About Us

eLearning Systems International is a global thought leader in the advancement and development of online learning solutions for institutions of learning, organizations with an educational mandate, and of course individual learners. Our expertise is in creating systems that maximize the potential of the global network as a platform for managing and delivering highly effective instructional programs at any time, from any location, using only a standard Web browser. In addition to developing our own instructional systems and software applications, eLearning Systems International offers consulting and customized software development services.

eLearning Systems International began operations in 1996, just as the World Wide Web was starting to mature. We are headquartered in Dallas, Texas, a centralized North American location that greatly facilitates communication, customer support, and travel for onsite training.

Our Team

Mary Ashmore, founder and CEO of ESI, is a tireless and outspoken advocate for web-based teaching and learning, always with an eye on the global potential of common elearning systems. Mary has more than a decade of experience developing leading online educational teaching and learning products. With a degree in Business Administration, Mary is an educational visionary who strives for excellence. With a deep conviction that online resources are the most powerful educational tools currently available, she is committed to unlocking the potential of these resources for teachers and students around the world. Mary is dynamic, unconventional, and an icon for quality in product development and implementation.

Dr. Cynthia Bennett is a successful researcher, educator, and manager with 30 years of experience in zoos. She has a history of project innovation and implementation. She began the science programs in three different zoos and was the first director of the Detroit Zoo’s Center for Zoo Animal Welfare. She directed both the Science and Education programs of the Dallas Zoo for over 11 years, creating the Department of Conservation Education and Science. While in that position, she created a unique and comprehensive interactive web presence for conservation education. Cynthia received her B.A. from the University of California at Davis and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Washington State University.

Dr. Deborah Fripp is a proven researcher and educator. She has 20 years’ experience in animal behavior and welfare research in zoos across the world and 10 years’ experience in biology education. She specializes in communication, both animal and human. Deborah has a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a mother of three, Deborah is always looking for ways to infuse technology and supplemental learning in her children’s lives and understands the needs and interests of parents as well as teachers.

Dr. Rob Darrow advises colleges and school districts about implementing online and blended learning. He is also an adjunct professor in the Educational Doctoral program at California State University, Fresno. He is the former Director of Member Services with iNACOL, was the principal of on online charter online school, has taught every grade level from K-8 and served as a school and district librarian during his 33 years in California public schools. Rob is a lifelong learner who believes he can learn something new from everyone he meets everyday.

Stephanie Tannenbaum earned a Master of Arts degree in Education Technology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Science Education from West Virginia University. She has taught math, science, and technology in grades 6 through 9, as well as creating and maintaining school websites. In the summer months, Stephanie has lead a marine camp program in conjunction with the Tampa Port Authority, written technology applications and content for education companies, served on a team that developed the math and science standards for local schools in the area, and worked extensively with state / National / Common Core standards. Stephanie lives part time in Tampa, FL and New York City with her husband and three children.