Meet the ASU Online and Extended Campus team - dedicated to providing innovative, high quality online education to Sun Devils from across the country and around the world.
Dean, Executive Vice Provost
Phil leads the ASU Online team in delivering academic excellence through emerging technologies. He is the former Executive Dean of the W.P. Carey School of Business, one of the top-ranked business schools in the country. Phil earned his PhD in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his undergraduate degree in philosophy from St. John’s College in Santa Fe.
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Chief Operating Officer
Kari is responsible for operations and strategic vendor relations at ASU Online, and oversees the Pearson partnership. She has served at ASU for twenty-five years, and over her tenure Kari coordinated alliances on behalf of the University Technology Office with companies like Google, Amazon, Apple and Verizon. She holds degrees in Education Technology and Learning and Instructional Technology.
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Associate Vice Provost
Patricia serves as Associate Vice Provost at ASU Online and Extended Campus. She manages Continuing Education and Professional Development initiatives; provides oversight of business operations, human resources and special projects; and, ensures university compliance with state and federal regulations for the delivery of online education, as well as online accreditation compliance with the Higher Learning Commission. She earned a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and an M.Ed. in Adult and Community Education from Colorado State University; an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Arizona State University; and, certificates in Global, Lifelong and Continuing Education from Harvard University, the University of London and New York University.
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Associate Vice Provost
Julia is responsible for continuing education (non-credit) activities at ASU, for ASU Online’s global outreach, and for the Education Innovation Summit. Prior to ASU Online, she managed several university-wide innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives. Julia also has worked in venture capital and technology-based economic development. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, she holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
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Director of Fiscal and Business Operations
Bonnie serves as chief financial officer for ASU Online and Extended Campus. She is responsible for coordinating the business and financial functions across multiple units, including administering the budget and business operations and directing personnel matters such as payroll, recruitment, selection and new hire actions. In addition to her BS in accountancy and a Master’s of Science in information management from Arizona State University, she has more than twenty years of experience in accounting and finance. Before coming to ASU, she worked for Ernst & Young and then spent several years in the banking/finance industry as a financial analyst.
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Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Melissa is responsible for ensuring ASU Online's compliance with state and federal regulations for postsecondary online education. Prior to joining the ASU Online team, Melissa worked on the development, publication, state regulation compliance and government course approval for a growing insurance and securities exam prep company. Within three years, Melissa expanded the company's course offerings into 26 states and wrote study guides of state insurance regulations for Connecticut, Nebraska, South Dakota and Vermont. Melissa holds a BA in Political Science from ASU.
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Business Analyst, Sr.
Dale is a program manager at ASU Online who has been working in higher ed for over 20 years in a variety of roles. He currently works collaboratively with faculty and instructional designers to develop new general education courses. Dale earned his BS in design at Arizona State University and a Master’s in public policy from Harvard University.
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Marketing and Communications
Director of Marketing and Communications
Casey Ambrose leads the Marketing and Communications team, responsible for all brand awareness, marketing, public relations and corporate partnerships for ASU Online programs. Her expertise on brand building, messaging and promoting student experiences is contributing to ASU Online’s rapid growth. Casey works closely with key strategic external partners, like Pearson, as well as internal departments and Colleges within ASU to ensure all consumer and business-to-business marketing efforts for online programs are integrated into the overall ASU brand. Having spent nearly a decade as Advertising and Fulfillment Director for the Arizona Office of Tourism prior to joining ASU, Casey is well versed on stimulating awareness, strategic partnerships and growing a brand through national and international marketing efforts. Casey is a graduate of ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and is earning her MS in Global Technology and Development.
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Content Strategist and Communications Specialist
Courtney focuses on web content strategy, writing and other marketing initiatives with the ASU Online marketing and communications team. Courtney holds a BA in broadcast journalism from ASU and is currently pursuing a Master's in English with an emphasis on literacy, technology and professional writing.
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Director of Executive/Industry Relations
Alan comes to ASU Online from Intel Corporation where he led the Accelerated Leadership Program and the global Extended Education team. Prior to Intel he worked for the Apollo Group/University of Phoenix in business development, enrollment and leadership development. At ASU Online he is responsible for developing our corporate partnerships. Alan earned his BS and MA degrees in communication from ASU and has an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
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Corporate Partnerships: Education
Shira is responsible for building partnerships with school districts and educational organizations in relation to our online programs in Education. Prior to ASU, she served in marketing and communication roles within education, high-tech and health industries. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and a Master’s Degree in Science in Business Management from Boston University.
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Corporate Partnerships: Public Programs
Laura is responsible for developing corporate partnerships at ASU Online. Before entering the higher education field, Laura found success as a high-performing sales representative at a pharmaceutical company. With a BA in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Nebraska – Omaha, Laura also enjoyed her work as an anchor, producer and reporter for a Midwest television station.
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Corporate Partnerships: Healthcare
Casey is responsible for developing corporate partnerships with hospitals and health related companies. Prior to joining ASU, he worked in marketing and sales for Eli Lilly and Spectrum Pharmaceutical. Casey has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Arizona.
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Corporate Partnerships: California
Elisha Fiore brings over 15 years of sales experience in medical devices and pharmaceuticals to ASU Online, where she is responsible for developing corporate partnerships in Southern California. Elisha is an ASU alumna with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. In addition, she also serves on the Board of Directors for the ASU Alumni Association-LA Chapter and a 15-year active volunteer with the Junior League of Los Angeles.
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Website Design and Development
Director of Website Strategy and Analytics
John directs user experience design and website development for ASU Online, as well as oversees best practices and analytics for all web-based initiatives. He earned his BA in Multimedia Design from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and his MS in Graphic Information Technology degree at ASU. He's also certified in Google Analytics IQ.
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Director of Student Services
Tamara is an expert on student processes and curriculum. She strives to develop processes that facilitate student degree attainment and works across the university to implement practices that serve student needs. Tamara has a Doctorate of Education in Higher and Post-secondary Education from ASU and has worked for the university for more than 20 years.
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Director of Student Services
Joe is responsible for supporting and retaining students at ASU Online. He works closely with campuses, colleges and departments to ensure students have a seamless, positive experience from admission to graduation. Joe has over ten years of leadership experience in online student services and is passionate about helping others reach their goals. He earned his BSBA with a certificate in Marketing Communication and Promotion from NAU and completed his MBA at the University of Phoenix.
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Online Coordinator, Sr.
Mario is an ASU alum with 5 years of experience in the online higher education industry and over 15 years of experience in customer service and logistics. He is a proud Sun Devil who works to enhance the ASU student experience by working with the enrollment and student success teams. Mario uses his experience as an academic advisor and enrollment supervisor to address the needs of both current and prospective ASU students. Mario graduated from Arizona State in 2005 with a BIS degree in Business and Psychology.
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As part of ASU Online’s student services team, Dari Bradley works with students and partners to enrich their experience through superior service. Dari holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Masters degree in Liberal Studies from ASU. She has completed extensive coursework in film, oral expression, politics and sociology as it pertains to the humanities with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, gender and culture. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at ASU and Mesa Community College
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Onboarding, Academic Program Manager
Rebecca began at ASU in 2004 as a Help Desk consultant in the University Technology Office. Her prior customer service experience and knowledge of university processes brought her to ASU Online. She now leads the onboarding team by assisting departments in the transition of their traditional programs from a face-to-face environment to an online platform.
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Program Coordinator Senior
Ryan works with ASU Online to onboard new programs and provides program support to students and staff. He has worked in higher education for the past decade with Arizona State University and University of Phoenix. His professional interests include project management, six sigma and lean methodologies. Ryan Earned his BSM and MBA from the University of Phoenix.
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Instructional Design & New Media
Assistant Vice President, Instructional Design and New Media
With over two decades dedicated to instructional design, Marc leads a team of passionate designers and developers armed with 100 years of combined experience. He works collaboratively with faculty to deliver high-quality course content in engaging and innovative ways. Marc earned his BA in Broadcasting from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Educational Technology from ASU.
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Instructional Designer, Instructional Design & New Media
With 19 years of consulting and instructional experience at ASU, Vicki collaborates with faculty on course design and the alignment of courses with program-level outcomes. She holds a Bachelor's of Music Education and a MA from Western Kentucky University.
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Instructional Designer, Instructional Design & New Media
Philippos works with faculty to design pedagogically sound courses, and identify the best technologies to use across different disciplines. He holds a BS and M Ed from Arizona State, and is currently working on his PhD in Educational Technology. His primary research interest is game-based learning and learning in virtual environments.
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Instructional Designer/Project Coordinator
After years in the healthcare field, Tahnja earned her elementary education certificate and taught her own technology curriculum for K-8 students. In 2009 she came to ASU, redesigning courses for the online environment. Her instructional design interests include gaming, best practices, and student/instructor engagement. Tahnja holds a Master's in International Management, a MBA and Elementary Education Certificate and a BA in Journalism.
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Multimedia Developer, Instructional Design & New Media
Orchestrating audio, video, and graphics, Justin produces new media to enhance content delivery for ASU Online programs. He is a proud alum who holds a BA in broadcasting from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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With interests spanning many creative disciplines, Robert has worked in video production, graphic design, and photography. He has been working in higher education for 13 years in various multimedia positions. He been a guest lecturer in Final Cut Pro or Photoshop workshops and has also trained designers in old school press printing techniques. One of his claims to fame is quickly compositing a photo used for Jeff Daniel's film, Escanaba in Da Moonlight. Robert earned his BA from Grand Valley State University with a dual major in English Literature Creative Writing and Film Production. He has also studied Nutrition at the University of Arizona and currently holds many certifications in the fitness industry.
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Michelle Lanier is a digital media artist, journalist, and filmmaker. She believes that storytelling is the quintessential element of human existence. Michelle earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics and a Master of Arts degree in New Media Journalism. Some of her personal achievements include having her footage and face featured on two episodes of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Saudi Arabia and Philippines) and a front page featured video on CNN’s IReport that received over 20,000 views in 2 days.
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Before coming to ASU Online, Renee worked on a variety of contract instructional design projects and also taught online and face-to-face undergraduate Computer Literacy courses at ASU. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s in Education, both from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Technology program at ASU.
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Before joining ASU, DeAnna spent 10 years in the corporate environment performing in various facets, including training, advising, and creating curriculum. As a designer, she partners with faculty to design and develop online courses and promote best practices for teaching in the online environment. She holds a BS in Business Communications and a MAED in Adult Education and Training.
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Over the past six years, Brittney has served as a professor, faculty member, course author and peer reviewer for five colleges and universities. She has taught courses focused on online learning and utilizing social media to create online learning communities to increase student engagement. Brittney holds two degrees from ASU: a BS in Justice Studies and a MS in Technology focusing on graphic info technology, web development and interaction design.
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Instructional Designer, Sr.
Maggie comes to ASU Online with over 10 years of experience in the higher education industry with instructional design, training, and project management in various roles. She spent the last five years in a corporate learning and development department as an eLearning Developer, working with project teams, a learning management system and a variety of eLearning software applications to produce online training. In her role at ASU Online, she partners with faculty/subject matter experts to create high-quality continuing education courses based on performance-based objectives. Maggie earned a Master’s degree in adult education and training and a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from University of Phoenix.
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Before embarking on her journey here at ASU, Shelly gained experience in the area of course design and development for courses taught online and in blended learning environments. She also has a background in web design and has taught many web development courses that apply active learning methods to effectively support students during their process of learning. Shelly has received her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University, furthering her knowledge on successful techniques used when utilizing innovative technologies to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
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Instructional Designer, Sr.
Yuna Buhrman has been involved in the e-learning field for almost 15 years. During this time, she has had various roles ranging from instructional designer to project team leader. Recently, she managed the search, purchase and implementation of a new Learning Management System for an international non-profit organization. Yuna’s favorite part of being a senior instructional designer is the opportunity to fuse cutting edge technology with sound instructional principles to create engaging and interactive learning content that sticks with the student. Her work with offshore international teams has given her a global perspective on design and collaboration, and she considers herself very lucky to have learned from the best while working at such places as ThomsonNetG and Pearson. Yuna holds an MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Walden University, and an MS in Electronic Engineering Technology from Arizona State University.
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Melissa has worked in varying roles in the field of education for the last 11 years, including promoting higher education to K-12 aged children, corporate training, teaching online degree seeking classes, and instructional design for both traditional and online curriculum. Melissa has a Law degree from the United Kingdom and an MAED in Adult Education and Training.
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Andrew has worked in varying roles in education throughout the course of his career, including being an elementary school educator, educational technology trainer, government training specialist, and a technology integration specialist. In his roles relating to technology education, he assisted in designing and implementing a variety of technology initiatives using in-class and online training strategies, providing support for on-going educational technology programs, and training educators in various aspects of 21st century teaching techniques. Andrew received his B.A. in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and his M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction of Technology from Grand Canyon University.
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Patrick has worked domestically and abroad in varying formal and informal learning and educational roles, such as technology integration, educational consulting, undergraduate & graduate instruction, educational video game design, teacher technology training, student leadership development and curriculum design. Patrick has an MS in Learning Sciences from Indiana University and is currently a doctoral candidate in the same program.
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Over the past decade, Obiageli has had many years of experience working in the field of education. She received her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Arizona State University's West Campus. Her professional experiences include working as a teacher in the K-12 environment in the Phoenix Metropolitan area in which she assisted colleagues with the incorporation of technology into their classrooms; working as an Education Program Specialist overseeing 33 school districts' Title I and Migrant Education Programs for the Arizona Department of Education; as well as, an Instructional Specialist/Researcher for the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Through multiple platforms, Obiageli has demonstrated her passion, dedication, and joy for teaching and helping others to effectively learn!
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