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Jeremy Anderson

American International College

Jeremy Anderson is the Manager of Academic Computing at American International College. In this role he provides leadership in the areas of academic technology, technology-mediated pedagogy, and online and blended learning. He is responsible for the implementation and support of the learning management and assessment management systems; standardization and continuous improvement of classroom technology; and administration of campus media services.

Martha Bedard

University of Connecticut

Martha Bedard currently serves as the Vice Provost for University of Connecticut Libraries, a position she has held since 2013.  Prior to UConn, she was the Dean of University Libraries and the College of Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico and has also held high-level administrative positions at Texas A&M University (TMU) and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.  Martha is currently leading several University and State-wide projects including the Affordable/Open Textbook Initiative. She is also active on the national and regional stage including serving as President-elect for the Boston Library Consortium and on the Board of Advisors for the Southern Connecticut State University’s Information and Library Sciences Program.  A native of Massachusetts, Martha holds a Master’s degree in Library Science from Simmons Graduate School of Library Science in Boston and a B.A. in English from Fitchburg State College.

Cynthia Brown-LaVeist

Morgan Online at Morgan State University

Cynthia Brown-LaVeist is the director of Morgan Online at Morgan State University. She is the Vice President-Elect, Programs for the Maryland Distance Learning Association and is a board member of Maryland Online. She is involved in online program management and development, as well as the deployment of online technologies. She earned a BSE (Computer Engineering) from the University of Michigan and MSE (Electronics and Control Systems) from Wayne State University.

Kevin Corcoran

Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium

Kevin Corcoran is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC). Kevin 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 legislature’s Open Source Textbook Task Force as well as the WCET e-Learning Consortial CIG. Kevin also plays a leadership role in the NENY Blackboard Users Group and New England OER organizations.

Sarah Dampier

Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium

Sarah Dampier is an Associate Director of instructional design at the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) where she serves as a trusted advisor to clients and member organizations on topics related to effective online learning, strategic course design and accessibility. Prior to joining CTDLC, she advised and trained graduate and undergraduate faculty in online learning and instruction, helping to plan, design and create effective online environments for both traditional and nontraditional students.

Betsy Guala

University of Connecticut

Betsy Guala works with University of Connecticut faculty to design and develop student-centered instruction for fully online and blended courses. Betsy is particularly interested in accessibility and Universal Design of Instruction (UDI).

Susan Gubelman

Indiana State University

Susan Gubelman is a Ph.D. candidate in educational technology at Indiana State University where she teaches elementary education classes using OERs. She has presented at an international technology conference regarding anticipatory set in lesson planning, co-authored a paper regarding community service and leadership self-efficacy, and assisted in editing books for student affairs professionals. Her current research involves student teachers’ self-efficacy while engaged in PLNs.

Cathy Healy

University of Connecticut

Cathy Healy has been an Instructional Designer at the University of Connecticut for 12 years. She works with faculty to design and develop high-quality online and hybrid courses for students. Cathy also collaborates with her eCampus colleagues to develop and facilitate faculty development workshops on a variety of topics related to online teaching and learning.

Andrea Hojnacki

Charter Oak State College

Andrea Hojnacki is the Accessibility Specialist at Charter Oak State College (COSC) where she launched the college's first Office of Accessibility Services. She advises college faculty and the instructional design team on developing and facilitating accessible online courses. Prior to joining COSC, Andrea was an Assistant Dean of Students at Franklin Academy, a college preparatory school for students on the autism spectrum. Andrea has fifteen years of experience working with teens and college students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, NonVerbal Learning Disorders, and other "invisible disabilities."

Dr. Gail Matthews-DeNatale

Northeastern University

Dr. Gail Matthews-DeNatale is the newly-appointed Associate Director of Online Learning at Northeastern University’s Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research (CATLR).  Prior to CATLR, as Assistant and then Associate Teaching Professor, Gail founded and led Northeastern’s eLearning and Instructional Design M.Ed. program. She was the recipient of Northeastern University’s 2014 Award for Teaching Excellence and, at the national level, the Online Learning Consortium’s 2013 Learning Effectiveness Award. Gail’s teaching experience includes the development and instruction of courses on models for learning design, open learning, oral history, digital storytelling, learning analytics concepts and theories, and how people learn.

Dr. Robbie Melton

Tennessee Board of Regents

Dr. Robbie Melton serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization-Emerging Technologies for the Tennessee Board of Regents and serves on the Board for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), WCET Executive Board, MERLOT Project Director, Apple Distinguished Educator, DELL Advisory Board, and Global Education Center. Her tributes include the 2014 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers by the Center for Digital Education; 2012 Top Fifty Technology Innovation Educator from the Center for Digital Education and Converge; 2012 WCET WOW Education Technology Award; featured speaker at the United Nation UNESCO Mobile Learning Symposium. Dr. Melton is known as the first “Apologist,” due to her study of mobile apps and for her creation of the Mobile App & Smart Gadgets Education and Workforce Resource Center (one stop portal for educational apps aligned with over ninety-five subject areas from PreK-Ph.D).

Christopher Neidig

Quinnipiac University Online

Christopher Neidig is Associate Director of Instructional Design at Quinnipiac University Online where he brings expertise in creating and using digital media for student engagement. During Quinnipiac’s search for an adaptive system, he tested and advised on the various features and functionality of the technology. He also teaches online in Quinnipiac’s MS in Instructional Design program where he facilitated an adaptive pilot with his class.

Marissa Northam

Indiana State University

Marissa Northam is a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction at Indiana State University where she teaches elementary education classes using open educational resources. With twelve years of experience in public and higher education, Northam has taught using the flipped classroom method, virtual learning platforms such as Blackboard and Moodle, and one to one technology. Her dissertation focus involves the impact of online reading remediation on literacy gaps.

Jennifer Rafferty

The Online Learning Consortium

Jennifer Rafferty, MA, MEd, is currently Director of the Institute at The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) where she provides leadership in researching, managing, and evaluating a full range of professional development solutions for multiple audiences within the OLC Institute.
Previously Jennifer was Associate Director of Instructional Design at Quinnipiac University Online where she provided faculty development for online degree programs in the Schools of Nursing and Health Sciences. She was also adjunct faculty in the School of Nursing where she developed and taught an online Spanish language course. While at Quinnipiac, Jennifer collaborated on a study of self-regulated learning (SRL) and she co-authored a peer-reviewed publication on this topic for the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.

Heather Rayl

Indiana State University

Heather Rayl has been the Emerging Technology Librarian at the Indiana State University Cunningham Memorial Library since 2012. She divides her day between web design, user experience, social media, and open access, in addition to working on numerous other projects as they crop up. Her other interests include assessment, data visualization and visual literacy. She has presented in the past two years at state, regional and national conferences in topics ranging from open educational resources, technology training, data visualization and even a bit of oral history.

Frances Rowe

Quinnipiac University Online

Frances Rowe is Director of Instructional Design at Quinnipiac University Online.
Over the past year, she researched numerous adaptive learning platforms and developed a framework for implementation. She also teaches online in Quinnipiac’s MS in Instructional Design program.

Jay Rozgonyi

Fairfield University

Jay Rozgonyi is the Director of Academic Computing at Fairfield University as well as an Instructor in the Educational Technology program of the University's Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.  Recently named by the Center for Digital Education as one of 2015's Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers, Jay's plans for streamlining and simplifying technology in the classrooms and his close collaboration with faculty have helped to make his work a key part of Fairfield's strategic commitment to emphasizing a new level of innovation in teaching and learning. He has presented at numerous NERCOMP annual conferences and professional development workshops, as well as events sponsored by the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Larry Rudiger

University of Vermont

Larry Rudiger is Senior Lecturer of Psychological Science at the University of Vermont where he directs the program in introductory psychology. He has used the Acrobatiq adaptive system since 2014 to enhance learning in this large-enrollment course. He also teaches research methods and statistics, both in hybrid and all-online formats.

Dr. Jillian Smith-Carpenter

Fairfield University

Dr. Jillian Smith-Carpenter, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Fairfield University, received her PhD in Chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, Dr. Smith-Carpenter learned strategies for creating a collaborative teaching culture, advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning, and designing flexible, intuitive classrooms.

Suzanne Solensky

Quinnipiac University

Suzanne Solenskyis currently the director of student advising in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University.  She previously worked in academic support at the branch campus of a four-year public university, in admissions at a community college, and in undergraduate academic planning at a four-year private university. A graduate of Yale and Wesleyan Universities, she has also been a writer, editor, researcher, and adjunct instructor of college writing and academic skills courses and other seminars for first-year students.

Tim Stubb

University of Connecticut

Tim Stubb’s career in education began with ten years of teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. As an Instructional Designer in UConn’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Tim collaborates with faculty to design and develop student-centered online and hybrid/ blended courses. Additionally, Tim provides faculty development instruction in several areas of course design and facilitation.

Nancy Thompson

Clark College

Nancy Thompson is a master tutor at the NE eTutoring consortium, where she has worked for over 8 years as a tutor and now as a tutor trainer. Her background is in writing (MFA Goddard College) and history/humanities (MA, University at Albany), and she is a tenured professor in the English Department at Clark College in Washington state, where she has developed effective online writing classes. Additionally, she teaches writing online for Community College of Vermont, where she launched the first online English composition class.

Dr. Aaron Van Dyke

Fairfield University

Dr. Aaron Van Dyke received his PhD from MIT. In 2015, Professor Van Dyke was selected by Alpha Sigma Nu as Fairfield University's Undergraduate Teacher of the Year. He serves on the National Selection Committee for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and is the Faculty in Residence of Fairfield's Ignatian Residential College.

Dr. Kaitlin Walsh

American International College

Dr. Kaitlin Walsh is the Instructional Designer/Technologist at American International College. She provides pedagogical and technology support to faculty developing and teaching online, blended, and traditional courses. Prior to this, she has worked in Instructional Design and Educational Technology at Charter Oak State College, the University of Hartford, and the University of Connecticut Health Center. Elsewhere in higher education, Kaitlin has been an adjunct instructor at AIC, the University of Hartford and Manchester Community College. She has also served as a Junior Dean at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University in England, where she earned her doctorate in Spanish.

Debbie Whalley

Fairfield University

Debbie Whalley is the Manager of Academic Computing Support at Fairfield University, and has been deeply involved in the technical redesign of Fairfield's classrooms. Debbie has also coordinated much of the work on the college's iPad Initiative. She has been responsible for introducing a number of innovations at Fairfield, from wireless student printing to the launch of a hosted virtual desktop service to deliver expensive and specialized software to students. Debbie is an experienced NERCOMP presenter, both at the annual conference and at professional development workshops, and has also taken the stage at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities annual conference.

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