WCET's 29th Annual Meeting
Thursday Speakers
Ryan Baltrip
Director of Online Programming, APeL
William & Mary
Ryan Baltrip is the cirector of online programming in the associate provost office of University eLearning Initiatives at William & Mary. His areas of expertise include best instructional design and delivery practices in online learning, improving online video production, innovative educational programming, and effective online learning leadership and administration.
Nori Barajas
Director, Grant Projects
Online Learning Consortium
Noreen Barajas works as the OLC director of grant projects. She oversees the Digital Learning Innovation Award (DLIAward) and is responsible for the development and dissemination of information related to the award, the submission process, as well as the reviewing and judging process to award exemplary digital courseware projects. Prior to grants, Barajas worked in faculty development and digital scholarship. She earned an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne with the dissertation investigating the factors that influence college student digital textbook adoption.
Wanda Barker
Director, Educational Technology Cooperative
Southern Regional Education Board
Wanda Barker joined the Southern Region Education Board in January 2015 as director of the Educational Technology Cooperative, where she brings more than 20 years of experience working on issues of education policy and practice. She previously served as the statewide executive director of eLearning and Learning Technology Systems at the North Carolina Community Colleges system office, as well as teaching and administrative experience at Catawba Valley Community College, University of Phoenix, Wilkes County Schools, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech).
Matthew Belanger
Assistant Vice President
Southern New Hampshire University
Matt Belanger serves as the assistant vice president of academic operations and first year experience at Southern New Hampshire University’s College of Online and Continuing Education, which currently serves over 80,000 students. In this role he manages and coordinates the operational areas of new program launches, portfolio management, process improvement, and project management. He also has responsibility for student orientation, first year student success, retention, and curriculum. His background also includes curriculum development, instructional design, CBE program development, and K-12 classroom teaching.
Samantha Birk
Higher Education Institutional Program Manager
IMS Global Learning Consortium
Samantha S. Birk has more than 25 years experience in higher education as a teacher, administrator, and project manager. Prior to joining IMS she was the associate director for Instructional Technologies at Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). She was fully responsible for several successful projects that made IPFW a leader in mobile computing and digital curriculums. As a faculty member, she earned honors faculty status at IPFW and developed her first online course in 1996. In 2000 she was honored as Associate Faculty of the year.
Jeff Borden
Chief Innovation Officer
Saint Leo University
Jeff Borden is the chief innovation officer at Saint Leo University. Having spoken nationally and internationally to tens of thousands over two decades, Borden employs his base subjects of communication and education, as well as his performance history as a comedian, actor, and director to showcase innovative and scalable solutions by which to transform learning for all. Using his platform of Education 3.0, Borden seeks to create "best learning" by using neuroscience, education research, and education technology every day.
Niki Bray
Assistant Professor
University of Memphis
Niki Bray taught in the Memphis City Schools District for 18 years teaching 6th grade science, high school Biology, Honors Biology, Physical Science, and Physical Education & Health. A member of the University of Memphis Women's Basketball team from 1994-1997, Bray went on to coach girl's basketball at Airways Middle, Wooddale High, and Central High where she lead her Under Armour-sponsored nationally ranked team to a AAA State Championship in 2011. Bray earned her doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis on Instructional Design & Technology. Her research interests center around adaptive learning and technology-enhanced learning. Br cayonsiders herself to be a student-centered instructor who believes in designing learning experiences that puts the learner in the center of the course design.
Jennifer Brock
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Bryan University
Jennifer Brock is a higher education professional specializing in educational administration, educational technology, instructional design, and online learning. She currently serves as the vice president of Academic Affairs at Bryan University in Tempe, AZ. Brock works closely with program directors and Faculty on program development and learning innovation. Current projects include personalized and adaptive learning, student learning outcomes, general education and remediation, student success coaching, faculty development, and alternative credit options. She holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University.
Scott Carlson
Senior Writer
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Scott Carlson is a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has been with the publication since 1999. He covers a range of issues, including college management and finance, the cost and value of higher education, buildings, campus planning, energy, architecture and sustainability. A former technology reporter at The Chronicle, Carlson hosted the Tech Therapy podcast from 2007 to 2010. Prior to the Chronicle, he worked at the Star Tribune and City Pages, both in Minneapolis, and at City Paper in Baltimore.
Francesca Carpenter
Associate Director, Open Educational Resources Degree Initiative
Achieving the Dream
Francesca I. Carpenter is the associate director for Achieving the Dream’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Degree Initiative. In this role, Carpenter works to ensure that the initiative meets its target of supporting colleges and faculty in redesigning courses and degree programs using open educational resources with the overall goal of increasing degree completion rates and access.
Lauren Carris
Director, Curriculum
Western Governors University
Lauren Carris seeks to inspire her teams and institutions to solve complex challenges in learning and workforce development. Today, she applies her leadership and drive for innovation to the increasing demand for affordable, attainable, quality higher education through competency-based learning at Western Governors University. There, Carris leads teams to design, deliver, and continuously improve programs at scale. She relies on the latest research in learning science and user experience and design to reimagine the definition of exceptional learning experiences.
Ilona Chebotareva
Intentional Futures
If you have five hours to spare, ask Ilona Chebotareva about math reform. A passionate supporter of education and the arts, Chebotareva puts her mathematics degree to use at Intentional Futures through education research, analysis, and presentation. Before coming to iF, she studied everything she could find, sold violins at a music store, and made up songs about traditional Ukrainian food. Little known fact: can come back from a parry with a solid high-line riposte.
Thom Chesney
Brookhaven College
Thom Chesney has led Brookhaven College as President since 2011, helping to provide quality educational programs, learning opportunities, and lifetime experiences to its students. His extensive experience in leadership at higher education institutions includes positions as associate provost for Student Success and Assessment for The University of Texas (UT) at Dallas; district vice president of academic affairs and provost of Collin College; and additional administrative and faculty roles at UT Dallas, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Texas Wesleyan University, and Whitman College. Chesney is a committed community leader and volunteer. He serves locally on the boards of the North Texas Community College Consortium and Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce, and nationally on the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Commission on Economic and Workforce Development and on the American Council on Education (ACE) Spectrum Aspiring Leaders Program. He was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year by the Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce. Chesney earned a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature from Florida State University, a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.
Peggie Constantino
Director, Executive Programs, School of Education
William & Mary
Margaret E. Constantino is an executive associate professor and serves as director of the Executive Ed. D. Program. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her research interests and teaching focus include highly effective school leadership and the effects of school leadership on the achievement of students with disabilities. Constantino has been a K-12 practitioner for over twenty years, holding positions as a teacher, elementary principal, high school principal and district director of special education.
Kevin Corcoran
Executive Director
Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium
Kevin Corcoran is the executive director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC). Corcoran is responsible for developing and growing the products and services offered to support eLearning initiatives. He also runs Connecticut's Adult Education Virtual High School that supports the adult credit diploma program state-wide. Corcoran currently co-chairs the WCET eLearning Consortial CIG as well as the NENY Blackboard Users Group, and New England OER organizations. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut and his M.B.A. with a specialization in technology management from Walden University.
Cheryl Cyrus
Principal Strategist
Cheryl Cyrus is a principal strategist on Blackboard’s Enterprise Consulting team. In this role, she provides expertise and support to clients on eLearning, competency-based education (CBE), and a variety of other course design and development projects. Before joining Blackboard, she worked for the Florida Department of Education, the University of South Florida and the University of Memphis.
Jennifer Daines
Program Chair for General Education
Colorado Technical University
Jennifer Daines serves as program chair for General Education at Colorado Technical University. A former Air Force officer, she has over 20 years’ experience leading teams and managing programs. Her passion lies in serving veterans and other non-traditional students and in exploring ways to impact learning and drive completion. Daines earned her B.S. in English from the U.S. Air Force Academy and her M.A. in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Rachel Davenport
Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology
Texas State University
Rachel Davenport is a senior lecturer in the Biology Department at Texas State University, where she teaches large face-to-face lecture classes as well as online classes. She facilitates pedagogy workshops on campus aimed at increasing student engagement and incorporating technology into the classroom to enhance student learning. She received the College of Science and Engineering Achievement Award in Teaching in 2016, and the Presidential Distinction Award in Teaching in 2017.
Van Davis
Associate Vice President, Higher Education Policy & Research
Van Davis is associate vice president of Higher Education Research and Policy at Blackboard Inc. where he works on competency based education and higher education policy issues as well as distance education, learning technology, and college affordability. Previously, Davis was director of innovations in higher education at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board where he coordinated the development of the state's first public CBE bachelor's degree as well as the state's adult degree completion project, course redesign project, and online faculty development initiative.
Mary Ellen Dello Stritto
Assistant Director - Ecampus Research Unit
Oregon State University
Mary Ellen Dello Stritto is the assistant director of the Ecampus Research Unit at Oregon State University and is involved with the design and implementation of research studies on online/distance education. She manages and oversees statistical analyses for the research unit. Dello Stritto also directs the Faculty Fellows Program and a professional development program for faculty. She has a background in psychology with a specialization in quantitative methodologies, survey design, and statistical analysis.
Nathaan Demers
Director of Clinical Programs
Grit Digital Health
Nathaan Demes, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist with experience in therapeutic boarding schools, medical ICU's, integrated care, and college counseling. Prior to joining his current role, Nathaan served as a Behavioral Health Research and Technical Assistance Associate at the WICHE-Mental Health Program. With these experiences, he has unique expertise in advancing student success, health promotion and suicide prevention on campus. Nathaan is currently the Director of Clinical Programs with YOU at College developed by Grit Digital Health and is a board member of the Colorado Psychological Association.
Luke Dowden
Director of Distance Learning
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Luke Dowden believes in authenticity. He wants to make a difference in people's lives by facilitating access to high quality postsecondary educational experiences. 2. He lives for helping people find their second chance in higher education, especially through online learning. 3. He is passionate about continuous improvement and is rarely satisfied with personal success because it is not permanent. 4. Dowden cares about his team members and is interested in impacting other's success. 5. He has a holistic systems view of organizations.
Pratima Dutta
Director, Distance Learning
California State University, Northridge
Pratima Dutta is director of Distance Learning at California State University, Northridge. There, she implements learning design and technology to lead innovations in distance learning for the university and the CSU continuing education network.
Joan Ehrlich
Acting Director, Office of Disability Services
Northern Virginia Community College
Joan Ehrlich assists in providing accommodations to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to Northern Virginia Community College. In consult with students, she determines appropriate and reasonable accommodations for their participation in classes and college-sponsored activities. She provides information and training to faculty and staff regarding designated accommodations. Ehrlich also works with the College’s Extended Learning Institute and website designers to make sure that visual, audio, and print content are accessible. Her goal is to encourage the inclusion of disability in the conversation about cultural diversity and inclusion on college campuses.
John Endrud
Senior Vice President, Market Strategy and Development
Wiley Education Services
John Endrud joined Wiley Education Services in 2006 from Sungard Higher Education and is currently SVP of market strategy and development . He's responsible for all new institutional partner acquisitions, and leads new product and services strategy. He previously served as Deltak's VP of marketing and director of business development. Prior to Deltak, Endrud worked for Collegis and Eduprise as a regional sales executive. He holds a MBA from Benedictine University and a Bachelor of Individual Studies in Marketing, Economics, and I/O Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Bryan Fendley
Director of instructional technology
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Bryan Fendley has experience presenting at over twenty-seven national higher education workshops and conferences. His interests involve data science and its application to student retention. He is the recipient of Blackboard’s Innovative Development Award and the University of Arkansas at Monticello Chancellor's Award for Student Success. Fendley is known for covering topics on innovative marketing, educational gaming, and online curriculum development.
Jonathan Finkelstein
Founder & CEO
Jonathan Finkelstein is founder and CEO of Credly, a credential service provider which enables organizations to recognize, reward and market skills, competencies and certifications. As founder of LearningTimes, Jonathan helped hundreds of mission-driven organizations launch innovative online programs that impacted the lives of millions of learners. He is author of Learning in Real Time (Wiley), contributing author to The Digital Museum(AAM), and co-authored a report for the U.S. Department of Education on digital badges. Jonathan is a frequent speaker on digital credentials and the future of learning and workforce development.
Brian Fleming
Deputy Director
Sandbox ColLABorative @ SNHU
Brian Fleming directs the research agenda for Sandbox, which covers strategic initiatives, education technology, and market intelligence for the university as a whole. Prior to joining Sandbox, Fleming was a principal consultant at Tyton Partners, a strategy consulting firm focused on education and human capital management markets, and a senior analyst at Eduventures, a Boston-based research firm supporting the higher education community.
Jessica Franson
Distance Learning Coordinator
UW MBA Consortium
For the past 14 years Jessica Franson has worked at UW-Eau Claire in various roles related to online learning. Currently she is the distance learning coordinator for online programs in the College of Business, where she oversees all operations for the online programs. Franson has taught online as an adjunct for the College of Business since 2009. She has a M.Ed. in educational technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and B.A. in organizational communication from UW-Eau Claire.
Jessica Gagnon
Instructional Designer
Colorado Community Colleges Online
Jessica Gagnon is an eLearning technologist with CCCOnline. She also teaches Web Design courses. She is QM certified as Peer Reviewer, Face to Face Facilitator, and Online Facilitator. Holding an MS in Instructional Design & Technology as well as a Master of Library & Information Science, Gagnon is passionate about connecting students to open resources in order to support engaged learning by creative means.
John Gibson
Faculty, Business & IT
Glendale Community College
John Gibson has taught business and information technology courses for Glendale Community College since 2000, where he is also a member of several OER Steering Committees. Prior to working at Glendale Community College, Gibson consulted on virtual university initiatives at Arizona State University and earned a MS in Business & Computer Information Systems from Colorado State University. He has presented at conferences on topics ranging from experiential learning to OER mastery learning.
Shonda Gibson
Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Shonda Gibson has served in a variety of roles in higher education and brings over 25 years of corporate and industry experience in the fields of leadership, operations management, recruiting, training, and team development. She is the associate provost for institutional effectiveness at Texas A&M University-Commerce and also serves as the SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison. She served on the Texas Affordable Baccalaureate (TAB) Program Advisory Committee in creation and implementation of the state’s first competency-based degree offered by an accredited public institution, which earned the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s prestigious Texas Star Award. She has also led the Institute for Competency-Based Education (ICBE), a collaboratory funded by the Texas legislature for innovation focused on experimentation and research to advance the understanding of competency-based education and to support development and growth of CBE programs. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Social Psychology, has a master’s degree in Psychology, and an MBA with emphasis in both Management and Economics.
Paul Golisch
Executive Director
Paul Golisch is an executive director for Lumen Learning, helping colleges increase adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER). Prior to joining Lumen, Golisch served in IT leadership positions for more than 20 years, with the last nine as a Dean and chief information officer at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix. He also served as a tri-chair of the Maricopa Millions OER Project. He has presented at local, national, and international educational conferences on topics such as Open Educational Resources, Flipping the Classroom and Integrating Technology into Instruction.
Kurt Hayes
Executive Director of Learning Experience Engineering
DeXL (Dynamic Experiential Learning)
Kurt Hayes has spent the last 15 years in higher education designing and developing online education experiences. Hayes has a master’s degree in Adult Education, Distance Learning and has worked on initiatives spanning from the development of online high school programs, college-level certificates and degrees, and the launch of online programs internationally. He is passionate about finding ways to inspire learners to persist through transformational educational experiences.
Tyson Heath
Manager of State Authorization
Western Governors University
Tyson Heath is the manager of State Authorization for Western Governors University (WGU), working out of the Salt Lake City headquarters. He has been with the university for six years working out of the Compliance and Accreditation department. Heath maintains the University ‘s operation in all 50 states and territories by completing state authorization applications and renewals for 30 plus states a year, and more recently serves as the NC-SARA Coordinator. In addition to state authorization, he has authored accreditation reports for the Council of Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), professional licensure applications (Education and Nursing), and Utah State Office of Education (USOE). He maintains the University catalog and oversees the submission of federal student and employee reporting, Clery Act and Student Consumer Guide.
Fred Hurst
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Western Governors University
Fred Hurst is vice president of institutional advancement at Western Governors University. He serves as a national spokesperson for WGU and competency-based education to the higher education, policy, and quality assurance communities. Prior positions include: senior vice president for Extended Campuses at Northern Arizona and architect for NAU’s Personalized Learning competency-based education initiative; executive director of the Florida Public Postsecondary Distance Learning Institute; dean of information technologies and chief information officer for the University of Maine System’s Education Network of Maine; and started his higher education career in educational technology at Wichita State University. He served as vice chair of the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance as an appointee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Hurst received the WICHE/WCET Richard Jonsen Award in 2013. He has served the Higher Learning Commission as a member of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC), team chair and consultant-evaluator.
Michele Jackson
Associate Provost for University eLearning Initiatives
William & Mary
Michele Jackson is the associate provost for University eLearning Initiatives. She identifies and accelerates eLearning opportunities and programming through collaborative relationships with both academic and administrative campus stakeholders. With her leadership, W&M is creating new approaches to technology enhanced learning for the liberal arts. Alongside 25 years experience in the classroom, Jackson has created and supervised programs to integrate technology into teaching and learning at the department, school, and university level and has served as department chair. She has authored 30+ publications and received over $1M in research funding.
Stephanie Jenkins
Assistant Professor, School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
Oregon State University
Stephanie Jenkins received a dual Ph.D. in Philosophy and Women's Studies from Pennsylvania State University in 2012. She is currently an assistant professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. Her research and teaching interests include 20th century continental philosophy, feminist philosophy, disability studies, critical animal studies, and ethics.
Dale Johnson
Adaptive Program Manager
Arizona State University
Dale Johnson, adaptive program manager, enjoys constantly innovating as he works with faculty and vendors to develop new courses and educational technologies. Johnson studied architecture at Arizona State University and public policy at Harvard, a learning path that combined his interests in design, engineering, art, and history. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and building: he’s traveled to over 30 countries, lived in Barcelona for a year, and built his own solar home in Phoenix.
Rick Johnson
VP, Product Strategy
Rick Johnson is the vice president of Product Strategy, and one of the founders of VitalSource, the most widely used platform for delivery of electronic textbooks in the world. He is a frequent speaker on electronic textbooks, their integration into an institutional environment, and how the accessibility needs of individual students can be accommodated in their delivery. He has served on multiple committees addressing delivering accessible content, a member of the working groups creating the EPUB standard, serves on the board of directors for IMSGlobal, is active in the Publishing@W3C work groups, and is the co-inventor of three domestic and international patents dealing with electronic books and their distribution.
John Jones
Director, Media Resources Center
Wichita State University
John Jones joined the MRC in 2014, and has been the director since 2015. He has been an instructional designer, corporate trainer, new media manager, web developer, and college instructor. Jones has an MFA in Fiction from Wichita State University and an MA in English and Creative Writing from Kansas State University. He has fifteen years of teaching experience as a graduate assistant and adjunct for K-State, Butler County Community College, Newman University, and Wichita State University.
Tanya Joosten
Director, eLearning Research and Development
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Tanya Joosten is the director of Digital Learning Research and Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) where she works to guide strategic digital learning earning efforts at the campus, state, and national levels, to develop innovative programming for the UWM campus, and to lead a team of researchers to advance the field of digital learning. She is the co-director of the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) supported by the U.S Department of Education. See tanyajoosten.com for more info.
Kate Jordahl
Director of Strategic Planning & Operations
Online Education Initiative (OEI)/Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Kate Jordahl is the director of strategic planning and operations for the CCC Online Education Initiative (OEI). Before the OEI, She worked at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills for 19 years as professor and administrator and served as faculty lead on the Foothill College OEI Implementation Team and as Foothill College Faculty Representative to both the OEI Consortium and the OEI Common Course Management System Selection/Implementation Committee. In addition to being a Peer Online Course Reviewer and online faculty mentor, she designed and facilitated the Foothill College Online Teaching Certification Course (OTC).
Kathe Kacheroski
Academic Director, Direct Assessment
Capella University
Kathe Kacheroski has more than15 years of experience in online higher education in academic advising, learning assistance, and curriculum design. She currently serves as academic director, direct assessment at Capella University. She brings an expertise for combining traditional higher education best practice with innovative delivery models, and has received awards for creating the first online Supplemental Instruction program as well as for innovation in hybrid learning. Kacheroski has led the development and implementation of CBE programs in several institutions. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management.
Brenda Kellar
Anthropology Online Advisor
Oregon State University
Brenda Kellar is an advisor for the Oregon State University Anthropology department’s online bachelor’s degree. She has been working with online students for the past five years and became interested in the many different ways students speak of community when describing their online educational experience. Kellar is also a PhD candidate in the History of Science program at Oregon State University and her dissertation research focuses on beekeeping, knowledge of pollination, and the role of science in decision-making at the turn of the twentieth century.
Jessica Knott
Learning Design Manager
Michigan State University
Jessica Knott is the learning design manager and applied researcher for Michigan State University Information Technology. She has worked in information technology since 1998, spanning the public and academic sectors. Find her on Twitter @jlknott.
David Leasure
Higher Learning Challenge
An innovator in online higher education, David Leasure has led online university programs and competency-based education. He has served as provost at Western Governors University, Colorado Technical University, and Jones International University. Leasure earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in computer science and was associate professor of computer science at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, where he turned his interests from artificial intelligence to teaching and learning with technology. His core belief is that all students can learn and his passion is helping them and their institutions succeed.
Julia Lehman Caldwell
Lead Instructional Designer
UW MBA Consortium
Julia Lehman Caldwell has worked at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 2004, in several different instructional technology roles. She is currently the Lead Instructional Designer for the UW MBA Consortium.
Adel Lelo
Senior Manager Assessment Solutions
Western Governors University
Adel Leo has been with Western Governors University for over eight years and has initiated, worked on, and executed some of the university's larger projects. These include the architecting, engineering, and rolling out of WGU's online proctoring process with multiple vendors while strengthening and improving our on-site test delivery process. Currently serving as senior manager of assessment solutions, her responsibilities include vendor management, assessment security, and department projects. In a previous life she ran an online magazine, tried her hand in real estate, and almost signed up for culinary school.
Kelly Lewis-Pratl
Director of Market Strategy and Development
Wiley Education Services
Kelly Lewis-Pratl joined Wiley in March 2010 and is currently the director of market strategy and development out of the Chicago office. She manages the market strategy and research team and is responsible for representing the Wiley Education Services brand and all associated B2B marketing efforts. Prior to joining Wiley, Lewis-Pratl worked at advertising agencies Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Leo Burnett, where she managed accounts such as: Volkswagen, Old Navy, and Kellogg’s. She holds a BA in English and Communications and MS in Arts Technology from Illinois State University.
Jay Lynch
Senior Academic Research Consultant
Jay Lynch is a senior academic research consultant at Pearson on the academic research, efficacy, and evaluation team. He provides guidance and research support to various groups on issues ranging from improving student completion rates to translating learning science findings into instructional design recommendations. He is particularly interested in how edtech can improve on the current standards of educational research to generate more meaningful and accessible research outputs to better empower education decision-makers.
Maureen Madden
Instructional Designer & Accessibility Liaison
Northern Virginia Community College
Maureen Madden is an instructional designer and the accessibility liaison for the Extended Learning Institute which provides her the opportunity to assess the accessibility of the online courses for the College. Madden primarily interacts with teaching faculty and the other instructional designers, but also serves as a go-to person when there are questions regarding the facilitation of accommodations in the online learning environment. She provides training, advice, and instructional guidelines. She has a passion for making online learning materials accessible for all users which creates welcoming and inclusive learning environments.
Leah Matthews
Executive Director
Leah Matthews is the executive director of the DEAC, a non-profit educational association located in Washington, D.C. The DEAC’s Accrediting Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Matthew’s experience in higher education and accreditation includes three years as vice president for Recognition Services at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and eleven years at the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, where she served as the director of Institutional Compliance overseeing accreditation processes for approximately 750 post-secondary career and technical institutions. Prior to joining ACCSC, she worked for five years at the U.S. Army Japan Headquarters in Zama, Japan. She also taught for several years in the Baltimore City Schools system. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Westminster College, a MPA from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. from George Mason University.
Mollie McGill
Director, Programs and Membership
Mollie McGill is WCET's director of programs and membership. WCET is a national, non-profit organization whose mission is to advance technology-enhanced learning in higher ed. She spent nearly 20 years with WICHE early in her career and was instrumental in founding WCET in 1989. McGill directed learning innovations and technology initiatives for the University of Colorado and served in leadership roles for several Colorado statewide e-learning projects.
Joe McInerney
Outreach Specialist
Red Rocks Community College
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Lisa McIntyre-Hite
Executive Director, Product Innovation
Laureate Education, Center for Innovation and Learning
Lisa McIntyre-Hite, PhD, is the executive director of Product Innovation for Walden University's Center for Learning Innovation. Her professional passion is rooted in the desire to expand access to higher education. She leads competency-based curriculum development efforts for Walden University's Tempo Learning, one of six programs accredited nation-wide to offer a direct-assessment, competency-based curriculum. Much of her research and work is focused on competency-based education in higher education.
Michael K. J. Milligan
CEO and Executive Director
Michael K. J. Milligan is CEO and executive director of ABET. He is responsible for all aspects of ABET global operations, representing 35 technical and professional societies. Prior to joining ABET, Milligan held various positions in government and academia, including 24 years in the U.S. Air Force. He served as associate professor and deputy department head in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and later worked at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, his MS from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and a BS from Michigan State University. Milligan also holds an MBA from Western New England College and is a Certified Association Executive. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu engineering honor societies, and a registered Professional Engineer in Colorado and Maryland.
Andrew Olstad
Oregon State University
Andrew Olstad teaches statistics and data analytic classes for Oregon State University, both in person and online. His research interests include simulation and modeling of complex educational and business situations. In his spare time, Olstad enjoys games, adventures with his family, and good food.
Tina Parscal
Executive Director
Tina Parscal is the executive director of Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline), the online consortium of thirteen community colleges that comprise the Colorado Community College System. In this role, she provides strategic leadership and administrative direction for CCCOnline’s operational, academic, educational, and technical activities. She also chairs the Learning Technology Council for the Colorado Community College System. Parscal has more than 25 years of experience providing academic and administrative leadership in higher education and has served in such roles as provost/chief academic officer, dean, program director, and faculty.
Brenda Perea
Instructional Design Project Manager
Colorado Community College System
Brenda Perea is the instructional design project manager for Special Project Grants at Colorado Community College System. Perea is central to developing a system wide digital badging credential system which entails building collaboration between a consortium of colleges and workforce to identify and target workforce skills not apparent in our courses, certificates and degrees. Prior to her current position, her projects for CCCS include providing instructional design training and technical assistance for 300 hybrid and online course developments, while serving as a central resource for publishing grant material to OER.
Bonnie Peters
Chief Student Services Officer
California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative
Bonnie Peters is the chief student services officer for the online education initative. Prior to joining the OEI in 2014, she spent 15 years with the San Diego Community College District, accumulating a wide body of higher education experience. She has worked extensively in online education, providing quality services in online student services, instruction, and educational leadership. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning with Technology, and a Master of Science in Counseling.
Roxanne Phillips
Program Chair
Colorado Community Colleges Online
Roxanne Phillips has been a program chair at Colorado Community Colleges Online for five years and in that role, she gets to work with both instructional designers and her instructors to bring the best online experience to the students of the Colorado Community College System. Phililps has been developing content and teaching online classes for fifteen years and is still in search of the next big thing in online education.
Russ Poulin
Director, Policy and Analysis
Russ Poulin organizes WCET's national policy and research activities, edits WCET's Frontiers blog, coordinates WCET's research efforts, and works on elearning consortia issues. He represented the distance education community in the U.S. Department of Education's 2014 Negotiated Rulemaking process. Previously, he coordinated distance education activities for the North Dakota University System. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master's from the University of Northern Colorado. Poulin enjoys going to the films with his wife, Laurie.
Brandon Poulliot
Technical Support Specialist
Laramie County Community College
Brandon Poulliot is an academic technologist with a specialization in learning management system administration, professional, and support. He has worked in higher education with multiple institutions since 2008. His current interests in online education center around authentic assessment design, games-based learning (specifically commercial off-the-shelf games), and the maker movement in higher education. He is currently pursuing an M.S. in Instructional Technology from the University of Wyoming.
Kristin Powers
Associate Director
Intentional Futures
Kristin Powers is a learning scientist who holds degrees in Fine Art, English, and Digital Media. Powers has held a variety of jobs from IT for an institution, video game design for education, to owning a specialty bakery, but has always sought to understand how things work by testing and iterating. She is passionate about social emotional learning, empathy research, playful learning, serious games, science, and technologies that target ELL, minority, and struggling students.
Megan Raymond
Assistant Director, Programs and Sponsorship
Megan Raymond, assistant director for programs and sponsorship at WCET, the leader in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. She directs various events and programs including the Annual Meeting and WCET's monthly webcast series. Raymond builds relationships with corporate sponsors invested in the WCET community and edtech as the contact for sponsorship. She has been with WCET since 2007. Prior to this, she was the assistant director of housing and conference services at Fort Lewis College, a small liberal arts college in Colorado. She directed a successful conference program, adjudicated student conduct, and trained and managed 30 student staff members. If it weren't for her passion for improving access to higher education, she'd likely live in the remote mountains and spend her days exploring by bike or foot, fortunately she gets to do both as much as possible. She has a BS in marketing and a MS in Health and Nutrition Education
Scott Ready
Director - Customer Relations, Enterprise Consulting
Blackboard, Inc.
Scott Ready has over 20 years of experience in higher education, as faculty and chair of the first online Interpreter Training Program; director of eLearning; and 12 years with Blackboard; he has led institutions globally in furthering adoption and implementation of new online programs. He is a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter and prior to academia, Ready was the assistant director of the Kansas Commission for the Deaf and director at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company’s Relay Center.
Rebecca Reese
Senior Instructional Designer
Laramie County Community College
Rebecca M. Reese holds a degree in Instructional Design and Development (IDD) from the University of South Alabama with an emphasis in the fields of educational psychology, learning theory, and academic technology. She works as senior instructional designer for Laramie County Community College, and is a reviewer with the Association for Educational and Communications Technology (AECT). You can find her on Twitter @rmreese1 where she shares information on topics such as #HigherEd #EdTech #OER and #OnlineLearning. 
Sherri Restauri
Director, Coastal Office of Online Learning
Coastal Carolina University
Sherri Restauri has served in academia for 17 years. During this time, she has served as an instructional designer, faculty member in the field of psychology and other areas, and also as an administrator over Online Learning at several universities. She joined the office of online learning at Coastal Carolina University as their director in July 2016. Her research focus is on improving the teaching and learning process across all teaching modalities through the use of technology, with specific interest in pedagogical practices to increase student engagement, and online pedagogy best practices.
Steve Rheinschmidt
Director of Learning Innovation
Saint Leo University
Steve Rheinschmidt is often referred to as the former, 10-year executive director of the Iowa Community College Online Consortium (ICCOC). But since leaving Iowa four years ago, he has wandered the Earth promoting program growth and innovation using a partnership platform in a more commercial venture. At Saint Leo, Rheinschmidt now promotes management, direction, and aggregation of a portfolio of Learning Innovation initiatives, while heading up some new strategies like the lowering of course materials costs while maintaining the highest quality possible.
Carlos Rivers
Operations Research Analyst
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Carlos Rivers serves as the operations research analyst for the Institute for Competency-Based Education. He focuses primarily on historical data collection and analysis for Texas A&M University-Commerce's Affordable Baccalaureate Degree and establishing and tracking program specific metrics that can potentially serve as a framework for universities planning to launch similar competency-based programs. Rivers also has provided data and analytic insight for university-wide enrollment and retention initiatives. His publications on CBE and data analytics have appeared in such venues as the EDUCAUSE Review, WCET Frontiers and The Evolllution.
Steve Rothenberg
Project and Product Implementation Manager
Steve Rothenberg has been with the Colorado Community College System for over 10 years, and teaches project management at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado. Rothenberg joined Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline) in 2015 as an instructional designer and moved into his current position as Project and Product Implementation Manager in 2016. He holds Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, as well as Master's Degrees in Education and Computer Information Systems.
Ken Salomon
Thompson Coburn LLP
Ken Salomon has spent his entire legal career in the public and private sectors in Washington, DC. He has helped clients in a variety of sectors—including e-commerce, higher education, technology, telecommunications, health care, and intellectual property—develop and implement winning lobbying strategies by crafting and implementing innovative approaches to affect the formation of public policy in the U.S. Congress and the administration. Salomon has handled other major government relations projects, including securing the change to federal law to enable e-learning students to receive federal financial aid. He was a professorial lecturer on International Telecommunications at the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies for several years. In 2015, Salomon was elected a member of the Ethics Committee of the United States Olympic Committee.
Vince Sampson
Special Counsel
Cooley, LLP
Vince Sampson is a special counsel in Cooley's Higher Education group and Government Analytics practice and is resident in the Washington, D.C. office. Most recently, Sampson was President of the Education Finance Council – the trade association representing nonprofit and state agency student finance organizations. He served as the organization's chief representative on Capitol Hill, with the federal government, and within the higher education community, working to advance EFC's goal of increasing accessibility and affordability for postsecondary education. Prior to joining EFC, Sampson served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Policy Planning and Innovation (PPI) in the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of the Postsecondary Education. He also served in the Office of Legislative and Congressional Affairs, where he was Senior Counselor with responsibility for oversight matters. He holds a Bachelor's degree from University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is admitted to the Maryland Bar.
Laura Sankovich
Faculty Chair, MBA Program
Laura Sankovich, PhD, is Faculty Chair of the MBA program at Capella University. She is also the owner of The Human Resource which focuses on HR compliance and preventing employment issues for small and medium-sized businesses. Sankovich is from Chicago and enjoys international travel with her family, with a home-base in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Burck Smith
StraighterLine helps students lower the cost and risk of attending college and helps colleges attract and retain students by offering affordable, competency based, online, general education courses with guaranteed transfer pathways. In 1999, Burck Smith co-founded SMARTHINKING, a provider of online tutoring provider for colleges. Smith has written chapters for three books on education policy for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Prior to SMARTHINKING, he was consultant and journalist. Smith holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Williams College.
Karen Solomon
Vice President for Accreditation Relations and Director, Standard Pathway
Higher Learning Commission
Karen J. Solomon is the vice president for accreditation relations and director, Standard Pathway, at the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). She served on the steering committee charged with developing HLC’s new accreditation processes and currently leads the task force on student success initiatives. She serves on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Board of Directors and is a past chair of the WCET Executive Council. Solomon is a reviewer of good practices for INQAAHE and has been a consultant, presenter, and peer reviewer for developing international accrediting agencies. Prior to joining HLC, she was the founding executive director of Illinois Campus Compact for Community Service and an associate at ACT, Inc., along with various roles at institutions. She holds an Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University with a focus on adult learners and educational technology.
Carolyn Speer
Manager Instructional Design and Technology
Wichita State University
Carolyn Speer manages the Instructional Design and Technology team at Wichita State. She began her career as a faculty member at Friends University. She has also worked as a freelance instructional designer, ghost writer, and online textbook author. She is interested in universal design concepts and making educational opportunities accessible to underserved populations. She strongly believes that everyone in higher education works for the students. She holds a Master's from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.
Tanya Spilovoy
Director of Open Policy, WCET and Open Education Fellow, Hewlett Foundation
Tanya M. Spilovoy, Ed. D. Director of Open Policy, WCET and Open Education Fellow, Hewlett Foundation.
David Stone
Director of Collaborative Programs
Pennsylvania State University
David Edwin Stone is the director of collaborative programs for Penn State University. Stone is responsible for university course sharing and program initiative. He has conducted research, published and presented on large scale higher education change in the area of online learning, provided consulting in the area of workforce development, and has conducted international research on the use of virtual learning environments for foreign language instruction.
Terri Straut
Senior Research Analyst
Terri Taylor Straut is an experienced elearning project manager and administrator. As the founding director of CU Online (for University of Colorado) and a member of the founding management team of the Western Governors University (WGU), she has been a part of the online/distance learning industry since its infancy in the mid-1990s. In addition to her experience in higher education, Straut has implemented distance education projects for corporations and the non-profit sector.
Heather Tobin
Instructional Designer
University of Denver
Heather Tobin is an instructional designer at the University of Denver, and adjunct instructor at Colorado Community Colleges Online. Tobin has been working and teaching in various higher education settings since 2002. These experiences have allowed her to cultivate a unique blend of student and instructor perspectives, which significantly influences her current design work. Her professional interests include; visual design solutions for learning, learner experience design, and strategies for meaningfully incorporating innovative technologies in teaching practices.
Leslie Weibush
Program Manager
The Ohio State University
Leslie Weibush serves as the program manager of state authorization at The Ohio State University, educating university stakeholders of state, territory, NC-SARA, and professional licensing board requirements. She and her team spearheaded the creation and implementation of a university-wide Out-of-State Educational Activities Policy, educating units of state authorization requirements for conducting business outside of Ohio. Weibush serves as a founder and active leader of the State Authorization Network of Ohio (SAN-O), a mentor and presenter for WCET’s State Authorization Network, and has presented at several national conferences.
Grace Whiteaker
Instructional Designer
Grace Whiteaker is an instructional designer for CCCOnline, a centralized department within the Colorado Community College System consortium of colleges that creates and delivers online courses that any student in the system may take, regardless of which college is their home school.
Dana Willett
Director, Office of Distance and Extended Learning
Texas State University
Dana Willett assists Texas State University in strategic planning and development of distance and hybrid courses and programs in harmony with the university mission. He has provided similar leadership at both Austin Peay State University and the University of Southern Indiana. Willett has particular interest in learning assessment, accessibility, gamification, and mobile learning. He completed a BA in English and an MBA at the University of Southern Indiana. Willett also holds certifications from Quality Matters and the Online Learning Consortium. He has also taught online courses in computer programming and accounting.
Darlene Williams
Vice President for Technology, Innovation, and Economic Development
Northwestern State University
Darlene Williams is vice president for technology, innovation, and economic development at Northwestern State University. Williams is the key administrator for “e” initiatives and plays a key role in the development of business partnerships. She has been instrumental in the development of traditional and accelerated online degrees, OER initiatives, PLA, and faculty development programs. Further, she assists state leaders in the identification of strategic objectives, innovative approaches, and best practices in eLearning. Williams received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska.