We give our employees the freedom and trust they need to make Ascend Learning and our businesses the leader in developing learning tools, assessments and certifications.
We’re already a part of your life.
If you’ve been to the doctor’s office, picked up a prescription, worked out with a trainer, or had construction done on your roadways or office, chances are many of those people were helped by Ascend.
Our businesses help test, assess and certify:
- Fitness Trainers
- Medical Assistants
- Construction Workers
- Insurance Professionals
- Financial Advisors
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Many other Professional Services
Do you have the Ascend state of mind?
Our energetic culture is contagious when you experience it. Our values reflect how we see the world in which we live and work and keep us pointed in the right direction.
We are passionate
We change lives every day.
We are selfless
We put the collective good ahead of our own.
We are courageous
We have the commitment to decide and act quickly.
We are great listeners
Your ideas and input are always valued.
We embrace change
We anticipate change, champion it and grow from it.
We are accountable
We own the results we deliver.
We trust employees
We provide freedom and expect responsibility.
We have high expectations and reward achievement
All employees are eligible for generous, job-specific incentive compensation.
Does this sound like you?
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We’ve passed the competition.
If you care about high passing rates on exams
We develop the technology used to teach each individual by providing the information they need, delivered the way they want it, to succeed.
Our tools include analytically-proven assessments, multi-media remedial content and video based real-life simulations. They’re offered in many formats such as streaming online, interactive online content and printed materials.
Our culture breeds leadership.
Trust and high expectations start at the top. Get to know our leadership.
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of Ascend Learning, Greg Sebasky looks over the education landscape and sees tremendous opportunity. His vision for the company is clear: Be the leading career solutions provider, delivering outcomes-based online education to help people enter, sustain and succeed in their chosen fields. It’s a path he’s been on since joining Ascend in early 2014. Greg is a 30-year veteran leader of companies with markets in healthcare and education services. Before joining Ascend, Greg served as CEO of Phillips Electronics’ North American division.
Greg earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BBA in Accounting. He lives in the Boston area with his family.
Chief Financial Officer
Bill is responsible for all financial planning and analysis, reporting and forecasting for Ascend Learning and its individual business units. Bill joined Ascend Learning from RHI Entertainment, where, as CFO, he was responsible for all financial planning, reporting and forecasting, and was the regular interface with private-equity partners. Before that, he spent seven years as executive vice president and CFO of Crown Media, and three years as senior vice president and CFO at Hallmark Entertainment. Bill received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University and his MBA from the University of Chicago.
Bill and his wife Kim have four children, Tommy, Julie, John and Katie.
Senior VP and General Counsel
Jon provides legal support for Ascend Learning and all of its individual business units.
Jon is a highly accomplished attorney with more than 25 years of experience in corporate law, securities, mergers and acquisitions, and licensing law. He joined Ascend from Starent Networks, where he was vice president, general counsel and secretary. He played a key role in negotiating Starent Network’s acquisition by Cisco Systems for $2.9 billion in cash, securing regulatory approval and managing a successful integration.
Before Starent, Jon was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Aspect Software, a $600 million global supplier of contact center software. Prior to Aspect, Jon was a partner at the global law firm, DLA Piper, and at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, where he represented venture capital firms and technology and high-growth companies in all stages of their life cycle, from formation to initial public offering (IPO), merger or sale.
Jon has been chosen as one of Massachusetts’ “Super Lawyers” in a joint survey conducted by the publishers of Law & Politics magazine and Boston magazine as part of a special issue titled “The Top Attorneys In Massachusetts” and was named an “In-House Leader in the Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
Jon received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco and his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
Here, the good guys finish first.
“In my area of expertise, I am always looking to solve problems before they become problems. I am not alone. My fellow Ascenders are right here with me. That’s one of the reasons why this company is so great.
We have a strong ethical culture where everyone is empowered to do the right thing. That, combined with our hyper-growth mission, equals a tremendous formula for success. I have been fortunate to work with some of the fastest-growing companies in the country. I have a feeling that Ascend Learning may surpass them all.”
Chief Human Resources Officer
Marty Manning is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Ascend Learning, where he oversees leadership development, recruitment, process enhancement and compensation. He began his career as an officer in the US Navy where he authored several intelligence articles, planned at-sea operations in Europe, South America and the Middle East and served through two major conflicts as a surface warfare officer. After seven years of distinguished service, Marty embarked on a career as a human resources leader, which has spanned across four major business units in the General Electric Company and four years with Analog Devices. During that time, he developed a strong reputation for building high performance teams, developing executives and building global leadership teams that consistently exceeded growth objectives and outperformed the competition.
Marty’s travels have taken him to over 45 countries and most of the United States. An Ironman triathlete and outdoor sports enthusiast, he enjoys biking, hiking, skiing and running in the mountains of New Hampshire and Maine. Marty’s true passion is his family. He resides in Andover, Massachusetts where he enjoys spending time with a terrific circle of friends, his wife Marissa and his two teenage children; Andrew and Jenna.
Chief Technology Officer, Ascend Learning
As Ascend Learning’s chief technology officer, Aref partners with the individual business units to create an architecture and technology roadmap to support the evolving business needs. Prior to joining Ascend Learning, Aref was the executive vice president and chief technology officer of learning technologies/global higher education at Pearson. In this role, Aref was responsible for the complete lifecycle of technology, product roadmap management, program management office, architecture, development, quality engineering, technology and operations and the transformation of Pearson’s online education products and platforms from ideation to delivery. Before his time at Pearson, he served as both senior vice president of advanced services and chief technology officer for TomTom, the GPS-based car navigation system company, in the Netherlands. Aref also served as CTO of RealNetworks. In addition, he’s worked for Milllenial Net, Siemens and Bell Labs.
President, Clinical Healthcare Solutions
Brian Kelly leads Ascend Learning’s largest group, Clinical Healthcare Solutions (CHS). He oversees three key businesses: ATI Nursing Education, MedHub and National Healthcareer Association. Brian’s career started as an active-duty US Naval officer and transitioned to 25 years in healthcare from Pharma and Medical Device to Health Care Data and Analytics. Working at Dupont, Merck and Co and United Health Group/Optum, Brian gained leadership and executive experience in manufacturing, R&D, Strategy, Sales and Marketing and general management. Most recently, he served as the President of Optum’s Life Sciences business, serving clients globally.
Brian holds a master’s degree in Management from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton and SEAS) and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University. Brian, his wife and five children live in Pennsylvania. He enjoys sports of any kind, but in particular any Philadelphia team. Brian also enjoys the challenge of triathlons and golf.
President, Global Fitness and Wellness
Laurie leads Ascend Learning’s Global Fitness and Wellness group and oversees two businesses: National Academy of Sports Medicine and Premier Global.
Laurie has led marketing and operational efforts for a number of major brands, including Disney, Teleflora, POM Wonderful, Stila Cosmetics, YogaWorks, and Forever 21. Most recently, she served as CEO of Makerwear Design. Laurie was also the Founder of Babystyle, a leading multi-channel retailer of maternity, baby and children’s products.
Laurie earned her MBA from The Harvard Business School and received her BA from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She resides in Los Angeles, California with her two children and enjoys fitness of all kinds including golf, skiing, tennis and yoga.
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Development
As the senior vice president of strategy and corporate development, Jeff Jones is responsible for partnering with business unit leaders to identify and fulfill Ascend’s growth objectives, including researching the competitive landscape and identifying industry and customer trends; sourcing and developing acquisition and partnership opportunities; and providing direction and oversight to the product development process across Ascend.
Jeff was previously Senior Vice President, University Partnerships for Academic Partnerships, where he was responsible for developing new and managing ongoing college and university partnerships to help each partner build and grow successful online programs. Prior to joining Academic Partnerships in 2013, Jeff was Vice President of Product Management and Strategy for Ellucian (formerly SunGard Higher Education) where he led the Advancement, Financial Management, and Human Capital Management divisions, three of the five major segments of the company. Jeff set the future direction for all of the solutions in his portfolio by working closely with customers, partners, and his team. Jeff has held executive leadership positions in the higher education, financial services, venture capital, and healthcare industries in both mature and startup companies.
Jeff is passionate about helping students achieve their dreams and enjoys collaboration and working on cross-functional teams. He enjoys spending time with his wife exploring the Massachusetts North Shore region.
General Manager of Professional Certification & Licensure
As the general manager of Professional Certification & Licensure, Doug uses his extensive general management experience leading media technology companies in both the United States and Asian markets to enlarge Ascend Learning’s presence in the public safety, workplace safety, automotive and insurance/finance industries.
Prior to joining Ascend, Doug was an operational advisor to venture capital firms. He co-founded multiple media technologies companies, including Denalii, Ringier Studios, and most recently a next generation intelligent information platform company. Doug formerly served as CEO of the Asia Pacific region at LexisNexis, where he defined and launched more than 20 major products and services across 13 markets. Doug previously held senior leadership roles at Innovative Interfaces, RealNetworks, NetGravity, Nikkei BP and CMP. Doug began his career in Japan in leading media companies.
Doug earned his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Economics from UC Berkeley. He is fluent in Japanese.
Digital Content Solutions Group General Manager
Ed Moura has been leading transformational change in the learning and information industry for a generation in a variety of roles including, Chief Product Officer, Divisional President, and General Manager. His roots are in sales, marketing, business development and product management; his passion is leveraging technology and new business models to delight users. He has led teams and businesses ranging from smaller sized, privately backed enterprises to large P&L divisions in corporate publishing.
Ed joined Ascend in March 2013 as Chief Product Officer and is now General Manager of the Digital Content Solutions group. Ed came to Ascend from Cengage where he was EVP, Digital Solutions Group and responsible for the group’s then leading digital brands that included Aplia, CNOW, and SAM. He was formerly President, Thomson-Southwestern, an operating division of Thomson Learning. He has also worked for Pearson Education as President and GM, of the Addison-Wesley College Division.