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Emily Every

Emily Every is a Partnership Success Coordinator at ACUE. She was drawn to ACUE because of the organization’s focus on student success and its emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Prior to ACUE, Emily served as the administrative assistant at the University of Tulsa’s Oklahoma Center for the Humanities until October 2022. She brings administrative, organizational, and copywriting experience to her position at ACUE. Emily holds bachelor’s degrees in English and environmental policy from the University of Tulsa.

Ike Quigley

Ike Quigley is a Senior Software Engineer at ACUE, responsible for designing and implementing the software infrastructure that runs ACUE’s online services. He was drawn to ACUE because of his belief in its mission. As someone who has been involved with institutions of higher learning for nearly his entire life as a student, teacher, and support staff for instructors – Ike has witnessed firsthand the benefits of quality instruction and the difference a single teacher can make in a student’s

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I’Shea Boyd

I’Shea Boyd is a Product Manager (PM) at ACUE. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Computer Engineering. As a PM, she plays a key role in planning, designing, implementing, and scaling ACUE’s technical product infrastructure as well as the end-to-end user experience on our learning management system. I’Shea sought to join ACUE because it merged three of her passions: education, technology, and product management. She wanted to be a part of a team who is passionate

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Lauren K. Foster

Lauren K. Foster is an Academic Director at ACUE. Her professional dedication to transformative teaching and learning aligns with ACUE’s mission for student success. Foster finds inspiration from the results of learning, sharing, and implementing effective teaching practices in a professional learning community setting. Foster was drawn to ACUE to continue her work by supporting a wider-range of faculty to have more access to evidence-based teaching strategies. Foster’s research focuses on metacognition as a transformative process in both teaching and

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Gail Clarke, EdD

Dr. Gail Clarke is the Director of Content at ACUE. She brings over 30 years of experience to this work, serving as a teacher, professional development facilitator, building administrator, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. She has written curricula that span multiple study areas and has facilitated professional development opportunities in balanced literacy, inclusive classroom practices, mathematical discourse, instructional strategies, and effective assessment practices. Her collaboration with K-12 and higher education educators has fostered a deep appreciation for the

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Barika Barboza

Barika Barboza is an Academic Director at ACUE. She was drawn to ACUE because of its mission to ensure student success and equity through quality instruction. Her connection to student-centered learning and equitable outcomes was established early through her educational experiences as a Bennett Belle and as a graduate student at New York University (NYU). Ms. Barboza believes in the promise of higher education and its ability to advance student success for all through well-designed learning environments. She sees ACUE’s programming

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Paloma Benavides, PhD

Paloma Benavides is a Research Associate at ACUE, where she primarily works on measuring the impact of ACUE’s courses in effective teaching. She was drawn to ACUE because she strongly aligns with ACUE’s multidisciplinary and evidence-based approach to understanding teaching practices and student performance, and its commitment to equity and student success.   Prior to working with ACUE, Paloma worked as a consultant in social influence to develop a safety culture among miners of Minera Spence in Chile.

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Sarah Normand

Sarah Normand is the Executive Director of Partnership Success. Through her career, she seeks collaboration and compassion with everyone she works with.  In this role, Sarah leads the Partnership Success, ensuring that higher education institutes reach their internal objectives. Sarah came to ACUE because of its commitment to improving student outcomes through developing instructional excellence.   Most recently, Sarah served at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). It was there that she launched the University’s first nationwide competency-based programs. From there, she led

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Tracey Allen

Tracey Allen is a Partnership Marketing Manager at ACUE, bringing more than a decade of marketing and communications experience. ACUE’s commitment to student success drew her to the organization, where she works to communicate the impact that exceptional teaching has on student outcomes and amplify success stories.   Before joining ACUE, Tracey served as the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications at Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, the college’s largest service area. In this role, she managed internal and

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Jacquelyn Gaines

Jacquelyn (Jacque) Gaines is a Partnership Success Director at ACUE. Jacque began her career in Higher Education because of the impact she saw being a first-generation college student.  As her career evolved her passion for advocating for educators and students and their success in the classroom also evolved.   Listening to customers’ needs she found a niche as a sales consultant.  Finding a way to create a winning formula for educators is a honed skill. With over 20 years of Higher

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Jen Santaniello

Jen Santaniello is the Director of Events at ACUE, where she plans, promotes, and produces in-person, virtual, and internal gatherings. She brings more than 20 years of event and conference management experience, 12 of those in higher education. As a lifelong learner, Jen was drawn to ACUE for its mission to increase student success through effective teaching at colleges and universities.  Within higher education, Jen has previously planned and managed events for organizations such as McGraw-Hill Education, Thomson

Arbazz Nizami

Arbazz Nizami

Arbazz is the Director of Digital Marketing at ACUE. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University, and a master’s in organizational leadership from Claremont Lincoln University. He’s currently a few months away from completing his Doctoral degree in Organizational Change from Cal Baptist University. He aspires to be among the top EdTech marketers of this age.  Arbazz uses his digital skills to expand B2B and B2C growth marketing initiatives at ACUE. He is

Maria Fernandez

Maria Fernandez

Maria Fernandez is an Academic Director at ACUE.  She has more than 25 years’ experience in the information and educational technology industry, working with and leading teams from across the country in instructional design, distance learning and faculty development.   Maria has worked alongside ACUE’s mission since 2015 as her role as lead facilitator at California State University Los Angeles where she served as an Instructional Designer for the Center of Effective Teaching and Learning.  As a first-generation


Christian LaCross

Christian LaCross is an Accounting Specialist at ACUE. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan. Christian’s background includes experience in CPA firms local to the tri-city area in Mid-Michigan, as well as a Managerial Accounting role at Amigo Mobility International.   Christian discovered his passion for accounting early in his educational career and knew he wanted to use his critical thinking and problem-solving skills to help make better business decisions. 

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Annie Dreher

Annie Dreher is the Academic Success Coordinator at ACUE. Annie is located in Kansas where she went to Baker University for both her degree’s, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. She has worked in higher education for almost ten years with her hands in all the affairs, business, student, and academic. Her passion is education and making sure every student receives the education they deserve.   She hopes that her


Andrew Galanakis

Andrew Galanakis is the Controller for ACUE. He brings to ACUE a wealth of existing knowledge and experience, and a strong enthusiasm for ACUE’s mission. Most recently he was the Chief Accounting Officer at GoToro, a Digital Advertising company specializing in the trucking industry. At GoToro, Galanakis was responsible for overseeing the Accounting and Finance departments. He was drawn to ACUE’s mission after seeing ACUE’ s proven success in utilizing evidence-based best practices in teaching.   Galanakis graduated


Cambria Dorado

Cambria Dorado is a Partnership Director at ACUE.  Cambria received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from San Diego State University with a minor in Communications and went on to receive her Masters in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University.  As a first-generation Latina college graduate from a low-economic community, Cambria was drawn to ACUE for its mission-driven purpose of creating greater equitable access to teaching and learning of under-represented students, with emphasis on first generation college-bound students from underserved

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Noelle Bulley

Noelle Bulley is the Director of Human Resources at ACUE and is responsible for the day-to-day management and execution of human resource functions including, recruiting, onboarding, development, and interpretation of human resource policies, benefits administration, employee relations, organizational learning and development initiatives, and performance management, amongst other human resource Initiatives.   Noelle began her human resources career serving as a Business Manager and Project Manager at a National Health Service (NHS) Hospital in the UK, where she

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Christina Murrey

Ms. Murrey is a Video Editor/Videographer at ACUE. Murrey has worked in higher education as a videographer and photographer for over 17 years, 7.5 of those with the College of Education at UT Austin. She deeply believes in transforming lives by creating equitable systems of education, and so she was excited to support ACUE’s commitment to impacting equity and student achievement by improving faculty’s instructional practices. Murrey has worked in marketing and communication offices at both UT Austin and Texas State

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Elena Agibalova

Elena Agibalova is Director of Product Management, bringing over 15 years of expertise developing successful products from concept to delivery. Her experience as an IT instructor combined with her passion for blending cutting-edge technologies with industry best practices drew her to ACUE’s mission, where she plays a key role in planning, designing, implementing and scaling ACUE’s full technical product infrastructure. Elena leads all aspects of the product development process, with a focus on continuously improving the user experience for ACUE

Paul Grillos, EdD

Paul Grillos is a Partnership Director at ACUE.  He has over 20 years of experience working within Higher Education in varying capacities.  Early in his career, Paul worked both within student recruitment and academic advising.  He later transitioned into academic publishing, where he had spent 14 years providing faculty and students with high quality educational materials.  His most recent role was as a Senior Account Manager with McGraw Hill Higher Education, where he partnered with institutions to implement adaptive learning

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James Blalock, EdD

James Blalock is an Academic Strategy Consultant at ACUE and serves as a key advisor for our partner institutions; consulting with campus leaders, understanding needs, and designing and presenting impactful offerings that positively impact student success and faculty satisfaction. Blalock is proud of his life’s work providing educational opportunity to those who stand to benefit from a postsecondary credential the most.  He believes that a focus on continuous improvement is of paramount importance to meet and exceed the diverse and constantly

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Yuan He

Yuan He is a ​Data ​Engineer at ACUE.  Yuan was drawn to ACUE because of its mission to improve the quality of education for every student through evidence -based teaching practices.  At ACUE, he focuses on data transformation, pipelining, and analytics to further enable quantitatively based decision making. Prior to ACUE, Yuan was a data engineer at Petal Card, a financial tech company on a mission to make credit honest, simple, and accessible. His work at Petal included data modeling, ETL

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Julian Vinocur

Julian Vinocur joins ACUE as Director of Communications and Brand, bringing more than a decade of experience in strategic communications, education policy, and stakeholder engagement. His passion to ensure every student can receive an equitable and excellent education drew him to ACUE’s mission, where he will work to amplify the company’s brand in ways that support reputational and revenue growth. Prior to ACUE, Julian served as Senior Director of Communications at the Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit fundraising partner to

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Mary Adkison

Mary Adkison is a Partnership Success Director at ACUE. Mary began her career as a classroom teacher. In search of a broader impact on improving student outcomes, she became an educational consultant, teaching secondary teachers how to help students find success in the classroom through research-based instructional practices. Mary also spent over ten years in higher education, working in technology sales, management, and institutional efficacy, all with a focus on improving learner outcomes. The driving force in Mary’s career is

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Jodi Robson, EdD

Dr. Jodi Robson is an Academic Strategy Consultant at ACUE.  She has over 24 years of experience in the field of education ranging from K-12 public education to higher education including public research universities and the Florida community college system. Robson served as an ACUE facilitator at Indian River State College (IRSC) and for the North Carolina Student Success Center.  Her passion and desire to advocate for and to engage faculty in quality professional development has grown over the years,

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Anil Challa

Anil Challa is a Business Analyst at ACUE. In his role, Anil leverages data to support ACUE’s growth and impact.  With a specific focus on marketing and sales, he contributes to ACUE’s data infrastructure and analytics technology. Anil joined the ACUE team because he believes that every student deserves to receive a quality education like he has as an international student, improving his knowledge and skills through higher education. Before ACUE, Anil worked with Bluecom Technologies for five years as a Business

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Aaron Bolton

Aaron Bolton is a Partnership Director at ACUE. With over twenty years of strategic client relationship and business development experience in the education and technology and communications sectors, he has developed a passion for fierce customer advocacy and believes trust is earned and success is obtained when both internal and customer teams are aligned and committed to the same outcomes. Prior to joining ACUE, Bolton was a Partnership Director at Wiley Education Services, where he led strategic account management for a

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Christine Cappello

Christine Cappello joins ACUE as a Partnership Success Director, bringing over 20 years of experience dedicated to strategic partnerships within the higher education and technology space. As a lifelong learner, her focus on making a difference in the lives of students through education is what ultimately led her to ACUE. Her career has ranged from working within higher education institutions focused on student growth and development to Apple where she was responsible for the program strategy and execution of an online

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Frank Sesso

Mr. Sesso joins ACUE as a Partnership Success Director, bringing more than 20 years of experience working in higher education. Most recently, Sesso was a Senior Partnership Manager at Pearson Accelerated Pathways, collaborating with corporate partners on the management of their tuition assistance benefit programs; offering academic pathways for employees from foundational to graduate education. Prior to Accelerated Pathways, he held a variety of roles at Pearson focused on inclusive access, custom solutions, and online and technology-rich courseware initiatives. As a

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Veronica Savage

Ms. Savage is an LMS Administrator at ACUE. She brings a background in communications as well as technical skills and expertise with Learning Management Systems to ACUE. Savage began her career as an Event Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for Weber State University’s Scheduling, Events and Conference Services Department. She subsequently performed more administrative work at The University of Utah’s Department of Pathology. In 2017, Savage transitioned to a role as Information Solutions Coordinator at ConsultNet where she honed her IT skills,

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Beryl Liu

Ms. Liu is an Accountant at ACUE. As a graduate student, she became interested in how the intersection of information technology and business management apply to the accounting field. Liu was inspired by ACUE’s mission and excited by the opportunity to join ACUE to aid in the ongoing development of its accounting systems into increasingly complex business management. Liu graduated from Temple University’s Fox School of Business where she earned her BS in Accounting and MS in IT Auditing.

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Scott Durand

Scott Durand is Chief Executive Officer of ACUE. Scott is a firm believer that education can transform lives. A mission-driven leader, Durand has dedicated his career to building teams and leading mission-driven organizations to create impactful educational opportunities for learners of all ages. Prior to joining ACUE, Durand dedicated nearly two decades to Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). As part of the core leadership team, Durand was a cornerstone of the historic growth which spurred SNHU to

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Alia Mahaini

Ms. Mahaini’s role as Academic Support Manager for ACUE allows her to utilize her background in managing talent and coordinating many moving parts to ensure smooth filming experiences. She believes education can create opportunity, and ACUE’s commitment to making sure students have access to quality educators is essential in fostering the success of students across the nation. Previously, Ms. Mahaini worked behind the scenes as the Associate General Manager of Foundation Theatrical and with the management

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Kim Burleson

Ms. Burleson is the Video Production Manager at ACUE. She believes video is a powerful method of communication which can be used as an effective tool to inspire learning. Her background and skills in video production allow her to contribute to ACUE’s objective of always providing the highest quality content. She strongly believes in ACUE’s mission to ensure student success and equity through quality instruction. Burleson graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Sacramento, where she earned her BA in

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Sheryl Posnick

Ms. Posnick is the Senior Project Manager at ACUE. In this role, she works across all ACUE teams to manage the flow and editorial process of course creation and all related materials. Posnick has spent her career developing and managing the creation of educational content to help students and professionals succeed in their chosen fields and reach their goals. Prior to ACUE, Posnick founded and ran Red Letter Content, an editorial services company with a focus on test preparation and lifelong learning

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Marcy Frazier

Ms. Frazier is the Assessment Coordinator for ACUE, where she oversees our nationwide team of assessment professionals who read and score faculty coursetaker reflections. With experience at both the secondary and post-secondary levels, she recognizes the key to academic success for both instructor and student lies in reflecting on completed work and strategizing to improve future performance. Ms. Frazier champions the goal of engaging students from myriad backgrounds as they, along with their professors, plan and implement academic and career-related

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Theo Pippins, PhD

Dr. Pippins is a Research Associate at ACUE, where he primarily conducts evaluations of ACUE’s institutional partnerships. His career in education began as a New York City Teaching Fellow, for which he taught high school Algebra in Brooklyn, NY. During this time, Pippins also served as an Ambassador and a Teacher Mentor for NYC Men Teach, providing guidance and support to first-year teachers of color. Prior to joining ACUE, Pippins was a Research and Analytics Consultant for the Research and Policy

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Sarah Diehl

Ms. Diehl is a Senior Manager, Program Evaluations for ACUE. She worked for the German American Chamber of Commerce’s New York branch for four years as a manager for their Department of State designated Exchange Visitor Program. In that role she supported international students in completing internships across the United States. Diehl participated in advocacy for the program in Washington D.C. and developed partnerships with bilateral Chambers of Commerce. In 2019, Diehl served for a year as an Americorps VISTA

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Cindy Blackwell, PhD

Dr. Cindy Blackwell is an Academic Director at ACUE. Blackwell’s interest in faculty development began during her PhD program when she seized the opportunity to earn a college teaching certificate from the Center for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University. Through that certification process it was impressed upon Blackwell that faculty development is not one certificate, but rather a career-long process of learning best practices and advancing teaching methods as technology and research evolve. Through her faculty development journey, Blackwell

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Robin Luxton

Ms. Luxton is an Senior Academic Operations Manager at ACUE. In her 20 years of experience in education, Luxton has served in administrative and instructional roles with a focus on development and administration of student success programs and instruction of Developmental English and College Readiness. Most recently, Luxton served as the Adjunct Faculty Development Coordinator at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Illinois. In this role, she served as the Co-Facilitator of the college’s inaugural Effective Teaching Practices course with

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Marianne Dombroski

Ms. Marianne Dombroski brings to her role as Partnership Director at ACUE over 20 years’ experience building partnerships with institutions of higher education for leading education-focused companies such as Pearson, McGraw-Hill and The New York Times in the areas of eLearning, social engagement, course materials development and delivery, and enrollment management.  She’s also worked with

Cate Powell

Ms. Sawyer is the Senior Academic Operations Manager for ACUE, where she applies her experience in process improvement and streamlining workflows to ensure a positive course experience for ACUE’s partners and course takers. She is passionate about ACUE’s mission and to the belief that through a thoughtful commitment to great teaching, ACUE can enable success for college and university students. Prior to ACUE, Ms. Sawyer was the Senior Regional Sales Operations Manager at CU Direct Corporation where, along with a myriad

Jen McAllister

Jen McAllister is the Director of Program Management for ACUE. She brings to this role more than 20 years of experience managing higher education programs, projects and events. She most recently worked for the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in MBA Global Programs and Executive Development. At UNC, Ms. McAllister produced complex educational and networking events for students, faculty, staff and external guests and executive clients including the US Army, US Air Force, ExxonMobil, and Forest Labs. She

Kim Middleton, PhD

Dr. Middleton is an Academic Strategy Consultant at ACUE. Her almost 20-year career in Higher Education has focused on experimental, high-impact teaching practices and environments that create transformative learning for both students and faculty. As a professor, administrator, and scholar, Middleton’s work has attended to the core values of liberal education and identified new approaches to foreground their enduring relevance. Great teaching, she contends, is the cornerstone of that project, and she is delighted to contribute her expertise and learn

Tricia Reitz

Ms. Reitz serves as the Partnership Support Manager at ACUE. She began her career as a Secondary Education High School English teacher for Clark County School District in Nevada as well as being a coach for softball and cheerleading teams. She then continued her educational career at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit as a teacher after she moved back to her native Pennsylvania. Reitz became interested in sales and marketing and pursued that interest in different environments. She was the Project

Petra Kohlmann

Ms. Kohlmann is the Partnership Director at ACUE for the SE Region. She has spent over 18 years building partnerships with Higher Education institutions that are mission aligned. Her passion for teaching and making a positive impact on student success has brought her to ACUE. Most recently, Kohlmann was the Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships at Strategic Planning Online helping institutions better Institutional Effectiveness by improving Planning, Budgeting, Accreditation, Credentialing & Assessment processes. Previously, as Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships at

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Bacari Brown

Mr. Brown is a Partnership Director for ACUE. He has spent over 14 years building relationships and collaborating in higher education, with a specific focus on identifying new technology solutions to further improve student success and learning outcomes. For 12 years, serving in various capacities at Pearson Education and Cengage Learning, Mr. Brown helped institutions leverage innovative technologies to achieve their strategic goals. Prior to joining ACUE, he served as Executive Director of Partnerships at Knewton, a New York City-based adaptive learning company whose mission was to bring

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Elizabeth K. Lawner, PhD

Dr. Lawner directs all research activities at ACUE. Prior to ACUE, she served as an instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Connecticut. At UConn, Lawner conducted research as part of the Stigma and Identity Management Lab, which focused on investigating the impact of contending with negative group stereotypes on one’s career choices, academic performance, and health outcomes. This research included a focus on both visible stigmatized identities, such as race and gender, as well as concealable stigmatized identities,

Melissa Zantello

Ms. Zantello is the Executive Director of Academic Strategy. In this role, she leads a team of Academic Strategy Consultants who are academic advisors for partner institutions, consulting with campus leaders to design, deliver, and measure impactful offerings. Zantello joined ACUE in 2015 and originated and led the implementation for ACUE programs for five years, building a team of academics to provide guidance and ongoing support for institutions in their use of ACUE programs. Zantello’s passion lies in assisting higher

Meghan Snow, EdD

Dr. Snow is the Chief Data Officer at ACUE.  In this role she is responsible for setting and executing against a strategic research agenda and supporting a culture of data-driven decision making across the organization, with the goal of delivering on the mission to ensure student success and equity through quality instruction. At ACUE, Snow led the development of the organization’s approach to evaluating the impact of ACUE’s courses on faculty and students at partner institutions.  To date, ACUE has published

Tiffany Shen

Ms. Shen is an Accounting Manager at ACUE. She has several years of experience working as an accountant at CPA firms where she prepared and analyzed financial statements for clients ranging from individuals to private companies. Shen graduated from Oklahoma State University where she earned her BS in Finance with a minor in Accounting.

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Tricia Russ

Ms. Russ is Senior Executive Director, Partnerships, and a founding member of ACUE’s team. Our impact nationwide, in collaboration with more than 450 colleges and universities, is a direct result of Russ’s leadership and deep understanding of higher education. For more than two decades, Russ has facilitated strategic and mission-driven consultations with institutional leaders, faculty members, and staff. Her expertise identifies goals, and areas of need, and builds consensus around the best way forward. Time and again, this inclusive process has

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Barbara Rodriguez, PhD

Dr. Rodriguez is the Regional Director for Academic Programs for ACUE. She has taught in higher education for more than 20 years and continues to teach as adjunct faculty. Rodriguez has taught developmental English, composition, literature, and humanities courses. ACUE’s mission to improve student achievement through effective instruction was similar to Rodriguez’s goal while serving in administrative roles that championed faculty development. Consequently, after becoming more familiar with ACUE through an institutional partnership, Rodriguez felt that joining the ACUE team

Laurie Pendleton

Ms. Pendleton is the Executive Director of Assessment at ACUE. She has over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, building leader, and professional development specialist. For the last 18 years, she has supported schools throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates in the implementation of school reform efforts. Through this work, she has witnessed the impact of effective professional development on the improvement of teaching and learning and, ultimately, on teacher

Brigid McCarthy

Ms. McCarthy is the Director of Administration at ACUE. She brings to this role more than 20 years of experience as a senior level Executive Assistant and Project Coordinator in the financial sector. Previously, she served as an agent in the Motion Picture, Television and Theatre Division of International Creative Management (ICM), one of the largest talent agencies in the world. McCarthy’s background also includes education. She served as the Chairman of the Movement and Co-Chairman of the Musical Theatre Departments

Carmen Macharaschwili, PhD

Dr. Macharaschwili is an Academic Strategy Consultant for ACUE. She has dedicated her career to the study of teaching and learning working with students and training teachers from the elementary school level through graduate school. Macharaschwili is inspired by how effective teaching practice makes an incredible impact on student learning. Initially a consumer of ACUE resources through work with fellow faculty members in the development of a First-Year College Seminar program, she is thrilled to be able to share her

Kevin Kelly, EdD

Dr. Kelly is the Educational Advisor at ACUE. He serves as a Lecturer in Education at San Francisco State University, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate classes since 1999, and has taught at Santa Clara University as well. Throughout almost 20 years in higher education, Kelly has advanced and supported professional development efforts for higher education faculty and campus leaders. Immediate alignment with both ACUE’s mission and the team’s passion attracted him to join. Kelly was Director of Wiley Learning Institute

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Julie Candio Sekel

Ms. Candio Sekel is Executive Director, Learning Media at ACUE, where she has held several other positions including Director of Video Production, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives, and Developmental Editor. Candio Sekel has taught composition, literature, and first-year seminar courses at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Her previous roles have spanned across higher ed content development, marketing, and copyediting, including positions with Barnes & Noble College, John Wiley & Sons, Montclair State University, and the Sage journal Business and Professional

Martha Bless, PhD

Dr. Bless’s contributions to ACUE’s Community of Professional Practice include: • Cultivating Communities of Teaching Practice at Scale Dr. Bless is an Academic Director at ACUE. She was drawn to ACUE’s mission because her passion is to create transformative learning experiences for educators in order to develop and support their practices and improve student outcomes. An educator for more than 19 years, Bless is a certified teacher, administrator, and literacy specialist. She has taught high school English and served as

Doug Saidenberg

Mr. Saidenberg is the Chief Financial Officer at ACUE. Prior to joining ACUE, he worked for four years at Leeds Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in the education, training and software industries. With Leeds, Saidenberg evaluated hundreds of companies as prospective investments and also worked closely with a portfolio company focused on improving institutional outcomes across higher education. In these capacities, he saw firsthand the impact and reach great products and services can have. The opportunity to

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Brad Felix

Mr. Felix is the Chief Product Officer at ACUE. While a lifelong passion for technology has driven his ed-tech career focus, his experience as an educator “on the inside” of schools revealed to him the gap in teacher preparation that ACUE strives to solve. Early in his career, Felix served as Vice President of Technology at eCollege, helping architect and build one of the world’s first successful higher education Learning Management Systems. He then spent five years teaching in the classroom,

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