22-23 March 2023 LPC-23 The Learning Professionals' Consortium Image - Create - Innovate


Dr. Todd A. ForeDr. Todd A. Fore

Dr. Fore is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civilian Personnel within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Manpower and Reserve Affairs and is responsible for the human resource life cycle affecting over 290,000 Army civilians. He leads a staff that sets the strategic direction, develops policy, allocates resources, and supervises all matters pertaining to Civilian Personnel Policy to sustain and position Army for the future. Dr. Fore provides direct oversight of compliance programs and leads civilian human resource data analytics. Additionally, he leads the strategic planning of enterprise talent management within career programs to deliberately create the Army’s future civilian leaders. 

Maj General James SearsMajor General James R. Sears Jr.

Maj. Gen. James R. Sears Jr. is the Deputy Commander, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. The command is responsible for the recruiting, training and education of Air and Space Force personnel and includes Air Force Recruiting Service, 19th Air Force, 2nd Air Force, the 59th Medical Wing and Air University. AETC operates more than 1,400 trainer, fighter and mobility aircraft, 24 wings, 11 bases and five geographically-separated groups. It governs approximately 60,000 active-duty, Reserve, Guard, civilian and contractor personnel who train more than 293,000 students per year.

Dr. Wendy WalshDr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Walsh is the Chief Learning Officer, at the Air Education and Training Command at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. She is responsible for providing leadership, support and technical direction to enable an Air Force culture of learning. Dr. Walsh connects learning professionals to collectively build, share, and sustain an accessible, meaningful continuum of learning for airman. Dr. Walsh has worked with academics, civil, and military government agencies, private industry and communities to create culturally relevant, effective educational experiences that are responsive to organizational needs. 

Mr. Bradley AldridgeMr. Bradley Aldridge

Mr. Aldridge is the Department Director, Learning Sciences & Technology Studio at Squadron Officer School (SOS). He has over 38 years of service with the Air Force with the last 26 years spent designing, developing, and delivering training and education material and programs. He consults, advises, and assists SOS faculty in designing, developing, scaling, and implementing engaging immersive learning experiences based in the learning sciences and emerging learning technologies. Mr. Aldridge earned a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Distance Education from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Richard B AyersDr. Richard B. Ayers

Dr. Ayers is a Senior Lead Human Performance Engineer with the Aerospace Immersive team at Booz Allen Hamilton. His research interests focus on designing and integrating digital enterprise solutions into military training. A retired military instructor pilot with over 4,000 hours, he is particularly interested in understanding shared patterns and potential causal factors in inadequate quality aeronautical decision making that lead to degraded performance in high threat environments. Dr. Ayers received a Ph.D. in Human Capital Development from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an M.S. in Aeronautical Science and B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dr. Tim BoileauDr. Tim Boileau

Dr. Boileau is an Instructional Systems Specialist, serving as Online Course Director for the 81st TRSS, Faculty Development Flight. Dr. Boileau has held leadership positions in ISPI, ATD, IEEE, ISTE and other professional organizations. He has over 25 years of collegiate level teaching experience, including six years as a researcher and full-time instructor in higher education. His publications include journal articles, conference proceedings, research, and book chapters.

Mr. Lewis BomarMr. Lewis Bomar

Mr. Bomar is an Instructional Design Specialist at the U.S. Coast Guard Leadership Development Center. He manages the design and development of leadership and technical curricula for multiple schools, in both resident and remote modalities. As a Master Training Specialist, he provides instructor training, coaching, and qualification training for instructor, developer, and MTS candidates. His research interests include human behavioral interactions in augmented 2D/3D spatial visualization systems and stress-imposed environments. Mr. Bomar is a US Air Force retired E-8, holds two Masters of Science degrees, and is a PhD candidate.

Ms. Jody CicekMs. Jody Cicek

For 12 years, Ms. Cicek has been a leader in higher education. She is an experienced teacher trainer, linguist, and professor. Driven by a desire to constantly improve, she takes pride in implementing best practices in her classroom. Jody was honored with Instructor of the Quarter her second quarter teaching in her current position for her commitment to professional development. She currently teaches at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX..  

Lieutenant Colonel Nicolais R. ChighizolaLt Colonel Nicolais Chighizola

Lt Colonel Chighizola is the Dean, Squadron Officer School (SOS), Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.  At SOS, he oversees the development and delivery of curriculum in professional military education for more than 4,000 students annually. He also leads SOS’s Academic Affairs directorate, which maintains three departments, course support, the USSF concentration, and program assessments in support of PME operations.

Mr. Bradley Clark Mr. Bradley Clark

Mr. Clark is the Lead Training Specialist and LMS Administrator at Air Force Services Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX. Mr. Clark manages the learning management systems that provide functional and supplemental training to more than 40,000 Force Support Squadron personnel worldwide, including professional development training. He counsels eight directorates on various training affairs while innovating training methods as he develops comprehensive training solutions. Mr. Clark has over 13 years of training experience, five years as a training specialist for the Air Force Services Center and eight years as a public school educator.

Dr. Andrew S. ClaytonDr. Andrew Clayton

Dr. Clayton serves as an Assistant Professor of Leadership for the Leadership and Innovation Institute at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. Dr. Clayton advises and works with several research groups focusing on the human domain in areas of emotional intelligence, empathy, resilience, and diversity, equity, and inclusion using immersive technology. Dr Clayton is also the Director for Immersive Learning and Simulations (ILS) Research Task Force (RTF) for Air University.

Mr. Andrew "Buster" CrabbMr. Andrew "Buster" Crabb

Mr. Crabb is currently a professor of Operational Studies and Planning with special interest in utility of wargaming in education at Joint Special Operations University. He has spent over 25 years on active duty in a variety of operational and
training assignments. A career infantry officer, Mr. Crabb commanded  at every grade and was a ‘plank owner’ in the establishment of US Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC). Mr. Crabb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from The Citadel, a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Security Affairs from Tulane University, and is currently a enrolled in the Doctor of Global Security program at American Public University.

Dr. Maurice "Duc" Duclos                   Dr. Maurice "Duc" Duclos                   

Dr. Duclos - PhD in Social Science, 37 year career focused on Unconventional Warfare and utility of creative problem solving. Served with Special Operations units at all levels; from infantry rifleman to advisor to commander at Special Operations 4 star command. Advisor to Navy Postgraduate School Special Operations personnel for gaming.

Dr. Alice E. GrimesDr. Alice Grimes

Dr. Grimes is the Director of Faculty Development for Air Force Institute of Technology Engineering Graduate School of Engineering & Management (AFIT EN). Dr. Grimes has many years of experience as a professor and college dean. She holds a Ph.D. and an Masters of Social Work, from Ohio State University. Dr. Grimes is a licensed social worker in Ohio and a certified family life educator. She is also a Master Resiliency Trainer for the USAF and a Mental Health First Aid instructor through the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Dr. Toni Hawkins-ScribnerDr. Toni Hawkins-Scribner

Dr. Hawkins-Scribner serves Air University's Squadron Officer School (SOS) as the Director of Learning Sciences and Faculty Education. As a retired Air Force veteran and AETC Master Instructor, Dr. Hawkins-Scribner has been an active member of military education and training communities for over 32 years. She completed her doctoral work at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College. Research interests include learning environments, learner identity, immersive learning, learning theory, and faculty development.

Dr. Letitia HaynesDr. Letitia Haynes

Dr. Letitia D. Haynes, DBA, MS, MA, is a Special Operations Forces Logistics Instructor at United States Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL. As a retired US Naval Commander of Information Technology, Dr. Haynes successfully integrates and imparts her knowledge and practice of Business Management and Information Technology. She also currently teaches Business Math and Business Cultural Diversity to graduating seniors of Supervisory Management at State College of Florida.  

TSgt Adrian HaysTSgt Adrian Hays

TSgt Hays is an instructor supervisor, master instructor, and course developer for the missile maintenance initial skills course. They are a current graduate student and focus heavily on bringing innovation to the training environment.

Ms. Audrey Herwig-MendozaMs. Audrey Herwig-Mendoza

Currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education Instructional Design and Technology, Ms. Herwig Mendoza believes in modeling initiative, innovation, originality, and partnership in every endeavor she pursues. With 20+ years' experience, she serves as the Sheppard AFB Faculty Development Training Development Element Chief and oversees the 82TRW/FACD Point of Delivery (POD).

Dr. Megan HennesseyDr. Megan Hennessey

Dr. Hennessey is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Air University. She is credentialed as an Associate Professor and studies faculty development, student experiences, active learning strategies, and related topics in military education. Dr. Hennessey holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from George Mason University and was commissioned as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Navy in 2016.

Ms. Jeannette D. HollandMs. Jeannette D. Holland

Ms. Holland serves as the Staff Development Training Specialistwith the AFSVC Training & Development Team. She focuses on the advisement and facilitation of upskilling/reskilling training for the AFSVC and Force Support Squadron personnel Air Force-wide. A focused driven retired veteran with over 15 years of education and training expertise; she believes organizational success can be achieved  by utilizing modern methodologies and best practices within the education and training environment, which can promote a strong work ethic to increase employee performance, engagement, and motivation. 

Ms. Georgia IseriMs. Georgia Iseri

Serving as a Curriculum Development Manager for the 82 TRW Faculty Development, Ms. Iseri models excellence combined with her experiences to transform training to produce an elite warfighting technologically advanced force. As an Air Force Veteran, prior Defender, and training instructor, she believes the future of learning calls for instructors to be learning facilitators, innovative thinkers, and student developers. 

Dr. Brittany LoneyDr. Brittany Loney

Dr. Loney is the director and creator of the Elite Cognition and Human Optimization program at Core One. She has over 12 years of experience developing and implementing cognitive training programs with the special operations and DoD communities, including developing the first sport and performance psychology group for an elite DoD customer and the first cognitive training program for another specialized DoD customer. In 2019, she helped develop and taught curriculum for NATO’s Inaugural Mental Performance and Resiliency Course. She has consulted with numerous DoD and inter-agency training personnel (e.g., instructors, course director, role players) to bring about integration of cognitive performance principles within various training and operational pipelines. Brittany has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Learning Systems from Florida State University, an M.A. in Kinesiology with an emphasis on performance psychology from California State University, Fresno, an M.S. in Exercise Science from Florida State University, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University where she was also a Division 1 Athlete in Women’s Basketball.  

Lieutenant Colonel David ManrriqueLt Colonel David Manrrique

Lt Colonel Manrrique is the Deputy Director of the Air Force Wargaming Institute and has held various leadership roles within the Air Force. He has a two masters degrees and has also been an Olmsted Scholar, studying Hebrew and living in Tel Aviv, Israel. Prior to his current position, he served as the Chief of the Security Cooperation Office at the US embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.

Dr. Anne NiccoliDr. Anne Niccoli

As a Training and Instructional Design specialist at the U.S. Coast Guard Leadership Development Center, Dr. Niccoli manages staff professional development and designs leadership curricula for both classroom and remote learning. Her research seeks to uncover factors that affect cognitive processes and influence decisions. She has presented research findings at educational and training conferences and authored articles in academic and military publications. Dr. Niccoli teaches graduate-level students and challenges them to explore and test theories for practical application.

Mr. Christian J. RamthunMr. Christian J. Ramthun

Mr. Ramthun is a Master Instructor with the Joint Special Operations University, U.S. Special Operations Command, at MacDill AFB. His research focuses on redefining Joint Special Operations Forces-education and Theater Special Operations Command activities. In 2017 his co-authored book chapter titled "Tribal Engagement and Mediation" was published in The Handbook of Mediation.   

Dr. Sae SchatzDr. Sae Schatz

Sae Schatz, PhD, is co-founder of Bedrock Learning, Inc. and formerly the director of DoD's Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative. She's an expert at the intersection of digital, data, and talent modernization. Find her online at LinkedIn or @SaeSchatz on Twitter.

Major Patrick L. SkaifeMajor Patrick L. Skaife

Maj Skaife manages the Joint Warfare Academic Program for Squadron Officer School. He oversees the training for 4,200 US Air Force and partner country officers annually, authoring curriculum that teaches joint doctrine, planning, command and control, intelligence, and agile combat employment operations in a contested environment. The curriculum includes both theoretical and practical components, covering the Joint Operations Planning Process, Joint Force Command, Joint Task Forces, and Mission-Type Orders creation.

Ms. Meg VarneyMs. Meg Varney

Ms. Varney is the Lead Writing Specialist in the Air University Teaching and Learning Center. She previously taught and worked in learning centers at Colgate University in New York and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Japan, and she holds a B.A. in English - Writing and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Ms. Varney is also a veteran of the Indiana Army National Guard.

TSgt Michael YearbyTSgt Michael Yearby

TSgt Yearby is a leadership expert focused on workplace success, employee burnout, and DEAI Education. Audiences love his practical strategies they apply personally and professionally. With his strong background of over more than 15 years of military service, he has gained first-hand insight into what it takes to inspire people, manage resources, and develop team-building. He implements strategies that help employees avoid distractions, stop interruptions, prioritize daily objectives and say "no" to lost productivity.

Ms. Cecilia ZaksMs. Cecilia Zaks

Ms. Zaks is an Instructional Designer with the AFSVC Training & Development Team. She specializes in analyzing, design and developing training for Force Support Squadron personnel. She has also designed and developed leadership training for both civilian and military leadership that includes emphasis on emotional intelligence. As a training professional, her passion is to ensure that training is not simply an event, but rather a process that includes support after training. She encourages continuous learning and communication from team leaders so employees are empowered to constantly improve in their job performance. Ms. Zaks received her A.A and B.A. in Communications Studies with a focus on Organizational Communications at California State University, Stanislaus.

Mr. Jonathan ZemmerMr. Jonathan Zemmer

Mr. Zemmer is an experienced technologist who enjoys partnering with faculty to utilize technology in a meaningful way. He is currently working on a doctorate with a research focus in education technology from Wright State University. Before joining the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Jonathan worked in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Wright State University. He has published articles, presented at several national conferences, and received two international awards for his work in educational technology.




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