Meet Our Team

Our team is very diverse and built on a variety of skills and expertise.

Jennifer Kushell Founder and CEO, YSN

Jennifer Kushell

Founder & CEO

Jen has been a relentless advocate for young leaders and entrepreneurs since her first year in college. As a child, she would pack all of her clothes in suitcases pretending to be a jetsetter. Since then she’s visited 50 countries, logging over 2 million miles throughout her lifelong quest to help driven young people fulfill their potential. Jen is today a global thought leader on youth employment and entrepreneurship, a celebrated speaker, trusted advisor, outspoken evangelist and New York Times Best Selling author of Secrets of the Young & Successful. She has been featured in front of 300 million by leading media, is a frequent delegate of US State Department entrepreneurship missions, Youth Advisor to the UN’s Sustainable Development Committee, and a Trustee of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund. Building YSN into a global resource for the billion young people entering the workforce is her dream in the making.

David Stine

Chief Creative Officer

As a child, David was always drawn to design, style, and beauty and secretly hoped Halston, Lagerfeld, or Warhol would soon arrive and rescue him. Naturally, he grew up to be a designer and photographer. UX design, web development, package design, and publishing are a few of David’s passions. His design background is quite diverse, from museum curation and design to packaging design to digital and user experience design. He enjoys designing from original concept and the challenge of evolving while staying “on brand.” An instrumental part of YSN for over 5 years. He is responsible for YSN's celebrated visual impact and aesthetic. Previously, David led the design for YSN's campaigns for the International Franchise Association's NextGen in Franchising initiative, The Subway Global Challenge, and numerous other workshops, bootcamps and events by YSN with the White House, State Department, various embassies, and project partners around the world. A native of Los Angeles who loves his city, David rarely matches his socks and has spent a lifetime avoiding mediocrity and striving for better.
Auny Abbeglen

Auny Abbeglen

Chief Operations Officer

As COO of YSN, Andrea (Auny) Abegglen brings decades of experience helping meaningful businesses grow from humble beginnings to incredible success, primarily in the college marketing and recruiting sector. Beyond the many startups she helped create, she also has played key roles at large public companies from to LinkedIn. Helping youth succeed is one of her favorite things to do…next to skiing, traveling, and adoring her dog, Zoe. Raised in both Boston and Tokyo, Auny continues to split her time—now between the beach (Venice Beach, Calif.) and the mountains (Park City, Utah).
Steven Pietsch

Steven Pietsch

Vice President of Sales

Steven is a well-connected, results-driven, Academic Sales and Business Development Executive with 20+ years of proven leadership and collaborative success. He is a proven trailblazer responsible for leading Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal and Businessweek into the digital age with innovative products and solutions for the higher education market. Established the market-leading, educational programs for Bloomberg Businessweek that combined print and digital content and curriculum that captured market share and created a profitable business. He as built sales teams, educational advisory boards, and operations organizations from scratch and fostered extensive and enduring relationships within the business higher-education community with deans, administrators, faculty, and accrediting organizations. Born in Honolulu, Steven spent his youth in the Islands and the mountains of New Mexico, surfing and snow skiing. He is currently into playing golf and teaching himself to paint and lives with his wife and three sons in Dallas, Texas.

Nancy Mamann

Chief Marketing Officer

With a proven track record in developing marketing innovative strategies, leading change and in fostering an entrepreneurial spirit across organizations, Nancy Mamann is recognized as one of the most experienced voices and respected leaders in the world of fashion and lifestyle marketing today. As Chief Marketing Officer of YSN, Nancy brings a wealth of talent and expertise in building successful global brands and in creating authentic consumer experiences. Most recently was at UGG Australia as Vice President, Global Marketing, where she expanded the perception, awareness and profitability of the brand by creating integrated digital-first campaigns and cross-channel communication strategies to further consumer engagement with UGG across the globe. Born and raised in Los Angeles. Nancy is passionate about animals, nature conservation, protecting the environment and helping people in need. She loves the arts, travel and the experience new cultures, as much as she loves hanging at home with her Persian rescues, Sam and BB King.
Lori Snyder

Lori Snyder

Writer & Editor

Lori, a YSN writer and editor, is madly in love with words…especially the right ones. She holds a Masters of Professional Writing from USC; is a yoga teacher and the owner of Yoga: edit, offering editing services for the yoga community; and is a novelist represented by Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Also a science nerd, ocean lover, and former marine biologist, Lori worked on a boat teaching marine science and assisting in a blue shark tagging program. Less dramatically, in addition to her work with YSN, she currently leads writing and yoga retreats throughout Southern California.
Melissa Brandzel

Melissa Brandzel


Melissa is an editor for YSN who works on anything and everything that needs wordsmithery. She holds degrees from UC Berkeley, where she said no to Birkenstocks, and Northwestern University, where she said yes to deep-dish pizza. Building on her experience in the advertising, entertainment, and publishing industries, she launched her own business and has worked as a freelance editor and/or writer on nearly forty magazines, including Entrepreneur, Bon Appétit, and Cosmopolitan, plus websites, books, marketing materials, and more. She occasionally reads words out loud as a voiceover actor. Melissa is passionate about traveling and has lived abroad in Italy, France, and Spain.
Olivia Pool

Olivia Pool

Writer and Editor

With a background in print and online media, entrepreneurship, and psychology, Olivia is passionate about helping people get clear on who they are and how they can make a living doing what they love. As an editor, she gets to do exactly what she loves every day. She describes herself as an Authenticity Advocate, Lover of Love, Kundalini Yogi, Writer, and Island Princess (she’s originally from the Seychelles Islands). Olivia is totally addicted to dark chocolate and is madly in love with her toy poodle, Mika Snuggles.
Michael Washburn

Michael Washburn

Partnership Manager

Michael comes to YSN with a varied set of useful skills in his toolbox. He has more than 15 years in customer service and guest experience, sales, and his own past entrepreneurial ventures. For YSN, he oversees the operation of websites, is lead developer for the custom website, and provides sales support. Michael has had the wonderful opportunity to have traveled, lived, and worked abroad, and feels much of his character was built from those experiences. When he’s not working, you’ll find him with his dog, Gunner, on local hikes in the L.A. area, as well as backpacking in our national parks.

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