About Us

We Believe



Learning Happens Everywhere
Education Must Be Engaging & Accessible
Technology Transforms Learning
Your Challenges Are Our Challenges
Our Products Solve Problems

We Can Make Your Job Easier

Our Mission

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

  Pam Ranallo
  Content Editor, Bargain Hunter, World Traveler

  • 20+ years of experience in college teaching
  • Loves getting students excited about learning
  • Believes that travel can change your life
  • Powerpoint Princess &
    resident grammar geek
  • Most likely to wear something from
    a thrift store

  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.

  Meg Steinborn
  Webmaster & Tech Support
  Troubleshooter, Organizer, Knitter

  • Problem solver and solution finder
  • Love to make everyone’s job easier
  • You need documentation? I am here for you!
  • Able to herd cats and dachshunds
  • Most likely to surf and play ukulele in Kaua’i


  Jessica Wilson
  Instructional Design
  Star Wars Lover, Stout Drinker,
  Mountain Mama

  • 9+ years designing learning experiences
  • Love onboarding new clients &
    finding solutions
  • Love to write content & build animations
  • Love doing anything outdoors with my family
  • Most likely to find me hiking, biking or skiing

  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

  Alex Pecoraro
  Client Success Specialist
  Foodie, Avid Yelper, Siamese Rescue Momma

  • 9+ years of experience in Higher Education
  • Building relationships, one curious conversation at a time
  • Strategic thinker, and lifelong learner
  • Most likely to eat ice cream everyday
  • Loves going off the grid

Derek Moore, Ed.D. - Diversity & Inclusivity Advocate

Derek Moore, Ed.D., is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success at Arkansas State University Mid-South. In addition to his administrative and supervisory responsibilities, Dr. Moore leads the student retention and engagement committee at ASU Mid-South. Prior to this, Dr. Moore served as Director of Academic Advising and Career Services at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, where he also served as chair of the college’s retention committee. Additionally, Dr. Moore served as a student success coach and instructor of FYS courses at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas. During his time at Pulaski Technical College, Dr. Moore co-chaired the institutional research advisory committee, and was a member of the Achieving the Dream initiative. His educational background: bachelor of science (B.S.) in psychology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, master of public administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and doctorate (EdD) in community college leadership from Morgan State University. His dissertation was titled  “The Relationship Between Environmental Mediators and Intrapersonal Factors for Men of Color in Community Colleges.”

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

VP of Corporate Wellness

Mimi & Dexi
Feline Overlords

Relaxation Specialist

Head of Security

Wardrobe Specialist

Co-Founder - Retired

Chief Squirrel Hunter

Chief Sniff Inspector

Co-Founder - Retired

Snort Patrol

Entertainment Director

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Innovative Educators
3277 Carbon Place
Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 303.955.0415  |  Fax: 1.866.508.0860  |  support@ieinfo.org