Meet Our Leaders
Meet the dedicated executive team behind Penn Foster Group. Our leaders work tirelessly to provide leading edge educational content, technology, and services designed to deliver positive outcomes for our partners and our students. Penn Foster Group’s leadership team focuses on the technology innovation, content development, and strategic initiatives which keep our schools on pace with the needs of today’s workforce. With decades of experience across industries such as education, technology, and business, our team is uniquely poised to support our partners.
General Manager, High School and Career
As General Manager, High School and Career, Stacy and her team are responsible for defining and building learner-centric products and programs for students that meet them where they are and propel them on their career path. Prior to joining Penn Foster, Stacy was the CEO of the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a growing group of high schools committed to building and delivering a digital transcript that opens opportunities for each and every student to have their unique skills, interests, and histories fostered, understood, and celebrated.
Stacy holds an MA in Education and MBA from Stanford University and earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Trish and her team are responsible for the continuous development of financial strategies that inform Penn Foster Group’s efforts to support learners in their education, training, and outcomes.
Trish has focused half of her 20+ year finance career on supporting technology innovations and digital solutions in the higher education market - driving programs to improve scale and profitability, and to cultivate informed strategy setting and execution. Before joining Penn Foster Group, Trish was the Senior Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations at Ellucian. There, Trish led the FP&A team, launched an enterprise-wide business intelligence and analytics organization, and matured the strategic pricing and investor relations functions. Trish also held financial leadership roles for Global Technology at Cengage Learning and Elsevier.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Trish lives outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her family. She and her husband, Brian, have 3 children – Colin, Nora and Fiona. An avid Philly sports fan, she spends her free time with her extended family and the family dog, Levi.
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Nial McLoughlin has direct ownership and responsibility for all technology initiatives across the company, including the re-platforming and transformation of all the company's learning platforms. Previously, Nial was the Chief Operating Officer of Ashworth College and President of the New York Institute of Photography and Art and Design. As COO, he led the transformation of Ashworth's technology capabilities, creating an entirely new student support and student facing infrastructure that enabled Ashworth to significantly increase its service levels while scaling the business. He joined Penn Foster’s leadership team after the acquisition of Ashworth in 2019.
McLoughlin has a BS in Finance from the University of Florida and an MS in Computer Science from Georgia State University.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Bill drives the vision and strategy behind our company mission. Bill has over two decades of general management, commercial leadership, and board experience at enterprise technology, data and analytics, and business services companies across various stages including start-up and high growth.
He most recently served as CEO of Reonomy, having joined the company from its board and leading it to its acquisition by Altus Group in 2021. He has also served as President of McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Chief Commercial Officer of CEB, and Executive Vice President of Capital IQ, where he also joined the company from its board and helped lead it to its acquisition by Standard & Poor’s in 2004. Earlier in his career, he was a Director at Sapient Corporation where he co-led the CRM practice.
Bill is currently an independent board member of CKC Capital, and he has also previously served as an independent board member of EverTrue and Rapid Ratings International. Bill holds a BA in History from Amherst College and an MBA from The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Terri Runyon Walker
Chief People Officer
As Chief People Officer, Terri and her team are responsible for leading all aspects of the people function including talent acquisition and strategy, culture, total rewards, and learning and development so that we are well positioned to best serve our learners.
Terri has over 25 years of experience as an HR leader and has a real passion for leading strategic HR teams and partnering with senior leaders to build an integrated talent strategy to enhance business growth. Before joining Penn Foster Group, Terri was SVP People Leader for Corporate functions with Nielsen. Terri spent 10 years at McGraw Hill leading HR for the Higher Education, Professional, and Digital platform groups. Terri has demonstrated experience in leading talent management (acquisition, development, and succession), organizational design, and total rewards. She also has experience leading aspects of global diversity and inclusion strategy designed to create an inclusive culture, engage leadership, attract and retain talent, and anticipate customer needs. She has a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two children. Terri serves as a school board member for her local high school district.
Dr. Andy Shean
Chief Learning Officer
As Chief Learning Officer at Penn Foster, Dr. Shean leads academic program leadership, curriculum and courseware, academic support, faculty, non-academic support, and academic operations in pursuit of improving student lives. Prior to joining Penn Foster, Dr. Shean was the Senior Vice President & Chief Academic Officer at National Education Partners. He has also served in roles such as the Chief Academic Learning Officer for Bridgepoint Education, Vice Provost for Ashford University, and Executive Dean for the College of Education at Ashford University. He previously served as a high school English teacher where he was named the 2009 District Teacher of the Year.
Dr. Shean earned his Doctorate of Educational Leadership and Management degree from Alliant International University. He holds an MA in Education and a BA in Sociology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Chief Marketing Officer
Matt Simon is the Chief Marketing Officer for Penn Foster Group. As CMO, Matt and his team are responsible for developing strategies, content, programs and insights that bring new learners to Penn Foster Group’s portfolio of brands and that support the completion of their studies.
Matt leads a best-in-class marketing team, all of whom are focused on delivering a learner-centric, innovative, and impactful brand story. His areas of responsibility include brand strategy, performance marketing, advanced analytics, communications and B2B marketing. Simon’s tenure with the company began in 2022.
Matt has over 20 years of marketing experience, working across the CPG, QSR and Retail industries. Prior to joining Penn Foster Group, Matt served as Chief Brand Experience Officer at The GIANT Company, a proud local brand of Ahold Delhaize. He also spent memorable years working on several national recognized brands, including The Hershey Company, Del Monte Foods and Auntie Anne’s.
Matt has also had the honor serving on the boards for the Central PA Food Bank and Please Touch Museum of Philadelphia.
Matt earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from The Pennsylvania State University.
General Counsel at Penn Foster Group
Jordan Thompson is the General Counsel at Penn Foster Group, responsible for ensuring the organization is meeting high standards of education and operations. Prior to his current role, he was the Deputy General Counsel and Director of Compliance and Risk at New York Institute of Technology. He attended Cornell University where he received a Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations. Jordan is also a graduate of Rutgers Law School. A Certified Information Privacy Professional and licensed attorney in the states of New York and New Jersey, he is also admitted to practice law in the United States District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the District of New Jersey. Jordan serves as a General Chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, is a Vice President and Board member of the Suffolk Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation, and is a former President of the Huntington Lawyers Club. He lives on Long Island with his wife Kimberly and their three boys.