rose-circleFerguson Lynch CEO, Rose Hessmiller, is personally engaged in every project. Ferguson Lynch uses the cost efficient approach of creating project-oriented teams. Each unique project team is created with high caliber independent professionals. This Ferguson Lynch flexible model extends Ferguson Lynch’s capacity to produce high quality results that meet client needs and provide rapid turnaround. With a background in organizational management and education, Dr. Hessmiller has taught a wide range of information technology courses at the University level, both in person and online. Sought after for in-house trainings and professional workshops, FL’s talented team are uniquely suited to web-based information projects by adapting systems to accommodate growth and new information technology trends. FL is a full service company providing solutions for all aspects of your website and IT needs.


Rose Hessmiller CEO of an informatics consultancy firm Ferguson Lynch focusing on the development, cost analysis, and evaluation of information assets management.  Services include: website and portal development, Internet applications, distance learning, online workflow solutions, accessibility and human factor analysis, data analysis, database development, online research applications, network architecture, interactive video and television production, telemedicine, online conferences and meeting rooms, co-laboratories, and e-solutions for business and research processes.  Primary focus is in helping clients assimilate emerging technologies within their personal organizational process and purpose.  In addition to direct service,  Dr. Hessmiller has taught a wide range of information technology courses at the University level, both face-to-face and online, featuring information technology theory and application, online instructional design, virtual business solutions, and computer-mediated communications.

Ferguson Lynch Client List

Websites/ Portals built for the University Of New Mexico  

University of New Mexico January 1994 to present Web Application Development, Web site Analysis and Statistical Reports, Multi-Media Distance Learning, Online Communications, Web based Research Tools, Assistive Technology Compliance and Disability Access for the following departments:

  • UNM Health Science Center, School of Medicine
  • UNM Hospital Department of Pediatrics
  • UNM Department of Educational Specialties
  • UNM Political Science Department
  • UNM Biology Department

Telemedicine, tele-consultation, website creation, online medical manuals and database development

  • Indian Childrens’ Program University of Utah, Northern Arizona University, UNM Health Sciences Center School of Medicine School of Medicine, Continuum of Care Project
  • UNM Biology Department The Center for Evolutionary and Theoretical Immunology (CETI) Website development
  • UNM Political Science Department Portal and web based database development
  • Las Clinicas Del Norte and UNM Unite Medical Education Web Course) Website and online training development
  • UNM College of Education, Education Specialties
  • Center for Development and Disability (CDD) Websites, web courses, interactive calendar and online communities development
  • New Mexico Public Education Department Special Education Office Graduate Web Course
  • Neurological Division Discuss, SET, SWAN, FBAPS
  • Graduate Web Courses
  • New Mexico Project for Children and Youth with Deafblindness
  • CDD Library
  • Medically Fragile Case Management Program (under construction)
  • Community Family Partnerships Assistive Technology

Online Forums owned and moderated by Dr. Hessmiller at the University of New Mexico

  • Hepatitis C Virus Intervention/Prevention General Discussion
  • Hepatitis C Virus intervention/Prevention Information Systems
  • Telehealth Alliance Working Group for Clinical Applications
  • Continuum of Care for Patients with Developmental Disabilities
  • Continuum of Care Clinical Team Discussion Forum
  • Transdisciplinary Teams Serving Families Dealing with Substance Use
  • Communication Network for Early Childhood Service Providers
  • Discussion on Functional Behavior and Positive Supports
  • Discussion on Autism: Issues and Best Practice
  • Improving Communication Channels for Mental Health Services and Developmental Disabilities
  • Improving Mental Health Services in Rural New Mexico
  • Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Issues Transitioning from Adolescence to Adulthood
  • Issues in Training Direct Care Staff Serving Individuals with Mental Health Issues and Developmental Disabilities
  • Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services
  • Accessing Generic Mental Health Services
  • General Discussion on Mental Health Services for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Independent Consultant for the Following Organizations

  • Center for Disease Control Foundation National Rountable for Viral Hepatitis
  • Program Development, Libraries for the Future, New York
  • The Education Coalition, San Diego (Senior Researcher)
  • Deep web technologies
  • IndepthLearning


  • University of New Mexico Division of Continuing Education Program Director October 1994 to July 31. 1998 Dr. Rose Hessmiller was in charge of administration and production of special projects, distance education, telemedicine, and behavioral health for the University of New Mexico’s Division of Continuing Education and Community Services (UNMCE&CS).  Duties included the design, development, marketing, technical assistance, and evaluation of projects and courses involving information and telecommunications technology solutions.  This included the creation of interactive websites and web courses, CD production, satellite television and digital video broadcasts, audio conferences, virtual simulation case-studies, network designs, system operations, professional and curriculum development, grant writing, and onsite program support.
  • Projects administered at UNMDCE&CS included: Project TTEC (Training Teachers on Emergency Certificate) Director of distance delivered graduate and upper division undergraduate television, audio conferencing and web-based courses to New Mexico educators.
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs Technology Assessment Project Consultant assessing Northern and Southern Pueblos’ technology infrastructure.  Developed the Information Technology Plans for all the Northern and Southern Pueblos including the Jicarilla Apache, Navajo and Zuni School Districts as well as completing all E-Rate proposals for BIA IT Connectivity.
  • The UNITE Project (Universities Networked for Transdisciplinary Education) hosted by UNM Health Science Center Producer of the distance learning project bridging the Schools of Medicine, Law, Architecture, Social Work, Education, and Psychiatry.
  • Project House Bill 981 Director of a multi-media project networking Community Transition Teams, K-12 Schools, and postsecondary institutions to ensure individuals with disabilities entry into higher education.
  • Project SET-UP (Special Education Training-University Programs) Director of the project providing face-to-face graduate and upper division undergraduate credit programming during intensive institutes at multiple sites in New Mexico.
  • Project DEFY (Distance Education for Youth) Consultant providing technical assistance in information technology and program development for staff in juvenile correctional facilities.
  • Libraries for the Future, El Rito Project Community Library Information Collaborative in Northern New Mexico.
  • Continuum of Care Project hosted by Carrie Tingley Hospital Director of the web-based telecommunications technology bringing critical training in developmental disabilities to primary care physicians around New Mexico.
  • Technology Conference Coordinator Facilitator of audio, video, and computer seminars and business meetings and coordinator of technology conferences/summits.
  • Project Bridges: Preschool Consortium Consultant developing a web-based network for professionals working with preschool children with special needs.
  • Project TRADE: Tattoo Removal and Developmental Enhancement) Consultant providing grant writing assistance, website creation, and the development of Internet databases for gang intervention/prevention.


University of New Mexico (UNM): College of Education, Department of Special Education Department of Organizational Learning & Educational Technologies Division of Continuing Education and Community Services Research Institute for Assistive Technology and Training Health Science Center, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics Health Science Center, Center for Development and Disability California University, Fresno: (CSUF) Department of Social Work Center for Interdisciplinary Studies Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (TVI)

Sampling of courses:

  • CIMTE/SPED 593 How to Find, Discriminate, and Participate In An Online Web-Based Course
  • CIMTE/SPED 593 How to Plan, Prepare, Teach, and Thrive In An Online Web-Based Course
  • CIMTE/SPED 593 How to Network, Conduct Research, and Publish Online: A New Information-Sharing Paradigm
  • CIMTE/SPED 593 Everything You Wanted to Know about the Internet but Were Too Embarrassed to Ask
  • CIMTE 593 The Virtual Class: Exploring New Environments for Teaching and Learning
  • SPED 593 (online web-based course) Building Teams That Work:  Special and General Education Professionals in Today’s Classroom
  • OLET 531 Techniques and Applications of Educational Telecomputing
  • OLET 531 Theory and Application of Distance Learning
  • SPED 593/CIMTE 593 Introducing General and Special Education Professionals To Tools on the World Wide Web.
  • SPED 593 Revolutionizing the Individualized Education and Transition Plan (IEP/ITP) Using Telecommunications Technology
  • SPED 593 Educational Telecommunications Survey Course
  • SPED 503 Instructional Methods and Materials (Secondary)
  • SPED 593 Introducing Education Professionals To Tools on the Internet
  • SPED 540 Nature and Needs of Learning Disabilities
  • SPED 593 Transition Specialist Training
  • SPED 593 Career Life Skills Preparation of Special Needs Learners
  • Staff Development Mandatory Training of Community College professors Working with Special Needs Students and Assistive Technology in a Postsecondary Environment.

Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Board Member of TAL-NET Educational Cable Television Network National Advisory Council on Prison Education
  • University of Pittsburgh American Association of Women Scholars American Educational Research Association AERA
  • International Council for Distance Education ICDE Association for Career Development

Presentations and Publications

  • “TCC Conference, Hawaii: The Student Experience in Online and Hybrid Courses”
  • “Your Healthcare Primer for Long Term Care:  An Online Medical Manual” Exceptional Medicine, November 2001 Rose Hessmiller, Ph.D. and Sharon Witemeyer, MD
  • “The UNITE Project: Telemedicine and Transdisciplinary Partnerships Evolve on the Web”  ICDE 99  The New Educational Frontier:  Teaching and Training in a Networked World, The 19th World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education, Vienna, Austria, June, 1999.
  • “Can We Do This? A Web-based Graduate Course for New Mexican Educators Working with Special Needs Students”   NAU /Web98: In the Footsteps of Web Pioneers, Northern Arizona University, May, 1998.
  • “Two Distance Education Systems and Their Use in Correctional Facilities in New Mexico and Arizona.”  The New Learning Environment: A Global Perspective.  The 18th International Council for Distance Education World Conference. Proceedings.  Penn State University, USA, June, 1997.
  • “Developing Distance Special Education Projects.” Tel-Ed/multimedia 1996, 50th International Congress, Proceedings. Monterey, N.L., Mexico, December 1996.
  • “Computer-Mediated Communications in a Collaborative Learning Environment.”World Conference of Distance Education, International Council of Distance Education, Proceedings. Birmingham England, June 1995
  • “CMC as a Vehicle for Collaborative Research and Student-Centered Learning in an Inter-University On-line Classroom: A Case Study.” American Education Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, California, April, 1995.
  • “Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) As Learner-Centered Instruction: Lessons from Globaled 93.”International Conference on Distance Education Proceedings, Madison, Wisconsin, July, 1994.
  • “Workplace Training in Prison: A Case Study.” American Association of Applied Anthropology, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 31, 1995.
  • “Special Education Training for Correctional Educators Using Audio and Computer Conferencing.” Third International Conference on Telecommunication in Education, Proceedings. Albuquerque, New Mexico, November, 1994.
  • “Implementation of a Special Education Master Plan in New Mexico’s State Prisons.” International Congress on Challenges to Education, Turtle Bay, Hawaii, July 8, 1994.
  • “Evaluating Collaborative Interactivity in Audio and Computer Conferencing.” Distance Learning Research Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 28, 1994.
  • Investigating the Learning Process Online: An Evaluation of Collaborative Interactivity in Audio and Computer Conferencing.” American Educational Research Association (AERA), New Orleans, Louisiana, April 7, 1994
  • “Special Education Inservice Training in Correctional Centers Via Audio and Computer Conference.” State 94: Society for Technology and Teacher Education, Washington, DC, March 18, 1994.
  • “Helping Urban and Rural Transition Teams Serve Culturally Diverse Youth with Disabilities.” 15th International Conference on Learning Disabilities, Baltimore, Maryland, October, 9, 1993.
  • “Follow-up Surveys of Special Education Students in Rural and Urban Communities.” 1993 International Conference: C.E.C. Division on Career Development and Transition, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 14, 1993.
  • “Telecommunications Technology: It’s Impact on Transition from Juvenile and Adult Correctional Facilities.” Fourth Annual National Conference on Educating incarcerated and At-Risk Youth, Palm Springs, California, January 14, 1994.
  •  “Transition from Juvenile and Adult Correctional Facilities.” 1993 International Conference: C.E.C. Division on Career Development and Transition, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 15, 1993.
  • “Teaching Students with Special Needs in a Postsecondary Environment: Characteristics, Accommodations.” Northeastern New Mexico Adult Basic Education Regional Conference, University of New Mexico, Los Alamos, New Mexico, August 28, 1993.
  • “What is Teleconferencing Technology? What is Transition? How can one impact the other?” Teachers Conference, New Mexico Youth Authority: New Mexico’s Boys’ School, YDDC, and the New Mexico Girls’ School, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 2, 1993.
  • “Distance Technology: Solutions for Staff Development & Administration.” New Mexico State Department of Corrections Conference on Staff Development, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 16, 1992.
  • “Personal Development and Telecommunications.” Teachers Conference New Mexico Youth Authority: New Mexico Boys’ School, YDDC, and the New Mexico Girls’ School, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 12, 1992.
  • “Inservice Training on Special Education Best Practices for Correctional Educators Using Distance Technology Delivery Systems.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Correctional Facility Education Directors, Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 5, 1992.
  • “Using High School Students in the Natural Environment as Social Skills Training Agents for a Youth with a Severe Communication Disorder.” Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children New Mexico State Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 11, 1992.
  • “The Vocational Education Resource System (VERS).” Presented at the San Francisco State University Vocational Education Convention, San Francisco, California, May, 1987.
  • “Out To Lunch with the Quality Circle.” Presented at the San Francisco Unified School District Conference on Dropout Prevention and Dissemination of SB 65 Funds, San Francisco, California, April, 1987.
  • “Comparison of the use of audio and computer teleconferencing in providing special education training and professional networking to educators working in correctional facilities”

Personal Focus

  • Assisting organizations manage their information assets/intelligence
  • Distance learning and telecommunications technologies
  • Telemedicine and tele-behavioral health
  • Online Community and Collaboratory Development
  • Web based Research Support
  • Web based database development and use
  • Policy, curriculum, and professional development
  • Development and implementation of web portals, Intranets and Extranets
  • Economic development through cooperatives and entrepreneurships associated with information technologies
  • Assistive technology, artificial intelligence, and virtual reality application in education, industry, human services and in projects with individuals with disabilities


  • EASI W3C Awards for Accessible Website Development
  • Doctoral Dissertation Nominated for the University of New Mexico, Popejoy Award
  • Charles A. Wedemeyer Book Award for Scholarship in Distance Education.