Friday, January 22, 2016

New to TLT: Dean, Jeremy & Jessica

Having spent a combined 20 years with the KUMC SON and the Center on Aging, Dean Mehling joined the TLT-EdTech team as eLEarning Support Specialist for the School of Health Professions in December. He brings with him a B.A. in Communication Studies from Montana State University (in his hometown of Billings) and an M.A. in Communication Studies from KU. Dean is looking forward to encouraging better health care workers and using new technologies to enhance learning. He is excited to work more with programs and tools such as Blackboard, 3D printing and media production.

Outside of work, Dean enjoys performing publicly in stage plays, musicals, dinner theater and at the Renaissance Festival. He is an active member of a historical recreating group called the Society for Creative Anachronism and a beginning woodworker. 

Jeremy Edwards joined the TLT Media team as a Media Production Technician in October 2015.  He is a graduate from Missouri Western State University with bachelor's degrees in Theatre/Cinema and English Literature. While at Missouri Western, Jeremy worked as a classroom technician. His experience in customer service and technology also includes time at an internet helpdesk in Kansas City, KS. 

Jeremy spends his free time pursuing acting and writing for both stage and screen in the Kansas City area.

Jessica Smith, new eLearning Support Specialist for the School of Medicine, comes to KUMC from the UMKC School of Dentistry, where she spent a large part of her time providing software support, administering ExamSoft and training faculty in its use. Originally planning on teaching, Jessica has a B.A. in English from UMKC. Somewhere along the way, she discovered a love for technology and has spent countless hours teaching herself things such as how to use SQL and VBA to create Access databases. She is looking forward to learning new things, adding new skills, and meeting new people here at KUMC. 

When she’s not busy corralling her 10 year old and 2 year old daughters, Jessica enjoys cooking, reading and writing creative fiction.

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