Dr. Tracy Weeks
Executive Director
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SETDA Announces 2018-2019 Board Members and Officers

August 27, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, today announced its Board of Directors and Officers for 2018-19:

  • Julia Fallon, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington (Chair)
  • Laurel Ballard, Wyoming Department of Education (Chair-Elect)
  • Carla Wade, Oregon Department of Education (Secretary)
  • Janice Mertes, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (Treasurer)
  • Todd Lawrence, Idaho State Department of Education (Past-Chair)
  • Val Emrich, Maryland Department of Education
  • Rick Gaisford, Utah State Board of Education
  • Eric Hileman (Emeritus), Oklahoma City Public Schools
  • Ann-Marie Mapes, Michigan Department of Education

For 2018-19, Julia Fallon moves from the Chair-Elect position to the Chair and will be joined by Laurel Ballard as Chair-Elect. Carla Wade and Janice Mertes will remain in their roles as Secretary and Treasurer. Outgoing Chair, Todd Lawrence was re-elected to a second term and will serve as Past-Chair. Newly elected members at-large are Val Emrich and Rick Gaisford. Eric Hileman and Ann-Marie Mapes will continue as at-large Board members.

“As a long-time state member, it is an honor and a privilege to serve an organization that focuses on leveraging technology for all learners and ensuring the equity of access for all students,” stated Julia Fallon. “My goal as Board Chair is to continue to uphold SETDA’s tradition of state leadership and advocacy, and to ensure SETDA’s role in leading the empowerment of the K-12 education community through technology policies and practices.”

“The SETDA Board of Directors provides leadership for state level digital learning leaders by supporting the advocacy, research and dissemination of innovative opportunities to transform teaching and learning through technology,” noted Tracy Weeks, SETDA Executive Director. “State leaders are focused on a variety of issues including: equity of access to education, personalizing learning, ESSA state plans, digital instructional materials, student data privacy, and interoperability. The Board firmly believes in the value of demonstrating collaborative leadership, including work with states, affiliates, private sector partners, and other national organizations, to address these critical issues in a productive way.”

The SETDA Board was elected at its annual Emerging Technologies Leadership Forum & Annual Business Meeting held in June, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to its business meeting, SETDA provided the opportunity for state members to engage with private sector partners and the U.S. Department of Education.

Founded in 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. Our mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit:



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