Bob Lasiewicz has been actively supporting the learning and systems needs of individuals and companies for over 25 years. In 1982, he founded Media InfoSystems,Inc. to provide business, training and computing services to the entertainment industry. A year later, he and his wife Nalini launched ShowBiz Expo, a trade show and conference that developed into the world’s premier entertainment production industry event.
While continuing to serve other clients, Media InfoSystems developed and maintained advanced custom tools in the areas of CRM, registration and marketing for ShowBiz Expo (sold to Advanstar Communications in 1994). Subsequent projects included real estate ventures, M&A software activities, and R&D on IP based business systems. Bob also served as Brand Manager V.P for the Hollywood business-to-business pioneer, Creative Planet, and it’s On-line Production Showcase.
Crossroads of Learning represents an intersection of the technological, social and lifelong learning community goals that have characterized Bob’s entire career. The team mission is to supply user-friendly technology and facilitate community that supports personal, professional and corporate development.
A graduate of the School of Communications at Northwestern University, Bob is also a current doctoral candidate in the School of Educational Leadership and Change, Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA.
Sheila O’Shea-Resto is a longtime student of learning, memory and meta-cognitive technique. Her formal education includes tutor training at UMass, Boston where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in a dual major, while working two on-campus jobs as both a tutor and editor as well as an off-campus position as Executive Editor of a critically acclaimed and nationally distributed political magazine. Her continued interest in the field of experiential learning led to graduate studies in Accelerated Learning methods and certification in the Lindamood Bell phonics and Precision Teaching methods.
Sheila’s passion for tutoring stems from her belief that any student can achieve, given two key factors; an awareness of “hidden” learning and testing obstacles and an understanding of how to support and enhance memory and learning processes.
Her tutoring experience includes her work with hundreds of high school and grade school students, as a home tutor, in learning centers and on school grounds, as well as her work on college campuses such as Lesley College, Harvard University, Boston University and Suffolk University.
In addition to several workshops and seminars, Sheila’s published work includes feature articles in the professional journal of the National Tutoring Association, of which she is both a member and a certified Master Level Tutor, and, most recently, a book, published by the National Tutoring Association entitled “The “SOS” Binder System”
Mrs. O’Shea-Resto currently teaches writing at The University of Massachusetts at Boston and continues to write and work with students in private practice.
Bob O’Haver is a technology consultant and educator whose background includes the positions of Visual Effects Producer and Supervisor for blockbuster feature films to Web site Publisher for Creative Planet, an online community for the entertainment industry. He is also a certified online instructor and course developer for UCLA Extension courses.
Bob has spent over a decade creating on-line communities for creative communications and business applications. In 1994 Bob co-founded visualfx.com, a successful website for Visual Effects professionals.
His passion to transform the “highly technical” to “understandable” perfectly qualifies him for his role of community support at Crossroads of Learning. Bob is also the host of the weekly technology-based radio show, “Computer Therapy” on 97.7 WBCR, Great Barrington, MA.
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