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 the Teaching and Learning Team, and the 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 working with faculty and staff on finding new ways to improve teaching and learning, and increase productivity by implementing strategies and emerging technologies.  At home, Zach has a two young children and dog 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, Training and Development Coordinator

Chris Meshanko is the Training and Development Coordinator for Online Education. In addition to facilitating the Online Education Readiness Course (OERC), Chris assists faculty with online course design and evaluation. He also teaches online for the Department of Psychology. If Chris’ name looks familiar, it’s because he served as the Instructional Technologist for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2013-2019. Chris has an Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Technology, from the University of West Georgia, and a Certificate in Advanced E-Learning Instructional Design. He also has a Master of Education (School Counseling) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from Valdosta State University. Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and learning new things.

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, Academic Applications Administrator

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.