Advisory Groups


The Technical Advisory Group brings together experts from across numerous technology and data fields in order to provide input and guidance as Credential Engine grows the CTDL, develops new tools, and expands the Credential Registry.


Why We Believe In Credential Transparency

Creating a transparent credential marketplace using the technologies available through Credential Engine enables the technical community to have:

  • Clear understandings of their credentials, their components, and their connections to both each other and the workforce
  • Access to linked data that can be utilized for numerous use cases to solve real-world problems
  • Deeper insights into credentialing data trends
  • Access to a common credentialing language

Who We Are

The Technical Advisory Group is comprised of a wide variety of leaders and experts in the technology field who are dedicated to maximizing the impact that comprehensive and transparent credential data can make in the education and workforce marketplaces.

Jeanne Kitchens* Associate Director, Southern Illinois University Center for Workforce Development
Joe Barela Executive Director, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Phil Barker Partner, Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards
April Barnum Project Manager, Authoring, Questionmark
Kim Bartkus Executive Director, HR Open Standards Consortium
Michael Bettersworth Vice Chancellor & CEO of Center for Employability Outcomes (C4EO), Texas State Technical College
Michael Brickman Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Deb Bushway Independent Consultant
Carla Casilli Open Badges + Digital Credentials Strategist, Consultant/QAAG
Daniel D’Alonzo UX Designer, Action Horizon Institute
Bhaskar Dawadi Sr. Manager, Exam Department, (ISC)²
Grit Denker Senior Computer Scientist, SRI International
Takis Diakoumis Chief Technology Officer, Digitary
John Dillow Director of Client Services, Skillsmart
Laurie Dodge Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost, Brandman University
Michael Ellsworth Program Director, CareerOneStop, State of Minnesota
Lauren Fairley Workforce Analyst, U.S. Department of Labor
Jonathan Finkelstein CEO, Credly
Francesca Fiore Assistant Dean, Workforce Development and Business Services, LaGuardia Community College
John Flores CEO, United States Distance Learning Association
John Foster CEO, NOCTI
Chad Fritz Accreditrust
Pam Frugoli O*NET/Competency Assessment Team Lead, U.S. Department of Labor
Steve Gance Policy Associate, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Charles Gaughf Information Security Officer, (ISC)²
Matt Gee Co-Founder and Principal, University of Chicago
Jim Goodell Senior Analyst, Quality Information Partners, Inc.
Troy Gorostiza CEO, Knowledge Stream, Inc.
Jeff Grann Credential Solutions Lead, Credential Engine
Isabel Harbaugh PhD Student, Harvard University
Joshua Hester Director of Kaplan IT Training, Kaplan Professional
Daniel Hickey Professor, Indiana University
Alex Jackl Co-Chair of the Academic Credentials Task Force, PESC., Chair, North American Technical Board, A4L
Andy Johnson Specifications and Standards Manager, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative
Lee Johnston Associate Vice Chancellor CBE Technology, Brandman University
Joe Kaplan Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Accreditrust
Jonathan Kevan R&D Coordinator, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Jim Klo Senior Software Engineer, SRI International
Kerri Lemoie Pioneer in digital credentials and badges and co-founder of Achievery, OpenWorks Group
Mark Leuba CBE Facilitator, IMS Global
Lisa Lutz President, Solutions for Information Design, LLC (SOLID)
Merrilea Mayo Strategic Consultant, Innovate + Educate
Bill McMahon Project Manager, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Steve Midgley Consultant, Learning Tapestry
Diana Montealegre CHAMP Instructional Designer, Front Range Community College
Carina Oelofsen Director, The Directorate: National Learners Records Database, South African Qualification Authority
Nate Otto Director, Open Badges, Concentric Sky
Renay Pillay Deputy Director: Research, South African Qualification Authority
Jonathan Poltrack Co-Founder, Veracity Technology Consultants
Robby Robson Chief Executive Officer & Chief Scientist, Eduworks
Jose Salgado Webmaster, American Welding Society
Joe Samuels Chief Executive Officer, South African Qualification Authority
Jarin Schmidt Director, Acclaim
Patti Schnoor Technology and Performance Manager, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Thomas Schreck Director, Application Development, Vantage Point Consulting
Chris Schultz Professor, University of Maryland University College
Jessica Scott Student Career Program Specialist, LaGuardia Community College
Cole Shaw Senior Software Engineer, DXtera Institute
Matthew Shaw Program Coordinator, National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators
Eric Shepherd CEO, Questionmark
Bob Sholtes Chief Software Architect, Skillsmart
Lakshman Somasundaram Product Management, LinkedIn
Manu Sporny Founder, CEO, and Owner, Digital Bazaar
Stuart Sutton Managing Director, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
Rob Trainer Vice President of Technology, Accreditrust
Susie Vaks DePianto Senior Manager, Google
Rayna Valenti Manager of Communications, Business Roundtable
Jeffrey Von Munkwitz-Smith Assistant Vice President & University Registrar, Boston University
Renah Wolzinger Chief Policy Officer, Powerminds Inc
* Indicates Advisory Group chair

Join Us

Interested in joining the Technical Advisory Group?