Jessica Stanfill

Jaime Holcomb

Aimee deNoyelles

Julie Straub

Kelly J. Otter



Jana Walser-Smith

Jana joined SAN in September of 2022 as the Director, Interstate Compliance and SAN Member Outreach where she assists with engaging, training, communicating, and supporting SAN members. Jana serves as the lead educator addressing foundational principles of state authorization and state-to-state institutional approvals through the development of training events and resources that reinforce the foundational principles of interstate compliance. Additionally, Jana serves as the chief communicator in the development of efficient communication practices to engage SAN members.

Jana comes to SAN from Southern New Hampshire University and previously from the University of North Carolina (UNC) System Office, UNC Greensboro, and Appalachian State University where she served in various compliance and state authorization roles. She additionally has many years of experience as a Faculty Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty at institutions in North Carolina. Prior to these roles, Jana also worked in corporate finance for multiple fortune 200 organizations.

Jana holds an EdD degree from Appalachian State University, MA from Wake Forest University, and a BS from High Point University. Beyond her role at SAN, Jana enjoys traveling, perusing antique and collectable showrooms, working with church and community projects, spending time with her husband and three adult daughters, and rearing her 11-year-old great-niece.

Theresa Umscheid

Theresa Umscheid is the Executive Director for the Iowa Community College Consortium, a collaborative partnership comprised of 7 of Iowa’s Community Colleges and one private university. She has been part of the ICCOC since its inception in 1999 first acting as the Director of Distance Learning for Iowa Lakes Community College and now as the ICCOC Executive Director.

Theresa’s experience in online learning leadership found her seeking new and innovative initiatives to challenge the ICCOC to continually deliver high quality online education and provide supportive student services. Theresa has spearheaded several faculty development initiatives and grant-funded activities over the years and today leads the ICCOC team, working with its partner colleges, to drive their online learning programs forward.

Theresa has also served on many state and national committees focusing on continual improvement in online learning for postsecondary education. These committees include Pearson Learning Studio Advisory Committee, Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, ICN Regional Council, and President of IDLA.

Suzanne Ehrlich

Suzanne Ehrlich is an Associate Professor in the Educational Technology, Training and Development program at the University of North Florida and is a certified ASL/English interpreter. She recently co-led the design and launch of the UNITE Design (Universal Design for Inclusion and Education) Lab, and now serves as co-Director. She has presented nationally/internationally on the topics of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in workplace training, inclusive design for online courses, and leveraging technology for increased access. Her recent work focuses on the UDL mindset in post-secondary settings and the workplace. Her recent publications include a study Learning from COVID-19: Universal Design for Learning Practice Among Faculty Pre and Post COVID-19, How a UDL Mindset Can Support Learning in the Workplace, and UDL Mindset and Implementation into Online Graduate-Level Training and Development Curricula. Her service includes service as a Honors College fellow, Vice President of Technology for Association of Training and Development (ATD) of Northeast Florida, elected Chair for AERA’s Workplace SIG.

Robert Saum

Robert Saum serves as the Senior Strategy and Deployment Specialist for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In this role, he collaborates with faculty and academic leaders on new learning approaches and ways to innovate distance and online learning. He recommends, plans, deploys, and continuously improves learning operations and the learner experience, enhancing student success.

Julie Beggs

Julie Beggs currently serves as the dean for workforce and community programs at Arapahoe Community College. She has over 20 years of experience within higher education serving in both student affairs and instructional roles. Often characterized as a thoughtful and innovative leader, Julie has been an advocate for all forms of experiential learning throughout her career ranging from service learning to apprenticeships and co-led guided pathways initiatives at both Arapahoe Community College and Front Range Community College.