AOL Jobs Editorial Team

Laurie Petersen

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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 at CBS, The New York Times Co., iVillage, TheDeal.com, ADWEEK and MediaPost. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, colleges and high schools. Her greatest passion is helping people understand their potential and connecting those who should know each other. She lives in New Jersey with her teenage daughter. Follow her @lauriepete

Mack Gelber

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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

Jessica A. Agate

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Jessica was a travel writer in her former life. Now she’s The Cleaning Diva. After nearly a decade of globe-trotting, Jessica jumped ship several years ago to follow her dream of owning her own business and live the rest of her life boss-free. I know – it’s dreamy, right? She’s blended her passion for cleaning to help families and busy professionals keep their homes in shape at the Jersey Shore, with her flair for writing by sharing stories and tips with those who want to keep it clean, and spend the rest of their lives being their own boss. Follow her at njcleaningdiva.com,and @NJCleaningDiva, to learn her secrets!

Donna Ballman

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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

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Rhona Bronson has spent more than 30 years in various marketing and communications positions with well-known consumer product and media brands. After being laid off as a Senior VP of Marketing in 2009, she started her own business marketing consulting company in North Jersey. She hung up her entrepreneurial hat after being recruited to lead a marketing group for a well-known regional newspaper in South Jersey. Laid off again in 2013, she conducted a focused job search resulting in her newest position as Director of Marketing for the Delaware River and Bay Authority. Follow her on Twitter - @marketingplaza.

Sarah Browne

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Sarah Browne is a consumer insights strategist, writer, and expert advisor on trends, innovation and emerging cultural change, especially in the workplace. A serial entrepreneur and specialist in angel investing, she loves to be in-the-trenches, taking seed stage products from concept to commercialization.

Tiffany Daniels

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I am...a Millennial (or Gen Y). The good, the bad and the connected. But there's more to me - and us - than entitlement. I believe it's time to start self-defining. See more at my blog at http://www.reluctantmillennial.com/.

Elizabeth Ferrao

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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 Fugazzie

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John is a tireless force who cares more about people than percentages. His daily efforts help solve the unemployment crisis, one American at a time, while his intelligence and experience have earned him valuable insights that are helping shape future employment policies on state and federal levels. John and Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA have received coverage from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Business Insider, Al Jazeera, Fox Business, CBS News, and USA Today. Smart Job Hunting America is his job search education program. Follow him on Twitter @JohnRFugazzie

Jessica Hagy

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Jessica Hagy is a freelance cartoonist, writer, and artist best known for her award-winning blog, Indexed and her bestselling book, How to be Interesting. A fixture in the online creative space, Jessica has been illustrating, consulting, and speaking on creativity since 2006.

Bill Hartnett

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Bill Hartnett is a digital, marketing and social media consultant with extensive cable, broadcast and digital experience. He began his career in Seattle and worked at NBC News, Current TV, WNBC, WWOR-TV and more. 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

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I'm curious by nature. I ask a lot of questions and often have my nose buried in a newspaper, book or blog. I'm always the first person to say, "Let's Google it." My curiosity led me to become a journalism major and from there an on-air reporter for the financial news website, Minyanville. I currently am the Associate Director of Editorial & Communications for WORKS by Nicole Williams which is a lifestyle brand that helps young professional women with their career success. I've also worked very closely with LinkedIn for the last few years. Helping young women discover their career dreams via writing, mentoring & profile makeovers is a passion of mine. Uncovering their desired careers and helping them succeed is very rewarding.

Jay Kilberg

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Jay Kilberg is an information services executive with more than 18 years experience leading and building global businesses in the information/internet space. He's held senior leadership roles in financial and business information, data and analytics, financial services, publishing, e-learning, media and consulting. Most recently, Jay served as President and COO of an e-learning start-up. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Interactive Data Corporation with responsibility for its Real-Time Services division. Before IDC, Jay had a 15-year tenure at The McGraw-Hill Companies serving in various key leadership roles across numerous businesses for the global information services provider in financial services, media and education. He began his career with Deloitte as a consultant and CPA. Jay earned an MBA in Marketing and International Business from the Columbia Business School and a BBA in Accounting from Emory University.

Carol Kopp

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Carol Kopp is a veteran producer, developer, writer and editor for Internet news sites. She was formerly a senior news producer for CBSNews.com. She has created personal finance features for CNBC, developed a travel database for a national business consortium, and writes features about the business of consumer technology for Minyanville.com. She was senior news manager of the pioneering Prodigy online news service.

Justin Lingenfelter

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Justin 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. He lives with his wife and two wonderful boys in Kansas City. When he’s not ridding the world of evil, he likes to enjoy warm weather, learn (about anything), and drink way too much coffee.

Shannon McLay

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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

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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" and is the founder of Unstuff U® -- the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center. Andrew has addressed audiences from TEDx and Sustainable Silicon Valley to International Trade Expo UK. 

Marty Nemko

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The San Francisco Bay Guardian called Marty Nemko "The Bay Area's Best Career Coach." He also blogs for PsychologyToday.com 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 his published writings are free on www.martynemko.com.

J.T. O'Donnell

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

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David Rheins

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David Rheins writes, takes pictures and runs a number of websites. He is Founder and CEO of MJBA Publishing, LLC, and former senior media executive with AOL, Time Warner, Rolling Stone and Spin magazines. 

Miriam Salpeter

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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. Get her free white paper: 5 Mistakes Job Seekers Make and How to Avoid Them.

Erik Sherman

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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 Inc.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ErikSherman.

Tom Siebert

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Tom Siebert is an award-winning former 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. He has lived in New York, Paris, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Savannah, Baltimore and four different suburbs and exurbs of New Jersey. He founded and operates San Diego-based Wolfgang Solo: Strategic Communications & Benevolent Propaganda. @TomSiebert

Jack Silbert

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Jack Silbert is a humor writer, journalist, children's author, editor, movie reviewer, weekly internet-radio DJ, and frequent master of ceremonies. His writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, New York Press, Weird New Jersey, New Jersey Monthly, Nickelodeon, Glamour, Parent and Child and a wide variety of websites including Gawker and Media Darlings. During his lengthy tenure as editor with Scholastic Classroom Magazines, he proudly accepted the AEP's Golden Lamp Award for best periodical, 2009. Jack lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, and is rather fond of independent music, baseball, and sandwiches. Additional humorous ramblings by Jack can be found at saltinwound.com.