Innovative Educators is dedicated to providing superior training focused on critical issues facing students and educators today. Our primary goal is to provide the information, training, and skills necessary to implement positive change on a personal, professional, and institutional level.
- Val Kisiel
- Chief Executive
- Teddy Mama, Prosecco Drinker, Cyclops Maker
- 15 + years of higher education experience
- Natural born entrepreneur & strategist
- Who works in the dentist chair? I do!
- Never met a cobb salad I didn’t like
- Most likely to bet on anything
- Erin Hoag
- VP of Financial Services & Strategic Development
- Music Lover, Notre Dame Fanatic, Late Night Dancer
- 25+ years of higher education experience
- 2-yr & 4-yr, private, public & athletic programs
- Who wants an Excel spreadsheet? Excel Addict!
- Seen walking the streets of Boulder (no car)
- Will challenge anyone to a competition
- Grace Cassara
- Creative Director
- Gamer, Dog Lover, East Coast Transplant
- 12+ years in media production
- Design expert - stay current & stay relevant.
- Domestic goddess & DIY want to be expert
- Relationship builder - people matter the most
- Most likely to make her dogs breakfast and not herself.
- Wendy Archer
- Web Content & Social Media Coordinator
- Chocolate Lover, Tea Addict, Outdoor Enthusiast
- 9+ years in higher education
- Researcher, editor and finder of resources
- Updater of website & newsletter content
- Introvert + ADHD = Quietly Hyperactive
- Most likely to eat dark chocolate anytime
- Melissa Durant
- Webinar Coordination & Facilitation Director
- Rules Follower, Game Player, Multi-Tasker
- Go-to point person for webinars
- Committed to making your webinar experience the best
- Games anyone? You name it - I’ll play it
- Lover of the labelmaker & all things organized
- Mom of 3 teenagers (explanation for above)
- Kristen Seldon
- Director of Institutional Relations
- Customer Service Queen, Yoga Lover, Student Success Twin
- 10+ years supporting educators
- Most likely to go above & beyond for her clients
- Most likely to strike up a conversation with anyone
- Spent first 18 yrs of her life in Southeast Asia
- Check out my acting skills
- Erica Kennon
- Associate Director of Institutional Relations
- Problem Solver, Tone-Deaf Music Lover, Student Success Twin
- 10+ years supporting clients & their success
- Passionate about people and their needs
- Creative thinker with get-it-done attitude
- Downward dog? Red hot chili pepper flakes?
- Most likely to be dancing at Red Rocks
- Christine Ranallo-Hoffmeister
- Special Projects
- Knitter, Banker, Wine Enthusiast
- Knows her way around a computer
- Volunteers for any project, big or small
- Loves Glamping (Glamour-Camping)
- Takes long walks with her cattle dog, Molly
- Most likely to use slightly inappropriate humor
- Pat Ranallo
- Data Entry Specialist
- Quick-witted, Old Country Music Fan, Hates Cooking
- Works in the East Coast Division
- Loves helping anyone she can
- Has a wicked sense of humor
- Euchre anyone?
- Most likely to quote Johnny Cash
- Lori McNitt
- Customer Service Manager
- Organizer Extraordinaire, Eternal Optimist, Dog Lover
- Marketing rep for 15 years
- Mom of teenage son
- Most likely to answer your phone call
- Always smiling - it’s the best accessory!
- Crystal Wills
- Business Services Specialist
- Dancer, Baker, Travel Lover
- 11+ years teaching ballet/examinations for Royal Academy of Dance
- Checks, billing and deposits
- Newsletter coordinator guru
- Soon to be momma! Baby onboard!
- Most likely to live in a tiny house
- Will Hoag
- Chief Code Cowboy
- Software Maker, Coffee Drinker, Soccer Fanatic
- 10+ of Feature Film Animator experience
- Proud father and husband
- Beer reader & book drinker
- Soccer player since birth
- I think in sticky notes
- Sean Hoag
- Special Projects
- Water Lover, Spirit Guru & Animal Whisperer
- All things technology
- Willing to help in any way
- Scuba anyone?
- Loves traveling
- Most likely to be camping with friends
Derek Moore, Ed.D. - Diversity & Inclusivity Advocate
Derek Moore, Ed.D., is the Vice President for Student Services at South Arkansas Community College. In addition to serving on the President’s Executive Cabinet, Dr. Moore is responsible for providing campus-wide leadership for the student services division, which includes enrollment management, recruitment, retention, student success, Testing and Learning Center, counseling, coaching/advising, tutoring, financial aid, student activities/organizations/sports, college transition/transfer, grant programs, and staff within the division.
Dr. Moore has contributed to and presented at numerous venues (local, statewide, & National) focusing on student success. For the past four years, he has presented at the annual The First Year Experience conference highlighting strategies for men of color. He has been a selected speaker for the HBCUs Connected: Executive Leadership. Dr. Moore has been a contributing author on customized textbooks for student success courses. He co-authored a recently released book, The College Experience for Men of Color, which is being utilized throughout colleges and universities nationwide.
Dr. Kate Mueller - Student Affairs Specialist
Kate Mueller has worked in higher education for over 31 years at small and large public and private institutions. She has also worked internationally in the United Arab Emirates. She has been at Orange Coast College (CA) since 2001. For fifteen years she served as Dean of Student Services, and now is Dean of Enrollment Services. Responsibilities as a Student Affairs professional have encompassed student conduct, student leadership and activities, assessment, bookstore operations, behavioral/threat assessment, student health services, disabled students programs and services, enrollment services, financial aid, new student orientation, international student services, accreditation, curriculum development, and faculty development. Areas of expertise and topics that she frequently presents and consults on include: student learning outcomes, assessment in Student Affairs, behavioral assessment and student conduct issues, and ethical leadership. She has a master of science (M.S.) in counseling with a specialization in student development in higher education from California State University Long Beach, and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in educational leadership and higher education from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dr. Michele Haney - Administrative Leadership
Dr. Michele Haney assumed duties as the ninth President of Red Rocks Community College in January 2008. Prior to becoming president of RRCC, Dr. Haney had been President of Morgan Community College since 2003. From 1992-2003 she was at Front Range Community College where she served as vice president for instruction and student services, and chief academic officer. Dr. Haney holds a Ph.D. in counseling from the University of Wyoming, a master’s from Chapman College, a bachelor of arts in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. Among her awards are: The Norma Anderson Lifetime Achievement Award in Education, the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award for support of Mental Health by the Community Reach Center, the Shirley B. Gordon Award from the National Office of Phi Theta Kappa, Leader Among Leaders from the American Association of Women in Community Colleges. Boards that Dr. Haney currently sits on are: Jefferson County Economic Development C, The West Chamber, Community Reach Center, Innovator Educators, the Lutheran Foundation, the Presidential Advisory Board for Phi Theta Kappa, and Campus Compact of the Mountain West which she serves as president. She is co-author of three books, the most current, The Stress Owner’s Manual which has been published in English, German, Japanese, Finnish, Chinese, Polish, and Arabic.
George Hoey - Academic Affairs and Athletic Administration
George Hoey holds a BA in Education and an MA in Guidance & Counseling from the University of Michigan. George has enjoyed a unique and varied professional career in athletics and in academic administration. After earning his degree from Michigan, he spent six years in the Army National Guard and then another six years in the NFL as a cornerback and a return specialist, still holding a number of records at the University of Michigan and the St. Louis Cardinals. After a distinguished career in football, George returned to his alma mater and spent the next 25 years working in athletic counseling and compliance, serving on a number of NCAA Compliance Teams. Transferring to the University of Colorado, George now serves as a Career Counselor and a Student Affairs Specialist, working to effect change by actively leading on the Men Confronting Violence Committee, the CU Recreational Services Board, and the Judicial Affairs Board.
Mary Russell - Business Training and Development
Mary has spent more than twenty years in executive leadership following a background in managing complex government projects. Her operations, administration, and customer excellence experience includes identifying and implementing strategies, program planning, marketing, facilitating employment, continuing education, and adult training programs. She was the state representative on the National Board of Workforce Development Professionals for four years and served as chair of the professional development committee. Currently, she is Program Director for WorkLife Partnership, a unique non-profit organization dedicated to creating socially sustainable communities and thriving workplaces in Colorado. She received a BS degree in Communications from Kansas Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University.
Steve Piscitelli - Teaching and Learning
Steve Piscitelli is a recognized teacher, author and workshop facilitator. Steve draws on his thirty-three (33) years of classroom and professional development experience to connect with his audience on a practical level. Recently “retired” from Florida State College at Jacksonville, he remains actively involved with faculty and administrator training across the nation. Additionally, he writes a weekly blog and produces a monthly podcast channel, both of which address the topics of growth and resilience. He recently released his eleventh book, Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, which encourages educators to embrace the power of collaboration, and Steve has written two student success books (both in their 3rd edition). The University of Texas/NISOD has published four of his articles addressing the principles of teaching and learning success. In 2015, Florida State College at Jacksonville named Steve as one of the "Fabulous 50." Nominated by students, this recognition honored "talented and dedicated faculty and staff.” Steve also received special recognition from Jacksonville University with the addition of his name to the list of "Alumni You Ought to Know." Steve lives the mantra that “Life is too short to associate with negative people, pessimistic attitudes, and ‘breaking news’ alerts.” He and his wife of more than forty years, Laurie, along with his canine companion, Roxie, live in Atlantic Beach, Florida. For more information and resources, please visit www.stevepiscitelli.com.
Chief Puppy Officer
Head of Security
Chief Sniff Inspector
General Puppy Counsel
Co-Founder - Retired
Mimi & Dexi
Co-Founder - Retired