Faculty Bios

We proudly offer the bios of our accomplished teachers.

Peter Finch is a contributing editor for Golf Digest, where he writes the “Golf and Business” column and where he has also served as a senior editor. He is the co-author of the books The SmartMoney Guide to Long-Term Investing, The SmartMoney Stockpicker’s Bible (both John Wiley & Sons), and How to Raise Kids Without Going Broke (Avon Books). He has served as an editor at SmartMoney magazine and BusinessWeek, and written for The Wall Street Journal, The San Jose Mercury News, and Art Direction magazine, among many others. He has taught at the University of Tennessee, and holds a BA from Stanford University.

Corie Hengst has written marketing copy for numerous companies, including ShoeFitts Marketing and Designer Greetings. She has served as a copy editor for Penguin Group and Metro newspaper, as well as written articles for Plan Adviser/Plan Sponsor  magazines,  American Salon magazine and thegrindstone.com. She has also ghostwritten white papers and a book about the best business practices for Generation Y. She holds a BA from Missouri State University.

Mo Krochmal is the executive editor and founder of Social Media News NY. He was a founding producer for The New York Times website, senior editor of GenomeWeb, executive producer of Nassau News Live and New York editor for TechWeb. He has written for United Press International, The New York Times, the Danbury News-Times, the Wilson Daily Times, and the Washington Daily News, among others. He is the vice president of the New York City chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.  He has taught for Hofstra University and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. He holds a BA from North Carolina State University and an MS from Columbia University. 

Dana Miller is the dean of students at Gotham Writers Workshop, which encompasses supervising staff interactions with students and acting as point person for Gotham’s email communications. She is Director of Gotham’s One-on-One Services and serves as liaison to such Business Writing corporate clients as NASCAR, PVH Corp., and the UN Development Program. She also owns Stay @ Om Yoga and has served as a copywriter for BBDO Advertising. She holds a BA from Haverford College.

Pamela Skillings is a writer and editor for About.com and the author of Escape from Corporate America: A Practical Guide to Creating the Career of Your Dreams (Ballantine, 2008). Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes.com, and other publications. Pamela also regularly blogs at manhattan.about.com and escapefromcorporate.com/blog. She holds a BA in journalism from New York University.

Alexander Steele is the president at Gotham Writers Workshop. He is the editor of the Gotham books Writing Fiction, Fiction Gallery, and Writing Movies (all Bloomsbury USA). He is the author of numerous children's books, including titles in the Wishbone series (Lyrick Publishing) and the Hardy Boys series (Pocket Books). His plays include One Glorious Afternoon, Lightning and Frenzy, and King of Ragtime, and he scripted the documentary World War II: It Happened in Color. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University.