Kourtney Delperdang

Kourtney Delperdang

Lead Writer

Kourtney Delperdang is attending Grand Canyon University majoring in professional writing and minoring in Spanish. Kourtney grew up in a small town in Iowa with hopes to move to a place full of new experiences and opportunities. This dream brought her to Phoenix where she pursues her future career in writing as a blog content writer, team lead, copywriter, and contractor for Grand Launch Media. She has experience in broadcast journalism, marketing SEO, and reporting through internships with the WUCW Twin Cities, Sculpt Marketing, and Artful Living Magazine. Kourtney is pursuing a career in journalistic writing with dreams to go into travel journalism.

Christian Peterson

Christian Peterson

Social Media Manager

Aspiring Venture Capitalist experienced in Startups, marketing, consulting, and executive leadership. Christian is a passionate creator who has experience in multiple mediums including illustration, animation, and videography. His drive is to not only help people on their ventures, but inspire other individuals to find and strive for what they enjoy in life. Throughout Christian’s time as a leader, he has been recognized for his success in the role with accolades such as the presidential service award and winner of an MIT entrepreneurial pitching competition. From student body president to owner of small businesses he has been able to demonstrate and improve his skills as an effective leader and imaginative creator.

Brynna Benjamin

Brynna Benjamin

Content Writer and Researcher

Brynna graduated from Verrado High School in December 2020 and is now working on her Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in professional writing at Grand Canyon University. While in high school, Brynna was the Editor-In-Chief for Verrado’s high school paper, the ViperTimes and worked for Litchfield Elementary School District as the Journalism Intern. She has many articles published in newspapers in the West Valley including the PebbleCreek Post, Litchfield Independent, and WestValley View. Brynna has joined Grand Launch Media as an intern with intention to move onto a contractor position. She one day hopes to pursue a career in public relations and social media advertising.

Abigail Dycus

Abigail Dycus

Content Writer and Researcher

Abigail is a Grand Canyon University student pursuing professional writing in new media. She has experience in creative writing and is working toward expanding her resume as a GLM writing intern. Abigail grew up in Colorado and loves to read and write. She also gained experience in high school in script writing and delivering daily announcements to the student body. Abigail would love to pursue a career in editing or creative non-fiction. Her dream job would be a travel journalist or to work for a magazine.

Derek Bock

Derek Bock

Content Writer and Researcher

Derek Bock is a sophomore at Grand Canyon University majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship. Derek is from Lincoln, Nebraska and came to Phoenix to seek new and exciting opportunities in the valley. He is excited to grow his researching, writing, and content creation skills by working for grand launch media. He has experience in digital marketing and social media from working as a marketing/social media manager. Derek has grown his communication and leadership skills by playing varsity high-school basketball for four years before playing college basketball at a local university in Nebraska prior to transferring to GCU. He is a passionate entrepreneur who wants to use his degree to start his own digital marketing company.

Megan Stobie

Megan Stobie

Content Writer and Researcher

Megan Stobie is from a very small town in Washington State. She is majoring in professional writing as a transfer student in her junior year at Grand Canyon University. Megan did Running Start while she was in high school, so she graduated with both her diploma and her associates degree. She loves to read and spend time with her cats at home. Megan finds happiness in her hobbies of painting and writing! She is currently a writer for GCU’s chapter in Her Campus online magazine, and a blog writer for Grand Launch Media. Megan is pursuing a writing career where she can do what she loves-writing! She is currently writing a fantasy novel and would love to continue a career as an established author.

Krista Tillman

Krista Tillman

Media Contact

Krista Tillman is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, and Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. With a background in book publicity, Krista has a passion for helping clients share their message/brand with the world. For her honors college thesis, she focused her research on media relations and finds delight in collaborating with journalists on intriguing, relevant coverage. She is also a certified 200-hour yoga teacher who has taught a wide variety of classes, including prenatal yoga. As an Arizona native and yoga teacher, she enjoys trips to Sedona, hiking and early morning yoga classes.

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Design Director & Webmaster

Matt Wilson has over 20 years of design industry experience in web, mobile apps, print, video, 3D modeling and animation, photography and illustration, Matt has a proven record of delivering first-class marketing, advertising, training, communications, and promotional materials in any medium serving as both part of an integrated team, as well as design-lead.

Matt has a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.

Joel Weldon

Joel Weldon

Contributing Writer of Inspirational Wisdom

Joel Weldon has amassed a global following as one of the most respected speakers in North America. Not unlike most entrepreneurs, Joel’s success was discovered through trial by fire. It’s by such reliability that we find him such a refreshing source of strength and wisdom.

The timeless principles Joel echoes are not only practical, they are unforgettably illustrated in his true stories and examples. Joel’s message generates positive action. Each story is specifically designed to meet the audience’s needs, help them conquer their fears and reinforce their victories. We are so happy that Joel has chosen AFEUSA as his platform to reach the new Entrepreneur.

Wayne Goshkarian

Wayne Goshkarian

Director of Communications

Wayne Goshkarian is a born entrepreneur. His entrepreneurial journey started at age 11 when he sold Amway cleaning products to his 50-home paper route, Wayne was “cross selling” at a young age. While in High School, he secured his insurance licensed, his Series 6 and 63 and lived in Oxford England doing financial planning for American’s living in England. AFEUSA is excited to have Wayne as the Director of Communications to bring his years of entrepreneurship experience to the team. Wayne has continually redefined standard industry practices and adapted to changes before they occur. He has been working in the marketing industry for over 45 years, identifying opportunities that have been overlooked by most. Wayne has consulted, enrolled and provided services to companies like Safeway Foods, Children’s Hospital, Rio Hotel and Casino, Ameristar Casino and many other large national companies.