DR. VICTORIA BROWN
Assistant Provost for eLearning
email: vbrown22@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

WILLIE FREEMAN
Director of eLearning
email: wfreeman@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-3429

DR. JULIE GOLDEN
Associate Director of eLearning
and Professional Development
email: goldenj@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4204

JILL ROSEN
Business Manager
email: jrosen58@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-1572

CORINE NELSON
Executive Assistant
email: cnelso40@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

LYNELLE FORREST
Web Designer
email: lforres1@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4670

DR. MARIO TOUSSAINT
Research Specialist
email: mtoussa1@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

ALLYSON HALL
Instructional Designer
email: ahall53@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

KATHY MCPHERSON
Instructional Designer
email: kmcpher1@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

MARY ROTUNDO
Instructional Designer
email: mrotundo@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

SILVANA SCHWAN
Instructional Designer
email: schwans@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

TODD PRICE
Instructional Designer
email: tprice6@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

DR. JUDY SOMERS
Instructional Designer
email: jsomers@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

LADY MARCELA RAMIREZ
eLearning Support
email: ladyramirez2015@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

BAGGIO HOOFATT
eLearning Support
email: bhoofatt@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

MIKHAIL HOWELL
Digital Media Coordinator
email: mhowel11@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

VARLINCE MERAN
Student Assistant
email: vmeran2016@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

DANIEL FRANQUIZ
Student Assistant
email: dfranquiz2014@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

YARA RODRIGUEZ
Project Coordinator
email: yrodriguez@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4650

DENY CHANG
Instructional Technology Specialist
email: dchang2@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

NICOLE REID
Instructional Designer
email: nreid14@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

DR. ALINE JESUS RAFI
Research Coordinator
email: ajesusrafi@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

DR. JOSEPH DARGUE
Instructional Designer
email: jdargue@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-4850

AMARAE` BLYDEN-RICHARDS
Distance Learning Student Advocate
email: ablydenr@fau.edu
phone: (561) 297-3981

Dr. Victoria Brown

Assistant Provost for eLearning

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Dr. Victoria Brown is the Assistant Provost for eLearning. She is responsible for the administration of the University’s new Center for eLearning. In this capacity, Dr. Brown collaborates with FAU’s 10 colleges, as well as its schools, departments, and faculty to facilitate new eLearning courses and programs, and enhance existing courses. She also oversees instructional technology, including training, supporting, and assisting faculty and staff who utilize eLearning, as well as managing the day-to-day operations of the new center. Dr. Brown also works directly with the Provost to implement FAU’s academic and technological strategic vision.

Dr. Brown comes from the College of Education the Department of Teaching and Learning here at FAU. She taught instructional technology for educators and business trainers for ten years. She has previously managed instructional design teams and possesses more than a decade of experience teaching through online delivery systems. Prior to coming to FAU in 2005, Dr. Brown held the position of Assistant Professor at Barry University. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Missouri State University and her doctorate from the University of West Florida.

Willie H. Freeman III

Director, eLearning

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Willie Freeman is the Director of eLearning. He has 20 years of instructional technology experience in Higher Education. He supervises a team of instructional designers, oversees faculty development and support efforts, and works directly with the Assistant Provost to implement FAU’s eLearning initiatives.

Willie believes faculty and student support are essential to FAU’s mission of excellence and innovation in teaching. Although based on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, he frequents the Davie and Jupiter campuses to consult with faculty and staff. He conducts round tables with distance learning faculty on the Jupiter, Davie, Harbor Branch and Boca Raton campuses enabling them to ask questions, express needs, and discuss with one another the challenges and experiences related to distance learning.

Dr. Julie Golden

Associate Director of eLearning and Professional Development

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Dr. Julie Golden serves as Associate Director of eLearning and Professional Development at the FAU Center for eLearning. Julie is responsible for leading the instructional design team in their partnerships with faculty subject matter experts for the development of online courses. Julie’s passion is the establishment and facilitation of the FAU eLearning Community of Practice which provides a foundation for ongoing faculty training and professional development.

Julie holds a Doctorate of Education, Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; a Master of Arts in Career and Technical Education from the University of Central Florida, a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida, and a Masters Certification in online educational media from the University of Central Florida.

Prior to her career in education, Julie worked in the radio and television broadcasting industry and brings her knowledge and experience with digital media to her work in creating online learning materials and supporting eLearning faculty at FAU.

Jill Rosen

Business Manager

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Jill Rosen joined the eLearning team in January, 2013 as the Budget Manager. She holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware.

Jill coordinates all of the financial transactions for the Center for eLearning including close collaboration with each College to assure smooth and timely transfers of faculty funding.

Corine Nelson

Executive Assistant

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Corine Nelson joined the Center for eLearning in July, 2011 as Executive Assistant to Dr. V. Brown, Assistant Provost for eLearning. Corine supports, assists, and helps implement all logistical needs of the Center for eLearning.

Lynelle Forrest

Web Designer

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Lynelle Forrest has been designing and building Web sites since 1995 and joined the eLearning department as a Web Designer in September 2014. Lynelle graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor’s of Art.

Dr. Mario Toussaint

Research Specialist

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Dr. Mario Toussaint received his bachelor’s in computer science, his master’s in mathematics teaching (MST), and his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Florida Atlantic University. He is currently a research specialist in the Center for eLearning at Florida Atlantic University. He has served as an adjunct professor of mathematics at both Broward College and Miami Dade College teaching developmental and college level undergraduate mathematics courses for over fourteen years. His main research interests include Academic Service Learning, Distance Learning, and using technology to improve students’ performance, especially in mathematics.

Allyson Hall

Instructional Designer

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Allyson L. Hall joined the FAU Instructional Design team in October 2014 as an Instructional Designer, Educational/Training Programs Coordinator. Allyson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunication from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Florida Atlantic University.

Allyson is an educationist at heart. Immediately after graduating with her Masters degree, Allyson served as the Online Coordinator for Everest University and as an Adjunct instructor of Sociology at Everest University and City College. Allyson enjoys assisting FAU faculty with developing their online courses because she believes that the collaboration process helps to enhance the experience of each student.

Kathy McPherson

Instructional Designer

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Kathleen (Kathy) McPherson joined the Center for eLearning in January 2016 as an Instructional Designer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Gordon College and a Master of Science in Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology from Nova Southeastern University.

Kathy’s passion for eLearning stems from her experience as a high school ESOL teacher. She believes that eLearning provides vast educational opportunities for students of every age and circumstance, and she is excited to be on the cutting edge of this field.

Mary Rotundo

Instructional Designer

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Mary Rotundo joined FAU’s Center for eLearning in November 2015 as an Instructional Designer, Educational/Training Programs Coordinator. Mary holds a Master of Arts degree in Online Education from Universidad Nacional Abierta y a Distancia (UNAD) Colombia and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from Universidad Metropolitana in Caracas, Venezuela.

Before joining FAU, Mary was an English as a Second Language instructor for more than 15 years. She co-wrote the Online English as a Second Language Program for UNAD Colombia. Mary has also been learning manager and instructional designer for several private firms, where she coordinated the design of learning solutions as well as the deployment of communication and follow-up strategies.

Mary is a born educator. She believes that being an instructional designer is being an educator all over again.

Silvana Schwan

Instructional Designer

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Silvana Schwan joined the Center for E-Learning at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) as Instructional Designer in August 2015. Silvana holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Communications with a minor in Journalism, has a Web Design and Interactive Media certification from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and a Master’s Science Degree in Instructional, Curriculum and Technology from Nova Southeastern University. Silvana had worked for The Discovery Channel for 12 years responsible for Brazil, Spain, and Portugal media-program management markets, leaving the Cable Broadcast Television industry to pursue a second career in Education. Previously, Silvana contributed as an Instructional Designer at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), and Keiser University (KU).

Silvana’s passions are in Education, Media, Technology and Volunteering Work. Silvana believes in the power of knowledge and education, and takes professional gratification in designing courses to attending all learners-learning styles.

Todd Price

Instructional Designer

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Todd Price joined FAU’s Center for eLearning in July 2014 as an Instructional Designer. He holds a diploma in Advertising and Layout from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, a Master of Education in Instructional Technology from Florida Atlantic University, and a Master’s Degree from Nova Southeastern University with a concentration in Business intelligence/Analytics. Before coming on board at FAU, Todd served as the designated instructional designer for Palm Beach State College’s Bachelor’s Degree Programs. Todd has taught online and face-to-face for the School Board of Broward County, Broward College, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor for Palm Beach State College and Florida Atlantic University. Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Master Instructor, Quality Matters (QM) Certified Peer Reviewer, and Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Online Teaching Certificate are but a few of the certifications that Todd has obtained. Currently, Todd is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy within Educational Leadership and Research Methodology. As an andragogue, Todd believes his continuing passion and lifelong learning within the fields of graphic art, technology, and teaching translates to building robust online learning environments that benefits FAU’s faculty and students.

Dr. Judy Somers

Instructional Designer

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Dr. Judy Somers, Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Atlantic University.

Judy’s educational/research interests are in the areas of brain-based learning, metacognition, visual literacy, emotional intelligence, and the learning process. She likes to encourage others to “Think Outside the Box.”

Judy teaches as an adjunct for the College of Education at FAU, having taught several Masters and Doctoral level courses as well as Introduction to the Teaching Profession; an undergraduate survey course for preservice teachers. Judy has presented at several Florida and National conferences.

Outside the University setting, Judy has an interest in Nature Photography. She has had some articles and photographs published in Nature Photographer magazine. She also enjoys the culinary arts and was a local caterer for several years. Judy likes traveling, working in the garden and various crafting hobbies. As well as anything DISNEY!

Lady Marcela Ramirez

eLearning Support

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Lady Marcela Ramirez joined FAU’s Center for eLearning in January 2017 as a student intern, and now holds a position as eLearning Support. Lady Marcela holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from FAU. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Information Technology and Management.

Baggio Hoofatt

eLearning Support

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Baggio Hoofatt serves as eLearning Support and Media Assistant at the FAU Center for eLearning. Baggio joined the Center for eLearning team in September 2016 as a student intern and holds a BBA in Management Information Systems from Florida Atlantic University.

Mikhail Howell

Digital Media Coordinator

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Mikhail Howell serves as Digital Media Coordinator at the Center for eLearning. Mikhail has extensive experience with video production. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Film from the University of Central Florida.

Varlince Meran

Student Assistant

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Varlince Meran became part of FAU’s Center for eLearning in January 2017 and serves as a student assistant. Varlince assists faculty and staff with technological needs and is currently working towards his Bachelor of Arts in Management Information Systems here at Florida Atlantic University.

Daniel Franquiz

Student Assistant

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Daniel Franquiz joined the FAU center for eLearning team in September 2016 as a student assistant. Daniel offers support and guidance for faculty to augment their online course material and help facilitate a better student learning environment. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

Yara Rodriguez

Project Coordinator

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Yara Rodriguez serves as the Project Coordinator for the Center for eLearning and joined the team in May 2017. She has been in Information Technology service management since graduating from FAU with a Bachelors of Business Administration and earned an ITIL certificate. While working as the help desk supervisor, she found her passion for project management. Which then led her to a private marketing company’s PM office and jumped at the opportunity to come back to her alma mater doing what she loves best.

Deny Chang

Instructional Technology Specialist

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Deny Chang is the Instructional Technology Specialist at the Center for eLearning where he supports and manages various projects, events and productions. Deny holds a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies from FAU. Prior to returning to Florida Atlantic, Deny worked in the corporate and broadcast video production industry. He brings a decade of extensive and varied multimedia and production experience.

Nicole Reid

Instructional Designer

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Nicole Reid joined the Center for eLearning in October 2017 as an Instructional Designer. Nicole holds degrees from Florida State University including a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Business and Child Development and her Masters in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies with graduate certificates in Preparing Future Professionals, Online Instructional Development, and Human Performance Technology. Nicole is pursuing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Florida Atlantic University with concentrations in gamification, instructional design and global engagement. Nicole has experience working in higher education, presenting at state and national conferences, and developing online courses and modules. Nicole enjoys to workout at the FAU gym and participate in group fitness classes as well as spend time with family.

Dr. Aline Jesus Rafi

Research Coordinator

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Dr. Aline Jesus Rafi joined the Center for eLearning in November 2017. Dr. Jesus Rafi is responsible for coordinating the Center for eLearning’s research and grant applications.

Dr. Jesus Rafi earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA; and a Masters of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton, GA.

Dr. Joseph Dargue

Instructional Designer

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Dr. Joseph Dargue joined FAU’s Center for eLearning as an Instructional Designer in November 2017. Joseph holds a Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Cincinnati (2015), an M.A. in Literatures of Modernity from Royal Holloway, University of London (2008), and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Lancaster University (2006). He is currently working on an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology at the University of Akron.

Amarae` Blyden-Richards

Distance Learning Student Advocate

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Amarae` Blyden-Richards serves as Distance Learning Student Advocate at the Center for eLearning. Amarae` has extensive experience with academic advising, student service management, recruitment, orientation and transfer services. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of the Virgin Islands as well as a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.