Meet The Team

Nicola Ritter, MEd, PhD

Director and Instructional Assistant Professor

Dr. Nicola Ritter joined the Center for Educational Technologies in January 2016. Dr. Ritter has over a decade of varied education experience in teaching, educational publishing, and educational technology research. Dr. Ritter began as a science teacher and transitioned to instructional design and assessment in the educational software industry. She, then, returned to school and received a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2014. Dr. Ritter provides instructional design expertise, knowledge of educational assessment and passion for educational technology research.

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Concentration: Learning Science, Texas A&M University Department of Educational Psychology, 2014

M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Texas A&M University Department of Teaching, Learning, & Culture, 2009

B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration: Mathematics/Science, Texas A&M University Department of Teaching, Learning, & Culture, 2005

Jordan Tayce, DVM, MA

Associate Director and Instructional Assistant Professor

Dr. Tayce joined the Center for Educational Technologies in 2012 as its associate director and assists in instructional design and project management. Dr. Tayce received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 2008 and moved to Las Vegas to practice small animal medicine. He then returned to school to earn a Masters of Arts in Higher & Professional Education from the Institute of Education in London, UK in 2011. Dr. Tayce is particularly interested in distance education, the use of technology in education, internationalization and the improvement of non-clinical skills in veterinary education.

M.A., Higher & Professional Education Institute of Education, London, England, 2011
D.V.M., Veterinary Medicine Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2008
B.S., Animal Science Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2004

Dan Shuta

Multimedia Developer

Dan Shuta is the Multimedia Developer for the Center for Educational Technologies, creating web-based academic authoring systems, building customized user interfaces, and programming interactive learning solutions. Dan's professional experience includes a position as an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University (his Alma mater), an animator for Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, and as a certified support specialist for Apple's professional creative software suite. Dan has also worked for over ten years as an illustrator, animator and developer for clients at Cornell University and eCornell. He has participated as artist/animator, writer, post production and crew for multiple short film and animation projects and enjoys experimenting with musical software and gadgetry, DIY electronics, and photography.

Suzanne Kabat

Creative Director

Suzie is the Creative Director for the Center for Educational Technologies and supports our work by providing visual design and illustration for instructional materials, user interfaces, presentations, promotional pieces and brand identity. She holds a BA in Media Studies from The University at Buffalo, New York and has 18 years of experience in the creative industry. She joined the Center in 2014.

Danelle Weaver

Program Manager

Danelle Weaver is the program manager for the Center for Educational Technologies. As the program manager, Danelle’s role is to manage business operations including: the CET’s service center, license agreements, and grants. Additionally, Danelle assists the director with program-wide initiatives. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Danelle had over 16 years of management experience prior to joining the CET as the project manager in 2014. Danelle is interested in creating organizational efficiencies and using her unique skill set to advance high-impact programs.

Vince Chihak

Multimedia Specialist

Vince Chihak is a multimedia specialist for the Center for Educational Technologies, contributing expertise in video and audio production to a wide variety of educational projects. In his position, Vince works closely with faculty and instructional designers to help them translate their vision into reality. Vince holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and worked overseas in Trinidad and Australia as an oilfield engineer, prior to shifting his career to educational technologies. Vince joined the CET team in 2014 and draws upon his valuable skill set to bring organization and efficiency to the team’s production processes.

Tim Ponder

Instructional Technologist

Tim Ponder manages the digital platforms for the Center for Educational Technologies, including the Center’s learning management system (LMS) and website. Tim specializes in designing innovative educational resources deployed via Moodle-based applications. Tim provides both back-end systems support, as well as front-end support for faculty and students who access the Center’s products learning resources on Moodle. Tim has over 20 years of experience in educational technology, including with the past 9 years focused on distance teaching and learning at Kent State University. Tim has worked on various state and national projects including multiple U.S. Department of Education grants supporting adult, English language acquisition, and workforce education. Tim’s professional interests include the use of coding in education, deep learning, artificial Intelligence and contextual learning.

Michelle Wiederhold, MED

Project Manager

Michelle Wiederhold is the project manager for the Center for Educational Technologies. Michelle works with both the instructional design and production teams to efficiently and effectively develop educational resources and programs for internal and external clients. She holds a Master of Education in Educational Technology and a Bachelor of Business in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Michelle has over seven years of online instructional technology experience. Michelle is interested in combining her educational technology background with project management to coordinate the delivery of high quality educational materials in a timely and cost-effective manner. She joined the Center in May 2017.