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OEN Team

David Ernst, Ph.D.

DAVID ERNST, Ph.D.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dave is graduate faculty and Chief Information Officer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. Dave is the Director of the Center for Open Education and the Executive Director of the Open Education Network, which works to improve higher education through the advancement of open educational resources and practices.

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Tanya Grosz, Ph.D.

TANYA GROSZ, Ph.D.

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Tanya is the Director of Educational Programs with the Open Education Network. Tanya began her career as a high school English teacher before completing a Ph.D. in Education and Online Teaching and Learning. After hearing Cable Green keynote at the MN eLearning Summit in 2011, a new love for open education began, and with the OEN’s help, she spearheaded an open textbook initiative at the University of Northwestern – St. Paul which led to the creation of the first Z degree in the state of Minnesota.

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Tonia Johnson

TONIA JOHNSON

DIGITAL CONTENT STRATEGIST

Tonia is a marketing communications professional recognized for award-winning print and digital content that has driven strategic outcomes for higher education as well as architectural/engineering, health care, business, and manufacturing industries. She is an honor graduate of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, having earned her B.A. in Art and Journalism.

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Karen Lauritsen

KAREN LAURITSEN​

PUBLISHING DIRECTOR

Karen has worked with educational communities for 20+ years and is dedicated to open knowledge production and sharing. As publishing director she develops strategies to increase open textbook publishing in higher education and oversees the Open Textbook Library. In her free time, Karen likes to create habitat gardens, dance and read.

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Andy Seroff

ANDY SEROFF

DEVELOPER

Andy is a web application developer who previously worked in social media and entertainment technology with startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.S. in Software Engineering from the University of Minnesota. In addition to coding, Andy is an accomplished athlete and musician.

Barry Stehlik

BARRY STEHLIK

ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST

Barry makes sure everyone gets where they need to go and keeps the network on track. With so many members and continued growth, there is an endless sea of things to do and maintain. Barry handles it all with ease, so we can focus our efforts on helping students.

Barb Thees

BARB THEES

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Barb has spent the last ten years working in the field of international education managing events, collaborating with educators on international programming, and promoting learning abroad opportunities to students. She earned her B.A. in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Affairs degree at the University of Minnesota.  

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Duy Vo

ELLORY WOLIN

STUDENT ADMIN

Ellory is a second-year student in the University of Minnesota’s Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling. She received her B.A. from Macalester College in biology, chemistry, and psychology. She is passionate about providing equitable access to resources, ranging from those in higher education to genetic healthcare services. In her free time, she enjoys biking, painting, singing, and dogs!

Steering Committee

ELIZABETH CLARAGE

Elizabeth is the Director of Collections Services for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) where she works with CARLI members to promote the cooperation and collaboration of open educational resources (OER) as they establish institutional OER and affordable initiatives. As a liaison to the consortium’s Open Educational Resources Committee, Elizabeth helps to develop and present OER workshops to both librarians and teaching faculty.

Kim Lynch

KIM LYNCH

As part of Minnesota State’s Academic and Student Affairs division, Kim Lynch leads Educational Innovations, a team that facilitates the use of technology for academic and student success across 37 colleges and universities, including systemwide work expanding Z-degrees and the adoption of open educational resources.

HEATHER McCULLOUGH

Dr. Heather McCullough is the Associate Director for Faculty Development at the Center for Teaching and Learning at UNC Charlotte. She is the Co-Chair of the UNC System OER and Affordability Council. She was previously Professor and Head of Digital Scholarship at the J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte where she initiated open access journal publishing and an open access data repository. She has been a professor of French Language and Literature, Global International & Area Studies, and Communication Studies, and is an affiliate faculty of Africana Studies. She is a faculty for the EDUCAUSE Digital Transformation Learning Lab and the EDUCAUSE Digital Learning Leaders Institute.

Urooj Nizami

UROOJ NIZAMI

As Open Education Strategist in the Office of Open Education at KPU, Urooj supports and facilitates open education initiatives by providing expertise through consultations and technical training. She oversees the management of the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Program, the Open Education Research Institute, and provides support to Open Educational Resources (OER) grantees, Open Pedagogy Fellows, and Open Education Research Fellows. Urooj also co-facilitates the use of KPU’s Open Publishing Suite (OPUS).

Wayde Oshiro

WAYDE OSHIRO

Wayde Oshiro is the Interim Learning Commons and Library Coordinator at Leeward Community College in Pearl City, Hawaiʻi. He has over twenty years of experience in academic librarianship including positions in public services, reference, instruction, and leadership. In 2014, Wayde was on the two-person team that established the OER initiative at Leeward. Since 2015 he has served as a lead for the University of Hawaiʻi Community Colleges System OER Initiative. Wayde has facilitated faculty workshops ranging from one-hour open textbook review sessions to a five-day OER track for faculty members from across the University of Hawaiʻi System. His recent interests include OER stewardship and the sustainability of initiatives.

YANG WU

Yang Wu is the Open Resources Librarian at Clemson University, South Carolina, specializing in OER and Open Education. He is the current Chair of PASCAL, the South Carolina academic library consortium's Affordable Learning Committee and has served as the contributing editor of the OER & Beyond Blog and on the Open Education Conference Communications Committee. Yang has the OEN's Certificate of OER Librarianship and is also a 2021 recipient of the US Department of Education's Open Textbook Pilot grant.

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