WCET Welcomes New 2013 Steering Committee Members

October 29, 2013
News Release

The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) is a cooperative, membership-driven, non-profit provider of solutions and services that accelerate the adoption of effective practices and policies, advancing excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education.

The Steering Committee is representative of the WCET membership and makes recommendations on programmatic issues of interest to the membership at-large. The Steering Committee also leads and/or contributes to activities in support of WCET's programs and membership, upon the request of the Steering Committee Chair and Executive Director. See current Steering Committee members.

WCET welcomes and congratulates the following individuals for their election to your cooperative's Steering Committee:

Tom CavanaghThomas Cavanagh
Associate Vice President, Distributed Learning
University of Central Florida (FL)
Tom is your public, 4-year institution representative. Tom oversees the distance learning strategy, policies, and practices of the nation's second-larges university. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences.

Kevin Corcoran
Executive DirectorKevin Corcoran
Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CT)
Kevin is your Commong Interest Group (CIG) representative. Kevin joined the CTDLC in 1999 and has been responsible for developing and growing the products and services offered to support e-learning initiatives. He also runs Connecticut's Adult Education virtual high school that supports the adult credit diploma program state-wide. Kevin currently co-chairs the WCET e-Learning Consortia CIG, as well as the NENY Blackboard Users Group, and New England OER organizations.

Mary Ann GoodwinMary Ann Lund Goodwin
Dean of eLearning
Community Colleges of Spokane (WA)
Mary Ann is your at-large representative. As CCS eLearning Dean, she continues to implement innovative educational practices. She is currently supporting the quick production of new online degrees, experimenting with the use of software applications to deliver personalized student support services to online students, and offering faculty a comprehensive professional development program.

David LeasureDavid Leasure
Western Governors University (UT)
David is your private/independent/not-for-profit institution representative. David has been an innovator in online education at multiple institutions. Most recently he has contributed to the evolving mentoring and course development practices in competency-based education at WGU. For ten years, he supported the quality implementation of online programs as executive of several institutions and peer reviewer, team chair, and member of the review council of the Higher Learning Commission.

Lisa MentzLisa Mentz
Director of Educational Technology and Policy Initiatives
Oregon University System (OR)
Lisa is your Systemwide Agency/Office representative. Lisa has worked at various roles related to standards, policy, e-learning, and statewide technology initiatives over the past ten years within the Oregon University System. Lisa's main role is to utilize technology to improve processes across the system that, in turn, benefits students. Lisa has served as a coordinator for the Oregon Distance Education State Authorization.

Christine LustikWCET also congratulates Christine Lustik, who was elected by her peers on the Steering Committee to assume the position of Steering Committee Vice Chair. Christine is an Implementation Specialist with Smarthinking, Inc. In the past, Christine has experienced the many sides of education as a faculty member, instructional designer/project manager, and director of distance education. Christine has contributed to the Steering Committee for 5+ years and in 3 different capacities -- as the State of Wyoming rep, as co-chair of the Student Retention CIG, and now as the Corporate rep.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the outgoing members of our Steering Committee: Karen Solomon, David Cillay, Gary Langer, Karen Pedersen, and Sharyl Thompson. Your service and guidance have been immeasurable and we look forward to a continued relationship with your cooperative, WCET.