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Presenters, Moderators and Discussants

Leadership Summit presenters include a cross section of education leaders from across the country. Each year SETDA strives to include a variety of speakers including representatives from the White House, U.S. Department of Education, a variety of State Departments of Education, national education organizations, school administrators, teachers and students.

Featured Speakers

Vince Bertram HeadshotDr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), @VinceBertram

Dr. Vince Bertram is president and chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Since joining the organization in June 2011, PLTW has grown to serve approximately 11,500 schools across the U.S., trained thousands of teachers, and received numerous national recognitions and awards. In 2014, he was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as the education expert for its United States Speaker and Specialist Program. The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, appointed Vince to the congress-authorized STEM Education Advisory Panel in 2018. He serves on the Olin College of Engineering President’s Council. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, is a frequent contributor to national publications, and is a New York Times bestselling author with his books Dream Differently: Candid Advice for America’s Students and One Nation Under-Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Crisis.

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Prior to joining PLTW, Dr. Bertram spent 20 years in education as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of Indiana’s third-largest urban school district.

Dr. Bertram holds an Ed.D, MS, Ed.S, and BS degrees from Ball State University, a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University, and MBA degrees from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School. He also earned an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is an alumnus of the Chicago Management Institute at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. In 2018, he received the National Instruments Innovations in STEM Award, which celebrates an individual who is dedicated to equipping students for successful careers. Dr. Bertram received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, was named a “Distinguished Hoosier” by Governor Mitch Daniels, received the “Intellectual Contributions and Faculty Tribute” award for his contributions to the intellectual life at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and received the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Ball State University.

Bernadette Adams headshotBernadette Adams, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Leadership Fellow, U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, @bernadettadams

As Senior Policy Advisor, Bernadette has led projects to provide practitioners and policymakers with guidance on: research-based policies and practices implemented by successful Future Ready Leaders; new strategies for evaluating the effectiveness of learning technologies; the role of online communities of practice in enhancing educator performance; exemplary strategies for district leaders to design, acquire, and maintain technology infrastructure; exemplary strategies for developers to leverage technology to solve persistent problems in education; and key considerations for implementing personalized student learning in schools. Prior to joining OET, Bernadette worked to advance the use of technology for workforce development at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, and served as a consultant to design an innovative technology-based science curriculum for the Atlanta Public School District.

Jennifer Adams headshotDr. Jennifer Adams, CEO, Educating Leaders Consulting, @JenAdamsEd

Jennifer has recently completed an eight-year term as the Director of Education for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in Ontario Canada, serving a diverse student population of 73,000 across 150 elementary and secondary schools. She is a former superintendent of curriculum, elementary school principal, and French teacher. Jennifer earned her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Toronto/OISE, Canada. Throughout her career, Jennifer has been recognized as a leader in curriculum planning and instructional practice. She is committed to working with communities to strengthen public education. She has been invited to speak at a variety of international conferences, sharing her experience of leading education system improvements by putting academic research into policy and practice. Jennifer has served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the OECD Study on Social and Emotional Skills and is on the Executive Committee for Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills. She is the founder and CEO of Educating Leaders, a consulting company specializing in education, future skills, and leadership/talent development.

Tom Baker EsriTom Baker, Education Manager, Esri, @trbaker

Tom Baker co-manages the Esri K12 program while dabbling in ed research, curriculum design, and tech development.



Laurel Ballard Resized HeadshotLaurel Ballard, Ph.D., Student and Teacher Resources Team Supervisor, Wyoming Department of Education, @laurel_ballard

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.

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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.

Geoff Belleau headshotGeoff Belleau, Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education, @gbelleau

Geoff Belleau is an education program consultant at the California Department of Education. He has 25 years of experience as a highschool, middle-school, and elementary-school educator. Before joining the Department of Education, he was a county office administrator, serving as program manager for instructional technology. In this role, he coordinated instructional technology projects along with district IT administrators and worked with schools and districts on technology integration and professional development. He has presented at several state and national education technology conferences. In his current role he supports schools in CA and the broadband grant as well as facilitating several special construction grants bringing broadband to under/unconnected schools.


Giancarlo Brotton headshotGiancarlo Brotto, Global Education Strategist, @4GBrotto

Giancarlo Brotto is a Global Education Strategist.  He engages with government officials, policy-influencing organization, thought leaders, school system decision makers and researchers to gain insights and influence trends in the education sector.  With over 20 years’ experience, his areas of expertise include education policy, classroom practice, professional learning, education research and educational technology implementation.  He regularly shares his insight through Twitter, LinkedIn and his dynamic, audience engaging presentations has him regularly presenting to education stakeholders across the globe.  He is currently a founding member of Catalyst – international organization for education change agents.

Marisa Burkhart InstructureMarisa Burkhart, Regional Vice President, K12, Instructure,@edtechmarisa

Marisa Burkhart has years leading teams focused on instructional improvement as a public educator and leader in Illinois and was named Illinois Technology Administrator of the year in 2014. Since joining Instructure 4 years ago, her focus is helping K12 districts and states use technology to improve classroom instruction and access to resources.

Jim Campbell AEMJim Campbell, Director of Education Services, AEM Corporation, @js0up

LEADER | Passionately pursuing the art of supporting individuals and teams in their quest for meaningful opportunities for expression and tangible outcomes of success. Have led non-profit and for-profit teams for over 15 years. INNOVATOR | Actively embracing the ever present force of change and willing to risk and wrestle for solutions that propel forward. Past experience includes the redesign of technical assistance for major US Department of Education grant programs and the design and delivery of new technology tools utilized by over a hundred agencies and organizations. COMMUNICATOR | Energized by helping people to think and grasp through the meaningful conveyance of ideas and concepts. Have delivered hundreds of presentations from small to large groups and collaborated on large scale design and dissemination efforts. CLOSET CREATIVE | Known to occasionally dabble with graphic design concept and creation.

Michael Campbell Forward Thinking EDUMichael Campbell, President and Principal Advisor, Forward Thinking EDU, @forwardthinkedu

Michael Campbell is the President of Forward Thinking EDU. With his network within the education and public library market, Michael is known as a connector in those industries. His passion for improving education through innovation has helped private and not-for-profit organizations market solutions that support success in learning. While serving in various executive marketing management positions in the PK – 20 technology and publishing industry, Michael has championed innovations in STEM, Social Emotional Learning, data management and student engagement. With experience beyond US borders, Michael has worked with companies in the Middle East, the U.K, and Canada, including the Ontario, Canada MaRS program as mentor for their Learning start-up community. Prior to his current position at Forward Thinking EDU, Michael held leadership positions with Learning Bird, Follett Software Company, ETA hand2mind, Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

Doug Casey BoardDoug Casey, Executive Director, Connecticut State Commission for Educational Technology (CET), @DougCasey

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. 

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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. 

Jordan Chaver MineolaJordan Chaver, Student, Mineola Middle School

Jordan Chaver is a seventh grader at Mineola Middle School, and has attended the Mineola School District since Kindergarten. He has collected 130 microcredentials on his digital portfolio, presented on behalf of our Ted-Ed club three times, and has been awarded the Encore Award from the drama club. Jordan has been coding ever since he first explored it in third grade, and he has showcased his skills to visitors from all over the country, including leaders from Apple Inc. Jordan spent his summer creating and publishing a consumer app for a doctor’s office. He currently hopes to one day lead a local digital marketing firm helping small businesses optimize their online presence, therefore, increasing their reach, and assisting the community in finding great locations in their own neighborhood. He’s excited to show off some of the innovative things we have going on in our school today.

susan clairSusan M. Clair, Ed.D., Learning Infrastructure Coordinator, Office of Technology, Virginia Department of Education, @VDOE_News, @smclair

Dr. Susan M. Clair is the Learning Infrastructure Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). She has over a decade of experience as a former Director of Instructional Technology. Virginia does not view the E-rate program in isolation but rather has a larger vision of how infrastructure supports learning in schools. With that vision in mind, The K-12 Learning Infrastructure Program (KLIP was created. Susan’s role is to build this program into a major resource for educators. The KLIP is a partnership with the VDOE, the governor’s office, and the EducationSuperHighway. The goals of the program are to get fiber to schools that need it, ensure classrooms have updated and reliable Wi-Fi, help schools get more broadband for their budgets, and assist schools with the E-rate process. Since 2016, the KLIP has assisted school divisions with their infrastructure by developing state master contracts for broadband and network equipment, making state matching funds available for self-provisioning broadband networks, and providing the support, industry expertise, and information that schools need to make informed decisions.

Eliz Colbert PhotoDr. Eliz Colbert, Executive Director, North Carolina Virtual Public School, @E_Colbert

Dr. Eliz Colbert joined the team at NC Virtual Public School in 2013 and currently serves as the Executive Director. She has over twenty years in service to NC public schools including twelve years as a school administrator and six years leading professional learning initiatives at the state and local level. These roles have allowed Eliz the opportunity to study and deploy best practices in learning for students of all ages through the online classroom. She is a graduate of the The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and received a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the proud mother of two children who attend NC public schools.

Alyssa CubelloAlyssa Cubello, Marketing Manager, EducationSuperHighway, @alyssacubello

An experienced marketing and communications manager at EducationSuperHighway, Alyssa leverages her work with educators, state policy leaders, and K-12 advocacy organizations to understand their needs, influence product strategy, and develop nationwide awareness, adoption, and engagement activities. Passionate about how technology can increase equity in our communities and schools, she previously worked to enhance and protect student data with Oracle’s Higher Education team.

Catherine Dinh MineolaCatherine Dinh, Student, Mineola Middle School

Catherine Dinh is a 7th grader at the Mineola Middle School.  She currently serves as the Student Council President of the Middle School. Catherine has been a participant in the Dual Language Program since third grade where she learns all major subjects in both English and Spanish. This is in addition to understanding her home language, Vietnamese. She is involved in multiple clubs such as Robotics, Drama, and Ted-Ed where she learns many different skills. Outside of school, Catherine enjoys spending time with family and friends, art, and trying new things. Catherine also loves the environment. She does what she can to make the planet a greener place to live. Catherine is interested in exploring Political Science or Business in college as her major.


Barbara diSioudiBarbara diSioudi, Educational Business Consultant, @bdisioudi

Barbara diSioudi is a business consultant for content and technology companies growing their scale and profitability in the PK-12 products and services sector. Over her career, Barbara has guided the development and commercialization of a variety of educational materials, platforms, and services. Her product portfolio includes STEM, Math, Science, Reading, Language Arts, Business, and Character Education resources. Most recently she was CEO of ORIGO Education, a Pre-K–Grade 6 mathematics education company based in Brisbane, Australia that she guided to profitability in less than three years. Prior to her role at ORIGO, Barbara was Vice President for Research & Development at ETA hand2mind. Barbara has led teams to shape winning products through innovative product architecture, iterative in-market testing, and strategic refinement. She extends this imagine-test-refine approach to business processes. She is passionate about serving teachers, district administrators, and families well so that these adults can flourish in their work to serve children.

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Candice Dodson, Executive Director, SETDA, @candicedodson

Candice Dodson is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Director of eLearning for the Indiana Department of Education. In that role, Candice focused on advancing and expanding Indiana’s efforts to take advantage of technology to improve student outcomes. She and her eLearning team worked to boost the state’s efforts to connect Indiana to great ideas in educational technology, virtual and online learning, and new learning models and instructional practices. Her strategic work included the formation of an eLearning Leadership Cadre, statewide professional development opportunities including the Summer of eLearning conferences, Admin Academies, and Digital Learning Grants, and resources and training to support digital learning. Prior to the Indiana Department of Education, Candice had 20 years of experience in a variety of roles from elementary teacher, media specialist, and high ability educator to curriculum and technology integration specialist, central office administrator, and assistant principal.

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Ms. Dodson’s most recent work prior to the IDOE centered on the implementation of a 6-12 one-to-one initiative, the development of leadership programs for district administrators, and expansion of professional development programs. Candice has previously represented Indiana on the Board of Directors of SETDA (State Educational Technology Directors Association), and the HECC (Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators) Board. Candice continues to serve on the Indiana University School of Education Alumni Board of Directors She has presented, in Indiana and nationally, various sessions and talks on leadership in the digital age.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, a Masters of Education from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, an Administrator Leadership, Administrative Licensure from University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, and a Leadership Institute Certificate from Brown University, Providence, RI.

Peter Drescher, State Director of Education Technology, Vermont Agency of Education, @VTAOE_EdTech

Peter Drescher has been involved in Education Technology since the early 1990’s. He began his career in education as a Middle School teacher and transitioned to a technology resource educator for many years until coming to the Vermont Agency of Education.  His role as the State Director of Education Technology involves working with schools and education leaders around policies and practice related to digital learning, broadband and device acquisition, and as of late, open education resources, and student data privacy. Peter is an active member of SETDA, the State Education Technology Directors Association and has been a past SETDA Leader of the Year.



Val Emrich headshotVal Emrich, Director of Instructional Technology and School Library Media, Maryland State Department of Education, @EmrichVal

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.



Brent Engleman CCSSOBrent Engleman, Director of Education Data & Information Systems, Council of Chief State School Officers

Brent Engelman serves as the Education Data and Information Systems (EDIS) Director at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). At CCSSO, Brent is responsible for leadership of the Education Information Management Advisory Collaborative (EIMAC), the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Network, and the newly formed Data Lead Network. In the 2018-2019 program year and beyond, EIMAC and its associated networks will strive to be a driving force responsible for advancing the use of technology and data to enhance teaching, learning, educational equity, and student success. Previously, Brent served as the Director of Information Technology at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Brent led an education data system transformation that included the development of Ed360, a mobile friendly web application designed to empower educators with access to near real-time data. Brent also served six years as School Board President for his local district.

Ronda EshlemanRonda Eshleman, Executive Director, Indiana Online, @RondaEshleman

Ronda Eshleman is the Executive Director of Indiana Online, a program of the Central Indiana Educational Services Center. Ronda and her team have built a supplemental, online program partnering with over 300 high schools across the state of Indiana, offering over 100 online courses. During her tenure at Indiana Online, Ronda has been an integral part of the expanding growth of online learning in Indiana. A leader in the field, she is on the Executive Board for the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance and currently serves on the leadership team for the creation of the new National Standards for Quality Online Courses, Teaching and Programs.

Julia Fallon White NewJulia Fallon, Title II, Part A Program Lead, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, @JuliaFallon

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.

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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 past 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.

Melinda Fiscus NEW Head shotMelinda Fiscus, Digital Access Coordinator, Learning Technology Center of Illinois, Illinois State Board of Education, @Fiscus29

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 20th year working in IL educational technology, and is currently excited about IL broadband opportunities, the Future Ready School Initiative, and is passionate about creating immersive learning experiences for staff and students.

Charlie Fitzpatrick EsriCharlie Fitzpatrick, School Programs Manager, Esri, @FitzpatrickC

A former middle school teacher, Charlie Fitzpatrick has managed the Esri K12 education program for nearly three decades.


Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA, @cafox

Christine is the Deputy Executive Director for SETDA. Christine’s tasks include member professional development planning and implementation, research, and report writing. She manages the development of the annual SETDA national educational technology trends report, other SETDA research products and white papers, association professional development programs, and oversees all conference and event content.

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Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She worked as a 3rd grade teacher, ESOL coordinator, educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model. Christine has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Florida International University and received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University.

Stan Freeda 2019Stan Freeda, State Educational Technology Director, Bureau of Student Support, New Hampshire Department of Education, @StanFreeda

Stan is the State Educational Technology Director and online learning specialist at the New Hampshire Department of Education. His focus is to provide guidance, resources, and technical assistance to districts regarding programs that include digital literacy, educational technology, and/or online learning.  His work involves participation in the NH School Connectivity Initiative, Future Ready New Hampshire, Title IV-A State Technical Assistance Team, and other statewide initiatives and programs in which technology integration, blended learning, and digital literacy are involved; along with other broader New Hampshire initiatives, such as personalized learning and competency-based education.  Stan received bachelors’ degrees in both physics and biology, and earned master’s degrees in limnology and oceanography, and education.  He also earned an advanced graduate certificate in educational technology and online learning.  Stan has worked at the NH Department of Education since 2006.  Prior to his work for the State of New Hampshire, Stan taught at both the secondary and post-secondary levels, in the online and face-to-face environments, teaching a variety of science, mathematics, and education courses.

Jennifer Fronczak headshotJennifer Fronczak, M.Ed., 6-12 Mathematics, East Grand School

Jennifer Fronczak is a New York native who has lived in Maine for over 25 years. Her undergraduate work was at the State University College in Oneonta, NY in Elementary Education with a minor in mathematics. Her graduate work was at UMO for Literacy. She has been a teacher for over 25 years and has taught every grade from K-12+. In addition, she is a Noyes Fellow Mentor teacher at the University of Maine in Orono. Her areas of interest in education center around place and project based education with a natural resources emphasis, authentic integration of technology and classroom climate. She and her husband are a blended family with 10 children between them. They enjoy hiking, swimming, camping and kayaking. Their goal is to retire on a catamaran and sail the warm part of the world.

Erich Grauke IllinoisErich Grauke, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, @egrauke

Erich Grauke is a principal consultant in the CTE and Innovation division at the Illinois State Board of Education.  Drawing on 21 years of experience in education with roles as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and 13 years as a district technology director, he provides expertise and leadership on statewide educational technology initiatives and grant programs.  He also advises State Board administrators and members of the Illinois General Assembly in the creation of policies and laws governing educational technology use, with areas of focus including broadband infrastructure, equity, data security and privacy, and personalized learning.  Along with Mindy Fiscus, he serves as one of the Illinois State E-Rate Coordinators. He is a COSN Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL), Google Educator, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator. He holds a Masters in Educational Technology from National Louis University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University.

Kim Gray East Grand SchoolKim Gray, Kindergarten Teacher, East Grand School

Kim Gray grew up in Medway and received her associate’s degree in Library Science in 2000 and bachelor’s degree in 2006 from University of Maine at Augusta as a non-traditional student while raising her two boys. She was the Media Coordinator at East Grand School for a number of years and in 2010 started teaching Pre-K after receiving her certification. She has also taught 4th grade, Title 1 and currently is teaching Kindergarten.  She loves the young students of East Grand School and enjoys watching them flourish in their learning.


Kiersten Greene headshot croppedKiersten Greene, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literacy Education, Department of Teaching & Learning, SUNY New Paltz, @kag823

Kiersten Greene is an Associate Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Teaching & Learning at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Kiersten’s scholarship is rooted in making sense of the 21st century classroom experience, and her most recent work explores technology integration practices in teacher preparation.



Greene iSmile 2015 (1 of 12)Melissa Greene, Director, Strategic Partnerships, SETDA, @marymelgreene

Melissa is SETDA’s Director of Strategic Partnerships and brings over 20 years of experience in education, including eight years of experience working as a sales consultant and representative in educational publishing. While at both Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Teacher Created Materials, Inc., Melissa was known for her excellent customer service and relationship building skills, as well as her creative and customized marketing strategies for all of the New York school districts that she served.

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Ms. Greene’s career has focused on increasing the quality of education for all students as an educator, in the private sector and most recently via New York’s state education agency. Prior to joining SETDA, Melissa was a project coordinator in the Higher Education Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness at the New York State Education Department. From 2013 through 2015, Melissa coordinated grants, teacher and leadership events and meetings, professional development projects, created presentations for the Board of Regents meetings, and participated in policy-making groups and conferences in order to improve teacher and leader quality in New York State.

Alan Griffin HeadshotAlan Griffin, Curriculum Content Specialist, Utah State Board of Education, @agriffin5

Alan Griffin has been an educator in Utah for the past 38 years. He is currently the curriculum content specialist at the Utah State Office of Education (USOE). He has taught in many areas of social studies, as well as in computer applications and programming. Mr. Griffin has served on the executive boards of the Utah Commission of Volunteers, the Utah Coalition for Civic, Character, and Service Learning, and the Utah 3Rs organization. He has served as the State Education Agency coordinator for Learn and Serve grants awarded in the state. He has presented at numerous state and national conferences on service learning, life skills, and evaluating instructional materials. He has also been heavily involved in technology, serving as the technology coordinator in the Weber District for 11 years, and presently provides technology support for the teaching and learning staff at USOE. He is currently President of the State Instructional Materials Review Association (SIMRA), a national organization that collaborates regarding curriculum evaluation processes. He and his wife Billie are the parents of 11 children and live in West Haven, Utah.

Cindy Hamblin Head ShotCindy Hamblin, Director, Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance, @CindyHamblin10

Cindy Hamblin is the director of the Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance (VLLA). The VLLA is a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization that brings together leaders from online learning programs in the U.S. to strengthen virtual education. Ms. Hamblin was the director of the Illinois Virtual School from 2009-2018 where she provided oversight of the quality of online courses, instructors and services to students. Cindy joined the VLLA with twenty-six years of experience leading educational technology in Illinois.



Vince Interrante MineolaVincent Interrante, Teacher, Mineola Middle School, @teachandengage

Vincent Interrante has worked in the Mineola Union Free School District for 31 years. Mr. Interrante has worked in multiple positions throughout the district. Currently, he is teaching in the Gifted and Talented Program, teaching third through seventh graders.

While working in Mineola, Vincent was selected twice to represent New York in the Microsoft Innovative Educators Forum. His last project at the Forum included a collaboration between five schools spanning three continents and over 200 students, all working together to design construct and test water bottle rockets. Vincent Interrante was one of 50 educators worldwide to be selected to participate in the 2011 Microsoft’s Worldwide Innovative Education Forum. His selection was based on his efforts using technology in the classroom to enhance positive learning and increase student engagement. Mr. Interrante has taught as an adjunct professor at Hofstra University as well as providing technology workshops for pre-service teachers. Vincent has presented on multiple occasions at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio and Philadelphia.

Vince Interrante has traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa and Antananarivo, Madagascar to assist in the development and implementation of weather communication exchanges with middle school aged students between Mineola and Africa.

meredith Jacob Creative CommonsMeredith Jacob, Public Lead, Creative Commons USA, @meredithjacob

Meredith is the Public Lead for Creative Commons USA. She manages the day-to-day operations of the organization and maintains the core legal guidance around Creative Commons licenses. Meredith is currently working with libraries and archivists on a project to define best practices in fair use specific to those communities. Additionally, Meredith serves as the Assistant Director for Academic Programs at the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law, where her work includes research and advocacy on open access to federally funded research, flexible limitations and exceptions to copyright, and the public interest in intellectual property law.

Bilan jama Creative CommonsBilan Jama, Education Policy Specialist, Creative Commons USA, @blnjama

Bilan Jama is the Education Policy Specialist at Creative Commons USA. Her job primarily focuses on supporting OER policy and CC license adoption in K-12 communities, including supporting the #GoOpen network. She manages relationships with partner organizations, connecting with teachers, and contributing some insight around K-12 education policy and practices. Before working with Creative Commons, Bilan was a fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute in Washington, D.C, and recently completed her M.A. in Educational Transformation with a concentration in Advocacy & Policy at Georgetown University.

Thomas Kochan Headshot MITThomas Kochan, George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, Professor of Work and Employment Research, Co‐Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management, @TomKochan

Thomas Kochan is the George Maverick Bunker Professor of Management, a Professor of Work and Employment Research and the Co‐Director of the MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Kochan focuses on the need to update America’s work and employment policies, institutions, and practices to catch up with a changing workforce and economy. His recent work calls attention to the need for a new social contract at work, one that anticipates and engages current and future technological changes in ways that build a more inclusive economy and broadly shared prosperity. Through empirical research, he demonstrates that fundamental changes in the quality of employee and labor‐management relations are needed to address America’s critical problems in industries ranging from healthcare to airlines to manufacturing. His most recent book is entitled, Shaping the Future of Work:  A Handbook for Action and a New Social Contract (MITx Press, 2018).  He is a member of the MIT Task Force on Work of the Future. Kochan holds a BBA in personnel management as well as an MS and a PhD in industrial relations from the University of Wisconsin​.

reg leichty headshotReg Leichty, Founder and Partner, FLP Advisors, @RegLeichty

With over two decades of legal, policy, and lobbying experience, Reg advises education leaders, national associations, and other stakeholders about the federal laws, regulations, and programs that directly impact and support efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities. Among other laws, he counsels clients about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and the Universal Service provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. His recent work has included a specific focus on federal requirements and programs related to education technology, early learning, accountability and assessment, data use, and educator professional development and preparation. 

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Reg not only helps education leaders understand and use existing federal law, he also helps them improve federal policies by working effectively with Congress, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Communications Commission. His extensive national education policy experience includes designing and executing successful lobbying campaigns, crafting effective public messaging, building and leading influential coalitions, and informing high stakes rulemaking. Recent examples include successful efforts to expand the Department of Education’s student data privacy technical assistance, promoting the availability of funding for open educational resources development and adoption, and championing expanded professional development opportunities for educators and school leaders.

He also frequently speaks at national conferences, moderates discussions among education leaders and experts, and writes about emerging education policy and legal issues. This work includes recently co-authoring papers that are focused on equipping school leaders to use the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to implement well-rounded educational models; understanding ESSA’s diverse needs assessment requirements; properly de-identifying student data; and balancing education accountability, reporting, and student data privacy requirements. Over the past year, he has addressed a number of national conferences, including events sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of State Boards of Education, the Consortium for School Networking, and the State Educational Technology Directors Association.

Prior to co-founding Foresight Law + Policy, Reg practiced education and telecommunications law for over a decade with two national law firms. He also served for eight years on Capitol Hill, most recently as telecommunications, technology, and privacy counsel for U.S. Senate Commerce Committee Ranking Member Bill Nelson of Florida, and earlier as a telecommunications and technology advisor to former Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska.

Reg received his J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. and his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is a member of the Washington, D.C. and Virginia Bars, the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He lives with his wife and two children in Arlington, Virginia.  

Gina Loveless MichiganGina Loveless, Educational Technology Consultant, Office of Systems, Evaluation, and Technology (OSET), Michigan Department of Education, @glo

Gina is a Consultant in the Educational Technology unit of the Michigan Department of Education. Her primary responsibilities include oversight of the #GoOpenMichigan repository for OER as well as educating and sharing with Michigan educators about the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students (MITECS). She is a former teacher, Educational Technology Specialist, Data Specialist, and Technology Director. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), the state educational technology association.

Jonathan LubasJonathan Lubas, EPrep Woodland Hills, Verizon, @JonathanLubas

Jonathan Lubas is from the Breakthrough Public Schools Network in Cleveland Ohio.   Jonathan is a second year Verizon Innovative Learning Coach and Mentor.   EPrep Cliffs Campus is one of the schools where Jonathan coaches and they were the recent recipients of Verizon’s FIRST 5G Learning Lab in the world.

Jack Lynch, Director of State Engagements, EducationSuperHighway

Jack Lynch is the Director of State Engagements at EducationSuperHighway, the leading non-profit focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America. Since its launch in 2012, EducationSuperHighway has helped connect 40 million students to the minimum speed necessary for digital learning. In addition, the organization has secured commitments from governors in 50 states to upgrade their schools for the 21st century. Jack also serves on the Board of Trustees at Leadership High School in San Francisco, a small public school committed to preparing students for college. He began his career as an hardware engineer at Cisco Systems, but was driven to make a career change by a strong belief in the power of education to change the world. At EducationSuperHighway, Jack is able to combine his technical background with his passion for supporting K-12 learning. Jack has an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering.

Ann-Marie Mapes, Educational Technology Manager,  Office of Systems, Evaluation, and Technology (OSET), Michigan Department of Education, @annmariemapes

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.

Luke Martinez MineolaLuke Martinez, Student, Mineola Middle School

Luke Martinez is a 7th grader at Mineola Middle School. He enjoys many things in and out of school. Luke’s favorite subject is science because of the many projects that involve design thinking. For example, working on building a wind turbine for the KidWind competition has been one of the many great experiences that our school provides. He learns best when he uses a variety of methods, such as technology and working in groups. When Luke is not in class, he enjoys playing team sports: especially baseball, basketball, and football. Luke also enjoys playing the violin, because he loves the personal challenge of making improvements to his performances. His friends and his family, especially his mom, dad, twin brother Nicholas, and 8 year old brother R.J have always supported him in all areas of his life. In the future, Luke wants to have a job that involves science.

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Garrett McGuire, Area Manager – External Affairs, Corporate and External Affairs, AT&T Virginia

Garrett McGuire is the Regional Director for External and Legislative Affairs for AT&T Virginia. In this role, Garrett helps advocate for company priorities at the state and local level in Virginia, while also promoting AT&T’s work in the community. Garrett has an extensive background in government relations and public policy. Prior to AT&T, he led state government relations advocacy for a trade association representing a sector of American manufacturing. Garrett has also worked for elected leaders in a legislative and campaign role at the local, state, and federal level. He holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Garrett and his wife Meghan live in Alexandria, Virginia with their dog, Cassie.

Tim McIlvainTim McIlvain, Director, Learning Technology Center, Illinois State Board of Education, @TimMcIlvain

Tim McIlvain directs the Learning Technology Center, an Illinois State Board of Education organization that delivers technology and education services to all K-12 schools and districts in the state. He provides strategic leadership, expertise, and operational management for technology and digital learning initiatives. Primary areas of focus include technology infrastructure, personalized and digital learning, data security and student safety, equity and access, and industry and community partnerships. 

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Tim is a frequent presenter on educational technology topics and serves in leadership roles on several boards and committees. He is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Trainer and Administrator, Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL), and Microsoft Innovative Educator. Before his role as Director, Tim was a teacher, project manager, and web developer. He holds a Master of Information Science from Indiana University and a Master of Educational Administration and Leadership from the University of Illinois. 

Robert McLaughlin NCDEDr. Robert T. McLaughlin, Executive Director, National Collaborative for Digital Equity, @NCDEus

Dr. Robert McLaughlin founded and leads the nonprofit National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE), whose aim is to open up investment from banks, under the federal Community Reinvestment Act (or “CRA”), and from other sources, to remove digital divide obstacles to economic and educational opportunity, in ways that meet banks’ CRA compliance obligation while delivering measurable economic inclusion impact.

Over the years, Bob has served as a dean of education, school principal, middle school teacher, grant writer and educator for a tribal college on a North Dakota Indian reservation, program developer for a historically Black university in Maryland, and creator of a state department of education’s first workplace education program. He’s led large-scale educational reform efforts spanning nine states for a dozen years, in STEM education and education technology.  Bob earned his Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from The Ohio State University, over three decades ago, focusing on educational strategies that foster economic opportunity and self-determination in high poverty communities.

Bob now works closely with leadership at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, American Bankers Association, Grantmakers For Education, the National School Boards Association, and State Education Technology Directors Association, to foster win-win-win partnerships for banks, educational systems that do their banking with them, and low- and moderate-income learners of all ages and their families and communities.  Bob has presented internationally and written extensively on digital equity challenges, resources and strategies. And now, he says, he faces the greatest and most exhilarating challenge of his career – bringing together leaders from banking, educational systems, and workforce development to ensure that lower income learners of all ages nationwide have full access to the digital tools they need for economic self-determination, agency and voice.

Janice Mertes HeadshotJanice D. Mertes, Assistant Director of Digital Learning, WI Department of Public Instruction, @WisDPITech

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 previously served on the SETDA Board of Directors and currently leads the SETDA State Action committee. She currently serves on the CoSN Driving Innovation workgroup. She was named as one of Ed Scoop’s Top 25 State Leaders in 2017.

Carol Mosley LouisianaCarol Mosley, Education Technology and E-Rate Director, Louisiana Department of Education

Over the past 18 years, Carol Mosley has served as a catalyst to innovate and expand the integration of technology and broadband services in Louisiana schools through her role as Education Technology and E-Rate Director for the Louisiana Department of Education and the Office of Technology Services. She was instrumental in developing and implementing the State’s first Education Technology Plan which included District and Technology Footprints aimed at transforming classrooms through the use of technology and online resources, materials and information. She also developed education technology guidance, entitled Building Digital Literacy, which provided Louisiana systems, schools, and teachers with basic guidelines for building students’ digital literacy by authentically incorporating technology into instruction at every grade level. Carol is now also focusing her efforts with the backing of state leaders on the expansion and support of high-speed network and broadband services to enhance the education landscape through the creation of new centers of learning within schools, extending the possibilities for distance learning, and providing access to educational resources from around the world for Louisiana students.

Meghan Murphy, Senior Product Manager, EducationSuperHighway

As a lead product manager at EducationSuperHighway, Meghan manages the creation of user-centered digital products designed to make Internet prices more transparent and affordable for school districts and to help education leaders in closing the digital divide across America’s public schools. Prior to EducationSuperHighway, Meghan led the discovery and implementation of new business lines at Freelancers Union in New York City, where she managed the development and roll-out of its medical clinic and new health insurance products. Meghan has a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Michael Nagler MineolaMichael P. Nagler, Ed.D, Superintendent, Mineola Public Schools

Michael P. Nagler, Ed.D., has held many positions in his 32 years in education.  Before assuming his current position as Superintendent of the Mineola Public schools, he began his career as a school teacher in NYC while completing his Master’s and earning his professional diploma. Dr. Nagler then went on to earn his doctorate from Columbia University and accepted an administrative position with Mineola in 1999. Believing strongly in the district’s mission to create lifelong learners who contribute positively to a global society, Dr. Nagler rooted himself in the Mineola School District and never left.

During his nineteen years with the district, he has been a big proponent of using technology to engage students in rigorous content.  Mineola was one of the first Districts to implement a 1:1 ipad initiative. Mineola’s innovative use of the ipad has led to the rare feat of having all five Mineola schools to be recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools.  Mineola is a member of the League of Innovative schools; one of only 104 districts nationwide. Being a member affords Mineola the ability to be at the forefront of nationwide initiatives such as Open Educational Resources (OER), the Maker Movement and computer science for all, #CSforall.

Mineola was one of the first schools in the State to implement a comprehensive computer science curriculum starting in kindergarten. Mineola is also at the forefront of digital student portfolios.  Dr. Nagler recently utilized the Districts coding platform to create his own digital portfolio. Mineola’s current initiatives include replacing Kindergarten report cards with a ‘badge book’, launching a new integrated curriculum in grade K-7 and the imminent launch of a new social studies video curriculum web page.

Jenny Nash LEGODr. Jenny Nash, Head of Education Design Team and Curriculum Specialist, LEGO Education North America, @jennynash7

Dr. Jenny Nash serves as the Head of the Educational Solutions Design Team for LEGO® Education North America, where she provides direction and leadership in delivering meaningful education opportunities for students. Jenny has been with LEGO Education for 5 years and works out of the North American office in Boston, MA. The solutions team works closely with administrators to design implementation plans that support teachers in using inquiry-based teaching through hands-on experiences to transform teaching. Jenny also collaborates closely with the development of curricular offering to ensure student outcomes as outlined by national standards and educational policy are met.

Previously, Jenny was the Director of Clinical Experiences and Director of Professional Development Schools at Marshall University, where she conducted STEM outreach and programming for K-12 schools in addition to working with student teacher candidates.  She was also a general science teacher in middle and high school in West Virginia, where she focused on provided blended learning and project-based learning experiences for her students. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Marshall University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marshall University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Florida, specifically in the area of curriculum and teaching.

Gayle Nelson ENAGayle Nelson, Senior Vice President of Customer Services, ENA

Gayle Nelson is ENA’s Senior Vice President of Customer Services. Ms. Nelson joined ENA in 2004 bringing over 20 years of experience in sales, operations management and customer service.  Prior to joining ENA, she held a variety of leadership roles at IBM and was most recently the Business Unit Executive responsible for software sales and customer service in a five-state region in the Midwest.  She also served as Director of Sales at Vastera Corporation, a provider of global trade managed services to Global 2000 companies, where she was responsible for technology and managed services sales and customer relations.

Dawn Nordine Photo GoogleDawn Nordine, Executive Director, Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS)

Dawn Nordine is the Executive Director of Wisconsin Virtual School (WVS), the state-led supplemental online program for grades 6-12, operated out of CESA 9. Since 2000 WVS has served over 35,000 enrollments, with over half of Wisconsin’s school districts participating in the program. Dawn has been in the education field for 28 years. Formerly a superintendent and technology coordinator of a rural school district, Dawn has been actively involved in the expanding online and blended learning opportunities for students in Wisconsin for 16 years.

Sandy O'Neil NJDOESandy O’Neil, Title II-A and Title IV-A Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), @sandyoneil

Sandy is the Title II-A and Title IV-A Coordinator at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) and has also served as the State E-rate Coordinator for education. She has had a 22-year fascinating career at the New Jersey Department of Education and has been fortunate enough to sit on national committees for the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the National CyberSafety Alliance (NCSA)and currently co-facilitates the national SETDA Title II-A Collaborativefor Title II-A directors. She graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and has taught grades K-8. She received her master’s degree from Georgian Court University before her initial position as an Educational Technology Specialist at the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE)


Joseph Parrino MineolaJoseph Parrino, Student, Mineola Middle School

Joseph Parrino is an eighth grader at Mineola. Joseph finds interest in many topics in school. He especially likes the sciences. His favorite is entomology, the study of bugs. He has his own ant colony that he loves to watch and study. In school, he is involved in the Drama Club,and helps out the younger grades with their drama shows. He also received the Director’s Award and the Best Award, demonstrating his talent and commitment in the drama club. Also, Joseph is a professional actor who is qualified for getting into SAG (Screen Actors Guild). He has done commercials, TV, doubling, and print. Last year, Joe graduated from Mineola’s Academically Gifted Program (AGP) and was the recipient of the Presidential Award for his National History Day project. Joseph loves working with children and speaking in front of others. He also loves to write scripts and short stories.

Luis F Perez AEMLuis F. Pérez, Technical Assistance Specialist, CAST, @eyeonaxs

As a technical assistance specialist for the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials, Luis promotes the creation, delivery and use of high quality accessible educational materials and technologies to support equitable learning opportunities for all students.

Prior to joining the AEM Center, Luis was an independent consultant focusing on mobile learning, UDL and assistive technology. He was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Educator in 2014. Luis is President-Elect of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which named him its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. He also serves on the board of the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST).

In addition to his work in educational technology, Luis is an avid photographer whose work has been featured on Better Photography magazine, Business Insider, the New York Times Bits Blog and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Janet Peters CASTJanet Peters, Technical Assistance Specialist, CAST, @JanetLPeters

Janet Peters is a Technical Assistance Specialist for the Center on Inclusive Technology & Education Systems (CITES) at CAST. In her role, Janet works with the CITES team to help build the capacity of school districts to improve their collaboration and efficacy of Assistive Technology (AT) and Educational Technology (EdTech) systems.

Janet has been working with technology for people with disabilities in many capacities since 1994.  She is the former director of PACER Center’s Simon Technology Center, where she helped train teachers and families on the value of AT. She was most recently the Project Coordinator of Accessible Technology with the Great Lakes ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network. Janet has been a CAST Faculty Cadre member, a mentor for the state of Minnesota Department of Education’s UDL project, and worked with Minneapolis Public Schools to implement UDL in the classroom.

Notable projects include the Kids Included Through Technology Are Enriched (KITE), Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology for Post-Secondary Education (QIAT-PS), Punch-In a self-directed employment resource for young adults with disabilities, and the Accessible Technology Webinar series. In addition, Janet is a speaker at state and national conferences.

Joe Pesavento NYJoseph Pesavento, Director, Mid-Hudson Teacher Center and Co-Chair, NY State Teacher Centers Technology Committee

Immediate Past President, Marlboro Faculty Association and Member, NYSUT Teacher Center Committee.


Jill PlummerJill Plummer, Middle School Teacher, East Grand School

Jill Plummer grew up on the New Jersey shore and received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1990 from Salisbury University in Maryland. After starting a family, she returned to teaching in 1999 and has been teaching at East Grand School ever since. She has been a Title I teacher, kindergarten teacher, second grade teacher, and currently is a middle school ELA, teacher. Jill is pursuing her master’s degree in Instructional Technology at the University of Maine. In the future she would like to work with adult learners to help them integrate technology into their instruction. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing.

Emma Powers MineolaEmma Powers, Student, Mineola Middle School

Emma Powers is a seventh grader at Mineola MIddle School and is currently the school’s Treasurer. Emma enjoys many things in and out of school. She is involved in multiple activities such as the soccer team and crew. She has participated in Girls Who Code, Ted-Ed, Environmental Club, and the Community Action Club. She is also a Cadet in Girl Scouts who received her Bronze Award and is working towards her Silver Award. She enjoys bike riding with her friends and family. Her favorite subject is social studies and she loves working in a group and performing skits and projects. She also loves to do hands-on activities. She hopes that one day she can grow to be a teacher in a technologically advanced school.

Stanley Rabinowitz PearsonDr. Stanley Rabinowitz, Senior Technical Advisor, Pearson

Dr. Rabinowitz served as General Manager for Assessment and Reporting at the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), managing the national assessment programs, national data reporting, and launching NAPLAN online in 2018. He has consulted extensively on standards, assessment, and school/educator accountability issues in the US and internationally, and has served on state and national technical advisory committees. He directed the National Center for Standards and Assessment Implementation and the Project Management Partner (PMP) for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Dr. Rabinowitz holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and Statistics, from SUNY Albany.

LAsse Remmer headshotLasse Remmer, Lead Ambassador, Future Classroom Lab, Copenhagen Denmark, @LasseRemmer

Lasse Remmer is appointed by the Danish Ministry of education to represent Denmark in the European Schoolnet’s Future Classroom Lab. In this role, Lasse is part of a team that works with the combination of new pedagogy, learning spaces and technology, aimed at inservice teacher training and teacher training programs. All centered around the 1000m2 Future Classroom Lab DK placed in the brand new University College Copenhagen at Campus Carlsberg, Copenhagen Denmark. Future Classroom Lab has a public service commitment to provide impartial guidance to municipalities and schools in buying edtech products and other learning resources in close collaboration with industry partners from all over the world. Furthermore Lasse was appointed by the Danish Ministry of Education to be part of a expert group to develop a brand new compulsory subject for 1-10. grade (6y-16y) called “Technology Comprehension” that is still in a test phase at 46 primary schools. Prior to his work at Future Classroom Lab, Lasse worked as a secondary teacher in the Copenhagen area. Lasse lives in Copenhagen Denmark, with his 3 children and wife Charlotte.

Stan Silverman NYStan Silverman, Director, New York Institute of Technology, New York Teacher’s Center, @StanTBLSNYIT​

Stan Silverman is a senior professor of Instructional Technology at the New York Institute of Technology, Chair of the online program and Director of the Technology Based Learning Systems (TBLS)  department.   He has created degree and certificate programs in instructional technology, online learning, STEM and computer science.   As Director of TBLS he works with technology companies  and districts to identify emerging and emergent technologies to help transform education in K-12 schools.

Jake Steel headshotJake Steel, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology

Jake Steel is the Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology and the Senior Advisor over K-12 Education in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to joining the Department, Jake was appointed by the President as a White House Fellow at the Domestic Policy Council. A former math teacher in Oklahoma City, Jake focused on closing the achievement gap through personalized learning and technology. Jake earned a B.S. in communications from Brigham Young University–Idaho and an M.S. in education from Johns Hopkins University.

Scott Stump USDOEScott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, @SStumpOCTAE

Prior to assuming the role of Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, Scott Stump served as the Chief Operating Officer with Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions provider devoted to helping individuals, organizations and corporations do good in the world.  Before that, Scott served as the Assistant Provost/State Director for Career & Technical Education (CTE) with the Colorado Community College System. Over his tenure with the system Stump also served as State FFA Advisor, Agriculture Program Director and interim President of Northeastern Junior College during the institution’s presidential search process. 

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During his seven-year tenure as a State CTE Director, Scott served as an officer in the National Association of State Directors of Career & Technical Education.  Through this role, he served on the National SkillsUSA Board of Directors as the NASDCTEc liaison.

Stump served two terms on the Prairie RE11-J school board and one year on the Colorado Association of School Boards Board of Directors.

Stump received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education from Purdue University and taught at Manchester High School in North Central Indiana.  Before coming to Colorado he also worked for the National FFA Organization managing the national officer team and the national FFA convention. In May of 2018, Stump completed his Master of Business Administration through Western Governor’s University. 

Christine Terry Headshot-2Christine Terry, Education Consultant, eMINTS National Center, @ChristieTerry

Christine Terry, is an education consultant with the eMINTS National Center and the Graduate Research Assistant to the Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement at the University of Missouri College of Education. She has 20 years of experience developing and investigating educational solutions that serve diverse populations including those with the greatest needs. In addition to serving as Director of the eMINTS National Center, Christie has served as project director or assistant project director on over 30MM in Federal research grants, including two Investing in Innovation (i3) Validation grants awarded to study the eMINTS program, and an NSF grant focused on teaching students computational thinking as they design and program their own video games.

Shannon Glynn Thomas headshotShannon Glynn Thomas​, Program Director, College‑and Career‑Readiness Standards, CCSSO

Shannon Glynn Thomas is the Director of College and Career Ready Standards at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). In this role, she leads the Council’s work to uphold the fidelity and intent of the Common Core State Standards and promote sharing and collaboration across states and national organizations with regard to college and career readiness. Shannon leads CCSSO’s work on high-quality instructional materials and aligned professional development, managing a network of seven states that are working to increase access and use of standards aligned, high-quality materials. She also manages a network of Chief Academic Officers and Chief Talent Officers and oversees work related to standards aligned instruction in the early grades. Shannon has worked extensively in education policy at the federal, state and local level. Prior to joining CCSSO, Shannon worked for Congressman Ron Kind, serving as an education policy legislative assistant and as an associate at a small policy firm managing education non-profit clients.

DeLaina Tonks, Ph.D.,  Principal, Mountain Heights Academy

DeLaina TonksDeLaina has been involved in education since 1991. Prior to coming to Mountain Heights Academy, DeLaina taught high school French and Spanish, and worked as an instructional designer in Upper Arlington, Ohio. She is a 2014 “Best of State – Principal” winner and was named as one of Utah Business’s “30 Women to Watch.” She holds a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University, her initial alma mater, where she also earned a BA in French and Spanish Teaching. She also has a Master of Arts in Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition from the Ohio State University.


Sara Trettin Headshot 2019Sara Trettin, Policy Advisor & Open Education, Digital Engagement & Libraries Lead, U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology, @saratrettin

Sara Trettin is a Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education where she leads the broadband and K-12 open education work for the Department, directs digital engagement for the Office of Educational Technology and leads the office’s efforts surrounding libraries and librarians. Sara joined the Department as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2014. Prior to joining the Department, she worked as a Learning Services Librarian and served as Teacher in Residence at the Library of Congress. A former teacher, Sara holds a B.A. from Clemson University, a graduate certificate from Duke University, and a Master’s in Library Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Christine Voelker headshotChristine Voelker, K-12 Program Director, Quality Matters, @voelkerc

Christine Voelker is the K-12 Program Director for Quality Matters. She has been involved with K-12 education for over 20 years, with an emphasis on distance learning, library media, instructional technology and professional development. Prior to coming to Quality Matters, Christine was an Educational Technology Teacher Specialist. As such, she developed and coordinated the first student online learning program in her district. She has an advanced certificate in Administration and Supervision, a Masters in Library and Information Sciences, and a B.A. in both History and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary: Early Childhood Education.

Tracy WeeksTracy Weeks, Executive Director, K12 State Strategy, Instructure, @tracyweeks

Prior to joining Instructure, Tracy was the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Previously, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the first senior state leadership position of its kind in the nation. In that role, Tracy oversaw the areas of: K-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Career and Technical Education, Exceptional Children, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School. She also served as the state agency lead on the development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan. From 2008-2014, Tracy led the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the second largest state-led virtual school in the nation as the Chief Academic Officer and subsequently the Executive Director.

Margaret White, Principal, East Grand School

Margaret White has been in education for 34 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Special Education at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.  She taught PK-12 Special Education courses from 1985 until 2000. In 2000, she designed and taught in a 9-12 Alternative Education program in Stacyville, Maine. She received her graduate degree from the University of Maine in 2009 in Educational Leadership. In 2010, she became the PK-5 principal at Southern Aroostook Community School (SACS) in Dyer Brook, Maine, and in 2016, she became the PK-12 principal at East Grand School in Danforth, Maine.

Corey Williams NEACorey Williams, National Education Association, @CoreyfromIA

As a Federal Lobbyist for the National Education Association, Corey Williams works on behalf of tis three million members and 50 million students in their classrooms by leading all work on technology, education funding and immigration issues, among others. Before coming to the NEA in 2013, Corey lobbying on behalf of the American Library Association, focusing on issues of equity and access to information. Her professional background also includes many years spent working in higher education – including as Chief of staff to the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and an academic librarian.

Joy Zabala headshot CASTJoy Zabala, Director Technical Assistance, CAST

Joy Smiley Zabala is a leading expert on the use of assistive technology (AT) to improve education for people with disabilities. As a technologist, special educator, teacher trainer, and conference speaker, Dr. Zabala has earned international recognition for her work on AT and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Dr. Zabala is Director of Technical Assistance at CAST. She was previously the Co-Director of the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center; 2010-2017), Director of Technical Assistance for the AIM Consortium (2007-2009) and the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (2009-2014).

Dr. Zabala developed the SETT Framework, a model that is widely used by families and educators for collaborative decision-making in all phases of assistive technology service design and delivery. She is also a founding member of the QIAT Community, a co-author of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology, and Education Program Chair for the international conference of the Assistive Technology Industry Association. She serves on the faculty of the Center on Technology and Disability, the editorial board of the Assistive Technology Outcomes and Benefits (ATOB) Journal, and the advisory board of the National Accessible Materials Access Center (NIMAC).

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