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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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…

  • 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).

  • Rick Baker

    Manager, Integration Services

    I work with the Web Initiatives team to manage the web manifestation of the Teachers College. Our team, among other things, develops and supports, PLL, GIS Story Maps, and various online learning experiences. Born in a town that no longer exists and raised in Payson, Arizona, I’m happy to call myself a native Arizonan. I enjoy fly fishing and making music with my friends. Though I’m not Irish, I get a kick out of listening to Mumford and Sons and Rend Collective.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gloria Minnihan

    Instructional Designer

    Here at the Web Initiatives team, I help faculty and other MLFTC departments develop engaging, effective, and efficient learning experiences including (but not limited to): trainings, instructional videos, and asynchronous-interactive learning experiences. I’m a Tempe, AZ native and I am a proficient scorpion slayer. Currently my favorite album is 2CELLOS – by 2CELLOS.

  • Melissa McGehee

    Coordinator Senior

    As part of the Web Initiatives team, I help Teachers College grants and other projects tell their stories through maps! Originally from Ohio, I have called the Valley of the Sun home for more than 30 years. Despite not having a green thumb, I collect plants (currently have over 40), mostly air plants and succulents. I love 80’s music and listen to a wide range of rock, particularly Indie and alternative, but my favorite album is U2's Joshua Tree.

Design Fellows

  • Courtney Sutherland

    Design Fellow

    Here at OofSI I am on the design fellow team working with MLFTC staff and faculty. I am currently in the Master’s of Special Education program. My future goal is to get a master’s in social work and public administration and eventually start a non-profit for individuals with disabilities. I am from Chicago. I enjoy travel, tea, and anything outdoors. My taste of music is a blend of alternative, pop, and soul.

  • Kyle Elliot

    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.

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    Mckenzie Murdock

    Design Fellow

    I am a design fellow for the Office of Scholarship and Innovation. Currently pursuing my Masters degree at Arizona State in Higher Education. I graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education. I have a love for learning and love to learn new things as my favorite quote is from Dr. Seuss,  “The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go”. If I am not learning something new, I am listening to a various music such as country, preferably on a road trip or on the beach with family and friends.

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    Rolando Robles

    Design Fellow

    Working as a design fellow for the Office of Scholarship and Innovation, I currently help the design teams in gathering current research, disseminating findings, and working with others at OofSI to brainstorm breakthrough ideas. I am also currently pursuing my Doctorate degree in Learning, Literacies, and Technology out of the Teachers College. I have passion for teaching and finding new ways to reach systematically marginalized students. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I enjoy dancing and am a fan of all Latin music genres, listening broadly to Daddy Yankee, Nicky Jam, Marc Anthony, and Victor Manuelle among many others.