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Deborah Keyek-Franssen

Associate Vice President & Dean

Deborah is a creative educator and thought leader with over two decades of experience in IT and higher education. She began her career at the University of Colorado in 1998, where she served as director of academic technology; oversaw strategy and research in the use, implementation, and evaluation of educational technologies; and managed a team of consultants and technologists. Working across the CU System as the AVP for Digital Education and Engagement, she was instrumental in furthering CU campuses' implementation of digital and online education solutions, including MOOCs, and served as the director of the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) Conference. In her current role, she is developing, evolving, and assessing a vibrant, nimble, and relevant curriculum of non-credit, for-credit, and lifelong learning opportunities for Utahns and beyond. 

Cory Stokes

Associate Dean | Digital Learning

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A familiar face across campus for over 20 years, Cory oversees the technology services that enable the university’s physical and virtual learning environments. Over the years he’s led large-scale educational technology initiatives crossing the University of Utah, the Utah System of Higher Education, Utah’s K-12 schools, higher education peers, and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Before coming to the U, Cory managed production teams creating training for Fortune 500 companies. He holds a MS in instructional technology from Utah State University and a BA in history from Brigham Young University.

Nate Friedman

Associate Dean | Programs

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From Camp Counselor to Director of Youth Protection to Senior Director of University Pathways, Nate has done it all in Continuing Education. He has devoted his entire professional career to inspiring others to pursue education. With a BS and MPA from the University of Utah, he understands the educational value of this institution. His vision is that everyone, regardless of background or place in life, sees the U as accessible and knows that a degree is achievable.


Jodi Emery

Associate Dean | Admin & Ops

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Jodi's primary job is to bring energy and honesty to work. People are her passion, and more specifically helping people achieve their personal professional potential is what drives her every day. Jodi completed a BA, MPA, and doctoral coursework in Communication at the U. Her marketing and communication career included brine shrimp, an international humanitarian nonprofit, coffee, public radio, and the University of Utah. Jodi has worked with Continuing Education for over nine years and is thrilled to continue as an Associate Dean for University Connected Learning.

Matt Mooney

Director | Digital Learning Experience

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Matt is an experienced interactive media creator, author, musician, and an award-winning college professor. He began his career at Purdue University as the WWW Specialist for the Department of Agricultural Economics after finishing his doctoral course work. He then heard to the call of the desert and relocated to Tucson and the University of Arizona, where he held various roles for the Arizona Area Health Education Center. He left his role as the Assistant Director to return to the classroom as a Lecturer of Educational Technology at Indiana University South Bend. He then moved to central Pennsylvania to help develop an undergraduate degree in Web & Interactive Media at Penn College of Technology. He was offered the opportunity to be the inaugural Director of Instructional Design at the Smeal College of Business at Penn State, where he helped developed an extensive online portfolio of programs, aided in Penn State’s migration to Canvas, and eventually was named the Assistant Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. In that role, Matt joined the executive leadership of the College with oversight of IT infrastructure, instructional design, and facilities. In June of 2021, Matt joined University Connected Learning as the Director of Digital Learning Services. In this role, he leads our instructional design, innovation and outreach, and exam services teams.

Jon Thomas

Director | Digital Learning Technologies

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Jon Thomas is Director of Digital Learning Technologies at the University of Utah. As director, he oversees initiatives related to supporting, and maintaining the platforms that are used in delivering course and program offerings. Jon received a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University. For his dissertation, he studied the influence of eportfolio technologies on faculty teaching perspectives. His other interests include learning analytics, and service management.

Angie Walker

Director | Academic & Professional Programs

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As someone who is passionate about higher education and the positive impact it has on student’s lives, Angie has worked across university and college levels as an educational administrator, project manager, assessment and instructional designer, and teacher. She currently serves as the Senior Director of Academic and Professional Programs for University Connected Learning and teaches as an adjunct faculty member for Southern New Hampshire University. Angie holds a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Utah and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis on Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. She also has a graduate certificate as a Higher Education Teaching Specialist from the University of Utah.

Angie is dedicated to creating a positive and supporting environment for women working in higher education where they can network, learn, and grow, both personally and professionally. She is actively involved in Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN) where she serves on the executive board of directors for the state and is the chair-elect for the University of Utah’s chapter.

Outside of work, Angie loves to travel and is always planning her next trip. When at home, she enjoys hiking and gardening.  

Anya Petersen-Frey

Director | Finance & Operations

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Anya Petersen-Frey started her career as a business analyst and over the last twenty years has expanded her work in the field of business consulting and economic development.  Her passion for entrepreneurs and small business led her to the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and she worked as a Director with the SBDC in Alaska, Wyoming, Oregon and Montana.  In 2018 she brought her expertise in finance to the University of Utah as Senior Director of Finance and Operations for University Connected Learning. She brings her enthusiasm to the classroom and teaches in the business department at several universities, as well as presenting regularly at local and national conferences.

Learning is the key to life and, in addition to staying up-to-date on technology and trends; Anya holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and has completed her doctoral coursework in business administration. In addition, she is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Global Business Professional.

Anya lives in Millcreek, Utah and in her free time she enjoys traveling, playing outside, and serving the community with her dog as a certified Therapy Team.  She is an avid hiker, cyclist, and general adventurer.

Last Updated: 1/3/22