Brendan Marsello

Brendan Marsello is Director of Member Support Services for LERN and oversees technical support and data analysis for the organization.

Kathryn Lynch-Morin

Kathryn Lynch-Morin is Director of Communications for LERN (Learning Resources Network), the world’s largest continuing education association. She stays on the cutting edge of email and social media.

She manages LERN’s digital marketing campaigns. This year she pioneered a new service, critiquing member programs’ social media.

Layne Harpine

Layne J. Harpine, D.M. is a proven executive-level leader with leadership and management expertise in adult and continuing education, workforce development and organizational development. He is a skilled facilitator, trainer and planner while recognized as a successful executive administrator, innovative leader and project manager. He has over 25 years of experience in both business and education with 15 years’ experience in higher education serving in executive leadership positions as a Director, Dean, Senior Vice President and Chief Educational Officer of Continuing Education in addition to extensive experience at a “Top Ten Fortune 100” company as a business consultant and corporate trainer.

Dr. Harpine has extensive experience working with Colleges and Universities, not-for-profit organizations, the military and businesses to optimize their planning and strategies to improve operations, revenue and establish continued improvement performance. In addition, he facilitates, instructs and speaks to groups regularly on how to get back-to-basics by using proven bench marks.  He is a creative, results-oriented professional with proven success in challenging situations.  His work has provided the opportunity to create, facilitate and/or manage hundreds of workforce development programs, strategic plans, measurable action plans, developing strategic priorities, marketing campaigns, execution deliverables and ROI measurement tracking. Direct results have been individual and organizational enhancement; enriched community and industry training needs; established an increase in both productivity and profitability while individuals and organizations sustained continuous improvement strategies.

Greg Marsello

Greg Marsello is LERN’s Vice President for Organizational Development and a national authority on reengineering management and running programs. Marsello is a co-founder of LERN and was chair of the Board of Directors for 12 years. With more than 20 years in the business, he has authored publications, gives frequent seminars and does consulting on marketing, management and program development.

For 35 years, Marsello served as President of the Learning Connection, an independent, community based learning organization which he founded in 1980. During his tenure as president of the Learning Connection, that organization became the foremost program of its type in the United Stated and not only modeled best practice in lifelong learning but contributed to the creation of LERN’s benchmarks for successful lifelong learning and continuing education practice.

William A. Draves

William A. Draves, CAE,  is President of LERN, the largest association for lifelong learning and continuing education in the world. Draves is a popular speaker in great demand, and has given seminars in 48 states and in Germany, England, Canada, Russia, Japan and Australia and has given a TED talk on his book, co-authored with Julie Coates, NineShift: Life Work and Education in the 21stCentury. He is a pioneer in the development of  online education, both delivery and pedagogy, and has provided training for thousands of faculty at both the K-12 and post-secondary levels.

He has authored multiple books, including Advanced Teaching Online, How to Teach Adults, and with co-author Julie Coates A Pedagogy for the 21st Century, in addition to NineShift. Draves and Coates are currently preparing to publish Smart Boys, Bad Grades: Gender Equity in Education. Draves’s books on learning and education have been translated into Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

He is a past president of the coalition of lifelong learning organizations.

Julie Coates

Julie Coates is LERN’s Vice President for Membership Services and a leading  authority on the demographics of lifelong learning. She is a popular presenter on generational learning and communication as well as trends in lifelong Learning. In addition to presenting and consulting in the United States, she has presented in Russia, Mexico, Canada, Germany, England, and Australia. Her published books include the ground-breaking Generational Learning Styles, which has been published in English, Spanish and Russian.

She is also co-author with William Draves of NineShift: Life, Work and Education in the 21st Century and A Pedagogy for the Twenty-First Century. Her upcoming book with co-Author William Draves is Smart Boys, Bad Grades. Coates has been interviewed by The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and Psychology Today among other media.


Fred Bayley

Fred Bayley has been a popular speaker and presenter at LERN conferences for many years. A senior LERN leader for 15 years, he co-authored with Julie Coates a program analysis that led to our Program Review and Certification.
From Forest City, North Carolina, Bayley has been in the field of lifelong learning for more than two decades.

A practitioner who is also an energetic and friendly presenter, he is a highly rated facilitator.

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