal creative writing projects. She believes that stories and creativity help foster mutual understanding and enthusiasm for learning, and that everyone could stand to read more books.
My name is Darya Jones and I’m from Oakland, California. I graduated from the California State University of Sacramento in 2011 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. I’m 27 years old and work as a Youth Corrections Case Manager. In my spare time I enjoy shopping, reading, and working out.
Dewilka Simons, Pharm.D. is a medical information specialist specialized in oncology and scientific communications. She holds a bachelors in biological sciences and obtained her pharmacy degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. Passionate about healthcare education, she strives to effectively communicate medical information to various audiences from healthcare providers to patients. She currently supports the development of oncology content for pharmaceutical companies.
Currently studying to take the LSAT to pursue a career in criminal law, Emma is a criminal research professional who specializes in background screening for small and large businesses. She has a B.S. in criminal justice, and has interned with her local police department where she was able to relate her studies to real life situations, while gaining insights into law enforcement policies. Her interest in criminal justice and sociology are based in a passion to understand the complexities of social behaviors as they pertain to crime.
Gwen Stevenson is a law student at the University of Washington. Originally from Utah, she completed her B.A. at the University of British Columbia, where she studied Political Science and English Language/Literature. Focused on finding practical, community-oriented solutions to justice, she is passionate about making the justice system more accessible. As a queer woman, she hopes to someday be a part of a more diverse and representative legal field. Gwen is a firm advocate for having a chat over a cup of tea as a problem-solving method, and a fan of David Bowie and mystery novels.
Ilil is a corporate and startup senior recruiter with 10+ years of HR and recruiting experience and a wide tech network. She introduces tech companies to top talent and helps them hire great people for their teams. As a Career and Branding Expert, Ilil coaches job seekers during their search process and helps them find new opportunities that fit their skills and professional goals. She creates attractive resumes, advises clients in discovering new opportunities using networking, helps maximize LinkedIn as a search tool, and prepares talent for job interviews.
Ivy Love is a senior policy analyst in the Center on Education & Labor at New America, where her work focuses on community colleges, their students, and federal and state policies that support them. Prior to New America, Ivy worked as a policy analyst for the Association of Community College trustees, as a lecturer at Washington University in St. Louis and Webster University, and as a refugee orientation educator at the International Institute of St. Louis. Ivy is a Ph.D. candidate in higher education administration at Saint Louis University. She holds an M.A. from the University of Sheffield (UK) and a B.A. from Missouri Southern State University.
Dr. Jacqueline Belanger is a Licensed Psychologist dedicated to maximizing accessible high-quality mental healthcare. Operating from a holistic, multidimensional wellness framework, Dr. Belanger has facilitated the success of 20 years of graduating students nationwide by providing counseling, outreach and consultation, wellness programming, and the provision of ADA accommodations. She founded Fieldstone Counseling and Wellness Services to provide a comprehensive range of services that effectively address the intersection of emotional and occupational wellness.
James Wittenauer, RN, MSN, MPA, RN-BC has been a registered nurse for 27 years with over 15 years critical care experience, as well as experience in same day surgery, primary care and cardiac care. James received his associate's degree and BSN from Lewis-Clark State College, his master’s degree in public administration from Troy State University, and his master’s degree in nursing administration from the University of Phoenix. He is board certified in pain management nursing. James has written for various journals, websites and continuing education series and serves as a peer reviewer for the Federal Practitioner medical journal.
Jazzmin Hurst is a graduate student working on a Master of Science in Psychology at Purdue. As a 2020 graduate of Michigan State University she received two bachelor's degrees in history, and political science. Jazzmin has had the pleasure to study and write about various topics not limited to policing, criminal justice reform, sociology, child welfare, politics, history, geography and psychology. She has previous experience as a college advisor, having worked with marginalized, or otherwise non-traditional students. Jazzmin also has extensive psychological training in child welfare having worked in the Michigan foster system, and receiving a child welfare certification from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. Currently, she resides in the U.S. state of Alaska with her husband who is a service member of the United States Armed Forces.
Jeremie is an experienced MedTech and healthcare consultant, research scientist, entrepreneur, and clinician-in-training. He is passionate about identifying clinical shortcomings and developing patient-centered solutions through novel therapeutic approaches, healthcare delivery optimization, and translational research innovation.
John O'Keefe is an eduprenuer based in Prague, the Czech Republic. He has taught English as a foreign language for over 20 years. He also created and ran Trinity College London teacher training programs in Prague, Seville and Florence. Most recently he has focused on creating Cloud based school administration programs to help schools improve the quality of teaching and improve their day-to-day operations. Schools all around the world are using these programs. He has a BA in English literature from Brighton University in the UK.
Julie Masterson, Ph.D., is Associate Provost- Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Missouri State University. She currently serves as Chair of the Master’s Committee for the Council of Graduate Schools and is on the advisory boards of the Missouri Science and Technology Policy Initiative, Education Testing Service (formerly GRE), and ProQuest. Julie served as Chair of the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools, as a trustee for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, as VP for Research for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and as chair of the national advisory committee for CSDCAS, the centralized application service for CSD programs. Julie received the Honors of the Association from American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2015, from the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2018, and was named one the region’s Most Influential Women by Springfield Business Journal in 2017.
Dr. Karen A. Stout has served as president and CEO of Achieving the Dream since 2015, leading a network of over 300 community colleges working to eliminate inequities in educational and workforce outcomes. She previously was president of Montgomery County Community College (Pennsylvania) from 2001 to 2015. Stout, a former AACC board member, is currently chair of the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research Advisory Board at North Carolina State University. She was recently presented the 2022 AACC Leadership Award and is among the newest member of the newly created AACC Hall of Fame.
Dr. Kevin Shriner is a higher education researcher with a passion for promoting student access, engagement, and success in distance education. In 2014, he founded the Center for Distance Education Research to share unbiased research on the progress of distance learning in the United States. Dr. Shriner has over 25 years of experience in higher education and was a past Fellow for the National Summer Data Policy Institute on the Datasets of the National Center for Education Statistics and National Science Foundation and a recipient of the Association of Institutional Research and National Center for Education Statistics Fellowship Program in Institutional Research. In addition to distance education, his education research interests include college attainment, underrepresented populations and workforce development.
Kristen Parillo, MS RN, is a nurse educator who specializes in active learning in a flipped classroom environment. She acquired her master’s in nursing education in 2020 and her primary interest lies in the care of marginalized populations with a specialty in psychiatric nursing. In 2000 she first started working as a registered nurse in mental health. She completed her bachelor’s in psychology in 2006 and her bachelor’s in nursing in 2015. Becoming an educator has allowed her to combine her passion for mental health nursing and her lifelong love of writing. Outside of the classroom, Kristen teaches the public about mental health initiatives and passionately advocates for the care and rights of the mentally ill. She was a volunteer after hurricane Katrina in 2005 in the lower 9th of New Orleans Louisiana and volunteers for many local organizations. She has many various interests including organic micro farming, history, travelling, languages, ice-fishing, and camping. In her spare time, she runs her small farm in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains with a focus on organics and sustainability. She is currently developing the plans for a food forest on her land and can often be found working in her gardens alongside her trusty flock of chickens.
Lindsay Caplan is a graduate nursing student at the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai, working towards her second accelerated degree in nursing. She holds a B.S. in Biology and English from Boston College. Her decision to pursue a career in healthcare is fueled by her passion for creating a meaningful connection with others and creating a safe, open space for those in need to feel comfortable seeking care. She has also received her personal training certification to combine her love of being active with the desire to help others better their health and their lives. Currently living in Manhattan, she loves travel and experiencing culture, as well as investigating how different societies function in terms of healthcare. Outside of that, her goal is to lead others by example and to share her experiences with others.
Lyn Geist earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University Sacramento. She practiced social work for the Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Protective Services for 10 years and was a supervisor for 6 of those years. She has experience as a therapist in addiction and recovery as well as group counseling. She is now a freelance copywriter and enjoys helping brands clarify their messaging as they grow. She is also an army veteran and is an active volunteer for veteran causes.
Madison Tucker holds an M.S. in criminal justice behavioral studies, and a B.A. in psychology with a minor in justice studies. She has also completed various certificate programs in the areas of cognitive neuroscience, registered behavioral technician training, and mental health studies-suicide, violent behavior, and substance abuse. Madison currently works for Piedmont Technical College as a Student Services Coordinator where she advises traditional and continuing education students. In her free time, she is an active member of the South Carolina Association for Behavioral Analysis and is pursuing her South Carolina Notary goals and National Certified Psychiatric Technician license.
Makenna L. Rivers is a recent graduate from Portland State University. With a bachelors degree in psychology and a masters degree in criminology and criminal justice, she is interested and fascinated by all things behavioral. Makenna has worked in aggression research, studied masculinity, and taught criminal justice classes. As an experienced educator and a first generation student, she loves to answer questions through analogies or stories based on theories, research, and experience.
Matthew D. Linton is Publications and Communications Manager at the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C. He has written for The Washington Post, The Journal of American-East Asian Relations, and other outlets. His recent publication for CGS, Making a Grad School Plan: From Application to Orientation (2021), is a brief guide for prospective graduate students interested in pursuing a graduate degree. Before joining the Council, he received his doctorate in History from Brandeis University.
Megan Abels has a M.S. in psychology and is a criminal justice professional with experience in both clinical and research practices in the fields. Megan received her M.S. from Palo Alto University and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Currently, Megan is working as a research volunteer and as a research associate for a healthcare market research startup.
Meggen Horwatt is an independently licensed clinical mental health counselor who has a plethora of experience working in different disciplines. She primarily has worked with adults struggling with mental health disorders providing both individual and group therapy. Meggen has enjoyed working with adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, giving support to her clients and their families. Meggen has a B.S. in Psychology and a Master's of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In her downtime, Meggen enjoys exercising, hiking, traveling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Rachael lives in historic downtown Troy, New York with her family. She has had many adventures including being a professional snowmobile racer, and prior to becoming a nurse, she was a fine dining server. She is currently studying for her sommelier certification. She has held multiple board and executive committee positions throughout her academic career. More recently, she has held positions on her critical care nursing unit self-governance committees. She is also an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, working toward her FACHE board certification, and an active member of the American Public Health Academy. Research and interdisciplinary collaboration are two of her favorite fields to explore. Sharing her own experience, helping new nurses see how important their transferable skills are, demonstrating the wide application for nursing into other industries, and fostering communication are some topics she enjoys writing about.
Rashad Skinner is the founder and Executive Director of Sapphire Therapeutic Services, Inc. His non-profit agency has been working with families by providing counseling and training for over a decade to preserve and improve the family unit for children. Prior to founding the agency, Rashad’s social work expanded to include helping clients in hospital settings, treating drug addiction in the criminal justice system, and with families involved in the child welfare system. He specializes in motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, structuralism, and grief counseling. Rashad has bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Master’s in Social Work He is a Licensed Clinical Social Work Supervisor, DWI educator, parenting instructor, and devoted dad.
Sarah O’Connor holds a Master's in Applied Social Psychology from City University Hong Kong, and is a qualified member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). She is registered by the BPS to perform educational assessments and has over 17 years of experience in Special Needs Education (SEN).
Sarka Kadlecova is an educator and researcher based in Prague, the Czech Republic. She teaches English courses focused on academic skills, intercultural competences and art and visual culture at the Language Centre of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University. Previously she worked in an NGO and developed educational programs aimed at prevention of prejudices and hate violence. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology. She is passionate about art.
Tamsin Copans is a part-time student counselor at the Charles University medical faculty in Prague, Czech Republic. A B.A. (Hons) student and now a student again currently studying psychology, with the UK-based Open University. She has also completed diplomas in holistic nutrition, psychotherapy and counseling and a certificate in meridian psychotherapy. Tamsin is absolutely passionate about fully understanding the human interconnections of all things physical and emotional in the environment in which we live. Her goal is to find new approaches to pinpoint the right balance between mind and physical functions. Originally from South Africa, Tamsin now resides in the Czech Republic with her 4 year old daughter and her husband.
Tiffany Belcher is a dedicated healthcare professional in Washington State. She holds a Master's of Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Management, and a Bachelor's of Science with a focus in Healthcare Administration. Tiffany has 15 years of experience including care delivery, program coordination, project development and implementation, process improvement, training and development, leadership, and more. She has spent most of her career working with fast-paced, complex healthcare organizations. When she’s not at work she enjoys writing, fitness, and spending time with her family.
I am a consultant in financial services and a recent graduate of John Jay College's International Crime & Justice M.A. program. As an active teacher and learner in both in the professional and the academic setting, I thrive in communicating with students and colleagues of all ages from all cultural backgrounds. With enthusiasm, I specialize in writing, editing, and research and can tutor in test taking, job or college applications, essay writing, social studies, history, international relations, and political science.
Dr. Victor R. Prybutok is a Regents Professor of Decision Sciences in the Information Technology and Decision Sciences Department and Associate Dean of the Toulouse Graduate School at the University of North Texas. He received, from Drexel University, his B.S. with High Honors in 1974, a M.S. in Bio-Mathematics in 1976, a M.S. in Environmental Health in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Analysis and Applied Statistics in 1984. Dr. Prybutok is an American Society for Quality certified quality engineer, certified quality auditor, and certified manager of quality / organizational excellence. He is also an accredited professional statistician (PSTAT®) by the American Statistical Association. Dr. Prybutok has authored over 200 journal articles, more than 300 conference presentations / proceedings, and several book chapters in applied and theoretical areas of information systems measurement, quality control, risk assessment, applied statistics, and the instruction of statistics.
Dr. Will Bennis, Ph.D., is a cultural and environmental psychologist focused on ways in which culture and built environments interact to influence cognitive processes. Will’s research explores cultural, environmental, and psychological influences on how people think and decide. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in the Department of Psychology where he examined how the environment contributed to important creative insights. Following his doctoral degree, Will worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and then in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His current interests concern the conflicting human needs for autonomy and community, and how that conflict is getting resolved among remote workers, freelancers, and other location-independent professionals.
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Degree Choices was founded by Ory Weihs in 2021. Ory has a successful track record as founder and advisor of several high-authority companies in a wide variety of sectors, including online marketing, SAAS, and healthcare. His newest venture builds on his experience and focuses on guiding students to make their best educational and career choices.
Ory is joined in this mission by an experienced team of educational experts, data analysts, and researchers, who work together to ensure that the information students need to decide on their future career is relevant, factual, and easily accessible on the website.