Closing the educational and social gap
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
The Althea Augustine Technology Learning Center (AATLC), Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the state of Ohio in February, 2018 and in March, 2019 was declared as tax exempt by the IRS under section 501(c)(3).
AATLC was established to implement a vision for a 21st century technology center for children, adults, and seniors in the community of Lincoln Heights, Ohio.
Meet The Board of Directors
Founder & President and Treasurer
As president of AATLC and chair of the Board of Directors, Dr. Patricia R. Leigh is well qualified to carry out this project. As an African American female, much of her work is informed by Critical Race Theory and Black Feminist Thought perspectives. She has conducted extensive historical research on the creation of segregated schools in the Ohio valley, authoring a book on the subject, and, in doing so, unearthed some of the key political, social, economic, and racial factors that have led to their creation. She has a master’s in special education, a master’s in exercise physiology and a doctorate degree in instructional technology. During her 20 years as a professor at Iowa State University, before retiring in 2016, she was affiliated with the School of Education’s Center for Technology in Learning and Teaching.
Dr. Constance P. Hargrave is a member of the Board of Directors of AATLC. In the spring of 2021, Dr. Hargrave, an African American female, was named the first Associate Dean for Equity and Engagement in the College of Engineering at Iowa State University, while she remains a professor of learning technologies and social justice education in the School of Education. Hargrave’s scholarship examines: the development and use of educational technologies to support STEM learning in informal contexts; and the structural and cultural factors that empower students of color to study in STEM fields. Formerly the director of a large STEM educational development program for students of color, Hargrave has been nationally recognized for accelerating degree attainment among Latinx and African American students at predominately White institutions.
Dr. Michelle Robinson is the Secretary and a founding member of the Board of Directors of AATLC. After completing a 2-year contract as a professor in a small teaching university, Dr. Robinson moved on to establish Grace Michelle Consultants, LLC. and is currently providing leadership development, executive coaching, and diversity and inclusion training. She earned a master’s degree in counseling and her doctorate degree from Iowa State University focused on student affairs (concerns with student behaviors, issues, and curricula) and community college administration. Therefore, Dr. Robinson, an African American female, will lend expertise to broader efforts to obtain racial equity at the community level, for which she is passionately committed and which is in alignment with the overall mission of AATLC.
Ex Officio Member
Dr. Ana-Paula Correia is a former member of the Board of Directors of AATLC. She is a Professor of Learning Technologies at The Ohio State University and director of the university’s Center on Education and Training for Employment. Her professional expertise is in educational technology, specializing in online learning and teaching, curriculum development, learning design, and learner experience design. Dr. Correia is a Portuguese-American woman in educational technology committed to creating cross-cultural educational experiences.
Marcus D. Tillery
Dr. Marcus D. Tillery, an African American male, is a member of the Board of Directors of AATLC, who received his doctorate degree from Iowa State University in industrial engineering technology and his Master’s of Divinity from Princeton University. He has extensive work in leadership positions in higher education, industry, and the ministry. Dr. Tillery also serves as Principal and Chief Scientist of the Technology Education Collaborative, an alliance of organizations and individuals tasked with articulating the implications of science and technology on oppressed communities. His perspectives and experiences in leadership, technology, and community bring valuable insights to the Board of Directors of AATLC.