Who We Are
Ana Thompson (Chair) has worked in higher education for the last 16 years in IT, digital learning and instructional design. As a Learning & Access Designer at the UW Bothell Office of Digital Learning & Innovation, Ana enjoys working with faculty members and staff to streamline the use of technology tools, increase inclusive teaching and promote digital fluency.
Ana has extensive experience with Learning Management Systems (LMS), adult learning, WCAG 2.0, document accessibility, Copyright and Fair Use, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and finding innovative ways to use old and new tools. Currently, she is the lead of the Universal Design for Learning (UDAL) campus initiative and co-chairs the Accessibility Planning Project committees, is a member of the Campus Access Guide workgroup and the UW IT Accessibility Task Force. Ana holds an A.S. in Computer Science, a B.S. in Business Information Systems and a M.S. in Information Systems. She is also a QM Peer Reviewer and holds IAAP professional certification in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). You can follow her on Twitter: @EdTechAna.
Dr. Velda Arnaud has a long history as a dedicated undergraduate instructor within 2-year, 4-year, and career/technical programs. Her foci are leadership, education, and service; she is committed to helping others identify their passions.
Velda is currently the Business Administration Department Chair at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon.
Geoff Cain is the founder of GBC Education Consulting focusing on online and face-to-face course design that promotes student success and retention, and faculty development. He is also an instructor in Adult Basic Education at Green River College where he teaches language arts/social studies and language arts/science.
Geoff’s professional and consulting interests include instructional design, online course and program development, eportfolios and alternative assessment, open education resources, online quality assurance, change management, and faculty professional development. You can follow him on Twitter: @geoffcain
Tim Chase (Chair-Elect) began teaching in 1997 at a teacher’s institute in central China and then moved to beautiful central Oregon where he lives with his wife, Janet, and their three teens. Tim is certified for secondary language arts and technology in several states and is currently director of program development with Impact Virtual Learning.
Passionate about infusing technology into his own teaching and providing opportunity for his students to learn with technology, Tim is an enthusiastic promoter of classroom edtech, institutional change, and e-learning. Tim Chase is an eLearning Designer, EdTech Professional Development provider, and Event Coordinator. His favorite current projects involve virtualizing/digitizing high school & middle school classrooms with LMS and Google power!
Samy Elangovan is a PhD Chemist with passion for scientific, technological and academic-pedagogical research. Samy has been teaching Chemistry courses at various 2-year and 4-year institutions in and around Greater Seattle area in the State of Washington. He has been using multiple tools and techniques in his courses for helping his students learn and retain the subject.
Sammy has built a Lightboard studio in his house and has been developing instructional videos using it. He also promotes eLearning as a medium for students of different backgrounds, learning styles and different academic readiness. Samy is currently serving as a member of the College Council at Seattle Central College (2016-2018) and is currently serving on the Board of NWeLearn Organization. Samy has been awarded WA State Board of Community and Technical Colleges Connie Broughton Award for Innovation and Leadership and Innovation in eLearning in March 2018.
Nina Fox has been in higher education for over 13 years. She is an passionate promoter of active learning and the use of educational technology within the physical and virtual classroom environments.
Based currently within the UO Libraries Center for Media and Educational Technologies at the University of Oregon, she is in constant pursuit of excellence and strives to increase student success through the use of educational technology in its many forms.
Nadine Lemmons has been one of LCC’s pioneers with online, hybrid, and flipped model teaching; always looking to try something new to better engage students in learning. Nadine also works closely with the LCC Student Athletes, helping with student success and the Athletic Study Tables. Being affectionately coined “Gym Mom”, Nadine is often found lifting weights, helping with homework, and advising simultaneously in the campus Fitness Center.
Nadine is an LCC Alumni, she holds a BS in Information Technology from George Fox University, and an MBA from Marylhurst University. Nadine loves bodybuilding, running, books, nachos and craft beer.
Dawn Lesperance has had the opportunity to work in many sectors of higher education, but it was while working as an advisor to non-traditional and distance students that she found her interest in e-Learning. She has used that concentration to work with academic integrity programs, online proctoring, teaching, and as the current Director of e-Learning at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho.
Dawn hails originally from Manhattan, Kansas. She received her B.S. and M.S. from Kansas State University and is a proud Wildcat! She moved to the NW with her family in 2014 when her daughter decided she wanted to be a WSU Cougar. When not pursuing professional goals, Dawn enjoys traveling, gaming, collecting items of the nerdy variety, and Geocaching.
Jerry Lewis has been working at CBC for about 24 years, starting out creating audio/visual materials for instructors. As the internet developed, he became the default, and then later, the official webmaster. When CBC started piloting online classes in Fall of 1995, Jerry provided assistance, and in 1996 when the project was transferred to Information Services (IS) and real servers with backups, etc., he became the WebCT admin and distance learning support. This evolved into his current position, Director for eLearning & Virtual Campus, where he provides support and guidance for online and other technologies.
Jerry has a BA in Communications/Broadcast Journalism from the UW and an MBA from WGU. Prior to his work in education, he was an Audio/Visual professional, providing A/V and convention services in hotels, and prior to that he was a motion picture projectionist in several cinemas in Seattle. He is interested in French, speaking it passably, and Japanese, not so much. Until recently, he’s been a fairly regular bicyclist.
Dr. Kristine Medyanik has been actively involved in various roles in higher education for 10 years. She fell in love with helping students bridge the gap between academics and applied ideas.
Kristine’s classroom focus has primarily been in business management, but has recently been able to branch out into workplace psychology after completing her doctorate with a specialty in industrial psychology.
Kristine lives in Salem Oregon with her husband, and 3 boys but travels to tropical scuba destinations as often as possible in her free time.
Amy L. Munger has a passion for bringing education to life, creating environments that are dynamic, engaging, and meaningful. She is dedicated to both experiential education and instructional design, daring students to define and develop into their best selves. Having worked in both in K-12 and higher education settings, she loves working with students and faculty members to enrich learning with technology.
Amy completed her MSEd: Information Technology degree from Western Oregon University with a certificate in Instructional Design. She received her undergraduate degree from Regis University in Peace and Justice Studies with a minor in Spanish. Amy’s curiosity about service, community and social justices continues to burn with aliveness and delight. Amy’s hobbies include family, board games, hiking, soccer, ultimate, stand-up comedy, eating and occasionally margaritas.
Alexis Terrell is currently the Digital Learning and Professional Education Manager at the Center for Health, Work & Environment as part of the Colorado School of Public Health. Prior to joining CHWE, Alexis was an instructional designer at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Her background is in teaching, having taught English language learners in online, hybrid, and face-to-face formats for more than a decade at schools in Colorado, South Korea, and Oregon. Alexis recently moved to Colorado from Oregon, where she worked for five years at Oregon State University as an instructor, advisor, instructional designer, and curriculum development specialist.
Alexis earned an MS in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MA in TESOL from The New School in New York. She also completed a graduate certificate in instructional design from Western Oregon University.
Dr. Weiwei Zhang works at Western Oregon University, providing support in online/hybrid/technology-enhanced courses.
Dr. Zhang oversees online faculty training and development, conducts research in online teaching, learning and pedagogy, and she is also the LMS administrator at WOU. Prior to working at WOU, she had worked at Oregon State University and Reed College.
Gregory Zobel (GZ) is an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Western Oregon University. Trained in Technical Communication, Rhetoric, and Usability, he is keenly interested in supporting learning with technology.
GZ’s additional interests include closed captioning, accessible online conferences, and learner autonomy. In his free time, GZ plays with his Great Dane Gracie, collects ceramics, and reads.