Who we are
The MDP derives its meaning and identity from its students who represent Learning Communities across the world. Our pilot cohort includes students and instructors from 10 countries – Cambodia, Canada, DR of Congo, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States and Vietnam. These students come from a dozen disciplines, range in age from 21 to 81, are two-thirds women and work for nonprofits, for-profit enterprise and government agencies.
Matjaz Bren (Course Co-Designer, CBE) is Principal of ICARA Limited, LLC, and international business development firm. Matjaz consults with Fortune 500 corporations, the U.S. government, and nonprofits. He has lived in and worked on projects with colleagues in Belarus, Chile, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Slovenia, and Spain.
Karla Esser (Director of Regis College Master of Arts in Education (MAE)) is a graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages- German/ Linguistics. Karla obtained her master’s degree with an emphasis in learning and teaching from the Regis University Master of Arts in Education Program, and she attended the University of Denver for the Principal Licensure Program. Karla later attended the University of Northern Colorado for her Doctorate in Educational Leadership Policy and Studies. After obtaining her bachelor’s, Karla lived in Bavaria, Germany, for many years, teaching elementary and high school English as second language students. She later returned to Colorado, where she worked for three years as a district ESL coach in Aurora Public Schools. After completing her master’s degree and principal licensure, she took a position as the director of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and ELA at Sheridan School District, where she stayed for eight years. Karla has also been a consultant for Amesse Elementary School, advising for literacy and teacher effectiveness, and has consulted for the Colorado Department of Education in initiatives concerning literacy and English Language Development benchmarks.
Juan Gallego-Toledo (Course Co-Designer, CBE) is an Organizational Development Consultant and Owner of El Toro Aburrido, LLC. Prior to El Toro, Juan worked globally for 18 years with Nokia. He continues to work extensively in Latin America, Europe, and East Asia, and is fluent in Spanish, French, and English. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and international business. He has held executive positions in Latin America, Europe, China, and the U.S.
George Fischer (Guest Speaker) is an independent consultant with 25 years of operational and financial management experience in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, and the United States. He focuses on restructuring. His expertise is in asset management, financial controls and reporting, manufacturing operations, and sales/distribution systems. He worked in South Africa with MAN AG for 12 years.
Ed Lindoo (Course Co-Designer, CC&IS) will join us from Florida where he is the Director of Enterprise Networks and Telecommunications for the Journal Media Group. He has 35 years’ experience in the newspaper industry, and has managed technical teams and information technology departments.
Jennifer McCurdy (Regis Affiliate) was a faculty member at Regis University in the Department of Health Care Ethics. She has a master's in humanities with an emphasis in ethics and philosophy and a bachelor's in nursing. Prior to joining Regis University, she established a permanent Clinical Nurse Ethicist position and created an Ethics Nurse Liaison Program at Children's Hospital Colorado. Jennifer also has 17 years of critical care nursing experience in adult and pediatric intensive care and emergency care. Her professional interests include international comparative health care ethics, ethics education, health policy, and ethics in the critical care environment.
Jonathan Moyer (Guest Speaker) is a research assistant professor and acting director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. Prior to his appointment at DU, Jon was an early post-war educator in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and became the most eligible American bachelor in the country. His fluency in Vietnamese certainly helped.
Bill Pratt (Guest Speaker) is the Executive Director of iDE-Canada, a sister organization of iDE located within feet of our IEEE Global Classroom. Bill has 20 years’ experience among local, provincial, national, and international Canadian charities. His best impact is made with organizations and people underperforming against their potential. His passions are fundraising and the eradication of poverty. He joins our class from Manitoba.
Abigail Schneider (Guest Speaker, CBE) is an assistant professor of marketing at Regis University. She joins our class immediately after work in Uganda where she is designing a Regis Study Abroad opportunity among Denver-based nonprofits. She also consults with Unilever and mShopper in Boulder, Colorado.
George Taylor (Case Study Writer, Course Co-Designer) is a forester by training and a recovering USAID administrator and international development consultant by vocation. He is a director of international programs for philanthropy support services/Pax Terra and a Visiting Fellow at CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability. For 22 years George directed USAID agricultural, environmental and rural development projects in the Sahel Region, Nepal, Niger, and Bolivia, and while in Washington, D.C., he backstopped environment, energy and urban programs across Asia and North Africa. Raised on the Indian side of the Himalaya, George is fluent in several languages.
MDP Team also enjoys invaluable support and coordination from Elizabeth Holdeman (ESL), Chris Steele (Dayton Memorial Library), Doug Emmerich and Carl Kinney (Instructional Design Technology), Mia Derti (Admissions) and Mike Wilson (IEEE Smart Village).