Steering Committee Members
John Comings, Ed.D, is a Senior Technical Consultant at World Education, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Senior Consultant for USAID’s All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development. From 2012 to 2013, he served in the Obama Administration as an education policy advisor focused on USAID’s reading initiative. Between 2008 and 2012, he was a principal international technical advisor at the Education Development Center. From 1996 to 2008, he was director of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL) and a member of the faculty at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Before his time at Harvard, he spent 12 years as vice president for literacy programs at World Education. He has lived Indonesia for 2 years and Nepal for 6 years, where he worked on education projects. He holds an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Nesheim– As Executive Director, Eric manages the day-to-day and overall operations of the Minnesota Literacy Council, a mid-sized nonprofit agency. He served in various program and management roles at the literacy council prior to being named as the executive director in 2000. He serves as a member of the Governor’s Workforce Development Board and the Metropolitan Workforce Council. Eric is a registered lobbyist and former president of Literacy Minnesota, an advocacy group for adult literacy. Eric began his human services career by serving in the Peace Corps in Haiti and Paraguay. He earned his B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and a Master’s of International Management from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Margaret Becker Patterson
Margaret Patterson, PhD, is a Senior Researcher with Research Allies for Lifelong Learning in the Washington, DC, metro area (www.researchallies.org), partners with non-profit organizations, postsecondary institutions, and state agencies to apply research and conduct evaluations which support adult educators and learners. Previously, she served as Research Director at GED Testing Service in DC and Associate Director of Adult Education in Kansas. She administered and taught in adult education programs in Nebraska, Nevada, and Kansas and presents extensively throughout the USA. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stephen Reder is Professor Emeritus at Portland State University and has been an active researcher, teacher and advocate for adult learners and their instructors. Steve holds a PhD in Psychology and has specialized in adult learning and mastery of literacies, technologies and second languages. He has directed and collaborated on many major projects in adult education and has recently focused on assessing and demonstrating the impact of adult basic education on the long-term life outcomes and well-being of economically vulnerable adults. Steve has been an advisor to numerous local, state, national and international agencies in the areas of adult education and literacy. He is a co-founder and Steering Committee member of the Open Door Collective. Steve can be reached at email@example.com.
David J. Rosen
David J. Rosen holds a doctorate in education evaluation from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He was Executive Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, from 1986 to 2003. As an independent consultant since 2003, he has recently provided education and evaluation services to, among other organizations: TERC, as an evaluator of the Massachusetts SABES adult basic education mathematics professional development center; Essential Education, to develop an online guide to blended learning for adult educators; and with Strategy Matters, to the City of Boston to assist in planning the Office of Workforce Development’s Career Pathways Initiative. He is the moderator of two U.S. Department of Education-sponsored LINCS communities of practice: Integrating Technology; and Program Management. David was the evaluator of English Now, a pilot nonformal education blended learning model sponsored by World Education’s Education Tech Center and Peer to Peer University, that provided English language instruction to adults on waiting lists for English classes. He is an advisor to the English Now! national scale-up project that began in the fall of 2018. David is a co-founder of the Open Door Collective. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jen Vanek, PhD, is the Director of Digital Learning and Research at the Ed Tech Center at World Education (https://edtech.worlded.org). In this work she creates and implements field tests of educational technologies, brings technical guidance and professional development to adult education stakeholders in the area of distance and blended learning, and researches approaches to mitigating the negative impact of technological ubiquity on adult migrants and other vulnerable populations. Previously, she helped develop the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment and has taught in multiple settings, first as an adult ESL teacher and more recently in teacher education programming at the University of Minnesota. She can be reached at email@example.com
Gwenn Weaver is an independent management consultant, recently retired from working as a broadband program specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). She served as federal program officer for NTIA's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), and staffed the development of the federal Digital Literacy Portal (digitaliteracy.gov). Presently, she is participating in a project for a ProLiteracy, serving on the Committee on Literacy of the American Library Association, and is a national advisor to the Great Stories program of the ALA. Prior to joining NTIA, she was a vice president at a higher education consulting practice, and has worked for other federal government agencies, two large research universities, several consulting firms and a major bank. She began her career in libraries, having been a public, school, academic and special librarian. She holds a Master of Business Administration in information systems, Master of Science in Library Science, Bachelor of Arts in sociology and an Associate of Arts degree. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org