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:
- Medical Assistants
- Pharmacy Technicians
- Fitness Trainers
- Insurance Professionals
- Many other Professional Careers
How did Ascend Learning help you today?
We help prepare and educate many of the professionals you encounter everyday. We’re proud to help so many of the professionals in your community achieve success in their careers.
As passionate champions for learners, educators and employers, we change lives. We provide data-driven, educational solutions that accelerate learning and impact job readiness, employment success and employee retention.
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 chairman of Philips 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
As Ascend Learning’s chief financial officer, Mandeep is an experienced and well-regarded leader who cultivates talent and develops high-performing teams that work to grow our business organically, excel at mergers and acquisitions and invest in high value solutions.
Before joining Ascend Learning, Mandeep spent 24 years with the General Electric Company, where he held multiple senior CFO roles in the United States and Europe. He has a strong track record of driving growth and operational excellence. Mandeep served on several boards of GE subsidiaries and joint ventures globally and is the Vice Chairman of the board of Inspirica, a charity focused on alleviating homelessness.
Mandeep received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Science, Summa cum Laude, from Muskingum College.
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
As Ascend Learning’s Chief Technology Officer, Ash Siebecker is responsible for innovative strategy designed to mature our technology foundation with a focus on customer delight, efficiency and security.
Before joining the senior leadership team as CTO, Ash spent almost four years as Ascend Learning’s Vice President of Software Engineering for the Clinical Healthcare business. In that position, Ash played a crucial leadership role in helping drive both ATI Nursing and National Healthcareer Association’s architecture and platform strategy, designing and deploying platform and product enhancements, and working with teams to deliver an ever-higher level of innovation for ATI and NHA customers.
Ash brings to his role 20 years of software engineering experience, with a combination of experience in the healthcare information technology (IT) industries and high-volume manufacturing. He previously spent time at Euronet leading the Americas and Australia SW Engineering organization. Prior to that he spent several years at Cerner Corporation, one of the nation’s leading healthcare IT companies, where he managed several software engineering organizations delivering a variety of solutions, both enterprise and client-facing. Ash also spent nearly seven years at Motorola/Freescale semiconductor. During much of his time there, he led the computer integrated manufacturing department at one of Motorola’s premier semiconductor fabrication facilities.
Ash resides in Olathe, Kansas and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons, fishing and hiking.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Larry leads a team of lawyers providing legal support for Ascend Learning and its businesses. He is an accomplished legal counselor, transactional attorney and innovative leader, with more than 25 years’ experience supporting technology and life sciences companies in the areas of corporate law and securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, Board and shareholder governance, intellectual property, contracts, employment law and litigation.
Before Ascend, Larry worked for 10 years as General Counsel of Cimpress (Vistaprint), a publicly traded, global technology company where he served as an executive during a period of explosive growth that saw the company increase revenue more than 10-fold to $2B and expand operations to more than 30 countries. At Cimpress he also took on responsibility for executive compensation and talent, as well as founding and leading the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility program. Previously, Larry was a corporate partner at law firms DLA Piper and Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, where he represented emerging growth companies, venture capital firms, underwriters and executives.
Larry received his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an avid sports fan, loves to travel and read, and most of all enjoys spending time with family and friends.
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.
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.
President of Professional Education
Tim McClinton leads Ascend Learning’s Professional Education group which includes five businesses: ExamFX, ClickSafety, Public Safety Group, CDX Learning Systems and Jones & Bartlett Learning. Tim, a mission-driven leader, focuses on building high-performing teams, growing businesses and expanding world-class brands while delivering high quality products and services all backed by powerful market insights.
Prior to joining Ascend Learning, Tim served as general manager of strategic growth initiatives at Adtalem Global Education where he led corporate development, M&A, strategy evaluation and joint venture development for its financial services vertical. Tim also served as president and managing director of ACAMS where he created high-impact strategic partnerships, portfolio enhancements, operational efficiencies and drove rapid global expansion doubling the business in less than three years and entering Asia, Europe and Latin American markets for the first time. Tim has also served in senior leadership roles at Becker Professional Education and Fortune 500 companies AT&T and W. W. Grainger.
Tim earned his MBA from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from DePaul University. Outside of work Tim enjoys cooking, reading, fishing and spending time with his family.
President, Clinical Healthcare Solutions
Brian Kelly leads Ascend Learning’s largest group, Clinical Healthcare Solutions (CHS). He oversees six key businesses: ATI Nursing Education, NursingCE, MedHub, National Healthcareer Association, BoardVitals and Kognito. 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.