About IAP Career College

The International Association of Professions Career College (also known as IAP Career College) aims to offer the finest in affordable online certificate programs for dream careers. We want to make professional non-traditional career education accessible to as many people as possible.

IAP Career College is a division of FabJob Inc. the leading publisher of career guide books on how to get started in a dream career. Established online in 1999, the parent of IAP Career College is an award-winning organization named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest. Our company and career guides have been featured in media ranging from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter and major news sites ranging from CNN to the Wall Street Journal online.

Now the founders of FabJob, along with a team of respected academics, have created online certificate programs, allowing you to study and earn a certificate from the comfort of your own home. You can learn more about some of us on these pages.

The faculty and staff of International Association of Professions College have academic designations up to the Ph.D. level and have worked with students on six continents. In addition to academic credentials, our faculty members have “real world” experience to ensure we can provide the practical information students need to achieve career success.

Donna George

The course I completed was comprehensive, accessible and dealt with all facets of the business. Links provided were informative and beneficial. I highly recommend IAP.

Our Faculty and Staff

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Tag Goulet, President of IAP College

Therese Goulet

President and Academic Director

Therese “Tag” Goulet, Academic Director and President of the College, has more than 25 years of teaching and instructional design experience. Tag developed and taught courses for the University of Calgary, Canada, where she was a top-rated instructor in the management certificates program. She has also taught, trained, and spoken in public to hundreds of thousands of people in dozens of cities.

An expert on careers and entrepreneurship, Tag is co-founder of FabJob Inc. Her career articles have been read by millions of people worldwide at websites such as AOL, CNN, and Microsoft’s MSN, and have appeared in newspapers and online through CareerBuilder in the United States, Sun Media in Canada, and Metro News in Europe.

Online she has been interviewed as a career and business expert for stories published at web sites of CBS Marketwatch, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo! among others, and her career advice has been featured in media from ABC to Oprah’s newsletter.

The author of Recipe for Success, a CD-ROM on goal-achieving distributed in 65 countries, she is a contributor to dozens of books including USA Today best-sellers, FabJob guides, and Why I Teach: Inspirational True Stories from Teachers Who Make a Difference (published by a division of Random House).

Therese ‘Tag’ Goulet is a member of several professional associations including Association for Continuing Higher Education, IAPO International Association of Professional Organizations (she is IAPO’s Director), and International Council for Open and Distance Education.

An indigenous person, Tag is a registered Métis Canadian, and her company has published several books on Métis history written by her parents George and Terry Goulet. Tag enjoys working out with weights, wine tasting, and learning new things.

Catherine Goulet

Chair of the Board of Trustees

As Chair of the Board of Trustees, Catherine brings over 25 years of executive management, entrepreneurial and publishing experience to her role with the International Association of Professions Career College.

A respected leader in the book publishing industry, Catherine founded and is Chair of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the largest not-for-profit book awards program for independent book publishing in the world, with an awards ceremony held at the Harvard University Club in New York City.

Catherine has provided guidance and assistance to a number of educational institutions and previously spent years working in England as an officer of a large multi-national corporation. During that time, she hired, mentored, trained, and educated individuals to help them achieve success in their jobs.

Co-founder of FabJob, which was named “the #1 place to get published online” by Writer’s Digest magazine, Catherine has co-authored three FabJob career guides including Dream Careers, which ranked #1 in career and business books at Amazon.com.

Through her writing and publishing efforts, Catherine has helped hundreds of thousands of people with their career and business goals. As an expert on dream careers, she has been featured in Oprah’s newsletter and in numerous popular women’s magazines including Woman’s Day and Woman’s World.

Catherine is also the Founder of zenGOT Home Services, a sister company of FabJob and IAP Career College. zenGOT is an on-demand marketplace that connects customers with vetted home service providers.

Described by the Vancouver Sun newspaper as “the Uber of home services,” zenGOT connects customers with service providers in cities across Canada. Each of the services offered on the zenGOT platform corresponds to an IAP Career College certificate course including the following courses: Professional Organizer, Personal Assistant, Cleaning Business Owner, Errand Assistant, Handyman Business Owner, and more.

In 2023, Catherine founded Next Generation Short Story Awards, a not-for-profit international awards program for authors of short stories.

Andrew Jenkins

Chief Education Officer

Providing consulting services as Chief Education Officer, Andrew brings a breadth of experience with entrepreneurship, executive management and leadership to his role with the International Association of Professions Career College.

Andrew holds a Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, with a specialization in Entrepreneurship.

Andrew has roots in the international film industry, with over a decade of experience. An award-winning film producer and production company board member, Andrew has worked with Oscar Winners and Nominees. He has experience overseeing the financing, production and acquisition of a feature film, releasing it around the globe and selling to numerous channels including Amazon Prime, iTunes and Google Play.

A proven change agent, Andrew has a successful track record for driving organizational efficiency and growth, and empowering diverse teams to thrive. He is an experienced product manager in the technology sector and has overseen multiple website and app development projects.

In executive management roles, he has built and managed strategic alliances between startups and multi-billion dollar brands. He has also developed and led marketing and public relations campaigns, with a passion for dynamic approaches that connect customers with brands in unique ways.

In addition to his role with IAP Career College, Andrew is also Founder, CEO and Executive Director of Next Generation Indie Film Awards (indiefilmawards.co), a not-for-profit organization devoted to supporting filmmakers through its annual awards and other programs, whose team includes Academy Award and Emmy Winning filmmakers and actors, and film industry leaders from around the globe.

Shelley Anderson

Vice President of Administration

Shelley Anderson brings over 30 years of experience to her administrative roles with International Association of Professions Career College and International Association of Professional Organizations (IAPO).

For the past 20 years, Shelley has served as Vice President, Administration and Special Projects for FabJob Inc. She also serves as Awards Coordinator and President for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, using her managerial, organizational and people skills to help run and coordinate all aspects of the largest international book awards program.

Shelley also has experience with professional associations, serving as President of the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group, of which she was a co-founder. Her previous experience includes several years of customer service experience in a management capacity as well as experience in corporate accounting, administration, and legal departments.

Mike Harris

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Mike Harris, Chief Financial Officer of IAP Career College, is a respected and accomplished financial leader with over 25 years of senior financial experience and business leadership. As a Chartered Professional Accountant and Harvard Business School Executive Education graduate, Mike’s proven track record ranges from being a financial executive and officer of a multi-billion dollar global public company to his experience with private start-ups. He has specialized financial knowledge of the publishing, entertainment, e-commerce, international energy, oil and gas, and extractive businesses. Mike is also currently the CFO of FabJob Inc., the CEO of Crossbow Financial Inc., a boutique financial advisory firm, and serves as a director on numerous corporate boards.

Jennifer Dewan

Jennifer DeWan

Senior Editor

Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University and has worked primarily in the non-profit sector in Europe and the U.S., with a focus on human rights, women’s rights, migration, and social justice issues. Jennifer has experience in a variety of areas including communications, advocacy, policy, project management, fundraising, research, writing, teaching, and facilitation. She has published several articles for academic publications, as well as research reports, policy documents and articles in the media.

After briefly freelancing as an editor for FabJob, Inc. many years ago, Jennifer was delighted to return to editorial work as Senior Editor for International Association of Professions Career College. In her current role, Jennifer manages the editorial team, overseeing the existing course content and guiding new course development. In addition to her editorial work for IAP Career College, Jennifer has written and contributed content for several IAP Career College courses.

Irene Gould

Irene Gould

Instructional Designer

Irene was born and raised in the Netherlands, and has worked in libraries and education for over 20 years. She has a worldwide resume, having spent 11 years sailing around the world with her husband.

Irene worked in New Zealand co-developing an online course for teachers in the LMS Moodle, with social constructivism being the main thrust. In Thailand, she taught English as a Foreign Language, sometimes to Buddhist monks. During her time on the Dutch Island of Bonaire, Irene transformed all face-to-face courses for the Teachers College into online courses in the LMS Blackboard, emphasizing blended learning. Additionally, she was Flexible Learning Advisor and taught a variety of courses.

Prior to her sailing adventure, Irene was employed in Curaçao where she was a developer of corporate training programs and a corporate trainer. She also taught teachers in elementary and high schools new pedagogies and cooperative learning. While working with the Department of Education, she managed the upgrading of all vocational schools, overseeing a budget of 10 million Euros.

Irene resides in New Brunswick, Canada. She is a passionate runner, having completed a marathon in South Africa and many half-marathons, including the “Hypothermic Half- Marathon” (in PEI, in February). She is a voracious reader, inveterate (land) traveler, and a lifelong vegetarian. She speaks Dutch, English, Papiamentu, Spanish and German.

Devon Harris

Devon Harris

Director of Partnerships

Devon was born in the UK and raised in Canada, where he studied Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario. He later went on to take a Sports Management Program with New York University.

Devon is passionate about business and was involved in the development of a new Canadian business in Vancouver, British Columbia. Through this experience, Devon had the opportunity to experience the many nuances and important necessary steps required to create and run a new business. He brings this business development experience and knowledge into his work providing consulting services for the International Association of Professions Career College.

Since joining the International Association of Professions Career College team, Devon has been involved with various aspects of the day to day operations. He has worked with IAP’s digital marketing, including Google Ads and Microsoft Ads, as well as assisting with online course creation in the college’s learning management system. As Director of Partnerships, Devon’s primary focus has been leading the company’s various affiliate partnership programs where he focuses his time on creating strong and relevant affiliate partnerships.

Mary Keefe


Mary has a background of 25+ years in education and accessibility. She began her career as a Special Education Teacher in the public-school system, before moving into post-secondary education. She has worked as a Learning Strategist, Professor, Student Development Officer, and Accessibility Counsellor at four different Canadian colleges. She holds an honours B.Sc. in Psychology, a B.Ed. with Special Education Specialist qualifications, and a M.Ed. in Post-secondary studies.

Mary has developed multiple college-level courses, writing content and creating instructional videos and other resources. She has also presented research findings at various conferences, and written for peer-reviewed journals. As a freelance journalist, she has shared stories of travel adventures within Canada and abroad.

Mary is also a certified yoga instructor, who runs a small Etsy shop and enjoys a variety of creative pursuits in her free time.

Valerie Paterson

Valerie Paterson


Valerie Paterson holds a BFA in Art Education and a Diploma of Instructional Technology from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. As a teacher and instructional designer, Valerie sought to leverage the pedagogical power of languages and the arts by creating accessible, well-designed curricula, textbooks, and websites for K-12, high school, college, and private programs. As a project manager with an educational materials publisher for 10 years, Valerie helped publish over 20 instructional resources, coordinated the English-language division, and led the design team for an online second language test for college students.

Since 2018, Valerie has run a small freelancing consultancy in academic editing and translation. Clients have included international professional editing services, authors of academic journal articles, second language writers, and master’s and doctoral students. Recent work has ranged from substantive editing for an engineering textbook to writing in the higher ed admissions consulting niche and translation of museum exhibition catalogues. Personal and artistic interests include urban renewal, architecture, photography, and design.

Stephanie Hunt

Faculty Member

Stephanie Hunt is Faculty Member for our Etiquette Consultant Certificate Course. Ms. Hunt is Founder and Director of Swan Noir, LLC, an etiquette consulting company for children, teens, and adults based in New York City since 2007.

As well as her certification to teach etiquette, she attended finishing school in London, England to polish her own skills.

A world traveler, she was employed in the airline industry for 15 years, traveling internationally and throughout the United States. She has met thousands of people from all walks of life and learned a multitude of cultural customs.

For the past three years, she has studied Mandarin, and in 2013 moved to Shanghai for six months to explore the Chinese business world and immerse herself in the language and culture.

Ms. Hunt makes a habit of reading and collecting just about anything and everything on etiquette. She sold out the first edition of her own book, Poise, Posture, Presence: A Guide to Decorum for Ladies, and was featured in the May, 2012 issue of Oprah Magazine.

Agata Antonow

Agata Antonow


Agata Antonow is an educational and business writer living and working in New Brunswick, Canada. She has helped her clients, including educational publishers, share their message with audiences. Drawing on her M.A. degrees in History and English from York University and Dalhousie, she has created encyclopedia entries for business directories and encyclopedias. She’s also ghostwritten business books and has written for business blogs. Her creative work has won the 2021 Douglas Kyle Memorial Prize and the 2023 Alfred G. Bailey Prize from Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick.

Deborah Toole

Faculty Member

Deborah Toole is the faculty member for our Death Doula and End-of-Life Doula courses. Deborah graduated from University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She has been a registered nurse for 30 years. Her specialty is in Hospice, educating the community on end of life. She has two Doula certifications and teaches LPN students at a local community college. Deborah is a UGC content creator, and is a certified personal growth and development/ life and relationship coach. She loves helping people succeed and finding their passion in life.

Dr. Ken Khan

Dr. Ken Khan

Faculty Member

Dr. Khan has been in Training and Development at the college and university level for the last 20 years in United Arab Emirates, Africa and Canada. Before his teaching assignment, he has worked for the hospitality industry in the United States and Asia with various well-known hospitality brands, such as Marriott, Sheraton, Hyatt and Continental Hotels.

Dr. Khan’s ability to build a highly motivated team; which focused on achieving revenue goals and building team spirit has made him a true hospitality and tourism professional. He has implemented training initiatives as per company and educational institutes’ Quality Assurance Policies. He holds B.S. in Hotel & Restaurant Management and M.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management and Ph.D in Business Administration from the USA. He has studied Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies from Harvard University and The Science of Happiness from University of California-Berkeley.

Dr. Khan updates his industry knowledge regularly to maintain his CHA title (Certified Hotel Administrator). He provides mentorship to his students, employees and colleagues. His personality is very much people-oriented. He is also a recognized Hospitality Faculty by American Hotel and Lodging Association since he has taught more than 18 courses of AH & LA curriculum for Hospitality Diploma during his teaching career. He has established hospitality and tourism management programs with three institutes in his academic career.

Janeia Tabor

Faculty Member

Janeia Tabor brings experience in Organizational Development, Management, Consulting, Human Resources, Leadership, Project Management, Startup Marketing/Branding, Mentoring, Coaching and Entrepreneurship. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management and a Master of Arts in Organizational Development from Webster University. Janeia is also currently attending Webster University in pursuit of her Doctorate in Management.

As a Certified Product Owner, Certified Product/Project Manager, Certified Professional Coder, and a Certified Clinical Account Technician; Janeia also has a wealth of knowledge in those areas of expertise.

Janeia is a proud member of St. Louis Organizational Development Network and Lambda Kappa Chapter of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business. She has a passion for learning as well as developing others to reach their full potential.

In her spare time, Janeia enjoys makeup, being a dance mom, traveling, volunteering, and Egyptology!

FUN FACT: She co-founded “Just A Girl” lip cosmetic line that she manages with her daughter.

Jan Riddell

Faculty Member

Jan has joined International Association of Professions Career College as a Faculty Member specializing in several non-traditional careers.

Jan was employed as a Project Manager for FabJob Inc., supplier of the textbooks for all IAP Career College courses. In that position, Jan supervised research and writing of numerous FabJob career guides. She was also a co-author and contributor to several FabJob guides on subjects in which she will be a Faculty Member for IAP Career College.

Jan also has hands-on experience in starting and running her own successful business providing services to clients.

Previously, Jan worked in a variety of careers, including as an employment counselor. She was also Administration Manager and Project Coordinator for a large national organization, organizing events for thousands of people and handling logistics in numerous cities.

Chelsea Barrett

Faculty Member

Chelsea Barrett is a change agent and branding specialist who serves corporations and individuals to optimize their corporate and personal brands. She is an MBA graduate with a focus on organizational change. Chelsea is a master image consultant and life coach with training and experience in executive coaching, public relations, television and film, service excellence and more. She also works with individuals and companies on relationship building. In addition to consulting, she serves as a faculty member for IAP College and other universities. When she is not working, she enjoys quality time with family, movies, reading and traveling.

Linda Hunter

Faculty Member

Linda Hunter has spent more than 35 joy filled years as an independent writer and professional event planner.

She has worked in both the private and public sectors and for corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Her varied Conference & Event Management projects have included work with Canada’s largest Social Media Camp as well as British Columbia organizations including School Districts, Chambers of Commerce, the Peninsula Dry Grad Society (PDGS), Hospital Foundations, the BC Pension Corporation and the 2010 Winter Olympics. She spent a decade working as the Director of Operations and Program Manager for MacGillivray & Associates, Destination & Event Management Inc, another three years as the exclusive Event Planner for the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and since 2010 has been the Event Planner for the BC Chapter of the Municipal Information Systems Association, a national organization.

Her professional writing has been published in a number of magazines and publications and she is the author of the Dry Grad event planning guide “An Unforgettable After-Grad”. Linda’s personal blog, www.livingwithgrace.ca is widely read and she speaks and presents workshops related to communal living and walking a path of grace. She volunteers with Palliative Care and is an active member of the Victoria Holistic Death Care Community.

A life learner, she is a passionate and authentic individual who is committed to being her very best self at work, at home, and in her community.

Sherry Moir

Faculty Member

Faculty Member Sherry Moir is a serial entrepreneur, former federal government economic development funding officer, and business development specialist.

As a public servant with Western Economic Diversification Canada, she worked as a business officer and mentored new business owners. Her career landed her on assignment with the Canadian Consulate in Seattle, Washington, building bridges of opportunity between the business communities of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

For the past five years, she has been consulting with businesses in the U.S. and Canada, sharing her knowledge and expertise to help businesses grow. She also works as a relocation consultant with individuals and companies from across North America, Europe and Asia who are relocating themselves or their employees to Vancouver Island.

An active volunteer, Sherry is a member of Rotary and co-founder of community programs Toys for Tots and Bikes for Birthdays. She is recipient of numerous awards including the Western Economic Diversification Assistant Deputy Minister’s Award of Excellence, and was nominated for the 2013 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Award.

Sherry holds a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University and is committed to lifelong learning.

Chevi Rabbit

Faculty Member

Chevi Rabbit is Faculty Member for our Makeup Artist Certificate Course. With both business and makeup skills, Chevi has earned a solid reputation as an accomplished professional makeup artist.

He has worked for prestige brands such as Shiseido, Nars, Yves Saint Laurent, L’Oreal, Murale, and Giorgio Armani. Chevi has offered numerous workshops to the public and provided one-on-one services to celebrities and models. He also acquired valuable industry knowledge while working at Fashion Week and for top fashion designers, photographers, advertisements, and editorial. As a regional brand makeup artist Chevi has enjoyed interacting with the public through events at Sephora, Sears, and other stores. He has been special guest makeup artist at many other events, and also donates his time and services to assist underprivileged women.

A person of European and Aboriginal (Plains Cree Native) descent, Chevi is also a prominent member of the LGBTQ community. He founded an annual event, “From Hate to Hope’, which aims to combat homophobia and discrimination and has attracted prominent politicians and community leaders. In April, 2014 Chevi was the recipient of the 2014 Justice Minister’s Award for Hate Crime Awareness.

Rachel Russo

Faculty Member

Rachel Russo is Faculty Member for our Matchmaker Certificate Course. A Dating, Relationship & Image Coach and Matchmaker with nine years of experience in the industry, Rachel currently works as the matchmaker of the NYC office of a large, national matchmaking agency. She also has a boutique coaching business and is a writer, speaker, and media correspondent.

Rachel has a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, an undergraduate psychology degree from Rutgers University, and is a certified Intentional Relationship Coach. She’s been featured in everything from WGN Morning News to The Mancow Muller Show to Glamour Magazine and much more.

Author of FabJob Guide to Become a Matchmaker, Rachel loves to share her passion for the matchmaking industry with others. Rachel has enjoyed writing dating and relationship advice as the former Sex & Dating Expert at BrooklynExposed.com and The Singles Editor at StageofLife.com. She will soon launch her second book, How to Get Over Your Ex: A Step by Step Guide to Mend a Broken Heart—Italian-American Style.

A big believer in talking the talk and walking the walk, Rachel even went on ninety-two dates in one year and blogged about them for an international reality dating blog. Rachel lives, loves, works, and plays in New York City.

Gary Alexander Byrd

Faculty Member

Gary Alexander Byrd is a native New Yorker and holds a B.A. degree from Howard University, as well as an MBA from New York Institute of Technology.

He has worked at CBS-TV and PepsiCo, in addition to serving as Project Director and Vice-President for the Queens Minority Business Development Center.

Presently, Mr. Byrd serves as a Business Consultant and is owner and President of Elan Management, a management consulting firm that is committed to providing a complete package of business and economic development services, including financing and budgeting; strategic and business planning; management and technical assistance, in addition to operational management preparedness and readiness.

More recently, Mr. Byrd is also an ordained Minister, completing a Masters of Divinity (MDIV) in 2014. In 2007, Mr. Byrd authored Keys to the Kingdom; The Year 2012; Countdown to the Apocalypse.

Ann Zuccardy

Faculty Member

Ann Zuccardy is a faculty member for our Social Media Consultant Certificate Course.

Ann is an author, professional speaker, founder of Vermont Shortbread Company, and teacher. In 1996, when online marketing and selling were in their infancy, Ann launched a small baking business out of her kitchen, built her own website and taught herself what we now call social media marketing (long before anyone had even heard of Facebook!). A well-known and respected personality across all social media platforms, Ann’s first loves are writing and teaching.

She is a two-time TEDx speaker, frequent keynoter, and adjunct professor. Known as the Accidental Neuroscientist, Ann speaks on creativity, neuroplasticity and the role of humor and play in keeping our brains healthy for a lifetime.

From volunteer work in Haiti’s tent cities, to walking the Great Wall of China, or hiking the Green Mountains of Vermont where she lives when she’s not on the road, Ann is an avid world traveler, photographer, and adventurer.

Ann is grateful to live in a technological era where geographic location doesn’t need to limit our work lives, a possibility that wasn’t even a consideration when she graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1984.

Ann is a member of the National Speakers Association and the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor where she serves as the editor-in-chief of the Humor Connection newsletter. Her interests include: knitting, reading, writing creative non-fiction, cooking, and avoiding snow and cold whenever possible.

Lindsey McDonald

Faculty Member

Lindsey holds a BA in International Relations and a BSc Honours from the University of Calgary. She has taken classes at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and studied abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Japan as well as at California State University, Monterey Bay in California. Lindsey was one of Fulbright Canada’s Killam Fellows for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Certified with level 2 Japanese proficiency, Lindsey spent two years teaching English in Japan, and also translated lesson plans, brochures and official documents and acted as an interpreter for visitors to Japan.

Lindsey loves learning, trying new things and adventure. She has tried bungee jumping, skydiving and is a licensed SCUBA diver.

Irini Michaelidis

Faculty Member

As a Faculty Member, Irini’s purpose and focus is to inspire, motivate, educate, and empower growth minded people in making their dreams and goals a reality.

She brings 25 years of experience working in some of the top luxury and fashion retail establishments in the world, holding progressive leadership positions in management. She worked at prestigious companies including Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton- LVMH and Holt Renfrew to name a few.

Irini is the Founder and CEO of 6SESS.com providing customized business coaching and leadership development for clients including business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals. She has conducted training workshops in Customer Relationship Management, Coaching & Performance Management, and other topics, and is regularly invited to speak about her unique approach to success at colleges and universities.

Irine holds a BA in Marketing, is a certified elite life coach, and has her adult education certificate. She is a member of Toastmasters International and conducts youth leadership programs. She speaks 5 languages.

Irini’s hobbies include professional ballroom dancing, travelling, hosting cooking parties, reading and writing.

Todra Payne

Faculty Member

Todra Payne is Faculty Member for our Makeup Artist Certificate Course and co-author of the course textbook, FabJob Guide to Become a Makeup Artist.

A green makeup artist, Todra has been a professional makeup artist for more than ten years, including six years in the competitive world of New York fashion.

Her artistry has been featured in national and international fashion and lifestyle magazines including: Harper’€™s Bazaar, Elle, In Style, W, O, Essence, Cosmogirl, Newsweek, Woman’s Day, Mademoiselle, WWD, French Elle, German GQ, and Martha Stewart’s Living.

Todra has worked with many celebrity clients including: Mariah Carey, Sigourney Weaver, Kimora Lee Simmons, Soledad O’€™Brien, Donna Karan, Anna Kournikova, Della Reese, Elisabeth Perkins, Joy Bryant, Roma Downey, Lee Lee Sobieski, Anna Deavere Smith, Shalom Harlow, Isaac Hayes and Tim Meadows.

Todra’s makeup artistry has also been seen on designer runways and advertising campaigns for clients such as Saks 5th Avenue and Filene’s.

John M. McDougall

Director of Research

John M. McDougall brings years of experience in the development of educational and instructional systems. He has written and developed numerous operational programs and manuals for businesses, educational institutes, and the non-profit sector for both training and efficiency purposes.

John has also presented training programs for a variety of organizations ranging from large multi-national corporations, including Fairmont Resorts, to the non-profit sector.

He also brings his experience as Vice-President of Operations for FabJob Inc. to his work with the International Association of Professions Career College and International Association of Professional Organizations.

Maurya D. Cockrell

Faculty Member

As a Faculty Member, Maurya D. Cockrell brings experience in higher education leadership, consulting, career management, healthcare administration, and diversity/inclusion.

Maurya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management from Saint Louis University with a minor in Theological Studies and a Master of Arts degree from Webster University in Human Resources Management. She is currently attending Logan University in pursuit of a Doctorate in Health Professions Education.

Maurya has received additional trainings and certifications including: Evidence-Based Design, Optimal Healing Environments, Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare, Medical Ethics, Executive Coaching, Career Coaching, and Human Resources Consulting.

Maurya is the founder of YKNOT Consulting, LLC. YKNOT Consulting, LLC is a consulting firm that focuses on career management and diversity programming through a millennial lens.

As St. Louis’ Gen Y and Side Hustle Whisperer, she aims to serve as the Gen Y catalyst for workforce evolution with values grounded in equity and inclusion. Maurya became a published author in February 2018, sharing her journey of millennial entrepreneurship.

Maurya is grounded by her values in servant, holistic, and transformational leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and volunteering as an ombudsman.

Gail Overstreet

Faculty Member

Gail is an instructional designer/writer with more than 15 years of experience, focusing on adult education, higher education, and e-learning. Her first article was published at the age of 7, describing the dream career she wanted when she grew up.

Gail has developed curriculum, assessments, and online courses for a variety of organizations, including Pearson Higher Education, Cengage Learning, University of Phoenix, and Capella University, and is an adjunct university writing instructor.

She volunteers as a patient healthcare advocate, supports curiosity in all its forms, and has developed a high passion for photography, recently celebrating her first gallery show in New York City.

Lori Minor

Lori Minor

Faculty Member

Lori Minor is proprietor of Ms. Lori Life Coaching Services and Founder of ALLOVEME, a non-profit organization serving young woman of color. She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Master Life Coach Professional Certification from IAP. She has worked in education as an adjunct instructor and academic college scheduler for over 20 years where she has served as a trainer in Culturally Responsive Teaching and a faculty advisor for associated student clubs.

Lori’s passion is evident in her career and life work. She believes her fulfillment is rooted in knowledge and sharing knowledge is key in her mission to help others find fulfillment as well.

Monalisa Randolph

Faculty Member

Monalisa holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. She has extensive professional experience in management consulting, project management, accounting and bookkeeping, and has worked in several industries including telecommunications, healthcare, hospitality, transportation, construction, and post-secondary education.

A seasoned educator, with a proven track record in training and mentoring throughout the course of a 30-year career, Monalisa began instructing at IntelliTec College where she simultaneously held the position of program supervisor with that of instructor, and taught all business and computer-related courses for the Pueblo campus.

In 2010, she transitioned from the private to the public sector and began instructing at Pueblo Community College, where she instructed all courses in the business program and helped to create and design course curriculum for a new customer service program. Her higher education experience includes traditional on-site, online, and remote. She has also developed and facilitated training presentations for a U.S. Social Security Office and AmeriCorps.

Sheri Ballard

Sheri Ballard

Faculty Member

Sheri is a faculty member for our Travel Consultant Certificate Course and our Time Management Certificate Course.

She is originally from Canada and has been in sales and marketing in both corporate and not-for-profit sectors with high profile companies in a variety of industries from “Barbies to blood services”, and also in event management. She started her own travel company with a business partner after spending a year on the road touring the national parks and wilderness of Western Canada and the United States. After many years in the travel business, she decided to sell the company and pursue a different career. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Education – Training and Development, and moved to Prague, Czech Republic to write her thesis.

Currently, she is teaching at a state university, focusing on Business Communication and time management for students. Sheri also teaches English in various businesses and her students are from many nationalities. She also runs workshops on adapting to life abroad, and intensive English for presentations and business. She is a mentor to many of her students in pursuing their goals.

An avid explorer, she has visited over 35 countries (and still going) as an independent traveler. Her love of different cultures has led her to live in 4 countries and 15 places, so far. She is passionate about travel, culture connections, cultural anthropology, maps, hiking and most other outdoor sports. Weekends find her hiking with her dogs in the forests in and around Prague, planning her next adventure or meeting international friends and new people. She has two sons who live in western Colorado, USA.

Candace Perkins

Candace Perkins

Faculty Member

Candace Perkins brings an abundance of knowledge regarding time management, entrepreneurship, organizational development, leadership, mentoring, and diversity. She has worked in the field of education for over 10 years. In her spare time, she enjoys tutoring youth in her community and serving as a caregiver.

Candace holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Candace is also pursuing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership.

Evgeny Matyukhin

Evgeny Matyukhin

Faculty Member

Evgeny Matyukhin, was born and raised in Russia and moved to Canada in 2010. His passion for chemistry in high school defined his future and he graduated from a Technological University with a brewing major. Working a couple of months at one of the biggest, state-of-the-art breweries in Russia, then after graduating accepted a brewing operator position at Yarpivo Bewery, which was the beginning of his career as a professional brewer. Being promoted along the way to the Brewing Team Leader position and later to a Leading Beverage Technology Engineer position, his focus was on improving product quality and maintaining operations within the department.

Evgeny has worked for several big name breweries during his career assuming many different roles as operator, technology engineer, team leader and department head.
In 2008, Evgeny took a brewmaster certificate program at the VLB institute in Berlin expanding his knowledge in brewing.

Evgeny believes the brewing business has shaped him as a specialist and a person who is greatly passionate and knowledgeable about brewing. The industry is so vibrant and fast-growing that there is always a room for an ongoing growth and development.

Kelly Boyer

Kelly Boyer Sagert

Faculty Member

Kelly Boyer Sagert is the author of several textbooks for IAP Career College and Faculty Member for a number of IAP courses including Freelance Writer, Book Editor, and Book Publisher.

A freelance writer for 32 years, Kelly has published dozens of books and thousands of articles. She has taught writing online for more than 22 years, including Writer’s Digest courses, and she teaches non-credit and certification courses for colleges, careers schools, libraries and writers’ conferences, including at ASJA’s cornerstone conference held in New York City.

Kelly is the sole scriptwriter for the Emmy-Award-nominated documentary that appeared on PBS and has won numerous awards: Trail Magic: The Grandma Gatewood Story. Kelly has written the script for a film that’s currently in production about Victoria Woodhull who, in 1872, became the first woman to run for US president. Kelly writes scripts for plays that are performed in community theaters, as well as storytelling programs and more.

Gilda Mulero

Gilda Mulero

Faculty Member

Gilda Mulero is an avid yogi and a proud graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts Chef Training Program in New York City. Adept in natural foods, which highlights seasonal, wholesome organic ingredients free of artificial additives, with an emphasis of nutritious and well-balanced meals. Healthy cuisine does not have to imply bland and boring food. As a baking enthusiast, I specialize in converting traditional baked treats into healthier and whole grain alternatives; as well, as a fan of the little ones, my specialty is adapting adult recipes into fun and nourishing fare for kids. I am also versed in Diabetic and Ayurvedic cooking. My other passion is to prepare people for culinary success with my Kitchen Detox and Pantry Makeover; I have efficiently organized many kitchens throughout NYC. Visit my website at https://naturally-tasty.com/about-the-chef/

Dr. LaSheena Simpson

Faculty Member

With a rich and diverse background, I’m a dedicated professional passionate about education, career development, wellness advocacy, and philanthropy. Currently serving as the Multi-Market Community Engagement Manager at Navigate Foundation, Inc., I empower young adults in the culinary industry while also teaching at IAP Career College. As the Owner of Ataraxy Society, LLC, I promote holistic well-being, and as Vice-President at G.L.O.W., Inc., I empower young women. With a Georgia teaching license and experience in educational leadership, including roles at Gwinnett County Public Schools and Georgia Cyber Academy, I’ve shaped future business leaders. My educational background includes a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, an MBA in Marketing, and a BFA in Fashion Marketing. Certified in Instructional Design, Career Coaching, Holistic Nutrition, and Herbal Medicine, I’m committed to crafting effective educational experiences and guiding individuals toward fulfilling careers. Actively engaged in various communities and philanthropic endeavors, I support causes such as Stand Up to Cancer and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Residing in Braselton, Georgia, with my loving family and furry companions, I’m always open to collaboration in career development, wellness, and community engagement initiatives.

Applying and Interviewing

College career offices can give you the basics on cover letters, resumes, and interviewing skills, which you should definitely explore and familiarize yourself with. All of those conventions apply for the museum world. But since museums are not always a field that those offices are super well versed in, here are some specific tips.

The Application
Read it. Carefully. Then read it again. Then read it one more time with a fine tooth comb (I’m not sure if that metaphor works here, but you get what I’m saying). Language tutors near me on the https://onlinetutorforme.com/language-tutors-near-me/ choose your personal language tutor. Make sure you include everything they ask for. Don’t have any typos. Don’t include anything extra unless they don’t ask for your resume–always include your resume, even if they don’t say they want it–or, maybe if it’s studio art related, your art portfolio if you have one. Otherwise: keep it simple, keep it passionate, and do it the way they want it done.

“Cold Applying”
If there are no posted internships at the museum you love with all your heart, then take a deep breath, prepare your most professional phone-calling demeanor, give the department you want to work in a cold call (don’t call the receptionist), and tell them you’d love to be an intern for them–very briefly say why you’re interested in that museum, and politely ask if you can send them your resume (definitely leave a voicemail if you don’t get a real person). You might think you can do this by email… BUT DON’T. There is a 99% chance your email will be lost in the abyss that is the generic museum email address, or if it’s lucky enough to make it to a person, they’re less likely to respond to email than they are to a phone call. I know cold calling is scary, but as long as you are sincere and not pesty (i.e.: I don’t recommend continuing to call them), I guarantee it will impress the person on the other end and will probably get you at the very least an informational interview.

The Interview
Study up on the museum and its programs and exhibitions. Make sure you have visited at least once (that goes without saying, right? Right). Dress as if you were calling upon your very traditional grandmother for teatime (whatever you do, do not wear jeans). Bring a few extra copies of your resume. Maybe bring your art portfolio, or other museum-related materials you’ve created at previous internships. Then take a deep breath, relax, and be yourself. Imagine that the person interviewing you is your favorite professor or advisor at college–someone you’re comfortable with and respect, but not too comfortable with that you start accidentally talking about what you did last Friday night.

And remember: you are interviewing them too. In addition to any questions you might have about the internship, you should absolutely ask them a few questions about their job, too–what’s a typical day like? What is their favorite and least favorite part of their position? And when you’re thinking about their answers, ask yourself: Can you see yourself giving your time to this museum? Do you respect the person who is interviewing you (i.e. your potential supervisor)? Are you interested in his/her job and learning more about it? Do you think you would get along well with him/her? The details of the internship don’t matter as much as the person you are talking to. If you do a good job at your internship with them, they will be your best resource: they will write you recommendations, help you make connections, support you and encourage you, and trust me, they will be so, so thrilled when you one day get your first museum job.

After the interview, write a thank you note (see below)!