Professor Yaron Eliav
Project Director

Yaron Eliav is an award winning scholar and teacher at the University of Michigan in the fields of Judaic Studies, Jewish history in the Roman world, Talmud, and archaeology. With this foundation he developed interactive tools for his classes and is now excited to share them on a broader scale with the TLTC Project.


Websites: Professorship Site | The Land of Israel / PalestineKelsey Museum


Professor Sharon Herbert
Project Co-Director

Sharon is J. G. Pedley Collegiate Professor of Classical Archaeology and Greek and Curator of Greek and Hellenistic Collections and former Director (1997-2013) of the Kelsey Museum. She has served as Chair of the Department of Classical Studies and Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology. Her research specialties include Hellenistic Egypt and the Near East and ancient ceramics. She has directed archaeological excavations in Italy, Greece, Israel, and Egypt.

Julie Evershed
Project Co-Director

Julie came to the LRC with a strong administrative background, including experience in customer service, supervision, systems implementation and integration of technology. She has a Masters in Information and Library Science from the University of Michigan School of Information, and a Bachelors of Art in French Language and Literature from the UM Department of Romance Languages. Julie has a love for languages and cultures, fostered by her experiences studying and living abroad. 

Carina Fodor
Project Coordinator

Carina is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with degrees in Economics and Statistics. She is the coordinator of the TLTC: Changing the Way We Teach the Ancient World Project as well as Yaron Eliav's research assistant. She keeps the project running smoothly by overseeing scheduling and other details.
She also founded the Facebook group for Professor Eliav's Land of Israel and Palestine class, which promotes discussion of all things related to the Middle East.

Dr. Jordan Pickett
Post Doctorate Fellow

Jordan is lecturer / post-doctoral research fellow in the Material Culture of the Ancient Mediterranean at the University of Michigan, in association with the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. An historian of Roman cities and material culture, Jordan is responsible for the creation and implementation of TLTC course content for instructors and students in coordination with artifacts and collections held by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
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Jelle Verburg
Research Associate


Jelle studied Theology and Jewish Studies at Groningen and Oxford, and moved to the University of Michigan to work on the project for the summer. Jelle is bringing together objects of Jews who lived under Greek and Roman rule (ca. 300 BC to 500 AD). Through these objects, he wants to tell the story of the Jewish diaspora to students of the ancient world.


Anthony Meyer
Research Associate

Anthony Meyer is a research associate for the Ancient World Project. He is primarily working on the interactive slide collection and offering research assistance to senior team members. Anthony joined the project as a PhD candidate from McMaster University–Department of Religious Studies, where his dissertation examines the role of divine names and epithets in early Jewish literature.


Professor Chris Quintana
Project Member

Associate Professor
Chris Quintana is a principal investigator in the Center for Highly Interactive Classrooms, Curricula, and Computing in Education (hi-ce).
Quintana received his BS from the University of Texas at El Paso in biological sciences, and his MS and PhD from the University of Michigan in computer science and engineering.

Steve Lonn
Project Member

Steve provides planning, direction, and coordination for assessment and evaluation activities across initiatives within the Office of Digital Education & Innovation's (DEI) portfolio at the University of Michigan.

Tom Bray
Project Member

Tom is currently a Converging Technologies Consultant at the Digital Media Commons/UM Library and a member of the faculty of the Stamps School of Art & Design.
Tom designed the process for creating the virtual versions of the museum objects. Mr. Bray continues to research new ideas and to apply his experience and knowledge to the appropriate application of technology


This project is also proudly supported by  the following:

Steven Warrington
Web Designer

Steven Warrington PhotoSteven is the web designer and media producer for our project. Leveraging a passion for design, he's creating the face of our project with a clean and usable interface.




Johnathon Beals

Johnathon is an Instructional Designer with the Language Resource Center, and has worked to develop many of the technical resources used in the project, including the Land of Israel/Palestine course website, the Kelsey Experience site, and the Image Database. In addition, his background in anthropology and archaeology makes this an especially interesting project to be able to contribute to.

Philomena Meechan

Philomena has been at the University of Michigan for the past 14 years, nine of which have been in the Language Resource Center. She has her Master's degree in Spanish Linguistics from U of M and has experience with computer-assisted language learning and teaching with technology. 

Rob Demilner

Rob has a degree in Television and Film from Eastern Michigan University. He worked as a Documentary Cameraman/Editor for Public Television in Detroit for several years and as an Advertising Producer in Southfield. Besides studio video productions, he also can be seen around campus with his camera shooting video for numerous projects.

Todd Austin

As an Instructional Technologist, Todd Austin leads videoconferencing efforts for the College of LS&A. His team provides the live connections through which Michigan students connect with their colleagues in other countries during shared sessions. He also assists the project’s foreign partners in the design of high-quality videoconferencing solutions. Through his background in Russian politics, Todd has also contributed Russian language and culture, as well as survey research skills to the project.