About Us

Ashford University staff, faculty, and friends created the Forward Thinking blog to look past the here and now of online learning and dig further into to the future of education, technology, and students’ lives. In this blog, you’ll find new ideas, thrilling trends, and valuable opinions. Share your feedback, insights, and recommendations with us. By sharing, you contribute to the future of education.



  • Michael Mussman is Editor of Forward Thinking.
  • Ramona Acuna, Career Services Specialist
  • Heather Albin, Planning Analyst
  • Sonja Bethune, Psy.D.,Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts
  • James Bond, Student Development and Engagement Specialist
  • Ashley Curry, Career Services Specialist
  • Bill Davis, Instructor in the Forbes School of Business
  • Dr. Cynthia Davis, Assistant Professor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science
  • Melanie Diffey,Career Services Specialist
  • Quisha Henderson, Career Services Specialist
  • Dana LaFleur, Senior Product Manager
  • Genesis Lastrella, Lead Career Services Specialist
  • David MacKusick, Assisted Professor in the Forbes School of Business
  • Dr. Denise Maxwell, Assistant Professor in the College of Education
  • Suzette Nguyen, Career Services Specialist
  • Rebecca Nowicki, Digital Services Librarian
  • Jillian Payne, Career Services Specialist
  • Eileen Piersa, Career Services Manager
  • Dr. Keith Pressey, Professor in the College of Education.
  • Dr. Andrew Shean, Executive Dean of the College of Education
  • Jason Smith, Career Services Specialist
  • Carol Vaughan, Alumni Relations Specialist
  • Dr. Gina Warren, Academic Department Chair in the College of Education
  • Leah Westerman, Assistant Professor in the Forbes School of Business
  • Kristin White, Manager of Library Services
  • Dr. Holly Wilson, Assistant Professor in the College of Education

Staff Writers:

Beyond our contributors, who specialize in their fields of expertise, we have several staff writers who have made it their duty to fill the gaps and expand minds with new ideas that they discover every day.

Forward Thinking

Every day great ideas, advice, and information are discussed around the institution. This knowledge is shared with students, alumni, friends, and faculty, but on a small scale. This blog was created to engage a larger audience, a group of lifelong learners who read, think, and provide valuable feedback. Forward Thinking is meant to be more than a blog; it’s another way of learning – for us and for you.