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, Scholarly Initiatives + Research Administrator (FSC)

    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.

  • Cristy Guleserian

    Cristy Filloon

    Director, Principled Innovation

    I work with our PI and OofSI teams to strategically operationalize our college’s core value of Principled Innovation. I’m a Michigander who migrated to Phoenix, and dreams of one day settling in the Pacific Northwest. I’m a true introvert who values authentic relationships, loves deep conversations, and recharges with hikes in the forest, journaling, and quiet meditation. I express my creativity by imagining new purpose and possibilities for things that are shabby and ready for a new life. My playlists are all over the place, featuring artists across genres and decades, but once a song starts, I must play it through to the end or I’ll feel unsettled the rest of the day! 

  • 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

    Jennifer Stein

    Director of Strategy, Learning Futures

    I collaborate with colleagues across the OofSI and Principled Innovation teams to manage our work on learning futures. I have lived in many different places, including Tokyo, North Carolina, 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, show tunes, classic rock and more.

  • 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

    Director, Design Initiatives

    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.

  • Sean Leahy

    Director, Technology Initiatives

    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).

  • Kyle Wagner

    Kyle Wagner

    Design Strategist, Project Manager

    As a Design Strategist, my role is to help educators use design thinking methods to help them navigate complexity and uncertainty in their work. My goal is to serve those educators in developing habits of thinking and cognitive tools that will give them the confidence to overcome challenges and pass those habits to their students and communities. I am an avid gardener (yes, even in the summertime in Phoenix) and enjoy preparing meals from the produce I grow. I am a voracious researcher and find something interesting in any subject. I am interested in the history of every era (even taking a hands-on approach, fighting with real weapons and armor), along with what the future holds. Also an artist and builder working in any medium I can get my hands on, but sculpting in glass and steel are my favorites. I hope to impart my sense of wonder and a service mindset to help educators create lifelong learners of their students.

  • Charmaine Farber

    Product Manager

    Briggs Myers describes my ENFP personality best —  I love exploring new ideas solo and with others while connecting people and ideas! I am a relentless evangelist of experience strategy and work with the Principled Innovation team to create solid solutions for actual people. I've worked as a product manager, professor, entrepreneur, director and speaker.  Originally from Chicago, I've also lived in Iowa, Connecticut, Ohio and California.  I love health and wellness topics, reading just about anything human-centered/technical, and have a new-found obsession playing kickball.

  • Jodie Donner

    Jodie Donner

    Lead Technology Strategist, Head of IgnitEd Labs

    My objective is sharing learning, resources, experiences, and research related to educational technologies. Much of my work emanates from the IgnitED Labs. Although I do miss the empty spaces of windswept Wyoming, I have been in the Valley since 1999. When I am not working, attending to doctoral studies, spending time with my family, or adopting another rescue dog, I am in pursuit of meeting my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I find listening to Fleetwood Mac on vinyl a joy.

  • Cassandra Kellaris

    Cassandra Kellaris

    Design Strategist, Project Manager

    I support our scholarly, design, and educational technology initiatives, including the super cool IgnitED Labs. I’ve been an Arizonan since 2007, but have previously lived on the East coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area. My background is in environmental education, Expeditionary Learning, and STEM education. I love wild spaces, and enjoy hiking with my husband and our two rescued cattle dogs. I can juggle better than the average person who can juggle. My go-to karaoke choices include The Talking Heads, Blondie, and Otis Redding.

  • Hannah Jennewein

    Hannah Jennewein

    Program Coordinator Sr

    In my role on our Principled Innovation team, I think creatively and work collaboratively with our partners both in and outside of the college to provide resources and learning experiences to help support the understanding and infusion of Principled Innovation in MLFTC systems, structures, curriculum, and pedagogy, as well as share our work with a broader audience at ASU and beyond. Born and raised in Arizona, you can usually find me watching and rooting for any ASU sports team as a proud two-time Sun Devil graduate. I’m very close with my small family and enjoy spending time with them cooking and eating, adoring my brother’s dog as the light of all our lives, or just hanging out, playing cribbage, and listening to anything ranging from the classics of my parents’ era to my eclectic tastes of today.

  • Daniel Brasic

    Daniel Brasic

    Web Site Technician (IT)

    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.

  • Enrique Borges

    Enrique Borges


    As the Coordinator for OofSI, my main role is to support the Learning Futures and Principled Innovation work, as well as the Design, Scholarly, and Technology Initiatives teams. I was born and raised in the west valley of Phoenix, Arizona, and I come from a family of Sun Devil graduates. I earned my BA in English and BFA in Drawing from ASU. When I was a kid, I dreamt of being a chef, then a forest ranger, but my passion for art and technology has led me into creative administration. In my free time I play video games, draw, and like to cook fancy meals at home. I enjoy new and old music from many genres but my heart is mostly set on R&B and Disco. “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire is an all-time favorite.

  • Eoline Cary

    Flora Cary

    Clinical Professional (FSC)

    My primary role is working with colleagues in the Principal Preparation Pathway (formerly iLeadAZ) program in the Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation, preparing our future school leaders. I have worked on a variety of leadership grants at the Arizona Department of Education and ASU and have lived in many different places, including Seattle, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. and now Gold Canyon, AZ, but consider Seattle as my hometown. I love listening to jazz, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and going on adventures with my amazing grandchildren.

  • Courtney Wielgus

    Courtney Wielgus

    Project Manager

    Despite early childhood ambitions of becoming either a doctor or a grocery checker, I am very happy to be a project manager on the Principled Innovation team. It’s worked out well because I’m not made for medicine and I regularly live my other dream via self-checkout at Target. The best part of my job is working with people and organizations that are using principled innovation to develop effective new approaches to complex problems; it’s truly a joy to study, celebrate, and showcase their successes. I don’t really have a hometown, but I lived in Phoenix twice while growing up and returned in 2016 after 12 years in New York City. I’m incredibly good at napping, love Talking Heads, and have zero interest in surviving a zombie apocalypse.

  • Mikayla Madjidi

    Mikayla Madjidi

    Administrative Specialist

    As an Administrative Assistant for the Principled Innovation team I maintain responsibility for scheduling, travel, purchasing and other various logistical needs of the PI team. My background is in English Literature and Secondary Education, and I have worked in research administration at ASU for several years. I love the crazy heat of the valley, where I enjoy the biodiversity of McDowell Mountain hikes, boxing training on the heavy bag, and ska punk music. 

Design Fellows

  • Jeanne Powers

    Associate Professor

    As a design fellow, I have been documenting the Office of Scholarship and Innovation’s work with the Kyrene school district. I am a sociologist by training, and an associate professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College where I work with our Educational Policy Master’s and PhD programs. I grew up on the East Coast and have come to love living in the desert, although during the summers I look forward to escaping the heat on the Oregon Coast. I knit and crochet in my spare time and am a recent convert to the joys of audiobooks. I am also shamelessly addicted to food blogs..

Faculty Fellows

  • Leigh Wolf

    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 Workers

Ashley Goernitz
Educational Technology Champion

Alejandra Arana
Educational Technology Champion

Abhijeet Savant

Abhijeet Savant
Educational Technology Champion

Connor Weese

Connor Weese
Educational Technology Champion

OofSI Alumni

Prashansa - Educational Technology Champion, Lead

Rick Baker - Integration Services Manager

Melanie Bertrand - Design Fellow

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 - Design Fellow

Christina Ngo - Design Strategist

Rolando Robles - Design Fellow

Stephany Romero - Coordinator – Design Initiatives

Karan Shah - Educational Technology Champion, Lead

Kaylee Stock - Communications and Digital Media Assistant

Courtney Sutherland - Design Fellow

Lisa Wyatt - Design Strategist