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Meet some of our contributors

Bringing you the best experience means finding experts whose information you can trust. From students that can advise on aspects of student life to industry professionals who can tell you the ins and outs of working life in your chosen profession. We’ve gathered experts from a variety of backgrounds to bring you the latest info, helping you choose the right degree path for you.

James Wittenauer

Registered nurse

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.

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.

Will Bennis

Psychologist

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.

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.

Kristen Parillo

Nurse educator

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.

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.

Sarah O’Connor

SEN teacher

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).

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).

Tiffany Belcher

Clinical team lead

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.

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.

Brandes Gress

Preschool teacher

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.

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.

Austin Wetmore

Scientific writer

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.

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.

Danielle Bodnar

EFL Teacher

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.

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.

Alisa Regnier

Healthcare communications professional

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.

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.

Lindsay Caplan

Graduate nursing student

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.

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.

John O’Keefe

ESL trainer & edupreneur

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.

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.

Bow Young Kim

Teacher

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.

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.

Jazzmin Hurst

Psychology student

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.

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.

Daniel Jensen

Security studies graduate

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 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

English teacher

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.

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.

Tamsin Copans

Psychology student

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.

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.

Sarka Kadlecova

Educational researcher

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.

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.