Lisa Colton, Founder and President
Lisa Colton holds a B.A. from Stanford University, and studied in Israel for 2 years at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, Livnot U'lehibanot and the Yakar Learning Community, among others. Lisa’s work experience includes teaching and curriculum development, Jewish education and communal development, and extensive experience in design and publication of community directed media. Lisa's interest, involvement and dedication to the Jewish community led her to found Darim Online. She has a deeply held passion for Jewish education and community building, and has personally contributed to many Jewish education efforts in Seattle, San Francisco, Israel, Virginia and Vermont. In addition to her work with Darim, Lisa has served as a board members and president of the board of the University of Vermont Hillel, a board member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), and is a current board member of The Local Food Hub and the co-chair of the Early Childhood Education committee of her synagogue. Lisa is the recipient of the Hillel "Exemplar of Excellence" Award, the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America's "Young Professionals" Award, and the Nonprofit Technology Network's NTEN-y Award.
Twitter: @darimonline (professional: Jewish, social media, nonprofit)
and @lisacolton (personal: kids, chickens, vacations, commentary)
Caren Levine, Director of the Learning Network
Caren Levine holds a B.A. from Barnard College in Ancient Studies and an MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary with a concentration in Jewish Education. In addition, she studied in a number of programs at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Moving from Ancient Studies to new media, Caren has completed work toward her doctorate in educational technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her dissertation work focused on a case study of online learning for professional development. Caren is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship program. She also holds an ASTD E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate. Caren brings with her over 20 years of experience in educational technology and Jewish education. Recent interests include technology stewardship in support of communities of practice, promoting 21st century skills, social media, and other resources for professionals in educational and non-profit organizations. Caren served as CAJE’s Chair of Online Initiatives and as the Lead Docent for ISTE in Second Life. Caren volunteers as a Reading Buddy at a local public elementary school, and enjoys spending time at small airports.
Twitter: @jlearn20 (primarily Jewish and general education, social media, nonprofits) and @etheoreal
Delicious bookmarks: www.delicious.com/jlearn2.0
Miriam Brosseau, Special Projects Coordinator
Miriam Brosseau hails from the burgeoning metropolis of Racine, WI - home of S.C. Johnson Wax, the Racine Belles, and kringle. Growing up she spent most of her time playing guitar and roller skating. She attended UW-Madison (go Badgers), graduating in 2006 with a dual degree in Jewish Studies and Modern Hebrew. Miriam also holds a masters in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus College in Chicago. Miriam is a Jewish professional by day, working on special projects in social media with Darim Online and developing online networks among synagogues and early childhood centers with The Jewish Education Project. By night she is the rock star lead singer of “biblegum pop” duo Stereo Sinai (the other half of the band is her husband, producer Alan Jay Sufrin). Miriam enjoys watching awesome 90’s TV, trolling farmer’s markets, and dangling things in front of her cats. She blogs at miriamjayne.weebly.com.