Government Learning Technology Symposium

See below for details concerning our 2016 Government Learning Technology Symposium. Information regarding our 2017 symposium will be available soon.









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Government Learning Technology Symposium

December 7-8, 2016


The Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) is proud to be relaunching its Government Learning Technology Symposium (GLTS) this December.


To download the full schedule for the GLTS, click HERE.


Aligning the GLTS with NewBay Media’s Government Video Expo and Government Video digital publications, the Government Learning Technology Symposium (GLTS) will be an integral part of the 2016 Government Video Expo.


The vision of the FGDLA is to continue the prior success of the GLTS and establish it as an annual conference in the Washington, D.C. metro area, focused on distance learning in the Federal Government. To download additional information about the event, click here.


The GLTS will offer two days of consecutive sessions, featuring presentations on instructional design basics, 508 compliance, gaming, mobile learning, video and multimedia design for distance learning, cognitive science/learning theories, LMS integration, and much more.


The FGDLA is also hosting its annual awards recognizing Federal Government agencies/ organizations excellence in distance learning. There is no registration fee to attend the GV Expo and GLTS sessions…it’s free, so click here to register now for the GLTS.


For more information about the conference, click here.


Who Attends


Decision makers and professionals involved in recommending, selecting, and implementing technology-based solutions for distance learning and performance support.


These Government and Military professionals are:


  • Education and training facilitators
  • Instructional design professionals
  • Instructional systems professionals
  • Training systems designers / developers
  • Multimedia developers
  • Job performance support professionals
  • Courseware developers
  • Directors and managers



Symposium Overview


Uniquely focused on the needs of Federal Government distance learning professionals, this event provides a venue for us to make connections, discuss the latest developments, and identify new regulations and trends that affect our industry.


The 2016 GV EXPO & GLTS will be held at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, Dec. 7 & 8, 2016. The GV EXPO is the East Coast’s largest technology event designed for video, broadcast, and AV professionals. The GLTS, co-located with the GV EXPO, is sponsored by the FGDLA and includes two days of consecutive sessions featuring presentations on instructional design, video and animation design for distance learning, LMS integration, 508 Accessibility Compliance, Learning Record Stores, and much more.


The FGDLA is also hosting its annual awards, recognizing Federal Government agencies and organizations for their excellence in distance learning.


Register for the GLTS at



Networking Event


Lunch & Discuss: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 – Noon – 1:20 PM

Roundtable Discussions

We will be meeting in one of our rooms during lunch on Wednesday for networking and conversation. This is a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch). Pick up a quick bite at one of the many food vendors in the Convention Center and join us!


The roundtable discussion format provides you with an informal forum for discussing topics you are most interested in. These conversations will be facilitated to help you gain insight and ideas from an expert in the field.


We will send more information for this and any other networking opportunities prior to the symposium.



Schedule at a Glance


Wednesday, December 7, 2016




9:00 – 9:50 AM Media selection: Distance Learning Primer


Dr. Philip Westfall,Director, Defense Education & Training Network, and Director, Air Technology Network, Dept. of the Air Force;
Chairman, FGDLA BOD



Unified Collaborative Communications (UCC) Training Applications at a Glance


Russ Colbert, Director, Global Government Solutions and Market Development, Public Sector, Polycom, Inc.; VP, Corporate Sector, FGDLA BOD


10:00 – 10:50 AM Making Video Content Readily Available and Easily Accessible


Randy Palubiak, President, Enliten Management Group; Treasurer, FGDLA BOD


Is cognitive apprenticeship the way ahead for cybersecurity learning: assessing pedagogical model of the Cyber Operators Academy Course


Dr.Patrick Shane Gallagher,ADL Learning Scientist, IDA Adjunct Researcher – Institute for Defense Analyses, Science and Technology Division,
Advanced Distributed Learning


11:00 – 11:50 AM The Cognitive Science of Learning


Dr. Jolly Holden,Associate Professor, School of Education, American InterContinental University; Executive Director, FGDLA BOD


Prescription for Your Distance Learning Concerns


Alex Autry, Assistant Director and Chief of Instructional Quality, Air Technology Network at USAF; MIST Program Director; President, FGDLA


1:30 – 2:20 PM PANEL: Developing an Instructional Design Process


Tim Carrier,Manager and Executive Producer, Justice Television Network (JTN), Office of Legal Education, US Dept. of Justice


Co-panel – Angela Dooley, Adrianne Green, Tara M. Lyons

Implementing and Sustaining Technology Innovation


Dr.Judith Bayliss, Ph.D.Center Director of Curriculum & Faculty Services (CFS), DAU


2:30 – 3:20 PM Instructional Designers as Organizational Change Agents


Dr.Carla Lane ,Executive Director, The Education Coalition and Research Consultant; VP, Higher Education Sector, FGDLA BOD


Joy Jackson Green, Instructional Designer & IT Specialist, DFAS; Co-chair GLTS Programming, Membership Engagement, FGDLA BOD


The New Blackboard Collaborate


Greg Frederick,Learning Technology Specialist, Joint Forces Staff College; VP, Government Sector, FGDLA BOD


David Palmer, Carl Marrelli


3:30 – 4:20 PM Connecting the world to real world STEM concepts through NASA’s Digital Learning Network


Dr.Caryn Long, DLN Lead Education Specialist/Paragon TEC – NASA Langley Research Center


LMS Integration and Work Process Efficiency


Brad Bradley,Public Health Preparedness Systems Manager, Virginia Department of Health


Thursday, December 8, 2016




9:00 – 9:50 AM The Future Learning Ecosystem


Dr.Sae Schatz, Director, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative


Making Video Content Readily Available and Easily Accessible

Randy Palubiak, President, Enliten Management Group; Treasurer, FGDLA BOD

10:00 – 10:50 AM ADL WORKSHOP – The Experience API – what is it and what can it do for you?


Rob Chadwick,Systems Engineer IV (CTR), Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative

Implementing a Learning & Performance Ecosystem


David Barton, Lead, L&D Learning & Performance Ecosystem Architecture Project, National Park Service


Dale Carpenter, Distance Learning Program Manager, National Park Service


11:00 – 11:50 AM Assistive technologies (AT) and Distance Learning


Alex Koudry, Director, Center for Information Technology Access, General Services Administration


11:50 – 1:30 LUNCH


1:30 – 2:20 PM OPM’s Government-wide USALearning Record Store


William Peratino, Director, USALearning, Office of Personnel Management


Paul Jesukiewicz, Director, Knowledge Portal, Office of Personnel Management


Ensuring Contracts include Accessibility as Required by Section 508
Helen Chamberlain,Program Director, Governmentwide Section 508, Office of Integration, Integrity, and Access, Office of Governmentwide Policy
Alex Koudry, Director, Center for Information Technology Access, General Services Administration


2:30 – 3:20 PM 5 Signs the Future of Government Learning Has Arrived


Julia Taylor, Senior Learning Consultant, GovLoop


Andrew Krzmarzick, VP of Learning and Development, GovLoop


Connect-2-Learn: A Click-Away Training Resource Repository for the Busy Professional


Dr Fran Kassinger, Training Manager – Enterprise Business Solutions; Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), U.S. Dept. of the Treasury


Candace Trotti, Nancy Cook, Iris Cano


3:30 – 4:20 PM “A World Without Plugins” – HTML 5, WebGL


Perry Bennett,Multimedia Developer, Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)


Expanding the use of the virtual classroom for technical training at NRC


Doug Tharp, Sr Learning Project Manager, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission


Thomas Harriman,Sr Learning Project Manager, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission



See the full symposium schedule here.





img Alex Autry

Assistant Director and Chief of Instructional Quality, Air Technology Network at USAF; MIST Program Director; President, FGDLA
Mr. Alex Autry is with the Department of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He is Assistant Director and Chief of Instructional Quality for
the Air Technology Network Program Management Office (ATN PMO), an organization within Air University, Air Education & Training Command.


As a certified distance learning evaluator, Alex ensures programming meets organizational effectiveness and instructional quality standards. He is also the
Medical Interagency Satellite Training – Next Generation Program Manager, providing satellite distance learning broadcasts to Department of Defense
medical healthcare community. He is currently the President, Federal Government Distance Learning Association.

img David Barton

Lead, L&D Learning & Performance Ecosystem Architecture Project, National Park Service
GovLoop: @thedavebarton
David Barton provides internal L&D consulting services to the National Park
Service, particularly in terms of distance learning solutions. As an instructional
designer, he works with teams of SMEs and program managers to develop
blended learning curricula and advise on effective learning strategies.


In his previous capacity with the Department of the Army, David instructed
soldiers and civilians in instructional design and learning technologies, earning
recognition as the Army Civilian Instructor of the Year in 2012.


David earned graduate degrees in business and instructional technology from
Western Carolina and East Carolina. He is a past featured blogger for GovLoop, a
Certified Virtual Facilitator Trainer & Certified Virtual Event Producer, a Board
Member of the Charlotte Chapter of the International Society for Performance
Improvement (ISPI), and member of FGDLA, ATD, ISPI, & the eLearning Guild.

img Dr. Judith Bayliss, Ph.D.

Center Director of Curriculum & Faculty Services (CFS), DAU
Dr. Judith Hall Bayliss serves as the Center Director of Curriculum and Faculty
Services at Defense Acquisition University (DAU) leading training development
initiatives across the institution in multiple modalities. She also serves as the
Chief Education Advisor to DAU advocating for the student and instructor
perspectives on DAU’s policies and business planning and the strategic execution
of the faculty training program. Previously, she was the Center Director of the
Teaching and Learning Lab (TALL) and was responsible for two learning
management systems, research in improving learning outcomes, technology
implementation, and delivery methods. Prior to DAU, she held instructional
design, training management, and LMS management positions in both industry
and the non-profit sector. She has a PhD in Instructional Technology from
Virginia Tech.

img Perry Bennett

Multimedia Developer, Center for Development of Security Excellence (CDSE)
Perry Bennett is currently a multimedia developer with the Center for
Development of Security Excellence (CDSE), a directorate of the Defense Security
Service. Prior to this position, he utilized cross-platform software tools for
mobile application development and design in a government R&D environment.


Perry also has experience as an eLearning developer, web designer, and graphic
designer in the private sector. Additionally, he has taught graphic design and 3D
computer graphics at the community college level as an adjunct faculty
instructor. Perry earned a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and
an undergraduate degree in the Digital Arts.

img Brad Bradley

Public Health Preparedness Systems Manager, Virginia Department of Health

I began my working career as a chemist fresh out of college with the WV Air
Pollution Control Commission while continuing to perform and teach as a
musician. This brought valuable attributes to my work experience. I then moved
on to Union Carbide and further expanded into musician representation as a
union leader, finding my organizational and management skills were in need
there. This led to many roles including stage manager/entertainment director
for the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta.


Dow Chemical Corporation saw fit to make me a laboratory information
technology site expert which later led to my career as a distance learning
coordinator, beginning at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences where I was
also tapped for a house manager and artist liaison position due to my previous
experience. Union Carbide and then Dow Chemical also trained me in
facilitation, team building, Six Sigma and Apollo Root Cause Analysis, among
many other subjects. Finally, I found my niche in distance learning and systems
management at the Virginia Department of Health in Richmond where I
currently live.

img Iris Cano

Enterprise Business Solutions Training Administrator, Office of Chief Information
Office (OCIO), Department of the Treasury

In this role, Iris enhances proficiencies in the program’s evaluation data
collection and management, training logistical management, training reports,
and “edutainment” course delivery methods. Additionally, Ms. Cano manages
the EBS online/offline, training evaluation program.


Prior to her role in Treasury, Ms. Cano served in the Peace Corps where, among
many other accomplishments, she developed and delivered train-the-trainer
sessions for over 2000 English teachers in Ecuador, resulting in an increased use
of dynamic and communicative teaching approaches for village classrooms.

img Dale Carpenter

Distance Learning Program Manager, National Park Service

Dale Carpenter currently serves as the distance learning program manager for
the National Park Service (NPS). With over 20 years of experience in the design
and development of eLearning courses, his career includes a 20-year military
service career, with training assignments as instructor, course manager and
director of instruction; founder and president of a 50 person company in
Houston, TX, which over a 13-year period produced over 2500 hours of online
learning for corporate and government customers; training program manager
for a defense contractor in the Washington DC area; and online course
developer for the FBI Academy.


Dale has a solid understand understanding of various aspects of eLearning
course design, and has created highly engaging online courses that use gaming
technologies and advanced learning object sequencing, following rigorous
standards that apply to government courseware design, including SCORM and
508 accessibility standards. His current focus is on the launch of the Common
Learning Portal (CLP), which is a key part of the NPS Learning and Performance
Ecosystem. The CLP provides a central place for all NPS formal and informal
learning opportunities within the NPS, and a “Commons,” which allows learners
to collaborate with others.

img Timothy J. Carrier

Manager and Executive Producer, Justice Television Network (JTN), Office of
Legal Education, US Department of Justice

Tim Carrier is the manager of and executive producer for the Justice Television
Network (JTN) and Media Services for the Office of Legal Education (OLE) in the
US Department of Justice. JTN/Media Services is the major component of OLE’s
Distance Education team. OLE is located at the National Advocacy Center (NAC)
on the University of South Carolina (USC) campus in Columbia, South Carolina.


Since its inception in 1998, Tim has managed the daily operations, productions,
design, installations and contracts associated with JTN/Media Services,
overseeing a current staff of approximately 20 production, audio-visual and
engineering professionals. He was involved in the design of the facilities
beginning in planning stages since 1994.


Prior to that, Tim was a professional television producer and journalist working
for the University of South Carolina as well as the South Carolina Educational
Television Network, producing news and documentaries, and receiving
numerous professional awards for his work. He consulted on media installations
for the South Carolina General Assembly during its renovation in the mid 90’s.

Tim is a 1984 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of South Carolina
with a Bachelor in Media Arts.

img Rob Chadwick

Systems Engineer IV (CTR), Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative

Rob Chadwick is a programmer and artist who has been working in the 3D
content field for more than fifteen years. In that time, he has designed custom
game engines, managed render farms, and written productivity tools. He has
designed simulations for the FBI and the US Navy using custom and off-the-shelf
game software, and animated virtual spaces for architecture and interior design.
While primarily interested in rendering technologies, Rob has worked for the last
six years with Advanced Distributed Learning to foster interoperability of 3D
assets, bringing immersive simulation to the web, and increase the
interoperability of learning and performance data.

img Helen Chamberlain

Program Director, Program Director, Government-wide Section 508, Office of
Integration, Integrity, and Access, Office of Government-wide Policy

Helen Chamberlain is a Program Director for the General Services
Administration’s (GSA) Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP), Information
Resources Management Division. She is the central point of contact for the
Federal Government Section 508 program providing technical assistance with
the implementation of the Section 508 Standard within the federal government.


Before assuming her current position, Helen served as an Information
Technology Liaison and IT Security Officer for the Office of Personnel
Management, Chief Information Officer’s Office (OPM/CIO). She also serves as a
member of the Federal CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice and
chairs the Vendor/Acquisition Outreach Sub Committee.

img Russ Colbert

Director, Global Government Solutions and Market Development, Public Sector,
Polycom, Inc.; Vice President, Corporate Sector, FGDLA Board of Directors

Russ Colbert joined Polycom in April 2001 as a Public Sector Market Manager.
He moved to Global Education Market Director in 2003 and recently accepted
the responsibility as Global Government Market Director. At Polycom his
responsibilities are to ensure complete customer and partner success, guide
product development, influence segment adoption, introduce high-yield
programs and provide segment leadership.


Prior to joining the company, Russ was the Director of Global Markets with VTEL
Corporation. As an Education Specialist he had the unique responsibility to train
teachers, transition courses of instruction, design classrooms, develop several
turnkey classroom packages with software, instructional tools, hardware and
processes. Russ became a member of the VTEL team in November 1995 when
the videoconferencing division of Peirce-Phelps, Inc. was acquired.


Prior to joining Peirce-Phelps, Inc. in March 1994, Russ was the United States
Navy’s Video Teletraining VTT and VTC Officer. He established, managed and
operated their international multipoint conferencing network. He directly
supervised the expansion and operation of this network from five locations to
twenty-two locations, including ships-at-sea.


Holding a B.S. degree from Auburn University, a M.S. degree from Old Dominion
University, and US Navy Training Subspecialty from Naval Post Graduate School,
Russ serves actively with AFCEA, USDLA, BOD Federal Government DLA and the
European Distance and E-Learning Network.

img Nancy Cook

Enterprise Business Solutions Training Technology Lead, Office of Chief
Information Office (OCIO), the Department of the Treasury

Nancy has nearly 30 years of experience in human resource system
management (HRMS) learning. As a former Internal Revenue Service Human
Resource manager, supervisor, help desk support and instructor, Ms. Cook
facilitated 20 federal agencies’ adoption of new systems’ technologies.


Today, Ms. Cook creates online courses, oversees the Treasury’s training
database, manages Connect-2-Learn (C2L), and assesses and determines
appropriate uses of new training technologies. Ms. Cook also continues to teach
Human Resource Management Systems and Online Reporting applications.

img Dr. Angela Dooley

Instructional Specialist, U.S. Dept. of Justice
Angela Dooley has almost 20 years of experience in teaching, instructional
design, and curriculum development. She joined the Department of Justice
(DOJ) in 2006 and currently serves as an Instructional Specialist for the Office of
Legal Education’s Curriculum Development and Instructional Design Team. As an
Instructional Specialist, Angela develops and teaches faculty development and
instructional design courses for DOJ employees who serve as instructors and
working group members. She also works in consultation with subject matter
experts to design and revise curriculum and training courses, and she oversees
the Office of Legal Education’s training evaluation processes.


She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of
South Carolina, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Baker
College and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the
University of South Carolina.

img Greg Frederick

Learning Technology Specialist, National Defense University/Joint Forces Staff

Mr. Frederick is a Learning Technology Specialist at the National Defense
University’s Joint Forces Staff College. He has over 20 years of extensive
experience in the Education/IT field administrating, developing, and
programming e-learning content for the U.S. Government.


Greg has worked with several Learning Management, Student Information, and
Lecture Capture Systems. He has worked exclusively with Blackboard for the
past 10 years and is a Blackboard Certified Trainer. Greg was awarded
Blackboard’s Catalyst Award in 2011. He also was elected to the inaugural class
of Blackboard MVPs in 2013.


Greg has been the VP of the Government Sector for the Federal Government
Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) since 2012. Mr. Frederick has a BS from
Christopher Newport University and a Master’s Certificate in the CIO Program
from National Defense University’s iCollege

img Dr. Patrick Shane Gallagher

ADL Learning Scientist, IDA Adjunct Researcher – Institute for Defense Analyses,
Science and Technology Division, Advanced Distributed Learning

Dr. P. Shane Gallagher is employed by the Institute for Defense Analysis and is
supporting the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative and OUSD Force
Training as a learning scientist and education specialist. He received his Ph.D. in
Instructional Technology from George Mason University and MA in Educational
Technology from the University of New Mexico.


Currently, Dr. Gallagher provides learning science and methodological direction
for applied research projects and cybersecurity assessment and is the lead
researcher for assessing the development of the ADL Total Learning
Architecture. Dr. Gallagher has directed research on video game design for
cognitive adaptability and learning science implications of the design of the xAPI
and is also researching methods to apply the xAPI and its syntax to describe
social learning interactions and human performance especially within cyberphysical
contexts. He led research projects in cognition and game design and
R&D projects in learning object content models, simulations, reusable
pedagogical models, organizational readiness, and knowledge management.


He has been recognized by NASA for his work on assessing the Johnson Space
Center on knowledge management readiness by the JSC Chief Knowledge Officer
and has authored papers and chapters on neuroscience, cognition, game design,
and innovative learning technology applications and specifications.

img Adrianne Green

Senior Producer, Justice Television Network, Dept. of Justice
Adrianne Green is a senior producer with The Justice Television Network. For
more than ten years, she has worked with the Office of Legal Education to help
clients define, design and develop their programs for the Department of Justice.
Some of the clients she’s worked with include The Office of General Counsel,
Office of the Pardon Attorney and the Litigation Technology Center. Adrianne is
also responsible for producing mandatory training for new employees, public
service announcements, and various programs required of DOJ employees.


Adrianne’s career in journalism began as a senior in high school interning at NBC
News (WISTV). While pursing undergraduate studies at the University of South
Carolina (School of Journalism and Mass Communications), she worked at the
National Advocacy Center. Adrianne has a Master’s in Education from the
University of South Carolina where she also works as an adjunct instructor.

img Joy Green

Instructional Designer & IT Specialist, DFAS; Co-chair GLTS Programming,
Membership Engagement, FGDLA BOD

Joy currently works in the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS)
organization as an instructional designer, performance improvement specialist,
and project manager. In this capacity, Joy has managed enterprise wide
eLearning projects, served as the Action Officer and project manager for the
Organizational Assessment Survey, coordinated, produced and presented
webinars, and workshops for over 13,000 personnel, and has administered the
Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) and supporting websites.


Joy brings a unique skill set to her projects. She has a background in usability and
human centered design as a former Web/Interactive Design and Development
Consultant. Joy is especially fond of her time as an adjunct faculty member,
exploring creative ways to make learning ‘stick’ and motivating the reluctant


Joy has recently completed a Master of Science in Instructional Design and
Performance Technology. As a freelancer, Joy enjoys working with non-profit
organizations to provide web presence and technology training. Joy’s strong
desire is to use her skills to help others develop science literacy, critical thinking
skills, and collaborative community building. Joy has served on the Board of
Directors with the Federal Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA)
since 2012. When Joy isn’t working, she can be found in her vegetable and herb
gardens or re-discovering the world with her two sons.

img Thomas Harriman

Sr Learning Project Manager, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Thomas Harriman is a senior learning project manager at the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, where he is currently working on a project to transform
how the NRC learns.


Tom has been involved in some aspect of the nuclear industry for 40 years,
including reactor operations and maintenance in the US Navy, teaching plant
operators at nuclear power facilities, and designing maintenance training at
Canadian nuclear facilities. He assisted in reactor simulator design and
development for NRC, and taught inspector reactor technology. Tom has BS and
MS degrees in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix
using distance learning techniques.

img Dr. Jolly Holden

Associate Professor, School of Education, American InterContinental University;
Executive Director, FGDLA Board of Directors

Dr. Holden is the Executive Director of the Federal Government Distance
Learning Association (FGDLA), and is currently an Associate Professor at
American InterContinental University’s online Masters of Education degree
program in Instructional Design & Technology.


During the last 13 years, he has facilitated over 274 online graduate courses in
Principles of Instructional Design, Computer Mediated Learning & Design,
Instructional Technology, Learning Theory, Cognitive Science, Online Learning:
Theory and Practice, and Educational Research. For the past 20 years, he has
keynoted several conferences, chaired numerous tracks, and has over 60
presentations at national training/distance learning conferences. He has been
actively involved in researching and promoting distance learning throughout the
federal government and corporate community, and in 1995 co-founded the
Federal Government Distance Learning Association.


He has been inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association
(USDLA) Hall of Fame, and currently serves on the Board of Directors and
Executive Committee of the USDLA where he previously held the positions of
President and Chairman of the Board. After retiring from the Air Force in 1992,
Jolly held the position of Chief Learning Strategist, GE SpaceNet, and Senior
Projects Training Manager, StarBand, Inc.

img Paul Jesukiewicz

Director, USALearning Knowledge Portal, Office of Personnel Management

Mr. Jesukiewicz has specialized expertise in the field of learning technologies
with over 30 years of experience working in government, industry, and
academia. He is currently Director of OPM’s USALearning Knowledge Portal
supporting advanced learning technology solutions across all of government.


Prior to OPM Paul served as Vice President of Carney Labs and as a Principal at
Booz Allen Hamilton where he led learning technologies and innovation across
the learning team. Prior to that, Paul served as a senior advisor on advanced
learning technologies for Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Personnel and
Readiness (P&R) and was Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL)
initiative. Prior to that, he worked with OSD, Department of Defense Education
Activity (DoDEA) and Navy (Naval Air Systems Command) as a Program Manager
on various training, education, modeling and simulation programs.


He has a solid reputation as a thought leader in learning technologies, known
both nationally and internationally. He was inducted into the Federal
Government Distance Learning Association (FGDLA) Hall of Fame in 2012 as
recognition for significant career accomplishments in promoting and developing
distance learning in the federal government.

img Dr. Frances Kassinger

Training Manager – Enterprise Business Solutions; Office of the Chief Information
Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Frances (Fran) Kassinger currently manages the Department of the Treasury’s
Office of Chief Information Office (OCIO) Enterprise Business Solutions training
program. In this role, Fran helps ensures more than 200,000 employees’
professional proficiency on various innovative business systems.


Prior to joining Treasury, Dr. Kassinger worked as the Director of Education for
the National School Boards Association, Director of Education for the National
Rural Telecommunication Cooperative, and Vice President of The American
College (for online training). She also was the Educational Manager for Online
Learning at LUTC, Inc. and the Organizational Developer Quality Management,
Facilitator, and Strategic Planning Instructor for Litton PRC, Inc.


Dr. Kassinger previously served in the United States Air Force as an officer in
various roles where she gained recognition and awards for her work as Chief
Training Officer for 15 United States career-field training programs, Co-School
Administrator for 5 overseas military dependent schools, and college professor
for Instructional System Development and Evaluation Methodologies. She also
won national recognition for her work as Chief of Advertising and Publicity for an
8-state region’s public relations programs, Chief Base Administrator for all
Military Communications in fastest growing overseas base, and Lead Facilitator
for USAF conversion to a quality management (customer focused) structure.


Dr. Kassinger is a published writer and international speaker on Online Adult
Education and Training.

img Alex Koudry

Director, Center for Information Technology Access, General Services

Alexander Koudry, MS, ATP, PMP, RET is an information technology expert with
over 25 years of experience in the areas of assistive technology, accessibility,
and reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.


He is the Director of the U.S. General Services Administration’s Center for
Information Technology Access, a program focused on reducing barriers to
information technology access by persons who have disabilities. Alex holds
credentials as an Assistive Technology Professional and as a Rehabilitation
Engineering Technologist, both from RESNA.


He is also certified as a Project Management Professional. Alex has a Master’s
Degree in Information Technology, and the CIO University Certificate in Federal
CIO Competencies, both from the University of Maryland University College.

img Andrew Krzmarzick

Vice President of Learning and Development, GovLoop
Andrew Krzmarzick is the Vice President of Learning and Development for
GovLoop, the leading knowledge network for public sector professionals. Over
the past several years, Andrew has helped propel the GovLoop learning
community to more than 200,000 members, launched a government-wide
virtual mentoring program, and traveled around the world to speak and train on
topics ranging from social media to generational diversity, innovative training
approaches, and telework.


He is currently leading a number of projects at the cutting edge of virtual
learning in government and scaling up GovLoop Academy, a learning community
dedicated to hosting hundreds of free online learning experiences for public
sector professionals.

img Dr. Carla Lane

Executive Director, The Education Coalition and Research Consultant; VP, Higher
Education Sector, FGDLA BOD

Dr. Carla Lane holds one of the few doctoral degrees in distance education and
its implementation and evaluation. She is the co-author of the milestone
textbook, Guide to Teleconferencing and Distance Learning, and authored
numerous articles and research about distance learning.


Dr. Lane was inducted into the USDLA Hall of Fame. She was the instructional
designer for over 70 UCLA courses and just finished graduate courses in
Instructional Media Tools and Theoretical Basis of Instructional Design for
doctoral learners. She has received numerous Emmy and Addy awards for her
stage and video production work.


For the U.S. Department of Education, she evaluated the LACOE TEAMS Project,
Star Schools, PBS Mathline, PBS TeacherLine, and NASA projects. She was the
project director for the Star Schools Distance Learning Resource Network (DLRN)
for five years through WestEd Educational Laboratory. She is the FGDLA VP of
Higher Education.

img Dr. Caryn Long

DLN Lead Education Specialist/Paragon TEC – NASA Langley Research Center

Caryn Long is Lead Education Specialist for the NASA Digital Learning Network.
With twenty-six years of education experience from the elementary classroom
through college level; Caryn has worked with aspects of the DLN since her days
as an Einstein Fellow at NASA HQ.


She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts from Queens University and a Masters in
Elementary Education from UNC-Charlotte, both located in Charlotte, NC. In
2015 she completed her PhD with a concentration in Educational Technology
from Oklahoma State University. Her dissertation, “The Impact of Asynchronous
Online Course Design for Professional Development on Science Teacher Self-
Efficacy”, used Mayer’s Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning as a foundation
to inform the construction of online professional development for educators.
She has been awarded numerous awards including the Presidential Award for
Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, Eleanor Roosevelt Teaching
Fellowship, and runner up for Teacher of the Year in her school system.


Her personal life revolves around her two sons, Forest and Randolph in their
hometown of Williamsburg, VA. As a former member of a college ballroom
dance team and a life-long dancer, Caryn continues her love of dance through
lessons and the occasional performance.


Dr. Long will be joined via video conference with Dr. Gamaliel R. Cherry, NASA
lead for the project whose dissertation on inquiry learning in this environment
helped contribute to the DLN’s current structure and Rachel Power of Kennedy
Space Center, Education Specialist. Lindsey Jones of Goddard Space Flight
Center’s DLN will join in person to share her experiences presenting in the digital

img Tara M. Lyons

Attorney Advisor, Office of Legal Education, Dept. of Justice
Tara M. Lyons joined the Executive Office for United States Attorneys in 2010
and currently serves as an Attorney Advisor for the Office of Legal Education’s
Distance Education Team. In this capacity, she is responsible for identifying
training needs in civil, criminal, and administrative areas, and developing and
recommending innovative delivery options that are cost efficient and timely.
During her tenure with the Office of Legal Education, she has focused on the
need to streamline courses, recruit new instructors, increase reliance on
electronic resources and increase the capacity and quantity of courses offered.


After spending three and half years as a Public Defender in Richland County,
South Carolina, Tara started her career at the Department of Justice in 2003 as
an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of South Carolina. Her career
with the Department has allowed her to prosecute a wide range of federal cases
related to violent crimes, narcotics, human trafficking, immigration, child
pornography and civil rights violations. In the District of South Carolina, she
served as the Project Sentry Coordinator, related to the prevention of school
gun violence, and as the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, responsible for the
prosecution of childhood exploitation cases, and the Civil Rights Coordinator.
She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Law School and South
Carolina State University.

img Carl Marrelli

Senior Product Manager, Blackboard Collaborate, Blackboard Inc.
Carl Marrelli is a seasoned product strategist and leader with 15 years of
experience in mission-critical new media and education solutions. He currently
leads product efforts for Blackboard Collaborate with Ultra experience.

img David Palmer

Sr Regional Sales Executive-DoD/Intel, Blackboard Inc.
David Palmer is the National DoD learning and technology consultant for
Blackboard’s Defense and Intelligence business inside of Professional Education.
David has been at Blackboard the past 6 years focusing solely on the Military
learner. He has worked with all of the PME, JPME and Intel schools during this
time. In his time at Blackboard, he has helped clients like the US Army Training
and Doctrine Command, Air University, National Defense University, and many


In 2010, he achieved the Army’s Maverick Award for outstanding leadership in
the Army DL program. For this award, he successfully helped the Army put
together a Blackboard configuration that supported over 300,000 soldiers and
civilians in the Army DL program at Fort Eustis. In this program, there are over 40
different TRADOC schools using technology to support blended learning in the
Army DL program every single day. This project has been a very successful
component of how the Army handles learning in its DL courses and programs.


David has over 10 years experience in technology. Prior to Blackboard he spent
over 6 years in enterprise data storage focused on state and local government.
David has a Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in
Telecommunications with a minor in Business Administration.

img Randy Palubiak

President, Enliten Management Group; Treasurer, FGDLA Board of Directors
Randy is a Digital Media/Business Communications expert and strategist. He has
over 35 years of experience in visual communications covering broadcast
television, video production, enterprise communications, satellite and
terrestrial-based networking services, interactive distance learning networks and
digital signage.


Through the development of media business strategies and the implementation
and integration of emerging video and dynamic media communication and
workplace learning solutions, Randy acts as a trusted advisor to corporations,
associations, and government agencies and departments.


Randy is a recognized speaker and presenter. He is the author of Digital Touch
Points: How to Gain a Competitive Advantage Using Video and Dynamic Media
and has co-authored two industry books: Delivery of Media in the Enterprise and
The BTV/IP Receiver Guide.

img William Peratino

Director, USALearning, Office of Personnel Management

Mr. Peratino has over 40 years’ service with the federal government across all
facets of human performance improvement. He is currently the Director of
OPM’s USALearning program office employing advanced technology solutions to
a range of training, performance support, assessment, and human capital


Prior to joining OPM, Mr. Peratino worked in the U. S Department of Labor in
the capacity of Director of Distance Learning Policy and Programs using
technology-based solutions to enhance the performance and productivity of
individuals. While at Labor, Mr. Peratino also served as Director of the Federal
Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory in Alexandria, VA. Previously Mr.
Peratino was the Director of Distributed Learning Programs at the Defense
Acquisition University (DAU) where he set-up the first virtual university in all of


Prior to joining DAU in 1994 Mr. Peratino, while at the Bureau of Medicine and
Surgery, U.S. Navy, managed the design, development, and delivery of the
Computer Assisted Medical Interactive-video System (CAMIS) which was the
largest government multimedia education and training initiative at that time.

img Dr. Sae Schatz

Director, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative

Sae Schatz, Ph.D. serves as the Director of the Advanced Distributed Learning
(ADL) Initiative, a research and development program under the Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Education and Training. Before joining
ADL, Sae worked as the Chief Scientist for a small defense contractor as well as a
professional development consultant, and prior to that, she was an Assistant
Professor at the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and


In the last few years, Sae led the authorship and execution of the Marine Corps’
Making Good Instructor Great project and accompanying instructor tool kit. She
also acted as chief scientist for the award-winning Border Hunter research effort
(sponsored by Joint Forces Command) and, later, for the Joint Staff’s blended
learning–training initiative. Sae is passionate about human–systems integration
and, in general, about emphasizing human-centered approaches in research,
development, education, and training.

img Julia Taylor

Senior Learning Consultant, GovLoop
Julia Taylor is a Senior Learning Consultant at GovLoop. Over the past year, Julia
has worked with GovLoop’s new government clients to create innovative online
learning and mentoring programs, transforming ideas into action within
agencies, and helping clients to take on projects they never thought possible.


During Julia’s tenure, GovLoop has launched innovative new projects with such
high-profile organizations as OPM’s Federal Executive Institute, the Treasury
Executive Institute and the US Digital Service. With GovLoop’s support, these
agencies and others are helping to lead the way towards an exciting future of
learning in government.

img Doug Tharp

Sr Learning Project Manager, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Doug Tharp is a senior learning project manager at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
Commission, where he has been guiding and influencing the transformation of
learning for the past four years. He’s introduced innovative ideas that have
resulted in changes in thought around the use of technology and a focus on
performance consulting.


Doug is a retired Naval Officer and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a
Graduate Certificate in Technology/Training and Development from Illinois State

img Candace Trotti

Enterprise Business Solutions Talent Management Director and Certified
Government Financial Manager, CGFM, PMP, Office of Chief Information Office
(OCIO), the Department of the Treasury

As part of the Treasury Shared Services Center (TSSC), Candace oversees several
HR IT products including Learning Management (Treasury Learning Management
System), Talent Acquisition (CareerConnector) and Integrated Talent
Management (inCompass) that are sold across the Federal Market Place.


Candace’s responsibilities also include the Training Solutions (TS) team that
develops innovative training products for TSSC end users. The training program
ensures the end users receive the right training, jus in time to facilitate their
usage of these systems. This is key to end user system adoption and the ultimate
success of these programs. During her tenure these programs have seen
tremendous growth and success.

img Dr. Philip Westfall

Director, Defense Education & Training Network, and Director, Air Technology
Network, Dept. of the Air Force; Chairman, FGDLA BOD

Dr. Philip Westfall is currently in civil service with the Department of the Air
Force, at the Air Force Institute of Technology, located at Wright-Patterson AFB,


Phil has spent most of his professional life as a technical trainer & educator.
While on active duty with the Air Force, he served as a fighter aircraft instructor
navigator, and served as assistant professor at the Air Force Academy. He
established and directed the Air Force’s first Center for Distance Education,
where he pioneered a Government-wide satellite network for distance learning.
After retirement from active duty, he returned to the Air Force in civil service
where he now serves as director of a Department of Defense-wide distance
learning network.


He is currently Chairman of the Board for FGDLA, and he has been inducted into
the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Hall of Fame. Phil holds
a Ph.D. in Psychometrics from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in
Engineering Technology & Management from Ohio University.





FGDLA Board of Directors / Organizers

President: Alex Autry Treasurer: Randy Palubiak
Executive Director, GLTS Chair:
Dr. Jolly Holden
Chairman, Board of Directors:
Dr. Philip Westfall
Vice President, Government Sector, GLTS Programming Co-chair:
Greg Frederick
Membership Committee:
Tim Carrier
Vice President, Higher Education Sector, GLTS Webinars:
Dr. Carla Lane
Publications Committee:
Catherine Upton
Vice President, Corporate Sector:
Russ Colbert
Marketing & Business Development:
Mike Tippets
Secretary, Membership Engagement, GLTS Programming Co-chair:
Joy L. Green
Board of Advisors:
Mike Sousa




About the GLTS

In 1998, a group of Federal Agency representatives held the GLTS at Gallaudet University’s Kellogg Center, Washington, D.C. Those representatives worked for agencies including Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US Air Force, and the Departments of Agriculture (USDA), Energy (DOE), and Veterans Affairs (VA).


The Symposium was planned by representatives of the supporting Federal Government agencies and conference logistics were coordinated by the Graduate School, USDA. The purpose was to create a venue in the Washington D.C. metro area to network and share best practices concerning distance learning in the Federal Government.


The two-day symposium featured 36 presentations and was attended by over 250 people from 35 different federal agencies. The Symposium published proceedings and made attendee lists available to all federal government participants. The Symposium was a grassroots effort rather than an officially sponsored Federal Government event.


For more information about the FGDLA, visit the association’s site at or download an informational sheet here.