epiccommunity - Development Team

Our EPIC Team!


Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D. is a global educator, online learning specialist, and linguaphile. He managed the development of online language courses in Mandarin, Arabic, and Japanese for the North Carolina Virtual Public School. He has chaired the North Carolina Distance Learning Association Conference for the past three years, producing two virtual conferences with national sponsorship. Bobby speaks French and Spanish and uses his research interests in global education, technology integration, and intercultural competence to develop professional development workshops for K-12 education. Bobby is a Research Associate at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University where he directs the development of the epic-ed community (EmPowering Innovative Communities in Education).


Lisa Hervey, Ph. D., NBCT, is a teacher educator at The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Her work focuses on the creation and facilitation of
both face-to-face and online professional learning opportunities around K-12 digital conversion and the development of teachers’ Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) while practicing in technology-rich settings. Currently, she designs, develops, and facilitates several graduate level and professional development online courses for North Carolina State University and Digital Learning Collaborative(DLC). In addition, she works on a Connected Online Communities of Practice project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, conducted in partnership with Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), to create epic-ed, an online community that will support teachers, administrators, chief technology officers, and instructional technology facilitators in the planning and implementation of ubiquitous computing environments in K-12 schools. Her primary duties are providing research-based content expertise to the development and facilitation of resources and activities in epic-ed.


Hilary LaMonte, Director of Online Communities of Practice, joined CoSN in 2010 to lead the Online Communities of Practice project, funded through a contract with the U.S. Department of Education. Since the early 1990’s, Hilary has worked with national associations in the education sector to build online communities, knowledge repositories and learning activities for their members. With the National School Boards Association, Hilarya team that built an online learning center for local school board development and an online knowledge repository of programs, materials and strategies provided by various state associations to their members. Also with NSBA, Hilary developed online communities of practice for local school board members and work-alike groups across the state associations.
With the International Society for Technology in Education, Hilary led a team of online mentors, content providers, and ISTE staff to develop and implement a year-long online professional development program for K12 teachers and administrators integrating technology provided by HP into their instructional and leadership practices. The program included individualized learning plans and team-based project implementation for improving teaching and learning through the effective use of technology. Over the course of 7 years, the program included roughly 150 grantee institutions annually and over 1,000 participants per year.
Hilary earned a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature from Stanford University, holds an M.Ed. and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the ways in which online communities of practice result in improved teaching and learning in the face-to-face world.


Jaclyn Bell is a media designer and educator. Jaclyn began her career in education after her successful work as a media consultant and award-winning graphic designer in
New York. Extending two years beyond her initial contract with the Nation's Teach For America Program, Jaclyn transitioned to Warren New Tech High School in Warrenton, North Carolina, where she taught English I and Digital Media classes, and helped start the school in its first two years of operation. While there she assisted in the establishment of a school wide 1:1 Project Based Learning platform and has earned 21st Century Certified Educator status through the nation's New Tech Foundation after sharing her experience and best practices with educators and state administrators in a number of workshops and lectures around the country. Though she is no longer in the classroom, Jaclyn continues to assist teachers to incorporate technology and blended learning models into their curriculum. Currently she is a Project Coordinator for epic-ed and facilitator for North Carolina State University's Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. For epic-ed, her duties include assisting in the ongoing development, support, and branding of the National Online Community of Practice.


Emmy Coleman, MSA, is a research associate and co-lead of the Digital Learning Collaborative at The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Her primary responsibilities include managing and supporting coaching teams, strategic planning assistance for school and district leadership teams, and professional development opportunities for schools and districts participating in the North Carolina Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI). Currently, she serves as the Principal Investigator for the Connected Online Communities of Practice project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, conducted in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA). For epic-ed, her primary duties include the overall management of team logistics and planning development, advising, and
project reporting.