Gerard L. Hanley Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology Services and the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. At MERLOT, he directs the development and sustainability of an international consortium and technology strategy to provide open educational services to improve teaching and learning. At the CSU, Gerry oversees the management and implementation of systemwide academic technology initiatives including digital library services, course redesign with technology, and accessible technology initiatives serving CSU’s 23 campuses with over 22,000 faculty and 447,000 students.
Kathy Fernandes is the Senior Director for Learning Design and Technologies in Academic Technology Services. She manages a variety of CSU system-wide projects including Reducing Bottlenecks and Improving Student Success Initiatives, Course Redesign with Technology, Learning Management Systems Services and other multi-campus learning technology projects which seek to scale exemplary practices across the CSU, create economies of scale to reduce costs, develop shared services to increase shared expertise, and/or incubate innovations to enable campus technology adoption in a successful manner. Kathy works closely with the CSU campus Directors of Academic Technologies managing, communicating and negotiating with vendors who provide technology services to many of our campuses. Previously Kathy worked for 25 years at Chico State. Her last position as Director of Academic Technologies included management, budget and project responsibility for the campus learning management system, the faculty technology and learning program, classroom technology services, web services, online and distance education delivery, media production services, print and computer graphics, photography, grants and state contracts. Kathy has an MA in Instructional Technology, BS in Computer Science and BA in Mathematics. She attended the Frye Leadership Institute in June 2007.
Leslie Kennedy, Ed.D. is the Director of Affordable Learning Solutions initiative in Academic Technology Services at the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. She provides strategic planning and project and vendor management in support of the Affordable Learning Solutions initiative and leads a number of campus and system-wide collaborations. Previously, Leslie served for seven years as the director of instructional technology support services at CSU Long Beach. She has an MA in Linguistics and a second Masters in Online Learning and Teaching. Her doctorate is in educational leadership in higher education. Finally, her work background includes a unique combination of relevant vendor experience, project management of diverse academic technology projects and teams, and first-hand experience as a faculty member which enables her to provide vision and guidance to the Affordable Learning Solutions initiative.
Brett Christie, Ph.D. serves as Director of Quality Learning and Teaching. Prior to this position, he worked as Director of Faculty Development at Sonoma State University for 7 years, bringing over 20 years of teaching experience in Educational Technology, Teacher Education and Kinesiology. Brett also provided leadership for multiple state and national projects (USDoE, NSF) focused on faculty development opportunities, effective and innovative uses of instructional technology, and supporting the greatest number and diversity of students. A cornerstone of many of these efforts has been leading faculty and staff development in Universal Design for Learning and the development of the UDL-Universe resource portal. Most recently, Brett has led the development and implementation of the CSU Quality Online Learning & Teaching (QOLT) program, enabling more effective blended-online teaching and learning in the CSU.
Jean-Pierre Bayard, Ph.D. is currently the Director of Systemwide Learning Technologies and Services under the Academic Technology Services for the Chancellor’s Office. His responsibilities include managing system-wide contracts for learning management systems and services, working with vendors to improve their responsiveness, overall service level and communication with campus stakeholders, and developing RFP’s for system-wide academic technologies. He is also the program director for the CSU Virtual Labs program, part of the Course Redesign with Technology initiative. Prior to July 1, 2014 and for ten years, he was the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Technology Initiatives, and the Director of Academic Technology & Creative Service (ATCS) at Sacramento State. In that role, his responsibilities included faculty support for learning management system, media development, eLearning, as well as supervision of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Between 1990 and 2004, he was a faculty member in electrical and electronic engineering also at Sacramento State.
Ashley Skylar, Ph.D., works as Quality Assurance Manager with the CSU Chancellor’s Office ATS team to support campuses in leadership efforts to develop online and hybrid courses. She serves as the CSU Institutional Representative for Quality Matters and holds various QM certifications, as well as provides QM and QOLT systemwide training. Previous to this role she served 2 ½ years as the Director for Online Education for Cal State Online, 8 years as an Associate Professor in Special Education and 2 years as a Faculty Associate in the Technology Center at CSU Northridge. Dr. Skylar’s expertise areas are in UDL, ATI, Distance Education, Strategic Planning, and Instructional Design.
Leo Cota has worked in higher education since 2006 in a variety of different capacities. His most current role is Program Manager, Bottlenecks and Student Success Initiatives for the Office of the Chancellor. In this position, he manages the communication, funding and submission process for the different initiatives including Proven, Promising, eAdvising, etc. Prior to this position, he was the Director of the Upward Bound Program at Cal State Fullerton. He earned his MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from New York University and BA from Cal State Fullerton.
Vicki DeVore has worked in higher education for seven years after earning a Master’s in Business Administration from CSU Fullerton. In addition to extensive experience in developing fully online courses, training and assisting faculty in online course delivery, and report management, she served as the campus director of a small college prior to joining the Chancellor’s Office in order to develop enrollment and instructional design processes for Cal State Online. With the recent restructure of Cal State Online to the ATS department, she has transitioned to support the various academic technology services and products offered through the Chancellor’s Office.
Judi Spiegel has been working at the Office of the Chancellor since September 2000; in Academic Technology Services since 2007 as the Operations Administrator, and prior to that, in Capital Planning, Design and Construction as a Planning Analyst. Judi is responsible for the logistics and events coordination for Enrollment Bottlenecks/PCR meetings and post meeting administration. She has been nicknamed Judi “Sparkle” Spiegel. She can always be counted on for never leaving any stone unturned, providing the quintessential customer service, and being a team player.
Sandra Flake is a professor of English at California State University, Chico and a special consultant to Academic Technology Services at the California State University Office of the Chancellor. Before joining the English Department, Flake served as Provost at CSU, Chico and at the University of West Florida, as an academic dean at the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Flake has published or presented on such topics as general education assessment, retention programs, curriculum redesign with technology, and collaborative learning and learning communities.