Meet the Team

OTL Team Photo
OTL Team Photo

ABOUT US

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

Daniel CarchidiDaniel Carchidi
Director, Office of Transformational Learning

PhD, Organizational and Administrative Behavior, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, University of Michigan
MA, Social Studies Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
BA, History and Economics, University of Connecticut

Dan oversees OTL's multifaceted and talented team of educational professionals who are charged with providing innovation and scale for high-quality learning experiences, assurance of learning, as well as support and consultation to Smith students and faculty.^ He comes to Smith with experience in Open Education, online course development, faculty development and academic technology including leadership roles at MIT and the University of New Hampshire. Dan enjoys travel and has visited such varied locations as the Sinai Peninsula, Kosovo and Grinnell, Iowa. He is a women's college basketball fan and looks forward to cheering for the Terrapins (except when they play against the UConn Huskies). Dan and his wife Lisa are the parents of two teenage daughters who, like their parents, enjoy exploring the world.

Alexis LiAlexis Li
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 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.

Candance BinuyoCandice Binuyo
Senior Instructional Designer

MA, Instructional Systems Development, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
BA, Communications and Media Studies, Goucher College

Candice 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. Candice lives in Baltimore, Md., and enjoys taking Kickboxing and Body Combat classes.

Marni BlachowiczMarni Blachowicz
Senior Instructional Designer

MEd, Johns Hopkins University
Instructional Systems Design Certification, UMBC

Marni 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 masters 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.

Nikk BonneauNikk Bonneau
Graphic Designer

BFA, Graphic Design, Shepherd University

As a graphic designer, Nikk 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, Nikk 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. Nikk uses his free time to paddle the east coast's best whitewater and dabble in any adventure that requires copious amounts of gear.

Therese EwingTheresa Ewing
Assistant Director, Educational Technology

Theresa oversees the Educational Technology team at OTL, which consists of Academic Technology, Media Production, and Graphic Design. Theresa 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.

Theresa's parents both attended the University of Maryland, and was born and raised in the area surrounding campus. She currently resides in College Park with her husband and son.

Arifa Garman
Instructional Designer and E-Learning Developer

EdD, Educational/Instructional Technology Distance Education, University of West Florida
MS, Educational Leadership and Administration, Florida State University

Arifa was the Executive Director of eLearning and Testing at Gulf Coast State College (GCSC). Arifa lead the eLearning department for the last 15 years focusing on course quality design and course review, faculty professional development and technology and pedagogy tools. Arifa has also served on several committees at the State Level, like Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC). She chaired the Quality Workgroup for FLVC for two years as well as served as a member on the Board of Governors (BOG) Quality Course Design and BOG Professional Development.  She has served as an Advisory Board member for the TOPKit for several years (an online community for faculty professional development.)  She was the chair of the Workshop for TOPKit in 2019. She is also active in her community, serving as a Board Member with Life- Management Center for over 5 years and a Chairwoman of the Board in 2015-2016. She serves on the Muslim-Jewish Women Community service and is a judge at the Regional level for both Science and History fair for many years. She now works with the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business as an instructional Designer for the Non-Degree Programs team.

Jennifer HoeritzJennifer Hoeritz
Assistant Director, Course Development

MS, Human Resource Development, the University of Texas at Tyler
BS, Public Administration, Shippensburg University

Jennifer 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 the instructional design projects by identifying the right mix of flowcharting, project management, and templates to manage the work and set stakeholder expectations. When Jennifer 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 Jennifer is not training others to run, she's running to keep up with her husband and two children.

Suzanne HurleySuzanne Hurley
Instructional Technology Specialist

Suzanne works under the EdTech team who's primary responsibilities consist of supporting Canvas, lecture capture, web conferencing, and other instructional tools. Prior to joining the OTL, Suzanne 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.

Carrie LindemanCarrie Lindeman
Instructional Designer and E-Learning Developer

BS, Emerging Media, Ithaca College
MS, Human-Computer Interaction, University of Maryland

Carrie is an instructional designer on the Non-Degree Program 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. Carrie has worked in both the commercial and academic worlds of instructional design and utilizes that experience as part of the OTL team. She enjoys music and is happy to find opportunities to sing in local ensembles.

Leslie LindseyLeslie Lindsey
Senior Instructional Designer

BS, History, Texas Woman's University

As an instructional designer, Leslie 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.

Doireann RenziDoireann Renzi
Instructional Consultant

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 joined UMD as an international student in the College of Education in 2013. Doireann earned her PhD in 2018 with a research focus on the origins and basis of optimal shared communication. At OTL, Doireann 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, Doireann 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, Doireann 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!

Joshua Shannon-Chastain

Joshua Shannon-Chastain
Instructional Designer and E-Learning Developer

MA, History, Istanbul Bilgi University
BA, History, Portland State University

Joshua 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.

Jonathan SouthgateJonathan Southgate
Assistant Director, Experiential Learning

MS, Instructional Systems Design with a focus on Instructional Technology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
BA, International Relations, American University

Jonathan is an instructional designer working with the experiential learning team under the guidance of Allison Nederveld. For more than six years, he has worked to develop innovative and solutions-driven instructional deliverables that meet the needs of his clients. Before joining Smith, Jonathan worked for various bureaus at the State Department including Passport Services and the Foreign Service Institute designing in-person and e-learning based courses. Outside of work, Jonathan volunteers for several organizations including the Association for Talent Development and Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. He enjoys honing his photography and cooking skills, fostering animals of all sizes, and planning a wedding with his wonderful fiance, Lauren.

Jessica Wokas
Instructional Designer and E-Learning Developer

MA, Curriculum and Instruction, Saint Xavier University
BA, English, The University of Virginia

Jessica is an instructional designer on the Non-Degree Program team. She has taught secondary education for fourteen years before coming over to higher education. She has a passion for scope and sequence learning and providing high engagement materials for learners. Jessica has served in various leadership roles in the public school setting and is excited to bring her array of knowledge and expertise to the non degree programs. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking peaceful walks in nature.

Jiming WuJiming Wu
Instructional Technologist

MA, Information Systems; University of Maryland
BS, Information Systems & Accounting; University of Maryland

After graduating with a master's degree in information systems, Jiming 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 Jiming was a little girl, she started playing the violin and painting, which added much spiciness to her life.

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