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Kevin Mahoney, Executive Committee

Kevin Mahoney, Executive Committee

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 Kevin Mahoney is a seasoned senior executive manager who has spent the past 35 years in the hospitality business focusing on investment, development, operations and overseeing the many facets of running a 3,000 employee-based company. Most recently he was the Chief Operating Office for Stonebridge Companies with prior experience as the Executive Director of Hotel Investments for Amstar Group; both based in Denver. Although not having served in the armed forces he comes from an extended family who has served and strongly believes in the unconditional support of our Veterans. Kevin lives in Boulder, CO with his wife Ellen, and have two grown children.

 

 

 

Ronald A. Cole, PhD

 Ronald A. Cole, PhD
Executive Committee

Ronald Cole, PhD, Executive Committee

 

 

Ronald Cole has written grant proposals for R2W since 2007 and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2011.  He currently leads R2W’s Grants Committee and is helping R2W team with lead educational and government institutions for client services and key research.

Ronald Cole received his undergraduate degree in experimental psychology from the University of Rochester in 1967 and his PhD in psychology in 1971 from the University of California Riverside.  He worked first at the University of Waterloo between 1970 and 1975 and in the psychology department at Carnegie Mellon University between 1975 and-1980.  In 1980, Ron moved to the computer science department at CMU to work with Raj Reddy and the CMU speech group developing speech recognition systems.  In 1988, he moved to the Oregon Graduate Institute where he established the Center for Spoken Language Understanding . While at CSLU, he obtained funding for and managed development of the CSLU Toolkit and over 20 different speech corpora ; these resources have been distributed worldwide to support research and development of human language technologies.  In 1998, Ron moved to the University of Colorado Boulder where he established the Center for Spoken Language Research with Dr. Wayne Ward.  Research at CSLR led to state of the art spoken dialog systems, the SONIC speech recognizer, the CU Animate character animation system, and over a dozen projects that produced virtual tutors and therapist that incorporate these technologies. Summaries of these systems can be found here .
Ron has published approximately 60 articles in peer-review journals and 150 papers in archived conference proceedings. He is the recipient of over $40 million in individual investigator awards from the NSF, NIH and IES. For the past 15 years he has led research projects that aim to create a new generation of learning tools that feature conversational interaction with virtual teachers and therapists. His work using a virtual tutor to facilitate vocabulary learning by children with profound hearing loss at an oral deaf school was featured on ABC TV’s Prime Time and the U.S. National Science Foundation’s home page.  In 2007, after 37 years as an academic, Ron left the University of Colorado to work at Boulder Language Technologies and Mentor Interactive Inc., two companies founded by Ron and Wayne Ward, with the goal of developing accessible and affordable tutoring and therapy programs for use by the general public.  Ron is currently chief scientist at Mentor Interactive and President of Boulder Language Technologies.

 

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John Miller, MD, Secretary

John Miller, MD, Secretary

 

 

Professor Ruth Higgins Dameron, Secretary

Professor Ruth Higgins Dameron
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Professor Ruth Dameron, Executive Committee

 

Ruth Dameron graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, with a B.S. in mathematics and from Syracuse University with an M.S. in Computer Science.  She worked in software development and project management in industry for 15 years and was on the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder, for 25+ years in the Electrical, Computer, & Energy Engineering Department (ECEE).  Prior to her retirement, she co-supervised the senior-level team projects in ECEE and taught a senior-level course and a three-semester graduate-level series in software engineering as well as a freshman course, Introduction to Programming for Engineers.   She consulted in industry in areas of software development methodology and project management.  Ruth lives in Denver with her husband, Kirk.  She has successfully raised to adulthood her daughter, Joy, who has Bardet-Biedl Syndrome and lives independently in Denver.  Ruth plays a variety of folk instruments and is currently enjoying learning to play old-time banjo.

Andy Sesser, Treasurer

Andy Sesser, Treasurer
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Paige O’Connor, STEM Intern

Paige O’Connor, STEM Intern

Paige O’Connor, STEM Intern, Social Media & Website Content

Paige is a high school junior who attends the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is participating in the Social Media STEM Internship for Return2Work.  At school she is taking AP Computer Science, and is a member of the symphonic band, as well as the varsity cross country and track teams.

 

Edward Fenwick, STEM Intern

Edward Fenwick, STEM Intern

Ed Fenwick, STEM Intern

Ed Fenwick, STEM Intern

Ed Fenwick is a Senior at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center, he moved from the United Kingdom in 2009 and has lived in Kalamazoo since then. Ed is participating in the Assistant Job Development Internship as well as the Assistant Technical Support Internship. He is a member of the Gull Lake Area Robotics team and does research at Western Michigan University.

Montek Thind, STEM Intern

Montek Thind, STEM Intern

Montek ThindMontek is a Junior at The University of Colorado – Boulder and has volunteered in multiple positions including Office Assistant, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, and Assistant Technical Support Specialist.  Montek is training to become an Assistant Job Developer now to support James Spencer and Jason Scholte.

Carly Repaci, STEM Intern

Carly Repaci, STEM Intern


Carly Repaci is a college-bound high school senior who has worked in many volunteer and internship programs, including NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), STEM summer camps, and library reading programs. This gives her a diverse background spanning from customer service to computer science.

Justice Keller, Employment Specialist

Justice Keller, Employment Specialist

 

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