Co-Founder & President
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Founder & President
Alex makes things work at The Muse. Our #1 list maker, she leads our business growth, innovation and operations. Alex was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media, INC’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech and Business Insider’s 30 Most Important Women Under 30 in Tech. She is a frequent keynote on the future of work, productivity, and entrepreneurship. Prior to founding The Muse, Alex was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. She graduated from Yale University, and is an alumna of Y Combinator. Follow her on Twitter @acav.
Founder & CEO
Kathryn is the Muse’s CEO and number one swashbuckler. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. She has also been named to SmartCEO’s Future50 Visionary CEOs and Inc.’s 35 Under 35. Before founding The Muse, Kathryn worked on vaccines in Rwanda and Malawi with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and was previously at McKinsey. Say hi on Twitter @KMin.
Meet The Team
Akash VermaAnalytics Manager
Born and raised in India, Akash moved in 2016 to Cincinnati, OH, where he graduated from the University of Cincinnati before moving to New York for work. Now he’s the Analytics Manager with The Muse. When Akash isn’t working, he’s usually watching documentaries or exploring food joints. You’ll always see him smiling!
Alyssa TattersallStrategic Account Manager
After graduating from Penn State University, Alyssa spent her early career navigating the rough seas of the retail industry (she survived!). Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY, Alyssa is a true pop culture, Beyonce, and pizza enthusiast. In her spare time, you can catch Alyssa brunching in the East Village, crushing The Real Housewives marathons, or cruising the great waters of Lake George.
Anna FajkowskiProduct Manager
Anna joined The Muse as an account manager, helping amazing companies build their employer brands, and later made the move to become a product manager. Prior to her role at The Muse, Anna worked in media advertising in New York, Chicago, and Boston. When she’s not at work or running, you can find her spending time in Central Park, cooking in her tiny kitchen, and exploring theatre shows in NYC.
Brooke KatzSenior Editor
A Los Angeles native, Brooke has lived in New York for more than a decade, except for a recent one-year stint in Mexico City. Prior to working on branded content at The Muse, she was an editor at Travel + Leisure and Martha Stewart Living (long live print magazines!). She’s a devoted book reader, snacker, wife, mom, lover of all things purple, and traveler who is always plotting her next trip.
Caitlin MonahanAccount Manager
As a Muse account manager, Caitlin lives for working with employers to share brand stories and attract talent! Born on an army base in Louisiana, raised in New England, and educated in literature at Mount Holyoke College, Caitlin loves an origin story. She is a natural people person and spends her free time teaching yoga and exploring Brooklyn.
Carlos OrtizAccount Manager
Carlos has vast experience in the hospitality industry, where he did everything from cooking at Michelin-star restaurants to handling procurement at travel platforms and overseeing accounts at a top-tier corporate meetings and events agency. His goal at The Muse is to use his background to make a difference for current and future job seekers and help clients find the right fit.
Chris SteibHead of Product
Chris is a professional strategist, designer, entrepreneur, and college professor. Throughout his career, Chris has led product teams at a half-dozen-or-so companies, including Thrillist, Delivery.com, and The Knot, where he oversaw the complete rebuild of the company’s flagship website in 2015. In the off-hours, he devours fiction and poetry, plays the ukulele, and loses an awful lot of chess matches.
Dani GibbsAccounting Manager
After graduating from the University of Florida with a master’s in accounting, Dani moved to New York City and spent some time in public accounting before joining The Muse’s finance team. In her spare time, she can be found trying out new workout classes, watching Netflix, or hanging out with friends.
David BethoneyChief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer
David leads the finance and legal teams. Before joining The Muse, he was the Head of Finance at Breather, where he was part of a team that scaled it to become a major player in flexible workspace. He’s led finance for groups at Experian and NewsCorp after starting his career off at Microsoft. Outside of work, you can find him hiking, biking, and enjoying what New York has to offer.
Eloïse EonnetCoach Connect and Community Care Manager
Eloise first joined The Muse in 2015 as a career coach and soon after hopped aboard the coach connect and community care teams. When she is not working with fellow Musers, she coaches communication skills, plays in an Americana band, and presses hard cider in her native France.
Emily DohertySenior Account Manager
Emily helps clients build brand awareness and engage quality talent through strategic planning and execution. Her previous work as a digital marketing account manager helped sharpen her skills, making her new role at The Muse a natural next step. Outside of work, you can find her enjoying the finer things in life, like street tacos, The Real Housewives, or chasing strangers down to pet their dogs.
Eric KlugerGeneral Counsel
The Muse’s first attorney, Eric comes to us from a prestigious New York law firm. He had always wanted to help an innovative startup grow, and The Muse seemed like the perfect place. Eric was born and raised in New York City and earned his JD from Cardozo. When he isn’t helping with all things legal, he can be found playing hockey, enjoying a beer, and hanging out with his family.
Holly PiperSales Development Representative
Originally from Seattle, Holly moved to NYC after graduating from the University of Washington (Go Dawgs!) and now spends her time finding cool companies that use The Muse (rhyming unintentional) to tell their brand story. When she is not working remotely from her couch, you can catch her bopping around Washington Square Park, most likely with an ice coffee in hand.
Ian AxelrodPlatform Architect
Ian crafts the code that powers The Muse’s back-end infrastructure. Originally from Atlanta, GA, he now calls Liverpool, NY, home. Before joining The Muse, he worked as a software engineer for the business intelligence startups Outbrain and NOMi. He details automobiles and studies neuroscience whenever he has time.
Imran JivrajSenior Sales Development Representative
Driven by the opportunities to learn and grow his career, Imran moved to New York in 2018. As a senior SDR, he is responsible for sustaining a healthy revenue pipeline. He channels his passion for data-driven decision-making into ensuring The Muse’s outreach strategy is effective and efficient. In his free time, Imran enjoys Facetiming his mom while cooking, or going out to explore pop-up art galleries.
Jamahl MiddletonApplication Developer
Based in Utah, Jamahl joined The Muse in 2020. He previously worked as a software developer and dabbled in the freelance development world. When he isn’t in front of a computer, you can find him driving around town, kayaking on the lake, writing, or walking around looking for interesting art.
James BrownCMS Manager
Originally from the Bay Area, James moved to Brooklyn in 2009 and found his new home. Coming from managing a bar in the Lower East Side, he started at The Muse in 2019 and hasn’t looked back. When he isn’t onboarding clients or editing photos, you can find him fishing at Prospect Park, biking around town, or playing video games. He enjoys sour candy and loves cancelling plans.
John HylandSVP, Revenue
Raised in the Northeast, John is now based in NYC for the first time. He runs the revenue team here at The Muse. His experiences include startups and corporates, U.S. and International assignments. He recently lived in Mexico City with his family, and it’s now their home away from home. John believes that everybody has something that the world needs and does not believe that Dan was Gossip Girl.
Karen NissimSocial Media Coordinator
As a social media coordinator, Karen is responsible for preparing and scheduling daily content for The Muse’s Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn profiles, while engaging with followers and collaborating closely with the sales and editorial teams. When Karen isn’t at work, she’s usually listening to podcasts, roller skating, or watching old movies.
Katie DeFuscoAccount Manager
As an account manager at The Muse, Katie is dedicated to helping amazing companies share with potential candidates what it’s truly like to work for them! Like any good Connecticut native, she dreamed of one day of working in New York City. In her spare time, Katie enjoys courtroom dramas, eating chips and salsa, and vying for her cat’s affection.
Katie OrfiniEnterprise Account Executive
Katie spends her days finding the best companies in San Francisco and making sure they’re showcased on The Muse. Before starting at The Muse, she was in Chicago helping people discover awesome local companies on Groupon. As a NYC transplant, Katie is always searching for the best ice cream shops around the city, one cone at a time. She’s also a proud Michigan State alum—go Green!
Katie SextonSenior Engineering Manager
Katie likes to build stuff, and enable stuff to be built, be it websites, apps, code, or a hearty meal. Before joining The Muse, she worked in the agency world, plus a few startups that are long forgotten. When not she’s Musing, Katie enjoys reading, painting, and listening to music.
Katy McClellanExecutive Producer
Katy emigrated from London, where she had been working for almost a decade as a documentary producer and development executive for the BBC and Channel 4. She has written, directed, and produced a variety of formats, from half-hour documentary series to digital comedy shorts. Katy moved to NYC to produce branded content for leading brands (and pursue secret scripted comedy dreams).
Kendra SwansonAccount Manager
Kendra moved to NYC from Arizona and is slowly starting to rethink the ideology that the West Coast is the best coast. Prior to joining The Muse, Kendra was traveling the country as a consultant for Alpha Chi Omega, a women’s organization. When she’s not at work, you can find her greeting every dog she crosses paths with, running along the East River, or singing along to Broadway hits.
Kerry FuscoSenior Account Executive
A proud Jersey girl and Amherst College graduate, Kerry moved to NYC after spending some time living on the West Coast. Prior to joining The Muse, she worked for an HR-tech startup in the Bay Area and completed her yoga teacher training certification. In her spare time, you’ll find her skiing, spike-balling, lounging on the beach, or listening to live music with a cold IPA in hand.
Kishan PatelEmail Marketing Coordinator
Kishan lived in London, U.K., Potomac, MD, Boston, MA, and Burlington, VT, before moving to New York City in 2017, where he has felt right at home. Prior to joining The Muse, he worked at Audible and Prose Media. In his free time, he loves listening to podcasts, writing short stories, supporting Manchester United, and taking his Goldendoodle for walks in Central Park.
Lauren AdamsSenior Account Executive
By age 18, Lauren had moved 11 times; a trajectory that molded her into an adaptable and curious soul who thrives in diverse environments. International connectedness makes her tick—whether traveling to a remote dot on the map or simply hanging with foreign friends, she leans on her global experiences and multilingualism to cultivate that passion. There’s no country, wine, or hot sauce Lauren hasn’t loved!
Leanne FrenchSenior Content Strategist
Leanne began her career as a writer/producer at MTV and went on to strategize and create multi-platform content for media companies including VH1, AMC, Nickelodeon and, most recently, A+E Networks, where she led digital strategy for Biography. She loves going to the theater, movies, museums, and is an adept button masher when playing video games with her son.
Maggie DeGrootSenior Social Media Manager
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Maggie moved to New York City and spent time working on film and television social media campaigns. She blames this job for making her fall in love with the Fast and Furious franchise. When she’s not working, you can find Maggie cheering on the Green Bay Packers, live-tweeting the Oscars, or eating the best dumplings in Flushing.
Melanie MannarinoInterim Head of Content
Melanie loves words: writing them, editing them, saying them. She has worked for magazines and digital brands, appeared on scripted and unscripted TV, and written four books. At The Muse, she leads the Content team in creating top-notch branded, editorial, and video products for job seekers and employers. In her spare time, Melanie loves reading words (fiction mostly), preferably on the beach.
Meredith SheddenTeam Lead, Project Management
Meredith joined The Muse as a project manager after working in many facets of video production. From working in election cycles in both D.C. and at The Onion, Meredith keeps the power of visual storytelling (with a sense of humor) top of mind. When not working on amazing client profiles, you will find Meredith exploring NYC or wagering which is the best of The Real Housewives franchise with her coworkers.
Micah DayVP, Sales
As a Sales Manager, Micah is responsible for overseeing the Wolfpack sales team in the southern region while ultimately ensuring the best organizations all over the world are represented as employers of choice on The Muse. When Micah isn't in the office den, she's usually playing soccer, cheering on the Green Bay Packers or listening to some old school rap and R&b.
Michelle TalisAccount Manager
Michelle joins The Muse as an account manager with the carefully honed skill of knowing exactly how many exclamation marks should be in an email. When she’s not working, you can find her jogging around Brooklyn, overthinking Britney Spears’ latest Instagram post, or hanging out with her two very judgmental dogs.
Natalie GavilanesContent Operations Manager, Profiles
Natalie was born in New York City and raised in the Hudson Valley—the best of both worlds! She spent her college years trying out a journalism career before getting her master’s in media studies and film at The New School. Aside from perfecting videos and photos on The Muse, Natalie is always in search of a new TV show or podcast to dive into—recommendations are welcome!
Nicolette FinderSales Growth Specialist
Originally from Southampton, NY, Nicolette can never be too far from the ocean. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and first joined The Muse as an SDR. She now serves as the Sales Growth Specialist, sitting between the Account Management and Sales teams. Outside of work you can find her sipping iced coffee, eating Greek food in Astoria, or taking a virtual Pilates class from her apartment.
Or LapidOffice Assistant
Growing up in both Israel and New York, Or returned to New York after serving three years in the Israeli Defense Forces. He has a background in hospitality, where he enjoyed leading a team and diving deep into the analytics of business. When he’s not at work, Or enjoys skiing, watching movies, and cooking all types of cuisines on long, quiet Saturdays.
Owen PercocoFull-Stack Engineer II
Native to the Adirondack area in Upstate New York, Owen came to NYC to trade the sky for skyscrapers. He previously worked as a software engineer and freelance web developer before joining The Muse. When he’s not at his desk, you can probably find Owen playing guitar somewhere in Brooklyn or traveling.
Peenak InamdarSenior Director of Engineering
Peenak joined The Muse in October of 2018. He likes peanut butter cups. Prior to The Muse, he’s held engineering management and leadership positions at Ogilvy, SoundCloud, Etsy, and HUGE, as well as software engineering positions at Amplified, Schematic, McGraw-Hill / TheGrowNetwork, TradeCard (An Infor company), and Quidnunc.
Rebeca PiccardoAssistant Editor
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Rebeca lived in the United Kingdom, Chile, and Brazil before moving permanently to the U.S. She started her career as a crime reporter and then worked for a travel magazine before moving to NYC to join The Muse’s content team. When Rebeca’s not at work, you can find her exploring the city, cooking at home, or out on a run.
After growing up in Rockland County, NY (...it's near Westchester), Regina moved to DC for college and an MFA. She is thrilled to be at The Muse after stints selling ice cream, telling people where to park, breaking into cars (legally!), opening mail, and writing about the stock market. Outside of work, Regina can be found at concerts or buying books when she has plenty of unread ones at home.
Richard DillmanStaff Engineer
A country boy from Indiana who found a passion for all things web. Richard is a Senior Application Engineer focusing on his soapbox issues, Page Speed, Testing, Documentation, and Accessibility. Asking about any of these could easily turn into an afternoon discussion. In his spare time he enjoys playing World of Warcraft, and watching sci-fi, fantasy, and historical documentaries.
Roxanne ParnellSenior Account Executive
Born and raised in North Carolina, Roxanne always knew she belonged in New York City. After completing her degree at ECU, she moved to pursue a career in sales and marketing. An adept relationship-builder and problem-solver, Roxanne joined The Muse to help companies tell their story. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, a nice glass of Cab Sav, and never saying no to guac.
Samantha DenoncourHR Generalist
Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Sam decided to move to NYC after graduating from Quinnipiac University—go Bobcats! Sam has always had an interest in the people function of organizations, and works on the HR team here at The Muse. In her spare time, she’s usually relaxing at the beach with friends, trying new restaurants, or exploring new cities any chance she can get.
Sean KielarSales Development Representative
A Boston native, Sean has always had a love for NYC and the Broadway scene. After finishing nursing school at UMass Amherst, she developed a passion for management and helping her teams advance to their next career goals. In her free time, you can find her obsessing over fashion blogs, doing Peloton yoga, or performing Hamilton in her living room.
Stav ZivSenior Editor/Writer
A longtime word nerd and bookworm, Stav studied history and dance at Stanford and journalism at Columbia. Before joining The Muse, she was a staff writer at Newsweek, where she wrote about everything from Nazi hunters to Chinese adoptees to Good Girls Revolt, the real story and fictionalized TV show about a 1970 discrimination case at the magazine. She prefers sun and tolerates winters grudgingly.
Victoria TruittSenior Account Executive
Victoria helps companies humanize their hiring process through a platform that tells their stories. She’s passionate about elevating the candidate experience and helping both job seekers and employers find the best match. Victoria believes that work gives everyone a sense of belonging, purpose, and becomes a part of your greater life story.
Investors and Advisors
The Muse’s Board of Directors & observers includes Theresia Gouw of Acrew Capital (spin out of Aspect Ventures), Tom Mawhinney of Icon Ventures, Chris Herrmannsen (Former European President, TMP/Monster and current EVP at Cielo), Lucinda Duncalfe (former CEO, Monetate and ClickEquations), Nancy Pfund of DBL Partners, and Mike Walsh of Structure Capital.
Additional investors include Y Combinator, Tyra Banks and Fierce Capital, Sallie Krawcheck (named one of Forbes Most Powerful Women in the world), Alexis Ohanian (Founder, Reddit), Great Oaks Venture Capital, 500Startups, Dan Rosensweig (CEO of Chegg and former COO of Yahoo!), Eric Ries (The Lean Startup), Cathie Black (former President & Chairman, Hearst Magazines), Anjula Acharia-Bath (Founder/CEO of DesiHits!), Jalak Jobanputra of FuturePerfect Ventures, Ruth Ann and Bill Harnisch of Peconic Partners, Gordon Crawford, Thomas Lehrman (co-founder of Gerson Lehrman Group, Inc.), Ori Allon, Susan McPherson, Lisa Blau, Adam Quinton, and WGI Group.
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