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Media Productions Team

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Jeanne Gleason, Ed.D.
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.


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Barbara Chamberlin, Ph.D.
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 Martinez
Director, Multimedia

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."


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CC Chamberlin
Head Programmer

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.


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Tomilee Turner
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.


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Connie Padilla
Web Developer

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.


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Elizabeth Sohn
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.


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Seth Powers
Animator/Artist

Seth sails the open seas of life on the mighty vessel that is Media Productions. This seasoned buccaneer earns his keep as an illustrator and animator but isn't afraid to get his hands dirty when the battle cry goes out to do scriptwriting, storyboarding, concept art or to engage the mighty Leviathan in maritime combat. His keen eye and penchant for quality see him and his fellow mates through the toughest of battles while keeping the ship afloat to see another day.

On the open seas you learn quick that a team player survives while others get thrown overboard! Seth loves the challenge and collaborative aspect of working in such a diversely populated outfit. Sailing with other talented artists, he can bounce ideas, positive criticism and explore unique solutions to problems.

On shore leave, like any sailor, he enjoys the finer things in life, whether it's playing drums, attending concerts, taking in a movie, Legos, finding adventure in mundane situations or taking photographs. Though he enjoys his shore leave as much as any sailor he will often say, "All I need is a tall ship and a star to sail her by."


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David Abraham
Software Developer

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.


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Philip McVann


Artist/Animator

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.


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Hector Saenz
Programmer

Hector Saenz is a fierce warrior of code and programming. He approaches every change and challenge on a project with a humble "It can be done," before effortless defeating each issue. Hector also is seasoned in web development, and helps manage and build project websites.

Though it is deviant from the programmer's code, Hector is quite the people person, and is a delight to his fellow workers, keeping morale high and offering attainable constructive solutions to every challenge. Although for many years Hector battled the perils of the web alone, he prefers vanquishing challenges alongside his fellow programmer and artist brethren as part of a collaborative and diverse unit.

Hector enjoys a vast continent of musical genres, and samples all gaming gems the indie market has to offer, uncovering hidden treasures as if they were empty seats in a Van Damme movie.


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Michelle Garza
Game Lab Coordinator/Research Specialist

Michelle conducts research on game-based learning. She explores the game experience of youth and works to understand their preferences and perspectives.

She directs the work with youth consultants in the Learning Games Lab, coordinating curriculums and documenting user-testing for products in development. She also provides grant-writing support and presents findings and Learning Games Lab products at conferences.

Outside of work, Michelle spends time with her two teenage sons and her 110-lb. lapdog. She is outdoor enthusiast who runs and hikes regularly.

Michelle has both a bachelors and masters degree in agricultural economics and agricultural business from NMSU and is currently a PhD student in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in educational learning technologies.


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Rachel Gallagher
Research/Grant-writing Coordinator

Rachel Gallagher coordinates grant writing, research and reporting for the group. She comes from a journalism and marketing background, with an emphasis in public relations. She is currently completing her doctorate in Rhetoric and Professional communication.

She enjoys being as active as possible and even teaches small group fitness classes. She is most proud of her family life, and tries to spend as much time as possible with her husband, their four children and her seven siblings and extended family members.


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Amy Smith Muise
Editor

Amy Smith Muise does writing, editing, and project management. She likes translating technical and scientific talk for different audiences and is happy she gets to interact with the creative minds of game developers and animators. She also 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.


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Mike A. Ferrales
Senior Media Specialist

A seasoned videographer and editor with 37 years experience, Mike A. Ferrales spent over 21 years in broadcast television including on-air operations, directing newscasts and sports events and commercial production.

Over his long career he has worked at five television stations and three radio stations before coming to Media Productions.

While at Media Productions, Mike has produced many videos in a wide variety of topics and has won numerous awards, most notably for the "Southwest Yard & Garden" series and "Tasty Solutions For Diabetes."

Mike is a 1979 graduate of New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with emphasis on radio and television production and engineering.

Mike and his wife of 35 years have four living children and three grandchildren. In his spare time Mike enjoys collecting music and old science fiction movies and television shows. He also enjoys restoring old media.


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Melissa Chavira, PhD
Director of Web Communications

Melissa works with the entire NMSU community. She handles Web branding and templates for the university and supports the university community in implementing these. She has been the main support person for implementing WordPress themes.

She has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Educational Learning Technologies focusing on distance education. She is a graphic designer and photographer by trade, and says she "is obsessed with design."

Outside of work, she enjoys reading fiction, listening music, and spending time with her son, who teaches her the difference between the two kinds of black Spidermen, Venom and Carnage. In return, she teaches him how to draw characters from his books. They also enjoy building giant Lego scenes together.


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Frank Torres
Web Developer

Frank works with the entire university community. He mentors folks in developing website and social media strategies for effective communication to build and expand awareness of NMSU.

Because social media and communication technologies are ever-changing, Frank enjoys the excitement of discovering new ways to expand communication and marketing possibilities.

Outside of work, he likes spending time with his wife and three sons and he enjoys playing guitar, swimming and running.


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Peter Jamieson
Audio Video Support Tech

Peter takes care of audio-visual equipment and video duplication services and takes pride in maintaining high quality in our media materials. He enjoys being able to assist university faculty, staff, students and visitors with technical support issues and is particularly good as calming nervous presenters.

Peter has been a professional musician since the age of 15 and continues to teach music theory and guitar to private students. He started his musical career in New York City and performed with many highly regarded artists. He moved west with his wife and three exceedingly demanding canine masters 12 years ago and says now you couldn't blast him out of New Mexico with a cannon.


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Patricia Clark
Administrative Assistant

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.


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Mari Noopila
Audit & Budget Tech.

Mari handles departmental funds, internally and externally, including basic accounting and financial transactions. We work with many constituents nationwide and worldwide, and Mari handles these complex grant budgets.

Mari is a detail-oriented person who enjoys making sure that we're doing things the right way and following university and government guidelines. She is our link between the creative minds of media productions and the business resource and planning office and other administrative offices.

She enjoys spending time with her family and loves traveling, especially to Europe. Her favorite hobby is tennis.


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Laynee Kuenstler
Student Worker

Laynee is a student in the public health program and has worked with us for four years. She works on websites, social media, and helps train people to work with content management systems.

She likes our friendly environment and her co-workers, and she enjoys learning new software and systems, such as Photoshop, InDesign, and website work. She is happy to have learned so much at her job.

Outside of school and work, she loves spending time with her family when she gets the chance to go home. She has two dachshunds Tripp and Gypc.


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Angelina Monique Malone

Graphic Design Artist

Angelina graduated from NMSU with a BFA in Photography and Graphic Design. Working for Media Productions she enjoys editing, creating and designing projects for MP and the ACES departments.

Outside the work realm, Angelina is a passionate artistic photographer and tech junkie. In her spare time she usually wanders into abandoned buildings taking photos or is glued to her computer editing those photos. On a daily basis she will update her webpages of social media, photography portfolios and blog. Angelina often chillaxes with her awesome friends while they all watch TV shows or Movies on Hulu/Netflix while smoking hookah and drinking wine. In her active life she enjoys yoga, hiking and Parkour and is attempting to be a healthier person overall.


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Stan Carbine

System Analyst

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."


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Ratey the Math Cat
Sock Puppet

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.