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Meet Our Team


American Journal Experts (AJE) is the leading company of its kind, with close to 100 core team members in addition to a network of thousands of highly-qualified contract  editors, translators and reviewers. Click on the sections below to read more about our management teams. Interested in joining the AJE family?  Visit our Careers Page.


Corporate Management

Shashi Mudunuri, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Mudunuri brings 10 years of business management, entrepreneurship, and software experience to American Journal Experts as its CEO. Prior to his current role, Shashi spent three years helping to grow the Federal division of MarkLogic Corporation from a $1 million to an $18 million annual business. Shashi has also worked for consulting and finance firms, and studied computer science, philosophy, and business at Duke University.

Deric Corlew, PhD

VP of Manuscript Services

Dr. Corlew oversees AJE’s Manuscript Services division, which includes editing, formatting and translation services. He is responsible for our ongoing commitment to delivering a high quality and efficient service for each client. He has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in Neurobiology from the University of Washington. His dissertation explored the parallel modernization of space in poetry and neuroscience.

Alicia Parr, MMC

Director of Human Resources

Ms. Parr oversees the Human Resources function at AJE. She earned a bachelor's in Business Administration from the University of Georgia with a major in Marketing. She completed an MMC from the University of Georgia with a concentration in Advertising. Ms. Parr also studied towards an MA in Experimental Psychology at Hollins University, and is a Certified Human Patterns Administrator. She has over ten years of human resource and talent management experience, supporting both technical and service-oriented businesses from the corporate side and as a consultant.

Amy Rawls, PhD

Recruitment & Talent Development Manager

Dr. Rawls coordinates recruiting and personnel development activities across AJE. She received her PhD in Molecular Genetics from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Hematology. For four years prior to joining AJE, she was a contract-based scientific writer and editor.

Jenny Evans, BA

Manager of Customer Support

Ms. Evans manages the Customer Support team, which includes regional specialists who speak Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese, in order to facilitate communication between customers and staff and ensure that each client receives timely assistance. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining AJE, she has worked as a grant writer and an information and communications specialist in the healthcare industry.

Patricia Hannon, BA

Marketing Manager

Ms. Hannon is responsible for overseeing all marketing activities for American Journal Experts. She has prior experience working in a variety of industries, including the fields of finance and architecture/engineering/ construction, and as a consultant to leading technology and consumer products retailers. She received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Advertising from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rochelle Cupelli, MBA

Director of Finance

Ms. Cupelli is responsible for all accounting and finance activities for AJE. She received her bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and her MBA with a concentration in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology. Ms. Cupelli has over 10 years of comprehensive accounting and finance experience, with a specialty in technology-driven companies. She has worked in diverse industries including telecommunications and biotechnology.

Sarah Mudrak, PhD

Software Development Manager

Dr. Mudrak supervises the AJE development team and oversees technical project management for the company. She has a PhD in Genetics from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in Biology from Emory University. She worked as an editing contractor for AJE for a year and a half before joining AJE full time as a managing editor.


Education Management

Paul Klenk, PhD, MBA

Director of Education

Most recently the Curriculum Director and Research Scientist for the NSF-funded TechXcite Informal Science Education Program, Dr. Klenk holds multiple degrees from Duke University, including a BSE and PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and, more recently, an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business. He has extensive teaching experience, as well as a background in Energy and Environmental projects. Dr. Klenk will oversee the development and growth of AJE's Education Division.

Ben Mudrak, PhD

Education Program Manager

Dr. Mudrak is responsible for the creation of AJE's new researcher education programs, including workshops, webinars and content on the AJE Expert Edge website. He has a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Duke University and has previously held positions as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at Elon University. He also has three years of academic editing experience with AJE as a contract editor.

Mara Daltabuit, DVM, PhD

Education Program Manager

Dr. Daltabuit develops the content of workshop presentations on scholarly publishing, and offers them through an international network of researchers as part of AJE's author education programs. Originally from Mexico City, she studied at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) leading to a DVM with a focus on small-ruminant lentiviruses. She earned her PhD in animal virology at the Instituto Vasco de Desarrollo Agrario NEIKER/ Universidad de Zaragoza - Spain. She joined AJE after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutesof Health (NIH) where she researched retroviral-induced diseases, specifically SIV and HIV.


Publishing Services Management

Jody Plank, PhD

Scientific Illustration Manager

Dr. Plank is responsible for the new Figure Services department, providing figure reformatting and design as well as developing guidelines and standards for contractors. He received his PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University, where he studied Double Holliday Junction metabolism by Drosophila Topoisomerase IIIα and Bloom's Helicase. In addition to his role on the AJE team, Dr. Plank is a Postdoctoral Fellow studying DNA repair at the University of California at Davis.

Stacy Lavin, PhD

Formatting Team Leader

Dr. Lavin oversees AJE's journal-specific formatting service, developing the workforce and tools to support customers as well as formatting and approving final formats. She received her PhD in English at Duke University in 2008 and graduated Magna cum Laude in English from Cornell University in 1998. Prior to joining AJE, she taught English literature and composition/rhetoric to first-year students at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Translation Management

Danielle Duma, PhD

Managing Translator: Portuguese

Dr. Duma earned a B.S. in Pharmacy ('99), a M.Sc. and a PhD in Pharmacology ('01 and ‘05) from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. She moved to the US in 2006 to study glucocorticoids and inflammation as part of a postdoctoral training program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Paola Cristina Guerrero Barba

Team Lead - Recruitment and Training

Ms. Paola C. Guerrero Barba reviews and approves Spanish to English translations. Additionally, she is responsible for Translator Recruitment and training, which includes developing translation guidelines and training materials, as well as providing support to translators. Ms. Guerrero Barba has a degree in Psychology from Duke University.

Silvia Santos, PhD

Managing Translator: Portuguese

Dr. Santos has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Porto, Portugal. After her graduation, Dr. Santos moved to The Netherlands and earned her PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Groningen.

Daitao Chen, PhD

Managing Translator: Chinese

Dr. Chen obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry from Emory University and completed postdoctoral research in the University of Pittsburgh. His graduate research focused on developing novel synthetic methodologies and their application to nanostructured material and diversity oriented synthesis. Dr. Chen also has a MS in Polymer Chemistry and a BS in Chemistry from Peking University. As a medicinal chemist at Scynexis, Dr. Chen designed and developed the first orally-active clinical candidate for the treatment of late stage African Sleeping Sickness.

Kai Sung, MS, MBA

Managing Translator: Chinese

Mr. Sung reviews and approves Chinese-English translations and helps to manage the pool of current and prospective Chinese translators. He received a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Caltech and a MS from Johns Hopkins University, has directed several academic programs, owned and operated a tutoring business, and obtained an MBA.

Enrique Rolon, PhD

Managing Translator: Spanish

Dr. Rolon reviews and approves Spanish translations. He earned his PhD in Physics from Ohio University, with a dissertation focused on theoretical and numerical simulations of the optical response of semiconductor quantum dots. He also earned a MS in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and a BS in Applied Mathematics from Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexico.

Celina Bragagnolo, PhD

Managing Translator: Spanish

Dr. Bragagnolo reviews and approves Spanish to English translations and provides support for translator recruitment. She studied comparative literature at the University of Buenos Aires before earning a BA in Philosophy from Hunter College. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Stony Brook University in the area of social and political Philosophy.

Janaina Pantoja, PhD

Director of Translation Operations

Dr. Pantoja oversees all translation teams at American Journal Experts, with a focus on achieving high standards for quality and service. She completed her PhD in Neurobiology at Duke University, and also has an MS in Physiology/Neurobiology and a bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology/Audiology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also worked as a speech pathologist in Brazil prior to coming to the US for her graduate studies.

Luciana Aiex, MVSt

Team Lead - Quality Assurance

Mrs. Aiex reviews and approves Portuguese to English translations. She earned a B.S. in Animal Science and a Master of Veterinary Studies from Massey University with a focus on equine reproductive physiology from Massey University in New Zealand. Before joining AJE, she held a position as a Lecturer in Biology at Washington College.


Editing Management

Sarah Taylor, PhD

Director of Editing Operations

Dr. Taylor manages the ongoing operations activities related to Editing and Formatting. In this role, her primary duty is to maintain AJE's high editing standards by overseeing teams of managing editors. Dr. Taylor earned her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied blood vessel formation during mammalian development and tumorigenesis. During her time in graduate school, she worked as a contract editor for AJE.

Kurt Spurlock, MA

Editor-In-Chief

Mr. Spurlock oversees the quality of work produced by AJE's editing division and develops AJE's editing standards. He has an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in Physics. As a graduate student, he taught numerous writing classes, including classes on writing in the natural sciences.

Allison McMullen, PhD

Editing Team Leader

As a Team Leader, Dr. McMullen supervises the work of a team of Managing Editors who are dedicated to ensuring that our editing services are of the highest quality. She completed her PhD in Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation research focused on understanding the pathogenesis of hydrocephalus, a common neurological disorder. Prior to her roles as a Managing Editor and Team Leader, Dr. McMullen was a Senior Contract Editor for AJE.

Alysa Cantor, MA

Editing Team Leader

As a team leader, Ms. Cantor manages a small group of Managing Editors who sustain the high quality of our editing service. After graduating from Boston University with a bachelor's degree in English, Ms. Cantor received her Master's degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Her professional work has focused on expressive arts therapy with children and adults in hospice care.

Brandon Jernigan, PhD

Editing Team Leader

Dr. Jernigan leads a team of managing editors who are dedicated to providing high quality editing services. He received a PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he taught literature and composition from 2003 to 2009. His dissertation focused on the evolution of the novel form at the turn of the twentieth century. While completing his doctoral work, he worked as a contract editor for AJE.

Michael Bendiksby, PhD

Editing Team Leader

Dr. Bendiksby manages a unique group of In-House Editors, selected for their editing skills and specialized areas of study. He received a Bachelors in Pharmacology in Scotland, a Neuroscience Cand. Scient. in Norway, and his PhD from Duke University studying visual perception and the cognitive processing of attention and reward in rhesus macaques.

April Troester, PhD

Editing Team Leader

Dr. Troester supervises a team of managing editors who approve manuscripts edited by our editing contractors. She has a PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Bradley University. Dr. MacKellar was a contract editor for AJE before joining the team full-time as a Managing Editor and team leader.