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Cheryl Turner Elwell

Director of Academic Technology and Classroom Services, Office in Suite 407 Goddard Library
Primary contact for any faculty member that chooses to contact her directly
Unbeknownst to her, Cheryl Turner Elwell’s career with technology started as an 8 year old when she wrote her first code for the family Commodore Vic-20. The code scrolled “hello” infinitely on the screen...truly an impactful use of technology.

Cheryl’s real passion for technology started as an undergraduate when, in the first days of the WWW, she discovered you could search people directories and connect with long lost friends. That passion grew when she was an elementary and middle school teacher--using the tools and texts she found online to build powerful learning opportunities for students in her classes. Moving to Worcester in 1997, Cheryl’s career with technology in higher education began as she took on roles at Clark supporting faculty, staff, and students in their use of technology. Today, as Director for Academic Technology Services at Clark, Cheryl enjoys the fact that she gets to partner with faculty and students in thinking about ways that technology can help make impactful teaching and learning experience for faculty and students.

When not being a tech geek, Cheryl spends time sailing off the coast of Maine and at crew regattas with her teenage daughter.

Jim Cormier

Manager for Campus Media Services, Office in Jonas Clark Hall, Media Services
Starting in 1988 as a Convention Services Supervisor in various Hotels Jim worked his way up the ladder to a Banquet Manager position. Setting the Audio Visual equipment was part of the daily task and that is where he learned the ins and outs of projection, sound and most important Customer Service. From hotels Jim moved on to an A/V Rental Company where he ran the Delivery Operations of the warehouse as well was the Lead Technician for a large number of the events. After a short break from A/V to help run his Family Business Jim started working in Higher Education in a number of rolls including Video Production and Event Support. Working with Faculty and Students on ideas based around Technology is rewarding to Jim because with a new idea comes a challenge that with the number of years of experience can create a memorable event.

Along with working in the Audio Visual field Jim has spent most of his life involved with music. Starting in Elementary School, playing drums in the school bands and moving on to Guitar later in life, which he continues to play to date, he always finds time to just play songs when he can. Jim has a passion for music which he shares with his daughter who like her dad started playing Piano at an early age. “I enjoy passing on what I know to others whether it is music to my daughter or how to use presentation equipment to a student I simply like to help” says Jim.

Cassandra (Cassie) Datena

Academic Technology Associate, Office in Suite 407 Goddard Library
Primary contact for faculty in Education, English, Foreign Languages, History, Political Science, Philosophy, Sociology, Geography, IDCE, V&PA
Cassie joined the Academic Technology team in September 1013 after many years designing and delivering customer education for software companies. Cassie received her BA in English Education from University of Arizona, her MA in English Literature from Rutgers and an M.Ed. in Instructional Design from UMASS Boston. Cassie's professional background includes a mix of higher education as well as corporate education experience. She worked at Assumption College, Fitchburg State, and Quinsigamond CC as an adjunct professor and writing tutor. More recently, she worked with Suffolk University’s Center for Teaching Excellence as an Instructional Designer. Her corporate education experience comes from her work as a training specialist and instructional designer for KANA Software, a customer service software provider headquartered in CA; and as an instructional designer, instructor, and technical writer at Applix (later Cognos, now IBM).

Originally from Phoenix, Cassie relocated to Worcester for 25 years ago and made it her home. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her two teenage children, and whenever the weather allows she can be found gardening in one of her community garden plots in Main South.
 

Michael Krikonis

Academic Technologist, Office in Suite 407 Goddard Library
Primary contact for faculty in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Economics, Math/CompSci, GSOM, Psychology, COPACE
First a Husky, then a Blue Devil and now a happy Clarkie. Michael has a rich history working in Higher Education, with experiences ranging from an undergraduate research assistant for the Connecticut State Agronomist to a professional manager of technology resources, grant contributor and instructor. Michael brings his unique insights to the blending of technology with teaching and research as an Academic Technologist at Clark. In an effort to think globally/act locally, and to cultivate an interest in nature, Michael serves as a Conservation Commissioner in Central Massachusetts.