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2017 Faculty

Roy Bartels is the chief technology and information security officer for Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas. While at Western Texas College for the past 11 years, Roy has held the positions of business technology instructor, the department head for vocational instruction, associate dean of distance learning, dean of college advancement, and dean of technology. During the past ten years, he has also functioned in the following capacities: president of Scurry County Arts Alliance; president of Snyder Chamber of Commerce; secretary/treasurer of the Rotary Club of Snyder; south central region representative and board member of the Instructional Technology Council; member of the distance education advisory committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; board member of the West Texas Technology Council of the Region 14 Education Service Center for the Texas Education Agency; and north central region chairman for the Texas Distance Learning Association. Roy has traveled extensively in the United States and Europe to destinations too numerous to mention. He has resided at various times in Lubbock, Abilene, Austin, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Dallas, and Oklahoma City. He lives in the small town of Snyder, where he was raised on a cotton farm. He earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Southwestern University and master's degree in educational technology from the University of Texas at Brownsville. Roy has written six romance novels, with five more in the works.

Howard Beattie has worked at Holland College in Prince Edward Island, Canada for more than 23 years. He joined the college as a learning manager in the business information technology program and also worked in the curriculum services department. From 2007 to 2010, he managed the implementation and management of the college’s learning management system. Howard works extensively with faculty, helping them integrate technology into their distance and face-to-face classes.
Howard has received numerous awards including the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) Teaching Excellence Award. Howard has served on numerous boards of directors, including the Holland College Board of Governors. Howard has served as the international regional representative on ITC's board of directors since 2011.

Ronda Edwards is the executive director for Michigan Colleges Online, where she leads the project and works with all 28 community colleges to support their distance learning options. This includes implementation of short and long-range strategic plans and policies; coordinating the development and offering of courses and programs, faculty/staff training programs, academic support services and assessment activities; building awareness of the collaborative; and representing Michigan Colleges Online to professional organizations and other external constituents with regard to online distance education. Ronda was previously the director of academic programs for the Michigan Community College Virtual Learning Collaborative at the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) where she focused on helping colleges develop online curriculum and facilitated professional development for faculty and staff across the state. Before her role at MCCA, Ronda was the director of distance learning and media technologies at Northwestern Michigan College where she started their online course offering program. She also managed the design and construction of a 250-mile fiber optic network that connected 15 school districts to the college. The college and school districts used this network for ITV classes and Internet connections at all the sites. Ronda has served on the ITC board of directors since 1993 (as chair from 2004 to 2006).

Dr. Martin A. Hoffman, Sr. has been fascinated by educational technology since the days of 35mm filmstrips and 16mm movie projectors and has pursued this love by working at museums, libraries, and schools.  For the past two decades, he has been an administrator in postsecondary education. He is currently the Dean of Learning Resources for Rowan College at Burlington County in New Jersey where he directs the activities of the multi-campus college library, runs a professional development center and oversees the technical aspects of all online, hybrid and web-enhanced credit courses offered by the College.  He is also a Senior Adjunct faculty member at the College and teaches online and classroom courses in Computer Science, Physics, and Health Information Technology.  Martin is the immediate past-Chair of the New Jersey Community College Distance Education Affinity Group, the Executive Director of the Consortium for Distance Education a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the advancement of distance education and sits on the Board of Directors of the Instructional Technology Council.  He serves as a peer reviewer for the Quality Matters program and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.   Martin recently earned his doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership from New Jersey City University.

Fred Lokken is a professor of political science at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. Fred joined TMCC in 1991 as a political science instructor and was tenured in 1995. Since then, Fred served in a succession of administrative roles including: chair of social sciences, director for the Incline Village program, a cabinet member, the campus government liaison officer, campus lobbyist for the 2001 Nevada legislature, and coordinator, director, assistant dean, associate dean, and as dean of TMCC's WebCollege. He was also the dean for the history, political science and law programs. Fred has served on the ITC board of directors since 2004 (as chair 2008 to 2010), and for the past ten years, he has conducted ITC's annual distance education survey on trends in eLearning at community colleges. He chairs ITC's advocacy committee and serves as a member of the planning committees for the annual eLearning conference and ITC leadership academy. Fred is in his second term as chair of the American Association of Community Colleges's Council of Affiliated Councils. His community service includes his membership on the board of trustees for the Washoe County Library System.

Dr. Jean M. Runyon recently joined Front Range Community College (Larimer Campus) as vice president. She previously served as the associate vice president for learning advancement and the Virtual Campus at Anne Arundel Community College where she provided leadership and vision for the creation, continuous planning, and evaluation of learning outcomes assessment, prior learning assessment, institutional professional (faculty and staff) development, special sessions, military/veterans initiatives, the Truxal Library, supplemental instruction, the Sarbanes Center (including the Institute of the Future, the Center for Local Issues, service learning, and internships) weekend college and off-campus programs, and distance education initiatives at Anne Arundel Community College. She also served as the interim dean of the School of Business and Law. Jean was the chair for the MarylandOnline board of directors, a state-wide consortium of two- and four-year institutions, and served two terms as president of Maryland Distance Learning Association. In addition, she is actively involved in the Quality Matters (QM) Program, conducts QM training, is a master peer reviewer, and is a member of the Quality Matters academic advisory council. Jean served ten years as a board member of the Instructional Technology Council from and as the chair from 2010-2012. The Instructional Technology Council (ITC), an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), has represented higher education institutions involved in distance education throughout the United States and Canada since 1977. She currently serves on AACC’s Advisory Committee on Leadership Initiatives.  Runyon also served two terms on AACC’s Commission on Research, Technology and Emerging Trends and on AACC’s Council of Affiliated Councils.  Jean is an advisory board member of Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources. She was a professor at the College of Southern Maryland from 1985 to 2007 and was the director of the Innovative Teaching Center from 2000 to 2007.

Loraine Schmitt is the dean of distance education at Portland Community College and is the chair of the ITC board of directors. Loraine also served as the western region board member for five years. She provides leadership for strategic growth and continuous improvement of the online program and also oversaw collaborative efforts for course sharing between Oregon’s community colleges while she was dean of distance education at Chemeketa Community College. Loraine has served on the ITC board of directors since 2008 and is the current chair of ITC.  She has been a member of the ITC Distance Education Leadership Academy faculty since its inception. She holds a master's degree in adult education with a focus on instructional systems and organizational development from Oregon State University. Loraine is currently serving her second term on the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Research, Technology, and Emerging trends as well as the Council of Affiliated Councils.  She has also been active in the Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association since 1992 and served terms as contracts officer and co-chair. 

Dr. Mickey Slimp is the executive director of the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, where he leads a group of eight public two-year colleges, four universities and one university health science center working together to "increase access to educational and rural health programs for the people of Northeast Texas." One of the consortium's projects is the Northeast Texas Network (NETnet), which provides broadband access to its member campuses and SUPERnet, a K-12 collaborative broadband venture. A board member and past chair of the Instructional Technology Council, Mickey has served on AACC's Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development, as well as AACC's Commission on Academic, Student, and Community Development. He also leads ITC's New Initiatives Group, a national "brain trust" offering insights on technology and distance learning practice for the Council's membership. His work in Texas garnered him induction during 2013 into his state Distance Learning Association's Hall of Fame. The award cited his role as the founding director of the Virtual College of Texas and as the project director for Internet Teachers at Every College, which created more than 1,400 new Internet teachers statewide. The project was followed by Online Student Support at Every College, which created a parallel sequence for community college student support professionals. Mickey is a past chair of the Texas STARlink Satellite Network Advisory Board, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Distance Education Advisory Committee, the Texas Consortium of Educational Technology, the Forest Trail Library Consortium, and other professional associations. More recently, he served on the executive board of the Texas LEARN network, a fiber network serving the universities of his state. Mickey has taught as an adjunct faculty member for two Texas A&M University branches, was a research associate at the Auburn University, and holds a current faculty appointment with the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. He serves on the editorial board for the Texas Online Journal of Distance Learning.

Members of the ITC Board of Directors

The Academy will draw throughout on senior administrators from the ITC membership to provide additional presenters, activity leaders, and mentors for the participants.