DAVID ERNST, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Larson is the OEN 2022-2023 Fellow developing our Open Pedagogy Action Pathway. In this role she will create the faculty learning circle program, including facilitating OEN-wide faculty learning circles focused on open pedagogical practices and developing training for OEN members to run their own learning circles. Amanda is the Affordable Learning Instructional Consultant at The Ohio State University where she creates professional development opportunities for staff, librarians, and instructors around open pedagogy and open educational practices.
SENIOR DIRECTOR, PUBLISHING
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.
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 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.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Barb loves connecting people and ideas, and appreciates that open education is a catalyst for doing just that. Her role focuses on listening to the needs of the OEN community and facilitating opportunities for members to support one another in their work. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and a Master of Public Affairs, and her interests include environmental sustainability, outdoor adventures and all things travel.
Larane works with new and returning OEN members to complete membership contracts and answer member questions related to the contracting process. She also coordinates OEN events and workshops, and provides support for the program application and award processes, including for the OEN certificate programs. Larane earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northern State University.
OPEN EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES SPECIALIST
Jamie is the Open Educational Practices Specialist with the Open Education Network. She serves as the point of contact for all OEN-supported online platforms and technologies and brings experience as a former OER Librarian to advance open educational practices. Jamie earned her MLIS from Florida State University. In her free time, she likes to hike, read, and spend time with her family.
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!
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.
Amanda is an Open Education Strategist at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU), supporting faculty in the sharing, creating, and use of open education practices and facilitating open education initiatives such as the Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) Initiative, the OER Grant program, and KPU's Open Publishing Suite (OPUS). As a trained librarian, Amanda has worked on open education initiatives for several institutions in British Columbia.
Dr. Heather McCullough is the Director of Learning and Technology for the University of North Carolina System. In this role, she collaborates and liaises with the 17-campus system around online learning, faculty development, and learning technologies that support student success. 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.
Ben Rawlins is the Associate Dean for Outreach, Engagement and Collections at the University of Kentucky Libraries and is a member of the Kentucky Virtual Library’s (KYVL) Affordable Learning Steering Committee. He has led OER initiatives at institutions in three different states (New York, Texas, and Kentucky). His work on OER discovery and curation, as a co-developer of the OER search tool OASIS, has been recognized by the Open Education Consortium and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
David Tully is the Librarian for Student Success & Affordability at North Carolina State University Libraries. In his role he helps lead the Alt-Textbook committee and the Open Pedagogy Incubator as well as develop additional programs, services and other forms of academic support for students and faculty, reflecting the Libraries’ and the university’s commitment to making higher education more equitable and inclusive.
Yang Wu is the Open Resources Librarian at Clemson University, South Carolina, specializing in OER and Open Education. He is a member of PASCAL, the South Carolina academic library consortium's Affordable Learning Committee, a member of a PASCAL taskforce to set up state funding for OER initiatives in South Carolina, and an Editorial Review Board Member for the Journal of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education, a new peer reviewed OER publication. 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.