Stephen Judd is the Chair of the Network Literacy concentration area. He is also Manager of Informational Technology and Distance Education for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. He specializes in web technologies, and in particular, how the web and online networks can be used to foster learning and professional development.
After more than 20 years in communications, education and web technology, Bob has found a passion for building human networks, especially those focused on collective action. He seeks and shares insights on weaving collaborative networks and on developing a culture of innovation through his work with North Dakota State University Extension Service, the Military Families Learning Network and as the host of the “Working Differently in Extension” podcast.
Jessica Beckendorf became passionate about communities while growing up as a military kid, moving frequently and living in communities of various sizes. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, she proceeded to work in just about every sector of community development – Geographic Information Systems, urban planning and zoning, and economic development. In 2014, Jessica finished her Master of Arts degree in Communications & Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University, and began her journey as an educator with the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension where she seeks to bridge her community systems experience with communications and relationship development to build social capital and local leadership for more resilient communities.
Jen works with MFLN concentration area teams to utilize technology to its fullest educational potential. To that end, she looks for ways to incorporate interactivity and utilize visual elements in webinars and other educational programming to best reach and impact our audience. Jen has 20 years experience in distance education, marketing communications, and IT training and consulting.