Category Archives: About Us

Todd Cooley

Graduate Assistant: International Environmental Policy and Business Administration, Summer 2013

Greetings folks! I’m a purveyor of nature awareness and gratitude. A believer that making music, a dose of science-fiction, and a splash of hot sauce go a long way in moving me in the right direction. I love to brainstorm and help folks hone their ideas. Let’s talk environment, or any subject you want! Lets build community, integrate all this nutty technology, and laugh heartily all the while! :)

Specialties: Miradi, Natural History, Facilitation, Fun, Idea Generation, Zócalo

Jessy Bradish

Graduate Assistant: Environmental Policy and Business Administration, May 2013

I’m a grad student by day at MIIS, and a standup comic by night. I’m interested in how multimedia and storytelling can help movements and causes create effective messaging. I also work on MIIS Radio, covering local professional conferences and writing features about environmental issues. Come by the DLC any time to find out how technology can help your career!

Specialties: Audacity (audio editing), iMovie, Storyboarding, the environment, fast talking.

Anja Mondragon

Graduate Assistant: International Environmental Policy Student, May 2013

I’m very excited to be working with the Digital Learning Commons. My strengths are in Geographical Information Systems and Geographic Positioning Systems. I have worked in the United States in conservation and in Asia in English Education.

Specialities: GIS, GPS and Miradi.

Eric Morrow

Web Content Developer

I am originally from North Dakota (so come see me and you can say you’ve actually met some one from there). I have a decade of experience as a television reporter and photographer. I am putting those skills to use here at the DLC. I graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

On a personal note, my lovely wife Melanie is a student in the TESOL program at MIIS and we just had our first child in January. I look forward to meeting and working with all of you this year on your video and story needs!

Specialties: Final Cut Pro, Making Videos, Story Writing/Telling, Anything sports related.

Rebecca Walters

New Media Development Specialist

I currently serve as New Media Development Specialist, a fancy job title that basically means I have the privilege of managing and working on social media projects to promote the Institute. I also get to work on fun student-driven projects like MontereySTART (our micro-philanthropy platform), MIIS Radio, and MIIS L10N.

I came to the Monterey Institute in 2007 to pursue a master’s degree Middle East conflict resolution and development and to perfect my Arabic speaking skills. Since then, I’ve become thoroughly distracted (alarmingly so) by my life-long passion for web and social media.

Web Project Management & Design, Blogging, & Social Media.

Yee Lam Bellona Cook

Program Manager of MIIS Lion

I’m the current (2012 – 2013) Program Manager of MIIS Lion – a localization start-up where students can put what they have learned in class into practice. I was also the Japanese Project Manager of the organization a year ago, and my interests include languages (learning or translating!), social media, and marketing.

I am a MATLM 2013 candidate in the Japanese program. I have never lived in Japan, but I spent 12 years studying Japanese and ended up working for Japan National Tourism Organization after obtaining my B.A.. While working for JNTO, I realized my career goal/dream is to fully integrate language/localization services with marketing. I am excited to take on new challenges and expand our organization further this year!

Michelle Swenson Carrega

Graduate Assistant: Masters in Public Administration & International Education Management, Spring 2013

I love helping people learn new technologies and master skills. I can tackle anything from presentation design to web development. I really enjoy helping people brain storm and bring their ideas to life.

Specialities: Keynote, net-working, presentations, project planning & development, social media.

Josh Warburg

Graduate Assistant: Masters of Public Administration, December 2013

I’m interested in helping people learn how to use technology to improve their work and to pursue personal interests. I’m especially interested in working with Office and iWork programs to make more interesting and compelling presentations and documents. Most of all, I love working with people to focus their ideas and figure out how to make things happen. I try to see every interaction as an opportunity for both people to learn from each other.

Specialities: iWork and Office, Data Analysis, Tech Troubleshooting.