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Sadik Al-Abdulla Sadik Al-Abdulla
Director of Security Solutions, CDW
Sadik Al-Abdulla is the Director of CDW’s security practice, where he is responsible for strategy, go-to-market, and solutions development within the company’s Strategic Solutions and Services organization. His team guides customers through the landmines of information risk management, network security, and compliance in this modern day battlefield of constantly evolving threats and controls. Since joining CDW in 2000 as a senior network analyst, Al-Abdulla has held responsibility for security operations in CDW’s managed services business, identity and risk consulting, and has spent several years designing highly-effective security strategies for CDW customers. He assumed responsibility for the security consulting business in 2007, and the entire security business in late 2010. Al-Abdulla is a perennial speaker at industry events, and has served as an industry expert for numerous publications.

Jill Albin-Hill Jill Albin-Hill
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Dominican University
Ms. Albin-Hill has been with Dominican University since 2003, starting first as the associate director of IT, then director of IT and appointed CIO when the position was created in 2009. She was promoted to Vice President in 2013. She is passionate about helping others utilize and leverage technology in effective ways. As an adjunct faculty for the Dominican Brennan School of Business, she teaches courses in IT management. Prior to joining Dominican, Albin-Hill spent 10 years in the telecommunications industry, working her way up from a systems engineer to managing technical services. She has an associate’s degree in computational mathematics/computer science, a bachelor of science in computer management and an MBA with a concentration in human resources.

Bryan Alexander Bryan Alexander
President
Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC
 

Matthew Almand Matthew Almand
IT Network Architect, Texas A&M University
Matthew graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Upon graduating, he went to work for the University in mainframe system administration and Unix support / system administration and then joined the Network team in 1995. Matthew achieved the position of Associate Director, Networking & Information Security with the University reporting directly to the CISO and was the leader of the Networking team until January 2014. At that time he was promoted to the role of Network Architect for the Texas A&M University System.

Vince Anderson Vince Anderson
Assistant Director of Enterprise and Network Solutions, Nazareth College
Vince Anderson leads the combined infrastructure and web teams at Nazareth College, located in upstate New York. He is passionate about building amazing teams and providing solutions that are highly resilient, performant, and sophisticated, leveraging his 20+ years of corporate, startup, and higher education experience.

Steve Boese Steve Boese, moderator
Co-Chair, HR Technology Conference® and LRP Technology Editor
Steve brings more than twenty years of experience in the design and implementation of complex human resources technology solutions for global enterprises. Currently, Steve is the Inside HR Tech Columnist for Human Resource Executive® and HREonline.com. Steve is also a leading HR blogger and hosts the "HR Happy Hour Show," a popular radio program and podcast dedicated to opening the lines of communication among HR thought leaders, practitioners and service providers in the global human resource field. Previously, Steve was a director of talent management strategy for Oracle Corp., helping to create and deliver the next generation of Human Capital Management solutions. He has been invited to speak at numerous HR and industry events including the HR Executive Forum, the SHRM Annual Conference and several regional SHRM events. Steve's blog was selected as the No. 1 talent management blog by the editors of the Fistful of Talent in February 2010. Steve is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and resides in Rochester, N.Y.

Wayne Brown Wayne Brown
Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Excelsior College
 

W. Gardner Campbell W. Gardner Campbell
Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success
Virginia Commonwealth University
Gardner Campbell is associate professor of English and special assistant to the provost at Virginia Commonwealth University, where for nearly three years he also served as vice provost for learning innovation and student success as well as dean of university college. He is an intellectual omnivore, a former radio announcer, a Miltonist, and a bassist. Dr. Campbell has worked in teaching and learning technologies for more than 25 years and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences in the U.S. and internationally. Gardner blogs at www.gardnercampbell.net and tweets as @gardnercampbell.

James Caras James Caras
Chief Product Officer
Macmillan Learning
James is an educational technologist, entrepreneur, PhD biochemist, and science educator with over 15 years of executive leadership experience. He founded two successful companies that develop highly effective and engaging STEM learning solutions for instructors at both higher education institutions and high schools. In addition to his love of helping students succeed, he enjoys hiking, wake boarding, and Austin's music scene. James holds a BA in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin.

James Casap James Casap
Chief Education Evangelist
Google
Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of fostering inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with educational organizations and leaders building innovation and iteration into our education practices. He speaks on the subject of technology, education, and innovation at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of Boards, including the Arizona Science Foundation, Seed Spot NEXT, and Inquire Schools. He serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education, technology, and equity. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.

You can read Jaime’s education blog at www.jcasap.com and can reach him on Google+ You can also follow him on Twitter at @jcasap

Darren Catalano Darren Catalano
Darren Catalano is the CEO of HelioCampus, a data analytics and data storytelling company serving higher education institutions. Prior to joining HelioCampus, Darren was the VP of Analytics at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) where his work led to a culture of data-driven decision making. Under Darren’s leadership, his team built a technology platform and sophisticated approach to data analyses for senior leadership across the university. Recognizing the value this model could bring to others, the University System of Maryland Board of Regents approved a plan to spin off Darren’s department into a new company, HelioCampus, to provide business intelligence capabilities to institutions nationwide. Prior to joining UMUC, Mr. Catalano ran the Business Intelligence department at Rosetta Stone, where he built new analytics functions into finance, accounting, sales, marketing and customer operations. Mr. Catalano earned a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Jeff Cepull Jeff Cepull
Vice President for Information Resources and Chief Information Officer, Philadelphia University
Jeffrey Cepull is the Vice President for Information Resources and Chief Information Officer at Philadelphia University. Since 2001, he has led a team that has catalyzed the modernization and transformation of the information resources environment at the university, including a focus on data analytics, performance metrics, and data-driven decision-making. He has served on several EDUCAUSE groups and committees, and as a faculty member in the New IT Managers program. Jeff is currently a faculty member with the EDUCAUSE Institute's Leadership Program for new and aspiring higher ed CIOs. He holds a B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and has completed the certificate program at the Harvard University School of Education's Institute for Higher Educational Management.

May Chang May Chang
Associate Dean of Libraries Information Technology, Western Michigan University
 

Floyd Cline II Floyd Cline II
Senior Progect Architect, Perkins + Will
Mr. Floyd Cline, a graduate from the University of Kansas, is an architect with Perkins+Will in Atlanta, Georgia. For the last 15 years, he has developed a deep portfolio in the design of Science and Higher Education facilities. He has worked with Clemson University since 2007 and serves as Project Manager for the new Watt Family Innovation Center. His involvement with the facility began at the program verification stage and continues through post occupation. Floyd’s experience in these facility types and his passion for Technology continues to help maintain Perkins + Will as a leader in the design industry.

Amy Collier Amy Collier
Associate Provost for Digital Learning
Middlebury College
Amy Collier is the Associate Provost for Digital Learning at Middlebury College. In this role, she provides strategic vision and leadership to position Middlebury as a leading innovator in creating and sustaining a global learning community through the effective use of digital pedagogies and technologies. Prior to the role at Middlebury, Amy was the Director of Digital Learning Initiatives at Stanford University. Amy received her doctorate in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University in 2008 and since that time she has been an advocate for learners and teachers across a variety of educational institutions, from community-based service organizations to large public broad-access universities. She blogs (very rarely) at redpincushion.me.

Michael Conlon Dr. Michael Conlon
Vivo Project Director at Duraspace
Dr. Conlon is VIVO Project Director at Duraspace. VIVO is open source software and an ontology for representing scholars and scholarly works. Institutions use VIVO for expert finding, team building, program evaluation, and social network analysis. Dr. Conlon earned his Ph.D. degree in Statistics from the University of Florida, is the author of more than 200 scholarly publications and presentations, and has been an investigator on more than $120M in grant-funded research in biomedicine. His current interests include information representation, the semantic web, and techno-social issues in research data sharing.

Emory Craig Emory Craig
Director of eLearning and Instructional Technologies
The College of New Rochelle
As Director of eLearning at the College of New Rochelle, Emory Craig is responsible for broad range of instructional technology initiatives, faculty development and the integration of emerging technologies into the learning environment. A Frye Institute Fellow and active participant in EDUCAUSE, ACM, and AACE, he has written and presented extensively at both national and international conferences on innovation in education and the impact of the digital revolution on contemporary culture. His research focuses on the sensory and cognitive implications of wearable technology and virtual reality in the learning environment. He is actively involved in the New York City startup community and co-authors the digitalbodies.net site on the Web. He is currently teaching an interdisciplinary seminar on the evolution of new media and its impact on society.

Richard DeMillo Richard DeMillo
Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing and Executive Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities
Georgia Institute of Technology
Richard DeMillo is the Charlotte B. and Roger C. Warren Professor of Computing and Professor of Management, former John P. Imlay Dean of Computing, and Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Author of over 100 articles, books, and patents, he has held academic positions at Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Padua. He directed the Computer and Computation Research Division of the National Science Foundation and was Hewlett-Packard's first Chief Technology Officer. He is the 2013 Lumina Foundation Inaugural Fellow which recognized his founding of the Center for 21st Century Universities as a “unique institution.” He is also a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is the author of the influential 2011 book “Abelard to Apple: The Fate of American Colleges and Universities” and a 2015 sequel entitled “Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators will Make College Accessible and Affordable. ” Both books were published by MIT Press.

Lind Ding Linda Ding
 

Stephen Downes Stephen Downes
Program Leader, Learning and Performance Support Systems
National Research Council of Canada
Stephen Downes is a specialist in online learning technology and new media. Through a 25 year career in the field Downes has developed and deployed a series of progressively more innovative technologies, beginning with multi-user domains (MUDs) in the 1990s, open online communities in the 2000s, and personal learning environments in the 2010s. Downes is perhaps best known for his daily newsletter, OLDaily, which is distributed by web, email and RSS to thousands of subscribers around the world, and as the originator of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), is a leading voice in online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software. He is known as a leading proponent of connectivism, a theory describing how people know and learn using network processes. Hence he has also published in the areas of logic and reasoning, 21st century skills, and critical literacies. Downes is also recognized as a leading voice in the open education movement, having developed early work in learning objects to a world-leading advocacy of open educational resources and free learning. Downes is widely recognized for his deep, passionate and articulate exposition of a range of insights melding theories of education and philosophy, new media and computer technology. He has published hundreds of articles online and in print and has presented around the world to academic conferences in dozens of countries on five continents.

Mark Frydenberg Mark Frydenberg
Senior Lecturer in Computer Information Systems and Director of CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox
Bentley University
Mark Frydenberg is a Senior Lecturer of Computer Information Systems at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He also serves as the Director of the university’s CIS Learning and Technology Sandbox, a social learning space where students interact with technology and each other. Mark teaches courses in IT concepts, web development, and technology trends. His research focuses on flipped and collaborative learning, and pedagogies for engaging students with technology. Mark is also an author of Discovering Computers, a technology concepts textbook published by Cengage Learning. Mark frequently presents on teaching and learning with new technologies at conferences and training events throughout the US and Europe.

P.B. Garrett P.B. Garrett
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Innovation & Chief Academic Technology Officer, George Washington University
P.B. Garrett is a recognized IT leader, with more than 20 years of experience in educational technology and pedagogical design. Ms. Garrett has demonstrated expertise in the areas of online education, pedagogical advancement, instructional technology, learning space design, personalized learning, faculty support, leadership development, project management, learning management systems, and emerging educational technologies. Prior to holding her current position as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Chief Academic Technology Officer at the George Washington University, Ms. Garrett was a faculty member and Chair of the Computer Management Information Systems Department. She also held a number of leadership positions at the university, including Associate Provost, Academic Technologies, and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Information Systems and Services. Ms. Garrett is an active member of EDUCAUSE, chairing the Recognition Committee and has served on numerous committees, including the Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning. She is a faculty member of the Management Institute. Additionally, Ms. Garrett has contributed to a number of articles, papers, and presentations in the educational technology field. In 2015, Ms. Garrett was named Chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for Higher Education Chief Information Studies, Inc. (CHECS). As Senior Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Chief Academic Technology Officer at the George Washington University, Ms. Garrett leads the Office of Online Education and provides executive oversight of the eDesign Shop, the university’s online course production department. Additionally, she oversees Academic Technologies, which supports nearly 190 learning spaces across three campuses and designs nationally award-winning innovative learning spaces. During her 16-year tenure leading Academic Technologies, the department has become a benchmark for service excellence at the university through a number of signature programs and services. From the founding of the university's Instructional Technology Laboratory (ITL) for faculty in 1998, to the development of a highly successful lecture capture program, to the design and implementation of over 60 learning spaces in the 500,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Hall, Ms. Garrett's vision of enabling faculty to design online programs and employ innovative technologies in student-centered learning environments has contributed to the enrichment of the teaching and learning experience at GW. Ms. Garrett was recognized as a 2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree by Computerworld for her exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. Ms. Garrett holds a B.A. from the University of Central Florida, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an Ed.S. from Nova Southeastern University.

Maya Georgieva Maya Georgieva
EdTech Strategist; Co-Founder and Partner
Digital Bodies
Maya Georgieva is an EdTech strategist, author and speaker with more than 15 years of experience in higher education and global education policy. She is the co-founder and partner at Digital Bodies, a global consulting group focusing on the impact of immersive and wearable technologies on education and society. She sits on a number of educational and corporate learning boards and is a member of the Expert Panel for the New Media Consortium Horizon Report for Higher Education. Most recently she served as the Associate Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at NYU where she provided strategic leadership to advance academic initiatives that transform the teaching-learning environment. She spearheaded the implementation of instructional design and technology, learning space design, blended learning, digital storytelling and faculty development. Her most recent work and projects focus on design thinking, virtual reality and the innovative use of mobile and wearable technology to foster higher levels of student engagement. Maya is the recipient of the 2014 Campus Tech Education Futurist Award and 2011 Campus Innovator Award. She has delivered three Five Minutes of Fame talks on innovation in education at the New Media Consortium’s annual conference. Her talks have focused on pioneering innovation in education, the design of new learning experiences and the future of education. Her work has also been featured at Campus Technology, EDUCAUSE, ELI, EdMEDIA, New Media Consortium (NMC), Sloan-C, SXSWedu, Google and Intel Engage Education. Maya speaks frequently at national and international forums on innovation and the future of education and consults with startups in this space.

John Goodhue John Goodhue
Executive Director, Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
John Goodhue is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC), a data center dedicated to supporting computationally intensive research. The MGHPCC is owned by its founding members -- MIT, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Northeastern University, and Harvard University – and serves numerous research projects in the Northeast. John is a business and technical leader with 30 years experience in networking and high performance computing. John held senior engineering management, general management, and technology leadership positions at Cisco Systems, where he led the development and marketing of Internet routers for networks operated by service providers such as Verizon, Comcast, and British Telecom. Prior to Cisco, he led engineering teams at BBN Technologies, developing Internet routing and High Performance Computing technologies. He has also been on the early management teams for several Boston-area startup companies. John holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Laurel Haak Laurel Haak
Executive Director, Orcid
Laurel L. Haak, Executive Director. Laure drives awareness of the ORCID mission, building strategic relationships, working with a broad range of constituents, ensuring organizational persistence, and directing ORCID staff and contractors. Previously, Laure was Chief Science Officer at Discovery Logic, Inc.; a program officer for the US National Academies' Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy; and editor of Science's Next Wave Postdoc Network at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Laure received a BS and an MS in Biology from Stanford University and a PhD in Neuroscience in 1997 from Stanford University Medical School, and she was a postdoc at the US National Institutes of Health.

Christian Hamer Christian Hamer
Chief Information Security Officer, Harvard University
Christian Hamer is the Chief Information Security Officer at Harvard University. Christian leads the University’s information security program, which includes oversight of the University-wide information security policy. His team provides security education and awareness across Harvard, ensures compliance with relevant regulatory obligations, and manages the University’s information security operations. Prior to being named CISO in 2013, Christian worked in several information security roles at the University. Before coming to Harvard in 2007, Christian worked in Information Security and other Information Technology roles from software development to systems and network administration.

Daniel Hook Daniel Hook
Managing Director, Digital Science
Daniel Hook is Managing Director at Digital Science and has held several positions within Digital Science since joining the business in 2013. Before being Managing Director, he served as Director of Research Metrics, while also acting as interim COO of portfolio company, Figshare. Hook joined Digital Science through Digital Science's investment in Symplectic in 2010, where has was CEO and co-founder. Daniel has a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Imperial College London and, in his free time, continues to play an active role in research. His interests include PT-symmetric quantum theory, quantum statistical mechanics, complex network theory, anthropology and bibliometrics.

Thomas Hoover Thomas Hoover
Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Thomas Hoover is the Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). He is the University's highest ranking technology executive, responsible for creating and implementing the technology vision at UTC. Thomas has worked in Information Technology in higher education since 1999. Prior to his appointment at UTC, he served as the Director of Instructional Technology Support at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Thomas was born in southern California and has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from the University of California at Davis and a Master's in Public Policy from Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy. He is married and has a daughter and two sons. He enjoys golfing and traveling.


Chris Hopkinson Chris Hopkinson
Founding Partner and VP, Business Development for DubLabs
Chris Hopkinson is a founding partner and VP, Business Development for Dub Labs. Dub Labs has mobilized over 150 schools with SIS and LMS integrated apps since 2008. Chris has presented on mobility in education at SXSWedu, IMS Learning Impact, EDUCAUSE, Campus Technology Forum, TASSCC, CoHEsion, Alliance and other conferences.


Michael Horn Michael Horn
Principal Consultant
Entangled Solutions
Michael Horn speaks and writes about the future of education and works with a portfolio of education organizations to improve the life of each and every student. He serves as a principal consultant for Entangled Solutions, which offers innovation services to higher education institutions and is the co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a non-profit think tank. Horn is the author and coauthor of multiple books, white papers, and articles on education, including the award-winning book Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and the Amazon-bestseller Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. An expert on disruptive innovation, online learning, blended learning, competency-based learning, and how to transform the education system into a student-centered one, he serves on the board and advisory boards of a range of education organizations.

Sarah Horn Sarah Horn
Vice President of Retention Services, Helix Education
For more than a decade, Sarah has partnered with universities across the country to implement strategic initiatives geared at growing student enrollment and improving student retention. Under her leadership and direction, both private and public universities have seen dramatically improved first-year student retention results, enrollment growth in innovative and differentiated undergraduate and graduate programs, and streamlined operational processes as a result of the programs she implemented and managed. Sarah leads Helix Education’s Retention Services operation, ensuring that the Success Coaching model and Retain technology is executed in a way that delivers a “best-in-class” student experience and desired outcomes for Helix clients. Prior to her current role, Sarah served as Director of Admissions and Implementation, Director of Student Success Services, and Director of Coaching Programs at Altius Education. Prior to that, she served as a Campus Director at InsideTrack for six years. Sarah has an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and earned her MA in Sport Psychology from John F Kennedy University, where she has also completed two years of her PsyD.


Christopher Jennings Christopher Jennings
Associate Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Chris is an Associate Professor of Interactive Media Production in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He previously led the development of an online learning institute for the Library of Congress. Chris’ background includes over a decade of experience in digital media production and instructional design. This includes work at Merrill Lynch, Corporate Express, and WestNet Learning. Through these experiences at work, Chris defined a process of in-house online course development, launched various media technologies, and implemented many technology solutions. Finally, Chris has an EdD from the University of Wyoming in Instructional Technology. Recently, Chris has been working with MSU Denver's Sister University, the Yunnan Open University, in Kunming, China. He has been working with them in the subjects of Interactive Media Production and Distance Education over the past two years. His research focuses on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, The History of Media Production, and improving UX Testing.

Matthew Karlyn Matthew A. Karlyn
Partner and Co-Chair of Technology Industry Team, Foley & Lardner LLP
Matt Karlyn is at the forefront of technology and has been a technology and licensing lawyer for the past 19 years. He is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where he co-chairs the firm’s Technology Industry Team. He regularly advises companies on all matters involving the commercialization of intellectual property, licensing initiatives, subscription-based economics, and the procurement and use of technology in business. As a member of the Technology Transactions & Outsourcing Practice, Mr. Karlyn structures licensing transactions and drafts and negotiates technology and patent licensing agreements. He drafts, negotiates and advises clients with respect to virtually every type of technology contract. Mr. Karlyn is also a go-to resource on technology and licensing for mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity and venture capital financing. Mr. Karlyn is a member of the firm’s recruiting committee and is the co-hiring partner for the firm’s Boston office. Mr. Karlyn is the co-author of A Guide to IT Contracting: Checklists, Tools and Techniques, with his partner, Mike Overly, published by CRC Press (December 2012). He is also a sought after national speaker and frequent writer on outsourcing, licensing, and information technology law and policy, and issues pertaining to drafting and negotiating commercial technology and licensing transactions. He has published over 25 articles (including chapters in two books) and given over 125 presentations on licensing, technology and outsourcing. According to one recent presentation attendee,


John Katzman John Katzman
Founder of Noodle Partners and former CEO of 2U Prior to 2U
John Katzman is the founder of Noodle Partners and former CEO of 2U Prior to 2U, Katzman founded The Princeton Review, which helped half of the students applying to U.S. colleges and universities each year find, get into, and pay for school. Katzman serves on several for- and nonprofit boards of directors, including American Honors, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. He has authored many articles and five books.


Brian Kelly Brian Kelly
Chief Information Security Officer, Quinnipiac University
Brian Kelly joined Quinnipiac University in 2006. Since then he has lead all vision, strategy, and execution for all facets of Information Security at Quinnipiac University, with accountability for providing guidance and direction to major policy development initiatives from an information security standpoint. Brian also ensures compliance of applicable state and federal laws governing information security through the development and deployment of university-wide information security initiatives.

Susan Lazenby Susan Lazenby
Susan Lazenby began her career with retail management just after college. This combined her love for people and for learning new things. Her career moved her to San Francisco. She later moved back to the southeast and began working in IT 9 years ago in lab management and Student Help Desk support. She has also managed IT communications and is serving as Director of IT Projects and Strategic Planning.

Raymond Lefebvre Raymond Lefebvre
Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Bridgewater State University
Raymond Lefebvre is the Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Bridgewater State University. He has 30+ years of achievement leveraging technology to promote organizational growth, performance, and profitability through results-oriented visionary leadership and an extensive background managing global Information Technology operations in support of higher education, healthcare, research, and the consumer goods industries. Prior to the role at Bridgewater State University, Ray was the Director of Applications & Development at the University of Massachusetts Medical School after spending 20+ years in technical leadership roles in the private sector. Ray received his Master of Business Administration (2010) and Undergraduate in Business Administration (2008) from Nichols College, Dudley, MA. Ray and his team’s most recent, and perhaps proudest, accomplishment – BSU Mobile 2.0 Deserves 5-Star Rating – shines light on how a student focused mobile platform strategy can engage students through inclusion, collaboration, and results in support of student success.

Dennis Lester Dennis Lester
Associate Director for Science and Technology, Watt Family Innovation Center,Clemson University
Dr. Dennis Lester has served in a variety of leadership, management, technical, and instructional positions in government, industry, and academia. He started his professional career in the United States Air Force. He led programs that developed leading-edge technologies supporting research, system development, training, testing, and experimentation. After completing his Air Force career, Dr. Lester was employed by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Scientific Research Corporation, and Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. He taught graduate and undergraduate courses in teambuilding, strategic management, and instructional use of computer simulation at the University of New Mexico (UNM). Dr. Lester has a BS in Aeronautical Technology from Arizona State University, an MBA from Phillips University, and a PhD in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology from UNM. In August 2014, Dr. Lester became a research professor at Clemson University and currently serves as the Associate Director for Science and Technology, Watt Family Innovation Center.

Susan Malisch Susan Malisch
Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer, Loyola University Chicago
Susan Malisch currently serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Loyola University Chicago. In this capacity, Susan leads the development and implementation of the University’s information technology (IT) strategic direction, and delivers IT services that support student learning, faculty research and teaching, administrative processes, and public service. In addition to this role, Ms. Malisch has also served on numerous committees and in a number of leadership roles for Loyola University Chicago, including,
  • Member, Strategic Planning Committee for the 2009-2014 Strategic Plan
  • Co-chair, Task Force on Global Education and Distance Learning, 2010
  • Co-chair, Task Force on “Positioning Loyola for the Future”, 2012
  • Interim Athletic Director, 2014
  • Chair, Implementation and Steering Committee for the current University strategic plan, “Plan 2020: Building a More Just, Humane and Sustainable World”
Ms. Malisch has received several leadership awards and was the recipient of the 2010 CIO of the Year award sponsored by the Executives Club of Chicago and the Association of IT Professionals. She is a respected speaker for various business technology and higher education conferences, and currently serves as Trustee for the Board of Directors for the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Information Management and member of the Financial Aid Committee for the Lycee Francais. Prior to joining Loyola, she held management positions at Novell, Cambridge Technology Partners, UCLA, and ATT and was a college women’s basketball coach. Ms. Malisch earned a B.S.B.A. degree in Computer Information Systems from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Courtney Miller Courtney Miller
Senior Program Manager for Creative Media, Annenberg Digital Lounge, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
With over 15 years of academic leadership and professional media experience, Courtney is currently directing a school-wide digital literacy initiative at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. As the Senior Program Manager for Creative Media, she launched the Annenberg Digital Lounge makerspace from the ground up, overseeing all programming, staffing, content and design. She also teaches multimedia, designs curriculum, and is honored to serve as the co-chair of the Adobe Creative Campus Collaboration committee. She holds a B.A. in Cinema-Television and an M.F.A in Writing from USC. She has worked as a Video Journalist for the Oxygen Television Network, where she produced short documentaries for their primetime news magazine show, in audio with THX advent Tomlinson Holman, and has produced dozens of large-scale concerts around Southern California. Her ideas and overall approach to teaching and problem solving have been largely informed by her international portfolio — with professional and personal travel to over 70 countries. As a faculty member on the Semester at Sea program, she lived on a ship for four years where she taught video production, ran the shipboard multimedia department, and led service learning projects around the world.

John Mocko John Mocko
Senior Teaching Laboratory Specialist, Department of Physics, University of Florida
John Mocko is a former AP/IB High School Physics teacher and for the last 25 years has worked as a physics lecture demonstration and multimedia specialist for the UF Physics Department in the large lecture halls. He is also an advanced amateur photographer with experience in studio work, computer support, and the design and construction of specialized equipment for unique projects. In the summer of 2014, he was tasked with building a Lightboard video studio based on the open source design of Dr. M. Peshkin at Northwestern University. A Lightboard video studio is used to create engaging presentations where the instructor appears to be inside their presentation with minimal post production. John extended the original design of the Lightboard to make it a multifunctional studio capable of green screening, incorporating scientific experiments with real data, creating online labs and performing live office hours.

Megan Mocko Megan Mocko
Master Lecturer, Statistics Department, University of Florida
Megan is a Master Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Florida. Her focus is teaching introductory statistics in multiple formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and completely online. She studies different techniques to improve learning for students with learning disabilities, students in the online learning environment as well as teaching with technology. She has used audience response systems, statistical applets, virtual environments, and now the Lightboard as tools to improve students’ learning and understanding. Additionally, she is currently co-chair of the committee for re-writing GAISE (Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education) College Report, a national guideline for instruction in the introductory statistics course at the university level.


Adam Newman Adam Newman
Founding Partner of Tyson Partners
Adam is a founding partner of Tyton Partners, a strategy consulting and investment banking platform serving the global knowledge sector. Adam guides companies, non-profits, and investors through critical organizational inflection points to enable them to achieve their objectives. He has extensive experience working across all segments of the PreK-12, postsecondary, and enterprise and professional education markets. Prior to founding Tyton Partners, Adam was a director at Berkery Noyes, a mergers and acquisitions firm serving the information industry. Adam originated the firm’s strategic advisory practice for education companies and investors. Previously, Adam served as managing vice president at Eduventures, a market research and consulting firm supporting the education industry. Prior to Eduventures, Adam served as a senior manager at the Corporate Executive Board in the company’s corporate strategy board practice, working closely with senior strategy executives at Global 2000 companies. Adam began his professional career as a K–12 educator and athletic coach at schools in Boston, MA, and New Orleans, LA. He holds an AB in English from Duke University.


Bob Nilsson Bob Nilsson
Director of Vertical Solutions Marketing, Extreme Networks
Bob Nilsson is director of vertical solutions marketing at Extreme Networks for the education industry. The education market segment represents Extreme’s largest user base worldwide. In this role, Mr. Nilsson leads Extreme Networks’ solutions and programs to address education industry trends and requirements. He has over 30 years of experience in marketing IT systems to Global 1000 companies worldwide. Before joining Extreme Networks, Bob was VP Marketing at Clear Methods, a web services software company. Prior to that Bob held senior marketing positions at knowledge management software company Orbital Software, Digital Equipment, and HP. Bob has an SB degree in EE from MIT and MBA from Columbia Business School. Bob shares research and insight on trends and issues in education at his blog and Twitter feed.


Tina Papadopoulos Tina Papadopoulos
Manager, BerryDunn
Tina Papadopoulos is a Manager in BerryDunn’s Management and Information Technology Consulting Group. She assists clients with risk assessments, technology planning, business process improvement and organization needs assessment. Tina guides clients in making successful changes to processes, roles and responsibilities, and applications to streamline operations and gain efficiencies, while maintaining internal controls and working to mitigate risks. She provides a variety of technology assurance services across multiple industries, including SOC examinations, security assessments, and controls reviews.


Charles Peyton Charles Peyton
Director of Operations, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California
With over thirteen years of experience in academic administration and leadership, Charles Peyton has directed an extensive portfolio of facilities and technology departments, initiatives and capital projects. Charles serves as the Executive Director of Technical Services and Operations for USC Annenberg’s School for Communication and Journalism. He recently supervised the programming, design and construction of Wallis Annenberg Hall, a $60 million, 88,000-s/f, state-of-the-art, academic facility from concept to completion. Charles also directed the technical design and integration, serving as chief technology architect, lead project manager, and internal workflow specialist and systems analyst. Other recent academic technology initiatives and projects include a school-wide student laptop policy, restructuring student lab fees to support new learning objectives and technological shifts, and the development of a new Creative Media Department to support school-wide “Digital Literacy Initiative” efforts, and train students on creative software and multimedia production and analysis tools across curricula.

Scott Reinke Scott Reinke
Coordinator for Ball State Achievements
Ball State University
Scott Reinke has served as the Coordinator for Ball State Achievements in the Division of Student Affairs at Ball State University since 2014. He is an avid gamer, and has a multifaceted background in digital media production and usability studies. Scott focuses on finding ways to facilitate student success in higher education using game design and good usability practices.

Randy Roker Randy Roker
Solution Sales Leader, IBM Smarter Network
Randy Roker Bio - Randy is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering) and Polytechnic Institute of New York University with a Master of Science Electrical Engineering. He has over 20 years of experience having previously worked for organizations such as TRW Electronic Space Group, Lockheed- Martin Corporation, CA Technologies, and Motorola. He has held various engineering, professional services, and sales positions as both a individual contributor and senior manager. Randy joined IBM in 2015 and is currently a Sales Leader in North America for IBM's Smarter Network Solution.

Perry Samson Perry Samson
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan; Co-Founder, Weather Underground; Co-Founder, Lecture Tools
Perry Samson is a Professor at the University of Michigan in the College of Engineering Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Professor in the School of Information. Prof. Samson has been honored as an "Arthur F. Thurnau Professor" for his contributions to undergraduate education and has been named “Professor of the Year” in the State of Michigan. His coursework has been cited as one of ten “Courses with a Twist” by the New York Times As an entrepreneur he is co-founder of The Weather Underground, acquired by The Weather Channel and IBM and LectureTools acquired by Echo360 and he heads an accelerator for educational entrepreneurship in Ann Arbor.

Mats Selen Mats Selen
Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mats earned B.Sc.('82) and M.Sc.('83) degrees in physics at the University of Guelph, and M.A.('85) and Ph.D.('89) degrees in particle physics at Princeton University. After a four year post-doc at Cornell he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois Department of Physics in 1993, where he is now the Associate Head of Undergraduate Programs. After 25 years of studying elementary particles he shifted his research focus to understanding and improving the way students learn physics. With Illinois colleagues he developed the iclicker classroom response system, the smartPhysics learning framework, and most recently the IOLab wireless lab system. He was named the 2015 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Glenn Setliff Glenn Setliff
Director of Information Technology, Duke University School of Nursing
As Director of Information Technology at Duke University School of Nursing, Glenn Setliff has overseen a 40% increase in customer satisfaction among all faculty, staff and students by implementing sound ITSM best practices. He is ITIL certified and has built his career on providing excellent customer service with professional results. Glenn uses hard data metrics to support his results and help guide IT support strategy. A frequent presenter at IT conferences, Glenn holds a Masters Degree in Theology from Duke and is currently completing an MBA.

Nathan Sorensen Nathan Sorensen
Strategic Information Technology Procurement Officer, Midwestern Higher Education Compact
Nathan Sorensen is the Strategic Information Technology Procurement Officer for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. He is responsible for sourcing, contracting, and vendor management comprising 41 states. Prior to MHEC, Nathan held an administrative position at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities overseeing enterprise IT contracts and purchasing for the system. He also has extensive experience working with the Federal USDA Food and Nutrition Service program at the Minnesota Department of Education, where he led the implementation of a web-based government to business supply chain management solution.

Laurie Sutch Laurie Sutch
Director of the Library and Academic Technology, Bentley University
Laurie Sutch is the Director of the Library and Academic Technology at Bentley University, providing strategic direction regarding the use of technology and research resources for faculty and students. From 1997-2014, she was Director of the Academic Technology Group at the University of Michigan Library, managing three technology consulting labs as well as three additional training labs. At Bentley, Laurie is responsible for the technology in several high-tech specialty labs in addition to all classrooms. Laurie received her Master of Information and Library Studies as well as B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is a member of the American Libraries Association (ALA) and EDUCAUSE, has presented at a variety of conferences, and has published several articles on technology and campus collaboration.

Crystal Toombs Crystal Toombs
Associate Provost for Adult and Graduate Studies, Brenau University
Crystal Toombs, Ph.D. currently serves as the Associate Provost for Adult and Graduate Studies at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She has worked within the field of higher education for the past 13 years, and has experience working in both public and private colleges and universities. She completed her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Mercer University, and also holds a Master of Education degree in School Counseling from the Kent State University in Kent Ohio, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Mental Health, from Wilberforce University. Dr. Toombs research interests include adult student persistence and degree attainment.

Ray Uzwyshyn Ray Uzwyshyn
Director of Collections and Digital Services, Texas State University
Dr. Ray Uzwyshyn is currently Director of Digital and Collection Services for Texas State University Libraries. Previously, he served as Director of Online Libraries for American Public University System, Head of Digital and Learning Technologies for the University of West Florida and Web Services Librarian for the University of Miami. Ray possesses a Ph.D. (NYU, Media Studies), MBA (IT Management) and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. He has chaired the American Society of Information Science & Technology, Special Interest Group in Visualization (SIGVIS) and served as a reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Access to Learning Technology Awards.

Andy Vallila Andy Vallila
Americas Security Sales Leader, Dell Security
Andy Vallila leads the Dell Software Security business in the Americas. In this role, he is responsible for the revenue growth, customer success, and sales-enablement for Dell’s Identity and Access Management and Network Security product lines. Andy joined Dell late in 2014, having formerly lead security-focused sales teams for two industry-leading corporations for the past ten years.

David Vargo David Vargo
Principal Consultant, BrightTree Studios
David Vargo is a Principal of BrightTree Studios and is responsible for generating high-level design and programming packages, alongside design professionals throughout the architectural community. As a 2002 graduate of the University of Maryland, David started his career with the Associated Press in Washington DC where he supported AP Radio and AP Television News and the creation of the Online Video Network. David’s transition from broadcast systems to audiovisual design has provided opportunities for BrightTree Studios to work on a wide range of projects across several markets including corporate, higher education, healthcare and telemedicine. During his career he designed technology for several campuses, including Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University, SUNY Albany, and was most recently the lead technology designer and advisor for Clemson University’s Watt Family Innovation Center.

Jeffrey Wetherell Jeffrey Wetherell
: Executive Director for IT Client & Student Services at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Jeffrey Wetherill is the Executive Director for IT Client & Student Services at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jeffrey oversees UTC's Client Services Center, Field Support Operations, and IT staff dedicated to student-related systems. His passion is to provide exceptional service delivery and to create a culture of 'serve and solve' across the institution. Jeffrey has over twenty years experience in higher education, information technology, and academic affairs.
 
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