Current Staff and Recent Project Associates:

Barbara Brandon
Policy Analyst. Barbara is a lawyer with a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and an LLM from Harvard Law School. She has practiced environmental law at both the federal and state levels for the United States Department of Justice, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and a large national law firm. She has also taught law at the University of Kentucky College of Law and as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Currently she is a law librarian at the University of Miami Law School.

Bob Carlitz
Executive Director. Bob is a graduate of Duke University and California Institute of Technology, with BS and PhD degrees in physics. In addition to his work in theoretical physics Bob has initiated a number of local, regional and national networking activities. Since 1989 he has moderated the KIDSPHERE mailing list. He was a founding member of the board of directors for the Consortium for School Networking. He has served as project director for Common Knowledge: Pittsburgh and Bridging the Urban Landscape and is the founding director of Information Renaissance.

Barry Chad
Asst. Head, Pennsylvania Dept., Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.Barry has worked in libraries since 1981. He has an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Library and Information Science. His interest is in adapting Web technology to library use.

Ethel Parris Gainer
Community Development Specialist. Ethel is a graduate of University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Speech Communication and English; she also holds an MEd in Education, Communication and Technology and an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked previously in community organizing and government.

Rosemary Gunn
National Projects Manager. Rosemary is a graduate of the University of Southern California and completed the course work for a Master's Degree in International Relations and Management at Webster University. A communications specialist, she has worked on development cooperation at the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam; as a university program administrator in Minnesota; as a consultant to city governments and agencies; and with many community organizations.

Gene Hastings
Technical Director. Gene is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has been working in networking and telecommunications since 1981. He has been involved in Internet infrastructure and planning since the ARPANET and early NSFNET and has server as a member of the Board of the Federation of American Research Networks. Prior to joining Information Renaissance Gene was a senior staff member of the networking group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.

Laurie Maak
Special Projects Coordinator. Laurie is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where she received a BA in psychology; she also holds an MA degree in educational psychology from the University of Georgia. Currently she is working on online dialogues in education in California.

Marsha Perrott
Smartbuilding Project Manager. Marsha is a graduate of Allegheny College with a BS degree in Biology. She has been involved with Local Area Networks since 1984. Marsha worked for PREPnet, Pennsylvania's first Internet provider, during the Internet's formative years and more recently served as Exchange Administrator for the City of Pittsburgh.

Paul Reilly
Systems Administrator. Paul has an MS in numerical general relativity from the University of Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.   He administered Unix systems, acted as webmaster, and wrote Perl scripts for Information Renaissance. Currently he is teaching physics and the University of Pittsburgh.

Ashley Schannauer
Telecommunications Policy Analyst. Ashley is a graduate of the Dickinson School of Law and received a M.A. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He has experience in telecommunications and public utility law with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Law and the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate. He has also represented the City and community groups in environmental matters.
Rev. Dec 24 2018