About Us

The MERLOT collection consists of tens of thousands of discipline-specific learning materials, learning exercises, and Content Builder webpages, together with associated comments, and bookmark collections, all intended to enhance the teaching experience of using a learning material. All of these items have been contributed by the MERLOT member community, who have either authored the materials themselves, or who have discovered the materials, found them useful, and wished to share their enthusiasm for the materials with others in the teaching and learning community. 

SkillsCommons’ mission is to accelerate the democratization of education for all through open educational services and resources enabling individuals, communities, educational institutions, organizations, and businesses to prepare people for successful employment in the 21st Century. Built from a $1.9 billion federal investment and populated with vetted content from over 700 colleges and universities, our repository is considered the World's Largest Open Workforce Development Collection.

Our Team

Gerry Hanley

Gerry Hanley Ph.D., Executive Director
Gerry is responsible for the leadership, strategic directions, overall management, and sustainability of MERLOT and SkillsCommons projects.

Rick Lumadue

Rick Lumadue Ph.D., Associate Director, Customer Services
Rick is responsible for leading and managing a variety of MERLOT and SkillsCommons projects with an emphasis on collection and curation programs and professional development programs.

Maria Fieth

Maria Fieth M.A.(2), RTC, Associate Director, Partnership Development
Maria is responsible for overseeing the development, management and success of partnerships with higher education, professional organizations and industry for MERLOT and SkillsCommons.

Jane Moore

Jane Moore Ed.D., Director of Editorial and Professional Development Services
Jane is responsible for managing the Editorial Boards, is Editor of Teacher Education and the liaison from MERLOT to the Innovate Conference. She is also editor of From the Vineyard.

Jeff Kahn

Jeff Kahn M.S., Technology Team Manager
Jeff is responsible for MERLOT product development, enhancements and maintenance.
Verbena Consulting is responsible for the technological development and implementation of MERLOT library, MERLOT Content Builder and Web Services.

Don Strand, Webmaster and Instructional Design Specialist
Don is responsible for the front-end design and development of MERLOT products, for MERLOT's social media services, and maintaining MERLOT user relations and experiences.

Cathy Swift

Cathy Swift Ph.D., MERLOT GRAPE Camp Manager and Editor of MERLOT Business Editorial Board
Cathy is responsible for providing the training of MERLOT's peer reviewers within our GRAPE Camp program, leading the MERLOT Business Editorial Board and building the MERLOT collection.

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