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The Innovate@ Team

Robert Davis, Ph.D,

Robert Davis, Ph.D,

Interim Director of Instructional Innovation

Robert steps into the position Interim Director of Instructional Innovation, effective August 2018. He has worked closely with the Library, the Instructional Media Lab, and the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development in creating and maintaining formal and informal environments conducive to active teaching and learning.

Robert was previously Manager of IT Computer Classrooms, the IT group responsible for computer technology support in 12 classrooms, the Learning and Teaching Commons, the Digital Media Lab, the Assistive Technology Lab, 2 video conferencing classrooms, and 7 team based learning classrooms.

Brad Turner

Brad Turner

Associate Director, Instructional Innovation

Brad’s work focuses on assisting instructors with transforming the "traditional" classroom into a more engaging and active learning and teaching space. Some of the many services, projects, and initiatives he works on include Echo360 lecture capture technology, audience response, peer evaluation, classroom video conferencing, iBooks & iTunes U, and untethering from the lectern with mobile devices.

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson

Associate Manager, Instructional Innovation

Sam assists, supports, and trains faculty, staff, and students in active learning tools and spaces (digital and analog), game-based learning, group and organizational development, and intellectual property. He manages support, training, and development of Moodle. Sam also regularly facilitates professional development events for higher ed organizations.

Daniel Cannity

Daniel Cannity

Coordinator, Instructional Design & Faculty Support

Dan draws on experiences in teaching, a passion for technology, and an penchant for trying new technology to support faculty using technology in the classroom. In addition to supporting Echo360, he has expertise in online survey design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis software, and enjoys experimenting with data visualizations and presentation design.

Nyari Changamire

Nyari Changamire

Instructional Media Lab Consultant

Nyari is a graduate student in International Education. Her experience as a Teaching Assistant gave her a new appreciation for educational technology as she saw the real positive impact on student learning. Nyari has interest in exploring affordable technology that increases access to reproductive health education for communities in low-resource settings.

Alexandra Deschamps

Alexandra Deschamps

Manager, Instructional Innovation

Alex oversees the Instructional Media Lab; the University’s front-line support for instructional technology use by faculty, lecturers, and teaching assistants. Alex is a certified Apple Education trainer whose expertise also includes quizzing, grade book, and Excel.

Wayne Gagnon

Wayne Gagnon

Instructional Technology Developer

Wayne is the project manager for IT’s resource tracking and customer support software (ETNA). He is also the mentor to an undergraduate software development team. Over the years he has taken on many roles at UMA including software developer, video consultant, and video conference coordinator.

Ann Garstka

Ann Garstka

Office Manager

Ann is the Office Manager for the Innovate@ team. Her office is located in Room 740 of the W.E.B. Du Bois library. With more than 25 years in IT, she assists staff in maneuvering the ways of the University and welcomes visitors with a warm smile!

Chris Golas

Chris Golas

Audio-Visual Equipment Technician

Chris is an expert in working with video conferencing technology, both legacy and cloud-based platforms. He has a BFA degree in Communications Studies from UMass Amherst.

Rob Hayes

Rob Hayes

Systems Engineer

Rob has extensive experience in Linux and Mac OS and helps keep UMass Amherst systems up and running.

Wooyoung Jee

Wooyoung Jee

Instructional Media Lab Consultant

Wooyoung Jee is a second-year doctorate student in Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies in the College of Education. For many years, she prepared Korean senior high school students for the Korean national SAT, mainly teaching English reading and test-taking skills in high schools. Her research interest is multicultural education and literacy development of English Language Learners.

Mark Kiniry

Mark Kiniry

Tech Assistant III

Mark is a Windows system specialist who helps maintain windows computers for IT Computer Classrooms. He is the first line of support when problems occur in classroom, and he also helps keep hardware and software updated.

Matthew Liston

Matthew Liston

Apple System Administrator

Matthew keeps the Macs running in the classrooms and computer labs. He enjoys the challenges of fixing broken hardware and troubleshooting software problems. Matthew is also responsible for setting up new computers and providing technical support for the Innovate@ staff.

Nicole Le Roux

Nicole Le Roux

Instructional Media Lab Consultant

Nicole is currently enrolled in the International Education doctoral program at UMass Amherst and has a Masters in International Development from Clark University. She has a background in facilitating storytelling using methodologies such as digital storytelling and theatre. Through her work in youth mentorship and reproductive justice she has become inspired by the way technology can be harnessed for organizing and activism that addresses power and inequality.

Rosa Medina

Rosa Medina

Instructional Media Lab Consultant

Rosa Medina is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education in the department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies. She is interested in multimodal and digital tools for learning and professional development.Her research uses multimodal and online ethnography to look into how English language teachers Colombia make sense of and integrate multimodal, digital, and multilingual resources for supporting undergraduate students in a blended program.

Kim Paszko

Kim Paszko

Associate Manager, IT Computer Classrooms

Kim manages the technical operations of IT Computer Classrooms to ensure maximum availability. She maintains all hardware, software and network resources related to Windows-based computers in IT Computer Classrooms.

Josh Pearson

Josh Pearson

Assistive Technology Assistant

Josh Pearson is an alum of the UMass Department of Communication, graduating with a B.A. in 2015. He now works with Kelsey Hall while planning on enrolling in law school to practice Disability/Civil Rights law this fall. He has worked on campus for the past 5 years in conjunction with his studies, in various roles in both the Disability Services and IT departments with his main area of focus being championing and educating on behalf of the rights of students/faculty with disabilities and improving access to assistive technology in all areas of campus.

Morgan Upham

Morgan Upham

Assistive Technology Intern

Morgan Upham is a graduate student in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She recently graduated from UMass and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She works alongside Josh Pearson providing students, faculty, and staff with appropriate accommodations through assistive technology. Her experience providing speech-language services complements her mission to provide accessibility for all.

Doris Peterson

Doris Peterson

Departmental Assistant

Doris is a member of the Moodle Systems Support Team, with a Master’s degree in Computer Science from UMass Amherst. For the past many years she has been a member of the IT team supporting faculty with their use of technology.

Marta Pluta

Marta Pluta

Classrooms Personnel Manager

Marta’s primary responsibility is managing 50+ student employees that work in various IT related positions in IT computer classrooms and at the Learning Commons. She is also the mastermind behind scheduling class reservations in IT computer classrooms and works closely with faculty, instructors and departmental scheduling representatives to provide the best possible solutions for their teaching needs.

Scott Poulin

Scott Poulin

Senior Systems Engineer

Scott is knowledgeable about infrastructure design, systems monitoring, process improvement, and team collaboration, providing the UMass Amherst campus with professional, high quality technology support and services. In addition to his career, Scott has stayed active in the community by coaching varsity volleyball at Belchertown High School since 2009.

Sadaf Rathod

Sadaf Rathod

Instructional Media Lab Consultant

Sadaf is a graduate student in the International Education program. She has worked as a teaching associate in a team based learning classroom and is fascinated by the learning model. She is interested in learning and exploring such new technologies and pedagogies to create socially just classrooms and societies.

Michele Turre

Michele Turre

Senior Faculty Support Specialist/Instructional Technology

Michele brings her expertise with visual and usability design to the services and projects supported in the Instructional Media Lab. She’s part of the Moodle technical team, and is a WordPress enthusiast. She leads workshops, writes user documentation, and consults with faculty who are using visual media and online tools in their teaching and research.

Longfei Yu

Longfei Yu

Instructional Technology Systems Administrator

Longfei is a member of the Moodle administration team, with expertise in managing the Moodle database. Longfei not only provides Moodle support 24/7, but also works on the local fixes and customization, some of which are recognized and adopted extensively by the wider Moodle community.

Xime Vicuna

Xime Vicuna

Coordinator, Instructional Design & Faculty Support

Xime is an Instructional Designer graduated from the College of Education at UMass Amherst. She wants to mix her abilities as a Digital Animator with education to develop interactive educational material that helps teachers to enhance learning in their practice. As a Digital Animator, she has expertise with audiovisual projects.

Ariel Loh

Ariel Loh

Coordinator, Instructional Design & Faculty Support

Ariel is the second generation of her Singaporean Chinese family to join the field of Instructional Design & Technology. She loves interactive narratives, avatar/character creation, game-based learning, and project management tools.

Pempho Chinkondenji

Pempho Chinkondenji

Instructional Media Lab Consultant

Pempho Chinkondenji is a PhD Student in the International Education Program. She has previous experience providing technological support to faculty and students in higher education, and creating innovative educational resources from social justice documentaries. Her research interests focus on the relationship between gender, education, and development, particularly on women and girls’ education in low-income country contexts.