Staff Bios

Mendi Benigni, Instructional Technologist

Mendi is an Instructional Technologist and works primarily with the School of Education, Health & Human Performance.  She values the close relationships she develops with her faculty and is empathetic to their problems, issues, and time constraints.  Her “go-with-the-flow” attitude helps her to think on her feet when solving problems.  She has a degree in International Relations from Roanoke College but has always loved computers.  So when an opportunity opened to become a Mac tech she couldn’t say no.  She’s been working in the computer/technology field since the early 90s and loves every minute of it, especially working with mobile and video technologies.

Zach Hartje, Director

Zach is the Director of Teaching, Learning and Technology and Deputy CIO for the College.   He has a degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Dayton.   Zach has had the opportunity to work within a number of capacities during his tenure at the College. He enjoys interacting with faculty and staff on finding new ways to teach and work by implementing new and emerging technologies.  At home, Zach has a two young children who keep him busy and on his feet outside of work. When he has free time he enjoys playing and watching a wide variety of sports and doing home DIY projects.

Christopher Meshanko, Instructional Technologist

Chris Meshanko is an Instructional Technologist who works primarily with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has an education specialist degree in instructional technology, from the University of West Georgia, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. Chris also has a master’s in school counseling and bachelor’s in psychology, with a minor in sociology, from Valdosta State University. He loves testing emerging technologies and helping faculty select tools that engage students and enhance the learning experience. At home, Chris enjoys photography and spending time with his family.

Michael Overholt, Instructional Technologist

Mike Overholt is an Instructional Technologist who works primarily with the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs.  He has an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies from Gardner-Webb University and MA and PhD degrees in Classics from the University of Iowa.  Mike thoroughly loves learning environments of all types, having created and directed a philosophy course for elementary students; taught English and Latin at the middle and high school levels; been an instructor of Classics, Humanities, and Rhetoric courses at the university level; and led educational tours of Italy and Greece.  He enjoys the opportunities to discuss and revise teaching strategies that allow faculty to approach their classrooms with confidence and resilience and enable students to see the power of their own ideas.  Outside of work, Mike enjoys adventures with his wife, Brooke, and their four children, listening to NPR, and classical film noir.

Laura Plotts, Instructional Technologist

Laura Plotts is the Academic Applications Administrator.  She has a degree in English from the Ohio State University.  She started working with faculty as a sales representative for Harcourt Brace, where she helped integrate the publisher’s technology resources into their teaching.  She is married to Chris Warnick, an associate professor in English.

Katie Rose, Instructional Technologist

Katie Rose is an Instructional Technologist who works primarily with the School of Science and Mathematics. She holds a Master of Education in Educational Technology from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Production from Arizona State University. Katie started her career off in television working in the news room and transitioned to educational programming. She loves getting to create and enhance learning experiences while having the opportunities to learn new subject matter herself. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with the human family and fur family, spending time with friends, and doing pretty much any activity outside.

Jessica Smith, Instructional Technologist

Jessica is the Instructional Technologist for Distance Education and facilitates the Faculty DE Readiness Course.  Jessica earned a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies from Longwood University followed by a Masters degree from Bowling Green State University.  After a year as a special events coordinator, Jessica entered the University of Tennessee to pursue her Doctoral degree which she received in 2010.  Jessica has taught undergraduate classes at the University of Tennessee and College of Charleston.  She enjoys sharing her passion for tools and applications that will enhance engagement, deepen learning, and empower both students and professors.  She enjoys British television shows, books by David Sedaris, music by Counting Crows, and visiting the Marion Square Farmers Market.

Chris Tilley, Instructional Technologist

Chris Tilley is the Instructional Technologist for the School of Business.  Chris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Boise State, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University.  Before working at the College of Charleston, Chris was the Collaborative Learning Hub Administrator at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, and the Education Manager at the State Museum in Columbia, SC.  He is especially focused on methods of using video in courses and flipping classrooms. Chris is an avid traveler and photographer. He has visited 13 countries on four continents plus 35 states and Puerto Rico.

Jack Wolfe, Instructional Technologist

Jack Wolfe is an Instructional Technologist who works primarily with the School of the Arts. He completed a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Art from Syracuse University in 2008. He has worked in education, technology and digital arts in a variety of roles, most recently as Instructional Technology Specialist for Wellesley College. He loves assisting faculty with their teaching needs and sharing his passion for using new media and design tools in academic applications. He enjoys playing guitar, photography, working on creative projects, exploring Charleston and spending time with his fiancee Kelly and their cat Biscuit.

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