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 Board.

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.

Joanne 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 products.
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.

Dr. 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 New Mexico.