Meet the StudentAdvisor Staff

Dean TsouvalasDean Tsouvalas is StudentAdvisor’s Editor-in-Chief and the mastermind behind The Top 100 Social Media Colleges. He believes in changing the way students learn about college through StudentAdvisor. Dean began his professional life as a high school English and Journalism teacher. Later, Dean left teaching to pursue broadcast journalism in New York City and served as a field producer for ABC News’ 20/20 and Primetime Live.

After many years in television Dean transitioned into the world of digital media and joined Lycos where he became Director of Content and writer/producer of the The Lycos 50. Later he went on to hold executive content positions at and Eons. Since launching StudentAdvisor’s Top 100 Social Media Colleges, he has been routinely invited to speak to students and educators on social media best practices. Dean lives north of Boston with his wife and three children.

Dean is a graduate of Stonehill College where he was a Resident Assistant and studied Communications, Journalism, and Education. For speaking inquiries please contact


Duane MorinDuane Morin’s diploma says “Computer Science.” His title at StudentAdvisor is “Director of Engineering.” His followers call him “Shakespeare Geek.” Duane Morin is on a mission to prove that how you educate yourself and what you want to do with your life are not mutually exclusive propositions. By day, he’s a software engineer with 20 years of experience working on everything from medical devices to education websites, while in his spare time, he entertains and educates his thousands of Twitter and Facebook fans with all things Shakespeare. Duane lives in Massachusetts, is married, and has three young children, all of whom can quote Shakespeare. Duane is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).


Preeti JainPreeti Jain joined the StudentAdvisor team in September of 2013 as Senior UX/UI/Graphics Designer. Preeti believes lifelong learning is a necessity and not a choice. Her goal is to enhance LearningAdvisor to meet the needs of lifelong learners.

Preeti has over 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies as well as start-ups in technology, finance, health care, insurance, and publishing. She has worked for the New York State Department of Health, Bank of America, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Fidelity Investments, and PWC Coopers. Preeti is also the cofounder of Sonitech International. Preeti was the lead UX designer for the New York Health Insurance Exchange, deployed in 2013.

Preeti holds a BA from Meerut University, a certificate in web design from Boston University, and a certificate in graphic design from Northeastern University. Preeti is coauthor and designer of Jain Way of Life, a book on vegetarian cooking. Preeti believes in giving back to the community and volunteers at a local Sunday school as a director, teacher, choreographer, and designer. Preeti is the mother of two, one currently in medical school and the other a practicing doctor. She lives with her husband and family in Massachusetts.


Diane ThomasDiane Thomas is the Editor at StudentAdvisor and oversees the company’s editorial development. A veteran member of the editorial team, Diane is the mother of three college graduates and two college students who successfully re-entered the job market after 20+ years as an at-home mom.

Diane is an alumna of the Boston University College of Communications and has also worked as a videographer and a newspaper photographer/feature writer.  She is passionate about online learning and authored the StudentAdvisor blog series, Adventures of a 50-Year-Old Intern—a very real, fun, and insightful take on returning to the workplace at StudentAdvisor.





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