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Senior Leadership Team

Ana-Paula Correia, PhD – Director of CETE

Ana-Paula Correia, PhD, director of CETE, has more than 25 years of experience in learning design and instructional systems technology. Specifically, her expertise in distance education, online and mobile learning, collaborative learning and entrepreneurial educational approaches have been published in over 30 peer-reviewed journals. In 2017 she co-authored the book, Teaching Online Simplified: A Quick Guide for Instructors. She has been involved with research projects funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Pappajohn Center/Kauffman Foundation and U.S. Department of Education.

Correia is also an Associate Professor of Learning Technologies in the Department of Educational Studies. She leads the Learning and Experience Design Research Group, a group dedicated to investigating learning design processes and pedagogies to create deep learning at The Ohio State University.

Correia's research was awarded for excellence several times by the Association for Educational Communication and Technology as well as the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Correia earned her PhD in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University-Bloomington. For more information check: http://anapaulacorreia.com/about

Traci Lepicki – Associate Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Traci Lepicki, M.A., is the Associate Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at the Center on Education and Training for Employment, where Traci oversees daily center activities and manages key center-wide projects. In recognition of her center leadership, Traci received the College of Education and Human Ecology Distinguished Staff Leadership Award in 2017.

In addition to her associate director responsibilities, Traci leads the center’s curriculum and training team, leveraging her 20 years of experience in adult education through developing and evaluating programs, training and coaching teachers, and disseminating instructional best practices. Traci’s current work emphasizes adult learning and technical skill development within the context of career pathways.

Traci is a member of the Ohio Program Evaluators’ Group (OPEG), the Ohio Association for Adult and Continuing Education (OAACE), and the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE).

Melissa Ross, PsyD – Associate Director of Research Partnerships and Impacts

Melissa Ross, Psy.D., serves as the Associate Director of Research Partnerships and Impacts at the Center on Education and Training for Employment. She is also the program director for CETE’s community engagement and evaluation work. She received her clinical training at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology. As associate director, she establishes and cultivates research partnerships, manages CETE’s faculty/staff/student research and teaching program and supports CETE Associates’ engagement in research, scholarship and student instruction. Melissa leverages her considerable experience in sponsor relations and project management in her role as program director. She has served as the lead project manager for a variety of capacity building and evaluation projects for CETE. She managed a large scale, multi-county professional development and coaching effort called Partnerships for Success from 2002 - 2010. This signature project served more than 50 collaboratives and was designed to increase the capacity of community organizations to effectively collaborate to achieve priority youth and family outcomes. Products and lessons learned from this project serve as the basis for her current work. Prior to accepting her current position with The Ohio State University, Melissa served as a Deputy Superintendent of Programs for the Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS). While in that position she oversaw all social, health, education, religious and recreational programming for a 240-bed correctional institution that served youth aged 12 to 21.

Donna Smith – Finance Officer

Donna Smith is the Finance Officer at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE). In this role, Donna prepares CETE’s annual budget, reviews transactions for approval, and makes recommendations to the Director regarding the use of CETE’s financial resources. She also leads a two-person team responsible for monitoring sponsored projects grants and accounts receivable tracking.

Donna started her career at The Ohio State University in 1984 as an entry level Account Clerk in the Office of Research and began taking classes on a part-time basis the following quarter. She completed her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State in 1993, majoring in Accounting. Donna retired from Ohio State as the Director of Business Services in the Department of Public Safety. She returned from retirement to join CETE in 2015.

Donna was born and raised in southeastern Ohio and currently resides in Granville, Ohio. She enjoys traveling and loves being a grandma.

Program Directors/Leads

James T. Austin, PhD – Program Lead of Assessment Services

James (Jim) T. Austin, PhD, Senior Research Specialist and an industrial-organizational psychologist with over 1,700 citations to his published work, has been a CETE staff member since 1997. In his position as director of Assessment Services, he manages a staff of 10-12 individuals involved in multiple funded projects focusing on test design, development, and delivery. His unit offers a range of services to clients from certification, public-private sector businesses, and education. Jim is also responsible for creating and offering professional development workshops, identifying and writing proposals for new resources, and ensuring customer satisfaction. Jim graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1987. He has received the Omicron Tau Theta (Eta Chapter) Best Journal Article Award (2000) and the Buros Institute of Mental Measurements’ Distinguished Reviewer Award (2008).

Barbara Boone, PhD – Program Director of Family Engagement

Barbara Boone, Ph.D., is the Principal Investigator and Director of the federally funded Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE). In this role, Barbara leads a team conducting family engagement initiatives creating professional development, tools, and processes for families, school personnel, and organizations. A sought-after trainer and speaker, Barbara’s past experiences as a Director at the Ohio Department of Education, education consultant, program evaluator, college instructor, parent educator, and early childhood educator allow her to leverage skills and understanding from multiple perspectives. Her work has focused on improving partnerships between home, school and communities for children of all ages through research, developing tools and resources, facilitating professional development, and leading state and local initiatives.

Barbara has enjoyed helping thousands of families and educational professionals grow, and her own family of five, and local schools too. A New Jersey native, Barbara is an avid hiker and beekeeper. You can find her on Twitter at @boonebbuzz, or, follow the family engagement center at @OhioEngage.

David A. Julian, PhD – Program Director of Evaluation and Community Practice

David A. Julian, Ph.D., is CETE’s Program Director of Community Engagement and Evaluation. He also serves as the lead for CETE’s translational research scholarship. He received his Ph. D. from Michigan State University in Community Psychology. Dave received his MCRP (Master of City and Regional Planning) degree from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Miami University. This combination of educational experiences and his participation in a variety of professional roles have allowed him to be an active strategic planner, evaluator and community engagement consultant who has worked with a variety of health and social services organizations and collaboratives both at the state and county levels.

Dave pioneered a specific approach to collaborative planning that has its roots in Ohio’s effort to support inter-systems planning and service provision for youth and families at the county level. He has designed and led the implementation of a formal decision-making process supported by several functions including leadership; community involvement; generation of pertinent information and data; community investment in programs and services; and meaningful evaluation.

Dave has held appointments in the College of Public Health, City and Regional Planning and Social Work at The Ohio State University. He has taught community engagement, program planning and evaluation and worked with students to conduct formal evaluations of education, health and social services programs.

John Moser – Program Lead of DACUM International Training Center

John Moser is the Program Lead for the DACUM International Training Center (DITC) at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE) within The Ohio State University. John is an Ohio State graduate and has been working with the DACUM (Developing a Curriculum) program for nearly 25 years, first as a consultant assisting Bob Norton, later becoming the Associate Program Lead in 2006, and then Program Lead when Bob retired in 2014.

Most of John’s professional experience prior to CETE has been working with business and industry in the corporate training and Human Resources fields where he developed numerous specialized uses for the DACUM process. John has conducted hundreds of DACUM workshops for clients in the US and other countries throughout the world. He has also conducted many DACUM Institutes to train others in community colleges, businesses, government agencies and professional organizations how to effectively use the process to analyze jobs and occupations within their organizations. John also conducts a follow-on program called SCID (Systematic Curriculum and Instructional Development) which teaches participants how to develop competency-based curriculum using the outcomes from a DACUM job analysis.

John and his wife have four children and reside in Columbus. He enjoys travel and spending time with family.

Rebecca A. Parker – Program Lead of Learning, School Leadership, and Professional Development

Rebecca (Becky) A. Parker is the Program Lead of Learning, School Leadership, and Professional Development. In this capacity, Becky manages state and federally funded project for the Center on Education and Training for Employment.

At The Ohio State University, she has worked for over 22 years in multiple roles related to teacher education, professional development for teachers and administrators, curriculum development, educator leadership development and using technology tools to enhance and support teacher and leader growth and development.

Becky has contributed ideas and writing expertise to many grant opportunities resulting in over $21million dollars being awarded to the institution. With 30+ years in Career and Technical Education (CTE) at the local, state, and national levels, Becky served as Assistant Director of the Professional Development Academy for the National Dissemination Center for CTE and played a key role in the development and implementation of the National Leadership Institute.

Prior to coming to The Ohio State University, Becky taught secondary early childhood education at a Career Center, mentored and coached new CTE teachers in Ohio’s alternative licensure program. She received a bachelor's degree in Vocational Family & Consumer Sciences Education and a master’s degree in Vocational Technical Studies, both from The Ohio State University.