Meet the Staff of The WiderNet Project


Picture unavailable Cliff  Missen  MA
Director, WiderNet Project
Clinical Associate Professor in School Information & Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
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.

Picture unavailable Kristen  DiVittorio   
Operations Manager
Kristen is a student at NC State University in Communication and International Studies. She has been the Operations Manager of WiderNet since 2015, coordinating staff/field associates, projects, partnerships, and working with organizations around the world to deploy eGranary Digital Libraries.


Picture unavailable Whitney  Clarke   
COEP Coordinator/Systems Tech
Whitney has an AA in computer information systems, a BA in History and Religion and a Juris Doctor degree. She currently works as the systems technician and assists with the Correctional Offline Education Program here at the WiderNet Project. In her spare time she reads and plays with her children.

Digital Librarians and Technical Writers

Picture unavailable Laura  Ashcraft   
Digital Librarian
Laura received her BA in Religious Studies from California State University-Long Beach, and an MSIS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2015. She is currently working as a Digital Librarian for the WiderNet Project.

Programmers, Technicians, and Engineers

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