Media Productions Team
Director, Media Productions
Dr. Gleason has spent her career keeping NMSU on the cutting edge of technologies (aka "new-fangled stuff"), whether this meant touch-screen systems on the Navajo nation or, most recently, the Learning Games Lab, creating mobile apps and educational games. Over the years her team has produced media for more than 40 universities and agencies across the nation, and she has been part of more than 200 individual grants and contracts worth over $50 million. Her interactive media products are in use internationally and by numerous federal agencies, universities and school systems.
Jeanne earned her doctorate at Virginia Tech, where she worked on a team developing USDA's first digital collection and Extension's first touch-screen system. She is proud to have been an undergraduate at NMSU, where she paid tuition by selling ads on the campus's one-watt wonder student radio station, KRWG-AM. It only broadcast to the dorms, so no businessperson she sold an ad to could hear the station. This honed her skills in defining scope and building trust, which have proved invaluable in her many academic collaborations over the years.
She enjoys international travel, photographing the faces of hardworking people, scuba diving, and writing the stories of her family tree. Once upon a time she ran marathons, but responsibilities at work and to older family members mean she now mostly runs in place on her treadmill desk while working on the next grant application.
Director, Learning Games Lab
Dr. Barbara Chamberlin has been working in educational game development since 1993, creating over 30 games, and securing more than $45 million in grant funding. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of Virginia but thinks she may have learned the most by being a mom, game player, museum advocate, and school volunteer. Also, she's earned almost every achievement in Plants v. Zombies.
Most recently, she's been working on the NSF-funded Math Snacks series of games, animations and apps (mathsnacks.com), particularly on ways to use them with teachers and in classrooms. Of personal interest to her is game-based learning in math, science and financial literacy, as well as development of life skills through gameplay. Her research also includes refining user testing methodologies for use during formative development of games and learning tools.
Previously a stand-up comic, she speaks frequently at national conferences on the use of technology for learning, and is always looking for a good joke about learning theory. "A behaviorist and a constructivist walk into a bar..." – feel free to send her a good punch line.
Pamela oversees the production of games, websites and digital media for Media Productions. She has been involved with the development of educational media and games since 1997 as a designer, project manager and researcher.
She has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Learning Technologies focused on distance education from New Mexico State University. She is completing a doctorate in Learning Technologies and Organizational Leadership (Pepperdine University, Spring 2015), focusing on social learning, communities of practice and leadership. Her professional interests include educational technology, game-based learning and social learning.
Pamela's daughter is a student at NMSU and a member of ZTA Fraternity, NMSU's Outdoor Leadership Program and LULAC. Pamela says, "She teaches me so much about everything, and learning from an individual who is still experiencing the newness of life is continually fascinating."
CC Chamberlin serves as head of the programming unit at Media Productions, acting as lead programmer for many game, mobile, and web projects, as well as serving as a "fixer" for thorny technical problems. Think of him as Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction, only with code.
With a background in mathematics, education, and English, CC has worked at both small startup companies and large university departments, and specializes in illuminating math concepts with interactive activities.
He lives in Las Cruces with his wife, two kids, and a cat. In his spare time, he designs mobile and tabletop games, and software to support professional and amateur haunt attractions. He is known locally for the "Carnival of Souls" yard haunt that entertains hundreds of people every Halloween.
Director, Video Unit
Tomilee Turner coordinates all video development in the department, overseeing videographers and collaborating with content specialists and curriculum developers.
A videographer/director with twenty-years experience, she's produced everything from broadcast television shows, documentaries, and commercials to short how-to videos such as "How to Install a Septic Tank."
She says it's the clients and coworkers that make this job fun, along with the variety of subject matter and the adventure of traveling to distant and not-so-distant places.
Tomilee and her husband are raising teenaged twins, which means she is a master coordinator and juggler. She's also a reader, a movie watcher, and a runner who hopes to run a marathon one day.
Connie is the Web developer for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. She also manage much of the print work for the department.
Connie says she enjoys supporting the Cooperative Extension Service, the Ag Experiment Station and Academic Departments. Every day is different and she enjoys the side benefit of learning about agriculture, food safety and nutrition. She has a Master's degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from New Mexico State University.
Senior Multimedia Designer
Elizabeth Sohn has an MFA in graphic design from NMSU and is the Senior Multimedia Designer at NMSU Media Productions. She heads the design of web pages, interactive modules, and print materials, and acts as project lead for various projects. She loves being in a creative atmosphere and getting to see creative artwork and ideas come to life.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and is currently occupied in learning the names of the characters of various children shows from her daughter.
David enjoys playing and making video games and gets satisfaction from seeing other people using games and apps he has made. David does work on Math Snacks and is particularly proud of Ratio Rumble and Game Over Gopher.
Colleagues have noted David's childlike infatuation with penguins, and in fact he dreams of one day becoming a penguin himself.
Adrian illustrates, animates and manages projects. Adrian recently returned to Media Productions after having left to complete an MFA at the University of North Texas. In addition to illustration, his background includes mural painting and web development.
Adrian is also a cycling aficionado and can be often seen slowing traffic on his way to work. More than anything, however, he enjoys spending quality goofy time with his kids.
Phillip McVann. A true artiste. Phil wields pencil and paper as an extension of his own body. His skill does not stop at the physical; his imagination is always a few steps ahead anticipating potential pitfalls in the design process.
Like a true sage. Phil is not afraid to jump in blind to a project and spearhead the concept art phase, allowing the rest of the team to follow his torch through the murky waters. Yet this same regal soul will act the follower without hesitation, trusting in the team. Phil's mild temper and great attitude inspire us all to be more like him in and out of the office.
Speaking of Phil's home life, the rigors of breaching the educational gap to reach the youth of today are nothing compared to the all-nighters, food fights and tantrums that he faces as a new father; but he wouldn't trade it for the world.
When he is not at work or taming the dragon-like rage of a tiny human creature, Phil loves his free time. If he were a river, his tributaries would include music (he was a DJ in a past life), cinema, animation both foreign and domestic, comic books, novels, toys, music and many other streamlets that combine to form the incredible creative force that is Phil.
Games Lab Coordinator
Amanda leads Think Tanks and user testing in the lab. She is involved with our Math Snacks Pre-Algebra project and with formative testing of all our products. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the department of Curriculum & Instruction at NMSU with a focus on learning designs and technology and early childhood education.
Her masters is in child development from Erikson Institute, where she worked in afterschool programs and did research with the Early Math Collaborative. After receiving her masters she was a program coordinator at the TEC (Technology in Early Childhood) Center, working with teachers and parents on appropriate use of technology with young kids. She received her B.A. in English from Bradley University.
Amanda loves dancing, reading and writing for pleasure, traveling and learning. She grew up watching the world-class show "Biker Mice from Mars," which inspired her to understand the impact of media and technology on children .
Amy enjoys translating complicated concepts for various audiences and loves what happens when you blend ideas from scientists, game developers and artists. She curates our products on educational portals around the Web.
Amy previously worked as an agricultural editor and an equestrian coach at NMSU and now spends her spare time wrangling kids and playing the fiddle (sometimes at the same time). She is a fan of the treadmill desk.
Patricia handles reimbursements and keeps track of general office functions. She is the face of Media Productions in our main office.
She enjoys interacting with people in the department and the friendly dynamic that we have here.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Stan keeps the place running, making sure everyone has the hardware and software resources they need to do their jobs.
He worked previously as a broadcast engineer, and has worked for many years in the video industry.
Colleagues have called him "the most interesting man at NMSU."
Ratey the Math Cat
Ratey is a 2010 graduate of NMSU with a BS degree in applied mathematics. At the lab, he provides voice talent and continuous rate/ratio calculations. His favorite part of his job is getting to scold people.
Prior to joining the Learning Games Lab, he worked as a water conservation technician, served on the highway patrol, and ran his own lawn care business. His hobbies include showing up where you least expect him.