Jeannie Colson
Distance Education Librarian for Lee College

Jeannie Colson is an academic librarian for Lee College’s Huntsville Center in Huntsville, TX. After more than 15 years primarily delivering and instructing students in the use of electronic resources, Jeannie turned her focus – and her passion – to finding effective ways to provide academic-level information resources and services to students who have no access to the Internet.  more...

Knowing that the education provided her students is making a difference in their lives only strengthens Jeannie’s determination to ensure the most authentic research experience possible. She works with faculty and students, provides instruction, tutorials, inter-library loans… whatever they need.

Frank Martin
Justice Education Coach
Director for World Possible

Frank leads World Possible’s U.S. Justice Chapter.

Frank was an early advocate for bringing Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons-licensed technologies to correctional facilities during his work with the Oregon Youth Authority. He is currently helping prisons and juvenile justice facilities to adopt and deploy Open Education Resource laptops and servers into their sites.

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Heather Erwin
Senior Program Associate
Vera Institute of Justice

Heather J. Erwin, JD, is an education specialist and criminal justice reform advocate promoting education as a core element of successful reentry programming.

Within The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technology and Adult Education (OCTAE) LINCS system, she served as a trainer and resource reviewer for Correctional Education, Technology, and Diversity.

Heather also worked as a director of education at Vant4ge, ALISON.com, and Committed to Change consulting, where she focused on expanding access to educational resources through innovative online platforms using online and blended methods. more...

As a consultant to the Correctional Education Association (CEA), Heather helped launch the first successful implementation of handheld mobile devices delivering educational resources to secure classrooms.

She has participated in a number of Department of Education, White House, and foundation sponsored conferences, summits, and working groups focused on advancing the use of technology to deliver education content to incarcerated students, aiding reentry, and reducing recidivism rates. Heather is co-founder of the nonprofit Unlocking Education, Inc. and co-author of the Department of Education sponsored policy brief Education Technology in Corrections (2015).

Heather is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law and current Doctoral candidate, specializing in Correctional Education, at North Central University.

Rebecca Gillen
Windham School District
Library Services Supervisor

 

Rebecca Gillen is the Library Services Supervisor for the Windham School District (WSD).

The mission of WSD is to provide quality educational opportunities for those incarcerated in facilities in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system.

Terry Hall

Retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Dec 2019 and after 30+ years of government and military service.

While employed by the Bureau of Prisons, he supported both staff networks and the inmate networks at FCC Butner. He assisted and supported the education department in bringing quality programs and systems to the inmate population. He also developed the Electronic Law Library in early 2000’s and helped implement the electronic GED Testing and Learning Management System. This initiative allowed the BOP to move away from paper based law libraries to online electronic content using LexisNexis.

He is actively involved with BSA Scouts, TAR River Land Conservancy and goes hiking as much as possible.

Raymond Pulsipher
Instructor, Peninsula College WA
Ray is a vocational instructor for Peninsula College and currently teaches inmates to make video games at Clallam Bay Corrections Center.

When he is not teaching, Ray is working on the OPE project which allows for secure deployment of apps like the Canvas LMS server, as well as secure laptops that can sync and be used by inmates in their cells.


Cliff Missen
Director
Cliff Missen is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he leads the WiderNet@UNC research lab. He is also the director of WiderNet, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Durham, NC.

With over 30 years’ experience in computers, networking, multimedia design, teaching, and applications development, Missen oversees the WiderNet’s efforts to improve digital education in underserved communities.

He leads the development of the eGranary Digital Library, an innovative way to deliver the world’s knowledge to people and institutions with inadequate Internet access. The eGranary Digital Library is installed in more than 2,000 schools, hospitals, clinics, and universities in Africa, India, Bangladesh, and Papua New Guinea.

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Since 2001, Missen has trained over 8,700 people across Africa and India in information and communication technologies, including hundreds of decision makers from dozens of universities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Missen began working and volunteering in prisons in 1982 and since 2010 has been spearheading the effort to use off-line digital resources for education within the walls. The Corrections Offline Information Platform, a custom and secure version of the eGranary, is now installed in dozens of U.S. prisons.

A TED Fellow in 2007, a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria in 1999, he has made presentations at Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Google, World Bank, MIT, USAID, and dozens of professional conferences. Missen has provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of State, the Carnegie Corporation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, amongst others.

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Whitney Clarke
COEP Coordinator/ Systems Tech
Whitney has an AA in computer information systems, a BA in History and Religion and a Juris Doctor degree.

She currently works as the systems programmer/technician and assists with the COEP prison program here at WiderNet.  In her spare time she reads and plays with her children.