Meet Our Leaders
Meet the dedicated executive team behind Penn Foster. 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’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.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Kermit is responsible for the vision and strategy that opens doors to brighter futures for Penn Foster Group’s learners. Kermit works with our leadership and team on how we create paths to greater economic mobility for learners and enable them to achieve long-term success.
Kermit is an experienced executive in the education industry, having started his career as a high school physics teacher in St Louis Public Schools with Teach For America. Most recently, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the education technology company Cengage Group, where he was responsible for investments to grow its career education offerings. He also led Cengage’s K-12 business, along with corporate functions including supply chain, corporate development, and human resources. Prior to Cengage, Kermit worked at the investment firm KKR, ultimately serving as Co-Head of KKR Capstone in the Americas and as a member of the Portfolio Management Committee.
Kermit lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children. He is a member of the board of trustees at Linsly School in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he grew up. He holds an MA in Education and an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA in Engineering Sciences and a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Dartmouth College.
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.
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.
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.