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Lynn Berdan
CollegeOpenTextbooks Peer Review Coordinator
Lynn Berdan joined COT Education in 2014 as Copy Editor, bringing us her years of experience editing everything from novels, to marketing materials, to training courses. She now applies her considerable organization and problem solving skills to helping CollegeOpenTextbooks maintain a smooth and painless peer review process for our volunteer reviewers.

Kent Gustavson
Executive Director
Dr. Kent Gustavson is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker, founder and CEO of Blooming Twig Books, founder of an indie record label, and serial entrepreneur. This grants him the rare distinction of having a 360-degree perspective of the digital publishing landscape in the 21st century. He has ghostwritten over 50 books, and is an award-winning author, trainer, educator, & speaker. He is also one of today’s top experts in social media and content publishing, and his profiles are proof of what he preaches; he has had more than 100 million views across his profiles. He earned his Bachelors degree from Middlebury College, and his MA and PhD from Stony Brook University, where he taught leadership, service learning, language, writing, and music for nearly a decade. He now serves on the Board of Directors for the Stony Brook University Alumni Association. Kent is driven by the desire to do well by doing good, and he enjoys coaching and mentoring thought leaders and startups, as well as non-profits.

Manali Joshi
Front-End Developer
Manali Joshi is a self taught front-end development freelancer. She believes in a growth mindset and life-long learning and is thrilled to be a contributing member of COT Education. She is currently working on dynamic content generation and the look and feel of College Open Textbooks. She is also contributing to COT Education’s social media platform.


Charles Key
Founder, Director, Corporate Secretary, College Open Textbooks Program Manager
One of the founders of COT Education, Charles Key was previously a director of Open Doors Group and College Open Textbooks. He joined ODG in 2012 after over twenty years in high tech, where he plied his trade as a software developer and engineering manager. He has extensive experience developing large, complex systems in the aeronautics, medical device, and semiconductor equipment industries. As a career software professional, Charles has been an enthusiastic supporter of open source software and is equally passionate about advocating for the adoption of Open Educational Resources and lowering barriers to lifelong learning for everyone.

Anthony Zamarro
Web Developer
Formerly a teacher, Anthony Zamarro is a self-taught programmer currently working as a front-end developer at a small business in Boston. With a background in teaching, education is very important to him, as is being a part of COT Education. He’s currently helping to build an open textbook search engine so users can easily find the books they need to pursue their education careers.
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