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JoJo Cooper

With over 25 years of administrative expertise at Interactivity Foundation, JoJo Cooper serves as the Assistant Director of Operations and as an assistant to IF Financial Management. In addition to her administrative duties, JoJo plays essential supportive roles on...

Janna Valentine

Janna Valentine is the Payroll and Benefits Manager at the Interactivity Foundation. Janna has worked for the Foundation since October 1997 when she was hired by Jay Stern. Janna has over 30 years of accounting background and is also the Foundation’s Treasurer....

Alicia Bonner

Alicia Bonner is the Director of Communications at the Interactivity Foundation. An experienced communications and participatory design strategist, she oversees public engagement and outreach on behalf of the foundation. Prior to her work at IF, Alicia served...

Eric Schmucker

Eric is the Director of K-12 Programs at the Interactivity Foundation. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Governance from James Madison University (JMU), where he teaches a course for the School of Nursing built around...

Ritu Thomas

Ritu first got involved with the Interactivity Foundation in 2013, working as a note-taker and panelist for the Future of Mobility project. In 2023, Ritu joined the Interactivity Foundation as an Associate. She is now the Assistant Director of the Collaborative...

Shannon Wheatley Hartman

Shannon Wheatley Hartman, Ph.D., joined the Interactivity Foundation in 2010. She manages long-term developmental projects, oversees community conversation initiatives, and develops classroom pedagogy and educational programming. Some of her developmental projects...

Ieva Notturno

Ieva Notturno is the Director of the Community Conversations Program at the Interactivity Foundation. She has previously worked on IF’s projects on 'The U.S. National Security and Defense Policy,' 'Human Migration,' and 'Democratic Nation Building' and in three...

Natalie Hopkinson

Natalie Hopkinson, Ph.D is a fellow of the Interactivity Foundation, where her policy focus has included the arts, culture, engaging urban communities, education, gender and sexuality. She has authored two nonfiction books on culture, Deconstructing Tyrone...

Jack Byrd, Jr.

Jack Byrd, Jr. is an Emeritus Professor of Industrial Engineering at West Virginia University (WVU). He began his teaching career in 1968 and has taught more students at WVU than any other professor in the history of the University.  Dr. Byrd is also President...

Dennis Boyer

Dennis Boyer retired from full-time work with IF in July 2020, but is continuing to work and advise part-time as a Fellow Emeritus on a few select projects. Before joining IF in 2004, Dennis practiced law for thirty years. He worked in government, labor...