Lisa Schmucki, Founder & CEO — Lisa launched edWeb.net in 2008 to use emerging social networking technology to help educators connect and collaborate and break down the silos and traditional barriers that have existed in education. edWeb is now an award-winning global professional learning network that helps educators connect and collaborate online to make learning more engaging, supportive, and effective for all students. edWeb is free for all educators (teachers, librarians, administrators) thanks to the sponsorship of leading education companies and non-profit organizations. Lisa is an education industry executive with more than 30 years experience in marketing, product management, and product development. She is a member of the Board of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Association (ETIN). She is a graduate of Princeton University and has a Masters Degree from the Stern School of Business at NYU.
Michael Mantell, Advisor — Michael was edWeb’s founding investor and a member of the initial edWeb start-up team. Michael is an entrepreneur with 25+ years of operational experience and 10+ years investing in early stage businesses. He is Principal of Golden Peak Group LLC, a company that provides consulting services and is an investor in a wide variety of early stage companies including edtech, media, healthcare, biotech, IoT and cloud-based marketing services. He was the CEO and founder of Edudex, the first e-commerce site for educational media materials in North America. He was COO of Films for the Humanities & Sciences (now Films Media Group), one of the leading producers and creators of educational video, DVD and software for the K-12 and higher education markets in North America.
Alex Oss, CTO — Alex was a member of the original edWeb start-up team and has managed our growth and development ever since. Alex Oss has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise applications, systems design, programming, and a wide range of IT-related responsibilities. Alex has designed and built several generations of database marketing systems and websites using education data. Previously, Alex was Director of Enterprise Applications at Films Media Group, where he began his career as a programmer/analyst. Alex is a graduate of Princeton University with a major in mathematics.
Doug Lerner, Strategic Partner & Systems Development — Doug was a member of the original edWeb start-up team and launch of edWeb on the Webcrossing “Neighbors” social networking platform. Doug is the founder and CEO of Elliptics which owns and operates the Webcrossing product line. Doug works with edWeb to develop new features and functionality. Doug earned his M.S. in physics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and did further post-graduate work at the University of California Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. He has over 25 years of experience in higher education, large program management, student advisement, course development, technical training, project management, and also software development for online education, social networks, online communities and scientific simulation. Doug lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Mauri Greaves, Communications Manager — Mauri was a member of the initial edWeb start-up team providing graphic design and creative services for the edWeb site and all of our communications. Mauri manages our email, digital, and print communications. Mauri helps us get the word out about our online professional learning programs through our edWeb eNews editions, weekly updated to members, and ongoing email announcements for upcoming webinars. Previously, Mauri was a freelance graphic designer, and before that was Creative Services Director for Films Media Group in Princeton, NJ.
Molly Peterson, Marketing Communications — Molly joined the edWeb team in 2019 and was quickly promoted to coordinate marketing communications, book our edWebinars, and managing our survey research projects. Her degree in art and marketing add valuable talent and expertise to the team. Previously, Molly interned at the education company Thinking Maps in Cary, NC and did freelance work. Molly graduated from Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV with a BA in Marketing and Art. Molly is passionate about art, creative thinking, and bettering the world around her.
Julia Ottesen, Senior Program Manager — Julia is our Senior Program Manager for sponsor/partner relations, online community management, and media relations. She helps sponsors and partners create an edWeb program combining community and edWebinars that will support their needs, and works with them at each step of the implementation process. Julia also manages our public relations and media partnerships helping us expand awareness of edWeb’s work with articles in major education media publications. Prior to joining edWeb, Julia interned at TerraCycle and Food & Water Watch and held various roles helping with customer service and marketing. Julia graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in environmental policy and a minor in environmental and business economics.
Jess Scanlon, Reporting & Social Media Communications — Jess is responsible for two separate, but important areas of edWeb’s work. She manages all of our reporting and analytics for our sponsors and partners, and also manages all of edWeb’s posting within edWeb.net and on social media, an important way we expand awareness of our programs and support our sponsors and partners. Jess is used to balancing a lot of tasks throughout the day, as it’s never slow at edWeb. Prior to joining edWeb, Jess interned at New York City-based science and culture magazine Nautilus and wrote freelance articles for a variety of news, science and technology websites. Jess bakes and takes photos when not working. She received her undergraduate degree from Rider University.
Regina Dripps, Senior Manager, Tech & Online Learning — Regina is the senior manager in charge of our online professional learning programs, our “edWebinars,” and manages the team that runs 300 live edWebinar events a year. Regina also manages all of the tech needed to run our online programs and support the work of the edWeb team. We call her our “tech nurse” because she transitioned from a career in nursing to a career in computer science, a perfect combination for the needs of our team, our sponsors, and our edWeb members. Regina has been employed over the years in a variety of industries, including computer systems, government defense, pharmaceutical research, aviation safety, and all stages of education. Specific skills that she has acquired regarding program awareness are patience, attentiveness, clear and concise communications, product knowledge, focus on utilizing positive language, calm demeanor, time management skills, positive customer interactions, goal-oriented focus, ability to think on her feet, tenacity, and follow-through. Regina is passionate about education and making a difference in the world.
Diane Rhodes, Program Manager — Diane is a program manager who works with edWeb sponsors and partners to manage their communities and edWebinar programs on edWeb. Diane helps sponsors and partners book their edWebinars and run their programs, a job that requires calm and patience running live online events every week. Diane has a background in communication and publicity, and has worked in publishing, music promotion, and for a nonprofit serving people with disabilities. Diane worked at Films Media Group, where she wrote catalog copy for documentaries and study guides for educational films. Diane’s volunteer activities have included ESL tutoring, events planning for several human rights organizations, and secretary of the Princeton Buddhist Meditation Group. She has an avid interest in educational technology and how it contributes to learning worldwide.
Charmaine Perkins, Program Manager — Charmaine is a program manager who works with edWeb sponsors and partners to manage their communities and edWebinar programs on edWeb. Charmaine helps sponsors and partners book their edWebinars and run their programs, and has a gift for helping all of our presenters feel confident about their presentations. Charmaine has a background in public television and media. As the former production manager of NJTV News, Charmaine served as department head of administration where she managed personnel and also student development by spearheading the station’s internship program. She interned at the Children’s Educational Media at WNET and worked with the Teaching Channel. Charmaine is a graduate of Rutgers University-Newark, where she worked with the Newark Mosaic, an organization formed to showcase and empower community engagement and entrepreneurship in Newark. Charmaine continues her involvement with children and teen groups that support her passions in singing and the arts.
Nina Marti, Professional Learning Services and Content Manager — Nina manages the edWeb team’s support for the educators who use our services. edWeb responds by email to any educator with questions about using edWeb. She creates tutorials to help educators learn about the features of edWeb. She manages all of the editing and archiving of our professional learning edWebinars. Prior to joining edWeb, Nina interned at Imagination Stage, a children’s theater located in Bethesda, MD and then became the first student Marketing and Development Assistant for CUADrama, specializing in client database management and copywriting for campaigns and appeals. Nina is an educator: her experiences range from traditional classroom teaching to childcare and children’s fitness. Nina juggles her position at edWeb while pursuing her acting career. Nina is a graduate of The Catholic University of America.
Stacey Pusey, Editorial Content & Marketing Research — Stacey documents the ideas and best practices that are shared in edWeb’s online learning programs so we can spread the word to the education community through our own publications and our media partnerships. She also helps with marketing research and keeping on top of issues and trends in education. Previously, Stacey served as Editorial Director for the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group and as Content Manager for the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). Stacey has a BS in Communications with a Minor in Archaeology from Boston University and a MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.
Eileen Belastock, Education Writer — Eileen writes about the ideas and best practices that are shared in edWeb’s online learning programs so we can spread the word to the education community through our own publications and our media partnerships. Eileen is a CoSN CETL (Certified Education Technology Leader). Through her experiences as a district administrator, building administrator, and high school math teacher, she has been instrumental in providing students with equitable learning environments through multiple 1:1 programs and online educational environments. Eileen’s articles are frequently featured in publications including Tech & Learning, eSchool News, and EdScoop.
Justin Goldberg, Web Developer & Online Marketing Advisor — Justin developed and manages edWeb’s WordPress website at home.edweb.net and provides support for our online marketing and analytics. Justin builds websites for artists, nonprofits, and small businesses, some of which are featured at www.mmntm.com. Previously, he was the VP of Communications at Princeton Area Community Foundation, then manager of web development and social media strategy for the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. He is currently Online Communications Manager for Princeton Day School.
Jon Murphy, Database Developer – Jon manages our Filemaker database that integrates all of our data and gives us the tools to manage and analyze our business and help members track their edWeb PD activities. Jon has been working in database development and analysis since 1997, working with such companies as MoneyGram, Qwest, and the Colorado School of Healing Arts, a post-secondary massage therapy school. He currently works as an independent contractor as well as a full-time community volunteer. Jon recently moved to Ecuador, expanding the global reach of our team to South America.
MCH Strategic Data — edWeb formed a strategic partnership with MCH Strategic Data in 2009. edWeb and MCH work together to spread the word to educators about edWeb. MCH is a leading source of compiled data on education, health, and government institutions in the United States. MCH has been in the education market for over 90 years. Visit the MCH Strategic Data website at education.mchdata.com.