Keynote Speaker

Mike Pegg
Mike Pegg
Mike leads global marketing strategy for Google's Developer platforms. These platforms include Android, Chrome, Google+, Google Maps and more. The team he leads is responsible for producing Google I/O, the company's largest developer event where 10,000 attendees come together in San Francisco and in over 110 cities to learn how to use Google's developer products to create web and mobile applications. Developers are an intense and interesting group of creative artists and he thrives on interacting with them and leading initiatives which help them to change the world everyday.

Technology that Enables Creativity I (Lime)
shannon flumerfelt
Shannon Flumerfelt
Dr. Flumerfelt is an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, USA.  She is also an Endowed Professor of Lean and the Director of Lean Thinking for Schools at The Pawley Lean Institute at Oakland University.  In this capacity, she has pioneered an initiative, Lean Thinking for Schools, where she conducts research and provides basic information seminars to high level transformation training, including 3-D gaming simulations for teaching the concepts of lean. Dr. Flumerfelt coordinates and teaches online graduate courses in Educational Leadership.  Dr. Flumerfelt has published numerous scholarly and practitioner publications.  She speaks and trains widely on the topics of lean,organizational development, management practices and leadership development.

nic bongers
Nic Bongers
Nic Bongers is an instructional graphic designer for the office of e-Learning and Instructional Support at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Miami International Institute of Art & Design in 2008 and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, building guitars, and playing in bands.

phyllis white
Phyllis Wolfe White
Phyllis Wolfe White holds Oakland University's BM in Music Theory, MM in Music Education and Ph.D. in Music Education and as such, is the first person to ever hold three degrees from the Department of Music, Theater and Dance. She has served Oakland as an adjunct special lecturer in music since 1987. Her work in designing and teaching popular, innovative courses in collaborative composition and songwriting, music fundamentals, theory for musical theater majors, musicianship for dancers, and traditional and emergent courses in music listening earned her Oakland’s 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award. Wolfe White is also an internationally recognized composer of educational choral music with more than one hundred published titles and over a million copies sold in twenty-seven countries. Her research interests lie at the intersection of online learning and musical understanding for undergraduate non-music majors.

marija franetovic
Marija Franetovic
Marija Franetovic received her PhD in Instructional Technology at Wayne State University in May 2012.  She received her M.Ed. in Instructional Technology at WSU in 2004.  She earned her B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1995 double majoring in Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology and Art History.  Marija Franetovic works as a Course Developer and New Media Specialist at Lawrence Technological University.  She has over 12 years of professional experience consulting on instructional design and integration of new media within multiple delivery modes.  Her research interests include authentic learning environments, instructional design within virtual worlds and online games, and critical mass communication studies in relation to cognition and new media.

Jody Gaber
Jody Gaber has worked in film production and post-production for over 20 years working for film and animation studios including Warner Brothers Studios, Paramount Pictures, and Walt Disney Feature Animation in LA. She has been working in the Detroit area in production management for advertising, new media, digital animation, feature film production, and just joined Lawrence Technological University as their Director of Media Communication in August of 2011.

jenine brown
Jenine Brown
Jenine L. Brown is a Ph.D. candidate in music theory at the Eastman School of Music.  Her dissertation investigates the perception of unfamiliar melodies.  Brown has presented her research at the Society for Music Perception and Cognition and the Musical Ear conferences, and has won two Graduate Student Awards at the national meeting of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition for her studies in both 2009 and 2011.  As an educator, Brown served on the music faculty at Ithaca College from 2007-9, and joined the music departments at Madonna University and Oakland University in 2011.  At Oakland University, Brown currently teaches music classes in composition, technology, and music appreciation to non-music majors. 

chris kobus
Chris Kobus
Professor Kobus taught his first class in 1995 and was subsequently hired by OU in 1998 as a full-time faculty after receiving his Ph.D. in Engineering. Dr. Kobus loves to innovate in engineering education, pioneering partial notes in lectures in the 90’s, web-based supplemental instruction in the early 2000’s, and now online and flipped-class learning models. He received the Best Overall Paper award at a 2001 conference of the American Society of Engineering Education, and is honored this year at the 17th annual Oakland University Founder’s Day Luncheon for Teaching.

Technology that Enables Creativity II (Grape)
breanna hamm
Breanna Hamm
Breanna is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she earned her B.S. in Visual Communication Technology and M.Ed. in Instructional Design. She currently works at the University of Michigan (UM) graduate and undergraduate libraries where she is involved with the E-Learning Task Force and aids in the creation of instructional materials, including screencasts and guides, for the library department. She also works with the Academic Technology Group where she instructs hands on Photoshop workshops, provides technological and multimedia support for UM students, faculty and staff, and oversees the undergraduate library's video recording and editing spaces.

alissa talley pixley
Alissa Talley-Pixley
Alissa currently serves as the University Library Associate in the instructional technology facilities at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan (UM). Specifically, she assists patrons with services such as formatting dissertations using Microsoft Word, scanning, bibliographic management, Adobe Creative Suite products, and others.  She also spends a few hours on the Reference Desk.  Additionally, Alissa teaches library-and technology-based workshops to students, staff and faculty.  Previously, Alissa worked as the assistant to the Director of one of the UM libraries, at a private foundation, and for a large non-profit. She recently completed her MSI at the School of Information. 

david goodrich
David Goodrich
David holds a Masters of Instructional Design for Online Learning Specialization from Capella University (2011). He has experience as an Instructional Designer in the Office of Academic Technology and Faculty Representative for the Staff-Administration Personnel Association at Spring Arbor University. Before this he was a high school science and physical education teacher. David joined vuDAT at Michigan State University in 2012 and has a keen interest in leveraging emerging technologies for effective teaching and learning strategies. He works with faculty to develop new courses, redesign existing courses, and consult on e-learning projects. He also teaches oceanography courses through Michigan Virtual University.He enjoys being a musician, photographer, and nearly anything outdoors in his spare time.

richard harris
Richard Harris
Richard C. Harris, Ed.D. is Assistant Professor of General Communications at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL where he has also served as Assistant Professor of Adult Education and Associate Director for Academic Programs in the Division of Continuing and Adult Education. Holding undergraduate and graduate degrees in Christian Ministry from Indiana Wesleyan University and Bethel College, respectfully, a Master of Arts degree in teaching communication arts from Spring Arbor University, and a doctorate in Adult Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University, he has also taught at Purdue University in Indiana and Spring Arbor University in Michigan. In addition to academics, Dr. Harris is known nationally as an accomplished speaker in the areas of leadership, education, diversity, and race relations. A popular speaker on college campuses, church and corporate settings, Dr. Harris captivates his audiences with lessons he's learned on his journey from racism, bigotry, and prejudice to acceptance, love, and tolerance. He is the author of "One Nation Under Curse."


laura gabrion
Laura Gabrion
Laura Gabrion has taught writing and literature at a variety of levels, and her specific interest is teaching writing with new media. She is a Teacher Consultant for the Meadow Brook Writing Project, coordinator of professional development activities, and a facilitator in the Meadow Brook Writing Project Youth Writing Camps at Meadow Brook Hall.  Laura has been teaching at Oakland University since 2007, and she has built a technology rich environment in her classrooms by using a diverse set of programs and applications.

bill solomonson
Bill Solomonson
Bill Solomonson, PhD, CPT, is Assistant Professor of Education and Human Services at Oakland University in Rochester, Mi, where he teaches courses in training and development. He has consulted with many Fortune 500 organizations in enterprise performance improvement and learning solutions including e-learning design and development, distance education, organization development, and stand-up training. His research interests include the role of trust in the client-consultant relationship, multi-media learning theory, the development of meta-cognitive learning skills, virtual learning environments, and organizational performance improvement. Bill is an active member of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). He may be reached at

gwyn shelle
Gwyn Heyboer Shelle
Gwyn is the Senior Instructional Designer and a Project Manager at MSUglobal. She has over 10 years of experience in higher education focusing on instructional design, program evaluation, organizational development, training, and project management. Also, she has teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at a community college in the area of communication. Gwyn has worked on a variety of projects in the areas of technology and agriculture such as managing an online teaching certification program for faculty at a community college, assisting faculty in the development of online courses, and currently developing credit and non-credit learning opportunities.

amanda bodle
Amanda Bodle
Amanda Bodle is a Communications Specialist at MSUglobal, an entrepreneurial unit at Michigan State University with expertise in innovative technologies. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University in 2002 and has 10 years of experience in government affairs and public relations. She is particularly interested in environmental sustainability and changing behaviors through awareness.

Creativity with iPads
elena quershi
Elena  Qureshi
Dr. Elena Qureshi is Associate Professor of Education at Madonna University in Livonia, MI, where she taught for the past 8 years. At Madonna, she offers courses in Instructional Design and Teaching with Technology and serves as
an Instructional designer. She has run numerous workshops on the application of Smart Technologies, Web 2.0 tools, and Blackboard. Her interests include Online Education and incorporating new technologies into curriculum.

phillip olla
Phillip Olla
Dr Phillip Olla is an Information Technology (IT) specialist with over 15 years experience working at the leading edge of IT and mobile innovation. He has also worked in the space, and healthcare sectors. Dr Olla has a PhD in Mobile Telecommunications from Brunel University in the UK; he is a Chartered IT Professional with the British Computing Society and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of IT.  He has published numerous peer reviewed articles in journals, and authored 3 industry reports along with 7 book chapters and 3 books.  Dr. Olla is a Professor at the School of Business at Madonna University in Michigan USA. Dr. Olla serves on the advisory board for IGI Publishing and is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Information Technology Research; and editorial board member for the International Journal of Healthcare Information Systems and Informatics. He also serves on the editorial review board on 3 additional journals.  He is a worldwide speaker with speaking engagements in Asia, Europe, Africa, with a focus on convergence of telecommunication innovations. He has delivered over 60 presentations to fortune 100 companies in 12 countries. Dr Olla has also worked on steering committees for the UN and OECD. 

christina fontana
Christina Fontana
Christina Fontana is a Special Lecturer in the Writing and Rhetoric Department at Oakland University. In her first-year writing courses she teaches contemporary consideration of audience and voice in social media. To further promote community-based writing, she is developing new strategies for connecting mobile technology to research and writing. 

david rodenbaugh
David Rodenbaugh
Dr. Rodenbaugh is currently an Assistant Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.  He earned his Ph.D. at Wayne State University in Cardiovascular Physiology.  He serves on both the Teaching of Physiology Steering Committee, and the Education committee for the American Physiological Society.  He has been involved in other educational groups such as Project Kaleidoscope, the Team-based Learning (TBL) Collaborative and the International Association for Medical School Educators.  His research interests include examining the use of technology to improve learning and the role reflective writing can have on fostering team dynamics in TBL activities.

marshall kitchens
Marshall Kitchens
Marshall Kitchens, associate professor, is chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. He earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Wayne State University in 2001, where he was also co-director of computers and composition. His dissertation, "Literacy, Technology,and Justice in Posturban Detroit," examines the intersections among technologies of literacy and social justice in the urban setting. His research interests include technology and pedagogy, new media, digital rhetoric, and video game culture.

aaron bird
Aaron Bird
Dr. Bird joined the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) faculty at Oakland University in 2007. He earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University in 2004 and then worked for government and the private sector before coming to Oakland. He has authored publications and given presentations on safety and health related topics, including areas of safety training. Dr. Bird has co-authored a textbook entitled Quantitative Methods for Occupational Safety and Health, which was published January 2011 and is used in a course he teaches of the same name. He currently serves as Chair of the Oakland University Assessment Committee.

deb blair
Deb Blair
Deborah Blair is Associate Professor of Music Education at Oakland University. A qualitative researcher with a focus in narrative inquiry, Blair's  research interests include the application of constructivist learning theory across a wide variety of K-12 music and higher education music teacher education contexts, including musical environments for learners with special needs.