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 HovermanDavidManaging Director Parthenon-EYhoverman_david.jpgDavid is a Managing Director at Parthenon-EY and is the firm’s San Francisco Office Head. He is a leader in Parthenon-EY’s education and private equity practices. David was with Parthenon for more than a decade before its combination with EY in August 2014. David focuses on M&A and growth strategy across the education landscape, spanning pre-K, K-12 and post-secondary schools; educational publishing, assessment and service provision; corporate training; educational technology; and consumer education products and services. His clients are corporations, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, as well as universities, foundations, non-profit organizations and government agencies. David is a board member at the National Writing Project, a professional development network which serves K-12 teachers of writing by partnering with universities. Founded in 1974, NWP has more than 200 sites in all 50 states. David also oversees Parthenon-EY’s Alumni Program. He received his AB with honors from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. 5882

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 AbelRobChief Executive Officer IMS Global Learning ConsortiumAbel_Rob.jpgThe IMS Global Learning Consortium is a nonprofit collaboration of the world's leading universities, school districts, government organizations, content providers, and technology suppliers, cooperating to accelerate learning technology standards, adoption, and impact. Under Rob’s leadership IMS has grown over 7x and introduced the Learning Impact program, which is setting new benchmarks for high impact applications of technology in support of learning worldwide. Rob has over 35 years high tech industry experience, is a successful edtech industry entrepreneur, and is recognized worldwide as an expert in the application of technology to improve education, teaching and learning. Formerly he served as SVP at Collegis, Inc., Senior Director at Oracle Education, Senior Market Development Manager at National Semiconductor and Head of the Advanced Computing Laboratory at TRW ESL.7303
 AkianBerjCEO ClassLink, Inc.Akian_Berj.jpgBerj founded ClassLink, Inc. in 1998. What began as an endeavor to assist a local school in creating a leading edge technology environment matured into a next generation 24/7 Learning Access solution for the $7 billion U.S. education technology market. Today ClassLink serves over 3,900 schools and 2.6 million students and teachers across the nation with a solution that provides anytime, anywhere access to instructional software and files to students and teachers. Prior to ClassLink, Berj was with Technology Crossover Ventures, a leading mezzanine venture capital firm. Previous to TCV, he specialized in restructurings and attest services for large technology and educational publishing clients with Arthur Andersen.681
 ArnettJillVP, Mountain Southwest and Inside Sales McGraw-Hill EducationArnett_Jill.jpgJill Arnett is Vice President, Mountain Southwest and Inside Sales for McGraw-Hill School Education. 7367
 AvrutinBrandonPartner Rethink EducationAvrutin_Brandon.jpgBrandon Avrutin is a Partner of Rethink Education, a venture capital firm focused on educational technology. Brandon joined Seavest Investment Group in 2011 as an Investment Associate working on private equity and venture capital deals focused on technology investments in the education sector. Prior to Seavest, Brandon spent three years as an Investment Banking Analyst with Lazard's M&A and Restructuring groups. At Lazard, Brandon focused on financial institutions and worked on numerous transactions resulting from the credit crisis including the sale of Bear Stearns to JPMorgan, the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, and the U.S. Treasury's investment in GMAC Financial Services, as well as the reverse merger of KKR Private Equity Investors with KKR & Co. 7306
 BillingsKarenVP and Managing Director, ETIN SIIAbillings_karen.jpgKaren Billings has 40+ years of experience in the education technology industry with positions in management, development, marketing, sales and classroom teaching. At SIIA she drives the association's work with its 200 member companies for whom educational publishing is a primary business. Prior to SIIA, Billings, was vice president, Major Business Initiatives for bigchalk Inc, where she drove relationships with major industry partners to respond to new business opportunities and vice president and general manager of its MediaSeek Division. She worked at Microsoft Corporation, managing K-12 Strategic Relations and at Claris Corporation, where she ran the Worldwide K-12 and Higher Education Marketing Programs. She served as director of sales at Logo Computer Systems, Inc. and as an executive editor in the School Division at Houghton-Mifflin Company. She has also taught in K-12 and HE classrooms and online. 520
 BloomToddChief Academic Officer Jefferson Education AcceleratorBloom_todd.jpgTodd Bloom, Ph.D. is Chief Academic Officer of the Jefferson Education Accelerator. Todd has extensive experience in the education market having provided leadership and organizational development services to institutions, state departments and research organizations, as well as private education companies and superintendents. Prior to joining JEA, Todd was both Chief Academic Officer at Hobsons, an admissions and advising company, and Managing Partner at Blueprint Education Group, an education management consulting firm. Prior to Blueprint Education Group, Todd led the software development and support division of TIES, a non-profit education software and services organization in St Paul, MN. Todd's professional commitment to education started with his first year teaching assignment as an elementary school teacher on the Navajo Indian Reservation and continued for several years in Hinsdale, IL. Todd earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Todd's dissertation focused on state academic standards implementation in schools and what school principal behaviors contribute to effective implementation.7104
 BosmenyTylerCEO CleverBosmeny_Tyler.jpgTyler Bosmeny is the CEO of San Francisco-based Clever, the platform that powers the classrooms of tomorrow. Since launching in 2012, Clever's platform is now used by hundreds of edtech applications and more than a third of U.S. schools. Clever has been named SIIA's Most Innovative Company, a SXSW LaunchEDU Winner, and ASU GSV's Return on Education leader. In 2014, Bosmeny was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in recognition of Clever's impact on education. Bosmeny graduated from Harvard University with both a BA degree in Applied Mathematics and an MA degree in Statistics.7293
 BrehmLeoCIO/CTO Public Schools of Northborough and SouthboroughBrehm_Leo.jpgAs CIO for the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough, Leo Brehm is responsible for district-wide technology operations, instructional technology and library media. Throughout his career, he has supported education in a variety of roles, including a technology support specialist, instructional technology specialist, network administrator, director of technology, and adjunct professor in three districts and a higher education institution. Currently he sits on the K12 advisory committee to IMS Global and the Board of Directors for the The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity. For several years, he served on the MassCUE Board of Directors in addition to serving as the treasurer and president. He is working on an Ed.D in Education Leadership from Northeastern University. His is passionate and dedicated to the advancement of learning through a schooling model that is both student-centered and personalized. 7286
 CampanaAndrewDirector, Business Development Copyright Clearance CenterCampana_Andrew.jpgAndrew has over 25 years experience in content creation and licensing. At CCC, he managed the development of a licensing solution for student assessments currently used in assessments provided to over 14 million US public school students. He is presently involved in assisting with the licensing of third-party material into college and career ready curriculum. Prior to joining CCC, Andrew managed international licensing at PBS for Asia, the Middle East and parts of Europe and before that he worked on a series of multimedia and Internet projects in the educational space.7088
 CaseySeanManager, Strategic Partnerships Ed-Fi AllianceCasey_Sean.jpgSean Casey is a lifelong educator and leader in school systems and technology innovation. He has worked to improve learner experience and student opportunities in his own school districts as CIO over the years; and also as a provider of blended and personalized learning digital platforms and tools supporting transformative national, state, and district initiatives. In his work at the Ed-Fi Alliance, Sean works with school systems, consortia and collaborative initiatives, state departments of education, vendors, and partners to support and grow the vibrant community and ecosystem based upon the Ed-Fi data standard and the core mission of data interoperability to improve educational outcomes. 7320
 CaswellTomDirector of Learning Engineering Learning ObjectsCaswell_Tom.jpgTom Caswell is Director of Learning Engineering at Learning Objects and has over 15 years of experience in instructional design and learning sciences. He has developed personalized and competency-based courses and programs at a variety of higher education institutions and organizations, including Helix Education, Western Governors University, and the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.7357
 CizdynMyronChief Executive Officer The BLPS GroupCizdyn_Myron.jpgMyron is responsible for the strategic direction and high-level client relations of The BLPS Group. His latest initiative is the Gateway2Achieve learning platform. Myron brings to the table 25 years of experience in educational, religious, and trade publishing, including stints in the Vatican, Rome, Ukraine and throughout the USA. As a skilled product and strategic planner, he is adept at analyzing market conditions and developing a strategy to maximize profits and quality in the global business environment. You can find his profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/myroncizdyn.6172
 CohenPeterPresident University of PhoenixCohen_Peter.jpgPresident Peter J. Cohen was appointed the eighth president of University of Phoenix in April, 2017, bringing more than 20 years of leadership in the education and learning science sectors to his role at the University. Cohen is focused on further accelerating the University-wide transformation in service of its vision to be recognized as the most trusted provider of career-relevant higher education for working adults. He brings to the University a deep understanding of the potential for technology to improve the quality of education an understanding he has developed through a career focused on innovation in service of students and improved learning outcomes. Prior to joining University of Phoenix, Cohen served as Executive Vice President of McGraw-Hill Education, a leading global learning science company. He also held the position of Group President of U.S. Education at McGraw-Hill, overseeing the company's U.S. K-12 and higher education businesses. Over the course of his time at McGraw-Hill, he helped the organization reimagine learning in the digital world. Cohen was on the forefront of change in the education industry, driving the company's roll out of multiple new technological offerings. Cohen's leadership in the space precedes McGraw-Hill as well, having served as chief executive officer of Pearson Education's School division, where he was instrumental in shifting the company's focus toward digital resources and expanding its school services. He also served as chief executive officer of the forward-thinking Sylvan Learning Center and Educate, Inc., driving the organization's expansion in the K-12 education space. Cohen is a graduate of the University of Redlands, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business, and serves on the board of Primrose Schools, a national network of early childhood education providers.7267
 CooperEricLearning Experience Strategist  Intel Education Group, Intel Corp. Eric is driven by the potential of technology to improve lives, especially in support of learning and understanding. Within Intel Education, Eric leads strategic direction for learning analytics, personalized learning environments and other emerging technology trends. Eric has worked in learning sciences and educational technology for over 30 years on projects spanning intelligent tutoring systems, robotics & programming, augmented/virtual reality, micro-worlds for math & science, and collaborative intentional learning environments. He has a history of designing and implementing innovative user experiences on leading edge systems. Prior to Intel he held management, engineering and research positions at Digital Equipment Corp, BBN Labs, Apple Computer and Learning in Motion. Eric has a B.A. in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence from Brandeis University, and M.A. in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford University. 7344
 DaileyDonProject Manager, TRIG Data Integration Activity Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency Don Dailey has worked at Kalamazoo RESA for over 24 years as programmer, technology director and since 2007 as executive director for the MiCase Consortium. Those roles gave him an extensive background in school data systems and data systems integration. Don has served as part-time project manager for the TRIG Data Integration Activity from July 2013 until June 2015, when he moved to that position full-time.  7291
 Derbenwick MillerAlisonVice President, Oracle Academy OracleDerbenwick-miller_Allison.jpgAlison Derbenwick Miller, Vice President, Oracle Academy, leads Oracle’s international team responsible for philanthropic outreach to advance computer science education. Alison serves on the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Education Advisory Council, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Advisory Council, and as a Colorado STEM Champion Board member. Most recently, she led Oracle’s commitments to two White House initiatives, Computer Science for All and Let Girls Learn, and championed Oracle’s involvement in the USAID-sponsored Build-IT project in Vietnam. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Communication and in History with Honors from Stanford University, and a master’s degree in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.7274
 DesettiBrendanDirector, Education Policy SIIADesetti_Brendan.jpgBrendan Desetti is the Director of Education Policy for the Software & Information Industry Association. He works with SIIA members and other education stakeholders to identify educational trends and needs, formulate a vision for technology and related policies, address industry and market challenges, and advocate for enabling legislation and government programs at the federal and state levels. He also helps education providers understand the impact of public policies and regulations on their customers in order to better serve educational needs. Prior to his current role, Brendan was the education policy and programs manager for SIIA. Before joining SIIA, Brendan worked as a legislative liaison for the Association for Career and Technical Education in Alexandria, VA.6585
 DohertyMattExecutive Vice President Certica SolutionsDoherty_Matt.jpgFor the past eight years, Matt was President at Academic Benchmarks a company that developed a market adopted practice by which providers utilize publicly available academic standards with an added intelligent layer of metadata. Academic Benchmarks was acquired by Certica Solutions in February 2016. As part of the integrated team, Matt serves as the Executive Vice President of Partner Solutions at Certica.7240
 FisherMike Associate Director Futuresource Consulting Fisher_Mike.jpgMike Fisher is the Associate Director, Education Division of Futuresource Consulting. Mike has been with Futuresource Consulting for fourteen years, now leading the education team. Mike leads a team of researchers, analysing and consulting on key movements in the global EdTech industry. Futuresource services include detailed tracking of technology adoption within the education sector. Much of this work involves the provision of strategic direction for companies in understanding how the markets are performing, how they are evolving and how customer needs continue to develop and change over time. With a wide range of executive level industry contacts and full visibility of vendor developments, Mike is able to add value to a whole host of blue chip clients in the education area. Mike is a regular speaker at international conferences. Mike holds a Bachelors of European Business from Nottingham Trent University. 6279
 FowlerDebbieAssociate Provost Western Governors University Debbie Fowler serves as an Associate Provost of WGU, overseeing the evaluation, delivery, and proctoring of assessments of student competency. She holds a Juris Doctor and degrees in Mathematical Science and Economics. Her association with WGU began over a decade ago when she was invited to evaluate assessments in her spare time. Intrigued by WGU's mission and the CBE model, she changed careers and has never looked back. Under her leadership, WGU evaluation faculty provide personalized feedback on 75,000 evaluations each month with an average turnaround of 40 hours (7/24/365 days a year). 7358
 FrancisShawnSenior Product Manager Springboard Digital (College Board)Francis_Shawn.jpgShawn Francis is the Senior Product Manager for the CODiE award-winning SpringBoard Digital, a powerful instruction, assessment, and classroom management platform for the College Board's SpringBoard 6-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics programs. In his 6 years at the College Board, he has led Digital Marketing and SAT Web Product Management, overseeing key digital initiatives around the redesigned SAT online experience, college planning tools, and holistic student experience. Prior to the College Board, Shawn drove content management and user experience strategy at The Grow Network/McGraw-Hill and BNY Mellon. 7283
 Fruth II, Ph.D.LarryExecutive Director Access 4 Learning CommunityFruth_larry.jpgDr. Larry Fruth II is currently the Executive Director of the Access 4 Learning Community (A4L). A4L is an independent non-profit membership organization comprised of over 3,200 software vendors and educational institutions whose mission is to support the identification, management, movement and usage of learning information within the education sector. The main community product is the collaboratively developed, platform independent and vendor-neutral technical specifications (SIF Specifications) to enable data sharing among education software applications internationally. Dr. Fruth has over 30 years of experience in teaching and learning as a classroom teacher/professor, curriculum and professional development designer and state and federal policymaker. He has worked with two White House administrations, international government education agencies and marketplace providers in advising on strategies and policies in the development of longitudinal data systems to leverage previous and current technology investments. Most recently Dr. Fruth served as an Director for the Ohio Department of Education where he oversaw development of Technology Academic Content Standards, State Educational Technology Director designee, lead for various federal programs as well as pointing various pK-16 partnership initiatives. He has been a national keynote speaker, grant reviewer, and currently sits on state, national and international boards relating to education and technology. 271
 GatzaJeramyInnovation Manager  Florida Virtual SchoolGatza_Jeramy.jpgJeramy Gatza is the Innovation Partnership Manager for FLVS. With more that 15 years in education as a teacher, administrator, and curriculum designer, Jeramy has worn many hats as he continues to lead the Innovative Customer Experience Team at FLVS. His many successful projects include multiple CODiE award winning educational products. Jeramy holds a masters in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelors in Social Science Education from the University of Central Florida.7366
 GoelaPrashantVice President, Growth and Strategy Excelsoft Technologies IncGoela_Prashant.jpgPrashant is a tech entrepreneur and business leader with extensive experience in setting up and growing companies in US, Singapore and India. He currently heads US growth and strategy for Excelsoft, a global EdTech product firm. Excelsoft offers innovative platforms and solutions to educational companies in the areas of eAssessments, interactive and personalized content delivery, learning analytics and student success/retention. These solutions are being used by 30M+ learners worldwide. Prashant joined Excelsoft post acquisition of Imfinity in 2009, one of the two technology companies he co-founded in Singapore in 2003 and ran as CEO from 2006-2009. He completed his undergrad from NTU, Singapore and his MBA from MIT Sloan. Prashant is passionate about education and startups and loves to build companies in technology space.7361
 GreenCliffVP Education and Strategic Partnerships Learning.comGreen_Cliff.jpgDr. Cliff Green oversees the Education Services and Account Management departments and supports Learning.com's business development efforts. Prior to Learning.com, Cliff was acting VP of Education and School Operations for Ignite Education Group. Previously, Cliff served as a Regional Vice President and Executive Director for Insight Schools, executive director for the Idaho School Boards Association, and as a district technology coordinator and business education teacher. Cliff previously chaired the Boise State University College of Education Advancement Committee. He was the gubernatorial appointee to the Idaho Council for Technology in Learning, as well as an appointee to the Students Come First Technology Taskforce. He holds a Doctorate of Education in curriculum and instruction from Boise State University, a Master in Business Education degree from the University of Idaho and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Boise State.7265
 GuptaManishCEO uCertifygupta_manish.jpg 6605
 HeimanDinCOO and General Manager BrainPOPHeiman_Din.jpgCOO and General Manager of BrainPOP since 2007, Din holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. Prior to that he was with Kaplan International, and also served as a career diplomat. BrainPOP’s learning games, movies and assessments are at the core of digital transformation in over 25% of US schools and in many international ones. Din adamantly believes there has been plenty of change in education in the 21st century - led by innovative teachers, school leaders, and entrepreneurs worldwide.5556
 HendersonRayPresident Lessons Learned Ventureshenderson_ray.jpg 7309
 HermanAndrewCEO Almaherman_andrew.jpgAndrew founded Alma based on the belief that schools deserve a modern technology system that provides the core administrative and classroom management needs in one intuitive, flexible platform. As CEO, Andrew sets long-term strategy and leads team development and collaboration to plan and meet product development goals. Under his leadership, the company has expanded rapidly and is now in 40 states and 26 countries. Under his leadership, the Company has become widely recognized as having the best-in-class SIS solution available for K-12. Before starting Alma, Andrew served in several financial and corporate management positions, including founding a successful analytical instrumentation company and leading numerous acquisitions for Danaher Corporation. As an early employee of Advertising.com, he lead the venture investment raise for the company and helped lay the foundation for the company's long-term success. Andrew's passion for education began early in his professional career when he taught middle school at Link Community School in Newark, NJ. 7331
 Heuston BenjaminPresident Waterford Institute  Dr. Benjamin Heuston is the President of Waterford Institute, longtime nonprofit member of SIIA and son of Waterford founder, Dr. Dusty Heuston--who won the CODiE lifetime achievement award in 2013. Benjamin is a passionate, thoughtful leader with a vision for technology use in education, especially when it comes to early learners. Bringing quality education curriculum to every child everywhere, through the innovation and accessibility technology offers, is his life's mission. His Ph.D. in psychometrics also makes him a uniquely valuable asset to the board for perspectives on data issues such as student data, privacy, efficacy, research, reporting for classroom and district use. He is also an active member of and has presented for the Society for Scientific Study of Reading, is a member of International Gold Key Honour Society, and serves as a mentor for the Utah Entrepreneurship Challenge.  5124
 IngramTomDirector of Information Technology Escambia County School DistrictIngram_Tom.jpgTom Ingram is an educational technology leader from Pensacola, Florida. He has experience using technology as a classroom teacher, technology professional developer, and an educational administrator. He is currently the Director of Information Technology for The School District of Escambia County in Pensacola, Florida. He has worked in education as Technology Services Coordinator, Instructional Technology Specialist, a high school technology coordinator, and a high school foreign language teacher. He has presented numerous conference sessions at CoSN, FAEDS, FAMIS, FETC, Learning Impact, and TCEA. He has participated as a team member writing and implementing Technology Literacy Challenge Fund grants, Enhancing Education through Technology grants, and a Race to the Top grant.7231
 IseckeHarrietCEO/Founder Mtelegence dba ReadoriumIsecke_Harriet.pngHarriet Isecke is the founder, creator, and CEO of Readorium by Mtelegence. Her expertise is in literacy instruction, and she was listed in "Who's Who Among American Educators" four times as a distinguished teacher. Harriet was involved in public education for over 38 years as a teacher, literacy coach, curriculum director, and educational consultant. She is also an award-winning author. During her career in education, Harriet became all too aware of the challenges most students face when trying to read nonfiction. Science text is particularly difficult because of its unfamiliar concepts and vocabulary. Harriet wanted to reach beyond her own district to help all students achieve. This led her to create Readorium, which was initially funded through three Innovative Research Grants from the US Department of Education. You can find out more about Readorium at www.readorium.com. 7328
 JakelMichaelDirector of Technology Platte Valley School District RE-7Jakel_Mike.jpgMichael Jakel has been the Director of Technology for Platte Valley Schools for the last 7 years. As a Small School District IT leader, he can provide insight into the struggles of smaller districts. He graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, BS CIS CETL 7238
 JayMichaelPresident Educational SystemicsJay_michael.jpgMichael taught Science in California, where he worked on developing the state's first set of Technology in the Curriculum materials. He helped start Apple's Classroom of Tomorrow project and went on to found Mediaseek Technologies,continuing the development of tools for children and educators as Director of Education Business Development at N2H2 and VP and GM of Brainium Technologies in the following years, where he worked on sustainable 1:1 computing in schools. Michael served on the Executive Board of the School's Interoperability Framework and played a pivotal role in driving the development and adoption of the LRMI, both pivotal to data and content interoperability in pK-12 education. Michael served on the SIIA Ed Board for 12 years, three of which he served as co-chair. He started and continues to cochair the ETiN Tech & Dev working group. Michael is also the host of Education Table Talk, a month internet radio show that addresses topics important to those who serve pK-12 education.264
 JebsenJoanaPresident O'Donnell LearnJebsen_Joana.jpgJoana Jebsen is the president of O'Donnell Learn, a curriculum and market development firm specializing in K-20 education. Established in 1990, O’Donnell Learn leverages its deep market knowledge to help education companies and institutions design, develop and launch better learning experiences. With a Higher Ed focus, ODL specializes in building competency-based, adaptive learning and OER-curated instructional and assessment content, migrating on-ground programs online, and conducting market research and development. Prior to joining ODL in 2007, Joana served in senior publishing, marketing and consulting roles at Harper Collins Publishers, Questia, Factiva, and Thomson Learning Labs. She has an MBA from the Wharton School.4556
 JohnsonChadManaging Director Cherry Tree & Associates, LLCjohnson_chad.jpgChad Johnson is a Managing Director in the investment banking practice of Cherry Tree & Associates. Chad has a long and successful track record advising entrepreneurs in the sale of their education related businesses, and has helped numerous public and private companies acquire complementary businesses. His previous experience includes building a successful software firm, managing corporate M&A, and working in a venture capital firm. Chad is on the Board of the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA, the Board of Directors of Early Learning Labs, and is a member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).767
 JohnsonMichaelPresident Chief Potential Officer Full Potential AssociatesJohnson_michael.jpgMichael has been in the education technology marketplace since 1985 developing and delivering technology solutions for universities, public and school libraries, publishers, and classrooms of all types. In 2008, Michael started Full Potential Associates which is a strategic consulting firm specializing in the blend between education, publishing, and technology. Before 2008, Michael spent over 15 years working in various capacities for Follett Corporation. Michael was founder of Follett Digital Resources and one of the chief architects of Follett Corporation's digital strategy. Michael is a frequent speaker and panelists at events in the US and globally499
 JonesDwightSuperintendent in Residence Discovery Communications   7318
 KanejiyaDeeFounder & CEO CogniiKanejiya_Dharmendra.jpgDee Kanejiya is founder and CEO of Cognii, a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence based assessment and tutoring technology for automatic grading of students' open-response answers. He has 16 years of experience in AI, speech recognition, consumer web and the education industries. He is passionate about improving the quality and affordability of education for all with the help of advanced technologies. 5791
 KeavenyRichardVice President, Partnerships & Developer Community McGraw-Hill EducationKeaveny_Richard.jpgRichard is an award-winning leader in Educational Technology with experience running globally distributed teams to ideate and deliver customer centered digital solutions. In his role as Vice President Technology Partnerships at McGraw-Hill Education, Richard is responsible for all partnerships between companies wishing to integrate their technologies with those from McGraw-Hill Education. Prior to this role, Richard was the Vice President of Technology Products for the McGraw-Hill Education Higher Education business, where he led a team of Technology Product Mangers who managed key platforms and services including Connect, the LearnSmart Suite, Create, Tegrity, and MHCampus. Throughout his career Richard has focused on improving teaching and learning through the creation of customer centered digital solutions, and in 2008, Richard’s team was the first digital team to win the Pearson Product of the Year award and in 2015 Richard’s teams won three CODiE Awards for excellence in digital products. Richard holds a Bachelor’s of Arts with Honors and a Masters degree from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. 7270
 KellyGirardPrivacy Analyst Common Sense MediaKelly_Girard.jpgGirard Kelly is an attorney focused on Internet, privacy, cybersecurity, and Intellectual Property law who has a strong background in public policy, information technology, entrepreneurship, and emerging technologies. Currently, Girard is a privacy analyst at Common Sense Media working on the District Privacy Evaluation Initiative. Girard received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, Master’s Degree in Applied Ethics of Science and Technology Policy from Arizona State University, and J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law.7269
 KleinJoshChief Information Officer Portland Public Schoolsklein_josh.jpgJosh Klein received his Bachelor of Science degree in Network Administration from Denver Technical College in 2001 and his Masters of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management in 2013. Josh is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a national leader in education data and technology initiatives. He currently serves as a member of the National Center for Education Statistics Forum, the Ed-Fi Alliance Technical Advisory Group, the University of Portland Operations and Technology Management Executive Advisory Board, and the Organization of Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC) Board of Directors. Josh began his professional career in 1996 providing technical support in a national call center and later founded an information services consulting company based in Boulder, Colorado. In 2002 Josh moved to Portland and for eleven years, worked for the Oregon Department of Education, and was promoted to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). In 2013 Josh joined the Portland Public Schools leadership team as the CIO for the school district. 7302
 KurlandD. MidianPrincipal Kurland ConsultingKurland_midian.jpgDr. D. Midian Kurland is a 30-year veteran of the ed tech industry. Currently he is Senior Vice President, Technology and Development for Scholastic Education where he manages product development for Scholastic's technology-based web and enterprise curriculum products including READ 180. Earlier in his career, he held research positions at the Center for the Study of Reading (Un. of Illinois) and Bank Street College. Later, before joining Scholastic, he lead development projects at EDC, the Advanced Technology Group at Apple, Computer Curriculum Corporation and several Internet start-ups. 3819
 LambertHuntingdonDean, Harvard Continuing Education and University Extension  Harvard UniversityLambert_Huntington.jpg 7310
 LevinsonEliotChief Executive Officer The BLE Group, a PCG CompanyLevinson_eliot.jpg Eliot founded the BLEgroup in 1994 to facilitate technology planning for School systems. The group has grown to over 200 leading educational Decision makers who believe that education effectiveness in the digital age depends on the quality of educational products for k14 education and the capacity of school systems to integrate technology. The BLEgroup works with both the industry and investment community to develop, implement and pilot products and with schools to integrate technology for effective educational engagement and management efficiency. In May of this year the BLEgroup merged with the public consulting group PCG, a large education consultancy. As a senior advisor at PCG he will also work on the firm's strategy and initiatives to improve learning and management.5906
 LewisGail Director of Product Strategy myONLewis_Gail.jpgGail Lewis is responsible for identifying and defining the myON product strategy. Over the past 15 years, she has worked with diverse standard groups, such as MARBI (for MARC records) and the U.S. Department of Education Technical Working Group (for the Learning Registry). While at Capstone, Lewis also created the PebbleGo product line as well as other digital initiatives. Previous to her work at Capstone she worked with Sagebrush, where she tested, developed and expanded library automation products.6357
 MageeColinDirector of Product Management CompassLearningMagee_Colin.jpgI am the Director of Product Management at Compass Learning and my team is in the midst of building adaptive, data-driven digital curriculum that accelerates student growth. Prior to Compass Learning, I was a Director of Product at BeyondCurious and Sapient (design consulting firms). In those roles, I led the conception and execution of mobile and digital applications for Fortune 500 brands - GoPro, Disney, Toyota, Hawaiian Airlines. I have an MBA from UC Berkeley and a BS in electrical engineering. 6737
 MayerDanielCEO Expert SystemMayer_Daniel.jpgDaniel is CEO of Expert System Enterprise. He joined Expert System following its acquisition of TEMIS, where as VP of Product & Marketing, he shaped and promoted the award-winning Luxid® line of text analytics products. With 20 years of experience in marketing and product strategy throughout the IT value chain, Daniel’s passion is in crossing the chasm by helping organizations leverage technologies that deliver significant business value. Daniel holds both a Masters degree in Business from HEC Paris and a Masters in Computer Science from Télécom ParisTech.7261
 MaylahnPaulaConsultant Paula Maylahn ConsultingMaylahn_paula.jpgThe principal at Paula Maylahn Consulting, Paula is an education industry consultant working for companies and organizations across the K-20 spectrum. Formerly a Senior Vice President for Pearson, she oversaw cross-company strategic communications and international marketing for Pearson School Companies. Prior to her role in K-12, Paula oversaw a variety of business functions for Pearson Higher Education including content management and process improvement and helped established digital publishing standards for their STEM division. A past board member of the Software & Information Industry Association’s Education division, Paula currently serves on the executive council of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) PreK–12 Learning Group and is a member of AAP’s Tech in Ed Group. Paula also serves on the board of directors of the Art Directors Club of New Jersey, where she chairs the Education Council.3252
 McCuskerMarkCEO Texthelp Systems, Ltdmccusker_mark.jpgMark McCusker is Chair of the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA), a membership organisation campaigning for the rights and interests of those needing assistive technology and provides expert and impartial support and advice to government departments and agencies. As chair of BATA, Mark helps drive forward the digital inclusion agenda by influencing policy and government initiatives which affect people with disabilities. Since 1988, Mark has been CEO of Texthelp, which has evolved to become a world leader in developing assistive technology software for the learning disabled community.350
 MontpetitColinAssistant Professor - Dept of Biology University of OttawaMontpetit_colin.jpgDr. Montpetit primarily engages in scholarly activities that are dedicated to advancing the quality of undergraduate (biology) education through peer-mentoring, professional development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Ongoing projects include (1) development and assessment of approaches that promote interactive learning in large enrolment courses, (2) fostering of a community of practice as a learning system for professional development. 7237
 OswaldMarcCo-founder & CEO Open Assessment Technologies Corp.Oswald_Marc.jpgMarc Oswald is co-founder and CEO of Open Assessment Technologies (OAT) Corp., and is a vocal proponent of interoperability through industry standards. Prior to launching OAT, he served as entrepreneur in residence for the European research center LIST where he focused on open source software R&D. He further served on the boards of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) from which he received a lifetime achievement award for his work on solutions interoperability. 6674
 PassAndrewCEO and Founder A Pass Educational GroupPass_Andy.jpgAndrew Pass is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of A Pass Educational Group, LLC. Andy started the company in 2009 after someone asked him to do some instructional design work and he realized that other publishing companies would be interested as well. Under Andrew Pass's leadership, A Pass Educational Group, LLC has grown into a multi-million dollar business in the education industry. Prior to beginning A Pass, Andy completed advanced doctoral work in Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy at Michigan State University. In addition, he holds an M.A. in Jewish Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. After graduating from college, Andy taught fifth and sixth grade Judaic studies courses at a private school in Texas for three years. He later taught pre-service social studies methods courses at Michigan State. More recently, he taught graduate courses in educational technology, focusing on the many education-friendly tools within Web 2.0.7071
 PerezJudyExecutive Director  ILearn Collaborative Perez_Judy.jpgJudy Perez is the founder and CEO of the eLearn Collaborative (eLC), a nonprofit organization that offers educational services to schools and districts in the U.S. and Latin America supporting blended and personalized learning. Services focus on teacher training, consulting, online course development, open education resources, and an annual Conference on Blended & Online Learning (CBOL). ELC is the recognized provider of teacher training in blended and personalized learning in Colorado and serves education agencies across the United States. ELC is also an official regional partner for the U.S. Department of Education Future Ready Initiative. Judy has 25+ years of experience in education as a teacher to district-level administrator. She was appointed as a CAO for the Colorado Department of Education in 2012. She has participated in research studies for U.S. Dept. of Education and presented at conferences that include the International Association for K-12 Online Learning, Online Learning Consortium International Conference, Donnell-Kay Foundation, SENA Congreso e-Learning/Bogota, U.S. and Colorado Departments of Education, etc. She sits on several boards supporting e-learning and ed tech. 7377
 PetersonJimDirector of Technology Bloomington Public SchoolsPeterson_Jim.jpgJim is currently the Technology Director for the Bloomington Schools, District 87, as well as the CTO for the IlliniCloud. He serves in a number of leadership roles over the past decade in designing and implementing technology assessment, curriculum and instructional systems; shared technology infrastructure and professional development programs throughout K12 in Illinois. Jim's current focus is providing districts low-cost, scalable and reliable infrastructure, applications and services for school districts through the IlliniCloud.4101
 PowellChuckAcademy Coordinator, Science Computer Science and Engineering Teacher  Green Mountain High SchoolPowell_C.jpgChuck Powell has been a high school science and computer science teacher for for 31 years. The last 11 of those years have been at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Colorado, where he teaches AP Physics, AP Computer Science and Robotics. For the past three years, he has been involved with the College Board’s AP Computer Science Principles Pilot. He teaches at Advanced Placement Summer Institutes to prepare other teachers to teach AP Computer Science Principles. Chuck is the Academy Coordinator at his school. The Academy Program consists of 14 Pathways arranged into 4 Academies, and students are encouraged to earn pathway endorsements beyond the requirements for graduation. In his role as Coordinator, Chuck defines the requirements for Pathway endorsements, counsels students in earning endorsements, and arranges mock interviews, job shadows and internships. Chuck is also President of the Colorado Chapter of CSTA. In this capacity, he works to provide an environment for computer science educators to cooperate and to collaborate, and to promote computer science education in the state of Colorado. 7273
 RichardsJohnPresident Consulting Services for EducationRichards_John.jpgJohn Richards, Ph. D. is Founder and President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. (CS4Ed. www.cs4ed.com) and Adjunct Faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education teaching Entrepreneurship in the Education Marketplace. At CS4Ed, John works with educational publishers and organizations on market research, strategic planning, and product development and evaluation. Previously, John was President of the JASON Foundation and GM of Turner Learning, the educational arm of Turner Broadcasting. He recently completed the 2012 U.S. Educational Technology Market: PreK-12 report for SIIA, and with Chris Dede (Eds.) has just published Digital Teaching Platforms, Teachers College Press. 524
 RidpathAngelaDirector of Marketing MCH Strategic Data Angela Ridpath is an accomplished and recognized thought leader who is passionate about marketing. She has worked for fortune 500 companies such as H&R Block World Headquarters and American Century Investments leading marketing programs. In addition, she has experience as an agency leader working with large retail brands such as Walmart, Capital One and McDonalds, as well as education brands such as Johnson and Wales University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Liberty University and EDMC. Today, she is proud to work for MCH Strategic Data as the Director of Marketing.  7325
 ScheinChristineEd Tech Information Literacy Specialist, CETL Academy District 20 Christine Schein is an Ed Tech Information Literacy Specialist at Academy District 20. She has a Masters degree in Education and Information Technology and School Library Media. She has presented at numerous conferences including ISTE, AASL, CASE, and InnEdCo. She also teaches technology integration for Pikes Peak BOCES and conducts Social Media classes for teacher induction at District 20. Although her undergraduate degree is in Sociology/Criminal Justice and her work experience spans over various business fields, her passion is students and their future as responsible citizens in the world.  7382
 SchuermanFarimahSVP, Strategy and Alliances Copia Interactiveschuerman_Farimah.jpgFarimah Schuerman is currently the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Alliances, at Copia Interactive, LLC. In that capacity she works closely with the EVP and founder, and the CEO. Prior to joining Copia, Farimah spent 16 years as an industry consultant, independently for seven years, and in formed the education consultancy business, Academic Business Advisors, in 2004 in partnership with Mitch Weisburgh, who continues to manage that consultancy. In her 25 years working in the education technology space, she has worked in sales, marketing and product development. She has guided many companies, from early stage to well established, to success and growth. She supports the industry through volunteer work in associations such as SIIA, CoSN, AAP and SETDA, and often is called upon to speak on a variety of topics touching this field. 685
 SchumacherJennyVice President, Sales & Marketing Agile Education MarketingSchumacher_Jenny.jpgJenny Schumacher has an MBA in Organizational Leadership, is proud to have spent the last several years as part of the Agile family. With 18 years of experience in the education community, she has held a variety of roles in her career; including sales, marketing, operations and client services. She understands the education market and provides a unique organizational perspective to help clients exceed their marketing goals. Formerly a Director of Operations with Denver Public Schools, Jenny worked with the talented team there to launch its ground-breaking teacher performance and evaluation program (LEAP). Prior to joining DPS Jenny spent 11 years with Quality Education Data (QED), a leading education data company, and managed a number of operational and client-facing teams.7288
 ShihadehEileenVice President, Marketing and Product Management Compass LearningShihadeh_eileen.jpgEileen Shihadeh joined the Compass Learning executive team as Vice President in March 2014. Eileen leverages experience as both an educator and K-12 content developer, entrepreneurial insight, a strong background in technology, and more than a decade of proven marketing leadership. Before bringing her talents to Compass Learning, Eileen served as Vice President of Marketing for BARBRI, a market leader in legal education. Prior to BARBRI, she was Vice President of Global Marketing for eInstruction, an education technology company providing interactive teaching and learning solutions for K-12 educators and students. In addition, Eileen spent seven years in marketing leadership roles at Texas Instruments' Education Division, and prior to that, at Harcourt. Eileen brings her rich background in K-12 education and her passion for supporting educators to bear in guiding her staff to grow the support for the education community.6324
 SimpsonAlanVP, Policy and Communications Internet Keep Safe Coalition Alan Simpson drives policy and communications at iKeepSafe, an international non-profit working to help all children learn and thrive with technology and digital media. He helps educators, companies, families, policymakers and others navigate emerging issues – including addressing concerns about student data privacy and security, and encouraging adoption and smart use of education technology. 7278
 SoutorTerriChief Executive Officer FastBridge LearningSoutor_Terri.jpgTerri Soutor, CEO of FastBridge Learning, is an education, publishing, and software executive with 20-plus years experience in the K-12 market, including general management of start-up to midsize businesses, business strategy, marketing, sales, and product strategy expertise. Terri joined FastBridge Learning as its CEO upon its launch as a technology transfer from the University of Minnesota in February 2015. Prior to joining FastBridge Learning, Terri was President of Brain Hive, LLC, a first of its kind on-demand eBook platform for school libraries, a spin-off ofLerner Publishing Group where Terri served as EVP of Marketing and Digital Product Strategy. She also previously worked at PLATO Learning (now Edmenum) as its VP of Marketing from 2003-2009. Terri is committed to a personal and professional mission of joining exceptional content with technology in an accessible and affordable way to improve teaching and learning in our nation's schools. 7330
 SquatrittoChrisSpecial Technology Advisor, Clark County School District K-12 Federation Mr. Chris Squatritto’s EdTech career started as a Junior in High School, helping educators and administrators in the emerging world of technology in the classroom. During the subsequent 20 years in education, all with the Clark County School District, he was recognized as a visionary in the field by his peers, including multiple Superintendents. Mr. Squatritto was promoted to Manager of Emerging Technology after his graduation from UNLV in 2001. While information security was at it’s infancy, Mr. Squatritto made it a mission to ensure student and facility had a safe and secure cyber experience. Providing CCSD with high-speed access to the Internet while keeping cyber crime and threats at bay. After speaking at multiple conferences, including Council of the Great City Schools, Mr. Squatritto became the Districts Technology Director, overseeing the newly organized Cyber Security Team. In 2013, the CCSD Board of School Trustees and Superintendent voted unanimously to provide Mr. Squatritto funding for the Nations first K-12 Cyber Security Operations Center. He now consults with Districts around the nation on the importance of Cyber Security, Student online safety, and Information Security, speaking at multiple conferences a year.  7281
 StawinogaNycoleEducation Policy and Program Manager SIIAStawinoga_Nycole.jpgNycole Stawinoga is the Education Policy and Program Manager for the Education Technology Industry Network of SIIA. She researches, analyzes and writes reports on state, federal and national education policies and programs that impact the education marketplace. She also hosts the Ed Policy Forum’s monthly ‘Around the Nation’ webinar series on state education policies, programs and funding impacting the K-12 market. Before joining SIIA, Nycole worked as the Director of Research and Legislative Affairs at an education advocacy organization in Milwaukee, WI and taught third grade for one year in Baltimore City Public Schools.7284
 StillmanWayneMr Pacific MetricsStillman_Wayne.jpgWayne is a Senior-Level Developer/Engineer/Director with over twenty years of experience. He has Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University and Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Wayne has a long history in the education industry. He worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for 14 years as a Senior Research Associate where he coauthored many research papers mostly in the area of leukemogensis. He then became the Director of Data Integration for School Fusion, a company that supplied school websites, from 2007 to 2011 and is currently employed by Pacific Metrics as a Senior Software Engineer where he was responsible for the successful delivery of Louisiana’s End Of Course summative assessment program.7368
 TaylorAutumnVP, Marketing Echo360taylor_autumn.jpgAutumn Taylor leads the Echo360 marketing department and oversees marketing strategy and initiatives that drive business growth. She is passionate about the role of technology in helping to reshape education globally and develop lifelong learners. Prior to joining Echo360, Autumn worked for nearly 12 years in the education technology space, most recently, as head of marketing for Chalkable. In this role, she oversaw the rebranding of the company and the launch of several new products, including a learning management system. She has also held various marketing leadership and general management roles at Blackboard Analytics, K12 Inc. and Discovery Communications. Autumn began her career at Andersen Consulting, where she advised clients in various industries on how to reengineer processes and apply technology to gain efficiencies and competitive advantage. 7266
 ThorenBruce Superintendent of Schools  Fremont County School District #24 Bruce Thoren is the Superintendent of Schools for Fremont County School District #24 in Shoshoni, Wyoming. Bruce's background includes curriculum development mworking with small schools for the Arizona Center for Vocational Technological Education, Industrial Arts Educator, and Director of the Wyoming Network,  7379
 TurnerBradVP, Global Literacy Benetech Brad runs Global Literacy for Benetech, a nonprofit whose mission is to empower communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions. The best-known program is Bookshare, a library of over 425,000 accessible ebooks available for people who cannot read printed books due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, and other print disabilities. Other global literacy programs include Born Accessible, driving systemic change by working with publishers to create materials that are accessible from the outset; and DIAGRAM, working to improve the way digital content, especially STEM, is produced and accessed. Prior to Benetech, Brad served as the VP of Marketing and Business Development at Inkiru, a big data predictive analytics platform which was later acquired by Wal-Mart. Brad was the Founder and CEO of Through the Lens, Inc., where his team created the first SaaS-based medical data management solution for dermatologists and plastic surgeons.  Brad’s career includes executive marketing and business development roles at education technology startups including Udacity, search engine companies such as Inktomi, and at networking companies.  7282
 UmpsteadBruceManaging Partner ScaleUp Education PartnersUmpstead_Bruce.jpgBruce Umpstead is managing partner of ScaleUp Education Partners. He provides strategic advisory, business development, and live event planning services on education technology, information technology, and data integration and interoperability in the K12 space. From 2007 to 2013, he served as Michigan’s state “EdTech” director. Bruce holds a B.A. in Public Administration and a M.B.A. in Finance from Michigan State University. He lives in mid-Michigan with his wife and two high school-age daughters. 7279
 Van GundySusanVP Business Development Open Assessment Technologies (OAT)VanGundy_Susan.jpgSusan Van Gundy serves as the VP of Business Development for Open Assessment Technologies (OAT), building strategic vision and partnerships around the TAO assessment platform. Susan is also the CEO and Founder of Eduvate, a strategy consulting company supporting innovations in teaching, learning, and assessment with an emphasis on effective educational technology policies and practices. She has more than twenty years of experience in national-scale program design and deployment including her previous role as the Director of Technology for the multistate PARCC Assessment Consortium; her leadership as the Deputy Director of the National STEM Education Digital Library (NSDL); and her contribution as a founding team member in the creation of the Learning Registry. Van Gundy is involved in mentoring ed tech startups and serves on numerous task forces and advisory boards. 7096
 WagnerEllenVP Research  Hobsonswagner_ellen.jpgEllen D. Wagner is Vice President for Research, Hobsons. She is co-founder of the PAR Framework, now a Division of Hobsons, serving as PAR's strategy officer from its inception to its acquisition. She was Vice-President, Technology, of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, and was Executive Director of WICHED's Cooperative for Educational Technologies. Ellen is the former senior director of worldwide eLearning, Adobe Systems, Inc. and was senior director of worldwide education solutions for Macromedia, Inc. As Chief Learning Officer at both Informania, Inc. and Viviance new Education, AG, she supervised the developments of corporate education and learning content and course development, including learning management and competency management efforts, featuring the development of the Novell, Inc. certification programs and CBE courses offered by Western Governors University. Ellen's Ph.D. in learning psychology comes from the University of Colorado - Boulder. Her M.S. and B.A. degrees were earned at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 7363
 WalkerEdwardExecutive Vice President, Strategy and Deployment Consulting Services for EducationWalker_Edward.jpgDr. Edward Walker is Executive Vice President of Consulting Services for Education, Inc. a consultancy that advises companies, institutions and agencies in the education marketplace on the synthesis of digital media, software technology, and business processes. He is a member of the SIIA Education Division Post-Secondary Sector Board and the CoSN Technical Committee and has served several advisory boards. He was CEO of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, Vice President of Business Development and Department Head at BBN Technologies, a Member of Staff at Bell Laboratories, a Principal Research Scientist at MIT, and a staff member at the CMU Software Engineering Institute. 3499
 WeeksTracyExecutive DirectorPh.D.SETDAWeeks_Tracy.jpgDr. Tracy Weeks is the Executive Director for the State Education Technology Director’s Association (SETDA). Prior to joining the team at SETDA, she served as the Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, where she 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 as the Chief Academic Officer and subsequently the Executive Director. She holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Math Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology with a Statistics minor and a Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University. She is a NC Teaching Fellow, NC Education Policy Fellow, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi. 7285
 WetmoreJohannaCEO and Co-Founder EvoTextWetmore_Johanna.jpgA former classroom teacher, curriculum developer, K-12 product editor, and digital product developer, Johanna currently serves as CEO and Co-Founder of EvoText, an educational software development house and makers of Ogment, an award-winning curriculum creation and management system. Johanna received her Ed.M. from Boston University and BA from University of Michigan7095
 WhiteNancy21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist Academy District 20White_Nancy.jpgNancy White is the 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist for Academy School District 20, providing professional development and coaching for teachers on strategies to integrate 21st century skills and technology. Nancy is a school librarian by profession, and has worked in elementary and middle schools in Germany and Colorado and has worked as an educator for 19 years. She is passionate about helping teachers to become designers of learning, to help students develop 21st century skills through global collaboration, authentic inquiry and problem solving. 7234
 WilhelmRandy CEO and Co-Founder KnovationWilhelm_RAndy.jpgRandy Wilhelm is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Knovation, an organization that has pioneered the curation, contextualization, alignment and maintenance of Open Educational Resources (OER) for K-12 learning since 1999. While Knovation may be best known by its applications netTrekker and icurio, their unique, tested approach to curating content is the hallmark of their success, and the very thing that has driven their applications' accolades. As an evangelist for honoring the curiosity in every child, Wilhelm has served on many education and youth related not-for-profit boards including the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the Executive Advisory Board for Xavier University, Williams College of Business (Entrepreneurship & Management), and Teen Challenge Cincinnati. He is often a featured speaker, and presented a TEDx talk in 2012. 7321
 WilligChristinePresident McGraw-Hill Education - School GroupWillig_Chris.jpgChristine Willig serves as president of McGraw-Hill Education's K-12 group. Previously, she served as the K-12 group's senior vice president of product, leading all product development and managing the portfolio of PreK-12 curriculum and instructional materials. Christine joined McGraw-Hill Education in 2011 as the K-12 group's senior vice president of STEM, a role in which she headed up product development and marketing for all STEM disciplines. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, Chris served as president and chief executive officer of Math Solutions, the leading provider of mathematics teacher professional development in the U.S. She led Math Solutions through a successful acquisition to Scholastic, Inc., in 2010. Willig was an early member of the netTrekker internet start-up team, building a Codie award-winning product while growing the business as President. 7236
 WinterLindaPresident/Owner Winter GroupWinter_linda.jpgLinda Winter leads Winter Group, a creative services and strategic research firm focused on the education and related publishing and technology markets. Winter Group's portfolio of capabilities includes complete campaign planning and execution, messaging, positioning and branding, and high performance promotion development. From creating integrated digital and multimedia marketing to direct sales support including conference strategies, webinars, and lead generation programs, we develop deliver our clients' marketing and sales messages directly to the education market's buyers and decision-makers to support high stakes growth, positioning, and sales objectives. Linda is a graduate of Northwestern University and received her graduate degree from the University of Denver.4103
 ZierCathyEducation Industry Leader  Zier_Cathy.jpgOver the course of her career, Cathy has successfully developed business strategies, created and brought products to market and led channel and sales teams. After leaving the classroom, she joined Apple Computer; was Founder/CEO of Learning Tools International subsequently selling the assets to Public Consulting Group. In her recent role as Head of Global Alliances, Cathy led Promethean’s strategy around content integration with interactive technologies, business alliances and driving Promethean’s enterprise software GTM initiative for ClassFlow. Cathy is serving her second term on the Software & Information Industry Association Education Board (SIIA-ETIN), and second term on the National Education Association Foundation Board (NEAF).5887