Our Staff

MVLRI’s staff consists of industry leading educators and researchers with a passion for expanding the learning potential of youth in the pursuit of the next generation of leaders.

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Joe Freidhoff

Joe Freidhoff

Vice President

Joe Freidhoff, Ph.D., has been with Michigan Virtual since 2009. Dr. Freidhoff earned his Ph.D. in Educational Technologies from Michigan State University and specializes in data-driven decision making, analysis of student and teacher performance, course evaluation and data optimization. He also has experience teaching in face-to-face and online settings, having taught undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in both face-to-face and online formats. Before returning to school for his Ph.D., Dr. Freidhoff taught high school English in Michigan. Curriculum Vitae »

Kristen DeBruler

Kristen DeBruler

Senior Researcher

Dr. DeBruler received her doctorate in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology from Michigan State University. She taught in the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program at Michigan State University for three years. Her research focuses on preparing K–12 online teachers and supporting K–12 online students. Dr. DeBruler joined Michigan Virtual in 2012. Curriculum Vitae »

Jemma Jungah

Jemma Bae Kwon


Dr. Bae received a Ph.D. in special education with a minor in Research and Evaluation Methodology-Quantitative from the University of Florida. Dr. Bae specializes in mathematics learning and educational data mining/analysis. She is particularly interested in the research question on how and why a program worked or did not work by systematically integrating various contextual factors and research methods. Her primary research methods include structural equation modeling, hierarchical linear modeling, quasi-experimental design and social network analysis. Dr. Bae joined Michigan Virtual in 2015. Curriculum Vitae »

Tracy Gieseking

Tracy Gieseking

Senior Research Specialist

Tracy Gieseking joined MVLRI in 2018 as a Senior Research Specialist. As online and blended learning reach an increasing number of K-12 students in Michigan, there is greater opportunity to learn from practitioners, research what’s fueling success and share best practices. Tracy holds a bachelor’s in business leadership and much of her professional life has been with education-focused organizations.

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