Staff

Greg Brainard

Interim Director of Digital Learning Initiatives

Greg Brainard has more than 15 years of higher education leadership experience with nationally ranked and recognized universities and 14 years in business ownership of multi-state companies. He has led the way for groundbreaking teaching and learning programs at multiple institutions. Greg has proven leadership in student success programs, quality teaching delivery, higher education operations, and nationally ranked program development, to name a few.

Greg has actively taught undergraduate and graduate courses since 2007 in human resources management, business development and operations, and various other business-focused content areas. In addition, Greg has mentored new faculty at previous institutions and trained thousands of existing faculty members at nationally recognized universities. Greg's passion for higher education student success, distance education teaching techniques, online learning technologies and tools, increased learning administration, and more will support Miami's ongoing mission and vision.

As a husband and the father of four children, Greg strongly believes in the family and the importance of education for future generations.

"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." – Anthony J D'Angelo

  • brainagm@MiamiOH.edu

Kim Cochran

Administrative Assistant

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Kim is an enthusiastic and experienced administrative professional. An expert in organization and providing comprehensive support to Miami Online staff.

For the past five years, Kim was the Program Associate for the Center for Teaching Excellence. Before that, she worked with Student Health Services.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys spending time with her husband and four kids.

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched ― they must be felt with the heart." ― Hellen Keller

  • (513) 529-6068
  • cochrak@MiamiOH.edu

Rebecca Bogard

Learning Designer

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Rebecca is a Learning Designer with a unique background in teaching and instructional design. She attended the University of Cincinnati, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

Since graduating, Rebecca has traveled around the world, starting her career as a teacher in Cincinnati, Ohio, followed by Shanghai, China. After teaching abroad, she moved to Orlando to gain experience as an instructional designer with Holiday Inn Club Vacations in Orlando, Florida. Rebecca joined Miami Online in July 2020 and is excited to combine her teaching and learning design experience to help Miami faculty expand their boundaries for what is possible with online learning.

Rebecca enjoys helping educators explore new technology and teaching techniques to bring their online classrooms to life and create amazing experiences for their students.

Outside of work, Rebecca is an avid reader and runner. She has run many half marathons and just completed her first full marathon at Disney World in January 2020. She also loves to relax with her husband and cat.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss

  • bogardr2@MiamiOH.edu

Jenny Culbertson

Learning Designer

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Jenny comes to Miami University/Miami Online with a Bachelor's degree from Tiffin University in Business Administration/Marketing. She worked in manufacturing and banking prior to going to graduate school for a Master's in Education. She taught Business and Technology courses for 18 years. It was during this time Jenny realized how much she enjoyed course development and online learning. Most recently, Jenny completed a Master's of Science in Instructional Design & Technology. She has instructional design experience with a private investment company, with the University of Tennessee's office of information technology, and developing coursework for the Air Force.

Through professional experience and education, Jenny has continually refined her skills and discovered new ways to engage learners. Jenny believes that creating optimal user experiences is especially significant in the learning process, for both instructors and students. With targeted course design strategies, proper implementation of learning technologies, and the availability of quality training resources, instructors can focus on course content and student learning. Jenny’s approach to designing and developing learning experiences relies heavily on Bloom’s Taxonomy classifications with an emphasis on cognitivism, constructivism, and social learning theories.

Jenny is a mom to three wonderful young men: Isaac, Ben, and Evan. She is also mom to her two dogs: Rhett & Rufus. Jenny loves the outdoors, especially biking, hiking, and kayaking. Travel is something she wants to do more of, especially after going to Thailand a few summers ago. Her bucket list of travel destinations keeps growing! Other hobbies are flower gardening, reading (especially historical fiction), baking, and she recently joined the Peloton craze.

  • culberjl@MiamiOH.edu

Elizabeth Farrar

Learning Designer

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Elizabeth Farrar is an Instructional Design and Technology Specialist with over 15 years of experience working in higher education. She holds a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Instructional Technology. Before joining eLearning at Miami University, Elizabeth was the Director of Instructional Technology at Austin Community College and the Assistant Director of the Foreign Language Center at The Ohio State University. She has worked in curriculum development as well as classroom teaching.

Elizabeth can offer guidance and training to faculty on effective and efficient instructional solutions based on the latest innovations and research in teaching and learning. She strives to empower all faculty to facilitate engaged, student-centered learning, whether in the classroom or online.

Elizabeth's lifelong learning passion is foreign languages. She has formally studied German, Dutch, and Chinese and has dabbled in Italian, French, Russian, and Spanish self-study.

"Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think."

  • farrarem@MiamiOH.edu

Cyndi Govreau

Learning Designer

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Cyndi Govreau has worked in higher educations for more than 20 years. Before coming to Miami University, she was the project manager for online learning at a for-profit institution with 28 campuses across the country. She earned her master's degree in teaching and learning fully online.

As an instructional designer, Cyndi can help faculty transform courses into engaged and creative learning opportunities. Working with faculty allows her to share her passion for engaged learning and positively impact each student. We all know that no single approach works for every student, every course, and especially not for every faculty. Cyndi works to find what works for you in your course and ensures that it aligns with the learning objectives.

  • govreacl@MiamiOH.edu

Anthony Jones-Scott

Learning Designer

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Anthony has worked in higher education for more than fifteen years in various roles at several institutions ranging from small private colleges to large public universities. He has also worked in the Labor movement, the publishing industry, and for a national co-op and outdoor outfitter on both the east and west coasts of the US. In that time, he has taught university courses both online and face-to-face and numerous workshops for Faculty and Staff.

In addition to undergraduate degrees in Political Science, History, and Psychology, he holds a Master's degree in Curriculum Studies and is completing a doctoral degree.

Anthony enjoys helping faculty explore new ways of teaching that allow them to build upon their strengths and implement innovative techniques and technologies that are proven to support student success.

When not at work, Anthony is most likely found on a local squash court, in a sea kayak on one of the Great Lakes, watching old films, or reading yet another book that convinces him that the world runs on myth and ideology.

"To delve into history entails, besides the grievance of hard work, the danger that in the depths one may lose one’s scapegoats." ― Jacques Barzun, The Energies of Art: Studies of Authors, Classic and Modern

  • ajs@MiamiOH.edu

Jennifer Keplinger

Learning Designer

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Jennifer Keplinger has worked in higher education for more than two decades, supporting faculty in designing experiential, hybrid, and fully online learning experiences in varied disciplines, including the humanities, education, engineering, business, and law. Most recently, she designed course websites at the University of Notre Dame, partnered with faculty to develop a digital humanities initiative at the University of Southern Maine, and produced online and hybrid classes at DePaul University.

With a graduate degree in technical and professional writing and professional experience in new media and academic publishing, Jennifer enjoys focusing on digital content development and collaborating with faculty on course websites, class blogs, and open education resources. Long term, she hopes to help faculty adopt new content management and digital storytelling tools, including WordPress, Scalar, and the Knight Lab's suite of applications.

  • keplinj@MiamiOH.edu

Tom Luo

Learning Designer

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Tom holds an MA in Instructional Systems from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. As an Instructional Design & Technology Specialist, Tom helps design and develop online courses and works with faculty on integrating technologies into eLearning courses. He is also interested in eLearning in global settings. Before joining the Miami eLearning team in 2009, Tom worked as an Instructional technologist at the University of North Carolina Asheville.

Outside of work, Tom enjoys sports, hiking, and watching sci-fi movies. Sometimes he can also be found walking the two boys and the dog in Oxford.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." – William Butler Yeats 

  • luojt@MiamiOH.edu

Brynn De Lange

Learning Media & Tech. Specialist

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Brynn De Lange is a native of Athens, Ohio. She attended Ohio University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Communication with an emphasis in video production. She has a passion for creative storytelling and producing educational content. Brynn joined the eLearning team at the beginning of 2020 and is excited to help create engaging media for online courses and degree programs. She enjoys learning new things and hopes to pursue an MA in Instructional Design.

Before coming to Miami, Brynn worked as a Producer for ThinkTV and CET, southwest Ohio’s PBS affiliate stations. During her time at PBS, she worked on several documentary-style magazine programs and instructional content that educators in the community utilized. She has been nominated for seven regional Emmy Awards and is the recipient of three of them. She was also a 2018 National Educational Telecommunications (NETA) Award finalist.

When she's not working, Brynn enjoys hiking, boxing, photography, and watching horror movies with her husband, pitbull, and four bearded dragons.

"It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul" – Invictus by William Ernest Henley

  • delangb@MiamiOH.edu

Ben Hartman

Video Production Specialist

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Ben is one of the video producers on the Miami Online team. He's been working in some facet of video production for the last 15+ years, most of which was spent in Boston, MA. He earned his MFA in Film Production from Boston University. Ben has worked as a video producer, director, cinematographer, editor, teacher, and account manager for various institutions, companies, and projects. Ben joined Miami University in October 2018; he enjoys working with faculty to create engaging and informative video content.

Ben enjoys learning — particularly as it pertains to practical, hands-on skills. As a relatively new owner of an old home with a large established garden and a small flock of chickens, there is no shortage of skills out there for Ben to improve! And, as a father of two small children, he gets to not only facilitate their learning and play but also see their love of learning grow and develop. Beyond that, Ben loves cooking and baking bread. Between the house, kids, and making food, there's not much room left over, but when there is, he tries to keep feeding his appreciation of the cinematic arts.

"Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind." – Kurt Vonnegut

  • hartmabd@MiamiOH.edu

Rachel Valerio

Video Production Specialist

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Rachel Valerio produces professional-level instructional videos with Miami faculty. As a lifelong learner, she loves learning a little bit about each faculty member’s field and helping harness their passion and express it to their students. Rachel has nearly 15 years of video production experience both within and outside of higher education. Before joining the Miami Online team, she worked for a PBS affiliate in Columbus for several years. Rachel earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Ohio State University in Film/Video Production and Strategic Communication. She also earned a Graduate Certificate in Interactive Media Studies from Miami University.

When Rachel isn't in the studio or roaming around campus with a camera, she's spending time with her husband, three young children, and Mini GoldenDoodle in Cincinnati. Although a farmer's daughter, Rachel kills every house plant she comes into contact with. Keep your ferns away!

"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." — Dorothea Lange

  • valerirs@MiamiOH.edu

Joshua Smith

Post-Production Specialist

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Josh Smith studied filmmaking and video production at the Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati. He's worked as a Marketing Producer for WXIX and lead the video services department at Prestige AV & Creative Services. He's been recognized with a regional Emmy for his commercial work and has worked with notable brands such as Papa John's, Airheads, P&G, and others.

When he is not working, Josh can usually be found tinkering with technology and spending time with his wife and family. He considers himself a lucky guy who gets to wake up and play every day.

"There is nothing clever about confusion." — William Wyler

  • smith685@MiamiOH.edu

Ben Kitchen

Learning Design & Communications Coordinator

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Ben is an experienced communications coordinator whose responsibilities include website building, written communication, content marketing, and technical support. His duties also concern the coordination of design and development processes and overall online operations. Before his current role, he worked in our office as an administrative assistant and contributed to internal marketing efforts. 

Before working at Miami, Ben worked at the University of Texas at Austin's University Writing Center. With an undergraduate degree in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati, he has a background in digital media and journalism. He has contributed to digital marketing agencies, non-profit organizations, and mass media companies.

"The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." — James Baldwin

  • kitcheb@MiamiOH.edu

Kristine Smith

Professional Education Program Manager

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In October 2019, Krissy Smith transitioned into the role of Professional Education Program Manager within Miami Online. After serving 5+ years in the Miami University Regionals Office of Career Services & Professional Development, Krissy has become well-equipped to build relationships across campuses and with businesses in our surrounding communities. Further, she appreciates the importance of preparing and developing students to be specialized and competitive in the 21st-century job market and supports these educational needs. She is honored to bring alternative credential opportunities to Miami University.

Krissy received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati (2011), her M.Ed. in Student Affairs from Miami University (2014), and an MBA from Miami University (2019). She notes that after completing several positive psychology courses in her undergrad, she focused on celebrating strengths and recognized her passion lies in helping people develop and capitalize on their talents.

  • smithkl@MiamiOH.edu