Shorelight was founded by educators and innovators who have worked as university leaders and alongside them as strategic counsel. We offer more than 20 years of strategic insight into the competitive educational marketplace, and know what it takes to build upon a school’s strengths.

Tom Dretler

CEO & Co-founder

Tom is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of Shorelight Education.

Prior to founding Shorelight, Tom was CEO at Eduventures, a best-practices and benchmarking research firm that works with U.S. universities. Previously, Tom was an executive-in-residence at Sterling Partners, a private equity firm that invests in education, health care, and business services companies.

Tom is a co-founder, former president, and board chair of the Alliance for Business Leadership, an association of progressive business leaders dedicated to growth and opportunity in Massachusetts. Tom currently serves as a Leadership Fellow for Johns Hopkins University. He is the co-author of the Sterling Partners/Bain & Company white paper, The Financially Sustainable University.

Tom is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University where he was a Rhodes Scholar candidate and Phi Beta Kappa member. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where he was awarded the Goldsmith Fellowship.

Basil Cleveland

Executive Vice President & Co-founder

Basil Cleveland is Executive Vice President & Co-founder of Shorelight.

Basil brings years of expertise in international education to his role as Executive Vice President of Shorelight Education. Prior to co-founding Shorelight, Basil helped build Kaplan’s global business while establishing 60+ transnational degree programs as senior vice president of Kaplan Global Solutions. At Kaplan, he developed partnership programs in Hong Kong, China, and Singapore, including complex consortia relationships with elite U.S., U.K., and Australian universities.

Basil holds a Ph.D. in literature and philosophy from Boston University, where he also earned an M.F.A. under the tutelage of three-time U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. In addition, he is one of the founding editors of Antilever Press, a nonprofit publisher of contemporary poetry.

Sharmeen Ahsan-Bracciale

Managing Director, IAP at American University

Sharmeen joined Shorelight Education in 2016 as the Managing Director of American University’s International Accelerator Program, overseeing all aspects of the partnership to ensure a high-quality experience for all students.

As the daughter of a former diplomat, Sharmeen has lived the international student experience herself, having called home eight different countries growing up.

She is passionate about education, having had an 18-year career in education administration and international development. Previous engagements include senior management roles at American University School of Communication, George Washington University School of Business, and Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies. Sharmeen has also served as a consultant to the Institute of International Education, the World Bank Group, and the International Finance Corporation.

Sharmeen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and an MBA from George Washington University. She has completed all requirements but dissertation toward a Ph.D. in higher education from the Lynch School at Boston College.

Carmen Atkinson

Regional Director, Latin America

Carmen is the Regional Director for Latin America tasked with developing and implementing a student recruitment strategy across the region.

She brings years of international student recruitment experience to Shorelight, as she was the recruitment director for South America at INTO University Partnerships and recruitment manager for South America at CEG.

Carmen also volunteers to translate materials for a fraternity of disabled people in South America and and works with a school that provides educational opportunities for lower-income students.

Carmen received a bachelor’s degree from Simultaneous Translation.

Pamela Bates

SVP, Partner Operations & Implementation

Pamela serves on Shorelight’s leadership team as Senior Vice President, Partner Operations.

In this role, Pamela manages new partner school implementation, academic affairs, student career planning, and multisite operations of Shorelight’s campus teams.

As a former senior managing director at Kaplan International, she is well versed in leading operations for higher education programs and English language schools. During her tenure at Kaplan, she managed a staff of more than 100 and oversaw operations for U.S.-based pathway programs.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Pamela oversaw U.S. operations for EC English Language Centers. Starting her career in international education at a young age, Pamela served as an intern for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

Pamela received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and political science from Wheaton College, where she continues to volunteer and serves as class president.

Lisa Beeson

Managing Director, Global UCF

As Managing Director of Global UCF, Lisa brings with her a diverse cultural and professional background, including more than 10 years of experience in international education.

She has a unique understanding of the challenges international students face, as she has studied, lived, and worked abroad. For 12 years, Lisa lived in Morocco where she held the role of senior manager in second language education. She has also worked abroad as an English as a Foreign Language teacher. The skills Lisa gained from these positions support her ability to help others in the exploration of and transition to new cultures.

Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane University. Lisa is committed to UCF’s goal of comprehensive internationalization and is ensuring that Global UCF students are well adjusted and prepared to succeed in UCF degree programs and beyond.

Dominic Berardi

VP, Global Admissions

Dominic Berardi is Shorelight’s Vice President of Global Admissions.

In his role, Dominic is responsible for overseeing the global admissions team, which is key for defining entry criteria for partnership programs as well as continual customer service maintenance across the United States and globally.

Dominic has previously worked on various partnership implementation teams and as a Regional Director for Southeast Asia at Shorelight. Prior to his time here, Dominic experienced a variety of professional fields, including consumer marketing and government affairs. Within the international education sector, Dominic was employed by Navitas to work in coordination with universities in a variety of countries.

Dominic attended the University of Cincinnati College of Business, where he received his bachelor’s of business administration in marketing and international business. Dominic also received his certificate in global management, international relations, and Chinese from Peking University.

James Boney

Managing Director, Adelphi International

As Managing Director of Adelphi International at Adelphi University, James is responsible for the maintenance of a high quality and seamless experience for Shorelight’s partner programs, both for the university and its students.

With 15 years of experience in higher education as an educator and administrator, James most recently served as the center director of an international pathway program at Widener University. Prior to that, James was a faculty member and administrator at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

ames received both a B.A. in philosophy and political science and an M.A. in European studies from La Salle University. James also attained a TESOL Certification from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in educational psychology at Temple University.

Sean Busenlener

Managing Director Auburn Global

Sean Busenlener is the managing director of Auburn Global at Auburn University.

Sean joined Auburn Global as student services director and then transitioned to assistant managing director before accepting the position as managing director. In his current role, Sean oversees the seamless management of Auburn Global’s relationship with Auburn University and ensures a quality student experience for students across Auburn Global programs, both undergraduate and graduate.

An Auburn University alumnus himself, Sean earned his B.A. in hotel and restaurant management from the University. Upon graduation, Sean entered the hospitality industry and worked for Marriot International and The Ritz-Carlton. Following his time with The Ritz-Carlton, Sean worked with the Capella Hotel Group at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center as the rooms division manager. Working at The Hotel at Auburn University, which is mostly staffed by student workers, gave Sean an opportunity to teach practicum classes for his alma mater in the College of Human Sciences.

With a wealth of knowledge from years in the hospitality industry, Sean works to enhance the student experience by finding ways to go above and beyond, providing genuine care and comfort for students and anticipating their needs.

James Butler

VP, Global Recruitment

James is Vice President, Global Recruitment, where he oversees the student recruitment for Shorelight’s university partnerships.

James manages a team of more than 70 staff across 16 countries.

James was formerly vice president of the recruitment group at Study Group ANZ, leading and overseeing the global revenue generation activities for Australia and New Zealand, including embedded pathway colleges at the University of Sydney, Australian National University, and Auckland University.

James received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, and an M.B.A. from the University of Sydney.

Bill Colvin

Executive Director, Partner Operations

Bill is an Executive Director, Regional Partner Operations. In this role, Bill provides ongoing strategic leadership to the Managing Directors and their respective programs, ensuring best practices and optimal performance standards.

Bill has devoted his career and free time to the betterment of global education. His prior experience includes curriculum development, teaching, and management of language programs. He has also developed partnerships with universities to launch international student development curriculums and online programs. Most recently, Bill was the executive director of U.S. operations for Kings Education, overseeing stand-alone language schools, campus-based pathway programs, and a network of transfer partners. In addition to these roles, Bill has been an active member of NAFSA, holding both national and regional roles.

Bill attended the University of Cincinnati for his undergraduate degree with a double major in international relations and Asian studies. He obtained his master’s degree in international education with a concentration in higher education policy from Columbia University, Teachers College.

Johan De Muinck Keizer

SVP & General Counsel

Johan is the Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Shorelight Education.

Prior to joining Shorelight, he was executive vice president and chief acquisitions officer at Kaplan, where he built and led a sophisticated legal department, delivering expert service globally. Johan was part of the management team that grew Kaplan from a $240 million test-prep company to a web-centric $3 billion diversified multinational corporation with more than 30,000 employees.

Raised in the Netherlands, Johan moved to the United States to attend university. Johan holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

Todd Ellwein

Managing Director, LSU Global

As managing director at LSU Global, Todd oversees all university partner–level operations at the university.

A seasoned academic and operations leader with experience in both the K–12 and higher education sectors, Todd most recently served as regional vice president of operations for Kaplan University, overseeing Kaplan’s Midwest campus region, including Kaplan’s home campus in Davenport, Iowa. Previously, Todd served as Kaplan’s national vice president of academics, providing academic leadership to deans, faculty, and staff across Kaplan’s 15 campuses and learning centers. Prior to Kaplan, Todd worked for the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where he conducted qualitative research on Gates and Lumina Foundation–funded initiatives aimed at improving student outcomes at U.S. community and technical colleges.

Todd began his career in education as a social studies teacher and department chair at an international school in Mexico City and later served as founding dean of one of Mexico’s only bilingual universities.

Todd received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College and a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Nicole Fadavi Snyder

Regional Director, United States

Nicole joined Shorelight in November 2014 to lead the recruitment of international students in North America.

Nicole joined Shorelight in November 2014 to lead the recruitment of international students in North America. Prior to joining Shorelight, Nicole worked in several capacities at Suffolk University and Brandeis University. Most recently, she was the director of U.S. operations and partnerships for Kaplan International. During her time at Kaplan, she oversaw the U.S. pathways programs at Northeastern University, Pace University, the University of Utah, and Merrimack College.

Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Suffolk University.

Todd Fritch

Chief Academic Officer & VP, Global Solutions

Todd serves on the leadership team at Shorelight as Chief Academic Officer & Vice President, Global Solutions, drawing from his extensive experience in higher education to direct Shorelight’s academics and partnership development.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Todd served in numerous college and university leadership positions, including provost at American International College and vice president of academic affairs and dean of graduate and professional studies at the American College of Greece.

Todd has not only successfully led the development of new undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, but also established numerous institutional partnerships with colleges and universities, including DePaul University; Michigan State University; Stanford University; University of California, Davis; University of Massachusetts, Lowell; and Wagner College.

Todd received his doctorate and master’s degrees in geology from Baylor University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in geology from Lake Superior State University.

Julia Gonchar 

Regional Director, Southeast Asia 

As the Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Julia oversees all of the student recruitment for the region. 

Joining the Shorelight team in January 2015 and based in Bangkok, Thailand, she comes to Shorelight Education with over five years of experience in the international education industry. Prior to Shorelight, Julia led the global recruitment for Cambridge Education Group’s U.S. partners and was responsible for pioneering the U.S. portfolio within the organization. Before that, she was based in the U.S. at the University of New Hampshire, where she paved the way for student recruitment in Southeast Asia.

Julia attended the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod (LUNN), where she attained her bachelor’s degree in linguistics and international and intercultural communication.

Dan Grace

VP, Product Management

As the Vice President of Product Management, Dan oversees the strategic vision and execution of our technology roadmap.

Before joining the Shorelight team, he served as Vice President, product management, at Bullhorn, leading product management efforts for the SaaS-based CRM company.

Prior to Bullhorn, Dan was director of product management at NetSuite, where he developed the strategy and go-to-market plan for NetSuite’s services product line. Dan boasts extensive experience in product management, SaaS, and enterprise software, spanning various industries.

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Brown University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, where he was the recipient of the Kellogg Departmental Top Student Award for Entrepreneurship.

Mary-Kay Haseley

Executive Director, Partner Operations

Mary-Kay is an Executive Director, Regional Partner Operations. In this role, Mary-Kay provides ongoing strategic leadership to the Managing Directors and their respective programs, ensuring best practices and optimal performance standards.

Mary-Kay’s long and distinguished career began with many years of work climbing the human resources ladder at the Walt Disney Company, before leaving to pursue education, and eventually starting her own organization – School Solutions Inc. – before joining Shorelight in 2014. Over the course of her career she has become a natural leader, working multiple high profile management positions for large organizations. She has also developed a keen understanding of education in the United States, working from the ground level at small, local organizations, up to the top, at large, high profile organizations.

Mary-Kay graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in hospitality and restaurant management. During her time at the school she accumulated 1,600 hours of co-op experience in New York, Texas, and Florida.

Kali Heifetz

Managing Director, UIC Global

Kali, Managing Director of UIC International at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has devoted her career to helping international students succeed.

In her seven years at Education First International Language Schools prior to joining UIC International, Kali held positions ranging from school director and project manager to national director of training in North America to director of academic management on the East Coast. Kali’s involvement in Careers Beyond Borders also demonstrates her commitment to international education. As a local organizer for the Careers Beyond Borders conference in Chicago, she assisted international journalists, guest speakers, and participants to widen the access for international careers.

Kali holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Scranton. Her professional and educational background has given her the leadership and global experience necessary to personally assist students at UIC International and to manage the complexity of partnerships within the international education landscape.

Chris Hoehn-Saric

VP, Portfolio Design

A member of the Global Solutions team, Chris serves as Shorelight’s Vice President, Portfolio Design.

Prior to joining Shorelight, he was a principal and deputy chief of staff to the chairman at the Parthenon Group, a global strategic advisory firm. Chris led growth strategy, branding, and merger and acquisition–related efforts with large higher education and health care clients.

Chris graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Omid Honari

Regional Director, Middle East & North Africa

Omid Honari joined the Shorelight team in 2017 as the Regional Director based out of the Dubai office.

Omid Honari joined the Shorelight team in 2017 as the Regional Director based out of the Dubai office. In this role, Omid oversees all operations and student recruitment in the MENA region and leadership of the Shorelight Dubai Regional Office.
 
Before joining the Shorelight team, he served as the inaugural regional director at Navitas for the Middle East, North, East & Southern Africa regions, where he established the company’s regional headquarters in Dubai. He also previously served as a regional manager at Study Group, where he also set up the company’s regional office in Dubai. Previously, he was the director of operations at Australian Agency for Education and Training (AAET), currently StudyCo, a leading Middle East-focused recruitment firm.
 
Omid earned his undergraduate degree from Western Sydney University before pursuing graduate research, and worked in the media industry in Australia as a producer and writer.

Michael Huckaby

Chief Marketing Officer

Michael is the Chief Marketing Officer and Managing Director of U.S. News Global Education, Shorelight’s subsidiary company.

Michael is a passionate and energetic global executive with an entrepreneurial mindset, who has been focused on driving growth for consumer service and product companies for more than 20 years. He has significant higher education experience, having served in various positions at Laureate Education, most recently as CEO of hospitality and culinary education, during which he led a global network of highly reputed universities by opening new branch campuses and launching new degree programs. Before that, he was senior vice president of global marketing and enrollment at Laureate, where he transformed their recruitment and distribution models, integrated the global digital strategy and increased brand perception across distinct markets. These experiences allowed him to establish strong competencies across multiple functions in marketing, sales, business development and general management.

Michael is multilingual and has a thirst for knowledge of the world, which has led him to live in five countries and travel to over 80. Michael loves building and leading high-performing global teams and driving growth by maximizing value creation for the organization and investor.

Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in international business from the University of Alabama, Manderson Graduate School of Business. Michael is co-located in Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA.

Patriek Karayil

VP, Direct Marketing

Patriek is the Vice President of Direct Marketing at Shorelight.

With an extensive background in digital marketing, Patriek has worked at large-scale and high-growth companies managing business strategy and marketing. Most recently, he served as the chief marketing officer for Fareportal, a $4 billion travel conglomerate focused on international consumer growth.

Before that, he was the managing director for Dell’s global consumer marketing, focused on driving adoption in Latin America and Asia. He started his career as a computer engineer at the Langley Research Center, the aeronautical division of NASA.

Patriek holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Philip Kenny

Chief Information Officer

Philip joined Shorelight Education in 2016 as the Chief Information Officer.

As CIO, Philip works with our internal operations teams to strengthen cross-functional processes, promoting technology-enabled solutions to increase quality and efficiency and enable scalability. Through creating strategic plans for the Information Technology department, Philip is leading the initiative to improve our internal infrastructure and employee productivity.

Before taking this role at Shorelight, Philip worked in the technology field at a variety of other companies. At West Corporation, an organization focused on delivering business-critical telecommunications services to businesses and consumers, Philip served as a senior vice president of product development. Prior to this, Philip worked on the leadership team at British Telecom as the Global CIO of the Conferencing Business unit.

Philip received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Chris Hoehn-Saric

Chairman

Chris Hoehn-Saric, chairmain of the Shorelight board of directors, co-founded Sterling Partners in 1983 and is co-chair of the investment committee.

As chairman of the board of directors, he works on all aspects of the deal process including identification and due diligence of prospective acquisitions, and management and oversight of the active portfolio. He currently works on the following portfolio companies: Keypath Education, Meritas, I/O Data Centers, Spartan College, and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy.

Immediately prior to rejoining the investment team at Sterling, Chris was chief executive officer of Educate Online. Prior to this position, he was the chair and co-CEO of Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc.

Chris attended Johns Hopkins University, where he now belongs to the boards of trustees for both Johns Hopkins University and Sheridan Libraries. He also serves on the board of managers of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Andrew Cohen

Board member

Andy Cohen is the Chief Investment Officer and Co-founder of Cohen Private Ventures, LLC. He manages the family office for Steven A. Cohen, investing and overseeing a portfolio of private investments among other responsibilities at the firm since 2010.

Prior to this position, Andy was an analyst and portfolio manager for S.A.C. Capital Advisors from 2002 to 2005, where he invested in public equities and debt securities. Then, from 2005 to 2009, he was a partner of Dune Capital Management LP, an investment management firm based in New York City. Andy began his career at Morgan Stanley, where he was an analyst in the real estate principal investing group and then an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group after business school.

Andy currently serves as a board member for a number of private companies, including the New York Mets baseball club. He received his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

William Hansen

Board member

Bill Hansen has more than 30 years of experience in education at the K–12 and postsecondary levels.

Prior to becoming USA Funds’ president and chief executive officer in July 2013, Bill worked for 15 years in the public sector and 20 years in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.

Most recently, Bill was chair and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C., consulting firm Madison Education Group. He also served as president of Policy Impact Communications, a Washington-based public relations and government affairs firm. Bill served as deputy U.S. secretary of education from 2001–2003 and previously served as assistant secretary for management and budget and as chief financial officer.

Bill’s previous private sector experience includes service as president and chair of Scantron Corporation and Global Scholar. He has been an advisory board member for the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, Brigham Young University–Idaho, the George W. Romney Institute of Public Management at BYU, and Southern Virginia University. A graduate from George Mason University in Virginia, Bill also attended Idaho State University, which recognized him as a distinguished alumnus in 2003.

Jeffery Keith

Board member

Jeffery Keith has more than 25 years of executive and board experience in private and nonprofit organizations and education.

He has founded or co-founded multiple successful companies in various sectors including education, retail, manufacturing, financial services, and commercial real estate.

Currently, Jeffery is a senior operating partner at Sterling Partners, a $5 billion private equity fund that invests in education. He is the chairman of the board for multiple Sterling education companies including Spartan College and Tribeca Flashpoint College, and serves on the board of the National Research Center for College and University Admissions and Amerigo Education. Jeffery is a special peer reviewer for the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additionally, he serves on the board of the University of Dubuque, Alliant International University, and Calumet College of St. Joseph.

Jeffery was the chief visionary and architect of the TCS Education System where he served as an executive. TCS was the first Type II SO nonprofit system created in education and includes various colleges and universities (the Chicago School, Saybrook University, Pacific Oaks College, Dallas Nursing Institute, and the Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law). He holds an M.B.A. and B.S. in economics and management from Purdue University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (A.B.D.) from the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Additionally, Jeffery has a graduate certification in financial law from the Kent College of Law and attended Harvard’s Graduate School of Education IEM program.

James Roth

Board member

Jim Roth serves as chief executive officer, president, and member of the board of directors of Huron Consulting Group Inc.

Before taking on these roles at Huron in 2009, he served as the company’s vice president and practice group leader of its Health and Education Consulting segment.

With more than 30 years of consulting experience, Jim has worked with many of the premier research universities and academic medical centers. Moreover, under his leadership Huron has been named by Consulting magazine as one of the “Best Firms to Work For” (2011–2014) and been ranked number three on four Modern Healthcare’s lists of “Largest Healthcare Management Consulting Firms.”

Jim is a frequent speaker in national forums on matters relating to higher education and academic medical centers. In March 2013, he was appointed to the board of Aviv REIT, a self-administered real estate investment trust specializing in skilled nursing facilities. He received a B.A. in political science and economics from Vanderbilt University and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

Luis A. Ubiñas

Board member

From 2008–2013, Luis A. Ubiñas was president of the Ford Foundation, the second-largest philanthropic foundation in the United States.

Prior to joining this organization, Luis was a director at McKinsey & Company, leading the firm’s media practice on the West Coast. He served technology, telecommunications, and media companies, working with them to develop and implement strategies and improve operations.

Luis has served on several multilateral, government, and nonprofit boards and advisory committees, including the U.S. Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation, the advisory committee for the U.S. State Department’s 100,000 Strong Initiative in China; he also chairs the northeast regional committee for the White House Fellows program. He currently serves on the boards of the New York Public Library, Electronic Arts, and Valassis Communications.

Luis is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

John Kissell

VP, Marketing

As Vice President, Marketing, John leads the university partner and corporate marketing communication initiatives.

Bringing more than 16 years of experience in the education industry, John has an extensive background in branding, product development, and educational software technology. He previously served as vice president of global education at GlobalClassroom, and before that was director of marketing and technology at Palmer Creative Group.

John received a bachelor’s degree in American studies from Bates College.

Michael Lawson

Regional Director, Dubai

As Regional Director for Dubai, Michael continues his educational and career commitment to the importance of international awareness.

Michael’s role within Shorelight consists of creating and maintaining the professional relationships necessary to foster Shorelight’s presence in the Dubai region and to appeal to prospective international students. Before initially joining Shorelight as an Assistant Director in 2014, Michael managed the marketing initiatives at Navitas for both the USA and ICRGU. In 2013, Michael was chosen as a member of the regional committee of the Chevening UK Government Scholarship.

Michael received a bachelor’s degree in international politics from the University of Stirling before attaining his master’s degree in international business from the same institution.

Sarah McKenzie

Managing Director, Bath Spa Global

Sarah has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education, both in teaching and senior educational management.

She has worked with a diverse range of international students and has lived and worked in the United States and the United Kingdom. As Managing Director at Bath Spa Global, she oversees all partner university–level operations. Before joining Bath Spa, Sarah spent many years in academia in Britain, teaching at Harlaxton College and the University of Evansville. She transitioned to the international education industry with a move to CAPA, where she was the chief academic officer.

Sarah has a B.A. in English and American literature from the University of Kent, and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in early modern literature from the University of Warwick. Her background in teaching literature and British culture and history in an interdisciplinary way demonstrates that international education demands holistic approaches combining high quality content with cultural and social context.

Brian Meagher

Chief of Staff

Brian Meagher is the Chief of Staff at Shorelight, where his focus is on strategic projects and student-focused growth strategies.

Before joining the leadership team, Brian served as Head of Analytics at Shorelight, providing market intelligence and analytical insights on international higher education and international student behavior.

Prior to Shorelight, Brian worked on the international team at the College Board as assistant director of international market analytics.  He also has several years’ experience teaching in Lima, Peru, where he was an ESL instructor at Colegio Santa Maria and worked in the Bilingual Education department at La Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola.

Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Missouri State University; an M.B.A. from University of Missouri, Kansas City; and a postgraduate advanced certificate in bilingual education from New York University.

Amy Neufeld

Managing Director, International KU

Amy, Managing Director at International KU, has spent her career helping college students succeed in a variety of settings.

She first became excited about a career in higher education while working as a resident assistant and an orientation leader at Iowa State University. In the years that followed, she held positions as an academic advisor, student success leader, and, most recently, chief academic officer at Donnelly College. In these positions, she has dedicated herself to meeting students wherever they are in their academic careers, whether upper-level students preparing to enter the workforce or first-year students strengthening their academic background in pre-college courses.

Amy has a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in student affairs from Iowa State University, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in educational leadership and policy studies. These academic and professional experiences guide her as she navigates and advances strategic partnerships within the world of higher education.

Tom Nolan

Chief Operations Officer

As Shorelight’s Chief Operations Officer, Tom is responsible for managing and delivering on all operations across the organization. He brings his knowledge of the hospitality industry, specifically customer satisfaction and the value of true partnerships, to the education sector.

Tom most recently worked as the senior vice president of operations at Interstate Hotels and Resorts. Before that, he was the executive vice president and chief operations officer at Meyer Jabara Hotels. Tom also created the “10 Who Are 10” Foundation, which is a scholarship program for 10-year-old D.C. students. He formerly served as the American Cancer Society fundraising chairperson for the Capital Barons’ Ball, the Society’s largest ACS fundraiser in the area.

Tom is an alumnus of Bentley University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in economics.

Imran Oomer

VP, Recruitment Partnerships

Imran leads Shorelight's student recruitment through institutional partners, working across government, private sponsors, and academic feeders to grow international student flow.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Imran was based in India as a principal in the Parthenon Group’s education practice, working with universities, vendors, and investors across the U.S., European, Australian, and Asian K–12 and higher education markets. Before that, he served as senior analyst at Eduventures.

Currently, Imran serves on the board of trustees at Lowell Community Charter Public School, a sector-leading school serving international English language learner communities across Massachusetts.

Imran attended Northwestern University where he earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in psychology. He also has an M.B.A. from ESADE Business School in Spain.

Chirag Parekh

Regional Director, South Asia

Chirag joined Shorelight Education in March 2015 as the Regional Director for South Asia.

In his role, he develops and executes a student recruitment strategy across various countries in South Asia targeted at international students seeking a U.S. university degree.

Chirag has more than ten years of international education experience in which he has worked in the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates to develop long-term relationships with key channel partners across various regions. Formerly the senior recruitment manager at Study Group ANZ, Chirag led that company’s student recruitment strategy in Africa, the Americas, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia.

Chirag holds two master’s degrees from Brunel University and the University of Wollongong. Chirag resides in Dubai, UAE, from where he manages the South Asia team.

Mary Kaye Pepperman

VP, Talent Acquisition

Mary Kaye leads Shorelight’s talent recruitment efforts as Vice President, Talent Acquisition.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Mary Kaye was senior director at Eduventures. She has 25 years of experience in sales management and client services at Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and Boston Scientific. In addition, Mary Kaye also owned a high-talent executive recruiting firm.

Mary Kaye is a graduate of Florida State University where she was senior class president.

Alex Phillips

Managing Director, UMass Amherst Global

Alex Phillips is the Managing Director of UMass Amherst Global, which is dedicated to sharing the UMass experience worldwide.

Alex Phillips is the Managing Director of UMass Amherst Global, which is dedicated to sharing the UMass experience worldwide. Before joining Shorelight, he has served as an assistant provost, senior lecturer at UMass Amherst, and also as the director of assessment and curriculum development at the Commonwealth Honors College. He has served as a certified site visitor for the National Collegiate Honors Society, and has years of experience in higher education administration. He has presented on topics such as the future of the liberal arts and “assessment as storytelling.”

Alex holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s of fine arts from UMass Amherst. His current academic interests include the history of American higher education and the globalization of knowledge. He has also published widely in his academic field of poetry, including in Poetry magazine, and American Life in Poetry.

Jim Sheehan

Chief Financial Officer

Jim is the Chief Financial Officer at Shorelight, overseeing all financial, human resources, and information technology activities across the company.

Prior to joining Shorelight, Jim was the chief financial officer and treasurer of edX Inc., a leader in online learning and massive open online courses, where he was responsible for all financial, human resources, information technology, and facilities operations. He brings more than 30 years of financial and operations management experience in the service, software, and manufacturing industries.

Prior to working for edX, Jim was the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Ember Corporation, which was sold to Silicon Laboratories in July 2012. He has extensive strategic and operational experience as well as strong backgrounds in financing and mergers and acquisitions. Jim has also held senior finance positions at Demantra (acquired by Oracle), BISYS Networking Services, Network Integrity, EMC, and Epoch Systems.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure University.

Joshua Sine

Managing Director, University of Utah Global

Josh organizes and oversees all university partner level operations.

As Managing Director of the University of Utah’s Utah Global program, Josh organizes and oversees all university partner level operations. With almost ten years of experience in education at the university level Josh is an expert in higher education operations, and has managed multiple successful institutions in the United States. Joshua’s work in admissions and student programs for Dixie State College, Portland State University, and, eventually, Hult International Business School give him a diverse background in student-facing operations and make him uniquely qualified to take on the challenge of managing Utah Global.

Joshua received his B.S. in English and technical and professional writing activities and programs from Dixie State College. He received his master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from Portland State University in 2010. Joshua is currently studying for his doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University.

Lauren Stone

Managing Director, USC IAP

Lauren is Managing Director for the International Accelerator Program at the University of South Carolina.

A passionate leader with more than 20 years of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Lauren has a history of exceeding goals, innovating, and building relationships with executive suite as well as with foreign and domestic government leaders. Her experience at the executive level of multiple large education organizations has given her strong interpersonal skills and organizational agility. Lauren’s vision and leadership keep teams on track in dynamic, multicultural environments. 

Lauren graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in German literature and dramatic arts before moving on to Columbia University, where she earned her master’s in international affairs. Finally, she moved on to Walden University, where she graduated with an executive MBA and finished with a 4.0 GPA.

David Stremba

Senior Vice President, Global Solutions

David is the Senior Vice President, Global Solutions, and brings over 17 years of experience to Shorelight.

In his role, he develops and executes a comprehensive, long-term business development strategy targeted at cultivating relationships with American universities to drive institutional growth, create new revenue streams and expand options for students.

David has extensive experience working with U.S., U.K., Australian and Canadian universities; he previously oversaw the strategic development of pathway operations in North America as executive general manager at Navitas. Prior to that, he was the managing director, North America at INTO University Partnerships, where he established the organization in the market and oversaw the planning, launch and management of INTO’s initial six university partnerships in the United States. Under David’s leadership, INTO grew its North American university partner network and student populations from the ground up. David also spent time at Kaplan Inc., where he was instrumental in the development of Kaplan’s first university partnership in the United Kingdom.

He has traveled extensively in over 50 countries, including Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. David is based in San Diego, CA. David holds a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Penn State University and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he graduated with high honors. 

Barry Vogel

Managing Director, FIU Global First Year

Barry is Managing Director for FIU Global First Year, where he oversees all operations and manages the team.

In his nearly two-decade-long career in education, Barry has become well versed in finance, strategic planning, community and government relations, human resources, contracts, compliance and legal matters in higher education, nonprofit and community organizations. Prior to joining Shorelight, Barry worked in all areas of academics, including admissions, teaching, and administration. Barry has a passion for helping individuals and organizations leverage strengths to realize their potential and make meaningful contributions.

Barry received his bachelor’s degree in food service management from Johnson and Wales University before returning to get his master’s in managerial technology. Barry received his J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.

Shirley Xu

Regional Director, China

Shirley joined Shorelight Education in January 2014, as the Regional Director for China.

In her role, she develops and executes a student recruitment strategy across regions in China targeted at international students seeking a U.S. university degree.

Shirley has over 10 years of experience in the international education industry, cultivating relationships with all key partners in the Greater China region, as well as our partner universities. Formerly the deputy director of student recruitment at Study Group, Shirley led the student recruitment for Study Group Australasia programs in Greater China and North Asia. As a former international student, she holds two master’s degree from York University and Nottingham University.

Shirley resides in Shanghai, where she manages Shorelight’s student recruitment team across Greater China.

Giovanna Ibias Information Technology

Our team is a group of driven, lively self-starters, unafraid to take risks while having fun along the way. We give 100% because we truly believe in an organization that values our culture, teammates, and collaboration between departments.

Andrea Ogunleye USC International Accelerator Program

I’m always in the USC International Accelerator offices and I think that reflects how much help I get from the staff. My advisor helps me with my studies and essays, and I’m even just there to talk. It’s friendship and it’s academics.