Live from EduWeb 2006 in Baltimore: Meet the Bloggers – Rachel, Drew, Kesha and Nina

August 1st, 2006 Karine Joly No Comments

On Day #1 of the EduWeb Conference, Rachel Reuben, Drew Olanoff, Kesha Boyce Williams and Nina Sossen managed to attend interesting sessions, take notes and emailed their reports in just a few hours of time.

I didn’t know how to properly introduce these super fast guest bloggers, so here is a bit more information about Rachel, Drew, Kesha and Nina. If you meet them in Baltimore on Day #2, don’t forget to tell them you liked what they’ve done or even better leave a comment at the end of their posts.

Rachel Reuben is the Director of Web Communication and Strategic Projects at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has overseen their college’s Website since 1998 when it was approximately a dozen pages. The site has now grown to nearly 10,000, not including their home grown portal my.newpaltz.edu, over the last eight years. She has a Web Production Assistant and Multimedia Developer/Photographer that assist her with designing and maintaining the college’s main and departmental Web sites. She also serves as Director of the college’s new Welcome Center for visitor information.

Drew Olanoff is a senior developer for EDU and has been with EDU for over five years. Drew has designed and developed many of the websites currently hosted by EDU, and is behind the popular BlogAbroad initative. While his strengths are in his Web services background, Olanoff also has performed Web server maintenance and management functions. Prior to becoming a Web developer he was part of the operations team supporting GradSchools.com and StudyAbroad.com. His customer service skills are exemplary, and he is an integral reason that EDU has a reputation as a top-notch service provider.

Kesha Boyce Williams works for the… CIA (sorry, I HAD to do this ;-)
She is the Manager of Web Services at The Cleveland Institute of Art. Kesha has been developing content and managing Websites for 10 years. Her previous Web lives have included managing pointsoflight.org, americaspromise.org, and crs.org and producing sites for Tribune Interactive. Kesha received an M.A. in Communications, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University.

Nina Sossen is the Web Communications Director at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the flagship campus of the 5-campus University of Massachusetts system, with about 25,000 students, grad and undergrad. She oversees the main campus Website as well as all selected top level administrative sites and all the sites within the Advancement area. Her office oversees the graphic identity for the Web across the campus. Nina has been at UMass for about four years. Previously, she was an interactive media producer for a marketing and advertising agency in Madison, Wisconsin, and spent 12 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Wisconsin Public
Television, a PBS affiliate located on the Madison campus.