Presenters - Learning Day

Steve Burrell:

Mr. Burrell currently serves as Northern Arizona University’s chief information officer. In this role, he leads an aggressive IT agenda to advance the administrative, academic and research goals of the institution. In addition, he will direct the continued integration of the university’s IT efforts, an initiative that began in 2015.

Mr. Burrell earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Sterling College and a master’s degree in technology administration from Plymouth State University. He holds an education specialist post­master’s degree in higher education leadership and a doctoral degree in education administration, both from Georgia Southern University.

Prior to accepting the position at NAU, Burrell led Georgia Southern University’s transition to a central IT structure and standardized multimedia in nearly 400 classrooms, labs and meeting rooms to support modern pedagogical methods. He implemented strategic planning and effectiveness assessments, and reshaped institutional IT policies and standards.

Michael Sherman:

Michael is the first Executive Director of the Sun Corridor Network. He has a 20+ year background in broadband program and business management through his tenure at the Salt River Project and the Arizona Department of Administration. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and an M.B.A. from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

Ernest N. Nicely, Sr.:

Ernest is a founding partner of Nicely Done Consulting. He built a successful thirty-one-year career as a professional manager of technology in the K­12 education environment; successfully designing and implementing mainframe applications, innovative PC local area and wide area networks, and instructional delivery systems. Throughout Ernest’s career, he has worked with both large urban and small rural districts. He understands the challenges and strengths of both. He has worked with E­rate since its inception in 1998.

Ernest N. Nicely, Jr.:

Ernest Jr. has been an IT Manager for over 18 years, managing teams dispersed across the Southwest; including Director of Networking for the Department of Transportation. His teams have met high standards of customer service and technical skill, and he has received high praise for his abilities as a performance manager and mentor. Ernest Jr. has also participated in and managed projects both national and local in scope. He has worked with the E­Rate program since 2007.

Susannah Spellman:

Susannah serves as the Executive Director of the United States Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) program at Internet2. U.S. UCAN is focused on efforts to support the broadband needs of community anchor institutions nationwide, overseeing Internet2’s K20 Initiative and Health IT programs. U.S. UCAN also aims to explore new ways to leverage Internet2’s national research and education network for the benefit of public safety, public media, and other public institutions. Susannah has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and broadband industry. Prior to joining Internet2, Susannah worked at Booz Allen Hamilton leading teams specializing in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Program. She also has worked for Deutsche Telekom’s consulting arm, developing market and product offering strategies for mobile and fiber broadband markets, at Telcordia Technologies consulting in the areas of new telecommunications business and market entry strategies, and with IBM in business development and marketing. She also currently serves on the Board of the Schools, Health, and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a broadband policy advocacy group focused on community anchors. Susannah holds a B.A. in Telecommunications from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from George Washington University.

Jennifer Oxenford:

Jennifer is Director of Community Engagement at KINBER. Oxenford is a member of the Internet2 K20 Advisory Board and the US UCAN Advisory Council. She was previously Co­Chair of the Internet2 Teaching & Learning Special Interest Group and sits on the board of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education (PACIE).

Kelly Moore:

Kelly Moore is an experienced educator and diver at Channel Islands National Park. She has worked for the park since 2005. Kelly delivers educational programs in classrooms and underwater in the Anacapa Island Landing Cove as part of the innovative interactive program, Channel Islands Live. She holds the positions of interpretive park ranger, park dive officer, and marine ecologist. Her marine biology background and passion for the ocean continue to inspire students across the country.

Shannon Siegal:

Mary Barnett:

Mary Barnett is the Chattanooga Public Library’s public relations and special projects coordinator. She joined the library’s new team of change agents in 2012 under the direction of Corinne Hill where she assisted in the founding, management and promotion of the library’s flagship initiative, The 4th Floor. The 4th Floor is a 14,000 sf space used as a public laboratory and community platform or test bed for new ideas and services such as low latency long distance collaborating, drone pilot school, and informal community learning using library makerspace concepts. She is the co founder of the library’s annual Chattanooga Zine Fest and the Chattanooga Zine Library and is currently producing the Chattanooga Zinefest Radio Hour, a new serial to be launched on the streaming app, undaground, later this year. Barnett began her career not in libraries but in media in New York City working with such giants as WHTZ Z­100 fm, Virgin Records and MTV Networks. She moved to the Chattanooga in 1992 and has been involved in Chattanooga’s arts and media community ever since. Her own documentary work has been featured at film festivals and art galleries in the South.

Ben Fineman:

Leads the NET+ Video, Voice, and Collaboration program for Internet2, where he has worked for over twelve years. Ben has spent his career enacting positive change for the academic community through the deployment and development of advanced collaboration technologies. From traditional video conferencing and IP telephony to remote real time musical performance and collaborative virtual reality, Ben has a broad technical and programmatic base that he brings to bear in improving outcomes and solving problems with universities, colleges, and schools around the country and around the world.

Charles Kazilek:

Charles is Chief Technology Innovation Officer and Senior Research Professional in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University.

Mr. Kazilek currently serves in the Office of the University Provost and is the Chief Technology Innovation Officer. In this role he works closely with the University Chief Information Officer and oversees technology integration and innovation. He focuses on broad range of technologies that can be implemented in the classroom, research, marketing, and outreach. His primary research interest is in biological imaging and serves as the technical director of the W. M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory housed in the School of Life Sciences.

In addition to biological imaging, Mr. Kazilek is involved with informal and formal educational outreach programs. He is the creator and developer of Ask A Biologist and the co­developer of the Paper Project. He is also an artist that works in both the real and virtual world of visual arts.

Leslie Alle:

Leslie is currently a Technology Integration Facilitator for the PVUSD IT department. Previous roles include English Department Chair at Desert Shadows Middle School and, in a former life, Senior Systems Engineer for the design and development of Satellite Control Systems.

Megan Bird:

Megan is currently a 5th and 6th grade self­contained gifted teacher in the Paradise Valley School District where she has taught for the past 17 years. Being in a technologically innovated district, Megan has found a passion for educational technology and progressive teaching strategies. She loves looking for new and exciting ways to open up the world to her classroom.

Karen Mensing:

Karen is currently a Technology Integration Facilitator for the PVUSD IT department. Prior to her role in IT, she taught in a 1st and 2nd­grade self­contained gifted classroom. Karen loves integrating technology into all lessons and finds it beneficial for even the youngest students. Before becoming a teacher, Karen worked at various radio stations throughout Phoenix.

Don Carter:

Don has directed the e­Learning Center since 2003. Before coming to Northern Arizona University, he was director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center at Seton Hall University, where he was instrumental in their university­wide laptop program, curriculum redesign initiatives, and faculty fellows program. At Randolph College, Don was founding director of both the Office of Academic Computing and the Ethyl Math and Science Resource Center. Don teaches in the Master of Administration program at NAU and previously taught mathematics, computer science, and building design and graphics at NAU, Randolph College, and Yavapai College.

Larry MacPhee:

Larry is an Associate Director at the e­Learning Center and was the director of Northern Arizona University's Center for Technology Enhanced Learning from 2001 until its merger with the e­Learning Center in 2006. He has a background in science research and education, has a masters degree in Biology, and has been promoting creative instructional uses of technology since the early days of personal computing. His professional interests include thinking and speaking about technology trends, technical writing, usability and interface design, web design, computer troubleshooting, learning space design, and science and technology instruction. He currently teaches Bio 100L, a fully online, hands­on, lab science class.

Lori Rubino­Hare M.Ed.:

Lori taught elementary and middle school in Arizona for 13 years and has been a Professional Development Coordinator at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning at Northern Arizona University for the past 8 years. She has worked on numerous grant­funded STEM projects with a particular focus on best practices for professional development for teaching science with geospatial technologies through the Power of Data Projects.

Jo'el Johanson:

Jo'el taught middle and high school math for 8 years and has been an Assistant Clinical Professor with the CSTL – NAUTeach for the past 3 years. Jo’el has helped to implement district wide technology initiatives and is currently working with pre­service teacher to create STEM lessons. 

Ariel Anbar: 

Ariel Anbar is a scientist and educator interested in Earth’s past and future evolution as an inhabited world, and the prospects for life beyond. His group develops novel geochemical methods to study topics ranging from the chemical evolution of the atmosphere and oceans to human disease. Trained as a geologist and a chemist, Anbar is a President’s Professor at Arizona State University, where he is on the faculty of the School of Earth & Space Exploration and the School of Molecular Sciences, and a Distinguished Sustainability Scholar in the Global Institute of Sustainability. The author or co­author of over 100 refereed papers, Anbar directed ASU's NASA­funded Astrobiology Program from 2009 – 2015, and oversees ASU’s new Center for Education Through eXploration. He is a graduate of Harvard (A.B. 1989) and Caltech (Ph.D. 1996). Before coming to ASU he was on the faculty of the University of Rochester from 1996 to 2004. Anbar is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, which awarded him the Donath Medal in 2002. He was recognized as an HHMI Professor in 2014, and elected a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry in 2015.