Ray Brannon is the director of Conferences and Training for MARTI. Ray was a speaker at the MARTI summer school for two years on subjects relating to protecting young people online, cyber addiction, and online bullying. Ray works with Crystal Deemer, Dr. John Anderson, Dr. Victor Garcia, Dr. Alex Heckert, and Dr. Christian Vaccaro in sustaining existing MARTI programs as well as building new outreach and training initiatives.
Ray has a M.Ed. in Communications and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a teaching associate in the Sociology Department of IUP while completing his doctoral studies in Administration and Leadership Studies. Ray is also an adjunct professor at Westmoreland County Community College where he teaches a course he authored, “Social Media: Society and Citizenship.”
Ray has spent most of his adult life in the communications and electronic frontier in the private sector as president of a computer software consulting company. Ray was a key presenter at the first Internet Predator Summit led by then-Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett. He also helped write and secure a $180,000 federal earmark grant to provide Internet safety training and education to school officials and personnel in Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. He was named director of Training for Venango Training and Development Center for the duration of the grant period.