• Doug Casey


    Connecticut Commission for Educational Technology

    Doug Casey serves as the Executive Director for the Connecticut State Commission for Educational Technology (CET). In that role, he designs and manages strategic plans that help ensure the successful integration of technology in Connecticut’s schools, libraries, universities, and towns. The CET has direct oversight of statewide programs including the Connecticut Education Network (CEN, the state’s research and education network), its digital library (researchIT, formerly iCONN), and other initiatives.

    Prior to joining the CET, Doug served for nearly 10 years as the Director of Technology for the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in Hartford. There he oversaw and implemented significant improvements in business processes, digital security, and information management for the agency’s 25 schools, 36 districts in the Hartford area, and schools statewide.

    Doug began his career as a middle school English teacher in Virginia after graduating from the College of William & Mary. He applied his classroom experience to educational publishing, managing communications for the Smithsonian Institution’s office of education. He later earned a master of arts degree in online communications from Georgetown University and a master of science in management information systems from George Washington University. His diverse background includes managing technology for marketing firms as well as security and systems engineering for national security agencies and the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Outside of work, Doug enjoys time with family, serving through missions, and triathlon.

  • Rick Gaisford


    Utah Department of Education

    Rick Gaisford has 35 years in education and has been involved with educational technology for over 30 years at the classroom, school, district and state levels. He has been an elementary school teacher, school technology specialist, district technology specialist and trainer, state Internet specialist and state education technology specialist. In his current state responsibilities he works with districts, schools and the the state network, UETN, on how to effectively integrate technology tools and resources into teaching and learning. He helps oversee Utah’s Digital Teaching and Learning program implemented by the Utah State Legislature in 2016. This legislation has provided over $80 million to implement a comprehensive program to effectively bring technology into all classrooms in the state and to assist in personalizing education for each student.
    Away from technology and work Rick enjoys spending time puttering around in his yard and garden and being Grandpa to his 5 grandchildren (soon to be 7).

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    Eric Hileman

    Past Chair

    Emeritus Member, Oklahoma City Public Schools

    Eric is the Executive Director of IT Services for Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma’s largest and most diverse school district with approximately 45 thousand students and 4700 teachers. Prior to joining OKCPS, Eric served as the Director of Instructional Technology for the Oklahoma State Department of Education where he held that post for 14 years.  Additionally, he conducts a church choir for an Episcopal parish in Oklahoma City.  Eric holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Oklahoma City University, Master of Education in Instructional Psychology and Technology from the University of Oklahoma, and currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning.

  • Janice Mertes


    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

    Janice Mertes is the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning -Digital Learning team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Janice leads the statewide Future Ready and Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan programs in addition to the State Superintendent’s Digital Learning Advisory Council (DLAC) focused on policy, practice, funding, and research. Janice coordinates partnership programming with the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative (WDLC) to support online and blended learning along with other partners to support personalized, innovative student learning opportunities. The digital learning team supports the Wisconsin standards for Information and Technology Literacy, Keeping Kids Safe Online Cybersafety, digital leadership development, Title IVA and ESSA program support, coding, and district planning. Janice is a CoSN Certified Educator Technology Leader (CETL) and helps to coordinate the statewide credentialing program with the Wisconsin Education Technology Leaders. Janice currently serves on the SETDA Board of Directors and is the board treasurer. She currently serves on the CoSN Driving Innovation workgroup. She was named as one of Ed Scoop’s Top 25 State Leaders in 2017.

  • Melinda Fiscus


    Learning Technology Center of Illinois (Illinois State Board of Education)

    Melinda Fiscus is the Digital Access Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. In this role she provides networking opportunities, consulting services, professional development for school districts, and advocates for the advancement of educational technology across Illinois. She serves as one of the Illinois representatives to the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and also serves as a governing board member. She is one of the Illinois State E-rate Coordinators (SECA), and is a founding member of the Classroom Connectivity Project. Melinda is in her 21st year working in IL educational technology, and is currently excited about IL broadband opportunities and is passionate about creating immersive learning experiences for staff and students.

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    Dorann Avey

    At-Large Member

    Nebraska Department of Education

    Dorann Avey is the Digital Learning Director for the Nebraska Department of Education, leading work across the state in Educational Technology and Digital Learning. In cooperation with the Future Ready Council, ESUCC and ESU’s, Dorann currently supports work to identify, develop, and share high-quality practices and strategies to build the capacity of educators, leaders, and organizations across Nebraska in all areas of technology.

    Prior to joining NDE, Dorann spent over a decade as a teacher and department chair with Lincoln Public Schools. Dorann brings a total of 17 years of teaching experience and has earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Doane University. The courses taught in those years were in the areas of computer science, technology and business which included several Dual-Credit and AP courses. In addition, she brings multiple years of experience with curriculum development and coaching for technology teachers and leaders.

  • Stan Freeda

    At-Large Member

    New Hampshire Department of Education

    Stan is the State Educational Technology Director and Online Learning Specialist at the New Hampshire Department of Education.  He works out of the Office of ESEA Title Programs.  As the digital learning and literacy specialist, one of his primary responsibilities is coordinating the state’s Title IV-A Program.  As the State Educational Technology Director, he is also responsible for supporting educational technology and digital literacy in New Hampshire schools by reviewing and approving school Digital Literacy programs and providing guidance for district technology and digital learning planning.  Stan earned bachelor’s degrees in both physics and biology; and a master’s degree in limnology and oceanography. He also completed a Master of Science degree in education.  Previously a classroom science teacher, Stan taught a wide range of sciences at both the middle and high school levels.  Throughout his career, he has taught and developed science and education courses at the college level, both in the online and face-to-face environments.  He has completed advanced training in teaching and developing online courses for both children and adults, which earned him a graduate certificate in Educational Technology and Online Learning.  Along with membership in State Educational Technology Directors Association, Stan also maintains memberships in the New Hampshire Society for Technology in Education.  Stan currently represents the Department of Education on the Board of Directors for NH Agriculture in the Classroom.

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    Julia Legg

    At-Large Member

    West Virginia Department of Education

    Julia Legg is the State E-rate Coordinator in the Office of Data Analysis & Research at the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE). She has been in education for the last 24 years as a fourth-generation educator. She holds teaching licenses in English and School Library Media, along with a Masters’ Degree in Instructional Technology Leadership and is a licensed school administrator. Her roles have included graduate-level instruction, high school, middle school, elementary and virtual instruction.

    In her 16 years with the WVDE, she has provided professional development as a Technology Integration Specialist coordinator and served in other roles including supporting the School Library Media Specialists across the state. In her current role, she supports broadband initiatives as a member of the state Broadband Enhancement Council Education Committee, administers the statewide strategic technology planning initiative, manages state master contracts for school networking and Internet access, and provides technology support to school districts, along with filing assistance and support to her districts for E-rate and the Emergency Connectivity Fund.

    Mrs. Legg is the former Chair of the State Action Committee within the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA), a leadership member of the E-rate Collaborative group, the board liaison to the Strategic Partnerships committee, as well as holding membership in the State E-rate Coordinator Alliance (SECA).

  • Ann-Marie Mapes

    At-Large Member

    Michigan Department of Education

    Ann-Marie Mapes is an Education Technology Manager in the P-20 Office of Data and Information Management at the Michigan Department of Education. She has served in various roles at the Michigan Department of Education for over 14 years, from coordinating teacher recognition programs to teaching technology to adult learners. Her current efforts focus on various statewide technology initiatives, including Michigan’s State Education Technology Plan, the Michigan #GoOpen Community and the state refresh of education technology standards for students, in addition to technology planning and school connectivity.  Ann-Marie believes that strategic partnerships are essential elements to accelerate, amplify, expand access and opportunity, and positively impact student achievement and engagement through technology.

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