Meet the Team at AES
Jim is the founder and president of Applied Educational Systems, Inc. (AES). He has 30 years experience in Career and Technical Education, particularly with eLearning, software development, Software as a Service (SaaS), and inbound marketing for K-12 schools, community colleges, and sales partners. Because of his love of learning, Jim launched his own business in the education field. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in marketing from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He lives in Manheim Township with his wife Tracy, their five children, and two dogs. When Jim is not working, his interests include running, travel, sports, reading, and music. He has actively served with numerous non-profit organizations in the community.
Ken is manager of the Product Team and is responsible for all aspects of our product from curriculum design, to software development and maintenance, and operation of the Learning Management System.
When not working, he enjoys online video games, board games, camping, hiking, soccer and reading science fiction. His favorite vacation spot is the Florida Keys. Ken and his wife enjoy the city life in Lancaster, PA.
Anne joined the team in 1998 and is an Educational Specialist. She is the token “Brit,” as she was born and educated in England where she earned degrees in French, English, and Education at Cambridge University.
She currently resides near Reading, PA with her rather large lapdog, Nana (a St. Bernard) and a cat, Milo. Her interests are reading and making a fool of herself at Zumba classes! She also likes to play racquetball (if she’s allowed to win) and has recently joined a badminton club. (Don't laugh or she'll remind you it's an Olympic sport!!)
Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Technical Writing from the University of Delaware. In her previous professional life, she was a writer, editor, and publisher in both the hospitality and advertising industries. She lives in Lititz, PA with her husband, two children, and the best old dog ever, enjoying every moment of the chaos they all create.
Kristin is an eLearning Developer who has been with AES since 2008. She is a graduate of Millersville University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial Art and a minor in Cultural Anthropology. Kristin gets particularly excited about creating the media and visuals that support learner success
In her free time, Kristin volunteers at her son's elementary school and is a Cub Scout Den Leader. She enjoys good food, shiny objects, comfy hoodies, time with family and friends, photography, gardening, outdoor adventures, and exercising... not necessarily in that order.
Joe has been with AES since 1992, during which time he has been involved in many aspects of product development, including quality assurance and customer support. He graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and holds a master’s degree in Engineering from Syracuse University. Before joining AES, he worked for GE as a software engineer and systems analyst. He lives in Lititz, PA with his wife and two children. He enjoys hiking, jogging, and the occasional ski trip.
Celestial is an Instructional Designer and spends her days creating courses that are engaging, effective, and fun. She has 17 years of experience in learning and development, first in the corporate classroom and then in instructional design.
When she’s not working, Celestial is an avid reader and has a family book club. In addition, Celestial loves to experience adventure and enjoys scuba diving.
Bri started full-time at AES in 2013, after previously interning in various areas of the company. As part of the Marketing Team, she creates content to solve problems for CTE and elective teachers in the classroom.
Bri is a graduate of Millersville University and currently lives outside of Lancaster, PA with her husband and their cat Zelda. When she’s not typing away in the office, Bri can be found reading a good book, playing board games, or having a dinner party with friends.
Alex joined AES in 2016 as a member of the Business Development Team. Prior to AES, Alex worked in finance in New York City, so it's been quite a change for him moving into education - and he's loving it! Helping to improve education has always been a passion of his, so working with teachers and administrators everyday to build lifelong learners has been a perfect fit.
At work Alex is focused on building the AES community of teachers and forging partnerships with new schools. Outside of the office he enjoys sports, especially soccer and skiing, and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan – not an easy thing to be these days! He also loves to travel and explore new countries or cities.
Jeanette joined AES as a Sales and Marketing Assistant in 2016. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Millersville University and before joining AES, worked for Case New Holland as a Financial and Materials Analyst.
Jeanette lives in Lititz, PA with her husband and two daughters. When she is not driving to Philadelphia to visit her college freshman, or watching her younger daughter perform at hip hop competitions, you can find Jeanette working out with Jillian Michaels (her favorite exercise guru), riding her bike on the rail trail, reading, cooking, and volunteering. Jeanette is passionate about food and making sure everyone is fed. She spends time delivering food for the Lititz Food Bank and cooking for Lititz Meals on Wheels.
Jackie joined AES in 2017 as a member of the Business Development and Sales Team. Prior to AES, Jackie worked as a Professional Recruiter with a focus on placing lab-based individuals with biotechnology and chemistry backgrounds in the life science and engineering industries. Jackie graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013.
Jackie recently moved to Lititz with her fiancé and Bane, the Great Dane. She enjoys traveling, strength training, and HGTV re-runs!
Laura joined AES late in 2016 as a member of the Product Support and Development Team. She Graduated from Lebanon Valley College with B.S. in Digital Communications and a Concentration in Business Technology. During the day Laura provides solutions and answers questions about your AES needs. Of course, when her ear is not glued to the phone or furiously typing a response to your questions via chat or email, she is creating something that will help to guide you through the HealthCenter21 or Business&ITCenter with ease.While not working, Laura enjoys cooking, photography, hiking, reading a good book, or enjoying a nice glass of wine. She lives in Lancaster City and is always up for a night on town with a spring in her step and a bubbling laugh.