Our Staff

Activating the promise of project-based collaboration.

The ELN team is excited by the opportunity to work with incredible students, dynamic faculty and community partners in Buffalo and around the world. 

Make an appointment with an ELN staff member to discuss your goals!

Mara Huber, PhD

Portrait of Mara Huber.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning

Director, Experiential Learning Network

Since 2003, I have served UB in a number of leadership roles focused on cultivating and leveraging university engagement toward broader impacts. In addition to directing the ELN, I serve as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, working to build capacity for high-impact experiential learning across the university. Past leadership roles have included Founding Director of the UB Center for Educational Collaboration, Special Assistant to the President for Educational Initiatives and Director of the UB-Buffalo Schools Partnership. I hold a doctoral degree in cognitive psychology with a focus on language development and maintain an affiliation with the Department of Psychology. My current research and professional interests focus on high-impact experiential learning, digital badges, and collaboration with global NGOs. To learn more about my work, ideas, and projects—including my engagement with the Mara Region of Tanzania—visit my blog at http://marabhuber.com.

Christina Heath

Portrait of Christina Heath.

Administrative Director

It is an honor to be a part of the University at Buffalo community and a privilege to be working with such wonderful ELN students. My interest in working with college students was initially sparked by my own study abroad experience in Spain as an undergraduate student at Daemen College. Through this experience, I not only learned about Spanish history, culture, and language, but I learned a lot about myself and my personal views and beliefs. This was a significant growth experience for me as a young adult and I wanted to choose a career path that would enable me to help others grow, realize and achieve their goals. This led me to pursue a master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College. Over the past several years I have gained experience in programming, academic advising, orientation, assessment, and community-based learning. Now, with ELN, I enjoy helping students find hands-on leanring opportuntieis that align with their acaddemic and professional goals and guiding them through earning our ELN Digital Badge.   

Charlie Baxter

Charlie Baxter portrait.

Assistant Director

Beginning in 2016, I have worked to create innovative, hands-on learning opportunities through collaboration and technology-supported engagement. As co-designer of the Project Portal, I have focused on scaling up project-based collaboration through the development of a searchable website, a digital badge series, and compelling digital media to showcase student impacts. Along with these efforts, I also directly mentor students to help them reach the full potential of experiential learning by building connections in their learning, leveraging their talents, and developing as individuals.