Alisha Miranda - Converge Consulting

We’re bold thinkers
who propel the new and
next in education.

 

BOLD
& VITAL

Converge is the bold, indispensable partner for client growth. Our thought-provoking digital partnerships thrive at the heart of every EDU marketing strategy.

EXPERT
& ENTERPRISING

We employ sharp perception, data acumen and digital dexterity to carve a clear path to ROI. We revolutionize education with new and next ideas.

Data is the roaring engine behind all of our efforts. We thrive at the forefront of every tech trend to keep our clients way ahead of the curve.

Our Team

ANN OLESON CEO & Fearless Leader
Ann has had the pleasure of working in the education market for the past 15 years. Six years ago, she started Converge and wrote the first book on digital marketing for education. This past year, Converge was recognized by the Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in America and the number-one fastest growing company in Iowa.
ANN OLESON
ANN OLESON CEO & Fearless Leader

JAY KELLY President & Ad Guru
As a co-founder of Converge, Jay provides strategic vision and leadership for the company and leads all business development efforts. He has spent most of his career working on Madison Avenue helping develop brands like Ford Motor Company and Nissan Motors. Jay loves the mission of higher education and is proud to partner with some of the best brands in education.
JAY KELLY
JAY KELLY President & Ad Guru

Jay Morrissey CFO & Data Enthusiast
Jay has worked and lived in the Cedar Rapids area for over 25 years. He has a passion for working and collaborating with a team focused on delivering the ultimate customer experience. In his spare time, Jay enjoys volunteering and giving back to the local community.
Jay Morrissey
Jay Morrissey CFO & Data Enthusiast

Issa DiSciullo VP of People and Culture
Issa comes to Converge with over 20 years of admissions and enrollment management experience. She is passionate about helping colleges and universities meet and exceed their recruitment and enrollment goals. Prior to joining the Converge team, she worked as Assistant Dean at the Kline School of Law at Drexel University.
Issa DiSciullo
Issa DiSciullo VP of People and Culture

BRIAN CONNELLY Senior Consultant
Over the past 10 years, Brian has helped hundreds of universities build successful student yield campaigns. Prior to Converge, he worked with LinkedIn EDU, EducationDynamics and McCann Erickson. As a senior consultant at Converge, he works to identify the unique needs of our clients and walks them through every step of our partnership to ensure success.
BRIAN CONNELLY
BRIAN CONNELLY Senior Consultant

HAYLEY WARACK VP of Digital Strategy
Hayley is Vice President of Digital Strategy at Converge. She leads a talented team of digital strategists and account managers to deliver the best possible results for our clients. She also leverages our strategic partnerships with Google, Facebook and LinkedIn to bring the best solutions to the table for product development, trainings and workshops.
HAYLEY WARACK
HAYLEY WARACK VP of Digital Strategy

BRITTNEY DUNKINS Director of Content Strategy
In 2013, Brittney left the magazine world for higher ed and never looked back. Now, she lends her expertise in content development and governance, digital strategy, strategic communications and creative guidance to schools who want to build smarter stories. Brittney spends her days leading a talented team of content strategists, finding “best-fit” content solutions and catching up on the latest trends in digital storytelling—from software to strategies. Her goal? To help you create digital stories that are equally informative and emotive.
BRITTNEY DUNKINS
BRITTNEY DUNKINS Director of Content Strategy

MEGAN BYS Director of Marketing
Megan leads our B2B marketing initiatives, plans our events and curates killer digital experiences for Converge clients, partners and friends. A passion-driven digital marketer, Megan's career in higher ed (and love for EDU brands) began during her college years in the Division of Student Life at The University of Iowa. She has spent the past five years crafting innovative campaigns and is proud to have partnered with some of the best brands in education. Megan completed Northwestern University's Content Strategy Certification and is Inbound Certified and Marketing Software Certified by HubSpot.
MEGAN BYS
MEGAN BYS Director of Marketing

ANDY SULHOFF Director of Web Strategy
Andy is the Director of Web Strategy at Converge and has been the lead strategist on nearly 100 website redesign projects. In his career, Andy has developed an expertise in project management of web and technical projects including a variety of web technologies. His technical experience makes sure you get the most out of your technology and have a strong ROI on your investment.
ANDY SULHOFF
ANDY SULHOFF Director of Web Strategy

Michelle Rhatigan Senior Account Manager
Michelle leads digital marketing strategies for our partners at Northwestern University, Santa Clara University, UNC School of the Arts and Emory University Goizueta Business School. She leverages over five years of experience in digital advertising to help her clients develop sound strategies that drive results. She is Google AdWords and Analytics certified.
Michelle Rhatigan
Michelle Rhatigan Senior Account Manager

Jennifer Slaymaker Senior Account Manager
Jennifer is a Senior Account Manager with over 17 years experience in account management and relationship building. Over the course of her career, Jen has worked the gamut of traditional marketing through to digital advertising. Her philosophy is to be equal parts strategic advisor and collaborative partner to her client portfolio. Outside of client work, Jen has developed a deep passion for process improvement and knowledge transfer in an effort to empower her fellow colleagues to fuel business growth.
Jennifer Slaymaker
Jennifer Slaymaker Senior Account Manager

Lisa Loftus Digital Account Manager
Lisa brings over twelve years of marketing, communication and project management experience to her role as Digital Account Manager. With a passion for building and maintaining relationships, she is energized by collaborating with clients and exceeding their expectations. Lisa has both the creativity to bring big ideas forward and the tactical focus to make them happen.
Lisa Loftus
Lisa Loftus Digital Account Manager

Christian Larsen Content Strategist
As a content strategist at Converge, Christian has worked on websites, blogs, social media projects, SEO and a variety of content-related projects for institutions across the country. From small liberal arts schools to large business colleges and the first freestanding school of entrepreneurship in the country, he has collaborated with some of the most innovative brands in education.
Christian Larsen
Christian Larsen Content Strategist

Amanda Tower Content Strategist
Amanda is a master wordsmith and grammar ninja. She lends her creative prowess to helping her clients define their goals, create unique strategies and make content magic happen. Amanda has spent the past eight years in marketing—five in higher ed—working with dozens of well-known brands and top-tier universities. She takes pride in the strength of her relationships with clients—and in her extensive record collection.
Amanda Tower
Amanda Tower Content Strategist

Alisha Miranda Content Strategist
Alisha is a Content Strategist with a focus on bringing project management efficiencies to the team. She works at the intersection of media and tech with nearly a decade of experience in client services for marketing and advertising clients, including running her own digital consultancy shop. Her passion for sharing best practices has taken shape through event programming, public speaking and professional development at Millennial Leadership Summit, Ela Conf, Philly Tech Week, The LAMP, Skillshare.com and other partners. Starting fall 2017, you can find Alisha in front of the classroom as Adjunct Professor of Digital Marketing Strategies at the University of the Arts Continuing Education.
Alisha Miranda
Alisha Miranda Content Strategist

Maleah Hanken Digital Account Manager
Maleah is a Digital Account Manager at Converge. She is passionate about building trusted relationships with clients by listening and understanding their unique goals. She brings a diverse knowledge of digital media platforms and prior experience developing digital strategies with small businesses. She thrives on innovation and identifying what is new and next in digital.
Maleah Hanken
Maleah Hanken Digital Account Manager

Rozy Kanjee Digital Account Manager
Rozy comes from six years of experience in recruiting and admissions for graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Illinois. She has primarily worked with business-related graduate programs as a recruiter where she also performed digital marketing functions including managing social media platforms and email marketing.
Rozy Kanjee
Rozy Kanjee Digital Account Manager

Maddie Shepard Digital Account Manager
Maddie brings her passion and expertise for data and analytics to the table as a Digital Account Manager. In addition to building and monitoring client campaigns, she creates dashboards to track their progress. She enjoys presenting data visualizations to clients to help them understand their campaign performance. Maddie is Google AdWords and Analytics certified.
Maddie Shepard
Maddie Shepard Digital Account Manager

Niki Sheldon Senior Digital Strategist
Niki is a Senior Digital Strategist at Converge. She has over five years of advertising experience across the technology and education industries. Niki has spent over 1,500 hours optimizing client campaigns over the last year and serves as a mentor for our digital advertising team and trainer for new hires.
Niki Sheldon
Niki Sheldon Senior Digital Strategist

Aaron Schrock Senior Digital Strategist
Aaron has worked in digital marketing for the past five years. He has built, managed and optimized hundreds of digital marketing campaigns for higher education institutions and small businesses to help clients exceed their goals. Aaron is a certified Google Specialist and a Bing ads accredited professional.
Aaron Schrock
Aaron Schrock Senior Digital Strategist

Laura Paulsen Senior Digital Strategist
Laura lives for the thrill of finding valuable stories and providing strategic recommendations from mountains of data. Since writing her first webpage in HTML in the public library when she was 12, she’s worked with everything from <a href> to APIs. Laura is driven by efficiency, analysis and finding optimal solutions for new challenges. Laura applies her love of data to generate optimal results for her clients.
Laura Paulsen
Laura Paulsen Senior Digital Strategist

Kate Ungs Digital Strategist
Kate is a Digital Strategist. She joins us with her extensive knowledge of strategic marketing and branding that she gained from owning and operating her own business. Kate is passionate about education and is excited to bring her progressive thinking to our clients and propel their brands forward in a crowded marketplace.
Kate Ungs
Kate Ungs Digital Strategist

Cory Grundmeyer Digital Strategist
Cory is a Digital Strategist at Converge. He comes to us with eight years of experience in digital marketing. He has performed digital advertising roles in agency environments as well as in-house marketing, including managing paid search, analytics, display advertising, social media platforms and affiliate marketing programs.
Cory Grundmeyer
Cory Grundmeyer Digital Strategist

Taylor Gehrls Digital Strategist
Taylor is energized by a passion for data and all things digital. As a strategist with experience in data analytics, she creates and maintains client campaigns while focusing on tangible results to drive strategy and influence innovation. Taylor is Google AdWords Certified and a Bing Ads Accredited Professional.
Taylor Gehrls
Taylor Gehrls Digital Strategist

Meri Pusteoska Digital Advertising Team Lead
Meri's experience in project management and client relationship-building spans over 20 years. In her role at Converge, Meri manages the launch of new client partnerships and programs from contract signage through to implementation. She works with our digital advertising team to make sure that projects launch on time, within scope and on budget.
Meri Pusteoska
Meri Pusteoska Digital Advertising Team Lead

Colleen Wood Digital Graphic Designer
Colleen is the lead digital designer at Converge. She worked at The Wharton School for four years using design strategies to keep alumni engaged and increase donations to the School. At Converge, Colleen leads the strategy and development of digital and print design projects for all of our clients.
Colleen Wood
Colleen Wood Digital Graphic Designer

Melissa Chua Brand Strategist
Melissa helps education brands tell powerful stories through film, data and the written word. She leads creative brand strategy at Converge, helping clients get in front of their ideal students with the right message in the right medium at the right time. Melissa is a lifelong learner, having spent 7+ years around the world producing videos and managing brands in higher education, financial services, real estate and international development.
Melissa Chua
Melissa Chua Brand Strategist

BECKY VARDAMAN Director of Special Projects
Becky is naturally curious about all things tech and incorporates the latest trends into powerful new and next solutions for Converge’s clients. Becky also leads our enterprise analytics projects.
BECKY VARDAMAN
BECKY VARDAMAN Director of Special Projects

JOHN STAAK Digital Account Manager
John is an AdWords Certified Digital Account Manager at Converge. He is passionate about helping institutions across the country identify the best digital solutions for their programs. John has had the opportunity to work with schools from coast to coast - from UCLA to UMBC - and a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
JOHN STAAK
JOHN STAAK Digital Account Manager

Karin Frantz Accountant
Karin is a part time accountant at Converge assisting the team with contracts, pricing, and collections. Karin brings over 20 years of experience in the accounting field and has a passion for numbers and organizational skills. Integrity, compassion, kindness, a smile and a positive attitude will always lead to success!
Karin Frantz
Karin Frantz Accountant

Morgan Noonan Marketing Intern
Morgan is certified in inbound marketing, content marketing and Google Analytics. She works with our marketing team to maintain our brand standards across the company blog, social media channels and email marketing campaigns. Morgan is always looking for what's new and next in the world of social.
Morgan Noonan
Morgan Noonan Marketing Intern

Connor Kelly Marketing Intern
Connor is Hubspot Inbound Marketing and Google Analytics certified. He spends his time connecting with prospective clients, monitoring social engagement and creating brand awareness for Converge.
Connor Kelly
Connor Kelly Marketing Intern