Technical Advisory Board Executive Committee

The IMS Technical Advisory Board Executive Committee is responsible for identifying and prioritizing the technical work of IMS Global. As technical leaders, their expertise impacts the future direction and priorities IMS takes to transition education to digital. 

Members of the TAB Executive Committee

  • Gary Driscoll, Senior Strategic Advisor, ETS
  • Alfred Essa, VP, R&D and Analytics, McGraw-Hill Education
  • David Gappa, Software Architect, SAFARI Montage®
  • Brian Knotts, Senior Vice President, Global Architecture, Ellucian
  • Bracken Mosbacker, Director of Development, Lumen Learning
  • Liz Pisney, Director of Product Management, Follett Higher Education Group, Follett Corporation
  • Mahfuzur Rahman, Director of Standards & Technology Enabling, Samsung Research America
  • Rose Rocchio, Director of Educational and Collaborative Technology, Office of Information Technology, UCLA
  • Tim Tomlinson, Vice President, Core Services Product Development, Blackboard
  • Chris Vento, CEO, Intellify Learning
  • Jennifer Whiting, Sr. Manager Product Development, Florida Virtual School Florida Virtual School




Gary DriscollGary Driscoll, Senior Strategic Advisor, ETS

Gary Driscoll is a Senior Strategic Advisor for ETS.  He is engaged in a wide variety of key strategic ETS assessment technology efforts that encompass: scoring, item banking, test assembly, natural language essay scoring, web based constructed response scoring, state-of-the-art score reporting, automated Score Report QC, statistical analysis, and computer based test delivery. These technologies touch virtually every test that ETS creates, administers, and scores. Gary has been awarded three educational technology patents in these areas.   He also works closely with the ETS Center for Advanced Technology and Neuroscience to anticipate developments in technology beyond the existing planning horizon to use such insights to better prepare ETS for the changes and opportunities stemming from those developments.

He is a member of the IMS Global Technical Advisory Board and co chair of the IMS GLC Accessible Portable Item Protocol (APIP).  Gary was a Learning Impact 2007 Platinum Award winner.  He has served as an expert judge for the Learning Impact Awards in 2009, 2011, and 2012 and was a Learning Impact 2010 Panelist for "Moving from Information Technology to Useful Information".  He was an Expert Panel member at alt-i-lab 2003 and a Demonstrators Evaluation Committee judge at alt-i-lab 2006. 


Alfred EssaAlfred Essa, VP, R&D and Analytics, McGraw-Hill Education

Alfred Essa is VP of R&D and Analytics in the Digital Platform Group at McGraw-Hill Education. He leads a team of data scientists and engineers responsible for product innovation in learning analytics. He has extensive experience in industry and academia, including serving as Director of Analytics Strategy at Desire2Learn and CIO at MIT's Sloan School of Management. 


David GappaDavid Gappa, Software Architect, SAFARI Montage®

David has 20 years experience in software development, the past 12 years in the K-12 market.  He currently leads the design and development of all software products, manages custom projects, researches new technologies, and works closely with the hardware team to bring products to enterprise environments. Prior to joining SAFARI Montage®, David developed vehicle emission testing software based on EPA standards for SPX Corporation.  David has a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from Western Michigan University.



Brian KnottsBrian Knotts, Senior Vice President, Global Architecture, Ellucian 

As senior vice president of global architecture, Brian works with product management, IT, services, and our Collaborative partners to assure that our solutions are aligned with common technology architectures and processes. By designing a global architecture to support our products and services, Brian and his team help Ellucian bring the right solutions to market faster and help all of our customers build a better unified digital campus.
Mostly recently, Brian was senior vice president at SunGard Infinity where his primary responsibility included building the company's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering and transforming legacy products into solutions and services that could be delivered via the Infinity platform.

Brian has been with Ellucian for more than 20 years working in technology research and product development. He has extensive management experience in both the higher education and financial services software industries.


Bracken MosbackerBracken Mosbacker, Director of Development, Lumen Learning 

Bracken Mosbacker is the director of development at Lumen Learning, a company that provides open courseware and sustainable adoption models for open educational resources. He oversees technical strategy, development, and integration for Lumen's courseware solutions. Bracken actively participates in defining, developing, and ensuring interoperability of many open education standards including work with IMS Global Consortium on LTI and Common Cartridge. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and developer groups promoting education standards, technical integrations, and open education. Prior to Lumen, Bracken was the third developer to join and build Instructure Canvas, where he worked on every facet of the product and led Instructure's efforts in platforms and integration strategies.


Liz PisneyLiz Pisney, Director of Product Management, Follett Higher Education Group, Follett Corporation

Liz Pisney is Director of Product Management at Follett Higher Education Group (FHEG), a division of Follett Corporation. Follett brings together capabilities of retail operations, e-commerce and software development to create a unique platform of support for their customers. Currently at Follett, Liz’s work is centered on FHEG’s Academic Tools and Utilities, which service faculty and students across multiple FHEGs channels, including campus stores and e-commerce sites such as, and Follett Virtual Campuses. As an advocate for digital learning, Liz is focused on developing products and services that make teaching and learning an easy proposition, the core of which is interoperability.



Mahfuzur RahmanMahfuzur Rahman, Director of Standards & Technology Enabling, Samsung Research America
Mahfuzur Rahman is a Director of Standards & Technology Enabling at Samsung Research America. He has been with Samsung since 2006. Prior to Samsung, he was with Panasonic Research in Princeton, New Jersey and worked as a Scientist. He has been involved with the Consumer Electronics industry over the past 15 years focusing on service and content delivery, and connected devices strategy. He holds several leading roles in various standard organizations including Board of Director of Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), NFC Forum. He has led successful completion of various connected device standards & Ecosystems. His focus in digital learning is to enable an ecosystem for mobile making teaching and learning easy anywhere.


Rose RocchioRose Rocchio, Director of Educational and Collaborative Technology, Office of Information Technology, UCLA
Rose is the Director of Education and Collaborative Technologies for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at UCLA. With over 23 years of experience in this field, Rose has expertise in directing, managing, planning and facilitating software design, development and system deployment. She directs four of OIT’s units, providing database and application design, accessibility, mobile consulting for UCLA academic IT units. Rose has expertise in developing Higher Ed collaborative communities, and is currently chairing Educause’s ECAR Mobile Strategies & Application Development (MSAD) working group.  In addition, Rose’s team founded the Mobile Web Framework (, a responsive design toolkit called WebBlocks and facilitates collaboration with the Cornell based ohmage team.  In addition Rose is working with IMS Global on the CASA (Community App Sharing Architecture) initiative, to allow higher ed to share apps in a peer to peer model.  Rose has presented at the Educause Annual Conference on several topics including as well as at the ECAR (previously ACTI) annual meetings and Educause Connect regional events. Rose holds a MBA from UCLA and a BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tim TomlinsonTim Tomlinson, Vice President, Core Services Product Development, Blackboard

As Vice President of Blackboard’s Core Services Product Development group, Tim leads the company’s development of cloud-based and cross-LMS product initiatives, including Blackboard Analytics and Blackboard xpLor, a cross-platform learning object repository based on open standards such as IMS LTI and Common Cartridge.

Tim formerly led the Program Management team for Blackboard’s Learn product division, and previously served as Director of Software Development for ANGEL Learning. His career encompasses nearly 20 years of experience developing software products and leading development teams. Tim is a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.


DavidChris Vento, CEO, Intellify Learning

Chris is a software product and technology leader with proven experience as a visionary innovator in defining the strategic technology and product direction, underlying architecture, and development of next generation highly innovative and disruptive software solutions spanning the web, mobile and cloud mediums focused in the EdTech, web/mobile and enterprise software industry sectors. In addition, Chris is a leading educational software technology spokesperson, who is very active as a leader and contributor in the edtech industry standards and interoperability initiatives.



Jen WhitingJennifer Whiting, Sr. Manager Product Development, Florida Virtual School Florida Virtual School

After several years as a middle school and high school teacher in a traditional classroom setting, Jennifer Whiting joined FLVS in 1997. FLVS had just been created, and needed experienced teachers who could both develop and teach new courses. Her chemistry course was the first science course offered by FLVS. Over the years, Ms. Whiting has assumed many roles such as an instructional design specialist, project manager of large instructional technology projects, director of information systems responsible for her school’s information technology infrastructure, and Chief Academic Officer overseeing curriculum development.

Today as the Senior Manager of Product Development, she develops new lines of business with innovative companies, bringing opportunities to FLVS in mobile learning, game based learning, and other emerging areas. Jennifer also works with FLVS Global, the division of the school that provides high quality FLVS courses and products outside the state of Florida. She heads the team that delivers FLVS solutions to learning management systems, and knows the importance of interoperable content well. 

Ms. Whiting earned her Masters of Science degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University. Her Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Physics Education was awarded by the Florida Institute of Technology.  Jennifer has worked with IMS Global Learning for many years, lending her secondary school knowledge to several work groups. She served as the co-chair for the Technical Advisory Board for 2 years.