About Us

About Us

Wiki Education serves as the bridge between academia and Wikipedia. A small 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we run programs that seek to build connections between universities and Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects in the United States and Canada.

In our most established program, Wiki Education supports the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada. Since 2010, university instructors participating in the program have assigned their students to add content to course-related articles on Wikipedia. Students gain key 21st century skills like media literacy, writing and research development, and critical thinking, while content gaps on Wikipedia get filled thanks to students’ efforts.

Formed in 2013, Wiki Education is a spin-off of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that runs Wikipedia.

Our Staff

    Frank Schulenburg

    Executive Director

    Frank is leading the development of Wiki Education into a mature organization capable of delivering on its long term vision. He is responsible for the overall performance of Wiki Education and acts as the interface between the board and staff of the organization.

    In his free time, Frank enjoys writing Wikipedia articles, photographing wildlife, and cycling.


        LiAnna Davis

        Chief Programs Officer; Deputy Director

        LiAnna oversees all of Wiki Education’s programmatic activities, including development, implementation, and evaluation. She has been on our team since 2010, joining for the pilot of our program to support faculty who want to teach with Wikipedia. She has a master’s degree in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University, and a bachelor’s in Communication Studies from the University of Puget Sound.

        When she’s not working, LiAnna can usually be found caring for her infant twins, walking her dog, and pretending that she and her husband still have the time to engage in her other favorite hobbies, which include watching baseball, hiking, drinking craft beers, and traveling the world.


            TJ Bliss

            Chief Advancement Officer

            As Chief Advancement Officer, TJ is responsible for overseeing our development strategy, developing relationships with key decision makers in the philanthropy community, and working with Wiki Education’s board on organizational strategy. Prior to joining Wiki Education, TJ has been a leader in the open educational resources and open educational practice movement, most recently as a program officer for the Hewlett Foundation. TJ has a Ph.D. in Education, a Master’s Degree in Biology, and Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Microbiology.

            Outside of work, TJ enjoys spending time with his five little kids, playing tennis, jamming on the cello and piano, and riding his bike up mountain grades. TJ also enjoys cooking, watching BBC dramas, and researching his family history (sometimes simultaneously).


                Sage Ross

                Chief Technology Officer

                Sage is responsible for developing technology that makes it easier to do Wikipedia classroom assignments and do them well.

                As User:Ragesoss, Sage has been contributing to Wikimedia projects since 2005. He’s written featured articles, served as editor of The Wikipedia Signpost, and joined the Wikimedia Foundation in 2010 for the pilot of the education program. Most recently, he’s been developing our Dashboards technology and developing the training modules for students and educators. He has a passion for photography — and especially, making photos of Wikimedians. Sage, his wife Faith, and their children Brighton and Everly, live in Seattle.

                 


                    Helaine Blumenthal

                    Wikipedia Student Program Manager

                    As Wikipedia Student Program Manager, Helaine develops relationships with instructors to deepen our support for program activities. Helaine is responsible for mentoring the instructors who teach Wikipedia classroom assignments. She ensures that instructors are well-supported throughout their Wikipedia assignment and helps them navigate Wiki Education’s robust set of resources. Helaine brings extensive experience in higher education and academia to Wiki Education.

                    She has a passion for languages and is an avid (and experimental) chef, with “strong” feelings about food — though her daughters, Nina and Maxine, don’t give her much time for either.


                        Özge Gündoğdu

                        HR Associate and Executive Assistant

                        As HR Associate and Executive Assistant, Özge provides general administrative support to staff, as well as to the board.

                        Before joining Wiki Education, Özge worked for Kimpton Hotels in San Francisco for 9 years where she worked as conference services manager. She organized conferences and events. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey. She moved to the United States in 2005 and received a Certificate in Business Administration from UC Berkeley in 2007.

                        Outside of work, Özge enjoys spending time with her husband and young son – she calls him a little fire ball. She also enjoys outdoors, cooking, traveling, and all the beauty that San Francisco and Northern California offers.


                            Will Kent

                            Wikidata Student Program Manager

                            As Wikidata Student Program Manager, Will helps facilitate general communication between the Wikipedia editing community, instructors, and students.

                            He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Anthropology and a masters degree from the University of Illinois in Library and Information Science. His past professional lives include working as a college access advocate, managing social media, helping run a writing non-profit, and being a librarian.

                            Will spends his free time scurrying around the bay area on his bicycle, exploring neighborhoods, going to shows, cooking, and bridging the gap between real life and the internet.


                                Jami Mathewson

                                Director of Partnerships

                                Jami develops partnerships with academic associations to increase participation in Wiki Education’s programs, bring content expertise into the organization, and improve the availability of information related to their disciplines on Wikipedia. She identifies ways to support partners who are looking to promote the use of Wikipedia as a teaching tool on a large scale — including help with publications, printed materials, conference presentations, training new participants, and documenting metrics and outcomes.

                                Jami spends her time off of Wikipedia enjoying the theatre, cheering on her Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs, traveling, and getting to know new places and people.


                                    Ryan McGrady

                                    Wikipedia Trainer

                                    Ryan develops programmatic initiatives to help Wikipedia community members in their editing work.

                                    Ryan earned a masters in digital media studies at Emerson College, and is completing his PhD dissertation with North Carolina State University on the history of encyclopedic knowledge production. Ryan has experience on Wikipedia as a volunteer (User:Rhododendrites) and in his work as a university instructor. In his free time, Ryan edits Wikipedia and wonders why he’s not working on his dissertation.


                                        Ian Ramjohn

                                        Senior Wikipedia Expert

                                        Ian has a tremendous history on Wikipedia as a content contributor and administrator. Ian has more than 40,000 edits since 2004, with two featured articles, two featured lists, five Good Articles, and 48 articles highlighted in the “Did You Know?” section of Wikipedia’s main page. With a Ph.D. in plant ecology from Michigan State University, many of Ian’s contributions have focused on botany and ecology, such as biographies of scientists. He also contributes articles about his home country, Trinidad and Tobago.

                                        Ian’s hobbies include genealogy and fish-keeping.


                                            Shalor Toncray

                                            Wikipedia Expert

                                            Shalor has been editing Wikipedia since 2006, and an administrator since 2013. Her engagement on Wikipedia led her to an interest in digital archiving, a position with the Library of Virginia, and to Drexel University, where she recently completed a Master of Library and Information Science. Her library work and extensive experience on Wikipedia make her an excellent fit for supporting new student editors in our Student Program as a Content Expert.

                                            In her free time, Shalor likes to read, watch movies, play video games (especially tactical RPGs), and, of course, edit Wikipedia.


                                                Cassidy Villeneuve

                                                Marketing and Communications Associate

                                                Cassidy works with program participants and staff to tell the stories of Wiki Education’s impact. She also responds to programmatic needs for resources or support as they arise.

                                                Outside of work, Cassidy enjoys making ceramic shells, exploring her neighborhood on foot, and swimming in the ocean (although she doesn’t brave the cold San Francisco waters too often!).


                                                    Samantha Weald

                                                    Recruitment and Client Relationship Manager

                                                    Samantha leads our communication with interested institutions, instructors, and students to increase participation in Wiki Education’s programs.

                                                    Samantha earned two BAs, in English and Communication, at UC Davis, and completed her Master’s in Education from UC Berkeley in 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, music, and rock climbing. She is an avid Giants fan, and more generally, a lover of baseball parks – she’s been to 21 of the 30 active US ballparks!


                                                        Elysia Webb

                                                        Wikipedia Expert

                                                        Elysia has a Wildlife Conservation and Biology degree from Ohio University, and she is expected to get her master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation by December 2018 from the University of Florida. She is originally from Ohio and currently resides in Gainesville, Florida with her husband and cat. She has a special interest in bats, and has contributed widely in articles about bats on Wikipedia.


                                                          Our Board

                                                            P.J. Tabit

                                                            Chair


                                                                Carwil Bjork-James

                                                                Vice-chair


                                                                    Bob Cummings

                                                                    Secretary


                                                                        Ted Yang

                                                                        Treasurer


                                                                            Sue Gardner


                                                                                Richard Knipel


                                                                                    Karen A. Twitchell