AOL Jobs Editorial Team

Laurie Petersen

Editor-in-Chief, AOL Jobs

Laurie Petersen is an award-winning editor, writer, executive producer, investment banking researcher, balloon handler, virtual world creator, general manager, teacher, coach and entrepreneur. She's helped launch startups for CBS and The New York Times Co., iVillage,, ADWEEK and MediaPost. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges and high schools. Her greatest passion is connecting people who should know each other. She lives in New Jersey with her teenage daughter. Follow her @lauriepete

Mack Gelber

Associate Programming Manager

Mack Gelber is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor who has covered entertainment for AOL TV, and contributed fiction to Joyland Magazine and the Bushwick Review. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, where he studied creative writing. Twitter: @mackgelber

Donna Ballman


Donna Ballman’s book, Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards, was the Winner of the Law Category of the 2012 USA Best Books Awards and is currently available for purchase.Donna is the award-winning author of The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers, a book geared toward informing novelists and screenwriters about the ins and outs of the civil justice system. She’s been representing executives, physicians and employees in Florida, including negotiating severance agreements and litigating discrimination, sexual harassment, noncompete agreements, and other employment law issues since 1986. Her blog on employee-side employment law issues, Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home, was named one of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 ABA Blawg 100 best legal blogs, Paralegal 411’s Top 25 Labor and Employment law Blogs of 2013 and the 2011 Lexis/Nexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs.

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Rhona Bronson


Rhona Bronson has spent more than 30 years in various marketing and communications positions with well-known consumer product and media brands. Currently she is Director of Marketing for the Delaware River and Bay Authority. To follow her on Twitter - @marketingplaza.

Sarah Browne


Sarah Browne is a consumer insights strategist, writer, and expert advisor on trends, innovation and emerging cultural change, especially in the workplace.

Elizabeth Ferrao


20. Google Computer Science Summer Institute. Google Chrome Academy. Rochester Institute of Technology. General Assembly SF Front-End Web Development. Co-founder Women Who Code - NYC. Contributing Writer @ AOL Jobs. Internship @ Sceenery. Internship @ Time Inc. Talk to me about startups, psychology, front-end engineering, economics and finance. Tweet at @MusingMurmurs.

John R. Fugazzie


John R. Fugazzie is one of the country's leading jobs advocate and advisers on solving America's unemployment crisis. He founded and serves as president of Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA, a free, volunteer-led job search and networking support group that is responsible for helping members finding gainful employment for 400+ unemployed and underemployed individuals in little over three years, making it the most rapidly successful job search group in American history.

Jessica Hagy


Jessica Hagy is a freelance cartoonist, writer, and artist living in the Pacific Northwest.

Bill Hartnett


Bill Hartnett is a digital, marketing and social media consultant with extensive cable, broadcast and digital experience. He has spent the last few years learning how to navigate the treacherous waters of job search so you don't have to. Follow Bill’s blog World on Shuffle.

Jill Jacinto


Jill Jacinto is a Millenial Career Expert and currently the Associate Director of Editorial and Communications at WORKS.

Jay Kilberg


Jay Kilberg is an information services executive with more than 18 years experience leading and building global businesses in the information/internet space.

Carol Kopp


Carol Kopp is a veteran producer, developer, writer and editor for Internet news sites.

Justin Lingenfelter


ustin is an "experience" guy. His passions include designing processes, increasing efficiency, improving communication, and creating quality content. His background in administration, operations, customer/client services, management, and concert production has given Justin expert knowledge through hands-on experience.

Shannon McLay


Shannon McLay is a financial planner who left a “traditional” financial services firm to start her own company, NextGen Financial, to help clients in their 20s and 30s get financially fit. Through her blog, Financially Blonde, her book, Train Your Way to Financial Fitness and her partnership with Money Saving Pro, Shannon is committed to making financial fitness fun, easy and accessible for others.

Andrew Mellen


Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, speaker and trainer, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life! He’s often called, “The Most Organized Man in America.” He is the founder of Unstuff U®—the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center.

Marty Nemko


The San Francisco Bay Guardian called Marty Nemko "The Bay Area's Best Career Coach." He also blogs for and is in his 25th year as host of Work with Marty Nemko on KALW-FM (NPR-San Francisco.) Marty Nemko's sixth and seventh books are: How to Do Life: What They Didn't Teach You in School and What's the Big Idea? 39 Disruptive Proposals for a Better America. More than 2,000 of Marty Nemko's published writings are free on

J.T. O'Donnell


J.T. O'Donnell is a career and workplace expert who founded the top-ranked career advice site, In 2009, she launched CareerHMO, the first on-line career care membership site which specializes in curing chronic career pain.

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Aaron Price


Aaron is the cofounder of, the worlds most engaging event app used by many Fortune 1000 companies. He's also the founder of the award-winning NJ Tech Meetup.

David Rheins


David Rheins writes, takes pictures, makes art, and runs a number of blogs. Founder and CEO of MJBA Publishing, LLC, and former Senior Media Executive with AOL, Time Warner, Rolling Stone and Spin magazines.

Miriam Salpeter


Miriam Salpeter is a job search and social media consultant, career coach, author, speaker, resume writer and owner of Keppie Careers. She is author of Social Networking for Business Success, Social Networking for Career Success and 100 Conversations for Career Success. Miriam teaches job seekers and entrepreneurs how to incorporate social media tools along with traditional strategies to empower their success.

Erik Sherman


Erik Sherman has written for the Wall Street Journal, Inc, Newsweek, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. He's a regular contributor to CBS MoneyWatch and Follow him on Twitter at @ErikSherman

Tom Siebert


Tom Siebert is a former award-winning journalist, ad man and PR guy, who also ran his family's fresh cut flower wholesale business for seven years and taught high school English for two.

Jack Silbert


Writer, editor, humorist, emcee, internet-radio DJ, community volunteer based in Hoboken, NJ. Additional humorous ramblings by Jack can be found at

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