Board of Directors
Currently Wayne is a Library Information & Technology Specialist for the Clover Park School District on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, a position he has held since 2001. He develops and teaches information literacy curriculum and works with staff to integrate technology into their daily lessons. He has also presented at many educational technology and library media conferences on topics such as Digital Storytelling with Claymation, the use of Web 2.0 tools for Student Assessment, and Developing a 21st Century School Library Program. He has also been a guest speaker for graduate courses in Education and Library and Information Science. Wayne holds a Bachelor of Education from Pacific Lutheran University with a focus on Earth Science and Special Education, a Master of Education from the University of Washington with a focus on At-Risk Students, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. In 2008, he became a National Board-Certified Teacher in the area of Library Media. Wayne believes that this is an exciting time to be an educator and feels that the proper use of technology can enhance student learning and engage students in ways that have never before been possible. The students of today already have the technological attitude and aptitude (and often, they have the hardware); as educators, we need to harness their energy and lead them in the right direction.
Charles Edeki, Ph.D
Dr. Charles Edeki has a PhD in Information Technology from Capella University, his specialty is Data Mining, Statistical Learning and Bioinformatics, his dissertation topic was A Comparative Study of Data Mining and Statistical Learning Techniques for Prediction of Cancer Survivability. He is a Computer Science, IT and Math Professor. In 2006, he graduated with MS in Mathematics Education from Walden University and in May 2001, he attended Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, and graduated with Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science with concentration in Software Engineering and Programming Languages. In August 1998, he received the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with concentration in Business Administration from Excelsior College, Albany-NY. He attended University of Maryland University College and graduated with Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics in summer 2011. In summer 2009, he completed a Professional Certificate in Data Mining at University of California, San Diego and Professional Certificate in Advanced Computer Security with Stanford University in summer 2010.
Laura Dennis, Dr.
Dr. Laura Dennis teaches French language, literature, and culture at all levels along with selected courses in Spanish language and culture at University of the Cumberlands in southeast Kentucky. She began her career as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University, where she earned her M.A. in French, then was named Future Faculty Fellow at Indiana University East. Upon receiving her PhD from Indiana University, Dr. Dennis spent one year as Lecturer at Indiana University East before coming to what was then called Cumberland College in 2001. Now Professor of French and Chair of the Department of World Languages, she has presented her research on cinema, women and aging, feminist geography, and the depiction of international adoption in articles and at conferences in the United States and abroad. An avid reader and writer of creative nonfiction, Dr. Dennis has published both scholarly articles and personal essays in the Kentucky Philological Review, French Review, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable, and Mom Egg Review, to name a few. When not working or writing, she plays piano, spends time with her three children and many rescue animals, and volunteers as blog manager and occasional blogger with the Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN), a non-profit agency that aids families and children struggling with early childhood trauma.