2017 T-BUG Officers

President (2017)

Ron Nail

Online & Distance Education Support Specialist – TTU Worldwide eLearning

Ron spent many years in Texas Tech’s Information Technology Division – in Information Systems in both the student area, including the Banner conversion, and in the payroll area; in Institutional Research working with the TechReports system, and with Cognos reporting and training; and in Technology Support, providing training, working Red Raider and new employee orientations, and dealing with site license software.

As a member of the TTU Worldwide eLearning team, he will help promote online and distance learning to faculty and students. He will also investigate innovative and emerging instructional technologies, provide Blackboard support for both faculty and students, and will assist the Instructional Designers with course creation and adapting of materials to accessible digital format.

Ron has been at Texas Tech since 1993, having previously worked in banking, sales, and as a professional Boy Scout executive. Ron served on the Staff Senate from 2001-2003, and from 2006-2009, serving as the President in 2008-2009. Ron attended Texas A&M before receiving his B.S. in Agricultural Science from Texas Tech, and is working on his M.Ed. in Educational Technology. He is married with two children, and is an avid cyclist, riding in several bikeMS and other rides.


  • Ed., Educational Technology, Texas A&M (In Progress)
  • S., Agricultural Science/Agricultural Economics, Texas Tech University
President-elect (2017)

Dr. Kimberly Barnett Gibson is fueled by the question of how thought leaders and educators from the print world best can support learners in the digital world as they prepare themselves for a still unimagined future. As the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Online Learning at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, she supports the university’s national online programs and the effective use of instructional technology, digital media, and excellent teaching in all courses and programs. She has worked as a faculty member, instructional designer, and administrator in higher education and as a communication consultant and group facilitator for the past 25 years. She serves on the Board of Directors for Providence Catholic School in San Antonio and the Advisory Board for the National University Technology Network (NUTN). She is a long-term and active member of the Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) and previously served on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Learning Technology Advisory Committee. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The Ohio State University, and a BA and MA in Interpersonal and Public Communication from Bowling Green State University.

Previous Past President

John1Director of Technology Learning Services at the University of Houston Downtown

Mr. Lane earned his Master of Education from McNeese State University, Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University and Associates in Information Technology from McNeese State University. His certifications include: Quality Matters Rubrics Certificate 2011 and 2014, and has completed the Online Learning Consortium Advanced Online Teaching Certification.  He  has more than 15 years of higher education experience, which includes work as Blackboard Administrator and Webmaster, Instructional Applications Engineer and Associate Director of Technology Learning Service.  Mr. Lane is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of 15 full-time staff members comprising of instructional support activities, training support services, instructional television operations, video production/editing and digital signage and media services. He actively engages the Information Technology leadership with the development of long-term technology plans and facilitates the course management system application administration and support. Mr. Lane is also the Director of the Technology Teaching and Learning Center which collaborates freely with other directors and managers to improve services.

Secretary (2017)

11836642_10207015305522336_8385989625592891620_nDirector Distance Education at Alvin Community College

Dena Coots is the current Director of Distance Education/Instructional Design at Alvin Community College in Texas. She holds degrees in music (A.A., 1998, College of the Mainland), interdisciplinary studies (B.S.2000, University of Houston Clear Lake), and Instructional Technology (M.S. 2008, University of Houston Clear Lake).
She is very active in the distance learning community and has presented at many distance learning conferences including TxDLA, USDLA, WebCT Texas, Blackboard World, and HumBug. She has been a Horizon Wimba guest speaker and is 2014 alumnus of the Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning. She is also a facilitator for the Online Learning Consortium, OLC.
One unique perspective that she brings to distance education is that she has experience with distance education as a student, instructor, designer, and administrator. Her areas of expertise include instructional design, LMS administration both front and back end, pedagogy for adult learning, e-learning, planning and development of e-learning courses and programs.
Some of her accomplishments include ACC Foundation Excellence Award, ACC 1st employee of the month, two time recipient of the Innovative Grant for technology, Teacher of the Year for the Santa Fe Independent School District, Sallie Graff Educational Leadership Award recipient, and Recognition in Texas City Sun as “Sun Classroom Champion.” She is very passionate about distance education and the unique niche that it fills in aiding others to achieve their educational goals and is excited to be a part of the ever challenging and changing role of distance education.

Treasurer (2017)

Course Designer at Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Since relocating to Texas in 2013, Josiah has found home, friends, and his lifetime partner in Waxahachie,TX. Originally from Belize, he has a passion to invest his time, skills, and heart in the communication area of church ministry. Josiah works for SAGU as a Course Designer and takes leadership in planning mission trips. He currently resides in Waxahachie with his beautiful wife, Emma.

CIO (2017)

justinTechnology Support Specialist at Tarleton State University

Mr. Justin Carrell is a Technology Support Specialist III for the Center for Instructional Innovation at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Carrell has over eight years of instructional technology expertise. He manages the university lecture capture studio and is the campus ePortfolio administrator. Mr. Carrell has taught education technology courses and has been an integrated guest expert for courses within the Curriculum and Instruction department at Tarleton. He has presented at Blackboard World and at the regional Texas Blackboard User Group conference. Carrell has a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and an M.Ed in Educational Technology Leadership.