Our Team

At CELT, we count all faculty and staff who participate in our programs as part of our Center. The people listed here just happen to participate full-time.

​Dr. Carrie Wandler is the Interim Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. She has taught composition, communications, literature, and digital literacy at traditional brick and mortar universities, such as Boston University and Harvard Extension, as well as through various online learning platforms. Her student-centered approach to instruction and course design emphasizes inclusive practices that empower faculty and students to embrace the opportunities for creativity, innovation and collaboration that diversity fosters. Her research interests include knowledge acquisition and inclusivity in the digital age, psychometric assessment practices, and the role metacognition plays in inclusive teaching and learning. She received her MA in English from Boston University and her EdD in Postsecondary Teaching and Learning from Argosy University.

Abram (Abe) Hedtke is Director of Instructional Technology.  For the past 16 years Abe has worked in both K-12 and Higher Education. Holding positions as an Instructional Coach, Instructional Technology Coordinator, and Systems Administrator in K-12 public schools. He has also taught Introduction to Psychology, and Multi-Cultural Sociological Perspectives as an adjunct faculty for the University of Minnesota. Being an active member of the twin cities communities, Abe works with community members on anti-racist practices and is an equity advocate. He has received a B.A. in Social Sciences, B.A. in Secondary Education, and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction.

Spencer Wanlass has extensive experience as an Instructional Technologist in both in-person and online settings. Prior to Saint Mary’s, Spencer supported a team of Instructional Technologists through multiple LMS transitions, most recently converting from D2L Brightspace to Canvas. Throughout Spencer’s career, she has been involved with thousands of individual course migrations while managing multiple teams and task forces to accomplish instructional needs and learning initiatives.

Matt Isaia serves as an Instructional Technologist on the Twin Cities campus. Prior to Saint Mary’s, Matt has held leadership roles in small and large corporations and academia. His background starts with a BA in English from DePaul University in 2008. In 2017 Matt earned his Master’s degree in Library and Information Services (MLIS) from Dominican University. Matt is passionate about knowledge management, data analysis, educational technology, and teaching information literacy and research skills.

Garey Gill serves as an Instructional Technologist on the Twin Cities Campus.  With a wealth of experience in education, training and development, Garey has operated various roles including classroom teacher, administrator, trainer and instructional technologist. Garey thrives with new challenges, and his innovative approach to systems and improvement, along with his desire to learn makes him a true asset to the team.  His background includes a B.A. in History Education, and a M.A in Instructional Technology.




JoeG__PicJoe Gargaro serves as an Instructional Technologist on the Twin Cities campus. Joe worked as a Middle School Social Studies Teacher, primarily in Catholic Schools. Joe holds a BA in Social Studies Education from St. Mary’s University in 2017. In 2020, he earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University. Joe is passionate about educational equity, learner engagement, and educational technology.




Faculty Development Committee

The faculty development committee serves as advisors and facilitators for our CELT programs. This 7 person committee meets twice a month, and it includes representatives from the library, writing center, and each academic school and degree level.

CELT Faculty Advisory Committee

This committee consists of 6-7 adjunct faculty, who actively teach in Saint Mary’s programs. Committee members meet twice a year, providing input and guidance to ensure that the faculty development (CELT) programs meet the needs of Saint Mary’s adjunct faculty. The membership rotates every 2 years. Contact us if you’re interested in serving on this committee.


Alisa DiSalvo
Accounting Program – Adjunct Assistant Professor

Bill Handschin
Counseling and Psychological Services Program – Adjunct Associate Professor

Carmen Avendano
Marriage & Family Therapy Program – Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kevin Hanson
GIS Program – Adjunct Instructor

Nick Ruiz
Counseling and Psychological Services Program – Adjunct Program Professor