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Dr. Jeff Borden
VP of Instruction & Academic Strategy, Pearson
Dr. Jeff Borden, VP of Instruction & Academic Strategy and Lead of the Center for Online Learning is a consultant, speaker, professor, researcher, comedian, and trainer, all while working at Pearson. As an Enriched Lecturer at Chaminade University and past college administrator, Jeff has assisted faculty, administrators, executives, and even politicians in conceptualizing and designing eLearning programs globally. Recently Jeff testified before the U.S. Congress' Education Committee, keynoted a 6,000 audience member conference in Asia, presented in the NMC Virtual Symposium for the Future, and has been asked to help determine the "Academic Vision" for Pearson LTG.
Connie Broughton
Director of eLearning and Open Education, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Connie Broughton is Director of eLearning and Open Resources at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. She has been developing and managing collaborative elearning projects since 1997. These projects include WashingtonOnline, Western eTutoring Consortium, and the Open Course Library. She has also taught English courses at Washington colleges and worked as a freelance writer and producer.
David Harris
Editor-in-Chief, OpenStax and Connexions
David is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has worked extensively in higher education publishing. During his career David has held a range of leadership positions allowing him to collaborate with the best authors, editorial groups, and media development teams in the industry. Most recently David was the president of WebAssign, the largest independent online homework provider. At OpenStax College David hopes to contribute to the teams effort of improving access to high quality materials by working with authors, developers, and partners to substantially lower costs for students.
Ed Klonoski
President, Charter Oak State College
Edward (Ed) Klonoski was appointed President of Charter Oak State College on February 15, 2008. Throughout Klonoski's professional career, he has always been involved in the fields of education and technology, focusing his energies on the successful integration of those two worlds. From 1997 to 1999 Klonoski was the Director of Information Technology for Charter Oak, focusing on building systems, training technology staff and representing the College on state technology planning groups. Before his appointment at Charter Oak, Klonoski was the president of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (1998-2008), building the organization, creating multiple course delivery infrastructures, and structuring the financial foundation to pilot a virtual high school for Connecticut. Klonoski was also the Director of the Advanced Educational Computing Project and Coordinator of Information and Instructional Technology Training at the University of Hartford. At the University of Hartford, Klonoski was an assistant professor of Rhetoric, Language & Culture; additionally, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut, teaching literature and writing.

Klonoski has made numerous presentations throughout the country on emerging technologies, elearning, collaborative partnerships and the integration of technology and learning. In addition, he sits on a number of boards in Connecticut.

Klonoski is a graduate of the University of Connecticut where he received his Bachelor's in English and of the University of Hartford where he received a Master's in the same subject.
Rebecca Peterson
Research Director, EdX
Rebecca Petersen's work at edX, a not-for-profit enterprise of founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is focused on managing sponsored research projects in addition to collaborating with edX partner schools on program development and faculty support needs.

She has worked in higher education IT and online program development for the past 15 years. While at Lesley University she was the founding Director of Academic Technology. Later she was appointed as the Director of eLearning Resources and Professional Development where she expanded faculty development programs to include online seminars and courses. She also led the implementation of an eAssessment and ePortfolio platform. She then joined Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) as their first Director of Faculty Development. While at WIT she created faculty programs that supported online and hybrid course development as well facilitating new faculty orientation and mentoring communities.

Rebecca is an alum of the 2006 Frye Fellowship Program.
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Gary Ackerman, Ph.D.
Mount Wachusett Community College
Dr. Ackerman is currently the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Mount Wachusett Community College. Prior to that he was a science, math, and technology teacher and coordinator in Vermont schools.
Allan A. Anderson, MS
Three Rivers Community College
Mr. Anderson is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Three Rivers Community College. Mr. Anderson, a Computer Science graduate of Purdue University, has enjoyed 4+ decades of computer technology development, support, management, consulting, corporate training, and academic teaching. His current interests include the application of distance learning techniques to both the teaching and the management of teaching for computer technology courses. This fall he will begin his tenth year at Three Rivers.
David Cadden, Ph.D.
Quinnipiac University
Dr. Cadden is a Professor of Management at Quinnipiac University. Dr. Cadden received his PhD from Baruch College.
Kevin Corcoran, MBA
Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium
Mr. Corcoran is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium. Corcoran has over 12 years’ experience in developing and supporting online learning initiatives across secondary/higher education, state agency, and non-profit organizations. He has an extensive background in learning systems as a former member of WebCT Vista Advisory Group, is an active member of Blackboard Idea Exchange, and is the current co-chair of the New England/New York Blackboard Users Group. He received his B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut and his MBA with a specialization in technology management from Walden University.
C.A. Cranos
Quinnipiac University
C.A. Cranos designs and teaches classes on leadership, business and the environment. She founded an award-winning innovation firm that works with progressive companies nationwide to bring new products, buildings and institutional cultures to life. Previously she was a partner in a global consulting and technology firm where she led strategic initiatives for Global 500 companies. She earned an MBA at Wharton, two BS degrees at Boston University and studied at RADA London.
Barbara Wyman Curtis, Ed.D.
Submarine Learning Center
Dr. Curtis is a program analyst at the Submarine Learning Center in Groton, Connecticut. She analyzes the evaluation of training and conducts human performance studies. She received her Ed.D. in human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She may be reached at barbara.curtis@navy.mil.
Mark Fazioli, Ph.D.
Goodwin College
Dr. Fazioli serves as Director of Online Studies for Goodwin College and holds the rack of Associate Professor. He has more than 20 years’ experience as an Instructional Designer/Trainer and 10 years as an educator.

Dr. Fazioli holds a Ph.D. in Education – Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University. He received his master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Southern Connecticut State University, and his undergraduate degree in Multimedia and Web Technology from Charter Oak State College. He has published articles on Instructional Design and Multimedia Learning Technologies and presented in numerous workshops and presentations.
Robert Kalm, MFA
Quinnipiac University
In addition to adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University, Mr. Kalm is an Emmy-winning media producer, a published writer, and a graduate of the NYU film school. He received his MFA in writing from Western Connecticut State. He is sponsored by the national artist collective, Fractured Atlas, and has received grants for his work.
Ronda Kolbin, MLS
Quinnipiac University
Ms. Kolbin is a Public Services Librarian for the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac University. Ms. Kolbin provides instruction and research assistance to students, staff and faculty at the University. Ms. Kolbin also specializes in Library support for online programs. Ms. Kolbin attends and serves on the planning committee for the Distance Library Services Conference. Ms. Kolbin received her MLS from Southern Connecticut State University.
King C. Lee, Ph.D.
Quinnipiac University
Dr. Lee has been a part-time faculty member at the College of Nursing of Quinnipiac University since 2006. He was also an adjunct faculty member in 1982-1983 at the College of Applied Health and Nursing of Eastern Kentucky University. Other than teaching, Dr. Lee has trained medical students to conduct biomedical research related to pharmacology, and presented the results at national professional meetings.

Dr. Lee has been an invited speaker at several national and international conferences. He has authored two chapters of books, approximately 45 manuscripts and 45 abstracts in the area of pharmacology. Dr. Lee received his post-doctoral training in Physiology at University of Kentucky, Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology at the College of Medicine of University of Kentucky, and a B.S. degree in Pre-Medical Science from Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Lee has been consulting, advising and working for several pharmaceutical companies.
Angela Mattie, J.D., M.P.H.
Quinnipiac University
Ms. Mattie is the chair and associate professor department of healthcare management and organizational leadership and recently appointed as an associate professor at the medical school at Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Connecticut. She teaches courses on healthcare management, law, policy, quality, and compliance. At Quinnipiac, she co-founded and created a corporate compliance certificate program which was the first program accredited by the national association. Ms. Mattie and her colleagues received the International Compliance Award for their contributions to the field of healthcare compliance. Ms. Mattie received her Master’s Degree in Public Health, (M.P.H.) with distinction from Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) at the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, and an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University. She is admitted to the Connecticut and Massachusetts bar.
Leslie A. L. Mazzone, Ed.D.
Submarine Learning Center
Dr. Mazzone is a Supervisor of Instructional Systems at the Submarine Learning Center in Groton, Connecticut. She oversees learning standards and is a principal instructional design authority on new curriculum development projects. She received her Ed.D. in educational technology from Lehigh University. She may be reached at leslie.mazzone@navy.mil.
Christopher Neidig, MS
Quinnipiac University
Mr. Neidig has over 7 years of experience with instructional technology and instructional design for online courses. He specializes in integrating audio and video into Web-based teaching. An area of concentration for Mr. Neidig is the examination of emerging trends in online course facilitation and models for online and hybrid course design. He specializes in rich media projects, iTunesU, Web 2.0 integration, podcasts, vodcasts, and interactive Flash-Based videos. While at Quinnipiac, Mr. Neidig has led workshops on podcasting and screen capturing tools, and how to effectively use these tools in higher education. As an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University, Mr. Neidig has developed and taught courses in advanced media production, media production, interactive animation, and U.S media history. While a Multimedia Specialist at Sacred Heart University, he was one of the recipients to receive the "Creative Use of Technology Award" from the New England Association of Continuing Higher Education at the ACHE's regional conference in April 2008. Christopher has also presented his work on Flash based media delivery at several NERCOMP (North East Regional Computing Program) conferences. Mr. Neidig has a BA in Communications and a MS in Electronic Media from Quinnipiac University. Mr. Neidig has been at QU Online since 2008.
Cornelius Nelan, Ph.D.
Quinnipiac University
Dr. Nelan is a Professor of Mathematics at Quinnipiac University. Dr. Nelan received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University.
Kim Palencia
QU Online
Ms. Palencia is the Manager of Distance Learning Support at QU Online. She is responsible for overseeing and providing technology support for online students.
Ferdinand A Pasqua, Ed.D.
Quinnipiac University
Dr. Pasqua is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Quinnipiac University and has been since 2005. Dr. Pasqua works for the Harrison Central School District in New York. Dr. Pasqua received the Westchester, New York “Teacher of the Year Award in the Arts” in 2010 and the Berklee College “Take Note Award for Innovative Teaching” in 2011. Dr. Pasqua received his Ed.D. from Columbia University.
Jennifer Rafferty, MA, M.Ed.
Quinnipiac University
Ms. Rafferty was a Spanish and ESL instructor in the Five College Consortium of Western Massachusetts prior to entering the field of online education. Her passion for equity in education led her to UMASS-Boston in 2004 where she assumed the position of director for the Massachusetts Adult Basic Education (ABE) Distance Learning Project. In this leadership role, she worked with the Massachusetts Department of Education to research best practices in ABE distance education and she collaborated in developing policy for distance education programs. At QU Online, Jennifer provides faculty development and guidance to both new and seasoned online instructors. Jennifer is the editor of Digital Pedagog, QU Online's instructional design blog, and she also works with faculty who are pursuing the Quality Matters seal of approval for their online courses.
Jeff Renard, MS
Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative
Mr. Renard is a long-time educator, technologist and lifelong learner. As a teacher, he has instructed courses in electronics, fiber optics, audio/video production, web-based media and instructional design in face to face and online programs at the secondary through graduate level. Jeff holds several educational and technical certifications and degrees in Educational Technology, Electronics, and Philosophy as well as advanced Graduate certificates in Educational Administration, Web Design and Online Teaching. He also holds a Masters of Science in Information Technology. Jeff is the Founder and Director of the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative (VTVLC) and has been active in promoting and implementing online education in Vermont for over 14 years.
Bonnie Riedinger
University of New Haven
Ms. Riedinger is the Director of eLearning at the University of New Haven. Riedinger has taught English online and on ground at The Ohio State University, the University of Connecticut and other colleges and universities. She has worked in distance learning and educational technology at several higher education institutions including Trinity College, Teikyo Post University, and Manchester Community College. She has presented at numerous distance learning conferences and published several articles on online faculty development, reflective practices, and ePortfolios. She also is a co-facilitator for iTeach, a nine-week fully online course, offered through CTDLC, that prepares faculty for the pedagogical and technical aspects of online teaching.
Jay Rozgonyi
Fairfield University
Mr. Rozgonyi is the Assistant Director for Academic Support Computing & Network Services as well as an Adjunct Instructor for the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions at Fairfield University.
Dan Shpak, Junior Instructional Designer
Quinnipiac University
In his role as Junior Instructional Designer, Dan manages and supports online and hybrid courses. He trains faculty with course development, and provides them with the skills needed to teach online. With an expertise in Web and video production, Dan creates instructor biography videos, as well as custom-based Web applications. Dan earned his BS in Business Administration/Marketing at Sacred Heart University and his MS in Interactive Communications at Quinnipiac University. Dan has been at QU Online since 2010.
David L. Stoloff, Ph.D.
Eastern Connecticut State University
Dr. Stoloff is a Professor in the Education Department at Eastern Connecticut State University. He is an advocate for the uses of electronic portfolios as tools for student reflection and social and professional development. He also serves as a faculty member in Eastern’ s online MS in Educational Technology and leads global field experiences to Jamaican schools annually.
Lisa Tassinari M.Ed.
University of Hartford
Ms. Tassinari is the Educational Technologist in the Faculty Center for Learning Development at the University of Hartford, an organization that works with and assists faculty with the incorporation of technology and new teaching methods into their established curriculum. Prior to that, Lisa worked in K-12 as a technology tutor and lab instructor in an elementary school in New Hartford, CT. Lisa has taught in K-12, and worked in IT at Aetna Insurance. Lisa earned her Master of Education in Educational Technology in 2010 from the University of Hartford.
Peter Testori, MS
Bay Path College
Mr. Testori currently serves as the Assistant Director of Online Learning Support at Bay Path College. He is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University where he earned his Master of Science in student development/higher education. In his current role, Mr. Testori is responsible for facilitating technology support to faculty teaching online and hybrid courses and to students using online learning tools. He is responsible for the oversight of online student support, including the required Introduction to Online Learning orientation course and the Online Student Support Coordinators at the College. Prior to joining Bay Path College in 2010, Mr. Testori worked in academic support at Central Connecticut State University where he served as lead academic coach, writing eTutor, and assistant to the director of the university's learning center.
Nancy Thompson
Community College of Vermont
Ms. Thompson has been a faculty member for almost 20 years, 15 of which have been spent in online learning at the Vermont State Colleges and ten of which have been spent at Clark College in Washington State, where she earned tenure. She also spent seven years at eTutoring, doing both tutoring and tutor reviews. She has also worked in online learning administration.
Amber L. Vaill, Ph.D.
Bay Path College
Dr. Vaill brings an extensive background in online education to her current position as Assistant Dean of Online Instructional Services at Bay Path College. She began her career in online education working with various K-12 online learning organizations. Dr. Vaill helped to establish the Center for Online Learning (COL) when she joined the Bay Path College team in 2007. She developed the student orientation course that is required for all online students, as well as the faculty development program for all online faculty. In her current position, she leads the COL team in providing pedagogical training and ongoing support for online faculty and in preparing and supporting online students. Dr. Vaill earned her Ph.D. in Education with an eLearning specialization. Her dissertation entitled “Preparing Online Learners for Success: Orientation Methods and Their Impact on Learner Readiness” focused on examining the impact of an online orientation course and its various components upon students' perceptions of their preparedness for online learning. Dr. Vaill also holds an M.Ed in history education and an M.Ed in curriculum and instructional technology.
Jeanne Vilberg
University of New Haven
Ms. Vilberg is an instructional designer at the University of New Haven. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Clarion University, and a former doctoral student (ABD) at Penn State University, Vilberg has taught educational technology courses online and on ground. She has held positions in distance learning and educational technology at Clarion University, Ohio University, and Penn State University. She was a member of the evaluation team for the 21st Century Teaching and Learning with Technology initiative for the State of Pennsylvania and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences on educational technology and the assessment of online technology.

Kaitlin M. Walsh, MA, MSt
Charter Oak State College
Ms. Walsh is an Instructional Designer and Blackboard/Technology Lead at Charter Oak State College. Previously, Kaitlin worked as an Educational Technologist in the Faculty Center for Learning Development at the University of Hartford and as an Instructional Design Specialist at the University of Connecticut’s A.J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities. Elsewhere in higher education, Kaitlin has been an adjunct instructor in Communication at the University of Hartford and Manchester Community College, as well as a Junior Dean at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University in England, where she is completing her doctorate in Spanish.
John Williams, Ph.D.
University of Hartford
Dr. Williams, Associate Professor at the University of Hartford, has been teaching for 30 years. He has embraced using technology in the classroom starting with graphing calculators and now is using iPads in his flipped classes.
Jean Lorelle Paul Wilson
University of Hartford
Ms. Wilson is Director of the Faculty Center for Learning Development at the University of Hartford, an organization that works with and assists faculty with the incorporation of technology and new teaching methods into their established curriculum. Previous to that, she worked as an Instructional Designer at the Department of Instructional Development and Support at the University of Kansas, Lawrence and also at the University of Massachusetts where she developed and implemented a student cable TV station, using constructivist models and principles. Her background includes work in both digital multimedia and video production, and as adjunct faculty of the University of Massachusetts' School of Education and the University of Hartford, she has taught courses in instructional design, educational technology and documentary filmmaking.
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