2014 IMA Executive Summit Speaker Bios
Barbara Bichelmeyer, Ph.D.
Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Ph.D. is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University-Bloomington, and Associate Vice President for University Academic Planning and Policy, as well as Director of the Office of Online Education for the seven campuses of Indiana University.
As Professor, Barbara's research, teaching and service focus on the areas of human performance improvement, instructional and program evaluation, instructional design, adult learning, and the integration of technologies in instructional environments. As Associate Vice President, Barbara's portfolio of responsibilities includes planning, policy development, external relations, government relations and intercampus coordination of academic and faculty affairs. As Director of Office of Online Education, Barbara provides leadership, management and coordination for online education across all campuses of the university. >>Read more.
“When I first arrived to the United States from Iraq, I had nothing – not even a toothbrush,” says Jason Braase. “That’s when Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) first came into my life in the form of a backpack. I wore out everything in it and rocked that backpack on my wheelchair with pride.”
It was June 2005, and Jason had been escorting Explosive Ordnance Disposal early one morning. During security operations, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in front of his Hummer. Shrapnel blew through his right leg just below the knee.
“The doctors replaced the damaged arteries and pieced together what was left of my tibia back into the knee joint. Plastic surgeons detached half of my calf muscle to cover the wound with soft tissue before performing a skin graft to seal the injury.”
His recovery took Jason on a seven-year journey that included 13 surgeries.
Before each surgery, there was always doubt as to the outcome. “You may lose your leg,” doctors told him prior to several procedures. But he didn’t. “You may never walk again,” he was later told. But he did. “You’ll never be able to straighten your leg,” he was warned. But today he has 95 percent mobility.
“The support I received brought me from the brink of suicide to almost complete recovery. I can now walk, run, and ride a bike with little pain.”
Today, Jason lives an active lifestyle and is an inspiration to many who follow in his footsteps.
“WWP support is directly improving lives by providing exactly what our warriors and their caregivers need. For me, I needed a purpose. I want to be there for warriors just like they have been there for me and being a Peer Mentor has given me that opportunity.”
Debbie started her incentive career in 1996, with a leading incentive firm in South Africa. After 3 years, she left to go to the United Kingdom, where she worked with EURO RSCG – a Top 5 London agency at the time.
Debbie was responsible for the incentive and channel marketing activity on the Ford Motor Company account. After this, she was approached to set up an Agency to exclusively service the Mobile Network Provider ‘3’ in the UK. At this company, The Business Partnership, she managed the team, who delivered on all the incentive, customer loyalty and channel marketing requirements.
After 7 years of working in the UK, Debbie returned to South Africa in 2007, where she started with Uwin Iwin Incentives – working in a variety of incentive roles, currently leading the strategy department of the company.
Debbie is proud to be the only South African incentive professional who has been present at the IMA Summit since 2009, learning the industry trends and passing them onto local and international clients. In addition, Debbie sits on the board of the Global Incentive Council – a strategic industry group within the IMA.