Lee Clontz 
Manager, TLT

Lee is the manager of the Teaching & Learning Technologies team. His pre-Emory background is in journalism, and he designed and taught a Digital Journalism class in Emory College for 12 years. Prior to managing the team, he worked throughout Emory as a Web developer, Web server administrator and managed the university's content management system and Google Search Appliance services. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of South Carolina and a 1998 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Outside of working, Lee enjoys distance running, reading, movies, programming and playing video games with his two boys.


Cecilia Bolich

Cecilia has a background in critical theory, cultural studies, library science, and instructional design. She serves as the instructional designer for TLT’s massive open online courses (MOOCs) available through and collaborates with faculty and the production team to develop immersive learning experiences. Prior to arriving at Emory, Cecilia worked as a learning designer and gamification lead at Saint Leo University. When she’s not bringing quality education to the masses, Cecilia enjoys music festivals, pub trivia, video games, traveling, and the satisfaction of crossing things off of her Netflix list.


Dana Smith Bryant


Dana has a background in human computer interaction, faculty development, and instructional design.  Previously, she was at Spelman College as the Science Education Technology Specialist for three years.  In 2002, she started at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, in the Center of Public Health Preparedness, where she was an instructional content developer.  In her current role (since 2013), she focuses on promoting best practices in course design and instructional technology for higher education, instructional support for Blackboard, and managing a community of practice for Emory faculty and course content developers.  She has a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from Georgia State University, and earned an M.S. and BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Alabama and North Carolina A&T State University, respectively.  Dana loves art and tries to make time for sketching and painting whenever possible.


Haynes Chewning

Bio coming soon!


Susan Detrie

Susan is an educational analyst with a background in digital media, design and instructional technology. Previously, Susan was the senior instructional technologist for a U.S. Department of Education grant at the University of Colorado–Denver, where she developed online courses for K-12 teachers. Susan received her MA from Teachers College at Columbia University in instructional technology and her Ed.S. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in educational technology. Before working in education Susan was a motion graphics artist, working on projects as diverse as documentaries for The Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel, to video exhibits at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, to designing titles for a movie produced by Oprah Winfrey. Susan is an arts lover, tries to remedy being a so-so cook by taking many cooking classes and is building a robot from a kit. 



Athan Gillette


Athan is an Educational Analyst supporting Emory’s learning management system.  His primary focus is to act as an information and consulting resource by working closely with faculty, students, and staff to identify key learning objectives for courses, as well as to ensure that course content is delivered as intended. He joined Teaching & Learning Technologies (formerly known as Faculty Services) in 2013 after spending 5 years as a Service Desk Analyst.  He brings a great deal of knowledge to the team with his prior experience with ServiceNow.  Before coming to Emory, he worked at Lodgenet Entertainment where he supported internal wired and wireless infrastructure for more than 1,000 hotels. Athan studied Psychology at Morris Brown College after moving to Atlanta from the Bronx, New York in 1998.  When Athan doesn't have his head glued to the computer screen, he enjoys producing music, watching boxing and playing basketball.


Tricia Goddard


Tricia has a background in customer service, learning technologies and account management.  She supports faculty in developing unique ways to engage students through classroom technologies.  She also serves in a combined role as ServiceNow incident coordinator, Blackboard admin, and Canvas admin. Tricia received the Emory University award of Distinction in 2000.  Tricia has also been a Customer Support Technician for the University Service Desk, Resnet Coordinator, and Learnlink Admin.  In her spare time, Tricia enjoys hiking and cycling.


Kathy Hayes

Kathy has worked at Emory for 25 years in research and educational technology.  From 1997-2014 she was an administrator who designed, lead, and supported Emory’s now-retired LearnLink system.  She began working with the Blackboard team to assess the impact of the impending move from LearnLink to Blackboard in 2014.  Kathy’s long stint in managing the LearnLink system as a service led to her interest in online community-building and management as well as leading the implementation of IT Service Management for the systems supported by Academic Technology Services.  She attained the gold standard in IT Service Management, ITIL expert accreditation, in 2012, and became a Business Relationship Management Professional in 2013.


Anthony Hess

Anthony came to Emory in 2013 as the Lead LMS administrator. He had previously worked for 13 years at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi administering WebCT and Blackboard.  Outside of work, Anthony enjoys spending time with his two teenage kids, his wife of 16 years, and their three-legged cat.


Pat Murdock

Pat has spent much of his professional career explaining things. A former journalist, he has extensive experience delivering complex information to a mass audience. At Software Distribution, Pat helps faculty find the software they need for teaching and research. He interacts daily with customers to explain the intricacies of academic software licensing. Since 2013, Pat has run the Software Distribution service full time. Prior to that, he worked for 17 years in business logistics and finance at Emory. A graduate of Mercer University, Pat also pursued graduate work in Film Studies at Emory. His historical article about Atlanta’s last movie censor will be included in an upcoming anthology, Atlanta Goes to the Movies.


Shannon O'Daniel

Shannon has a background in communications, writing, marketing and web management.  She is a on the Coursera production team and assists faculty with online courses, providing consulting and post-production services.  Shannon has a J.D. from Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and a B.A. from Bellarmine University.  She has been working at Emory since 1998.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling.  


Dina Thornton 

Dina’s interest lies in all things visual. Having graduated with a degree in Telecommunication Arts from UGA, Dina has spent her working life creating visually appealing videos, art, and experiences. She is the primary video editor for TLT projects including the massive open online courses (MOOCs) available through She also enjoys creating images, graphics, and animations. Dina guides faculty toward the best methods of producing, acquiring, or incorporating visual elements in their teaching. 


Sam Timme 

Sam leverages his university teaching experience to provide individual appointments, group training, troubleshoot issues, and maintain and improve the university’s learning management system (LMS), Canvas.  He has provided faculty support since Fall 2013.  Sam is also a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Emory.  He hails from Nebraska and received his B.A. in Philosophy and French from Creighton University in Omaha.  He enjoys coffee and vegetarian cookery.


John Willingham

John joined Emory in 2000 after several years teaching music and economics. His first 10 years at Emory were devoted to developing websites for the School of Medicine, the Emory Transplant Center, the Jane Fonda Center and many others. In 2011 John began working with Teaching and Learning Technologies, supporting Blackboard and related technologies.  John continues to teach music privately and can be found most weekends performing at weddings, parties, bars and restaurants and other events around the Atlanta area.


Jenn Young 

Jenn has a background in journalism, libraries, IT, and academia, and is passionate about the intersection of education, technology, and information.  She specializes in instructional design for Canvas and finding creative and effective ways to integrate social media and web tools into teaching.  Before joining the Teaching & Learning Technologies team, Jenn was a reference and systems librarian at Kennesaw State University, where she assisted faculty with library research and instruction and provided comprehensive support for library technologies.  She has a Masters in Library Science from the University of North Texas and earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Anthropology from Emory.  Jenn loves games of all types (especially video games and RPGs), is a long-distance runner who has completed seven marathons and is obsessed with Jeopardy!, America’s favorite quiz show.