San Marcos Office
Past Director, Learning Experience Design
Liz joined the Learning Experience Design team at Texas State in January, 2002 after working for 15 years in the private sector as an instructional designer, project manager, and business owner. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in Instructional Technology. Liz retired after 13 years at Texas State, but continues to assist with instructional design on a contract basis.
Director, Learning Experience Design
Ann is currently the Director of Learning Experience Design at Texas State University, where she has worked with faculty since 2002 to develop effective online courses through the application of sound instructional design principles. She gives workshops and presentations on aligning objectives with course materials and assessments and online group work, among other topics. Prior to working in higher education, Ann taught elementary school; worked as an instructional designer, project manager, and group director for various textbook and software publishers; and co-owned and operated a successful, full-service multimedia development company specializing in custom educational applications and employing 35-40 people. Ann was the lead interactive designer on the first multimedia encyclopedia, Compton’s Multimedia Encyclopedia. She holds a B.S. in elementary education from Brigham Young University and an M.A. in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Patrick A. Smith
Assistant Director, Learning Experience Design
Patrick A. Smith joined the Texas State Learning Experience Design team in 2006. He is a senior instructional designer, and supervisor of the Learning Experience Design Round Rock team, currently developing the Master’s of Science in Nursing for Family Nurse Practitioners. Patrick began his professional career as a K-8 music and technology teacher in Phoenix, Arizona, where his passion for instructional technology motivated him to earn his master’s degree in Educational Technology from Arizona State University (go sun devils). He worked as an instructional designer in the fields of aviation and healthcare before finding his way back to higher education, where he’s found he feels most at home. An avid gamer, Patrick’s research interests include game-based learning, and the use of game-based elements in traditional instructional models.
Senior Instructional Designer
Danyelle joined Texas State University as an Instructional Designer in 2013 to help the St. David’s School of Nursing launch their new online Master’s degree. Since that time, she consults with faculty in other departments who are developing online courses and collaborates with the rest of the Instructional Design team to deliver faculty development courses, presentations, and workshops. Prior to working at Texas State University, Danyelle has worked as an instructional designer for universities in Texas and Michigan, worked as a senior instructional designer and project manager in the corporate environment, and worked as an instructional designer and product developer for a textbook publisher. Danyelle holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at San Antonio and an M.A. in Communication and Multimedia from Saginaw Valley State University.
Dr. Michelle Fulks Read is an instructional designer at Texas State University in the department of ITS (Instructional Technology Support.) Prior to coming to Texas State, Michelle worked as a GRA and Lead Trainer in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin where she completed her PhD in Learning Technologies. Her research interests include the design and development of online learning environments for all learners, including the professional and faculty development of educators, PK-20. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at St. Edward’s University teaching both hybrid and online courses. She also holds master’s degrees in Educational Technology and Literacy Studies, both completed entirely online and conferred by UT system schools. Finally, she has fourteen years of teaching experience in the K12 public school system, including one year of service as a technology integration specialist.
Supervisor, Learning Experience Design
Gwen Morel joined the Texas State Learning Experience Design team in 2015. She took an early interest in educational technology while working for Webex Communications in the late 1990’s, when the concept of being able to “gather together” anytime, anywhere through virtual meetings was first starting to emerge. Since then, Gwen has developed curriculum and delivered training to professionals around the world in diverse environments ranging from aviation, to software development, to higher education. Gwen received her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior and a Master’s degree in Learning Technologies. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Learning Technologies which has been a natural extension of her interest in the field and her passion for lifelong learning.
Tamarin (Tammi) Butcher joined the Learning Experience Design team as an instructional designer with the ITS department. Prior to working at Texas State, she worked with the University of Cape Town in partnership with GetSmarter in her home country of South Africa to develop and deliver the first online Advanced Diploma ever launched in Africa. Tammi has a passion for enhancing the accessibility and quality of online education.
Jessica Vargas joins the Learning Experience Design team as an instructional designer in 2017. Hailing from sunny Orlando, Florida, Jessica has been working with fully online and hybrid courses since 2002. She has seen work as a web programmer, learning management systems administrator, technical support specialist, media production professor, graphic designer, and instructional designer. As you can tell, Jessica loves a good challenge! Her passion is to assist individuals, regardless of ability, economic status, and gender, to learn.
Online Course Developer
Drew joined the Learning Experience Design team in 2014 as an Instructional Design Course Developer. He currently supports Advanced & Foundations courses for faculty as well as course development assignments. He especially enjoys assisting faculty with video production for mini lectures with emphasis on sound quality. Drew has an Educational Technology Master’s Degree from Texas State.
Online Course Developer
Brian Sutherland joined the Learning Experience Design team in 2015. Brian holds a B.A. in History from The University of Illinois at Springfield. While working as an Academic Coach, Brian discovered the importance of well-designed online courses. Having recently moved from Illinois, he enjoys devouring tasty BBQ and driving on beautiful Texas Hill Country roads.
Online Course Developer II
Sean comes to Learning Experience Design as a musician by training but a jack-of-all-trades professionally. He is a PhD candidate in Music Theory from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was also a Mallory Fellow and earned an M.A. in Music Theory. Sean also holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance: Guitar and Composition from Oklahoma City University, in his hometown. He has worked as an audio engineer, classroom technology consultant, concert hall house manager, and web developer. Most recently, Sean worked for the School of Nursing at Texas State University’s Round Rock Campus, where he wrote new program proposals, such as the Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner program, and supported the graduate program as clinical coordinator. He is a technology enthusiast, especially when it comes to learning new software and automating workflows. In his spare time, Sean likes to spend time with his partner and son, play tabletop RPGs and video games, and volunteer for some local non-profit organizations.
Administrative Assistant II
Jennifer joined the Texas State Learning Experience Design team in 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Jennifer previously worked at a community college in the Continuing Education Department and left that job after 10 years. She moved from Galveston County to the Austin area, with her husband, in 2013.
Round Rock Office
Komal joined the Learning Experience Design team at Texas State University in 2013 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Master’s degree in Learning Technologies. Before entering the learning technologies field, Komal completed her first Master’s degree in Language Interpretation and Translation from the University of Pune, India. She taught beginner and intermediate level English, French and Hindi for two years before going back to school at the University of Texas. As an Instructional Designer at Texas State University, she is currently concentrating on developing graduate online courses for the St. David’s School of Nursing in Round Rock.
Online Course Developer
Jesse Lang joined the Learning Experience Design team as an online course developer in 2014 after working as an instructional design editor at University of Maryland University College. He works primarily on graduate course development for St. David's School of Nursing. Mr. Lang has a bachelor's degree in English from the College of William and Mary, as well as a master's degree in English from Georgetown University.