Mason Campbell

Arkansas Division of Higher Education

Mason Campbell currently serves as Assistant Commissioner of Academic Affairs at the Arkansas Division of Higher Education (ADHE), a position he has held since March 2023. Campbell previously served as the Assistant Director of Policy and Student Success. In his current role, Campbell serves as primary liaison between the division and chief academic officers of state, regional, and national groups influencing higher education. The Academic Affairs Office is responsible for policy development and implementation, coordinating state-wide academic initiatives, transfer articulation, assessment of academic programs, and institutional and program certification.

Prior to his appointment at ADHE, he served as Dean of Student Affairs at Pulaski Technical College and as Director of Student Services at Arkansas State University – Mountain Home. In these roles Campbell provided leadership in financial aid, student conduct, public safety, adult education, counseling, disability services, academic advising, campus life, testing services, and career services.

Associate: Associate of Arts degree, Arkansas State University

Bachelor’s: B.S. in Business Management, Arkansas State University

Master’s: M.S. in Education and Business Technology, Arkansas State University, and a Master of Arts in Higher Education, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

What do you hope to learn from the CCGE Fellows program? How to apply successful program creation models specifically, how has each unique state structure influenced this process, how have these pathways been developed in collaboration with regional emerging industries and occupations, and who truly needs to be at the table to accomplish the goals.

Robb Lowe, EdS

Minnesota State

Robb Lowe is the Director of Career and Technical Education Pathways at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. He has over 40 years of experience working in career and technical education, 18 years in postsecondary education and secondary education, and over four years with community-based organizations.

Robb has also worked in a variety of capacities which include being a faculty member in career development, performing research on performance and enrollment, being an advising and guidance counselor, and a director at Perkins of dual-enrollment, credit for prior learning, youth services, and jobs.

Master’s: M.S. Clinical Psychology

Doctorate: EdS Career Development

What do you hope to learn from the CCGE Fellows program? How credentials and micro-credentials can be viewed as credit for prior learning and be converted to institutional credit.

Michael Brown, PhD

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Based in Portland, Ore., and working for the state of Washington, Michael is the Director for Educational Resources and Innovation at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. He leads efforts to enhance educational technologies and learning resources across the state’s community and technical colleges.

Holding a master’s degree in Educational Psychology and a doctorate in Curriculum Instruction and Design from Texas Tech University, Michael’s expertise extends to incorporating social and racial equity in educational practices. This commitment is central to his approach, ensuring that technology is used in an innovative way to improve the educational experiences of students often marginalized in critical conversations.

Michael is dedicated to creating an educational environment where accessibility, innovation, and equity are interwoven, supporting the success and academic excellence of every student.

What do you hope to learn from the CCGE Fellows program? How to establish substantial pathways that will reinvigorate working adults, providing opportunities for upward mobility for both them and their families.

Mary Beth Lakin

Minnesota State

Mary Beth Lakin is the Executive Director for the Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network (C-PLAN) at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, a collaborative that supports credit for prior learning (CPL) policy and practice implementation at Minnesota State’s seven universities and 26 colleges. With more than three decades of experience in higher education, Mary Beth has extensive knowledge and skills in building policies, programs, and collaborations.

Previously for 15 years at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., Mary Beth developed training and technical assistance in assessing workplace and military training for academic credit. This work involved leading workshops for faculty and cross-functional teams at individual institutions and state systems, and facilitating pathways, articulations and memorandums of understanding across sectors.

Before serving in her position at ACE, Mary Beth directed the Weekend College and experiential learning programs at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., and served as an advisor and program coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Degree Studies Program. She also worked as a faculty member in Human Development at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, Calif., and taught Early Childhood Education at Pasadena City College. She earned a Master of Arts in Human Development with a specialization in College Teaching/Teaching Adults at Pacific Oaks College.

What do you hope to learn from the CCGE Fellows program? How to design factors for micro-pathways from certificate to graduate program, with variations including noncredit to credit, CPL, and 21st century skills.

Alissa Sells

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

Alissa Sells is a Policy Associate in the Office of Educational Resources and Innovation at the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges (SBCTC). She is an experienced online educator, instructional designer, and instructional technologist.

Alissa’s current role includes faculty professional development for instructional technology and teaching online, development of the WA Course Design Checklist, badging, micro-credentials, and providing instructional design support for large system-wide projects.

What do you hope to learn from the CCGE Fellows program? How to acquire both practical knowledge and a strategic vision for developing and implementing micro-credentials and micro-pathways across our 34 community and technical colleges.

Gaby Martinez Chio

Associate Education Designer

Gaby brings project coordination and designing community aspects to the Education Design Lab as an Associate Education Designer working on the rural practice area projects. She is excited to join the Lab because of its human-centered design focus.

Prior to joining the Lab, Gaby was a project and team coordinator with the Opportunity@Work STARs Innovation Team. She was also the DC Opioid Response Community Mobilizer, working with a variety of stakeholders to prevent drug use in Washington, D.C.’s, Ward 1 and 2 communities. 

HOMETOWN: Mexico City

SKILLS: Project Management and Critical Thinking 

WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M… doing nail art or spending time with my dog and family. 

Thaddeus Gros, Jr.

Assistant Education Designer

Thaddeus brings a different perspective along with a background in the arts and information technology to  Education Design Lab as an Assistant Education Designer. Currently, he is supporting the Unlock Potential project.

Before joining the Lab, Thaddeus supported his cohort members as a leader in the Presidential Scholars Program at Montgomery College while he obtained his associate degree in fine arts. He is thrilled to be with the Lab team to drive forward new ways of accessible upward mobility for underserved communities.

HOMETOWN: Vacherie, Louisiana

EDUCATION: Montgomery College

ASSOCIATE: Fine Arts

FAVORITE QUOTE: “I am the me I choose to be”. ― Sidney Poitier

WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M… looking for inspiration wherever I can find it.

Elizabeth Ham

Associate Education Designer, Community College Growth Engine

Elizabeth brings her experience in K-12 education, community college instruction, curriculum design and design thinking  to the Education Design Lab as an Associate Education Designer working with the Community College Growth Engine. Through this project, she will play a critical support role in the development of micro-pathways to drive sustainable transformation to facilitate learner success & create talent pipelines to address labor shortages through the development of strong employer relationships.

Prior to joining the Lab, she had the privilege of serving the rural K-12 learning community through the North Carolina Public Education System and the North Carolina Community College System through employment at Johnston Community College. In addition, she has had the privilege to serve as a curriculum designer, through Design for Change, USA, a non-profit organization centered on empowering students to create change in their communities using the design thinking process. Throughout her career she has engaged in data-driven research and active exploration within her classroom to provide authentic instruction, support and connection for students and colleagues at varying levels. Her experiences have led her to understand that she wants to serve as a creator and collaborator of various professional networks to share common goals and values as we work together to co-create a better future for learners across our nation. She is excited to join the Lab because she is eager to engage with the work of learning, leadership, equity and innovation as she focuses on the interconnection between research, practice and application within the field of education.

HOMETOWN: Mooresville, North Carolina 

BACHELOR’S: History, University of Mount Olive 

MASTER’S: History, University of North Carolina at Wilmington 

DOCTORATE: EdD in Community College Leadership, North Carolina State University – Graduation Pending: 2026 

FAVORITE QUOTE: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. – Eleanor Roosevelt

WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M… enjoying making memories with my family!

Halle Hall

Senior Associate, Philanthropic Partnerships

Halle Hall is thrilled to be joining the Education Design Lab as Senior Associate, Philanthropic Partnerships. Halle will work to provide key administrative, logistics, and proposal development support to the Partnership Development team. Halle will also contribute to a range of operational and partnership development activities for the team, including leading the Lab’s grant reporting process, performing funder research, pipeline management, and supporting proposal development.

Halle has spent the past five years working in philanthropy and fundraising in Cleveland, Ohio. Most recently, as the Philanthropy and Outreach Manager for the ASM Materials Education Foundation. Previously, Halle worked as the Gift Planning Coordinator for the world’s first and largest community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation. Halle is passionate about giving back to the community and working to support equitable access to higher education success.

HOMETOWN: Cleveland, Ohio

BACHELOR’S: B.A. in Political Science, John Carroll University

MASTER’S: M.A. in Nonprofit Administration, John Carroll University 

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. — Nelson Mandela

WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M… exploring new foodie spots in Cleveland, getting outside, and loving life with my husband, son and doodle mix.

Meghan Raftery

Instructional Designer

Meghan brings expertise in project management, stakeholder engagement, 21st century skills, and performance assessment to Education Design Lab as an Instructional Designer working on the XCredit team. She’s responsible for leading the improvement and expansion of our skills validation tools, establishing a new suite of skills validation services, and supporting the work of the Skills Validation Network.

Prior to joining the Lab, Meghan served as a freelance educator, specializing in authentic learning and assessment, innovation, community engagement and adult development. She has led professional development for educators in more than 38 states! She is excited to join the Lab because she is passionate about human-centered design and thrives in work environments where there is a balance of big ideas and practical solutions.

HOMETOWN: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

BACHELOR’S: B.S. Ed, Shippensburg University

MASTER’S: M.Ed, Penn State

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Decide what to be and go be it”. – The Avett Brothers

WHEN I’M NOT AT WORK I’M… at the beach with my family and dogs, reading!