Dr. Juan “Tito” Meléndez Alicea

College of Education
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

Dr. Meléndez Alicea has more than three decades of experience in the field of distance education. He published his first article on the subject in 1990, and a book in 1999. In 2014, he was awarded by Universia for creating and facilitating the best MOOC in Latin America. He has presented on the topic of distance education in more than 15 countries. He was PI of the study of the theory and practice of distance education in Puerto Rico for the State Department in 2016. This study is ongoing.

Dr. Meléndez has post doctoral studies on distance education evaluation. He is an active member of the Puerto Rican Evaluation Society and author of several articles and book chapters on the subject of evaluation in distance education. He currently facilitates distance learning courses for the Department of Graduate Studies, at the College of Education, of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus.

Contact info:
Email: juan.melendez16@upr.edu
Portal: jjmelendez.net

Prof. Antonio L. Delgado Nieves, MA. Ed.

Coordinador, Educación a Distancia
Diseñador Instruccional, Proyecto Titulo V

Antonio L. Delgado Pérez, posee un bachillerato en Telecomunicación (Especialidad en Producción para la Radio y TV) y un máster en Sistemas de Instrucción y Tecnología Educativa (Especialidad en Uso Educativo de la Computadora y Diseño Instruccional) de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón (USC).

Actualmente labora como Coordinador del Proyecto de Educación a Distancia y Diseñador Instruccional del Proyecto Título V en la Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo (UPRA). También ofrece conferencias, charlas y talleres de capacitación edu-tecnológica a la comunidad docente del recinto. Es docente virtual internacional en el Programa de Maestría con mención en Tecnología Educativa, en la Universidad de San Martín de Porres (Lima, Perú). Cuenta con experiencia de freelancer educativo colaborando con diferentes instituciones educativas de nivel superior y organismos educativos independientes. Ha sido profesor en el Departamento de Educación Elemental (UPRA), Departamento de Educación (AU) y Departamento de Ciencias Naturales (USC).

También a participado en diferentes congresos educativos internacionales: Red de Educadores Puertorriqueños (EducaPR), Virtual Educa Las Américas (PUR), Conferencia Mundial de Educación (USA), Congreso de eLearning (KOR), Congreso Internacional EduTICinnova (PER), Congreso Virtual de Educación y TIC: La Escuela del Futuro (ARG), Congreso en Línea en Conocimiento Libre y Educación de la Red CLED (VEN), Conferencia Internacional UNVES (PAR) y Jornada de Innovación Educativa UNIBE (RD).

Es conocido en las plataformas digitales como Edumorfosis:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/edumorfosis
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/edumorfosis/
Blog: http://edumorfosis.blogspot.com/
Portafolio electrónico: http://sites.google.com/view/edumorfosis
Scoopit: http://www.scoop.it/t/edumorfosis
Disrupción Educativa: http://flipboard.com/@edumorfosis/edumorfosis-flip-r86mbikqy

HETS Advisory Committee

HETS By Laws established under its ARTICLE VII, the institution of a Retired Members Advisory Board.
The Board of Directors may appoint an Advisory Board which would provide non-binding strategic advise to the Consortium. Its members may be nominated and invited to participate with voice but no vote in Board of Directors meetings. Individuals that have served with distinction for five or more years in the Board of Directors are eligible to be appointed in this exceptional Advisory Board. The term of service shall be of two years. Advisory Board members may serve multiple terms. During 2018 Summer Board Meeting at Bronx Community College, HETS officers unanimously approved the candidates for the first inductees positions. HETS proudly welcomes and presents the members of this exclusive committee of distinguished professionals as follows (to read a brief bio click on each name):

The main role of the excel nominees is to provide non-binding strategic advice to the HETS Consortium, through their active participation in Board of Directors meetings. The term of service on this Advisory Board shall be of two years, with the option of serving multiple terms.

Dr. Ricardo Fernández

Former President, Lehman College

Lehman College is one of the HETS Consortium’s founding members (1993), led by Dr. Ricardo Fernández, who served as President of the institution for 26 years. Dr. Fernández made extraordinary contributions to the HETS Consortium as Chairman (2001-2004), and Vice Chairman (1998 to 2000). He was also a very active member of the Board and showed his genuine interest in the progress of the organization throughout his 24 years of involvement in the organization. On HETS 10th Anniversary in 2003, Dr. Fernández was recognized as Board Member of the Year for his commitment to the Consortium. Under his leadership, Lehman College sponsored several HETS meetings and events throughout the organization’s history.

“Every ending is a new beginning. As we look forward to another commencement, I am preparing to end my tenure as the President of Lehman College. This was not an easy decision; nor was it one that I made lightly. But after twenty-six years at the helm of Lehman College I can look back at my first day here—September 1, 1990—and the two-and-a-half decades that followed with immense pride at the things we have accomplished.” To visit Lehman’s College page honoring Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández leadership go to:   Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández Looks Back at His 26-Year Presidency. Dr. Fernández was inducted, as one of the first members to the HETS Advisory Committee on July 2018.

Dr. Eduardo Martí

President Emeritus
Queensborough Community College, CUNY, New York,

former Vice Chancellor
Community Colleges of the City University of New York (CUNY), and

former HETS Chairman

Eduardo Martí, served as Vice Chancellor for Community Colleges of the City University of New York and is president emeritus Queensborough Community College.  Prior to his experience in NYC, he served as President of Corning Community College of the State University of New York (SUNY), and as President of SUNY’s Tompkins Cortland Community College.  Dr. Martí also served as Executive Dean of Tunxis Community College (Campus CEO, CAO) and Acting President of Middlesex Community College, both located in Connecticut Dr. Martí serves on the Board of Trustees of Teachers College at Columbia University, as a member of the Board of Governors of the Council for Aid to Education, and as a member of Gateway to College Board of Directors.  Previously, he served as a member of the NYS Governor’s Commission on Educational Reform. Previously, The College Board’s Advisory Board on Community Colleges as well as the Community College Research Center Advisory Board of Teachers College at Columbia University.  Additionally, he served as Chair of the Board for the Hispanic Educational Telecommunications System (HETS).   Having previously served on the Board of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), he was elected once again in March 2009-11. He was elected as a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in October 2010.  In 2011 he was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to serve on the Panel for Educational Policy of the NYC Department of Education

Three times a graduate of New York University, Dr. Martí holds the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D. degrees in biology from the institution.  He is the recipient of the Founders Day Award from New York University and was chosen as the recipient of the New York University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in November 2007.   In October 2008, the New York Post honored Dr. Marti with their Liberty Medal Award as a champion of human rights.  He was previously named to the Honor Roll of the Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. As the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad award, he spent June 2004 traveling in China with leaders of minority serving institutions. Dr. Martí was inducted, as one of the first members to the HETS Advisory Committee on July 2018.

Prof. Iliana Ballester Panelli

Instructor
Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Santurce, PR.

Teaching various courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels: Introduction to Mass Media, Advertising Principles, Digital Advertising, Digital Media Planning, Advertising Research, Consumer Behavior, Advertising and Society, International Advertising, The Hispanic Consumer, Advertising Campaigns, Digital Marketing. All courses are taught partially or completely online using Moodle. She has been also Instructor and mentor at the Center for Faculty Development and Educational Technology where she was in charge of training and mentoring faculty members about the design and teaching of online courses. In addition, Ballester has been serving as administrative and research experience at the university, and as President or member of various academic and institutional committees. In the nonprofit sector, has worked with over 50 organizations through the Advertising campaign course.  Professional Adviser of Junior and Senior Students from the Advertising Program. Also coordinate the Internship for students from the Advertising Program.

Email: iliana.ballester@gmail.com
Linkedin: https://pr.linkedin.com/in/ilianaballesterpanelli

HETS Board of Directors appoints first members of its Advisory Committee.

During its Summer Board Meeting, HETS officers unanimously approved the inception of a HETS Advisory Committee. The members of this Advisory Committee are nominated as a recognition of their proven support to HETS as a former Board member and Officer. The eligibility to be appointed for the Advisory Board, was based on the period they have served with distinction for five or more years in the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee identified and recommended candidates for the first inductees positions. HETS proudly welcomes and presents the members of this exclusive committee of distinguished professionals, as follows:

The main role of the excel nominees is to provide non-binding strategic advice to the HETS Consortium, through their active participation in Board of Directors meetings. The term of service on this Advisory Board shall be of two years, with the option of serving multiple terms.

Dr. Antonio “Tony” Pérez

President, Borough of Manhattan Community College.

President Pérez announced, that will step down after having served with 23 years of leadership at the college, and almost 20 as an active Board Member of the Hispanic Education Technology Services (HETS) Consortium. President Pérez has always vividly supported our mission to promote, support and enhance Hispanic/ Latino student access, retention, and success in Higher Education through the strategic integration of technology. This has been proven during his tenure as Board Member in our Consortia, in which he has actively served as Board Officer in the Executive Committee (for several terms) as: Treasurer, Vice Chair, and the last two years as HETS Regional Representative for the East Coast.

He was appointed President of Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) in 1995. The college served 16,300 students at that time, and has grown to have CUNY’s largest enrollment, serving more than 27,000 students. A visionary, high-energy leader, President Pérez has not only led the college’s expansion but guided the BMCC community through the aftermath of September 11, 2001. BMCC is the only college in United States history to have lost a campus building to a terrorist attack. BMCC’s Fiterman Hall was destroyed when World Trade 7, across the street, collapsed and fell against it. He will step down as BMCC President on August 31, 2018. Dr. Pérez was inducted, as one of the first members to the HETS Advisory Committee on July 2018.

Dr. José Jaime Rivera

Former President, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón.

USC affiliated to HETS under the leadership of Dr. Rivera, who was one of the greatest supporters of the Consortium throughout his 15 years serving the HETS Board. He served as Board Treasurer, host to Board meetings and HETS events. On January 15, 2014, HETS recognized his role as Founding Member, Treasurer, and many contributions in other valuable roles, which fueled the organization towards the accomplishment of its goals and objectives. Dr. Rivera retired on 2014. HETS, and all its members, would like to recognize and highlight the legacy of Dr. José Jaime Rivera and its outstanding path as President of one of the HETS founding member institutions: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. Dr. José Jaime Rivera was inducted, as one of the first members to the HETS Advisory Committee on July 2018.

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