TEC Staff Bios
Dr. Carla Lane (Executive
Director) holds one of the few doctoral degrees in distance education
and its implementation and evaluation. She earned the doctorate
from the University of Missouri - St. Louis; master's degree,
mass communication, Webster University; and undergraduate degrees
in advertising, journalism, and marketing, Washington University.
She is the author of the milestone textbook, Guide to Teleconferencing
and Distance Learning, 3rd Edition; the editor of ED - Education
at a Distance, a journal of research; and authored a number of
articles about distance learning. She regularly keynotes on topics
in distributed learning. Based on her diverse and long-term activities,
Dr. Lane was named to the Teleconferencing and Distance Learning
Hall of Fame by Teleconference Magazine, is listed in Who's Who
in Telecommunications, and was appointed to the TeleCon Advisory
Dr. Lane has extensive experience evaluating
distance and distributed learning projects. Her instructional
experience is equally diverse: she is an assistant professor
at California State University - Hayward, and the University
of California - Berkeley, where she facilitates courses in distance
learning and instructional design for distance learning. For
ten years, she taught for the Online Division of the University
of Phoenix and was department chair of Marketing/Communications.
She was a faculty member of the University of Missouri, School
of Education and Graduate School of Business.
She was the project start-up director for
the Higher Education Channel in St. Louis, a cable channel which
served three million homes and fourteen institutions of higher
learning. Dr. Lane received numerous Emmy and Addy awards for
her work including the Teleconference Magazine Award for Most
Significant Advance in Distance Learning for her research on
national teleconferencing standards and distance learning.
Carle-Accornero (Director of Education)
has more than twenty years experience in both the technology
and education areas. Her expertise is in instructional design
for distance and distributed learning, psychology of the adult
learner, training methodologies, and testing and evaluations.
She holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Services (Adult Education
emphasis) and a second Master of Arts degree in Psychology, both
from Ball State University, Overseas Division.
As manager of Ingram Micro distance learning,
the world's largest distributor of computer products, she developed
an online technical training program for field engineers and
technicians at leading computer retail stores. This program was
heralded as a major trendsetter by Information Week magazine.
While she was the Director of Distance Learning at an international
high-technology company, she designed and implemented distributed
learning solutions that integrated numerous technologies and
Her background also includes developing and teaching courses
for US military personnel on aircraft carriers and remote sites
in Europe using a combination of technologies and learning environments.
With more than a decade of technical experience as a systems
engineer/consultant for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and IBM,
she completed over 2,000 hours of technical training at IBM as
well as the rigorous EDS Systems Engineering Development program.
Her experience includes teaching all age
groups including Operation Headstart, K-12, community college,
undergraduate courses, ABE, GED, and ESL in addition to developing
and facilitating online courses for the University of California
- Los Angeles and instructing online software engineering courses
for the University of Phoenix Online. She presents and frequently
keynotes at industry conferences.
Rose Hessmiller (Senior Evaluator)
focuses on the evaluation, cost analysis of e-solutions and distance
education program development, design, marketing and technical
assistance telecommunications projects for education. This included
the creation of interactive webcourses, satellite television,
digital video broadcasts, audio conferences and virtual simulation
case studies. She is an experienced grant writer, onsite trainer
for projects that network design, system operation and professional
and curriculum development. She has coordinated audio, video,
and computer seminars, business meetings and technology summits.
She specializes in helping institutions
assimilate emerging technologies into the construct of organizational
learning theory, pedagogy and purpose. Dr. Hessmiller administered
special projects and distance education for the Division of Continuing
Education and Community Services at the University of New Mexico.
She has taught a wide range of information technology courses
at the University of New Mexico concentrating on distance learning
theory and application, virtual solutions, and computer mediated
communications. A number of her projects have included work health
organizations particularly those working with services for the
deaf and blind, as well as the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Her
most recent project included the development of a business plan
and technology implementation strategy for an Internet-based
statewide health information system and coaching healthcare professionals
use clinical applications of computer mediated communications.
Dr. Hessmiller earned a doctorate in Special
Education, Organizational Learning and Educational Technologies
with a concentration in Distance Learning at the University of