Mike Abbiatti is the Executive Director of WCET and WICHE Vice President for Educational Technologies. Abbiatti assumed the WCET leadership position in January 2015. Previously he was the director of the Southern Regional Education Board(SREB) Educational Technology Cooperative. Abbiatti was formerly associate commissioner for information and learning technology for the Louisiana Board of Regents. He is the founding director of the successful Louisiana Board of Regents? Electronic Campus, and former director of Distance Education for Louisiana State University. Abbiatti has been recognized by the Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards Program as a Laureate signifying leadership in the design, deployment, and utilization of Information Technology for the benefit of Louisiana's citizens, and is a past member of the EDNET Education Executive Advisory Board. Other national recognitions include the United States Distance Learning Association's Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in K-12 Award, Electronic Learning Magazine's Distinguished Achievement Award through the Educator of the Year Program.
Sherri Artz Gilbert, Manager, Operations, has been with WCET since 1999. Her principal responsibilities include preparing and managing the budget, coordinating the membership effort, and database maintenance. Prior to joining WCET, she worked for the Reading Musical Foundation, a non-profit that promotes and facilitates music education and appreciation in order to preserve and develop musical experience and culture in Berks County, Pennsylvania. There she was responsible for donor management and administrator of the Blues in the Schools program. She received a B.S.B.A from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania with a major in Management and Marketing. Originally from Pennsylvania Dutch country, Sherri currently resides above 9200 feet in the Colorado Mountains with her husband and two dogs.
Rosa Calabrese, Administrative Assistant III, has been with WCET since 2014. She works with web design and accessibility for the WCET website in addition to administrative support of the organization. She recently returned from a 13-month internship with a study abroad institution in Copenhagen, Denmark where she provided administrative support for over 40 courses in the European Humanities department. She got her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Denver with a double major in Electronic Media Arts Design and Sociology and a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. She enjoys biking and running and has recently started doing indoor bouldering.
Mollie McGill is Deputy Director of Programs, Operations, and Membership. McGill oversees membership services and a variety of programs that aim to inform the e-learning community of promising practices and effective policies on such topics as academic integrity, student authentication, student retention, and adjunct faculty policies. She spent nearly 20 years working for WICHE in the early part of her career and, among other accomplishments, was instrumental in founding WCET in 1989. She directed learning innovations and technology initiatives for the University of Colorado System, working with faculty and IT leaders from the four CU campuses. She also served in leadership roles for several Colorado statewide e-learning projects. McGill received her education degree from Emporia State University.
Cali Morrison, Manager, Communications, has responsibility for WCET's communications strategies and keeping our members connected to the cooperative. Cali holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Western Kentucky University, a M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education from Montana State University, an online graduate certificate in Women's Studies from Western Kentucky University and is currently pursuing an Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Higher Education Administration from Montana State University. Prior to joining WCET, Cali worked at Montana State University in various positions for over seven years. Cali lives in Bozeman, MT with her husband, 2 daughters and dogs, where she is active in the community, especially with the CAP mentoring and Girls for a Change programs.
As Deputy Director, Research and Analysis for WCET, Russ Poulin organizes information-sharing activities among WCET's members. Recently, Russ has lead national responses on new federal distance education regulations. Russ coordinates WCET's efforts in researching the management of online learning, works on multi-institution elearning consortia issues, and consults on WICHE's Adult College Completion Network. Previously, Russ coordinated distance education activities for the North Dakota University System. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master's in Statistics and Research Methodology from the University of Northern Colorado.
Megan Raymond, Manager, Events and Programs, has been with WCET since 2007. Her primary responsibility is the coordination of the program and logistics for WCET's Annual Meeting. Prior to joining WCET, she was the Assistant Director of housing and conference services at Fort Lewis College, a small liberal arts college in Durango, CO. Megan oversaw a successful conference services program and supervised 22 student staff members and two full-time professional staff. She also adjudicated resident discipline cases and coordinated staff development programming. Megan received a Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Marketing from Fort Lewis College and a Masters in Nutrition and Health Education from Hawthorn University. Running, biking, and trail marathons help Megan burn off stress and occupy her spare time.