Meet the Team

  • Punya Mishra

    Associate Dean of Scholarship and Innovation; Professor

    punya.mishra@asu.edu | http://www.punyamishra.com/

    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

    Elizabeth.Mirabal@asu.edu

    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

    Clarin.Collins@asu.edu

    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

    ssmcb@asu.edu

    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

    Jennifer.Y.Stein@asu.edu

    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

    bscragg@asu.edu

    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.

  • Claire Gilbert

    MultiMedia Specialist

    Claire.Gilbert@asu.edu

    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.

  • Christina Ngo

    Design Strategist (Project Manager)

    Christina.Ngo@asu.edu

    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.

  • Lisa Wyatt

    Design Strategist (Project Manager)

    Lisa.G.Wyatt@asu.edu

    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

    Sean.M.Leahy@asu.edu

    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

    Jodie.Donner@asu.edu

    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.

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    Daniel Brasic

    Web Site Technician

    Daniel.Brasic@asu.edu

    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.

Faculty Fellows

  • Melanie Bertrand

    Lincoln Fellow

    Melanie.Bertrand@asu.edu

    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

    Leigh.Wolf@asu.edu | www.leighgraveswolf.com

    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

Prashansa
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

Kyle Elliott
Design Fellow

David Herbold
Website Technician

Timothy Knuck
Web Application Developer Senior

Melissa McGehee
Project Manager

Gloria Minnihan
Instructional Designer

McKenzie Murdock Bio Picture

Mckenzie Murdock
Design Fellow

Rolando Robles Bio Picture

Rolando Robles
Design Fellow

Stephany Romero

Stephany Romero
Coordinator – Design Initiatives

Kaylee Stock

Kaylee Stock
Communications and Digital Media Assistant

Courtney Sutherland

Courtney Sutherland
Design Fellow