The EdUp Experience Team

Higher Education Podcast

Welcome to America’s leading higher education podcast! The go-to resource to stay updated with education and higher education with guests ranging from University President/CEOs to Venture Capitalists, to Ed-Tech Entrepreneurs.  Higher Education is changing rapidly and the thoughts, ideas, and insights from today's brightest and most influential educational minds from across the globe are brought to you via The EdUp Experience.  

The EdUp Experience is hosted by Dr. Joe Sallustio and Elizabeth Leiba, whose natural chemistry and down-to-Earth approach personally connect you with some of the most complicated topics in Education today.   Along with Elvin Freytes, Producer, The EdUp Experience team brings over 60 years of experience in higher education and you will feel refreshed, upskilled, and reskilled after listening to this podcast.

Our mission is to inspire and educate people to pursue a life long learning mindset no matter the path they choose.

We make education your business!


Co-Founder/Producer: Elvin Freytes

Mr. Elvin R. Freytes earned his Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York and his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Northeastern University in Boston. He has worked for several institutions such as Michigan State University, University of California Berkeley, Columbia University, Boston University, Northeastern University, New York Academy of Art , Mildred Elley College, Touro College and the Manhattan School of Music. He has also lived in China where he taught English and was a college consultant.  He has traveled extensively throughout China and has visited many countries such as Australia, Italy England, Brazil, Egypt and Chile. Elvin has 20 years of experience in the higher education field and brings a wide range of expertise such as international student recruitment, admissions, college consulting, housing, financial aid and academic and student affairs. 

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Co-Founder/Co-Host: Elizabeth Leiba

Elizabeth Leiba was born in London, England and raised in sunny south Florida. She is a published writer and have had several articles published in the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in Fort Lauderdale. She has also been published in the Seminole Tribune, the official newspaper for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, where she served as the editor for several years. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL where she majored in journalism with a minor in education. She also holds a Master of Business Administration with a focus in Global Management from the University of Phoenix and pursued Interdisciplinary Studies at Western New Mexico University. Over the past decade, Elizabeth has worked as an English Professor both face to face and online for various public and private colleges and universities. Most recently, she has worked as an instructional designer for City College, where she develops and deploys online classes for almost 1,000 students across seven campuses in Florida. Elizabeth’s newest adventure has been serving as a co-host on the successful higher education podcast The EdUp Experience. 

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Co-Founder/Co-Host: Dr. Joe Sallustio 

Dr. Joe Sallustio has brought his leadership to a broad range of educational institutions including a regionally accredited non-profit university, a regionally accredited for-profit university, and a nationally accredited for-profit college, giving him a unique and effective breadth of knowledge in online and on-ground higher education administration. In today's ever-evolving and competitive higher education enrollment and marketing consulting landscape, this diversity of experience is necessary to successfully lead a university into the future. With nearly two decades of experience in higher education operations, Joe has led teams in marketing, enrollment, finance, financial aid, student services, student affairs, human resources, accreditation/Title IV compliance, business-to-businesses relationships, and product strategy for on-ground and online universities. Specifically, his extensive experience in scaling online marketing and enrollment activities have driven the success of many of the institutions he has served. Joe received his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University. He also holds an M.S. in Organizational Leadership (Strategic Human Resources Management) from Regis University and a B.S. in Speech Communications from the State University of New York College at Oneonta

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