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Faculty Presenters and Authors
We collaborate closely with experienced faculty presenters and authors who are available to assist instructors nationwide with Cirrus demonstrations, curriculum advice, and teaching tips. See below to learn more about these learning specialists.
Karen Lankisch is the Director of Online Learning at the University of Cincinnati—Clermont College. Lankisch also teaches a variety of courses in the Health and Business Information Technology programs. Lankisch is a Quality Matters Master Peer Reviewer and has completed reviews both nationally and internationally. She has a PhD in Education with a concentration in technology and adult learning and is certified through AHIMA as a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA).
Along with co-authoring Our Digital World, Lankisch has co-authored Exploring Electronic Health Records for Paradigm Education Solutions.
In 2013, she received the University of Cincinnati Faculty Award for Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom. In 2016, she was selected for membership to the University of Cincinnati Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Lankisch was awarded the 2018 University of Cincinnati Clermont Mentoring Award.
Penny Aldridge is a full-time Computer Science Instructor at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Alabama and works for Reid State Technical College in Evergreen, Alabama as an Adjunct . She has a combined total of 33 years working in field and teaching computer education. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1987 with a BS in Education. In 2009, she obtained her Masters from DeVry University with a concentration in Management Information System Management.
Penny began her teaching career in 1994 as an Office Careers Instructor. She introduced MOUS certification to her students and obtained her MOUS certification in the complete suite of MS Office 2000. Currently, she holds MOS certification in Excel 2016. Penny loves to teach and watch her students flourish. She is married to Scotty Aldridge; they have two sons and live in Alabama. She loves to travel and follow Alabama Football!
Anita Verno is a professor of Information Technology at Bergen Community College and was IT coordinator/department chair from 2000 to 2010. A founding member of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) (https://www.csteachers.org/), Anita was the elected College Faculty Representative to its Board of Directors and served as curriculum chair from inception until June 2009 when she accepted a position serving on the CTSA Advisory Council. She also assisted in establishing CSTA’s Northern New Jersey chapter to serve computing teachers in her home state. Anita served as an associate member of the ACM Committee for Computing Education in Community Colleges (CCECC), where she worked as part of a curriculum project team tasked with identifying the nature and breadth of IT-related programs of study in community colleges. Anita is the former college
representative to the CSTA Northern New Jersey chapter, a former president of the Community College Computer Consortium, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology program. She has over 40 years of professional experience in software design and development, teaching in IT/CS, and development of curricula/degrees for high schools and colleges.
Along with co-authoring Our Digital World and Guidelines for Microsoft Office for Paradigm Education Solutions, Anita has participated on multiple research teams resulting in publications relating to K-14 computer education.
Audrey Roggenkamp holds a master’s degree in adult education and curriculum and has been an adjunct instructor in the Business Information Technology department at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, since 2005. Audrey has also been a content provider for Paradigm Education Solutions since 2005. In addition to contributing to the Cirrus online content for Office application courses, Audrey co-authors Paradigm’s Benchmark Series, Marquee Series, and Signature Series. Her other available titles include Keyboarding & Applications I and II and Using Computers in the Medical Office: Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Audrey lives in Bonney Lake, Washington with her two sons.
Ian Rutkosky was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. With a heavy background in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, and Business, Ian focuses on creating content for Microsoft Excel and Access. Ian has been teaching computer application courses at Pierce Community College for eight years. When not writing or teaching, Ian spends his free time outdoors with his two dogs or blacksmithing in the shop.
For over 30 years, Denise Seguin has developed curriculum and taught a variety of application software and accounting courses to students in Information Technology diploma programs and Continuing Education courses at Fanshawe College in Ontario, Canada. She has also served as Program Coordinator of several IT programs and was acting Chair of the School of Information Technology for a one-year secondment. Along with authoring Seguin’s Computer Concepts, First, Second, and Third Editions, and Seguin’s Computer Applications with Microsoft® Office, First, Second, and Third Editions, she has also authored Microsoft Outlook and co-authored Our Digital World.
From 2000 to 2012, she co-authored Marquee Series Microsoft® Office and Using Computers in the Medical Office, and from 2006 to 2012, she co-authored Benchmark Series Microsoft® Excel® and Microsoft® Access®.
Seguin earned her Master’s in Business Administration specializing in Technology Management in 2007, choosing to take her degree at an online university to help her refine online instructional methodologies and develop an appreciation for online learning from a student perspective. Since 2012, she has been teaching online courses on a part-time basis for her college.
I am a full-time faculty member at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan. I work in the school of Business, Entrepreneurship, and Professional Development where I teach business and computer technology courses. In addition, I am the lead faculty for the Customer Service Certificate, the Computer Software Applications Certificate, and the Introduction to Information Technology class. In 2018, I earned my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University and plan to go back to school next year to earn a second master’s degree in Industrial Psychology. My passion is working with students to help them not only master the topics I teach but discover the joy of learning. Outside of work, I enjoy cheering my son on as he races motocross, driving my vintage car, and attempting to do agility with my Miniature Schnauzer, Maggie.