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Bonnie Brown is the current Superintendent of District 75, Citywide Special Education Programs, in the New York City Department of Education. District 75 provides citywide educational, vocational, and behavior support programs for students who are on the autism spectrum, have significant cognitive delays, are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired and/or multiply disabled. In her present role, she has developed collaborations with various colleges/universities and private sector agencies to offer professional development to her staff and perform research in the areas of autism, positive behavior supports and sensory-motor integration. As a life-long learner, Ms. Brown has been a teacher, a staff developer, an Assistant Principal, Principal and Deputy Superintendent, prior to her current position. She has also had the rare vantage point of being part of her district’s infrastructure while serving as Personnel Director and Director of Operations. Thus, she has the advantage of seeing both sides of the table, operational and educational, when it comes to administering her district. District 75 consists of 56 school organizations, home and hospital instruction and vision and hearing services. Their schools and programs are located at more than 310 sites in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Syosset, New York
Joyceann Cooney-Garippa is a consultant to varied media and sales organizations, including Lakewood Media Group, owners of Training magazine & Training magazine Events. Prior to consulting, Cooney-Garippa was the group publisher & show director of Training magazine and Training magazine Events, Sales & Marketing Management, and Retail 20/20/Intellectual Property Intelligence, previously operated by The Nielsen Company. Before joining Nielsen, Cooney-Garippa was editor-in-chief of LICENSE magazine, where she developed a highly successful conference program, LINK (Licensing International Networking Conference). She has held positions at various trade magazines and has a deep retail and branding background. In her now 17-year publishing career, she has served as managing editor of Accessories magazine; senior retail editor of Vision Monday and Eyewear magazines; editor of Sunwear magazine; and editor-in-chief of Accent, Body Fashions Intimate Apparel (BFIA), Global Cosmetic Industry (GCI), and LICENSE magazines. Cooney-Garippa speaks frequently on retail, consumer, and overall business and economic trends.
Deborah Howes is a full-time faculty member and student advisor in the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies program. She has over 25 years of museum experience, and most recently she worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where as the Museum Educator in charge of Educational Media, she led an interdisciplinary 25-member team of educators, producers and technicians to create award-winning educational materials in print, video and web formats for both inside and outside museum use. This same team managed the creation and execution of the technical aspects of the Met’s new Uris Center for Education: a 20,000 sq. foot facility including classrooms, meeting spaces and a library. Ms. Howes has lectured about museums, technology, art, and education at the Bank Street School of Education, Museum Leadership Program, and at New York University, Steinhardt School, Arts Administration program. She has a master’s degree (A.M.) in museum education from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in art history with honors from Wellesley College.
Lori Bell is a Lecturer at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University and the former Director of Innovation for the Alliance Library System. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and an advanced certificate in distance learning from Western Illinois University. She has worked in a variety of library settings including the direction of a talking book center for the print impaired; as medical librarian for a hospital library; as Director for a community college library; as Director of IT for Alliance Library System; and in several public library settings as a reference librarian, children’s librarian, and outreach librarian. She was also the former Director of Innovation at the Alliance Library System.
Bell has done extensive work with libraries in the virtual world in Second Life. She has written numerous successful grants for a variety of collaborative library technology projects and has planned a number of successful online conferences for librarians. She has also won awards for her work including the 2007 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award to Alliance Library System for libraries in Second life; 2007 Sirsi-Dynix Building Communities Award for Second Life Library; ALA/SIRSI Library Leader in Technology Award in 2004; Library Journal Movers and Shakers in 2004; and others.
Dr. Bert Y. Kimura is a professor in the International Center at Osaka Gakuin University in Japan. He teaches oral communications and special topics classes in English to native Japanese speakers. He also serves as a consultant in educational technology and distance learning and is actively engaged in research on ubiquitous learning technologies, electronic portfolios, and Internet based communication tools.
Dr. Kimura coordinates the TCC Online Conference, a worldwide online conference for over a thousand professors, librarians, information technology support specialists, administrators and student services personnel.
Dr. Kimura is Emeritus Professor at the University of Hawai’i, Kapi’olani Community College (KCC) where he served as chair of the Information, Media & Technology Services (IMTS) department. Currently, he also serves as a Faculty Consultant & Lecturer for the Educational Technology Department at the University of Hawaii at Manoa College of Education. Dr. Kimura served as campus representative to WCET, the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications, and CCUMC, the Consortium of College and University Media Centers. He served on the League for Innovation’s Microsoft/Compaq Community College Advisory Council. Dr. Kimura has also worked closely with Hawaii’s teachers and secondary schools. He served as advisory board member and higher education partner with the Aiea High School complex in the School-to-Work Opportunities initiative and as advisory board member for Moanalua High School’s Media Communications Learning Center.
Amanda Antico-Majkowski is an organizational, educational and business development consultant based in the DC metro area. Amanda has worked at all organizational levels serving as manager, leader, connector, consultant, and coach. She works with clients to build sustainable organizations by engaging and understanding their core asset–their people. As an educator, Amanda focuses her students on building entrepreneurial solutions to large systemic problems. She teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Amanda has successfully consulted in corporate and non-profit environments. Her client list includes: AOL, Arent Fox, AstraZeneca, Dupont, Department of Education, Florida State College-Jacksonville, MedImmune, NCAIS, The New York Times, and a myriad of small business ventures. She has directed marketing initiatives for nationally recognized programs in the pharmaceutical, legal and technology industries. Amanda has assisted Fortune 500 companies on their market and organizational strategy and product implementation. She has also created three successful businesses. Prior to her consulting career, Amanda co-founded and directed the nonprofit organization, The TLT Group, which focused on teaching, learning, and technology as it related to the higher education arena. Amanda holds a doctorate from The George Washington University. Her research studied Community Economic Development Social Entrepreneurship (CEDSE) in New Orleans, and Jersey City, NJ. Her current research is focused on the conditions that comprise America’s most socially innovative cities.
Tom Peters, the CEO of TAP Information Services, a company he founded in 2003 to help organizations innovate, is a librarian by training and inclination. Tom has worked previously at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC, the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago), Western Illinois University in Macomb, Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Minnesota State University at Mankato, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Tom did his undergraduate work at Grinnell College, where he majored in English and philosophy. He earned his library science degree at the University of Iowa. His second master’s degree (in English) was completed at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His library experience includes reference service, library instruction, collection management, and administration. His current interests include eReading on portable devices, mobile library initiatives (e.g., www.myinfoquest.info), downloadable digital audio book services (e.g., www.unabridged.info), library services in virtual worlds (e.g., Second Life), and online programming using web conferencing software (e.g., www.opal-online.org). Maxito Ricardo is his avatar in Second Life.
Ray Jimenez is the Chief Learning Architect and Founder of Vignettes Learning and Vignettes for Training, Inc., a systems development and consulting company specializing in e-Learning and Performance Systems, eLearning course development, online community platform and interactive tools. Ray has over twenty years experience in the consulting and training industry. He started his career as management consultant for Coopers and Lybrand in the areas of information management systems and management training. He has delivered lectures and workshops and consulted with clients in the United States, Asia and Europe. Ray has designed the architecture of several e-learning and e-performance software and management systems.
Ray is the author of 3-Minute e-Learning, Scenario-Based e-Learning, Do-It-Yourself eLearning, Micro-Learning Impacts Report, and soon to be released books on Micro-Learning Worlds and Story-Based eLearning Design. Among his clients are Booz Allen Hamilton, Ernst & Young, Psychological Associates, Transamerica Financials, Boeing Company, Ryland Homes, Countrywide Home Loans, Oracle Corporation, U.S. Air Force, Oakwood Worldwide, Aramark, Chipotle Restaurants and National Aeronautic Space Administration (NASA). Ray is an adviser to eLearning programs for University of California, Irvine, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center and Assumption University, Bangkok. He completed his Ph.D. from St. Peter’s College and Studies in Interactive Media from University of California, Los Angeles.
As Vice President of Marketing & Strategy at Elluminate, Rajeev Arora is responsible for establishing relationships with strategic partners and identifying new markets where Elluminate can excel. Rajeev has over twelve years of sales, marketing and product development experience in the software and Internet industries. Most recently, Rajeev was Senior Vice President of Products and Strategic Marketing at Opnix, Inc. – an Internet Infrastructure software firm based in Tempe, AZ. Prior to Opnix, Rajeev served as Vice President of Product Marketing at Viasoft (now ASG Software), where he was responsible for launching the company’s PC software business unit from a concept to sales of over $75M within 18 months. Previously, Rajeev served as Business Unit Manager at Software Emancipation Technology, and as Product Manager and Northeast Sales Manager at SCO. Rajeev has served as President and was part of the founding team for TiE-Arizona – the Arizona chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs. In the past, Rajeev has served on the Board of Arizona Software Association. Rajeev holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University.
Farimah Schuerman, who is Managing Partner at Academic Business Advisors, is a specialist in the business of educational technology. During her career, she has helped hundreds of education companies bring new products to market while ensuring that product quality is maintained at the highest level. Farimah has provided guidance in the areas of sales, marketing, product development, business development and many other pivotal areas. Farimah has been active within SIIA’s Education Division the past few years; serving on the Education Board, as co-chair of the Postsecondary Committee and on the Steering Committee for the Ed Tech Business Forum and the Ed Tech Industry Summit, at which she has presented in years past.
Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan is the Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group, an organization with the mission of helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably. Thiagi’s long-term clients include AT&T, Arthur Andersen, Bank of Montreal, Cadence Design Systems, Chevron, IBM, Intel, Intelsat, United Airlines, and Liberty Mutual. On a short-term basis, Thiagi has worked with more than 50 different organizations in high-tech, financial services, and management consulting areas. For these clients, Thiagi has consulted and conducted training in such areas as rightsizing, diversity, creativity, teamwork, customer satisfaction, human performance technology, and organizational learning.
Thiagi has published 40 books, 120 games and simulations, and more than 200 articles. He wrote the definitive chapters on simulations and games for ISPI’s Handbook of Human Performance Technology, ASTD’s Training & Development Handbook, and the American Management Association’s Human Resources Management and Development Handbook.
Thiagi has been the president of the North American Simulation and Gaming Associating (NASAGA), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and Association for Special Education Technology (ASET). He has received 17 different awards and Presidential Citations from ISPI, including the society’s highest award, Honorary Life Member. He also received an Honorary Life Member award from NASAGA as well as its highest award, Ifill-Reynolds Award.
Kris Wetterlund is a founder of the Museum-Ed Discussion List and the Museum-Ed.org Web site, created to meet the needs of museum educators by providing tools and resources by and for the museum education community. The Discussion List, begun in 1995 and the Web site, created in 2003, function as a not-for-profit organization that serves 1600 members of the Discussion List and the greater community by providing resources on the Museum-Ed.org Web site that are free and available to educators in any type of museum, and anyone interested in the field of museum education. Kris is currently an Editor for Museum-Ed.org. Kris is also a founder and principal at Sandbox Studios, consulting with museums to plan, create, manage and assess education programs and technology projects. Kris has extensive experience working with teachers and art museums, and has designed and implemented a two-year program to train K-12 teachers throughout Minnesota to use online art museum resources and technology in their classrooms. She currently serves as a National Associate on the board of EdCom, the American Association of Museum’s Standing Professional Committee for Education. Kris has worked an art museum educator for the past eighteen years, in the education department at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from 1990-2000 and as Director of Education at the Minnesota Museum of American Art from 2000-2005.