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    Laurel Ballard

    Chair

    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.

  • Eric Hileman

    Chair-Elect

    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.

  • Carla Wade

    Carla Wade

    Treasurer

    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.

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    Ann-Marie Mapes

    Secretary

    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.

  • Julia Fallon

    Past Chair

    Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Julia Fallon is a technology and learning alchemist. She works for Washington’s K-12 education agency, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) as the Title II, Part A Program Lead, where she provides operational oversight of the federal program designed to improve the quality of instruction and administration. In her previous role as the state’s Technology Integration Program Manager, she streamlined strategic planning for districts moving large- and small-scale technology projects forward, championed robust professional learning 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.

    Involved with learning technologies since 1989, she is an avid proponent of dynamic 21st century learning experiences where highly effective instructional strategies integrate a wide range of digital technologies. Her professional interest lies in making the case for public school systems wherein all educators are able to optimize technology-rich learning environments to engage the learners who fill our classrooms. She explores and probes 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.

    Julia is also the current board chair of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), a nonprofit membership association launched by state leaders in 2001 to serve, support, and represent their emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology for teaching and learning.

  • Doug Casey

    At-Large Member

    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.

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    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.

  • Melinda Fiscus

    At-Large Member

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

    Melinda Fiscus is happy to be spending her eighteenth year with The Learning Technology Centers 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 also serves as one of the Illinois representatives to SETDA, serving on the Professional Learning committee. She is one of the Illinois State E-rate Coordinators (SECA), and serves on the Classroom Connectivity Project and ICN Advanced Engineering Task force. Melinda is proud to be an alumni of University of Illinois Springfield, and has successfully implemented several grants to support districts in the southern Illinois area. She is currently excited about helping with the adoption of Open Educational Resources (#GoOpen), the Future Ready School Initiative, and is passionate about creating immersive learning experiences for staff and students.

  • 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.

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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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