IMS is a global, non-profit member organization with a highly experienced core staff who support and facilitate our member organizations around the world in the full range of IMS activities.
Rob is a recognized expert on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for learning with over 35 years high tech and education market development experience. Under Rob’s leadership IMS has introduced the Learning Impact program, which is setting new benchmarks for high impact applications of technology in support of learning worldwide. During Rob’s tenure IMS has experienced dramatic growth in terms of members, revenues, and achieved significant adoption of IMS work by leading regional education communities worldwide. IMS has grown over 9x since Rob became CEO and has risen to become one of the world's best resourced and dynamic standards-setting consortia.
Prior to IMS Rob was Senior Vice President at Collegis (now Ellucian Managed Services), the leading provider of ICT services to U.S. higher education, where he was responsible for online and academic services provided to over 60 U.S. institutions. Rob is also a seasoned high technology software development, business development, market development and venture investment veteran. As Senior Director at Oracle Education he was a leader and innovator in the development of online learning architectures and related standards. Rob holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University, a Masters degree in Management from Stanford, a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a Baccalaureate degree in Computational Physics from Carnegie Mellon University. Rob was honored with the TRW Chairman's Award for Innovation in the early 1990's for leading advancements in real-time networking and distributed software.
As technical program manager for digital credentials at IMS, Jeff supports a variety of projects and programs related to digital badges and comprehensive learner records, as well as guides the Innovation Leadership Groups for digital credentials and LTI learning tools.
Prior to joining IMS, Jeff was an academic technology manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison responsible for leading teams that support campus-wide systems for learning management, media delivery, collaboration, content development, assessment, and analytics. Jeff also served on numerous campus and statewide committees and collaborative work groups. Jeff previously held academic technology positions at Dartmouth College and Mahtomedi (MN) Public Schools.
Jeff holds a master's degree in technology for learning and development and a bachelor's degree in secondary education, both from the University of South Dakota.
Formerly, Tim served as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Digital Learning for Chicago Public Schools where he provided leadership and guidance for teaching and learning through the design and implementation of an equitable districtwide digital curriculum. Tim also served as the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Forsyth County Schools in Georgia. He has been an educator for 25 years and has taught all grade levels, ESL, and gifted learners. He is the author of the BYOTNetwork blog and has been featured regarding Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) in NBC News, EdTech Magazine, eSchool News, Scholastic Administrator, THE Journal and many other news outlets.
Tim holds a Doctor of Education in Leadership for Learning with a concentration in Instructional Technology, and his research and dissertation focused on designing online learning communities for elementary students. Throughout his career, he has been a vocal advocate for the implementation of instructional technology, digital content, and curriculum in order to increase achievement and motivation, to encourage collaboration, to facilitate critical thinking, and to construct engaging learning environments.
Karen began her career in the K-12 setting. While in her position as an Instructional Technology Specialist in Forsyth County (GA), she held a variety of leadership positions at the school and district levels before transitioning into a corporate educational technology role.
Karen holds a bachelor of Science in Education from Georgia State University and a Master of Science in Technology Integration from Walden University.
Maria is originally from New Hampshire and lives currently in Denver, Colorado.
Prior to joining IMS, Kathryn was most recently with Strategic Education Inc, the parent company of Capella and Strayer Universities as a senior online product manager, owning the LMS and courseware products, consulted on digital acquisitions, and was a co-chair for an annual employee giving campaign. Prior to Capella, Kathryn worked in administration for various non-profits and other higher ed institutions.
Kathryn holds a master’s degree in Human Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing from Baylor University. She resides in Minneapolis with her family.
Prior to his work with IMS Global, Markus worked as CTO of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and as CTO of the DAISY Consortium, as well as head of the unit for process and architecture at the Swedish National Agency for Education.
Markus lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.
Prior to joining IMS, Cara led various marketing programs and initiatives at Ellucian (formerly SunGard Higher Education) with a focus on defining and tracking program success metrics. As go-to-market director, she had responsibility for solution messaging, new product launches, awareness, and lead generation campaigns for 15 solutions that spanned three product lines and included several SaaS model and cloud applications. Prior to her role as go-to-market director, she was the director of events and association programs, tasked with driving the strategic direction of an event portfolio, which at its peak contained over 30 national conferences and had the potential to reach over 25,000 customers and prospects. In addition, she directed all aspects of content development, programming, speaker engagement, and audience acquisition for an 8,000 person global customer conference.
Cara is actively involved as a member of the planning committee for The Women in Tech Summit (Philadelphia), whose mission is to support the community of women currently working in technology and to help pave the way for women and young women who want to enter the industry.
Cara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from The Catholic University of America.
Before IMS, Alan spent many years working in Healthcare Information Technology. He utilized his skill set to help deliver products and services designed to assist patients in better understanding and navigating the often confusing industry.
Alan resides with his wife Erynn in Durham, North Carolina. He is a lover of cats, motorcycles, music, and enjoys making regular visits to thrift stores on the weekends searching for old and long-forgotten video games.
Prior to forming his consultancy Mark served as Chief Technology Officer for Moodlerooms, a leading provider of open source learning management solutions where Mark led their transition to cloud-based platform services - at the time the largest migration of its kind in online education. As the Chief Information Officer for American Public University System from 2005-2009 Mark developed and executed a five year plan laying the technology foundation for unparalleled growth in the University’s online programs. Before joining APUS, Mark held leadership roles in corporate IT, including nine years as Vice President of Applications for Random House, the world’s largest consumer trade publisher.
Mark's role in IMS Global is to guide its product management strategy and execution, building on the substantial success of the IMS team. Mark received his B.A. in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Baltimore.
Kevin started his career in education as an IT customer service representative where he was responsible for the break fix process at two high schools. He also held “Tech Tuesday” training where he was able to coordinate with principals and faculty to train them on all district resources. Kevin then moved on to work as an Education Technology Specialist and headed the district’s student data privacy, Internet safety and security initiative. In the two years of heading this initiative, Kevin was able to raise awareness about student data privacy and influence education technology products to improve upon their privacy practices.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry / Biophysics and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He lives in Cohoes, NY and enjoys hiking and biking when the weather is favorable and skiing and snowboarding to pass the time during NY winters.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College and Master of Science in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Prior to joining IMS Josh was a senior business analyst with mdsl, a market leader in the telecom expense management field. In that role, Josh was responsible for integrations between the mdsl platform's procurement tool and various vendor systems as well as end-user experience through the procurement process.
Originally from the Florida panhandle, Josh currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and their dog enjoying the turning of the 4 seasons.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and a Master of Science in Structural Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He lives and works in Portland, Oregon in the great Pacific Northwest.
Previously, Bracken worked at Lumen Learning and Instructure, where he worked on a broad range of products and led efforts in platforms and integration strategies.
Phil graduated with an MSc (with distinction) in Software Systems Technology from the University of Sheffield in 1996. In his spare time he's an avid tabletop gamer.
Prior to joining IMS he worked for EDUCAUSE, Ingram and host of other organizations. He's a software engineer with a penchant for product management. Over his career, he's been certified as both Scrum Product Owner, ScrumMaster, and achieved several Pragmatic Marketing certifications.
Gentry was born and raised in beautiful Colorado and still lives there today. When not writing software, he is spending time with his wife and son or in the gym working out.
Prior to this work with VitalSource, James worked as a Senior Software Engineer for a Department of Education contractor developing extensive software solutions to promote the efficient use of inter-departmental resources and collaboration. These efforts had extensive impacts in many programs promoted by the Department of Education.
James lives and works in Lascassas, Tennessee (outside of Nashville).
Colin has a degree in Applied Physics (1979) and was awarded a PhD for his work on spread spectrum local area networks (1985); both degrees were from the University of Durham, UK. During the past 40 years he has worked in both the academic and the industrial world. He was a lecturer at the Universities of Durham and Surrey, worked for several years at Logica Ltd., was the founder and managing director of the systems consultancy Hyperion Systems Ltd and is currently a Director and Principal Consultant at Dunelm Services Limited. From 1992-1999 he was a member of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, UK where he was Head of Department and Chair of Computer Science. Since October 1999 Colin has been consulting for the IMS Global Learning Consortium Inc. He is currently the IMS Chief Architect and as such he is responsible for the managing the development and maintenance of the full suite of IMS specifications. During the last twenty years he has worked on a number of public and private sector e-learning projects. In 1999 he was made a Fellow of the British Computer Society and became a Chartered Engineer.
His aim in joining the IMS team is straightforward: let's make interoperability simple, secure, and ubiquitous. Engaging SEAs in the work is a critical next step and Bruce is eager to lead that effort. He lives in Mid-Michigan with his wife and two daughters and roots for the Michigan State Spartans. He holds a bachelor degree and MBA from MSU.
Monica lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, with her husband and two children. When not advocating for interoperability in K-12, she is enjoying all the coastal Carolina ethos offers with boating, fishing, and diving.
Prior to joining IMS, Ian worked in a variety of product management and consultancy roles for e-learning companies in both Europe and the US, focusing primarily on content and user data management, vendor integrations, and internationalization.
Ian is originally from Stratford-upon-Avon, in the heart of rural England, and has also lived in Virginia and Germany. He currently resides with his wife and two cats in St. Petersburg, Florida. When not working, he enjoys hiking, theatre, classic cars, and participating in triathlons.