Aaron Thomas is a college student who spends his spare time at Hackathons and poking things not designed to be poked,
Andrew began working for Yough School District as the Director of Technology in January 2013. He previously worked at Baldwin-Whitehall School District as a Systems Specialist. Andrew graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelors in Computer Information Systems and a Masters in IT Project Management.
Andrew Thumma has an associate's degree in Computer Systems from York Technical Institute and is currently working on a bachelor's degree in Software Development at Southern New Hampshire University. I am CCT Certified for JSS version 9.x. I have been working for Cumberland Valley School District for the last ten years and managing our iPads since we first started using the Gen 1 iPads with Meraki. This is now the second year of managing devices using the JSS.
Ashley Heagy is the Director of Technology at Pequea Valley School District in Kinzers, PA and has worked in education for 16 years. She previously worked as the Instructional Technology Coordinator at Pequea Valley School District and with PVAAS while employed at IU13. She earned her BS in Communications/Public Relations from Millersville University and her MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Philadelphia University. Ashley is currently enrolled in Immaculata University’s Educational Leadership Doctoral Program. Ashley’s professional interests include innovative teaching and learning, one-to-one technology program design, professional development planning, and Mass Customized Learning.
Network architect and entrepreneur with years of experience building, operating and managing large scale service provider networks, interested in helping telecommunications companies with the best network engineering team and network in the industry via scalable and stable architectures, cost optimized infrastructure, and unparalleled dedication to attracting and retaining the best professionals in the industry.
Brian Steigauf is the Senior Systems Administrator for Lancaster-Lebanon IU13. He has worked in technology education for 17 years. Brian is a GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner and has a master's degree in Instructional Design and Technology.
Dan Lezoche is the Supervisor of Technology Services at BCIU#22. He is a longtime MCSE and has been coordinating operating system deployments for various industries since Server 2000/Windows XP were in production. Dan has varied experience as a systems administrator in both the private and public sectors and enjoys sharing his knowledge with the technology community.
Daniel Farina has worked at iboss Cybersecurity for close to 2 years, and previously worked 5 years as a Network Administrator for a K-12 School District in South Florida. He studied Computer Science at the University of Central Florida and proceeded to work for a government-affiliated security software company, where he discovered his interest in network security while working with both public & private sector government agencies to deploy top-level security products. Daniel grew up with a teacher as a parent who also was a computer lab instructor. This is where he discovered his interest in technology, which later grew in to a passion for education. With his previous experience in security & education, Daniel knew that iboss and their industry leading security in both educational filtering & cybersecurity was a great fit. In his personal time, he enjoys outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and horseback riding.
With over 26 years of experience, Darren is a risk management and information security leader with diverse experience in operational, technical, management, and architecture roles. Throughout his career, Darren has provided consultative thought leadership, strategic direction, and tactical response to multiple federal, state, and local agencies, most of the Fortune 100 and hundreds of mid-sized enterprises. His expertise focuses on information security and business continuity solutions, with a deep emphasis on Critical Infrastructure, He has extensive experience defining, developing, and delivering information security solutions, including security and privacy program development, policy and procedure development, review, and alignment, security assessments, vulnerability management solutions, security operations center development, and architectural design.
Prior to joining SHI, Darren was a Director of Security Consulting for Sungard Availability Services, and the Managing Principal, Cybersecurity, Risk, & Intelligence for Verizon Security Services. Prior to Verizon, Darren spent time with EMC Consulting.
Dave Light is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College and has been employed by Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 for the past 17 years working in desktop support and system administration.
David Andrade, former engineer, educator, and school district CIO, is a K-12 Education Strategist for CDW-G. He works with school districts to assist them with selecting and implementing technology solutions to help them improve teaching and learning. David holds Master of Education degrees in Educational Leadership and in Educational Technology, and is a Google Certified Admin, Trainer, and Educator, as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator.
David Huson has been a sales executive with Securly for over two years. He works closely with district IT staff and helps them understand how Securly can help move web filtering to the cloud, but also revolutionize their 1:1 initiatives and digital citizenship programs with a new approach to student safety and productivity online.
Derek Sweigart has been the Hardware Support Specialist at Pequea Valley School District since September of 2007. He is both Apple Certified and Jamf CCT Certified.
Doug Rose is the Systems Specialist at the Smethport Area School District located in Smethport, PA. In 2011 he received his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and Technology along with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He has been working for Smethport since graduation.
Dr. Christopher Harrington has long served on the forefront of innovative education. Currently an adjunct professor at Immaculata University and research head for Evergreen Education Group, Chris specializes in assembling and inspiring great work from great teams. In his previous positions as President of eLearn Institute and CEO of Harrington Education Associates, Dr. Harrington has gained experience assisting dozens of school districts across the nation in the design and implementation of blended and online learning programs, including the nationally recognized Quakertown Community School District where he served as Director of Virtual Education Services. Chris works with multiple state and national groups in the field of education, including iNACOL and the Colorado Department of Education.
Dustin Elg, a Senior Systems Engineer with Jamf, works exclusively with Education customers in the Midwest. Over the past five years he’s helped many organizations architect sustainable Apple deployments. Prior to Jamf, Dustin used his technology skill set to help people utilize their technology to the fullest potential. He was a Genius at Apple for 5 years and a Geek Squad technician. He started his technology career at the Minneapolis Public Library, where he served the public on the verge of a digital transition. Dustin’s passion is incorporating service and technology.
Frank Olshansky has been employed by Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 as a Network Engineer for the last two years. Frank has over 8 years of experience in network engineering.
Currently, Gary Honabach is the Technology Systems Administrator for Bloomsburg School District. He has worked in the technology field for 30+ years. After attending DeVry Institute of Technology, he worked in various positions in the technology field. In June of 1998 he was hired by Wise Snacks, at the time a 675 million dollars in sales company. My primary responsibility was to convert various accounting systems over for the Y2K project. After the conversion was complete, I was moved into Systems Administration and was responsible for support and training of sales reporting systems, mail systems, backup and recovery, domain systems, network, and top level support for all Help Desk issues. In November of 2002 I joined Bloomsburg School District as the only technician responsible for support of all devices in the district. In 2006 I moved into the Technology Systems Administrator responsible for all aspects of the District’s Information Technology strategies, polices, services, projects, budget, software, and hardware. Since my time at Bloomsburg we have added and maintain a Microsoft Domain with Active Directory, SCCM, SQL, Exchange, HyperV, Office 365, and other management systems. We are one of the few districts in the state to implement Microsoft Surface Pro 3 devices for 1:1 in our High School. With this implementation we have evaluated all aspects of being a 1:1 school, from creating/modifying polices and evaluating hardware/network resources to planning Professional Development for both staff and students.
George Frazier is currently the Director of Information Systems for Lower Merion School District. Prior to joining Lower Merion, he served for 13 years as the Director of Technology for Phoenixville Area School District. George Frazier has taught at the middle school, high school, and graduate levels. He is a certified PDE Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction and a certified Instructional Technology Specialist. He holds an MS in Computers and Technology in Education. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a certified GIAC System and Network Auditor (GSNA).
George Lazarou leads Aspire's Security and Risk Management practice. He possesses sixteen years of security experience in various rolls, both technical and non-technical. His areas of expertise include: information assurance, vulnerability assessments, network and application security, information security management, governance, risk, and compliance. He previously worked with US Navy Medicine, US Army, and the Air Force performing certification and accreditation of DoD networks and tactical systems.
More recently, George was a member of the IT risk and security team for MetLife Corporation where his responsibilities included managing the infrastructure, application, and HIPAA security and risk programs. In his current capacity, George is responsible for the architecture and management of Aspire's Security Operation Center. He also conducts consulting engagements in a wide variety of areas including technical security assessments of infrastructure and applications, to performing high level reviews of information security programs, gap analysis, and maturity reviews.
George is a member of ISACA, ISC2, and InfraGARD.
Jason Carbaugh is the Technology Director at Central Fulton School District. He is also a Google Guru, a PA Skyward Steering Committee Member, and a past PETE & C presenter.
Jeramy Kopacko currently works as a Systems Engineer for Concensus Technologies. Upon graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Jeramy took on roles in Technology Education for over five years as a Systems Administrator and Director of Technology. In his time as DoT, Jeramy redesigned the infrastructure while implementing MDM solutions and a technology replacement lifecycle. Jeramy focuses on Systems/Network Engineering, Cloud Technology Solutions, and Information Security. He maintains an active certification in N10-006 and is working towards several Microsoft and Linux Certifications.
Jeremiah Okal-Frink is a veteran educator, leader, and change facilitator. Jeremiah started in the classroom and still centers his work around the changes that can be made there. Jeremiah has led change in teaching and learning through the catalyst of technology in rural, suburban and urban districts. He has been at the forefront of embedding technology initiatives into learning spaces, including the change of access through computers/laptops/devices, online and networked learning, social media, online and blended learning, global education, and a wide variety of educational technology initiatives focused on transforming schools. He has been involved in every aspect of the implementation, evaluation, and planning for sustained change through these initiatives from the strategic planning at the district level to support of students and teachers in the classroom. He developed and ran one of the first state-wide online high school programs in New York state that provided an alternative means for earning credit in schools across the state. https://goo.gl/gZ00M8
Jill Sitnick joined Microsoft's US Education Team after 20 years in a K-12 where she was a high school English teacher, an Instructional Technologist and then the Supervisor of Instructional Technology. Jill specializes in demonstrating, training, and supporting Pennsylvania educational institutions with their technology initiatives. Her current role allows her to show all of Microsoft's educational offerings with a focus on Office 365.
John Stearns has been in the collaborative technology industry for twelve years, bringing solutions such as video conferencing to K-12, colleges, universities, and customers in a variety of other industries including legal, financial, pharma, manufacturing, and technology. John is a Product Specialist for the brand new Cisco Spark Board, an all-in-one device that is a wireless presentation display, next generation conferencing system and a digital whiteboard.
JR is an expert in cloud and mobile technology, specializing in Google Apps for Education, iPads, and Chromebooks. Instructionally, he specializes in staff development, online course design, managing technology-integrated classrooms, and social media. Technically, he has overseen network, server, and device replacement plans; enterprise software deployment; and asset management for Mac, Windows, iOS, and Chrome platforms. JR has over ten years of experience infusing technology effectively into all areas of the educational environment, enabling every staff member to contribute to positive student experiences.
Karen Oberly has facilitated purchasing of software licenses for Pennsylvania schools through the IU 13 Statewide Software Discount program for many years. The IU 13 Statewide Software Discount Program provides Pennsylvania schools with significant discounts on many of the most used software programs in K-12 education.
Kent Sweigart has lead district-wide technology in two public school districts and has been involved with various technology initiatives within Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 (a consortium of 22 school districts). A teacher for more than 14 years prior, he has worked with educators to leverage technology to improve learning and instruction. Kent’s experiences include student information systems integration, learning management systems, staff and student device integration, and cloud-based collaboration tools. Additionally, he serves as a mentor to technology leaders and teaches courses at the graduate level.
Keren Elazari, a former hacker turned cyber security expert, is an internationally celebrated speaker and author on matters of cyber security and privacy. Her 2014 TED talk, viewed by millions, helped shape the conversation about hackers and their important role in society.
Keren Elazari brings years of experience in the international cyber security industry to the stage. Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading Israeli security firms, government organizations, Global Big 4 and Fortune 500 companies. Her research work and writing about security trends has been featured by Scientific American, WIRED, GIGAOM, CNN and more. Keren holds a CISSP security certification and MA in Security Studies from the prestigious Security & Technology workshop at Tel Aviv University – where she is a senior researcher with the Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center. In 2012, Keren held the position of Security Teaching Fellow with Singularity University, a private think tank, founded by Dr. Ray Kurzweil and sponsored by Google & NASA amongst others. Since 2013, Keren covers emerging security technologies as a security industry analyst with GIGAOM research, the leading independent media voice on all matters technology. In 2014, Keren became the first Israeli woman to be invited to speak at the annual TED conference. Keren’s TED talk has been viewed by 1.5 million people online, translated to 25 languages selected for TED’s list of ‘Most Powerful Ideas in 2014’ and for Inc.com’s list of ‘Top TED Talks of 2014’.
Since 2000, Keren has worked with leading IT vendors, government organizations, Big 4 firms and Fortune 500 companies.
Lotsie Wooten is the Directory of Technology for both Columbia Borough and Eastern Lancaster County School Districts. He has been working in education for the past 16 years and has earned both his BS in Management of Information Systems and MS in Educational Technology and Online Learning from Liberty University. Prior to working in education, he was an Information Systems Manager, among other things, in the US Navy for 12 years.
Mark Crescenzi is the President of Prismworks Technology, Inc. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in the IT field. He has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters degree in Information Systems. He holds numerous industry certifications and has taught networking, wireless technology, and security courses at the collegiate level.
Prismworks Technology, Inc. works primarily with K12 Educational Institutions to help identify and implement the best technology for their organizational needs.
Mark Sandblade is the IT manager at the Library System of Lancaster County ( LSLC ). Mark has worked for the LSLC IT department for 17 years, starting in desktop support and working on a variety of network and server technologies throughout the years. LSLC provides IT services and support for 18 public library locations in Lancaster County.
Mark Villinski brings more than 20 years of technology sales, marketing experience, and channel leadership to Kaspersky Lab. As Director, Field Marketing, Mark is responsible for field marketing efforts in the United States and for increasing awareness of Kaspersky Lab as a thought leader in the online security industry. Prior to joining Kaspersky Lab, Mark served as Director Worldwide Channel Operations at Enterasys Networks. Mark has presented at several industry conferences across North America addressing audiences on the challenges facing IT departments today and discussing ways organizations can protect themselves from the current threat landscape.
Mark Cheramie Walz dedicates his work to the use of technology in education and advising practical solutions that reduce liability while harnessing the benefits of new technology. Mark frequently lectures to school administrators, parents, and students on the safe use of social networking and modern technology both in school and at home. Prior to joining his current firm, Mark was a Deputy District Attorney for Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where he was assigned to the Special Victims Division. While there, he gained extensive courtroom experience and specialized in the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and computer crimes cases. Through that experience, Mark has gained unique insight into computer and mobile phone forensics, social networking, and the pitfalls of modern technologies. Mark received his BA from George Washington University and his MPA and JD from Villanova University. He has bar admission in Pennsylvania; New Jersey; the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; the United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania; and the United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors Association, and the International Society for Technology in Education.
Matthew Frederickson is the Director of Information Technology for the Council Rock School District, the twelfth largest of five-hundred districts in the state. He received his BA from Shippensburg University, an MBA from LaSalle University, and an MS in Learning Technologies from Drexel University. He currently holds his CISSP, GIAC GPEN, GIAC GCFE, GIAC GCIH, and EC Council CEH certifications and has held the Cisco CCNA and CCDA.
Matt Kernicky is a software developer at Lancaster-Lebanon IU13. He has been writing software professionally since 1998. He has worked extensively with SQL Server since version 6.5 and .Net development since it was in beta.
Michael DeBakey has worked in the field of educational technology infrastructure and management for over 16 years. In addition to serving as a graduate faculty member at Philadelphia University, he has presented at numerous statewide instructional technology conferences. Michael's research interests include enterprise systems administration, project and team management, infrastructure virtualization, converged networking, and data center design best practices. He has a BS in Computer Science from Millersville University, an MS in Instructional Design and Technology from Philadelphia University and holds a PDE Instructional Technology Specialist Certificate. He has also completed post-graduate work at the University of Delaware.
Michael Massoom is an Enterprise consultant, developer, and trainer, who holds a Business Technology Professionals MCDBA, MCITP, and MCT.
Mike Balik joined Downingtown Area School District as the Network and Site Services Administrator in 2014. At Downingtown, Mr. Balik oversees the day to day management and operation of the Network and Site Service teams. Mike holds a degree from Penn State University in Information Sciences & Technology and has spent over 15 years working in K-12 education with a focus on infrastructure and management.
Mike Graham has been the Director of Technology for the Hempfield School District for the last eight years, previously working as the district's Assistant Director and Systems Administrator. He holds degrees in Educational Technology Management and Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University. His work at Hempfield is strongly focused on systems integration and ensuring the many technology applications in place work in support of the district's educational goals. Hempfield is currently in the process of rolling out a K-12 1:1 iPad initiative, implementing all of the infrastructure, education, and policy changes necessary for ensuring the success of the program.
Mike Shellenberger has worked with Microsoft Solutions for 14+ years, including MCSA Windows Server 2012, MCSE – Productivity 2016, MCSE – Messaging, and is a Kemp Certified Professional. Currently, Mike is employed by Candoris Technologies, assisting organizations with the deployment and configuration of enterprise cloud and Microsoft solutions. Previously, Mike was employed by Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 and Fox Pool Corporation/WEXCO, Inc. as a Systems Administrator. Mike is a graduate of York Technical Institute, 2002.
Mike has been with IU13 for 10 years. In his current role as Senior Network Engineer, he is responsible for WAN and LAN Engineering (Routing, Switching, Firewall, URL Filtering, etc. He has previous experience at Elizabethtown Area School District and Manheim Township School District. He is a Millersville University graduate.
Nancy has her Bachelor’s and Master’s in deaf education and holds certifications in Instructional Technology (ITSC) and Project Management. She has been employed as a classroom teacher, Staff Developer/Technology Integration Coach and Senior Project Manager prior to becoming Program Director at IU 13.
Nathan Byler became part of the Annville-Cleona administrative team as the Director of Technology in August 2016. Before coming to Annville-Cleona, Nathan was employed in Northern Lebanon School District for 12 years. He spent 6 years as Director of Technology and 6 years as an elementary technology teacher and coordinator of the district's virtual school, the V3 Academy. Prior to coming to Northern Lebanon, he taught fifth grade and elementary technology in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Nathan earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education from Lebanon Valley College in 2001. He received his Masters of Education from Wilkes University in 2010.
Nick Babiak has over ten years of experience in mechanical and electrical engineering. He is an Architectural Engineering graduate from Drexel University and has been designing power, cooling, and monitoring solutions for critical applications for over seven years.
Paul Williams is an IT Systems Support Consultant at the University of Delaware where he provides system support for the administrative offices and consults with other university IT professionals on best practices in endpoint management and security. He previously worked at Lancaster Mennonite School as a system administrator. Paul received his BS from Virginia Tech and has a smattering of IT certifications.
Randy McNally is the Director of Technology at Springfield School District since 1998. He holds the following certifications: Instruction Technology Certification, Certificate of Achievements (Google); Online -Basics Google for Education. Randy has expertise in One-To-One implementation, Growth, and Maintenance in Google for Education Chromebook Deployment. He has present at the 2014, 2015, & 2016 Tech-Talk Live Conferences, the International 1:1 Computing Conference, and at PETE & C. Randy holds a BS in Accounting from Villanova University, a Master of Business Administration from Drexel University, and an MBA – Instructional Technology from Saint Joseph’s University.
Robert Ogan has worked in the technology field for over 20 years, 16 of those years were spent in K-12 education. He has a degree from Western Illinois University and spent the last three years in K-12 as the Technology Coordinator for a school district of 5,000 students. He has redesigned entire district infrastructures and helped implement 1:1 and BYOD programs.
Roy Hoover has over 26 years of experience working with technology in educational environments. He has an associate's degree in Electronics from York Technical Institute and a bachelor's degree in Management and Organization Development from Eastern Mennonite University. He started his career as an audio-visual technician at Eastern Lancaster County School District and held a number of positions there before moving to IU13 as a technology specialist. His current role at IU13 is Network & Telecommunications Coordinator, where he is responsible for the regional wide area network that provides network connectivity to public and private schools in the region. He is also responsible for the local area networks in IU13 buildings, as well as telephones and cell phones.
As an Account Executive at FileWave, Rusty Clementoni has been able to effectively articulate complex ideas in a simplified way for all to understand. Rusty has had success working with businesses where technology is really making an impact. “Most IT departments are reducing staff, while increasing their technology demands. That’s where FileWave shines. We help IT departments manage all their technology and the learning curve is very short.”
Rusty also comes from over 10 years of educational experience at Apple.
Shawn Mellinger is a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. He has been employed by Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 as a System Administrator for the last three years. Previously, he worked in the manufacturing and consulting fields as a Senior Systems Engineer. Shawn has over 11 years experience working with Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory.
Stephen Peltier has a BS in Technology Education from Millersville University and an MA in Technology Education from Ball State University. He has taught Technology Education at High Point Regional High School for 12 years. He has received the following awards and recognitions: the NJTEEA Program Excellence Award in 2005 and 2013, the ITEEA Program Excellence Award in 2006 and 2014, the 5 Star Program Excellence Award in 2008 and 2013, the New Jersey Innovative Technology Educator Award Recipient in 2008, the NJTEEA Image Award in 2008, 2010, 2014, and 2016, and the Millersville University Innovative Educators Award in 2016.
Steve has been an IT professional for over 25 years. He has designed, installed, and supported data networks in his role as a Systems Engineer. In addition, he served as an Interim Chief Technology Officer in a large suburban school district. He currently helps both schools and corporations in his role as CIO at MTG. This includes helping organizations design and secure their network infrastructure and prepare for the challenges when moving more services to the cloud.
Susan Hoffman came to the Elizabethtown Area School District Technology department via a circuitous route. With degrees in English, a BA from St. Joseph's University and an MA from Villanova, Susan started her work life as a college English instructor. From there she moved to the Penn State University Libraries as Circulation Supervisor at Pattee Library. While with the libraries, she wrote instruction manuals for the then in-house circulation system developed by library programmers, as well as gave workshops for library faculty and staff in the use of DOS and Microsoft Office applications. Susan joined the Elizabethtown Area School District in 2000 as a classroom reading and math assistant. In 2012, she left the classroom and brought her understanding of the end user’s perspective to her new role manning the Technology Help Desk and Technology Emergency Line for the district and writing the department’s monthly technology newsletter. Susan previously presented Keys to Successful End User Support at Tech Talk Live 2015 and End User Support: Self Help Options at Tech Talk Live 2016 She continues the discussion in an ongoing Tech Talk Live blog at http://www.techtalklive.org/ttlblog/Pages/Home.aspx.
T.R. Laputka is the Technology and Security Director for MMI Preparatory School. MMI is an independent school located in Freeland, Pa. He has an MBA from Wilkes University, with a concentration in international business and marketing. He has an extensive background in safety and security, including law enforcement training and experience.
Tim Laubach joined IU13 as a Program Director in 2008. Prior to that he served as Technology Director at the Benton Area SD, Berwick Area SD, and Wyomissing Area SD. He holds a master’s degree in Learning Technologies and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management and Secondary Education Biology.
Tim McCleary has worked in education for the past 14 years, having spent the last eight years as Supervisor of Technology for Cheltenham School District. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the technical staff, implementing new technologies, and managing the district's network infrastructure. Tim has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Millersville University and a Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership from La Salle University.
Todd Echterling's career started as a student in the Computer Science department at Millersville University. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science in the fall of 1997, Todd was asked to join the staff the following spring as the department's system administrator. Todd held that role until joining the centralized IT team in the summer of 2013. Later that fall, he filled the role of Interim Director of the Help Desk and Desktop Support for one year. Throughout his career at Millersville University he has also served as the coach for the Computer Science Programming Teams, as well as the coach for the Millersville University Cyber Security Team. It has been an exciting and challenging time for him at Millersville, but well worth the 18 year investment.
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