Meet the Team

  • Punya Mishra

    Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation; Professor |

    I am Associate Dean of Scholarship & Innovation here at the Teachers College at Arizona State University. I am interested in life, the universe, and everything and most of all in shoehorning Douglas Adams’ book titles into my bio. I am originally from India, and reached Arizona via Michigan. I create ambigrams for fun and enjoy listening to 50’s, 60’s Bollywood music.

  • Elizabeth Mirabal

    Administrative Specialist

    My typical day is filled with helping Punya Mishra get to his meetings on time and with everything that he needs, as well as making sure the OofSI keeps humming along.  I’m originally from Gallup, NM, also known as the Land of Enchantment.  My dogs, or as I call them, my fur-babies are my joy. Oh and my husband of many years is my joy, too. I enjoy learning anything about Excel and I have fun teaching those skills to others - nerd alert, I know! I also love watching movies and relish any conversation in relation to the silver screen.

  • Clarin Collins

    Director of Scholarly Initiatives

    In my role as Director of Scholarly Initiatives, I work with others in OofSI to provide resources, tools, and supports for faculty research by planning trainings, looking for opportunities for faculty research collaboration, and coordinating the college’s internal grants program. Originally from Wisconsin, I love green trees and the Green Bay Packers. My taste in music is as impartial as my taste for wine, though my go-to musicians include Jack White, Florence + The Machine, and Van Morrison.

  • Stephanie McBride-Schreiner

    Scholarly Communications Publication Manager

    As Publications Manager, I wear many hats: editor, marketer, proofreader, publisher, to name a few. The best thing about my job is helping others to produce quality open access scholarship. Originally from Buffalo, NY, I’ve come to love living in Arizona and prefer dust storms over snowstorms. I have a penchant for dogs (I have two lab-mix rescues), time with friends and family, all things historical, and wine tastings.

  • Jennifer Stein

    Director, Design Initiatives

    In my role in OofSI, I manage our Design Initiatives, in particular supporting Community Design Labs. I have lived in many different places, including Tokyo, New York City and the Bay Area, but consider Boston my hometown. I spend a great deal of time wrangling two little girls and can sing most of the songs from “Frozen” by heart. I also enjoy jazz standards, like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong’s classic album, Ella and Louis.

  • Claire Gilbert

    MultiMedia Specialist

    As the Multimedia Specialist for the Design Initiative at OofSI, I get to document all of the cool projects going on in our office. I’m from upstate NY, but lived in Europe for most of my life, and I love to travel. I’m also  into anything related to history or superheroes, and I love paper stores and competitive Scrabble games. My music taste is eclectic, with everything from Opera and show tunes to folk music, but my favorite artist is probably Jon Bryant.

  • Benjamin Scragg

    Project Manager, Lead Design Strategist, Education Innovation

    I'm the Lead Design Strategist in the Office of Scholarship & Innovation, where I partner with schools to engage in open-ended design thinking and methodology to generate solutions to the unique challenges and opportunities schools face in 21st century American life. While originally from the beautiful prairie of Belpre, Ohio, I’ve made my way west via Chicago and then Columbus and The Ohio State University. I’m probably most adept at making an Old Fashioned, which I’ll argue is best enjoyed (in moderation) while taking in the sounds of The National’s Boxer.

  • Christina Ngo

    Design Strategist

    In my role as Design Strategist within OofSI, I collaborate with a variety of different folks to support the development of innovative solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing education through collaboration and open-ended design processes. I’m originally from the Alamo City, made my way to the Live Musical Capital of the World, and have lived in the Valley of the Sun since 2010. In my opinion, food is more than just fuel. It’s a hobby, an adventure, an art medium, and so much more. I enjoy listening to anything available (and also not available) on LP.

  • Stephany Romero

    Stephany Romero

    Coordinator – Design Initiatives

    I am the Coordinator for the Design Initiatives team in the Office of Scholarship and Innovation. I traded in my life near the ocean in Los Angeles for the desert and love exploring everything Arizona has to offer from the hiking scene to the local breweries. I am the mother of a hedgehog named Amadeus and occasionally blast his song, Rock Me Amadeus, while he cringes in embarrassment. It’s cliché to say, but I enjoy ALL types of music. Since moving to Arizona, some country has even made it into my playlist. As they say, when in Rome…

  • Lisa Wyatt

    Lisa Wyatt

    Design Strategist (Project Manager)

    As a Design Strategist, I work with schools in our Community Design Labs.  I am a proud Phoenix native and a passionate lifelong educator.  An avid gardener, I love watching the goldfinches eat sunflower seeds in our backyard.  I am less excited when they eat my tomatoes.  If you play the fiddle, please bring it into our office.  Folk music makes my feet feel like dancing (to the great chagrin of my two pre-teen daughters).

  • Sean Leahy

    Director and Administrative Professional

    As the Director of Technology Initiatives for #OofSI, I explore current and emerging technologies to prepare the next generation of teachers and educators to become creative designers of transformative learning experiences.  I grew up in Michigan, and have relocated to Arizona by way of Den Haag, the Netherlands. I am a passionate photographer and enjoy the post-processing work to the sound of Wilco’s 2009 Wilco (The Album).

  • Jodie Donner

    Jodie Donner

    Technology Infusion Specialist

    In my role as a technology infusion specialist within the Technology Initiatives team, I support faculty members with professional learning and resources to assist them as they prepare preservice teachers to integrate technology into their teaching. While I do miss the empty spaces of windswept Wyoming, I have been comfortably settled in the Valley since 1999. When I am not working or spending time with my family, I am contemplating the human mind by consuming all things true crime. If my teenage daughter gets distracted, I take over control of the Google Home and blast the Foo Fighters.

  • Timothy Knuck

    Web Application Developer Senior

    I am in the Office of Scholarship & Innovation and work on all things web-related in the Teachers College. Insert thought-provoking, humanizing quote here. I usually go where my mind takes me, and think we're awfully strange antennae in human form. I was born in the middle of nowhere in Texas and have mostly lived in Arizona. I try to write science fiction and, when I have the energy, I'll put my stuff here: I listen to a lot of music and right now I'm liking stuff from Steve Moore.

  • David Herbold

    Web Site Technician |

    Management of Drupal and Wordpress websites across the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College webscape. Many other things. All the things.

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    Daniel Brasic

    Web Site Technician

    As a Website Technician, I work on the websites! I spawned in Grand Rapids, Michigan (hold up your right hand and point to the left side of your palm about 1.5 inches north of your wrist.) I moved to Valle del Sol in 1999 and quickly realized two things: 1. Grand Rapids has been doing Mexican food all wrong and 2. water is really important. I enjoy biking, hiking, malty beers and almost anything DIY. A former band geek and DJ on a community radio station, I love a ridiculously wide range of music from Bhangra to Bluegrass and Drum and Bugle to Drum and Bass and if given the opportunity, I will blather on endlessly about how Steely Dan is the absolute pinnacle of musical sophistication.

Design Fellows

  • Kyle Elliott

    Design Fellow

    As a design fellow, I am currently working on developing design thinking and innovation frameworks. I am also employed as a research aide in the Office of the President here at ASU, working on innovation initiatives. I’m currently in the Master’s of Higher Education program. I am an Arizona native and graduated from ASU in 2016 with a degree in genetics, cell, and developmental biology. I’m an avid runner and during my time at ASU, I was a member of the track and field team.

Faculty Fellows

  • Melanie Bertrand

    Lincoln Fellow

    As the faculty fellow with OofSI, I work with schools in design thinking processes. I bring to the OofSI team more than a decade of research and practice related to youth voice and social justice. I have lived in many cities within the United States and I moved to Phoenix in 2013 to become an assistant professor at ASU. For fun I love to go hiking in the beautiful desert surrounding the city.

  • Leigh Wolf

    Clinical Associate Professor |

    As a design fellow, I provide consultation and inspiration for a variety of OsfSI projects.  I am a Clinical Associate Professor here at the Teachers College with the EdD in Leadership and Innovation program. I enjoy all sorts of things, but really enjoy listening and connecting people and ideas.  I live online, and I also live (physically, mostly) in the Metro Detroit area, and oftentimes in Galway, Ireland and now Arizona.  In the early and mid-90s I was a disc jockey at an alternative radio station and my musical tastes are often stuck in that time period and genre, but I also enjoy any type of music with an upbeat tempo.  If I need to really relax, I listen to M. Ward.

OofSI Student Worker

Ashley Goernitz
Educational Technology Champion

Educational Technology Champion, Lead

Anushka Katyayan
Educational Technology Champion, Lead

Alejandra Arana
Educational Technology Champion

Karan Shah
Educational Technology Champion, Lead

OofSI Alumni

Rick Baker
Integration Services Manager

Ashley Dalba Garbacz
Management Intern

Melissa McGehee
Project Manager

Gloria Minnihan
Instructional Designer

McKenzie Murdock Bio Picture

Mckenzie Murdock
Design Fellow

Rolando Robles Bio Picture

Rolando Robles
Design Fellow

Kaylee Stock

Kaylee Stock
Communications and Digital Media Assistant

Courtney Sutherland

Courtney Sutherland
Design Fellow