Staff

Ryan Baltrip

Dr. Ryan Baltrip

Director of Digital Learning

Dr. Ryan Baltrip is an experienced educational innovator who has previously led two different institutions to become nationally recognized and award winning eLearning programs, most recently at William & Mary.

With a "teaching first, technology second" mentality, Baltrip is excited to see how the eLearning team can serve and support others at Miami in developing effective, high-quality instruction that utilizes technology and partnering with others to ignite sparks of educational innovation.

  • (513) 529-6069
  • ryanbaltrip@MiamiOH.edu

Greg Brainard

Associate Director of Online Operations

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Greg Brainard has 14 years of higher education administration experience with nationally ranked and recognized universities as well as 14 years in business ownership of multi-state companies. Greg has led the way for groundbreaking teaching and learning programs with emphasis in student success experience, quality teaching delivery, and developing new programs that benefit students and their futures, just to name a few.

Greg has taught undergraduate and graduate courses since 2007 in areas of human resources management, business development & operations, and various other business-focused courses. In addition, Greg has mentored over 100 new faculty at past higher education institutions and trained thousands of existing faculty members at nationally recognized institutions. Greg's passion for higher education will ensure student success, quality online learning technologies and tools, increased learning administration and more here at Miami University as the Associate Director of Online Operations. Greg's biggest passion is for his wife and children who bless his life daily!

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

  • brainagm@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 as well as 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 classroom 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

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. Prior to 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 the self-study of Italian, French, Russian and Spanish.

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

  • (513) 529-6067
  • farrarem@MiamiOH.edu
  • Liaison to FSB, CCA

Sarah Frick

Learning Designer

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"I have been serving in Instructional Design roles in Higher Education for close to 15 years. I am passionate about lifelong learning and that "a commitment to teaching is a commitment to learning", and continue to both encourage and seek out relevant and collaborative learning opportunities in every aspect of my life. I hold a Masters of Science Degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications, Interactive Multimedia from Ohio University.

My current professional learning interests are focused on integrating an experience design mindset into instructional design and teaching practices. I teach the undergraduate online course "Design Tools" online for Emerging Technology in Business + Design (ETBD), and am actively involved in the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) professional research and development offerings, including facilitating the OLC Instructional Designer Certificate program.

I previously served as the Lead Instructional Designer at the University of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula College and the Assistant Director of Professional Development for Academic Innovations & eLearning at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

"The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before"― Neil Gaiman, Art Matters

  • fricksc@MiamiOH.edu

Cyndi Govreau

Learning Designer

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Cyndi Govreau has worked in higher educations for more than 20 years. Prior to 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 to positively impact each and every 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.

  • (513) 529-1583
  • govreacl@MiamiOH.edu
  • Liaison to CEC

Anthony Jones-Scott

Learning Designer

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Anthony has worked in higher education for more than fifteen years in a variety of 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, as well as 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 working to complete 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

  • (513) 529-3099
  • ajs@MiamiOH.edu
  • Liaison to EHS

Tom Luo

Learning Designer

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Tom holds an MA in Instructional Systems from 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 the 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 

  • (513) 529-0927
  • luojt@MiamiOH.edu
  • Liaison to CAS*

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 KnightLab's suite of applications.

  • (513) 529-0212
  • keplinj@MiamiOH.edu
  • Liaison to CAS*

Brynn De Lange

Learning Media Specialist

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Brynn De Lange is native of Athens, OH. 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.

Prior to 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, as well as instructional content that was utilized by educators in the community. 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

  • (513) 529-0046
  • delangb@MiamiOH.edu

Ben Hartman

Learning Media Specialist

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"I'm one of the Video Producers on the eLearning team. I've been working in some facet of video production for the last 15+ years, most of which was spent in Boston, MA. I earned my MFA in Film Production from Boston University and I've worked as a video producer, director, cinematographer, editor, teacher, and account manager for a variety of institutions, companies, and projects. I've been at Miami University since October 2018 and enjoy working with faculty to create engaging and informative video content.

I enjoy 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 me to improve. And, as a father of two small children, I get to not only facilitate their learning and play, but also see their love of learning grow and develop. Beyond that, I love cooking and baking bread. Between the house, kids, and making food there's not much room left over, but when there is I try keep feeding my 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

  • (513) 529-5067
  • hartmabd@MiamiOH.edu

Rachel Valerio

Learning Media 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 eLearning Miami team, she worked for a PBS affiliate in Columbus for a number of 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, two 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

  • (513) 529-3659
  • valerirs@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 at building 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 to support these educational needs, she is honored to bring alternative credential opportunities to Miami University.

Krissy received her BA in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati (2011), her MS Ed. in Student Affairs from Miami University (2014), and expects for receive MBA from Miami University in December 2019. She notes that after completing several positive psychology courses in her undergrad, she set her focus on celebrating strengths, and recognized her passion lies in helping people develop and capitalize on their talents.

  • (513) 217-4030
  • smithkl@MiamiOH.edu

Ben Kitchen

Administrative Assistant

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Ben is an experienced administrative professional with a strong writing background and focus on new media. In addition to providing administrative support to eLearning Miami, Ben coordinates and monitors communication and marketing efforts for the office.

Prior to working at Miami, Ben worked at the University of Texas at Austin. With a degree in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati, he has experience in digital media and journalism.

"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

  • (513) 529-2658
  • kitcheb@MiamiOH.edu