Meet the board
Danielle Leith
MA

Danielle has been with KeelWorks since 2012, where she supported learning design and development for KeelWorks core competencies. Since then she has been a valuable member of the foundation's advisory committee. She brought leadership to foundation intern recruitment as our Intern Recruitment Coordinator. In this capacity she has developed recruitment strategy as well as recruitment marking and presentation. Her reliable and energetic participation means a great deal to the foundation. She is a model for the kind of support that makes a foundation effective.
In her "day" job, Danielle is a training and education associate providing instructional design for a Pittsburgh non-profit. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Pittsburgh's Point Park University.

Dana E Smalley
Instructional Designer

She is an Instructional Designer in the Chicago area with a passion for learning, researching new things, and delivering information to learners. Dana believes learners learn through application and collaboration. She favors learning communities. Dana loves to create content that learners can easily absorb and quickly put into practice. Her interest in computer based online learning began with a godmother who was a software engineer and mathematician. Dana helped her godmother develop lessons for math software teaching learners math. This content served learners as young as three years old, beginning with basic math and progressed as far as Calculus. This taught her the power of online learning.

Working in the curriculum department for her local school district provides a wealth of knowledge about K-8 curriculum. For the past three years, she has worked with the KeelWorks foundation to expand and apply her master’s level instructional design learning. There, she has performed needs analysis, perfected her grasp on learning objectives, the chunking of learning, the crafting of learning strategies to match need, and content development both in written form, and in media. She loves that Instructional Design is both broad and diverse. It exposes her to diverse audiences, technologies, and business challenges; it continually broadens her knowledge. The diversity of skills required to meet needs is especially gratifying, from project management to writing copy and audio, to developing rollovers, simulations, video, audio, and scenarios with a wide array of development tools. She especially loves that creating learning continues to challenge her own comfort level, forcing her to explore new ground with every new project.

Janet Grier
Instructional Designer

Janet Grier is an instructional designer and content developer with over ten years' experience. Her journey to instructional design began with her passion for writing and helping people. Her career started in sales and marketing, where her analytical and creative skills engaged to sell and promote products, help customers find solutions, and write marketing copy. She enjoyed writing the marketing copy more than selling products, so she began writing scripts for commercials and videos and provided the voice overs.
To refine her writing, she completed the University of Chicago's rigorous editing program, which stems from their prestigious University of Chicago Press, and learned the Chicago style of editing. She worked with a faith-based organization, creating educational content for customer-facing learners as young as age two through adult; and training content for employees and corporate stakeholders. Her Master's degree in Human Performance and Training has opened a path for her into creating eLearning content for higher education clients, and currently for a healthcare insurance organization.

"I believe it is important to provide content that causes a learner to act and apply what they've learned. Using storytelling and other eLearning practices, I enjoy creating content that motivates learners to carry their knowledge forward in applying what they've learned to everyday situations."
When she's not writing or thinking about clever ways to solve learning challenges (not problems), she enjoys time with family, gym workouts and fitness classes, comedy, music and exploring.

Thomas Garrod
MEd

Thomas brings 15 years organizational learning consulting and six years leading the KeelWorks foundation. With help and encouragement from Robert Buchinski, Thomas founded KeelWorks in 2008 applying his dream to enable upward mobility - especially for the economically disadvantaged
Once a high-school dropout with six small children, Thomas established the foundation to change outcomes for underachievers like himself. His passion has been overseeing development of foundation learning programs and especially instructional design. To this end, he as developed a comprehensive instructional design training program and mentored over 300 graduate instructional designers. He is fond of saying, "There are no stupid learners, there is only stupid learning expression." The foundation ISD program is a laboratory for process improvement and team development. Most board members came to KeelWorks for this program.
In his day job, Thomas is an organizational development consultant supporting learning program enhancement and employee engagement.

Sheat Isufi
Web Developer

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Alan M Harris
MSIT

I am an instructional designer from Philadelphia with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Communication, a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology, and a certification in Computer Forensics.
I believe that learning is a nutrient towards satisfaction. I help seniors develop computer skills and I have supported the foundation for the past three years. I believe in the KeelWorks mission to implement change for economic parity.