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Alexandera (Sasha) Thackaberry

edusasha.com Sasha.Thackaberry
sashatberr@gmail.com @sashatberr

Strategic leader, skilled at devising and implementing innovative solutions to large challenges.
Passionate about education as the primary vehicle for opportunity for all learners to achieve their
potential and live purposeful lives.

SUMMARY OF SKILLS AND POSITIONS

CORE SKILLS
• Experienced leader in online learning with a focus on consensus-building to create cultural
change in support of world-class learning experiences and institutional economic growth.
• Proven record of initiating and executing systemic changes to support high-quality learning
experiences at scale.
• Extensive experience with Next Generation Learning models including Competency-Based
Education, gamification, personalized learning, digital badges, ePortfolios and MOOCs.
• Committed to continual learning personally, and to fostering growth for faculty and staff.
• Philosophical focus on human design, creating ease-of-use for learners and faculty.

ADMINISTRATION & LEADERSHIP


• Vice Provost, Digital and Continuing Education, Louisiana State University
• Assistant Vice President, Academic Technology, Course Production and New Learning Models,
Southern New Hampshire University
• District Director, eLearning Technologies, Cuyahoga Community College
• Manager of Next Generation Learning, Cuyahoga Community College
• Senior Instructional Designer, Cuyahoga Community College
• Online Learning Coordinator, WVIZ/PBS ideastream®

CONSULTING
• Consultant, Systemic eLearning Design Improvement, Forsyth Technical Community College
• Consultant, Systemic eLearning Conversion, Design & Development, Parker®
• Consultant, Instructional Designer and Developer, Quality Matters®
• Consultant, Instructional Designer for Professional Development, Bedford City Schools

TEACHING & RELATED EXPERIENCE


• Adjunct Faculty, Kent State University
• Quality Matters Facilitator, Face-to-Face and Online
• Online Course Facilitator for Pilot Courses, WVIZ/PBS ideastream®
• Teacher, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
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EDUCATION
PhD in Higher Educational Administration, May 2017
Dissertation, Competency-Based Education: An Emerging Taxonomy
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Master in the Art of Teaching, May 2002


Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Bachelor of Fine Arts, August 2000


The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Vice Provost, Digital and Continuing Education May 2018 – Present
Associate Vice Provost, Online and Distance Learning Feb 2018 – May 2018
• Leads the strategy, planning and execution for expanding the online learning portfolio, focusing
on high-quality learning experiences with world-class customer service. Focusing on ruthless
prioritization of quality of online programs and customer service in support of an R1 mission as a
land, sea, and space grant institution.
• Leads functional teams across the portfolio, including business and operations, new program
development, instructional design and development, learner experience and support.
• Leads combined efforts for online programs across the LSU family of universities, including
campuses at Alexandria and Eunice.
• Manages Continuing Education programs, including K-12, community programming, and
professional development. Leading conversion of face-to-face professional development
programming to self-paced, online formats, with mechanisms for PLA built-in.
• Leads the creation of scalable design and development process for the building and
maintenance of courses to be used across a spectrum of high-quality learning experiences.
• Manages a budget of $19 million, half of which is a revenue-generating, self-sustaining unit.
• Conducted thorough current-state analysis, evaluated needs based on enrollment goals,
proposed new team structure and positions, created new strategic goals and worked to build
institutional buy-in, renamed combined division to Digital and Continuing Education.
• Created new culture in Digital and Continuing Education, moving to a matrix-oriented “squad”
approach, with new functional teams in Product Strategy (including User Experience), Marketing
and Recruitment, Instructional Design and Development, Program Development, Business
Operations and Technology, and Professional and Community Programs.
• Supported creation of financial projection tools (pro formas) in order to assess viability of
standing up specific programs; initiated and led creation of a formalized online program
development process including market analysis, financial analysis, etc., to focus on growth.
• Developed innovative spectrum approach to a strengths-based program development process
to ensure that all learning experiences are built (1) stackable, (2) scalable, (3) maintainable, with
a focus on ROI for the learner and the institution.
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Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire


Assistant Vice President, Academic Technology and New Learning Models Feb 2016 – 2018
• Led the development of a next-generation student learning ecosystem including current and
emerging technologies. Leads the analysis of core components of the learning ecosystem as
well as extensible tools in multimedia streaming, student engagement tools, ePortfolios, digital
badging and microcredentials. Responsible for development and implementation of multi-year
strategic academic technology plan.
• Initiated and led an LMS conversion from Blackboard Learn 2014 to Brightspace by D2L from the
justification for change, gaining cultural buy-in, through the fastest implementation of a new
LMS at scale, bringing 17,000 graduate learners online in 4 months, and another 70,000
undergraduate learners online two months later.
• Leds new learning models from conceptualization through implementation, including the
College of Online and Continuing Educations’ accelerated learning program SNHU|Accel.
• Led initiatives on the modularization of curriculum design to be deployed across delivery
modalities; working towards a flexible future of personalized educational modalities.
• Directed project work regarding implementation, upgrades and ongoing support of academic
technology systems and course production, including front end LMS upgrades, course
enhancements and associated procurement and RFPs for academic technologies.
• Managed team of over professionals (teams include new course development, course
maintenance, academic technology, multimedia, and SNHU|Accel/CBE,) developing team
members through continual professional development, coaching and mentoring.
• Manages area budget of $1.5 million (without team salary lines.)

Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio 2009—2016


District Director, eLearning Technologies 2013 – Jan 2016
• Provided strategic direction for college-wide projects related to digital education including
initiating and leading the evaluation of Learning Management Systems (LMS).
• Promoted and led innovative learning model initiatives including gamification and game-based
initiatives, Competency-Based Education, and digital badges.
• Served as Project Lead for the development of a Competency-Based Education certificate and
degree program in IT through EDUCAUSE’s Breakthrough Models Incubator.
• Managed direct reports; led a team of edtech professionals, managed $700,000 budget.
• Directed eLearning technical operations and projects, including the administration and front-end
support for Blackboard Learn, Adobe Connect, Camtasia Relay, SoftChalk, Sharestream and
others, including supervising upgrades, associated communications, and Tier IV support.
• Spoke regionally and nationally on the use of innovative learning models, including at Educause,
WCET, Quality Matters, Innovations, and Learning with MOOCs at MIT.
• Managed QM process for course submission and faculty professional development; QM
Coordinator for Tri-C; member of the Ohio QM Consortium Executive Committee.
• Led the creation of a gamified online version of the First Year Experience course, a new
eLearning Orientation, and the creation of a “Student Survival Site” for learner support.
• Served as member of multiple college-wide committees including the Emerging Teaching and
Learning Innovations Committee, the Technology Governance Committee, the Distance Learning
Committee, the Technology Forum Steering Committee and others.
• Systematically crafted operational processes that are purposefully transparent, accessible, and
efficient by simplifying methods for internal team collaboration.
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Manager of Next Generation Learning 2012 – 2013


• Advocated, proposed, implemented and managed innovative programs utilizing new learning
models for systemic positive impact on student success.
• Led project teams relating to new and emerging innovative uses of technology for student
success, including Tri-C’s first MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) through a Gates
Foundation grant, as well as the Social Media Technology Grant activities.
• Initiated new projects for college-wide adoption to improve student outcomes, including the
Gaming Incubation Group for Tri-C to support edugaming projects.
• Planned and implemented college-wide celebration of National Distance Learning Week, with
professional development for faculty and staff in addition to student activities.
• Devised and managed the eLearning and Innovation (eLi) social media outreach and preparation
for social learning, including the eLi blog, (elearningandinnovation.com).

Senior Instructional Designer, Office of eLearning and Innovation 2009 – 2012


• Designed courses to train college faculty in quality instructional design for online environments
in a tiered training environment for fulfillment of a Title III grant. Designed face-to-face
workshops. Created Train-the-Trainer materials, Facilitator Guides, and Learner Guides.
• Project managed and designed a Math Sample course for a hybrid course, using an Open
eTextbook; faculty involved received the Ohio Board of Regents 2011 Faculty Innovator Award.
• Designed and developed Dean’s Training to illustrate quality online learning environments.
• Collaboratively designed a new course template with streamlined course navigation, integrating
student resources; it won Innovation of the Year 2010 from the League for Innovation.
Presented this template at the Quality Matters 2012 conference.
• Created the Instructional Design Toolkit, a Sloane-C Best Practice, with Creative Commons
licensing to provide easily accessible tools for faculty on instructional design.
• Participated in multiple Title III committees, including Teaching for Online Learning, Master
(Sample) Course (co-chair), eLearning Orientation, and Quality and Course Design.
• Supported the college-wide transition of online courses from Blackboard 8 to 9.1.
• Drove awareness and adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) through faculty training.
• Served as a statewide trainer for the face-to-face Applying the Quality Matters (APPQMR) Rubric
Training; certified face-to-face and online APPQMR trainer.

WVIZ/PBS ideastream® 2007 – 2009


Online Learning Coordinator
• Led online professional development program for K-12 teachers with over 1,200 in-service
teachers engaged annually.
• Managed a team of 16 online facilitators, including monitoring progress and consistency in all
online courses through WVIZ/PBS, implementing facilitator standards & performance
• Managed designer/developers for all new courses developed in Moodle for in-service teachers.
• As revenue-generating division of a non-profit, managed annual department budget of
$400,000, including grant management and facilitator compensation models.
• Created partnerships with organizations across Ohio for program expansion, including Logan
County Educational Service Center (ESC), Lucas County ESC, Stark-Portage Area Computer
Consortium, Tri-County ESC, and Trumbull County ESC.
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• Coordinated graduate credit for online courses with embedded university partners Ashland
University and Cleveland State University. Expanded university partnerships to include Notre
Dame College and The University of Akron.
• Designed and developed new online courses in Moodle; facilitated pilot versions.
• Wrote, received, and reported on grants for innovative project support through PBS TeacherLine
via the U.S. DOE more than doubling the grant award over three years.

Actors’ Summit Theater


Director of Development and Education 2006 – 2007
• Wrote grants, and received funding from foundations including: The Ohio Arts Council, The
Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, The Musson Foundation and The Ritchie Memorial
Foundation; expanded foundation funding base to include new grantors and those who had not
funded the theater in five years or more, including The GAR Foundation, The Akron Community
Foundation, The Murdough Foundation, and The OMNOVA Solutions Foundation.
• Designed arts-integration, standards-based curriculum guides for teachers.

CONSULTING

Forsyth Technical Community College


Consultant – Systemic eLearning Design Improvement 2015 – 2016
• Creating a systemic instructional design and development quality process, including:
• A framework for quality assurance in multiple domains associated with online and
blended/hybrid course design and delivery, as well as program support services, faculty
development, and integrated student engagement; provides recommendations for categorical
training needs for faculty professional development,
• An assessment of instructional practice based on the framework grounded in research-based
best practices; recommends strategies for implementing reflective-based practices, and
• A keynote speaking engagement and professional development workshops.

Parker® 2012 – 2012


Consultant – Systemic eLearning Conversion, Design & Development
• Consultant for eLearning process conversion for a major Fortune 500 company whose business
is engineered products with industrial, hydraulic, and aerospace applications.
• Created internal design and development processes to make Parker independently capable of
converting content and migrating it into Moodle 2.2, including design organization templates.
• Crafted customized course template for consistency, ease-of-use for learners, and unified
learner messaging for participants; created a built-in process for continuing improvement.
• Advised on development tools and build-out of eLearning with future expansion in mind for
modalities including mobile learning and world-wide implementation with Subject Matter
Experts from multiple countries.

Quality Matters® 2011 – 2012


Consultant - Instructional Designer and Developer
• Designed and developed Moodle courses focusing on quality instructional design principles for
professional development of higher education faculty, including: Creating a Foundation with
Learning Objectives (Standard 2), Connecting Learning Objectives and Assessments (Standards 2
& 3), Link Instructional Materials and Learner Engagement (Standards 4 & 5).
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• Implemented a wide range of technologies for the creation of learning objects.


• Assisted in the redesign and redevelopment of the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric
(APPQMR) – QM’s flagship training course.

Bedford City School District 2011 – 2011


Consultant - Instructional Designer for Professional Development
• Designed and developed an online faculty training workshop for K-12 in-service teachers in
Moodle focusing on crafting quality courses through instructional design for K-12 students.
• Showcased a variety of eLearning authoring tools, including avatars, Prezis, embedded
Slideshare presentations, wikis, and other multimedia tools.
• Coordinated granting of graduate credit for licensure renewal through Ashland University.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Kent State University


Adjunct Faculty 2014 – present
• Teaches “The Guide to Everything eLearning for the Higher Education Administrator,” a 3 credit
online course offered through the Higher Education Administration graduate program.
• Modules included The History of Distance Learning, Instructional Design & Development, New
Learning Models (Next Generation Learning,) eLearning Infrastructure and Architecture, Online
Programs, eStudent Services and Leadership in eLearning Environments.
• All learners created an ePortfolio and individual presentations in diverse technologies to
demonstrate their competencies: http://www.pinterest.com/sashatberr/eportfolios/.

Quality Matters®
Online Instructor/Facilitator 2011 – 2012
• Facilitated online professional development workshops for faculty nationwide on instructional
design using the Quality Matters rubric and process including Applying the Quality Matters
Rubric Workshop both online and at institutions throughout ohio.
• Online professional development workshops facilitated include: Creating a Foundation with
Learning Objectives (Standard 2), Connecting Learning Objectives and Assessments (Standards 2
& 3), Link Instructional Materials and Learner Engagement (Standards 4 & 5).

WVIZ/PBS ideastream®
Facilitator for Pilot Courses as Online Learning Coordinator 2007 – 2009
• Designed, developed, and facilitated pilot online courses in Moodle, including online book
groups for Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen, Boys Adrift by Leonard Sax, Odd Girl Out
by Rachel Simmons, Powerful Times by Eamonn Kelly, and Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax.
• Audience was in-service K-12 teachers obtaining graduate credit for courses through Ashland
University, Cleveland State University, Notre Dame University and the University of Akron.

Cleveland Municipal School District & The International Preparatory School


Mentor Teacher, Teacher 2002 – 2005
• Successfully mentored two fellow teachers through their Praxis III assessments to obtain their
five-year professional teaching licenses.
• Created project-based arts integration activities for students school-wide.
• Developed and taught daily lessons for over 400 students.
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PUBLICATIONS

Thackaberry, S. (2019, February 1). Past the point of no return: The not-so-shadow education sector.
WCET Frontiers. Retrieved from https://wcetfrontiers.org/2019/02/01/past-the-point-of-no-
return/

Thackaberry, A. S. (2018, October 25). Redesigning higher ed with the student at the
center. evoLLLution. Retrieved from https://evolllution.com/attracting-
students/todays_learner/redesigning-higher-ed-with-the-student-at-the-center/

Thackaberry, S. (2018, January 10). Does your institution really need a new LMS?. Inside HigherEd.
Retrieved from https://www.insidehighered.com/digital-learning/views/2018/01/10/does-your-
institution-really-need-new-lms

Thackaberry. (2017, October 4). The puzzle of the macro in the micro. EDUCAUSE Review. Retrieved
from https://er.educause.edu/blogs/2017/10/the-puzzle-of-the-macro-in-the-micro

Thackaberry, A.S. (2017, July 20). In defense of the LMS. WCET Frontiers. Retrieved from
https://wcetfrontiers.org/2017/07/20/in-defense-of-the-lms/

Thackaberry, A.S. (2017, March 13). Mission driven, common challenges. EDUCAUSE Review. Retrieved
from http://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/3/mission-driven-common-challenges

Thackaberry, A. S. (2016, October 27). The Next Big Thing in CBE Isn’t a Program Model. evoLLLution.
Retrieved from https://evolllution.com/technology/tech-tools-and-resources/the-next-big-
thing-in-cbe-isnt-a-program-model/

Thackaberry, A. S. (2016, March 7). A CBE overview: A taste of CBE today. evoLLLution. Retrieved from
http://evolllution.com/programming/applied-and-experiential-learning/a-cbe-overview-a-taste-
of-cbe-today/

Thackaberry, A. S. (2016, February 29). A CBE overview: A recent history of CBE. evoLLLution. Retrieved
from http://evolllution.com/programming/applied-and-experiential-learning/a-cbe-overview-
the-recent-history-of-cbe/

Thackaberry, S. (2015, November 16). Rapid fire feedback from #WCET15 e-Literate [Web log post].
Retrieved from http://mfeldstein.com/rapid-fire-feedback-from-wcet15/

Thackaberry, A. S. (2015). Massively micro: Unbundling education 2.0. Learning Abstracts, 18(10).
Retrieved http://www.league.org/blog/post.cfm/massively-micro-unbundling-education-2-0

Thackaberry, A. S. (2015, July 7). Open courses opening doors to developmental education. Interview by
Evolllution. evolllution. Retrieved from http://evolllution.com/opinions/open-courses-opening-
doors-to-developmental-education/
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Adair, D., Alman, S. W., Budzick, D., Grisham, L. M., Mancini, M. E., & Thackaberry, A. S. (2014). Many
shades of MOOCs. Internet Learning, 3(1), 53-72. Retrieved from
http://www.ipsonet.org/images/Westphalia_Press/Internet_Learning_Journal_2-2/3-
1/5.%20Adair%20ILJ%203-1.pdf

Thackaberry, A. S., & McKnight-Tutein, G. A. (2011). Having it all: The hybrid solution for the best of both
worlds in women's post-secondary education. Distance Learning, 8(3).

Thackaberry, A.S. (May, 2011). Staying Sane While Creating Online or Hybrid Courses by Committee.
eLearning Magazine. Retrieved from http://elearnmag.acm.org/archive.cfm?aid=1999659.

Sloan-C Best Practice: “Faculty Instructional Design Toolkit.”


http://sloanconsortium.org/effective_practices/faculty-instructional-design-toolkit

PRESENTATIONS

Thackaberry, A. S. (2019, May 13). Keynote: redesigning higher education with the digital student first.
University of Alabama Scholars Institute. Huntsville, Alabama.

Thackaberry, A. S. (2019, May 13). To innovate for students, innovate at home. University of Alabama
Scholars Institute. Huntsville, Alabama.

Hobson, S., Jona, K., Novac, R., & Thackaberry, S. (2019, March 29). Building for success and the new
innovation imperative. 2019 UPCEA Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Siegenthaller, K. (Guest presenter - Thackaberry, A. S.). (2019, March 27). UPCEA online leadership
roundtable. 2019 UPCEA Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Thackaberry, A. S., Horn, M., Laiten, A., & Davis, V. (2018, January 18). Issues and trends in edtech in
2018 WCET [Video]. Retrieved from https://wcet.wiche.edu/events/webcasts/issues-and-trends-edtech-
2018

Thackaberry, A. S. (2016, October). Leaning in with effective social media use. New Hampshire Women
in Higher Education Leadership. Colby-Sawyer College.

Thackaberry, A. S., & Fournier, R. (2016, July). Intentional evolution: Supporting your next gen learning
ecosystem. Blackboard World. Las Vegas, Nevada. Retrieved from:
http://bbworld.com/session/intentional-evolution-toward-your-next-gen-learning-ecosystem/

Thackaberry, S., & Dowden, L. (2015, November). Strategic innovation: Working through the strategy
and the skeptics. WCET Annual Meeting. Symposium conducted at WCET, Denver, Colorado. Retrieved
from http://wcetconference.wiche.edu/sessions/strategic-innovation-working-through-strategy-and-
skeptics

Thackaberry, S. (2015, October). LMS transitions: Lessons from a culturally inclusive and transparent
change effort. Learning platforms and services showcase. Symposium conducted at California State
University System. Retrieved from http://csulps.com/2015/08/29/alexandra-thackaberry-district-
director-elearning-technologies-in-the-office-of-elearning-and-innovation/
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Thackaberry, S., Butler, B., Drekmeier, K., Newcomb, A., Tilghman, C., & Wheeler, M. (n.d.). Technology
to optimize human interaction. WCET Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado. Retrieved from
http://wcetconference.wiche.edu/sessions/technology-optimize-human-interaction-how-adaptive-
multi-channel

Thackaberry, A. (2015, May). ePortfolios for assessment and measurement. Ohio QM Consortium Annual
Members Meeting. Symposium conducted at Quality Matters, Columbus, Ohio.

Thackaberry, S. (2014, September). Blended and online program development. Educause 2014.
Symposium conducted at full-day pre-conference session at Educause's National Conference, Orlando,
Florida.

Thackaberry, S. (2014, September). Pre-Algebra MOOC for college readiness. Symposium conducted at
MOOC Workshop 2014, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Thackaberry, S., & Deil-Amen, R. (2014, July). Can social media use improve student success
outcomes. Learning summit 2014. Symposium conducted at League for Innovation in the Community
College.

Thackaberry, S. (2013, October). How to gamify your estudent services. Educause 2013. Symposium
conducted at Educause's National Conference, Orlando, Florida., Anaheim, California.

Jonas, J., & Thackaberry, S. (2013, November). Emancipating learning: MOOC panel. OpenEd13.
Symposium conducted at Open Education Conference, Park City, Utah.
Thackaberry, A. S. (2014, January). Gamification for student success: What faculty and higher education
administrators need to know. Ohio Association of Student Affairs Professionals, Columbus, Ohio.

Thackaberry, A. S., & Nestor, M. (2013, November). Community colleges can MOO...C too. Symposium
conducted at Blackboard's Never Stop Learning Tour, Cleveland, Ohio.

Thackaberry, A. S., & Miles, B. (2013, October). Tri-C's MOOC. Achieving the Dream Leader College.
Symposium conducted at ATD Webinar Series, Virtual.

Jones, P., & Thackaberry, A. S. (2012, November). Quality out of the gate: Preparing for success with
innovative templates and tools. Quality Matters 2012 National Conference. Symposium conducted at
Quality Matters, Phoenix, Arizona.

Thackaberry, A. S. (2012, January). Designing Moodle mania: Making Moodle courses intuitive and
effective. Professional Development Webinar Series. Symposium conducted at Instructional Technology
Council.

Thackaberry, A. S. (2011, November). Staying sane while creating courses by committee. Ohio QM
Consortium Annual Members Meeting. Symposium conducted at Quality Matters, Columbus, Ohio.

Thackaberry, A. S. (2010, January). Designing success online: How instructional design is key to student
achievement in online environments. WVIZ Moodle Conference. Symposium conducted at WVIZ/PBS
EdTech Agency, Cleveland, Ohio.
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FIELD LEADERSHIP, COLLABORATION, AWARDS AND AFFILIATIONS

• Executive Committee, WCET


• National Council for Online Education Advisory Board Member, UPCEA
• 7 Things Advisory Committee, EDUCAUSE
• Former Executive Board Member, IMS Global, Digital Credentials and Badges
• Editorial Board, Internet Learning Journal
• Reviewer, Journal of Competency-Based Education
• Peer Reviewer, International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
• 2014 Open MOOC Award of Excellence (ACE) for the Pre-Algebra MOOC from the Open
Courseware Consortium (member of awarded team)
• Emerging Leadership Cohort of the Mandel Leadership Institute, 2012
• Innovation of the Year Award 2010 through the League of Innovation
• QM Coordinator; Certified Quality Matters Face-to-Face and Online Applying the QM Rubric
Trainer; Certified Quality Matters Peer Reviewer
• Volunteer Talent for Pledge Drives for WVIZ/PBS ideastream®