Meet Our Team
At OIE, we are a people first organization that values growth, collaboration, trust and innovation.
Denise started as a biologist turned outdoor educator and was coaxed into the classroom during a teacher shortage. She moved from the classroom to curriculum, instruction, assessment and accountability before earning her Ph.D. in Education Statistics and Research Methods and founding and directing OIE. She loves skiing, relaxing by the pool or ocean, and spending time with family.
Santhosh S. Anand
Senior Computer Scientist
Mr. Anand has a Masters’ degree in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bangalore University, India. Mr. Anand enjoys watching and playing cricket, traveling, classic cars and spending time with his wife and son.
Crystal Beshears Duncan
Innovation Team Project Lead
Combining 20 years of experience in a variety of educational settings, Crystal draws on her diverse experiences to serve as an Innovation Team Project Lead. She is a former high school teacher, proud mom and grandmom, yoga instructor, and world traveler!
SPDG Program Advisor
Nick is one of the newest members of the OIE team as the Program Advisor for the State Personnel Development Grant. Prior to joining OIE, Nick taught high school communications, speech and debate, as well as science in both Arkansas and Louisiana. When he isn’t working he enjoys time with his dogs and never passes up a chance to get in some good karaoke.
Data Quality Programmer/Analyst
Thad has over 20 years working in higher education setting. He worked with higher education data prior to joining OIE. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with family and reading.
Learning Design and Innovation Coach
Kelly Hankins has worked as a teacher, interventionist, literacy specialist, principal, and district administrator. The focus she has maintained throughout is thinking outside the box while staying student centered. Kelly earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Harding University. She enjoys riding horses, farming, fishing, and spending time with family when she’s not working.
Learning Design and Innovation Leader
Marsha has worked as a former teacher, special education director, and elementary principal. Her best day is working with Schools of Innovation and seeing kids succeed. You will find Marsha rooting for the Razorbacks and finding anything fun to do outdoors.
Feng is a former high school physics teacher and has a Ph.D in science education. When not working on educational data, he loves watching movies and spending time with family.
Deena previously worked with financial data after receiving her M.S. in Finance from the University of Tulsa. She currently enjoys working with educational data. When not at work, she loves hiking and spending time with family.
Project and Content Integrator
Natalie is a former elementary educator turned project guru. In her free time, she enjoys indulging in good coffee and food, organizing, vacationing at the beach, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Learning Design and Innovation Coach
Prior to joining OIE, Chrissy worked as an elementary teacher in the Oklahoma public school system. When she is not calling the Hogs, Chrissy can be found with her family fishing, traveling, and creating their own adventures.
James previously taught high school mathematics and has a Ph.D. in Educational Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Arkansas. When he is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching sports.
Jennifer is the first point of contact for the office. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.