Lisa Reeves-Bertin, MBA
Lisa Reeves-Bertin has been an instructor at Penn State Shenango since 2001, where she not only teaches computer and business courses, but also collaborates with both the business faculty and community businesses in the development of strategic internships of lasting benefit to both the students and area employers.
While at Shenango, she has been an IST Champion and an IST adviser, and a member of the Student Activity Fee Committee, the Computer Fee Committee, several hiring committees, and the Association of Information and Leading Professionals. She is coordinator of the delivery of four-year Penn State Beaver courses to the Shenango campus, presenter at Freshmen Orientation, and a volunteer for the Annual Business Networking event, as well as a representative to the University College Council and the IST department representative for admissions events.
Reeves-Bertin has an associate degree in computer science and a bachelor's in business administration. She earned her MBA from Kent State University. Professionally, her business experience includes positions at almost every level of responsibility, including administrative assistant, office controller, inside sales consultant, accounting manager and MIS/office manager. In the latter position, she was responsible for design, implementation, and oversight of the company's IT systems.
As a community volunteer, Reeves-Bertin assists the United Way of Mercer County with content management of its website, while serving on various committees, including the Women's Leadership Initiative. As a volunteer with the ATHENA PowerLink, she has helped woman-owned businesses develop and implement effective IT strategies that include both management systems and marketing initiatives. She also serves as both a member and Webmaster for the Mercer Relay for Life.
Deirdre Folkers, M.S.
Deirdre Folkers is the assistant director of academic affairs at Penn State York and a senior instructor in IST. With more than twenty-five years of experience in the field, Folkers began her teaching career working with undergraduate students in computer science before moving into IST. She has served in her administrative role since 2006.
In addition to her work as an administrator, faculty member, and adviser, Folkers has conducted hundreds of workforce development sessions for both large and small companies. She continues to present at national conferences and has published numerous journal articles, including the recent publication of a book chapter in the text Emerging Information Resources Management and Technologies. She has a strong interest in pedagogical research and educational technologies.
Folkers was the 2004 recipient of the James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching, as well as the York Campus Advising Award, with the distinction of earning both awards in the same academic year. Her educational background includes degrees in computer science, man-environment relations, and information systems.
Gary Heberling, M.S.
Gary Heberling joined Penn State as an instructor in information sciences and technology in 2000 and is a senior lecturer at the College of Information Sciences and Technology where he teaches online. He teaches a variety of courses and specializes in database technologies and enterprise resource planning systems.
Previous to teaching for Penn State, Heberling was an IT director for a midsized manufacturing company. He has international teaching experience as a visiting lecturer at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, and as an assistant director with the SAP-MOE University Competency Center in Beijing, China. He has presented at professional training and seminar events at Penn State, sharing his online teaching approaches. Heberling earned his master of science degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Michael Manojlovich, M.S.
Michael Manojlovich has been an instructor in IST and SRA at the University since 2000 when he began teaching at Penn State Greater Allegheny after having spent 27 years in industry, where his experiences ranged from programming to network design and administration to new technology research and development. Now a full-time instructor at Penn State New Kensington, he has also been active in World Campus teaching for more than seven years and has frequently taught IST 220 and IST 210, as well as IST 110.
Manojlovich has been associated with the IST program from its early days, involved in several curriculum review committees, including IST 331 and, currently, IST 220. He was also part of the University Four-Year Review Committee that was mandated to assess the curricular development and determine how effectively the college of IST was fulfilling its mission. He received his master of science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jan Mahar-Sturdevant, PMP, M.A.
Jan Mahar-Sturdevant, senior lecturer in IST at Penn State, develops partnerships with business, government, and other related educational institutions. These partnerships involve brokering faculty expertise and developing sponsored student internships that optimize career placements with corporations. Previously, as the assistant director of business and career solutions, she was responsible for providing strategic leadership and business planning, as well as representing IST during client visits. She re-engineered many processes to improve student placement resulting in IST having one of the highest placement rates at the University.
In addition to her decade of academic work, Mahar-Sturdevant worked for thirty years for IBM in their laboratory, manufacturing, statistical modeling research and 3-D graphic corporate office. As an SAP Educational Corporate Consultant, she developed and deployed SAP education in Logistics to IBM's Production Procurement Division worldwide. She also consulted for IBM in the area of project management, design, and educating their management in this area. One of her last assignments with IBM was consulting for the e-business applications, such as web-requisitioning for catalog buying to feed SAP, e-Business training, and optimizing contractors’ bids and contracts.
Mahar-Sturdevant served on the advisory board for the I-Tech 99 Corridor Alliance, encouraging corporations to move into this location. She was awarded more than $330,000 in grants from Ben Franklin, Team PA, and various chambers to develop PA FutureConnect, which matched IST students with tech companies in local research parks throughout Pennsylvania. She is the project manager for Department of Defense DTRA multimillion-dollar projects: Student Research Associate Program and the Post PhD Program, which create research partnerships among various universities through the nation. Certified as a Project Management Professional, she received her master's degree from Union College.
Greg O'Toole, Ph.D.
Dr. Greg O'Toole is a senior web engineer and lecturer for the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, teaching Sustainable Web Ecosystem Design and working in open source web design and development, web research, and education. He is also a research Web Technologist faculty member in the Penn State Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and an adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Architecture. Dr. O'Toole received his Ph.D. in media and communication from European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. He is involved with the open source community and works with partners in private industry through Openwebby, the hybrid for-profit/not-for-profit organization that he founded.