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The DegreeScape Team

Dave Tarner

Founder & Publisher

Dave Tarner was born and raised in upstate NY, including years in Syracuse and Vestal, NY.  In 1998, Dave relocated to Tempe, Arizona to attend Arizona State University.  In 2002, he graduated with a bachelors degree in small business and recreation management.  Dave went on to attend the master of business administration program at Mississippi State University and the master of internet marketing program at Full Sail University.

Professionally, Dave has experience in insurance, real estate, and financial services in addition to his time in higher education management.

Dave has over 7 years experience in higher education lead generation and operations. He created DegreeScape with the intent of providing prospective students with a more transparent resource for researching potential colleges and universities.   He often touts the philosophy that “college coursework should be challenging, but doing business with a college should be easy”.

In his free time Dave enjoys trying new restaurants, lifting weights, and cheering in vain for Arizona sports franchises like the Suns, Cardinals, D-backs and Sun Devils.

Jorie Henrickson

Managing Editor

Jorie Henrickson writes and edits Degree Scape’s career profile articles, blog entries and social media posts. She attended Miami University of Ohio and majored in psychology with a minor in Spanish and a focus on gender studies. Highlights of her undergraduate experience include study abroad at Cambridge University and the Spanish American Institute.

After college graduation, she interned for different types of psychologists to determine which branch of psychology to pursue. The nightmarish tales she heard from clinical psychology patients cemented her focus on education and the prevention of psychological problems. She ultimately accepted a scholarship to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where she studied community psychology. There she interned for former Vice President Al Gore as a contributor to his book about community mental health. She traveled again too, heading to Ecuador on Vanderbilt’s behalf. There she worked with Quichua (Inca) communities and the federal government of Ecuador to establish a field school. Students at the field school carry out community action research projects to benefit native tribes.

Since her grad school days, Jorie has moved away from psychology to focus on education. She taught students at the University of California – Los Angeles and eventually moved into freelance educational writing and editing, including the development of practice SAT tests and a book series for English Language Learners. Today, in addition to editing content for Degree Scape and other websites, she writes scripts for educational apps and consults with students who are writing college application essays.