Management Team

John Falb – President & Chief Executive Officer

John Falb is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Edvisors, a leading education company focused on providing information, tools and resources to help students, parents, and educators plan and pay for college. He oversees all aspects of the company’s operations, including marketing, sales, and product development. Since 2002, John’s leadership helped College Loan Corporation (CLC) become the nation’s 7th largest student loan originator, servicing more than 900,000 customers, and the 10th largest holder of student loan assets.

He also serves as Treasurer and board member of Stop Child Predators, a nonprofit organization established to protect children and hold their victimizers accountable. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from San Diego State University and an MBA in Finance from the University of San Diego.

Anita Thomas – Senior Vice President

Anita Thomas serves as Senior Vice President for Edvisors. Anita is responsible for revenue growth through the nurturing and development of advertiser relationships, as well as oversight for the company’s marketing, products and services. She is passionate about helping students succeed through the exchange of engaging, timely, and relevant information.

Prior to joining Edvisors, Anita served as the National Sales Director for American Student Assistance (a former student loan guaranty agency in Boston). In addition to leading the overall sales effort, she led cross-functional work teams on various projects, and was active in discussions with college chancellors, presidents, and other c-suite officers to learn about the current demands and needs of campuses and their students. Anita has spent more than 26 years to date in higher education financing, having worked for companies such as Citibank, EdFund, NextStudent and Chase Education Finance.

Anita holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento, as well as an MBA in Marketing.

Jonathan Romano – Vice President of Business Development

Jonathan Romano is Vice President of Business Development for Edvisors. He is responsible for managing data and advertising partners on Edvisors’ web sites by building relationships with new and existing clients while working closely with our Product and Marketing teams to ensure optimal performance for advertisers. Jon loves the win-win nature of his job, where he is able to deliver value to both students and advertisers.

Prior to joining Edvisors, Jon served as General Manager and Senior Account Director at SimplyPredict, where he contributed to successful data acquisition, engagement and enrichment strategies for major television networks, magazines, newspapers and well-known consumer brands.

Jon supports the Bay Head 5K race to fight Leukemia and the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA). In his spare time, Jon enjoys writing and recording original music compositions as well as performing on stage, entertaining audiences at live music venues.

Jon attended the Business Economics program at The City College of New York.

Mikal Calvert – Vice President of Marketing

Mikal Calvert is Vice President of Marketing for Edvisors. He is responsible for developing affiliate relationships, trend analysis, traffic purchase and allocation, and incentive marketing. Mikal leads the marketing team at Edvisors responsible for PPC, organic traffic, and email campaigns, driving all traffic to the Edvisors family of sites.

Prior to joining Edvisors, Mikal served as VP of eCommerce for Acquinity Interactive, a top incentive marketing company, managing multiple membership programs. Prior to his time at Acquinity, Mikal served as VP of Business Development for Linkstar Interactive, launching their most successful program up to that point, and was CEO and cofounder of Nine10 Interactive, Inc., growing a profitable company within 90 days of launch.

A U.S. military veteran, Mikal cut his teeth on communications and public relations as a U.S. Army broadcaster, completing tours of duty in both Bosnia and Iraq.

Elaine Griffin – Senior Contributor and Communications Specialist

Elaine Griffin is the Senior Contributor and Communications Specialist at Edvisors. She is responsible for maintaining existing customer content, incorporating new and relevant content, responding to press and media inquiries, and is lead contributor for the Edvisors blog and the Ask the Edvisor column.

Elaine is an alumna of Northeastern University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration. She has ten years of experience, and is a subject matter expert in higher education finance and policy. She began her career as a Regulatory Analyst for American Student Assistance, a federal loan guarantor.

Prior to joining the Edvisors team, she spent seven years with Federal Student Aid, an Office of the U.S. Department of Education. There she worked in a variety of areas, including institutional compliance, federal loan servicing, financial literacy, and public affairs.