Retha Hill

Lauren Wright

As the director of program strategy representing Academic Partnerships and Wiley University Services, who have recently combined strengths as a single company, Lauren Wright leads the academic program strategy for university partners, implementing best practices and processes in online learning, including program strategy and design, curriculum mapping, course design and production, and faculty development. She is responsible for shaping the thought leadership strategy and approach that examines how student online learning preferences and faculty online design and teaching preferences have evolved in the post-COVID learning environment. Lauren has been growing the capabilities of organizations through learning design, organizational design, design thinking, management, and leadership for more than two decades.

Dana Harrison

Dana Eckerle Harrison is the chair of Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain and the director of MBA programs at East Tennessee State University. Her passion lies in empowering teams and cultivating a collaborative environment to drive positive impact. During her tenure at ETSU, Dana has served to streamline course scheduling, promote faculty research, enhance acquisition and retention strategies, develop innovative curricula, implement major program initiatives, and promote quality and consistent online course development.

She endeavors to simplify complex topics to make them accessible and understandable to students. In support of this effort, she is a co-author of the Essentials of Marketing Analytics, 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2024, Essentials of Marketing Research, 6th edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2024, and Analytics Based Selling, 1st edition, Sage 2024.

Tekoya Boykins

Tekoya Boykins, EdD, is a passionate educator who promotes growth and positive change through education. Currently serving as the director of academic strategic planning and support at Academic Partnerships, Tekoya is an advocate for education who has led in various capacities including serving as a business and education faculty, curriculum and instructional designer, assessment writer, and faculty trainer for professional development. Her research focuses on competency-based education.

She has a heart for continuous growth and improvement. She is active in her community promoting education to underserved and underrepresented populations who desire change through quality and innovative education.

Claire Renaud

Claire Renaud is the Manager of Quality Frameworks at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).  In this role, she works across academic units and with external partners to improve the quality of the students’ learning experiences. She is deeply committed to enhancing the access to quality learning experiences for all learners by leveraging data-driven decision-making and human-centered design principles. 

She previously served as a foreign language educator, as a coach and writing consultant, and as project lead for several teams of individuals with disabilities in the workplace setting. Being a lifelong learner herself, she approaches every interaction with a curious mindset to continuously grow and expand her capacities as well as those of the people around her. 

Judy Lewandowski

Judy Lewandowski, vice provost for adult teaching and learning, facilitates the success of the curriculum design and operations teams as they partner across Purdue Global to research, reimagine, and continuously improve educational models. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching and designing courses in higher education, including a tenured faculty role at Indiana University South Bend and serving most recently as director of learning design and curriculum at the University of Notre Dame. 

Together with her husband, Bob, she is raising 2 children, 3 dogs, 19 chickens, and 50,000 honeybees. 

Cristi Ford

Cristi Ford has over 20 years of experience in higher education, secondary education, project management, program evaluation, training, and student services. She is a tireless advocate for quality online education and has helped institutions build capacity to launch and expand online programming through effective faculty development, instructional design, and pedagogical practices. 

Throughout her career, her mission has remained the same—to create access and impact for learners who have been on the fringes. In her current role at D2L, Cristi leads a team of experts who support institutions in their efforts to improve teaching and learning in the online environment. She is also responsible for developing and delivering thought leadership on online learning trends and best practices. 

Sabrina Short

Barry Briggs

Sital Sigh