ITSS Leadership Team
PI: Ann Beheler
Ann Beheler has been in the Information Technology industry for over 30 years, and she is now responsible for Emerging Technology grants at Collin College. In that capacity she leads the National Convergence Technology Center, a five-year $4 million National Science Foundation grant. The work of the National CTC builds on a previous four-year $4.4 million National Science Foundation grant. From 2011-2015, Ann also led the National Information, Security, and Geospatial Technologies Consortium, an almost $20 million Department of Labor TAACCCT grant.
Ann has corporate experience at Rockwell, Raytheon and Novell; and she has led her own consulting firm, created and taught in one of the first networking degree programs in Texas, and previously managed IT-related divisions and grants ranging $1-$20 million in community colleges in Texas and California. Prior to her current position, she was Vice President of Academic Affairs for Porterville College, responsible for all instruction at the college, and prior that she was a Dean at both Orange Coast College in California and at Collin College.
Among other things, Ann is known for effectively bringing together business and industry using a streamlined process to identify with them the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) they predict will be needed by "right-skilled" job candidates in the future. She then works with faculty to align curriculum such that those who complete certificates and degrees in IT have the knowledge, skills, and abilities that will make them readily employable in high-paying IT positions. Ann holds a PhD in Community College Leadership from Walden University, a MS in Computer Science from Florida Institute of Technology, and a BS in Math from Oklahoma State University.
Program Director: Christina Titus
Christina Titus came to Collin College in 2012 to work for the Networking, Information Security, Geospatial Technology Consortium (NISGTC), which was funded by a $20 million Department of Labor grant. She then was the Program Director for the Centers Collaborative for Technical Assistance (CCTA) NSF grant that ended in 2019. She is now the Program Director of the IT Skill Standards 2020 and Beyond NSF project. Her role is to ensure the success and quality of programs, while overseeing the day-to-day operations and timelines in collaboration with the Executive Director. Christina’s previous experience as Project Manager, an administrative assistant, a lab supervisor, and a payroll clerk, together gave her experience with managing projects and planning events. Christina holds a BBA in Marketing from Our Lady of the Lake University and an MBA in Management from Texas A&M Commerce.
Senior Staff: Helen Sullivan
Helen Sullivan is the former Director of the Convergence Technology Center (CTC), funded by the National Science Foundation, and is currently a consultant evaluating technology education grant-funded college programs. In her former role with the CTC, she worked on numerous job skills validation efforts and mentored community college representatives on how to conduct these sessions at their colleges and implement their findings into their curriculum. She is a former Director of Information Management for Nortel Networks, overseeing large training documentation and training organizations. She has also been a technical writer and newspaper reporter and editor. Helen holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and a master's degree in Communication, Media and Technology from Southern Methodist University.
Co-PI: Terryll bailey
Terryll Bailey is the President of The Allison Group, a Seattle consulting firm that specializes in workforce development research and evaluation. She was the Co-Lead for the ICT Skill Standards developed by the U.S. Department of Labor National Skill Standards Board.
Terryll has designed and implemented workforce research and evaluation of projects for numerous organizations including the National Science Foundation, American Association of University Women, the Dallas Community College District Foundation, Boeing, Microsoft, and the Bonneville Power Administration. An external evaluator for the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Program, she has led workshops for other evaluators through the NSF Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University.
Co-PI: Peter Maritato
Pete Maritato is the Academic Chair of Engineering Science, Cybersecurity, Architectural / Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, Drafting Certificate, and Fire Science programs at Suffolk County Community College (SCCC), Selden N.Y., one of the largest in the state of N.Y. In addition, very active in various types grants focusing on enhancing / advancing the learning experience in the various departments listed focusing on regional and national workforce needs. Over the past ten years grant efforts focused on areas as increasing the number of non-traditional students in these programs, development, and implementation of workforce development in manufacturing programs, design/implementation of Cybersecurity degree, STEM scholarship, and mentoring to mention a few. Professor Maritato holds a B.S.E.E. and Master in E.E./ minor in Computer Science from N.Y.U. Tandom (previously Brooklyn Polytechnic) School of Engineering. Has fifteen years of industry experience in the RF / Microwave communications field and thirty years in higher education with 25 years as academic Chair of the Engineering Science and Technology department.
Senior Staff: Gordon Snyder
Gordon Snyder is a past NSF ATE Center Director and Co-Director, past visiting professor at the University of Hartford, and currently a professor at Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts. He has authored four engineering and engineering technology textbooks and has over 34 years of engineering, technology, communications, and IT teaching experience. In addition to his teaching and work with NSF Centers of Excellence, he has served as the Verizon Next Step New England telecommunications curriculum leader and on several technology boards around the United States including the Microsoft Community College Advisory Council, the Massachusetts Networking and Communications Council and the National Skill Standards Board.
In 2001, he was selected as one of the top 15 STEM faculty in the United States by Microsoft and the American Association of Community Colleges and in 2004 was selected as the Massachusetts Network and Communications Council Workforce Leader of the year.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1838535. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.