Behind the scenes at Nitro you’ll find a staff of financial services, communications and education professionals - with decades of experience to help you responsibly pay for college and once you have graduated help you pay down and save money on your student loans.
Chief Digital Officer
Justin is Chief Digital Officer for Nitro. Justin has over 15 years of experience in financial services and is passionate about using digital tools to help people make better financial decisions. Having volunteered as a mentor in his local community, he also understands the impact that access to high quality education can have. His goal with Nitro is to help as many students and parents as possible navigate the complexities of paying for college.
Head of Operations
Jon is marketer for Nitro and is responsible for all digital operations. He also just recently refinanced his student loans which will allow him to pay them off 5 years faster and save an additional $152/month. While he continues to pay them off himself, he strives to help others do the same. In his work for Nitro, Jon is continuing his career trajectory of connecting people with educational opportunities to help them improve their careers and personal finances. In his free time you can find him reading travel blogs and researching destinations around the world in search of his next adventure.
Eric leads the digital marketing strategy and execution for Nitro. He has over a decade of experience in the financial services industry – building and scaling digital businesses across a number of consumer finance products. Through disciplined saving and investing, Eric was able to pay off his student loans within five years.
Carol Katarsky is a contributing writer for Nitro. She is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience writing about both finance and education. Her corporate and non-profit clients include AIG, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Project Management Institute. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and one cat more than she should.
Financial Aid Advisor
My name is Tesha McMillon. I am the C.E.O. of a financial literacy business I call "The H.E.L.P.," which is an acronym that stands for Higher Education Literacy Provider. I provide financial literacy and guidance to federal loan borrowers related to FAFSA, financial aid, student loan repayment, loan forgiveness, consolidation, cancellation, discharge, and default. I am a Higher Education Professional who has worked in this industry for 18+ years. This is my area of expertise. I am well versed in all things Title IV (federal student aid).
Head of Data Engineering
Curt is head of data engineering for Nitro. Curt has 14 years of experience in financial services, and he is passionate about how data can be used to help people and organizations make sound and thoughtful choices. Curt’s goal with Nitro is to help ensure students and parents receive the most relevant and helpful information on how to best pay for college.
Head of Analytics
Dan is the Head of Analytics for Nitro and has over 10 years of experience in data analytics and acquisition marketing. As someone who relied on student loans and financial aid to fund their own college education, he knows what a struggle finding funding for college can be, and is motivated in providing easier access to money for college bound students
Data Engineering Analyst
Luke is a Data Engineering Analyst for Nitro. Luke has an excitement and passion for technology, combined with a diverse education and work experience. Having completed a coding bootcamp, Luke understands the importance of how affordable and accessible education can help impact a community. At Nitro Luke uses data to help students and parents make better financial decisions.
Product Experience Consultant
Karen is a Product Experience Consultant for Nitro. Karen has over 15 years of experience in the fields of learning, product and service design with an unwavering mission to make business and technology more human-centered. Her goal at Nitro is to empower students and families with the financial knowledge, tools and skillsets they need to confidently build their bridge to college and pave their road to a bright personal and professional future.
College is more expensive than ever. Proof: 44.7 million people have student loans they’re trying to pay off - totaling an estimated $1.53 trillion in student loan debt.
Here at Nitro, we take pride in helping students and their families evaluate how to responsibly pay for and pay off their college education.
Paying for a college education is a complicated decision that has lasting implications. It’s a huge responsibility on the shoulders of our teenagers that can have potentially negative effects on their financial future. Whether providing incoming freshmen and their parents with the tools needed to navigate college financing, steps to minimize debt, or providing scholarships to students in need, we are honored to guide students along their educational journeys.
We also want to help graduates with student loan debt stop beating yourself up about your monthly payments and start making real strides to pay it off. $200 million dollars. That’s how much college grads have saved on student loan payments—working with Nitro. How much could you save?
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