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Board of Directors

Susan L. Perry  MSLS
sperry@widernet.org

Susan L. Perry is retired as a senior adviser to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, working to help Mellon-supported liberal arts colleges with issues regarding teaching and learning with technology. 

Previously she was director of Library, Information, and Technology Services at Mount Holyoke College. She also held leadership positions in libraries and computing at Stanford University and The Evergreen State College. Her information management experience covers libraries, academic computing, administrative computing and media services.  Perry was one of the Deans of the Frye Leadership Institute.

Perry served as Interim President of CLIR in 2006.  She served on the Board of EDUCAUSE, the Steering Committee for the Coalition for Networked Information, and the Board of the Seminars in Academic Computing and the Board of New Media Consortium. 

She has a BA from Wake Forest University and a MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

 

  Naznin Mahmuda
 

Mahmuda Naznin is a software engineering manager at a telehealth company leveraging her passion in technology through implementing the e-platform that connects remote physicians and patients. Prior to that, she has worked as a consultant helping clients formulating electronic health systems implementation strategy and integration support to leading EHR software development companies.

She also serves as the Chief Talent Officer at Carry the future, an organization to unite a global community with refugee children and families to bring dignity, care, and awareness to the refugee journey. Her other pro-bono works includes HELP (Health and Education for Less Privileged) for children struggling with homelessness, Jaago foundation, Food Bank, Y2Y, amongst others.

 

 

Martha Speirs MSLS
 

Martha A. Speirs is currently a library and information sciences consultant and the Co-founder of Karatu Library Foundation in Yola, Nigeria. She was previously the Dean of Library and Information Services at ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan and the Director of University libraries at AUN in Yola, Nigeria, ECSSR in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates and Director of Library Technology Services at AUC in Cairo, Egypt.  She is originally from Massachusetts where she worked with the development of the CLAMS library consortium and was also the Manager of African and Caribbean Library Services.  

Martha has a BS in Social Services from UNH, an MEd from the University of Massachusetts, an MLS in Library and Information Sciences from Simmons College in Boston, and an MA in English and Comparative Literature from the American University in Cairo.

She has a strong background and interest in technology and in the development of international educational projects which support the ultimate goal of increasing equitable access to education and information for those in all populations.

 

  Helen Krauss, MBA
 

Helen Krauss is a former industry executive recognized for her ability to leverage technology to create significant business improvement.  Helen’s expertise stems from over 25 years of experience in the global pharmaceutical and clinical research industry.  In recent years, she held the position of VP of Data Warehouse Technologies, in which she introduced a state of the art technology platform resulting in new analytical capabilities and reduced cost.  Since retiring, Helen has consulted on strategy development, business analysis, and solution design and delivery primarily in the small business and non-profit sectors.  Recent clients have included Syneos Health (formerly INC Research), Take Stock in Children, a Florida non-profit providing scholarships to disadvantaged youth, and Do2Learn, a non-profit serving autistic children and their families.

Helen earned her MBA from East Carolina University and her BS in Biomedical Engineering and Economics from Duke University.  She received additional business education at London School of Business, Duke University, and University of North Carolina.  She served as President of the Board of The Friends of the Guardian Ad Litem program, and is a member of the Board of Do2Learn.  Additionally, she serves as a guardian ad litem, representing the needs and interests of abused and neglected children in foster care.  She is active in the community and a supporter of various non-profit and fine arts organizations.

 


Picture unavailable Cliff Missen  MA
Director, WiderNet and WiderNet@UNC
Clinical Associate Professor in School Information & Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
missenc@widernet.org

Cliff Missen is a clinical associate professor at the UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS). He founded the WiderNet@UNC research lab and the non-profit WiderNet.

Missen oversees the WiderNet’s efforts to improve digital communication in developing countries through enhanced human capacity and research into low cost applications of information technology.  He also leads development of the eGranary Digital Library and the Corrections Offline Education Platform, information stores that aim to deliver the world’s knowledge to people and institutions lacking Internet access.

Missen was a TED fellow in 2007 and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria in 1999.  He has made presentations at Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Google, World Bank, MIT, USAID, and dozens of professional conferences. Missen has provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of State, the Carnegie Corporation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, amongst others.