STEVEN WALDMAN -- Editor-in-Chief, President and co-founder
Before starting Beliefnet, he was National Editor of US News & World Report, National Correspondent for Newsweek in the Washington bureau and editor of the Washington Monthly. He also served as senior advisor to the CEO of the Corporation for National Service and authored The Bill about the passage of the AmeriCorps law. He was named by Time magazine one of the nation's top "spiritual innovators." He is a sought-after expert on religion and spirituality and a regular contributor to Slate, National Review and National Public Radio.
BETH-ANN EASON -- General Manager and Chief Operating Officer
As GM/COO Beth-Ann is responsible for shaping the strategy and driving the execution of the Internet product offerings. She manages the day to day operations of the company as well as the financial planning. Eason was most recently the Senior Vice President Internet, GM for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she was responsible for the Internet division. Prior to MSLO, Eason was a vice president at Yahoo! responsible for the category development, ad solutions and sales enrichment programs. Eason graduated from Lehigh University of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor of science in marketing and minors in both speech and social relations. She is on the board and the Executive Committee of the Advertising Club of New York and has served on the boards of the Online Publishers Association and the Interactive Advertising Bureau. In 2006, Eason was inducted into the American Advertising Federations Hall of Achievement--a coveted honor for industry professionals under 40. She is a 2007 recipient of the Presidents award for the Advertising Club of New York for her outstanding contribution to the organization and industry.
ELIZABETH SAMS -- Executive Vice President, Content & Community
Sams bring more than 25 years experience as an award-winning writer, producer, and investigative journalist to Beliefnet.com. As Executive Editor, she shares responsibility for management of the editorial department with company co-founder and Editor in Chief, Steven Waldman. In addition, Sams supervises Beliefnet's community including message boards, discussion groups, and interactive tools to create Prayer Circles and Memorials. Before joining Beliefnet, she produced long-form television documentaries for the PBS series FRONTLINE, and for ABC's PETER JENNINGS REPORTING. Her work has been honored with all of broadcast journalism's major awards, including four Emmys, three George Foster Peabody awards, and two Dupont Columbia Journalism awards.
ROLAND HAMILTON - Vice President & National Advertising Director
Prior to joining Beliefnet, Hamilton was Eastern Regional Sales Manager at Community Connect an online community for US multicultural audiences comprised of BlackPlanet.com, Asian Avenue and Mi Gente. In 2001 Hamilton managed a 10-person West Coast Sales staff for Fox News, Fox Sports and Fox.com at rep firm Phase2Media. Prior to joining Phase2Media Roland managed agency relationships for DoubleClick representing top Internet properties such as Alta Visa, Time Magazine and NASDAQ.com. While at DoubleClick his responsibilities included creating sponsorship deals to top management at Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Compaq and Avaya. Prior to DoubleClick, Hamilton worked at NBC/NBCi where he earned an award for most sponsorships sold company wide. He started his media sales career at CBS radio in 1994.
MICHAEL KRESS - Managing Editor
Part of Beliefnet's original editorial team, Michael returned to the company in June 2005 after a four-year hiatus. During his time with Beliefnet, he has served as Judaism editor, Entertainment editor, Assistant Managing Editor, and now Managing Editor. Michael has a master's degree in religion from Harvard Divinity School and was the founding editor-in-chief of the educational website MyJewishLearning.com. His writing on religion and spirituality has appeared in Newsweek, Slate, The Dallas Morning News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Salon, The Forward, and many other newspapers, magazines, and websites.
TIBOR MOZES - Chief Technology Officer
Mozes has over 15 years of technology management experience in the software, IT and telecommunications industries, including multiple successful start-up ventures. Prior to being the CTO of Beliefnet, Mozes held various leadership positions in several start-ups. As the CTO of Uproar, he helped drive the product to become a top-20 United States website. During Mozes' tenure, Uproar went public on NASDAQ before being sold to Vivendi Universal in 2001 for $140 million. As the CTO of Asylum Telecom, a European Voice over IP start-up, Mozes was responsible for managing R&D, software development and network operations. He has also served as a guest lecturer at the SZAMALK College of Informatics, Budapest. Mozes holds a Masters in Mathematics and Computer Science from Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences, Budapest.
REBECCA PHILLIPS - Vice President, Social Networking
Rebecca Phillips directs Beliefnet's social networking department and community website, community.beliefnet.com, which launched in October 2007. has worked at Beliefnet since February, 2000 and has also held positions as the site as Assistant Managing Editor and Director of Content Strategy. She has previously worked at Dow Jones Newswires and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, The Dallas Morning News, ABCNews.com, Jbooks.com, and the Forward, and is anthologized in "The Hadassah Jewish Family Book of Health and Wellness." She has participated in the Gralla Fellows Program for journalists and the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship Program, and is on the Advisory Board of New Voices magazine.
JASON RODRIGUEZ - Vice President of Technology
Jason has over 11 years experience in software development including development and management. Jasons primary responsibility include managing all the software initiatives within Beliefnet as well as managing technology partner relationships. Prior to Beliefnet Jason was the Director of Technology for The Princeton Review, where he manage the software development process for the K-12 Division. Jason worked over 6 years with the Princeton Review and saw his division go from 30 employees to over 120 employees and grow 5x in revenue. Prior to The Princeton Review Jason worked as a Sr. Software Engineer for a few software companies including Applied Visions and Fujitsu. Jason Rodriguez holds a BS in Computer Science and a minor in Management from Polytechnic University.
SCOTT RUBIN -- Finance Director
Scott has spent several years in the nontraditional marketing industry working for Alloy Media & Marketing. At Alloy, Scott oversaw the consolidated budgeting process as well as delivering executive reporting tools. Prior to Alloy, Scott held various financial positions with Ernst & Young, Calvin Klein, and Vestimenta. He holds an MBA from Cleveland State University and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. Scott also volunteers his free time as an Emergency Medical Technician in New Jersey.