Staff

Cynthia Anderson, Ed.D.

Dean, Academic Development and Outreach

Cindy joined the subdivision in October 2012. She is responsible for overseeing the two off campus locations and the Center for Teaching and Learning department. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching COL-101 and a hybrid psychology course for the last 8 years.

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Sara Gallagher, Ed.D.

Assistant Dean, Center for Teaching and Learning

Sara joined MVCC in May of 2017.  She oversees online learning, the learning management system, instructional technology and design, as well as adjunct professional development.

Sara Gallagher has specialized in educational and instructional technologies.  Her experiences include classroom and online instruction, professional development and training, as well as a practical experience in instructional design with 21st century teaching and learning strategies.  Sara holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Technology, Research and Assessment from Northern Illinois University.  She earned her doctoral degree from Benedictine University in Higher Education and Organizational Change.

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Kristine Christensen, Ph.D.

Director, Faculty Development
Professor, Management Information Systems

Kristine began teaching web development and design, computer programming and e-commerce full-time in 2000 and joined the CTL staff as the director of Faculty Development in 2003. She is a full-time faculty member and maintains a full teaching load. In addition to her primary responsibility as chair of the Faculty Development committee, Kristine assists in the development of the CTL workshop brochure, sits on the Steering Team and Advisory Professional Development Team and has designed, developed and delivered various workshops for the CTL.

Kristine received the Professor of the Year award in 2004, the Innovation of the Year Award in 2007 along with her colleagues who also serve on the MVLA steering team, and the Master Teacher award in 2008.

Kristine holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and double majored in Human Resource Management and Industrial Psychology from Valparaiso University, an MBA with an emphasis in Consulting from Eastern Illinois University, a Master of Science in Management Information Systems with an emphasis in Electronic Commerce from Governors State University, a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning from St. Francis University, a graduate certificate in Online Communications and Web Design from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University.

Always happy to help in any way possible, Kristine can answer questions about PGUs, funding for travel, or sabbatical requests as well as help you locate professional development opportunities. She always welcomes feedback and suggestions for future workshops and feedback about the current professional development programming for faculty. Feel free to contact her by phone (974.5512) or email (christensen@morainevalley.edu).

Kristine’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Chairing the faculty development committee which consists of faculty representatives from all academic and student development subdivisions. The chair and committee are responsible for:
    • Approving faculty travel requests, professional growth units and sabbatical requests.
    • Managing the selection process for the master teacher and professor of the year.
    • Providing feedback regarding the professional development opportunities and recommending workshop topics that can benefit the faculty body.
    • Assisting with the planning, coordination and facilitation of learning college day and faculty development days.
    • Co-leads the Recognition and Retirement Reception.
  • Designing professional development opportunities for faculty.
  • Serving on a variety of college committees.
  • Researching and developing resources for faculty.

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Linda DeSouza

Departmental Assistant

In May 2019, Linda became a member of the CTL team providing administrative support to the department by managing the systems and reporting processes for faculty and staff workshops and training programs. Linda will also help coordinate major CTL events such as Learning College Day and the New Supervisory Skills cohort.

Prior to joining the CTL, Linda began at Moraine Valley Community College in January 2017 working for the Department of Liberal Arts (Speaking & Writing Center), helping to manage the day-to-day operations of the Center.

Linda received a BBA degree from Loyola University of Chicago, an AA degree in Graphic Design from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, and a paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University Lawyer’s Assistants Program.

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Scott Leturno, MBA TM

Academic Technology Professional and LMS Administrator

In July 2016 Scott joined with the Center for Teaching in Learning and continues his support for the faculty and students using the college’s learning management system.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Management degree from National Louis University as well as a Masters of Business Administration in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix Online.

Scott joined the college as its first Webmaster in April 1999.  Working in Information Technology he was responsible for supporting the colleges websites, content creators and web developers. This support included supporting the college’s earliest online course instructors from when the college began offering online courses in 1998. Supporting the online learning platform and instructors became a greater part of his career at the college where he supported the Blackboard learning management system and now supports the Canvas learning management system.  His move to the CTL continues 17 years of supporting the faculty & students here at Moraine Valley. His move to the CTL will now also allow Scott to to teach workshops and support the CTL’s and college’s mission in new ways.

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Lisa M. Lezon Dyrda, M.S.

Manager, Learning Management System and Online Learning

Lisa joined the CTL in May 2004. Lisa’s primary focus is on training faculty on effectively using our Canvas Learning Management systems. Additionally, Lisa serves as the chair of the Adjunct Faculty Development Committee.

Lisa has an Associate in Applied Science degree in Management Information Systems and Associate in Science in Computer Science from Moraine Valley. Lisa also received a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Applied Science from Governors State University and a Master of Science in Teaching and Learning from the University of St. Francis.

Lisa’s primary Canvas responsibilities include:

  • Training faculty and staff in effective instructional practices and the integration of LMS
  • Troubleshooting problems with Canvas systems
  • Canvas new feature implementation
  • Canvas rollout and new skills growth for faculty

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Anthony V. Marcasciano, M.S. Ed.

Manager, Instructional Development Services

Anthony joined the CTL in August 2008. Anthony holds experience in teaching and training, along with working with higher education professionals. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate in History from Montclair State University in New Jersey and a Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Northern Illinois University. Anthony’s prior experience includes teaching high school Social Studies and corporate financial software training.

Any instructional technology, methodology, or design idea, no matter how ‘outside the box’ it may be, is always welcome.

Anthony’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Conduct technology training workshops and consultations
  • Research new technologies for potential use in higher education
  • Develop innovative instructional technology reports, plans, and initiatives
  • Coordinate with faculty to assist in best practice & research based technology implementations
  • Serve as the primary resource person for instructional technology ideas

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Laurie Reese, MATD

Manager, Employee Training and Development

Laurie joined the CTL in May 2019.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University and Master of Arts in Training and Development from Roosevelt University.  Laurie’s previous work experience includes training and development positions in both corporate and higher education settings.  Laurie has also worked as an independent contractor providing software training and consulting services for corporate customers.

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Samantha Thirstrup

Secretary II

Samantha Thirstrup joined the CTL in August 2013.

Samantha’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Assist the Dean with all matters pertaining to the CTL
  • Help plan and organize events such as New Faculty Orientation week, New Faculty Reception, Community Learning Day, Learning College Day, and Faculty/Staff Recognition Reception
  • Assisting faculty with professional growth units, travel authorizations, and sabbatical requests
  • Provide assistance with Master Teacher and Professor of the Year awards
  • Assisting faculty and staff and provide information regarding programs and services offered by the CTL.
  • Scheduling of CTL facilities

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