Meet the Team
As individuals and a collective, OTL supports many initiatives and programs throughout the Smith School and the University of Maryland. Under the fearless leadership of our director, Daniel Carchidi, and as an important aspect of the dean's initiative around continuous improvement, we are seen as leaders and innovators within the instructional design and higher education communities.
Meet The Team
Assistant Director, Office of Transformational Learning
MS, Organization Development and Knowledge Management, George Mason University
BA, Russian and International Relations, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Alexis Li manages Smith's Assurance of Learning (AoL) initiative, facilitating the process of gathering, analyzing, and reporting on student learning outcomes. She also handles a portfolio of projects, including the OTL internship program and several Dean's initiatives. She has honed her organizational, program management, and process improvement skills over the past nine years at both academic and research institutions. Her prior experience includes managing professional development programs, facilitating experiential learning opportunities, and guiding software adoption initiatives. Her passion lies in leveraging collaborative learning and equipping students with the skill sets needed for career success. She is an avid yoga practitioner and recently completed specialized training in yin yoga.
PhD, Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland
MA, International Communication, Dublin City University, Ireland
BA, Language and Culture, University College Cork, Ireland
After coming from her hometown in Cork, Ireland, Doireann Renzi joined UMD as an international student in the College of Education in 2013. Renzi earned her PhD in 2018 with a research focus on the origins and basis of optimal shared communication. At OTL, Renzi fuses her passion for teaching and fostering communication and engagement with her pedagogical expertise and own teaching experience to work with faculty and other instructors in order to advance their teaching skills, maximize student learning, and create a positive classroom climate. As an international student and communication specialist, Renzi also works collaboratively with instructors across the business school who want to incorporate classroom discussion and interactive learning into their courses. When she's not working, she can be found on her yoga mat, explaining Irish phrases, baking bread, meditating in DC's public parks, or hiking with her wonderful husband and two cats!
Senior Instructional Designer
BS, History, Texas Woman's University
As an instructional designer, Leslie Lindsey supports OTL in Smith's experiential learning initiatives. She joined the team with more than a decade of experience in teaching and learning, program development, and community outreach in higher education and the nonprofit sector, including her alma mater, Texas Woman's University, where she also worked in the Pioneers Oral History Project and taught United States history. A committed advocate for public education, her research interests include critical pedagogies, marginalized populations, and the history of technology.
Faculty Specialist and Instructional Designer
BS, Emerging Media, Ithaca College
MS, Human-Computer Interaction, University of Maryland
Carrie Lindeman is a faculty specialist on the faculty development team. She has studied the intersection of user experience, computer science, and education. She has worked on research about intelligent tutoring systems for online textbooks and just-in-time learning solutions for computer science. Lindeman is privileged to be an adjunct lecturer for the Information Science School at UMD. She enjoys embroidering, cross-stitching, and sewing in her free time!
Instructional Designer and E-Learning Developer
MA, History, Istanbul Bilgi University
BA, History, Portland State University
Joshua Shannon-Chastain is an instructional designer on the Non-Degree Program team. He has published research on student interaction and engagement with e-learning materials and presented at international conferences and workshops in the United States, Germany, and Turkey. He enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife and daughter.
Program Manager, Course Development
MS, Human Resource Development, the University of Texas at Tyler
BS, Public Administration, Shippensburg University
Jennifer Hoeritz has been in the learning and development field for over 15 years specializing in creating innovative courseware in multiple modalities for adult learners. She has designed courses for face-to-face, hybrid, and online deliveries utilizing multiple approaches to include; the flipped classroom, universal design for learning, social learning, and experiential learning. She's created over 100 courses for learners that range from undergraduate students to senior-level executives. Not only does she enjoy designing courseware, but she loves to streamline instructional design projects by identifying the right mix of flowcharting, project management, and templates to manage the work and set stakeholder expectations. When Hoeritz is not working, she's teaching a graduate instructional design course for American University or training for a race. She's run several marathons, countless half marathons and also coaches in various running programs on the side. Her latest coaching effort was teaching young girls about self-esteem while training them to run a 5k through the "Girls on the Run" program. When not training others to run, she's running to keep up with her husband and two children.
Senior Instructional Designer
MA, Instructional Systems Development, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
BA, Communications and Media Studies, Goucher College
Candice Binuyo collaborates with faculty and staff to develop high-quality learning experiences for students. She supports faculty by recommending active learning strategies for face-to-face, online and blended courses. Prior to joining UMD, she designed and developed interactive educational resources and developed scenario- and project-based educational courses for the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC). She brings a wealth of knowledge about online instruction as she previously worked for Laureate Online Education and UMUC. Binuyo lives in Baltimore, Md., and enjoys taking kickboxing and body combat classes.
Instructional Designer and E-Learning Developer
MEd, Johns Hopkins University
Instructional Systems Design Certification, UMBC
Marni Blachowicz is an Instructional designer with over 10 years experience in writing, researching and developing courses for both corporate learning and higher education. After a successful career in the arts, she received her master's in education from Johns Hopkins University and a postgraduate certificate in instructional design from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. She currently lives in Catonsville, Md., and is raising two wild and fun boys with her husband.
MA, Information Systems; University of Maryland
BS, Information Systems & Accounting; University of Maryland
After graduating with a master's degree in information systems, Jiming Wu joined OTL as an Instructional Technologist on the Course Development team. She supports the iteration of courses for multiple programs by performing timeliness of the edits and quality assurance checks. She also supports the Non-Degree Program (NDP) team on course duplications on the EdX platform. When needed, she also trains interns on basic Canvas skills to get them prepared for projects. Due to her interest in data and skill set in analytics, she is actively working on an analytics group across teams to make better sense of learner analytics. Since Wu was a little girl, she started playing the violin and painting, which added much spiciness to her life.
Instructional Technology Specialist
Suzanne Hurley works under the EdTech team whose primary responsibilities consist of supporting Canvas, lecture capture, web conferencing, and other instructional tools. Prior to joining the OTL, Hurley worked for the Office of Smith IT for 15 years doing many different jobs ranging from helpdesk support to Citrix administration & classroom image deployment. In her spare time, she enjoys building mechanical keyboards and playing co-op video games such as World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Fortnite.
Assistant Director, Educational Technology
Theresa Ewing oversees the Educational Technology team at OTL, which consists of academic technology, media production, and graphic design. Ewing has been a member of the Smith community since she was a student at UMD, supporting the Supply Chain Management Center before moving to Smith IT. During her many years with Smith IT, she had a number of roles including academic technology support specialist, and then digital media manager, before becoming assistant director of academic technology and media production. Now at OTL, she and her team provide academic technology support and digital media creation services for OTL, as well as for the Smith community as a whole. Ewings's parents both attended the University of Maryland and were born and raised in the area surrounding campus. She currently resides in College Park with her husband and son.
BFA, Graphic Design, Shepherd University
As a graphic designer, Nikk Bonneau supports the OTL team to achieve innovative and cohesive designs that help augment the University's brand. After 12 years in the outdoor recreation industry, affording him an unmatched calm under pressure, Bonneau entered the design scene with a focus on strengthening brand assets. His graphic style offers clean and efficient visual communication, to accommodate the team's broad audience. Bonneau uses his free time to paddle the east coast's best whitewater and dabble in any adventure that requires copious amounts of gear.