Meet the Team

TLX Leadership

Heidi Marsh, TLX Director

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An academic leader in higher education, with experience in the college and university sectors. Demonstrated ability to drive innovation and excellence in teaching and learning among the professoriate and across the institution, with a commitment to evidence-informed approaches. A natural collaborator who empowers individuals and teams to do their best work, with an emphasis on quality, productivity, and fun. Experienced in educational research and development, with areas of interest including 21st century learning environments and faculty development. A demonstrated track record of success with academic publishing, both as an author and an editor, in the fields of educational research and cognitive psychology.

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Joanna Friend, UDL and Accessible Pedagogy Manager

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Joanna Friend is the UDL Integration Manager in the TLX and leads the work in building UDL capacity college-wide. She works on various access and inclusion professional development initiatives for faculty and educators along with building UDL capacity in both curricular and co-curricular spaces.

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Digital Learning Team

Instructional Designers are e-learning specialists who work with faculty and other members of the GBC community to design online and blended learning environments. While they are not technologists, they can help with strategies for transitioning from on-campus teaching to off-campus, including the re-design of lesson plans, fostering engagement and exploring alternative assessment options.

Learning Technologies Specialists work with faculty and coordinators to develop online learning activities for all kinds of courses: web-enhanced, hybrid and fully online. They develop multimedia components for online course content creatively exploring the use of copy, visuals, video content, and reference articles, to guide users through learning and habit-building experiences. They also design and deliver presentations on technology, as well as prepare/create original materials to facilitate one-on-one training and workshops.

Stella Bastone, Instructional Designer

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Stella is an Instructional Designer who joined George Brown College in 2000 and is particularly interested in the Organizational Systems aspect of our work. Stella is regularly involved in consultations with academic divisions on their e-learning plans, as well as professional development design and delivery.

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Ian Craine, Instructional Designer

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Ian joined the department in 2015 bringing over 12 years of experience as in instructional design. Ian has a background in biology and specializes in individualized learning and emerging technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality.

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Liz Romero, Instructional Designer

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Liz has been with the eLTI and TLX since 2012 and focuses on the theoretical aspects of designing learning. Liz regularly works in collaboration with professors in the planning of online learning experiences for George Brown College students. The collaboration process involves combining faculty’s wealth of knowledge, passion, and subject matter expertise with instructional design best practices that are grounded on theory and research. The results of the process are online courses that adapt to the learners' characteristics, that are based on real-world experiences, and that are meaningful, interactive, engaging and effective.

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Evelyn Chan, Learning Technologies Specialist

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Evelyn joined George Brown in 2015 and she provides recommendations and advising on educational technology. She works with faculty and coordinators to develop online learning activities for all kinds of courses: web enhanced, hybrid and fully online. She plans the scope of projects to develop digital content and interactive learning objects for online learning using Camtasia, Vyond, Articulate/RISE e-learning Module, H5P Development, Video Production, and Podcast. She also provides Instructional Design Assistance (consultation about course layout, online pedagogy, Quality Matters Standards, how to support learning using the Brightspace tools and environment) and facilitates one-on-one training and workshops.

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Gian Michele Pileri, Immersive Technology Specialist

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Gian joined George Brown in 2023 and he provides Instructional Design Assistance (consultation about course layout, online pedagogy, how to support learning using the Brightspace tools and environment).

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Rocio Conde, Educational Technology Specialist

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Rocio joined George Brown in 2023. She supports faculty with choosing and using Educational Technology tools to support learning outcomes and instructional goals. She enjoys researching, experimenting, and creating innovative learning experiences with technology and helping faculty create authentic and effective learning experiences for their students. She is passionate about faculty development. Additionally, Rocio can provide support on Universal Design for Learning, Accessibility of Digital Documents and learning materials, and XR in education. 

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Safia Azadzoi, Instructional Technology Specialist

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Safia provides Brightspace trainings to all faculty in phases throughout the spring and summer and provides trainings sessions on how to use Zoom.

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Operations Team

The Operations Team is responsible for the effective management, planning, and delivery of administrative and operational processes for the TLX (Teaching and Learning Exchange) department, ensuring that all processes are aligned with College and Academic Division strategic priorities, directions, and institutional policies.

Michelle Lee, Operations Manager

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Michelle manages the day-to-day operations of the office, file management, note taking, evidence gathering, etc. Acts as a liaison with other administrative departments, such as HR and Finance. Oversees the human resources and payroll processes, such as hiring contract employees and students, submitting timesheets to payroll, and is the lead for HR tools, such as the HRMS (i.e., Cornerstone). Oversees departmental programming calendar and schedule, including internal team meetings and events, TLX programs for faculty, and external activities, such as conferences. Also, Oversees the departmental budget and associated purchasing processes, including inter-departmental chargebacks, and is the lead for Financial tools, such as Millennium FAST, Chrome River, and Concur. Manages the day-to-day activities within the office including supporting the on- boarding of new staff.

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Sorsha Heard, Events Coordinator

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Sorsha joined George Brown in 2023 and is responsible for the coordination and scheduling of all TLX professional development training, conferences, events and communications. If you have any questions regarding training or upcoming events, please feel free to contact her.

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Faculty Facilitators

Faculty Facilitators at the TLX are teaching and learning specialists who support the ongoing professional development of all faculty groups across the college. In addition to offering a variety of education-related workshops and seminars, they are also available for individual and small group coaching or consultations. They also support faculty in the creation and facilitation of learning circles and book clubs, collaborate on special projects, and can be invited to provide department specific workshops or seminars related to teaching and learning, including the use of appropriate technological tools to support student learning.

Nicki Monahan

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Nicki Monahan, M Ed. is a Faculty Coach in The Teaching and Learning Exchange (TLX). She works directly with faculty across their career span, providing training, consultation, and coaching to help advance the college’s strategic goal of “excellence in teaching and learning.” Nicki embraces principles of equity and inclusion, and her work is rooted in the belief that connection with ourselves and our students is at the heart of meaningful, transformative learning. Nicki has a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto and is a certified Personal and Professional Coach through Concordia University.

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Laz Simeon

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Lazaros Simeon’s work includes orienting and on-boarding new contract faculty, enhancing online course development and facilitation skills, and implementing educational technology.

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Patricia C. Robinson

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In addition to facilitating the New Faculty Academy, Patricia supports contract and permanent faculty in the application of learner-centered teaching strategies for online, blended, and face-to-face learning environments through the lens of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She provides workshops, and small group/individual consultations related to teaching practice, curriculum development, reflective practice, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Patricia has led Faculty Learning Circles (FLCs) and Book Clubs (BCs) and assists faculty in the development of their own FLCs and BCs. She is also a Certified Instructional Skills Workshop Facilitator (ISW). Her area of research focuses on teacher development and reflective practice through the use of narrative and arts-based methods.

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A faculty associate contributes significant services to a college or department in the form of limited instruction, supervision, or other assistance.

Agnes Orzechowski

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Agnes has a strong foundation in curriculum development which provides support to second language learners. Agnes is adept at integrating educational tools such as Nearpod, Padlet, Genially, Actively Learn, H5P and Flip to create engaging and pedagogically sound learning experiences.




Anna Bartosik

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Anna Bartosik’s (she/ona/elle) work spans across teaching, language learning research, instructional design, tech ethics, and teacher training/facilitation. Anna’s course development focuses on digital accessibility, representation, open education resources, and creating opportunities for students to direct their own learning. Anna is looking forward to new challenges as she begins a secondment with the Teaching and Learning Exchange.

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Blair Smith

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Blair splits his time at George Brown College as a TLX Associate in the Teaching and Learning Exchange and a Professor of Marketing in the School of Marketing–Centre for Business. As an INTP, he’s part of only 3% of the population that are generally characterized as "ingenious problem solvers", "innovation architects" and "the secret weapon". Blair considers himself a Learning Experience Designer who draws from core principles and practices of modern marketing, active learning, experience design and innovation in the work he does.

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Elena Chudaeva

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Elena Chudaeva, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a TLX Associate. She has expertise in instructional design, development and teaching of online and blended courses, and development and using Open Educational Resources for teaching and learning. Elena has been actively involved in various projects related to STEM educational technology curriculum integration and Universal Design for Learning research and practice. 

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Griffin Epstein

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Griffin epstein (they/them) is a community-engaged researcher, mental health and harm reduction practitioner, and full-time faculty member in the Social Service Worker department. They are passionate about creating accessible, disability justice-oriented teaching and learning communities and supporting movements for justice within and outside the classroom.

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Jason Inniss

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Jason Inniss is a chef, professor, and coordinator at the George Brown College Chef School. Jason teaches culinary demos, labs and theory classes. He has experience designing and teaching online, in person, synchronous and asynchronous classes.  He is passionate about leadership, universal design for learning, and curriculum design.  Here are some tech and concepts Jason uses on an ongoing basis in his classes: Blackboard, Microsoft: Teams, Sharepoint, OneDrive, Stream, Forms, PowerPoint; Youtube, QR Codes, Mentimeter, Kahoot, Zoom, Instagram, Padlet, Loom, Canva, Flipgrid, creating rubrics, student classroom engagement and others.

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