Jeff Childs, President
Hey I'm Jeff Childs, I am originally from Salt Lake City, but my wife and I have been living here in Logan for seven years. I work for the College of Education doing I.T. I am in the MLTID program and am planning on pursuing a PhD when I am finished with that. I would love to be a member of ITSA mostly because I am a service oriented person. I feel that our current ITSA leaders have done a great job, I want to continue the high level of service that has been offered. Brown bags, Walk & Talk, Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and other socials have been a great help to many of us whether we found something that was personally helpful to our career goals or we just got a time set aside to charge the battery. When serving in leadership positions before I have always striven to keep a focus on the individuals of the organization that I have served. That will be my focus if I get the chance to serve in ITSA.
Katarina Pantic, PhD Vice President
My name is Katarina Pantic. I am a third year PhD student currently working with Dr. Clarke Midura on research retention of women in CS and Dr Fields on Scratch and DIY media related research. Some of you may know me as the previous ITLS webmaster, which I did for two years. I've been living in the States since 2009 but I am originally from Serbia where I worked as an ESL teacher for six years. I am very passionate about cultural diversity, community service and minority issues. As a PhD Vice President I plan on listening to you, recognizing your needs and doing my best to meet them.
Michelle Muldowney-Stevens, Master's On-Campus Vice President
Hello! I'm Michelle Muldowney-Stevens and I'm an on campus MLTID student. I started the program in Fall 2015. After graduating with my bachelors from a non traditional, military focused university, I was very excited to be able to be on campus, get involved in student activities and make a difference in the community. In the short time I've been on campus I've volunteered and designed materials for USU STARS! which is a program that encourages underprivileged youth to further their education, the 2016 Miss American Indian USU Pageant and the 2016 USU Pow Wow while also volunteering many hours to off campus organizations. I'm an Instructional Design Intern at USU's CIDI where I've been able to make some great connections and already have a couple ideas for ITSA's Brown Bag Lunch series for next year. I've also had the pleasure of stepping in as the Vice President of On-Campus Students for ITSA this spring semester after the previous VP graduated. I've greatly enjoyed my time on ITSA. It's given me a chance to see how the council works and I feel that I'd be the best choice for continuity within the council. Although the students in our program are spread out throughout the state and beyond, I'd really like to plan a few activities to bring us together and create a feeling of camaraderie.
I am Dannon Loveland. ITSA is a great organization that really brings together students, alumni, and professionals. I would like to look into creating a Canvas course for use by the club to create a greater connection among members.
Stephanie Benson, Communications Officer
I am originally from Ohio, where I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood Education from Miami University in May of 2015. (We were a university before Florida was a state!) Grad school brought me to Utah, and so did the stellar mountains, of course. Since entering the ITLS program, I've been impressed by the talents of my colleagues and the camaraderie. There hasn't been a day when I haven't felt completely supported by my classmates. I'm honored to have been selected to help lead a group of exceptional minds and personalities. As your Communications Officer, I will strive to maintain a strong sense of togetherness among not only on campus students, but the whole department, and transparency about what leadership is doing to keep the program flourishing.