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    Julia Fallon

    Chair

    Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington

    Julia is the Title II, Part A (Teacher and Principal Quality) Program Supervisor at the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Julia Fallon is also a technology and learning alchemist. She explores and interrogates the big ideas in K-12 education with tech integration – how to make sure all kids acquire the skills to participate in a digital society, and what is the collective and creative impact of thriving online communities. Involved with learning technologies since 1989, Julia is an avid proponent of dynamic 21st century learning experiences where highly effective instructional strategies integrate a wide range of digital technologies. As the state’s Technology Integration Program Manager, she streamlined strategic planning for districts moving large- and small-scale technology projects forward, championed robust PD programming for educators facing a brave new world of 1-to-1 initiatives, and spoken out for smart, flexible network policy that connects teachers and kids to a wider world of collaborative learning and dynamic scholarship.

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    Dr. Laurel Ballard

    Chair-Elect

    Wyoming Department of Education

    Laurel Ballard, Ph.D. is the Student and Teacher Resources Team Supervisor for the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE). In this role she supervises staff and programs related to digital learning, virtual education, teacher and leader evaluation and accountability, educator equitable, at-risk students, computer science education. She is also the state lead for Wyoming’s Career Readiness Initiative.

    Dr. Ballard has extensive and varied experience in leading and moving the work of large multi-agency projects and steering teams forward. She is actively leading six prominent steering teams including: Educator Equity Steering Team, Certified Personnel Evaluation System and Leader Accountability Advisory Panel, Wyoming Career Readiness Council, Virtual Education Advisory Committee, Statewide Digital Learning Advisory Panel, and Computer Science Education Advisory Panel. Previously, Previously, Dr. Ballard has previously successfully led or facilitated the Distance Education Task Force, P20W Statewide Longitudinal Data System Governance, Wyoming Summer School Advisory Team, and Accountability Steering Team. These steering teams and advisory panels include a diverse set of stakeholders including state legislators, Governor’s Office, industry, multiple state agencies, school district superintendents, school district technology directors, and virtual education providers. Laurel also represents the Superintendent of Public Instruction on Wyoming’s Workforce Development Council.

    Previous positions Dr. Ballard has held include Education IT Enterprise Architect – Department of Enterprise Technology Services, Manager of Information and Accountability – Natrona County School District #1, Chief Information and Data Officer, Supervisor for Accountability, and School Improvement Consultant – Wyoming Department of Education.

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    Janice Mertes

    Treasurer

    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

    Janice Mertes is the Assistant Director for Instructional Media and Technology/Digital Learning for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).  Janice comes to the Wisconsin DPI  from the Sun Prairie School District with over 19 years of education experiences having served as a twice National Board certified secondary social studies educator, LMS administrator, professional learning facilitator, virtual learning integrator and technology coordinator. Janice coordinated the district Morgridge Technology Grant project that included a student run SMART*ies tech squad to support model interactive classrooms.  Janice has been recognized by Wisconsin and nationally as a Herb Kohl Fellowship recipient, Microsoft Innovative Educator, USA Today Teacher Team, James Madison Constitutional Fellow and a National Education I Can Learn award recipient. In addition, Janice brings national experience from her service on Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s ICivics educator gaming team, blogging on edtech topics and speaking at a variety of conferences.  At the Wisconsin DPi, Janice is leading the statewide implementation of the Future Ready and #GoOpen programming initiatives connected to the refreshed Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan.  In addition, Janice serves on internal work teams for ESSA, data privacy and digital citizenship, personalized learning and infrastructure. Janice coordinates partnership programming with the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative virtual learning partners and numerous other professional organization efforts to impact personalized, innovative student learning opportunities.

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    Carla Wade

    Secretary

    Oregon Department of Education

    Carla Wade is the Digital Learning Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education. Her experience in ranges from creating Zoo Education programs that grew 750% in the first year to managing curriculum and instruction (including Spaceflight Academy) at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry before getting into the formal education arena.Carla is committed to providing quality education for students in an environment where they have access to tools, effective teachers and processes for learning that inspire them to develop college and career ready skills and a desire for life-long learning. She has managed federal grant programs including Title I-A, Title II-A, Title IID and the Technology Literacy Fund. She has authored and/or implemented successful grants including grants from Intel Education Foundation, federal ESEA programs, Meyer Memorial Trust, and the National Science Foundation. Carla has served on the boards of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and the Oregon Science Teachers Association (OSTA). She has received recognition for her work in educational technology from the George Lucas Education Foundation, ISTE and SETDA where she won the 2010 State Leader of the Year Award.

  • Val Emrich

    At-Large Member

    Maryland Department of Education

    Val Emrich is the Director of Instructional Technology and School Library Media at the Maryland State Department of Education. Prior to this role, she served 9 years as a county level Instructional Technology Manager, 2 years as a county level Instructional Technology Specialist, and over twelve years as a school based educator. Her goal is to use the power of digital resources to help transform K12 teaching and learning in blended, student-centered environments. She holds a Masters in Instructional Technology/Library Media from University of Towson and a Masters Certification in Instructional Technology from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Rick Gaisford

    At-Large Member

    Utah Department of Education

    Rick Gaisford has 32 years in education and has been involved with educational technology for over 29 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 and schools on how to effectively integrate technology tools and resources into teaching and learning. He helps oversee the Digital Teaching and Learning program implemented by the Utah State Legislature in 2016. This legislation has provided $45 million to implement a comprehensive program to effectively bring technology into all classrooms in the state.

  • Eric Hileman

    At-Large Member

    SETDA Emeritus Member, Executive Director of IT Services for 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.

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    Todd Lawrence

    At-Large Member

    Idaho State Department of Education

    Todd Lawrence is the State E-Rate Coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education. His main focus is working with schools and districts in Idaho with the E-Rate process to educate them on strategies for procuring both category 1 and 2 services as their needs demand. His mission is to ensure all school districts receive the support, training, and guidance they need while following all program rules and state laws.

    In addition to being on the SETDA Board, Todd is an active member of the State E-Rate Coordinators Alliance (SECA), a national leading group that pursue positive changes in the E-Rate program.

    After spending more than 15 years in the technology industry with Micron and HP, he decided to make a change and fulfill a lifelong dream to become an elementary school teacher. After teaching for 2 years and earning his Master’s degree in Education, he found his way back into the technology field. Now he is combining his passion for teaching and technology. He is making a positive difference for the students and teachers of Idaho.

    Todd currently resides in Boise, ID with his wife and 4 amazing children ranging in ages of 16 to 21.

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    Ann-Marie Mapes

    At-Large Member

    Michigan Department of Education

    Ann-Marie Mapes is an Education Technology Consultant 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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