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Kellie EarlyJune 25, 2020
KELLIE EARLY is the Chief Strategy Officer for the National Conference of Bar Examiners. She is involved in all areas of the products and services provided by NCBE to bar admission authorities and to candidates seeking admission. Kellie is currently serving as the project director for the Testing Task Force study. Prior to joining the Conference in June 2010, she was the executive director of the Missouri Board of Law Examiners for more than 10 years. Before entering the field of bar admissions, Early was the Director of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Missouri–Columbia School of Law, where she also taught legal research and writing as an adjunct professor. Before that, she was in the private practice of law with firms in St. Louis and Los Angeles.
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Amanda DilesHarden University, Physician Assistant Program
Amy WibbenmeyerLogan University
Ashley Castleberry PharmD, MEdUT Austin, College of Pharmacy
Atul Agarawal, MDIndiana University, School of Medicine
Carla Hernandez-GoodmanSt. John's University
Colleen DennistonSUNY Upstate Medical University
Elizabeth VigueHusson University
Jalal MohamadeyaMohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine
Joanne PinnaUniversity of Maryland, School of Nursing
Leslie CollinsNorthwestern Oklahoma State University
Lisa MenyFerris State University, College of Pharmacy
Mario Hofheinz, PA-CHarden University Physician Assistant Program
Melissa Tillsono, PhD, MSN RNHinds Community College
Minakshi LahiriWayne State University
Rebecca K. Kavanagh, Pharm.D.,BCACP, AAHIVPTouro College of Pharmacy
Tim DoughtyUniversity of Kansas, Medical Center
Tommy SangchompuphenLincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law
Travis Allen M.Ed.,CASEHusson University
Amanda is a Physician Assistant and Assistant Professor working with the Harding University Physician Assistant Program. She has been practicing clinically for over 12 years where she loves to help patients manage their diabetes by educating them about their disease process and empowering them to be successful. For the past seven years, she has taken the same approach with her students. Throughout the didactic and clinical curriculum, she works with students to enhance their clinical decision making, empathy, and communication skills by placing them in clinical scenarios using standardized patients and other patient encounters. For the past 2 years, she has co-administered the program’s Practical Summative Evaluation.
Amy lives to inspire breakthroughs; designing engaging student-centered learning experiences is her jam! Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle School Science Education from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In a previous life she served diverse stakeholders as an educator and maintained an active role in her district’s professional development and curriculum design teams. After shifting gears, Amy now champions for faculty as an Academic Technology Consultant at Logan University. Amy is passionate about fostering an inclusive culture dedicated to collaboration and meaningful #edtech implementation. Her specialties include learner engagement, reflective critical thinking, formative assessment, and creative problem solving.
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Dr. Agarwal is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Neuroradiology at Indiana University School of Medicine. He joined IU after his residency and fellowship at the LAC-USC Medical Center. As the Associate Director of Medical Student Education, he is involved in all aspects of the medical student radiology clerkship, and enjoys teaching residents and medical students, alike. His clinical interests include cervical trauma, stroke and neuro-oncolgy. His research interests include medical education research focusing on competency-based curriculum development and improvement, aimed at graduating more well-rounded medical students, who can readily identify imaging findings of some of the most emergent medical conditions and those who are able to utilize imaging more judiciously in their careers. Degrees: MD and MS: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science - The Chicago Medical School, IL, usually called "The Chicago Medical School" Internship: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, CA - Internal Medicine Residency: LAC-USC Medical Center, CA - Diagnostic Radiology Fellowship: LAC-USC Medical Center, CA - Neuroradiology Board Certifications: ABR 2008, CAQ in Neuroradiology 2010, DABR 2020
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Colleen Denniston earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work at Keuka College in Central New York with a concentration in Assessment and Data Analysis. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration. Her passion for technology and education has led her to a position with SUNY Upstate Medical University as the Testing Administrator where she administers exams through Examplify and NBME to undergraduate medical students.
After approximately 20 years in the high school classroom, Elizabeth Vigue completed her doctorate at New England College in Henniker, NH and currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Office of Assessment at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. Her research interests include cognitive metaphor theory and visual literacy theory with a particular interest in the reciprocity between the visual and students' ability to abstract and to develop metacognition. At Husson University, Dr. Vigue works with faculties to meet accreditation requirements related to curriculum and assessment: unpacking their standards, developing curricula, aligning their courses and assessments to program outcomes, building valid and reliable performance assessments and using data to improve instruction and assessment practices.
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Joanne Pinna leads the Senior Instructional technology team for the University of Maryland, School of Nursing and focuses in implementing new technology delivery to faculty, staff and students. She coordinates, develops, plans, and oversees a variety of hardware, and software tools to develop instructional materials. Contribute to academic programs and research projects by developing instructional materials. Provide direction to faculty, staff, and students in the use of learning applications. Prior to becoming a lead instructional technologist at the school of nursing, Joanne started her journey as first a graphic designer to a web designer and information architecture specialist. Her experience spans at foremost the simplistic and precise visual aspects of delivery taking in consideration especially the levels of technology knowledge within faculty, staff and student community.
Dr. Leslie Collins is the Assistant Chair of the Charles Morton Share Truest Division of Nursing and an Assistant Professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She has been a nurse for over 12 years and has a background in Maternal-Newborn Nursing. She has been in nursing education for over 10 years and has had the privilege of teaching most courses throughout the nursing curriculum. Dr. Collins received her doctorate degree from Duquesne University in 2015 and has focused on having an engaging and enjoyable workplace for her faculty. Dr. Collins has been a part of 2 ANA Nurse panels for increasing civility and decreasing workplace violence, which resulted in published works on these subjects. Dr. Collins is the "superuser" of ExamSoft at her university and has made several strides to ensuring ExamSoft can work for all levels of Nursing Education! She was awarded with the John Barton Award for Distinguished Teaching and Service and was named a Faculty Champion in Obstetrics. Leslie is married to her high school sweetheart Brian and they have two children Kendal and Kade. In their free time they like to be outside with their animals, riding trails, and camping!
Lisa Meny, PharmD is Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Experiential Coordinator, and is currently the Accreditation and Assessment Coordinator at the Ferris State University College of Pharmacy. She currently serves as Chair of both the College’s Accreditation and Assessment committee and the Policy and By-Law committee. Lisa serves on numerous committees, task forces, and work groups at the College and University including the University’s Academic Affairs Assessment committee. On a state and national level she serves on the Executive Board of the Michigan Pharmacist Association, is currently the Chair of the AACP Experiential Education Section Strategic Planning Task Force, serves on the AACP Professional Affairs committee, the Assessment SIG programming and strategic planning committees, and is an Associate Editor for the journal Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning. Meny has been utilizing ExamSoft rubrics for several years for skills-based assessment and oversees their utilization in the experiential setting. Her research interests include curricular and programmatic assessment and accreditation and interprofessional education.
Mario Hofheinz, PA-C
Since he was a child, Mario has enjoyed taking things apart to see how they work. While this caused his mother frustration, this tendency has served him well in exploring the software systems he utilizes as a Physician Assistant and an Assistant Professor with Harding University’s Physician Assistant Program. His primary teaching areas include Psychiatry, Neurology, and Patient Assessment. He works extensively with standardized patients in simulations of patient encounters and has been the primary author and administrator for the Program’s Practical Summative Evaluation during his eight years of teaching.
Melissa Tillsono, PhD, MSN RN
Melissa Tillson, PhD, RN is the Dean of Nursing at Hinds Community College. Dr. Tillson has 18 years’ experience teaching associate degree nursing students. Dr. Tillson played an instrumental role in the implementation of Examsoft® in her nursing program and continues to serve as the Examsoft® Committee Chair. She has served as the Outcomes Committee Chair, Student Nurse Extern coordinator, Assistant Director of AD Nursing, and Director of AD Nursing. Dr. Tillson is an avid cyclist and runner. She enjoys college football, traveling, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Minakshi Lahiri, Ph.D. is Education Specialist with the Division of Pharmacy at Wayne State University. She is also a part-time faculty for the Learning Design and Technology program at the College of Education at Wayne State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on educational technology and evaluation. Her expertise and research interests are in educational technology and applications, instructional design, curriculum design and evaluation, online learning and educational assessment, evaluation and accreditation. She has presented and authored several research and exploratory articles on educational technology emphasizing educational evaluations, assessments, curriculum design, problem based learning, online learning, mobile learning and learning with technology tools.
Rebecca K. Kavanagh, Pharm.D.,BCACP, AAHIVP
Dr. Kavanagh is a faculty member at Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem, New York. She began her training at University at Buffalo, where she earned a dual degree Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She continued her education at University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences where she earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. Dr. Kavanagh went on to complete a first-year Post-Graduate residency in Pharmacy Practice, and a second-year residency in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy. She became a faculty member at Touro College of Pharmacy in 2017 and cherishes her role in educating the next generation of pharmacists. She became the College’s Director of Co-Curriculum and Developmental Portfolios in 2019 and is responsible for leading and providing oversight of Touro College of Pharmacy's co-curricular program, overseeing and managing student developmental portfolios, and providing leadership for student involvement in on-campus activities and student organizations. She serves as Vice Chair of the Assessment Committee and is heavily involved with the College’s assessment plans and initiatives.
Tim Doughty has been in the assessment field since 1991 and is currently with the University of Kansas-Medical Center (KUMC) as Manager and Coordinator of Testing Services. Under his guidance, he coordinates the Computer Testing Center and Accommodation Testing areas. He serves as site Administrator for ExamSoft and as technical help and support for over 60 faculty for the Schools of Allied Health, Medicine and Nursing. During his tenure at KUMC, he has overseen the growth of the center from 125 seats to over 200, two remote campuses, plus a separate testing space for students to who require accommodations. With the help of ExamSoft, KUMC has improved the testing experience for students, both locally and remotely across the globe.
Associate Dean for Student Learning and Associate Professor of Law tommy.sangchompuphen@LMUnet.edu B.A., Yale University M.S., Columbia University J.D., University of Minnesota Law School Classes taught: Legal Foundations I, Multistate Essay Exam Skills, Bar Examination Skills Tommy Sangchompuphen rejoined Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law in July 2018 as Associate Dean for Student Learning and Associate Professor of Law after being part of LMU Law as an associate dean and associate professor from 2012 to 2017. As Associate Dean for Student Learning, Dean Tommy is responsible for initiatives that promote the retention and advancement of law students throughout the law curriculum. He utilizes knowledge and skills in educational philosophy and research, student and instructor interrelationships, advising and counseling, and learning and study strategies to implement academic support services essential to law students’ academic success, learning experience, and bar passage. Before rejoining LMU Law in 2018, Dean Tommy was Interim Associate Dean for Academic Success at the University of Dayton School of Law and, before that, Assistant Dean for Student Learning and Outcomes and Assistant Professor at Appalachian School of Law (2008 to 2012), where he has taught classes and courses in the areas of academic success and bar preparation. His students at LMU Law named Dean Tommy the Sandra C. Ruffin Distinguished Professor of the Year for the 2013-2014 academic year, and National Jurist Magazine recognized LMU Law as the best law school for bar exam preparation in its Winter 2017 issue.
Travis Allen M.Ed.,CASE
Travis Allen, M.Ed., CAS serves as the Director of University Assessment at Husson University, as well as the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation for the School of Pharmacy. He has previously served as the Husson University Chair of the School of Education, and as a faculty member. Mr. Allen has extensive experience with the accreditation process and has been involved with self-studies for NECHE, ACPE, CCNE, ACOTE, IACBE, CAPTE, CACREP, ABPTRFE, and serves as a school review member for the Maine Department of Education. Mr. Allen has over twenty years of experience in education and has presented on assessment topics at multiple conferences, including those for AACP, ASHP, and ExamSoft.