Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Michael Mathews has served as the Company's Chief Executive Officer and a director since March 2012 and as Chief Executive Officer of Aspen University Inc. ("Aspen University"), a subsidiary of the Company, since May 2011. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Interclick, Inc. ("Interclick") (Nasdaq: ICLK) from August 28, 2007 until January 31, 2011. From June 2007 until it was acquired by Yahoo, Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) in December 2011, Mr. Mathews also served as a director of Interclick. From May 15, 2008, until June 30, 2008, Mr. Mathews served as the interim Chief Financial Officer of Interclick. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Mathews served as the senior vice-president of marketing and publisher services for World Avenue U.S.A., LLC, an Internet promotional marketing company. Mr. Mathews was selected to serve as a director due to his knowledge of the for profit education industry, his commitment to a "debt free" education, his track record of success in managing early stage and growing businesses, his extensive knowledge of the online education and Internet marketing industries and his knowledge of running and serving on the boards of public companies.
Chief Accounting Officer
Joseph Sevely was appointed Aspen Group's Chief Financial Officer on September 11, 2018. Sevely recently served five years as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Cutwater Asset Management, a fixed income asset manager with over $20 billion in assets under management. At Cutwater he managed the finance, risk management, legal, compliance, operations and information technology functions through the sale and subsequent integration of the company to BNY Mellon. He is also an accomplished educator, having taught graduate classes in Risk Management and Finance at Columbia University's Enterprise Risk Management program and NYU's Stern School of Business, respectively. Sevely has over 30 years of experience in both financial management and new business initiatives and has an extensive background in capital markets, derivatives, liquidity management and market risk. He was previously Treasurer, Head of Market Risk Management and Head of Consumer Asset Backed Securities New Business at MBIA Inc. Earlier in his career, Sevely held positions of increasing responsibility at major Wall Street firms. Sevely served as Controller of Merrill Lynch's Global Broker/Dealer Division, Head of Financial Planning & Analysis for Chemical Bank's Capital Markets Division and he also led teams responsible for derivative and structured finance product development and client marketing at Bankers Trust. He started his professional career at the Boston Consulting Group.
Chief Operating Officer
Gerard Wendolowski has been the Company’s Chief Operating Officer since March 11, 2014. From May 2011 until March 11, 2014, Mr. Wendolowski served as Aspen University’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. From January 2008 until May 2011, Mr. Wendolowski was the Vice President of Marketing at Atrinsic, Inc., a digital marketing agency.
Dr. Cheri St. Arnauld
Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Cheri St. Arnauld has been the Company’s Chief Academic Officer since June 11, 2017. Dr. St. Arnauld previously served as Aspen University’s Chief Academic Officer beginning March 6, 2014. From January 2012 until March 6, 2014, Dr. St. Arnauld was an educational consultant for the St. Arnauld Group. From August 2008 until January 2012, Dr. St. Arnauld was the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Grand Canyon University.
Dr. Anne McNamara, Ph.D., RN
Chief Nursing Officer, Aspen University
Dr. McNamara is a nationally known nursing leader with more than 40 years of experience. Her background in nursing education has given her the skills to not only develop new nursing school campuses but also to work with healthcare systems and organizations across the United States. Dr. McNamara, formally the Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences at Grand Canyon University, has been working as a full-time consultant for Aspen University for the past year and has managed all aspects of Aspen University's first BSN pre-licensure campus in Phoenix, AZ.