The Steering Committee is representative of the WCET membership, makes recommendations on programmatic issues of interest to the membership and leads and/or contributes to activities in support of WCET’s programs and membership.
Brenda Boyd currently serves as senior academic director, program services, for the international quality assurance non-profit organization Quality Matters. In this role, she leads the professional development team, oversees the quality assurance and K-12 departments, and is responsible for the regular updating of the higher education Quality Matters rubrics. Brenda has extensive experience in both community college and university settings and has devoted her career to supporting faculty and institutions to move to quality digital teaching and learning.
Gary Chinn is assistant dean for Digital Learning at Penn State University’s College of Arts & Architecture. In this role, he leads the Office of Digital Learning, which collaborates with faculty in the design, development, and delivery of fully online programs and courses, curricular design of new academic programs, and technology integration in support of resident instruction. Gary’s research areas include the impact of technology on teaching and learning in design studio contexts, and factors influencing levels of institutional affinity by online learners. He also teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and is an active member of university committees focused on digital learning policy, adult learner support, and alternative credentials.
Janelle Elias serves on the president’s executive team as the chief strategy officer for Rio Salado College. She provides leadership for strategic planning, institutional research, compliance and accreditation, conduct and community standards, disability services, marketing, development, strategic partnerships, and the national division.
Justin Louder serves as associate vice provost for Texas Tech University eLearning & Academic Partnerships where he is the primary consultant for college and department leaders on the development of new, high-demand eLearning degree and certificate proposals. He oversees Blackboard support and instructional design, as well as compliance and regulation for online and regional site programs. Justin also serves as the interim superintendent for TTU K-12, leading initiatives to modernize and streamline technology and apply best practices to online programs in the unit and is an assistant professor of practice in the TTU College of Education. He remains active in the field as a national and international presenter, lecturer, and author on the topics of distance and online learning, student ethics, and academic integrity.
As the equity research manager on the Advanced Analytics team at Western Governors University, Chantae Recasner is responsible for driving and supporting research to help advance WGU’s efforts to close inequitable attainment gaps across student groups. She leads a team of faculty research fellows with the support of a data scientist and works to help the Advanced Analytics team drive contribution to WGU’s Academic Equity Compendium.
Shannon Riggs serves as executive director of academic programs and learning innovation for Oregon State University Ecampus. In this role, she supports Oregon State’s land grant mission by providing leadership and direction for academic programs and learning innovation throughout the division. Active nationally in the field of online education, Shannon regularly presents at conferences and has written for publication about online course development, faculty development, leadership, and innovation. She is currently serving a three-year elected position for the Quality Matters Academic Advisory Council and is the chair of the WCET Steering Committee.
Shani Suber is the inaugural dean of e-Learning effectiveness and enhancement at Dallas College. She has served in a variety of roles including 23 years in education as an adjunct, faculty, and administrator. In her current role, she is the academic lead administrator for Dallas College’s learning management system upgrade, development of effective online teaching practices, calibration of distance education guidelines and policies. Her leadership spans across 60k students, 3k faculty, and 7 ‘Schools Of’ at Dallas College. Shani has also led collaboration across the college to aid in online accessibility and technology. She advocates for students with disabilities and equality in education for all students while implementing innovation and quality online. As an online learning leader, Shani has been committed to diversity and inclusion efforts in higher education over the years. It’s her honor to commit her professional career to encouraging, developing, and collaborating with educators in this incredible and meaningful industry.
Robert Griffiths is associate vice president for distance education in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) at Ohio State where he has led the university’s online education initiative since 2013. He remains passionate about the affordances and possibilities of technology-empowered learning opportunities.
Robert also guides other ODEE initiatives, including those related to state authorization, non-degree student support, and organizational culture. He is a team member for university-level projects related to the curricular redesign for general education, workforce development, and scaling teaching and learning support. Prior to his current role, he created the ODEE grants program and served as principal investigator in a study of how the use of technology can engage students, increase instructor efficiency, and support anytime/anyplace learning. Robert earned his bachelor’s degree from Denison University, and his master’s and doctorate from Ohio State and is the author or co-author of numerous book chapters and journal articles.
Gloria Niles is the director of distance education for the University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu. In this role, she manages the Office of Distance Learning, which is charged with the oversight of all facets of online instruction. Gloria collaborates with administrators, faculty, and instructional designers across the ten campuses within the University of Hawai’i System to facilitate effective support services and articulated online programs for distance education students across the Hawaiian islands. Additionally, Gloria has improved the quality of online teaching and learning by implementing a Distance Learning Tactical Plan that works in alliance with the university’s strategic plan. She holds both a Doctor of Chiropractic degree with post-doctoral training in Neurology and a Ph.D. in Special Education Leadership and continues to demonstrate her expertise and passion for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion for neurodiverse learners in higher education, particularly in the online environment.
Missy LaCour is director of new markets for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCS) where she collaborates with all LCTCS Colleges and partners on the development, coordination, and delivery of programs to new student markets with an emphasis on innovative delivery methods. At LCTCS, she has led multiple projects including implementation of a system-wide instance of Canvas, development of a delivery model and environment to serve Juvenile Justice students online, implementation of strategies to reduce the cost of attendance by over $9 million using OER, and creation of a system-wide curriculum for cloud computing. Missy has been in higher education for over 24 years and has extensive experience in online and campus teaching, administration, leadership, project management, and the system office.
Krysia Lazarewicz is Wiley Education Service’s vice president of business development. She has been with Wiley for 10 years and served in various roles including vice president of academic services, vice president of new ventures, and general manager of Advancement Courses. Krysia has helped 100 institutions develop and launch new online programs and uses her extensive knowledge to help new prospective partners develop program and academic strategies to achieve their mission and enrollment goals. She remains passionate about helping people improve their lives through education and helping learners achieve meaningful change in their communities.
Kelvin serves as the executive director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Center for Distributed Learning with a faculty appointment as a graduate faculty scholar in UCF’s College of Education & Human Performance. As executive director of the Center for Distributed Learning, Kelvin assures the successful operation and strategic goal meeting of this 100-member organization. As an expert speaker and facilitator, Kelvin regularly addresses groups throughout the US on topics related to online/blended learning and educational technology. His continued efforts improve online and blended learning on a daily basis. He has created multiple resources at UCF for use by others (e.g., the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository; the Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching; and the BlendKit Course), co-hosts the popular “TOPcast: The Teaching Online Podcast,” and in 2020 was selected as a fellow of the Online Learning Consortium.
Tina Parscal is the associate vice chancellor for CCCOnline and Academic Affairs for the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), a position in which she provides executive leadership for Colorado Community Colleges Online (CCCOnline), system-wide academic technologies, learning design, professional development, and open educational resources. She also coordinates collaboration and communication among the colleges, CCCS, and CCCOnline, and the emerging Colorado Online@ consortium. Tina has extensive experience in higher education and has held a variety of instrumental roles including provost/chief academic officer, executive director, college dean, and professor. She remains a champion for access and equity in higher education and was named a “Woman Worth Watching” by the Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2014.