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Blackboard is pleased to present the following Executives and Keynote Speakers who will be presenting at TLCANZ19.

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Marc Booker
Associate Provost, Strategic Initiatives and Implementation
University of Phoenix

With nearly two decades of experience working with online and distance education students at the post-secondary level in admissions, registrar, and academic administration roles, Marc Booker brings a unique perspective on the trends in higher education from a non-traditional student lens. As Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Implementation at University of Phoenix, Marc oversees critical path academic initiatives to improve the student experience such as learning platform implementations, curricular enhancements, and expanding the use of predictive analytics to drive improved student outcomes. Prior to serving as Associate Provost at the University, Marc was the Vice President for Admissions and Evaluation where his office was recognized three consecutive years in a row for performance excellence by the Southwest Alliance for Excellence for processes pertaining to alternative credits, and student transfer and mobility.

Marc is actively engaged in the higher education community and in 2016 served as the President for the Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and is currently a faculty member for the Association’s Leadership Development Institute. Since 2009, Marc also has been a speaker, contributor and subject matter expert at national and regional conferences for AACRAO, PACRAO, CAEL, and ACBSP sharing insight on various topics including leadership, process improvement, prior learning assessment, interna­tional admissions, and articulation.

Marc has contributed to several publications as a co-author for AACRAO’s Guide to Best Practices: Articulation Agreements (2019); writing a chapter on international admissions for the AACRAO International Guide (2016); was a consultant and named contributor to the Transferability of Postsecondary Credit Following Student Transfer or Co-Enrollment (2014) study published by the National Center for Education Statistics within the U.S. Department of Education, and was a co-author of the initial draft of the Guidelines for Articulation and Transfer of Credit (2012) for the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs.

Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen
Founder & CEO of the Tech Girls Movement and creator of the Tech Girls Are Superheroes campaign

Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen is a futurist who believes existing structures in the technology industry must change in order to serve tomorrow’s digital landscape, and that our children’s future job prospects depend on it. Her focus is on leadership, innovation, and education to champion Australian tech entrepreneurship, and address the necessary rebalancing of gender roles within the traditionally male-dominated STEM space.

Jenine is the Founder and CEO of the Tech Girls Movement, dedicated to giving girls the opportunity to build their skills in the fields of STEM. Jenine has devoted more than 5 years to the Foundation, which has, to date, distributed over 80,000 free books to schools all over Australia and aims to engage over 10, 000 girls directly in STEM Entrepreneurship by 2020. Jenine is a respected businesswoman and entrepreneur and has been CEO of her own technology consulting company, Adroit Research since 2007. Her expertise in the field was recognised in 2017 when she was the recipient of the prestigious Pearcey Award for Entrepreneur of the Year for Queensland.

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Jill Downie
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic at Curtin University

Professor Jill Downie was appointed to the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic in July 2012. From 2007 – 2012 Jill was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Health Sciences and also Professor of Nursing at Curtin University. She is the Education representative on the Australian National Commission of UNESCO and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Downie is an established national and international researcher with numerous grants, publications and conference presentations, including keynote addresses. In her role as DVC Academic, Jill strategically leads teaching and learning across the University and the Student Experience. This includes the Library and Student Success, Counselling and Health Services, the Curtin Stadium, Sports strategy, Employability, Leadership and Careers and Housing. Curtin Connect brings all these areas together with Student Services from Admissions though the continuum to Graduation. Equity and Diversity and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies are also important aspects of the Portfolio.

Zoe Pelbart
AWS Account Executive

Zoe has been with AWS over two years, engaging customers to innovate across their organisations not only to improve their internal processes and increase security but also overhaul student, academic, and citizen experience. Zoe is passionate about the dynamic change technology is bringing to the student digital experience, transforming how education is delivered, how teachers & academics can be supported in student enablement and evolving how we, as citizens, can optimally interact with and consume government services.

Kathy Vieira
Chief Strategy, Portfolio and Marketing Officer

As Chief Portfolio Officer, Kathy Vieira is responsible for the execution of Blackboard’s portfolio strategy. In this role, she oversees key functions including business line leadership, product and partner management, and marketing. She also leads the Blackboard Student Services team, the corporate division that brings marketing and enrollment services, virtualized contact center support, One Stop and other solutions designed to support the student lifecycle at institutions nationwide.

Kathy has an extensive background in information technology and education and has spent many years in leadership roles in the high-tech industry. Her background includes a role as Information Systems Manager for World Wide Development and Learning and as CIO for Sales and Marketing at a large computer hardware company. In addition, she served as Director of Hosting and Global Support Services at an internet security company providing certificate authority to defense and banking industries around the globe.

Kathy holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science and Biology. She is also a graduate of the Society of Information Management, Leadership Development Institute, Regional Learning Forum.

Phill Miller
Chief Learning & Innovation Officer

With over 14 years experience in education technology, Phill Miller serves as Chief Learning and Innovation Officer. In his role, Phill leads new growth opportunities in the areas of teaching and learning as well as student success, exploring ways to re-envision the teaching and learning market.

Phill joined the company in 2012 with the acquisition of Moodlerooms, where he was Vice President of Product Strategy. During his tenure at Moodlerooms, he helped to build an innovative Software-as-a-Service Learning Management System on a global, open source learning platform, and invented cross-platform content sharing software for delivering open educational resources.

He holds a Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Information Systems from Ball State University.

Lee Blakemore
Chief Client Officer and President, Global Client Operations & Success

Lee Blakemore is Chief Client Officer and President of Global Client Operations & Success. In this joint role, he acts as a champion of Blackboard’s clients, representing the needs of faculty, students, school administrators, IT professionals, instructional designers and professional learners who have partnered with or use Blackboard products and solutions. He also leads Blackboard’s efforts to deliver a world-class experience for its clients, overseeing client delivery, management of the Blackboard cloud platform and support functions across the company.

Previously, he served as President of Blackboard International, where he was responsible for sales, marketing and operations to support the company’s global growth outside the United States and Canada.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Westminster College.

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