Senior Management

Soraya Gage
General Manager

PhotoSoraya Gage is a 20-year veteran of NBC News. From her start as a NBC page, through her rise from associate producer to senior producer, she has worked on major NBC News broadcasts including Nightly News, Dateline, and TODAY. In 2009, Soraya became the Executive Producer of NBC Learn, with responsibility for all editorial content and content partnerships. Presently, she oversees content production for www.nbclearn.com.

Michael Levin
Director of Technology and Client Services

PhotoMichael is responsible for all aspects of NBC Learn service delivery to its customers. Prior to joining NBC Learn, he managed the Technology Operations for NBC Olympics broadcast in Athens, Greece and Torino, Italy. Michael attended Pennsylvania State University and graduated with a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from the Smeal College of Business.

Mark Miano
Executive Editor

PhotoMark Miano started at NBC News in 2000, producing and writing long-form documentaries for such clients as the Discovery Channel, A&E, Court TV and National Geographic. He has also worked at ABC News, Bloomberg Television, WPIX-TV, The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, The New York Observer, and is the author of three crime novels.

Bruce Wilson
Director of Higher Ed

PhotoBruce G. Wilson Jr. has twenty years of experience in higher education and spent the bulk of his career at the Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. where he began his career in 1990. From 2003 to 2009, he held the title of Publisher of both The Chronicles of Higher Education and Philanthropy. In addition to his 19 years at The Chronicle, Bruce worked as a consultant specializing in admissions, strategic branding and global programs for clients including the United Nations, the Humpty Dumpty Institute, numerous NGO's, and 160over90, the leading Branding agency for the academic community.

Norman Cohen
Strategic Outreach Manager

PhotoNorman has been at NBC Learn since 2006. At NBC Learn, he creates video collections, writes and produces original documentaries, produces live town halls with NBC Learn's partners, and oversees educational outreach projects. Norman's background is in historical documentary production. He got his start working for filmmaker Ric Burns on his PBS series "The Way West," and worked for over 15 years as an associate producer, producer and writer on documentaries for the History Channel, A&E and the National Geographic Channel.

Content

Caleb Medders
Producer

PhotoCaleb is originally from Pittsfield, Massachusetts and went to school at Berkshire Community College and then to film school at New York University. He has a background in documentary filmmaking and enjoys topics related to American history and film.

Stephen Anderson
Associate Producer

PhotoStephen has been writing and producing content for NBC Learn since 2007. His career began in television sales and media relations at the CBS and ABC television affiliates in Seattle. He then wrote and produced nonfiction programming for the Discovery Channel, A&E, TLC, and HGTV. He has also produced segments for Daily Cafe, an NBC News program on Retirement Living TV, and worked as an assignment editor for theGrio.com. A native of New Hampshire, Stephen graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts.

Ellen Rose
Associate Producer

PhotoEllen is an original member of the NBC Learn production team. She began her career as a CNN intern while studying Journalism and Spanish at Miami University. She was the digital producer/editor for the NBC Vancouver Olympics mobile site and iPhone application. At NBC Learn, she has produced content for the English Language, Global Studies and Science collections, including original videos for Chemistry Now, Science of NHL Hockey and Science of the Summer Olympics.

Bonny Scheltema
Associate Producer

PhotoBonny joined NBC Learn in 2007, writing and producing content for original and archival collections including U.S. History, African American Studies, Changing Planet, Science of the Summer Olympics, and her favorite collection, Writers Speak to Kids. Previously, Bonny worked for AETN and in the arts sector.

Niki Budnick
Assistant Producer

PhotoNiki has been a member of the NBC Learn team since 2008. She is lead producer for the In the News collection as well as the face behind NBC Learn's Twitter and Facebook pages. Niki has also produced content for NBC Learn's special collections, including the Science Behind the Summer Olympics and Science Behind the News. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Laura Picardo
Production Associate

PhotoOriginally from Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey, Laura is a graduate of Marquette University where she studied television/radio production, theology, and history. She began her career with NBC News in 2008 as a videotape engineer. In 2011, Laura joined the NBC Learn team, where she assists with producing content for both archival and original collections. Laura is also a competitive open water swimmer and an avid reader.

Bryan Kohl
Editor

PhotoBryan Kohl has worked in video post-production since 1998, with experience in broadcast television, feature films, and documentary and educational video. He has been an Editor at NBC Learn since 2007.

George Lazaros
Editor

PhotoA native New "Yawker," George joined the team in 2011 to help with the creation of NBC Learn's original video content such as the Science of the Summer Olympics, Chemistry Now and Science Behind the News series. Although he's a newbie with us, he has over 15 years of broadcast experience as a video editor and content creator working for MSNBC, VH1, CNBC, Food Network and ABC News. His work ranges from long-form documentary-style shows, to music videos, commercials, as well as news packages for Good Morning America. Prior to working in television, he spent a few years working in the locations department on movies such as Smoke, Blue in the Face, and even Die Hard with a Vengeance. He's also proudly line produced an independent film, Destination Unknown, which won the 1997 Hamptons International Film Festival. He currently believes NBC Learn is the best job "evah!"

Carol Aerenson
Archivist

PhotoCarol joined NBC in 1971 where she was a production assistant on NBC News documentaries. She then was a researcher in the NBC News Archives department, researching daily for Today, Nightly News, Dateline, NBC News specials, WNBC and other programs. Carol took early retirement in 2005, but was called back in 2006 where she was thrilled to come to NBC Learn to put her knowledge and memory of NBC's archives to use again for a new generation to enjoy and learn from.

Sales & Marketing

Megan Hauck
Account Manager, Higher Education

PhotoMegan is responsible for sales and client relations working with Colleges and Universities. She came to NBC Learn from The Chronicle of Higher Education where she worked with major publishing companies, university presses, authors and faculty members. Megan graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Art History and currently resides in New York City.

Eric Zack
Account Manager, Higher Education

PhotoEric D. Zack joined the NBC Learn team in August, 2011 after serving as Alumni Director at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. Zack has over 18 years of experience working with and for academe including positions at the University of Michigan (his alma mater), the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Suffolk University in Boston. Zack worked closely with higher education institutions during his seven years with The Chronicle of Higher Education and while with PeopleAdmin, Inc. Zack currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Christie Craig
Marketing Coordinator

PhotoChristie is responsible for NBC Learn marketing initiatives. Christie was a writer and content specialist at WXIX in Cincinnati during the 2012 presidential election. Christie covered the 2011 Kentucky's governor race and interned at WLEX-18. She has worked with notables like former MSNBC show host Dylan Ratigan and former chief political writer for the Courier-Journal, Al Cross. Christie is from Park Hills, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2012 with a degree in broadcast journalism and history.

Technology

Ari Oshinsky
Senior Manager, Technology

PhotoAri has been at NBC for 7 years and manages product development at NBC Learn, including Flash, Mobile development, HTML and analytics.

Sanjay Joshi
Senior Manager, Technology

PhotoSanjay brings over a decade of experience in design, development, architecture and leadership in web applications platforms. His role at NBC learn is to manage backend devlopment and 24X7 customer support teams.He also participates in pre sales and implementation activities. Sanjay has his Masters in computer science from India.

Daniel Cipoletti
Web Developer

PhotoDaniel is the web and mobile developer for NBC Learn. His responsibilities include developing features and functionalities based on emerging HTML5 web standards as well as designing intuitive graphical user interfaces.

Virender Asija
Software Engineer

PhotoVirender has over 5 years of consulting experience in design and development of web applications platforms. Virender will be involved in support and development of NBC Learn projects. He has Bachelor Degree in Information Technology from Kurukshetra University, India.

Client Services & Support

Jane Rho
Account Manager, Client Services

PhotoJane is responsible for client services for K-12 and Higher Ed accounts as well as delivering professional development. Jane is a former teacher through Teach for America and received her M.S. in Education from The City College of New York. She taught Secondary Special Education in the Bronx for three years before joining NBC Learn in 2011. Jane is from St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Organizational Psychology.

Cyndy Harrison
Trainer, Client Services

PhotoCyndy is from Houston, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing. After working in marketing and advertising for six years, she received a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston and has almost 20 years of experience in education including implementing NBC Learn into her own US History classroom.

Chad Wilson
Client Support Manager

PhotoChad is responsible for ensuring NBC Learn customers receive quick and friendly support for all their technical needs. Chad began working with NBC Learn almost 2 years ago and during his time he has provided support for all NBC Learn users and administration of the NBC Learn accounts. Originally working in finance, Chad has been growing his technical skills working with NBC Learn and brings to his role experience with project coordination and customer service.

Joe Brabant
Client Support Representative

PhotoJoe is part of the NBC Learn Support Team and therefore assists any customer/internal employee. He has an elaborate background in technical assistance as well as customer support, having supported a multitude of products, including many proprietary ones.

 

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