Our Team


The DLC is made up of permanent staff as well as graduate assistants who offer their digital expertise to the MIIS community. Get to know the team and our various specialties by perusing our bios below.

Bob Cole

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Director and “Wearer of Many Hats” for the Digital Learning Commons.

Specialties: Curricular & Collaborative Technologies, Instructional Design, ESL, Digital Media, Organizational Development, Design Thinking

Email: bcole@miis.edu

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Melissa Sorenson

Melissa JenningsWeb & Social Media Co-Manager

Specialties: Drupal, Google Analytics, Blogging, Social Media Strategies for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+.

Email: msorenson@miis.edu

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Evelyn Helminen

Evelyn HelminenWeb & Social Media Co-Manager

Specialties: Website Content Creation: Blogging, Writing, WordPress; Graphic Design: Photoshop, Indesign

Email: ehelminen@miis.edu

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Mark Basse

Digital Media Specialist


Specialties: Video production, Photography: Adobe Creative Cloud (Premiere, After Effects, Audition, Photoshop, Lightroom), iOS (Keynote, iMovie, Pages, Garage Band), Adobe Captivate and Microsoft Office

Email: mbasse@miis.edu

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Amy Michelle Slay

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Digital Learning Specialist: Masters in Public Administration & International Education Management, December 2015

Specialties: Moodle, Canvas, iTunes U, Course Hub, Camtasia, WordPress, Adobe Connect, Polycom.

Email: aslay@miis.edu

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Tom Stagg

tom headshot 150Graduate Assistant: Masters in Public Administration, May 2016

Specialities: Photo and video editing, Powerpoint and Keynote, Basic WordPress and blogging

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Jeremy Borgia

jeremy headshot 150Graduate Assistant: Joint MBA/MA International Policy and Development, December 2016

Specialities: MIIS web development (Drupal, WordPress, Google Drive), audio & video tools (Camtasia, iMovie, GarageBand, Audacity), and presentation tools (PowerPoint, Prezi).

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Katie Barthelow

Graduate Assistant & Intercultural Digital Storytelling Senior Fellow: Joint MPA/MA International Education Management, December 2016

Specialities: Blogging and website development (WordPress, Tumblr, Squarespace); Photoshop and iMovie basics; social media; digital storytelling processes

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Ryan Coates

Ryan website 1Graduate Assistant: Masters in Translation & Interpretation, May 2017

Specialties: Moodle, Course Hub, Adobe Connect, Skype

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Anna Santos

Graduate Assistant & Digital Storytelling Senior Fellow: Masters  Anna White Cropin Public Administration, May 2016

DLC Specialties: Audio and Video tools (iMovie, Garage Band, Youtube); digital storytelling tools and techniques; social media

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James Slaton

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Graduate Assistant: Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, December 2015

DLC Specialties: iMovie, FinalCut Pro X, Photoshop, Camera Raw, iPhoto, PowerPoint, Keynote, Word, Pages, Excel, Numbers

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Heather Ahn

Graduate Assistant: Masters in Translation & Interpretation, May 2017

DLC Specialties: Adobe Connect, Prezi, Powerpoint, Word

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