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.

Kathryn Kennedy

Kathryn Kennedy

Director of MVLRI

Dr. Kennedy received a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in Educational Technology from the University of Florida. She formerly served as the Director of Research for the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL). Dr. Kennedy’s practical experiences include preservice and in-service teacher, technology specialist and school librarian professional development for technology integration and instructional design in traditional, blended, and online learning environments. Her research interests deal directly with her practical experience and concentrate mostly on education professionals and their preparation for next generation learning models, including but not limited to online and blended learning environments. Dr. Kennedy joined Michigan Virtual in 2014.

Kristen DeBruler

Kristen DeBruler

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.

Jemma Jungah

Jemma Bae Kwon

Researcher

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.

Justin Bruno

Senior Research & Policy Associate

Justin Bruno began working with the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute in 2013. He earned an M.A. in Education at Louisiana State University, holds secondary social studies teaching certificates in the states of Louisiana and Michigan, and has worked as a teacher in both states. His areas of focus include state and federal online learning policy analysis and developing practical resources and training for online learning practitioners. Bruno is currently pursuing an Ed.D in Educational Technology from Boise State University.

Rebecca Stimson

Rebecca Stimson

Senior Writer & Publications Manager

Rebecca Stimson joined Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute in 2012. Stimson has English Education credentials and a B.A. in Urban Development-Urban Education from Michigan State University. In addition, she earned an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught personalized developmental reading and writing at Lansing Community College for six years and has over 25 years of experience writing and editing for a variety of audiences.

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