Education Innovator Joins ROC USA® Network

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CONCORD, N.H.—ROC USA® Network Director Mary O’Hara is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Colleen Lindecker as Director of Training and Learning Innovation.

“I am really excited to have Colleen join us and lead the Network through a real change in how we deliver and engage in training and education,” said O’Hara. “The Network, ROC Association, and ROC USA have been envisioning a hybrid, in-person and online, national training system that delivers quality training and skill-building opportunities to ROC Boards and Members for a long time. One of Colleen’s strengths is engaging multiple stakeholders in the design and implementation of new curriculum and new learning strategies.”

Lindecker is a veteran online educator and team leader who has worked in higher education for 22 years. She most recently served as National Associate Dean of Faculty – Online at Chamberlin University. Lindecker is experienced in leading large teams in virtual/hybrid environments and in new program development and innovation, including project management and cross-departmental and cross-institutional collaboration. She has also taught online classes for over 12 years.

“I am delighted to be joining the ROC USA team,” said Lindecker. “I look forward to building upon the existing foundation of already impressive education and training resources at ROC USA through a collaborative effort with our national staff, affiliates and resident owned communities. Our focus will be to scale, streamline, and innovate our training program in both in-person and online platforms to expand and enhance support our resident owned communities and community members.”

In her role with ROC USA Network, Lindecker will lead the change in how ROC USA delivers and engages in training and education. She will work to develop a vision for a national training system that delivers quality in-person and online training and skill-building opportunities to ROC Members and will oversee implementation of the system. She will also serve as a thought-leader in defining a roadmap for program management, delivery, and quality assurance.

Lindecker obtained her Ph.D in Educational Psychology from Capella University in 2007, where she titled her dissertation: A Controversial Disability and Its Impact on Parents: Understanding the Adaptation Process of Parents of Children Diagnosed with Developmental Apraxia of Speech. Lindecker also holds a M.S. in College Student Development and Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a B.A. in Psychology from Winona State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.

ROC USA Network currently consists of 11 Certified Technical Assistance Providers serving 22 states, 267 resident-owned communities and over 18,000 households.

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