BLEgroup Members

Members of the BLEgroup have developed leading-edge practice in a wide variety of education technology practice, including LMSs, mobile devices, 1:1 computing, data management, and use of single sign-on. The BLEgroup has worked with over 200 school systems and 75 education technology firms and publishers. The members of the group staff all of the BLEgroup methodologies including the panels, technology audit plans, pilot management, white papers, market research, and implementation support. Given the unique culture of schools, the BLEgroup believes that it is necessary to use working educators to do the work to have credibility with the firms and the schools. The BLEgroup communicate on an ongoing basis with each other in their Web-based community to inform improvement of practice and to pilot new products and methods.

State Departments of Education

  • Laurence Cocco, Director of Office of Educational Technology, New Jersey
  • Rick Gaisford, Director of Technology, Utah
  • Annie Gilbert, Director of Innovative Learning, Arizona
  • Cathy Poplin, Assistant Superintendent, Arizona
  • James Mason, Director of Assessment, Mississippi
  • Teh-yuan Wan, Director of Instructional Technology, New York
  • *Tim Webb, Former State Commissioner, Tennessee

Superintendent/Charter Head

  • Dave Barker, Superintendent, Platte County School District #2, Wyoming
  • Kevin Borg, Superintendent, Westonka, Minnesota
  • Patricia Brantley, Chief Operating Officer, Friendship Public Charter School, Washington, DC
  • Diana Clapp, Superintendent, Fremont County School District #6, Wyoming
  • *Ken Eastwood, Superintendent, Middletown, New York
  • Mark Evans, Superintendent, Andover, Kansas
  • Manuel Isquierdo, Superintendent, Sunnyside, Arizona
  • Chip Kimball, Superintendent, Singapore American School, Singapore
  • *Rick Luchsinger, Superintendent, Lusk, Wyoming
  • *Mark Mitrovich, Superintendent, Naperville, Illinois
  • Gary Molloy, Superintendent, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
  • Dave Nicholas, Superintendent, Worland, Wyoming
  • Dennis Peterson, Superintendent, Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • *Tim Webb, Cheatham County, Tennessee (former commissioner, TEN DOE)

Director of Instruction/Deputy Superintendent

  • Liz Arney, Director of Innovative Learning, Oakland, California
  • Heather Beck, Chief Academic Officer, Jefferson County, Colorado
  • Cathy Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Oswego, New York
  • Edward Chevallier, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, Northwest ISD, Texas
  • *Rich Contartesi, Assistant Superintendent for Accountability & Technology, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • *Chris Corallo, Assistant Superintendent for Organization & Technology, Henrico County, Virginia
  • Michael Cordell, Chief Academic Officer, KIPP, Washington, D.C.
  • *Kathy Duncan, Chief Academic Officer, Naperville, Illinois
  • Gisela Feild, Administrative Director of Assessment, Research, & Data Analysis, Miami-Dade, Florida
  • Mark Femrite, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Westonka, Minnesota
  • Patricia Haughney, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Barrington, Illinois
  • *Mary Krisko, Head of Instruction, Worland, Wyoming
  • Amy Krause, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Fulton, Georgia
  • Christopher Liang-Vergara, Director of Blended Learning, First Line Charter Schools, New Orleans, Lousiana
  • George O. Perreault, Head of Instructional Materials, Orange County, Florida
  • Harold Rowe, Associate Superintendent for Technology & Social Services, Cypress Fairbanks, Texas
  • Eric Schneider, Executive Director of Teaching & Learning, Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • *Donna Wright, Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Knoxville, Tennesee

Intermediate Unit/Service Center

  • *Harry Bloom, Senior Director of Technology & Planning, San Diego County Office of Education, California
  • *John Fleischman, Assistant Superintendent, Sacramento County Office of Education, California
  • Tim Gavigan, Executive Director, CESA #1, Wisconsin
  • Darlene Ruscitti,  Regional Superintendent, DuPage Regional Office of Education, Illinois
  • Carl Strang, CIO, New York Regional Information Center, New York

CIO/Head of Instructional Technology

  • Peggy Abadie, CIO, New Orleans, Lousiana
  • *Sheryl Abshire, CTO, Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Will Blaylock, Director of Instructional Technology, Rockwood School District, Missouri
  • Albert Booky, Technology Coordinator, Fremont County School District #6, Wyoming
  • Dan Cogan-Drew, Head of Technology, Achievement First Schools, New York & Connecticut
  • John Connolly, Education Technology Director, Chicago, Illinois
  • Amy Creeden, Head of Instructional Technology, Middletown, New York
  • *Bijaya Devkota, CIO, Charles County, Maryland
  • Sylvia Diaz, Administrative Director for Instructional Technology, Miami-Dade, Florida
  • Michael Estes, Principal, Council Grove, Kansas
  • Mark Garrison, Instructional Technology Coordinator, White Bear Lake, Minnesota
  • *Jeanine Gendron, Director of Instructional Technology, Broward County, Florida
  • Benny Hendrix, CTO, Rutherford County, Tennessee
  • Jill Hobson, Director of Instructional Technology, Forsyth County, Georgia
  • David Holman, CTO, Clarksville-Montgomery County, Tennessee
  • *Deb Karcher, CIO, Miami-Dade, Florida
  • Gordon Knopp, CIO, Cheyenne, Wyoming
  • Shelley Kooser, CIO, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Jesolyn Larry, CIO, Riverview Gardens, Missouri
  • Craig Lynch, CIO, Chicago Community Colleges, Illinois
  • Don Manderson, CIO, Escambia County, Florida
  • John Mellios, Director of Instructional Tools & Technology, Chicago, Illinois
  • *Thuan Nguyen, CIO, Kent, Washington
  • Alice Owen, Division Director of Technology, Irving, Texas
  • Greg Partch, Director of Technology, Hudson Falls, New York
  • Patrick Plant, CIO, Anoka Hennepin, Minnesota
  • Shelley Rossitto, Executive Director of Instructional Technology & Professional Development, Monitcello, NY
  • Bill Simpson, CIO, San Diego, California
  • John David Son, Director of Instructional Technology, Naperville, Illinois
  • Themy Sparangis, Chief Technology Director, Los Angeles, California
  • John Vaille, Assistant Superintendent of Technology Services, Puget Sound ESD, Renton, Washington
  • Tom Woodward, Assistant Director, Instructional Technology, Henrico County, Virginia

Other and Virtual Schools

  • Jill Dickinson, Senior Manager of Curriculum Services, Florida Virtual School
  • Todd Finnell, CEO of K12HSN, Imperial County, California
  • Jamey Fitzpatrick, Director, Michigan Virtual School
  • Ken Griffith, Prinicipal, Platte County School District #2, Wyoming
  • Jeff Helbig, Teacher, Sumner County, Tennessee
  • Donald Jackson, Principal, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • John Logan, Vice President of Curriculum Innovation, Florida Virtual School
  • Amy Perry-DelCorvo, President/CEO, NYSCATE, New York
  • Julie Young, President/CEO, Florida Virtual School

Alumni

  • Oscar Becerra, Director of Technology, Peru
  • Tom Brady, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Betty Burks, Houston, Texas
  • Neil Delerson, Plano, Texas
  • Cathy Everett, Kent, Washington
  • Ed Fredie, Charter School Head, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Ed Freeman, Denver, Colorado
  • Don Hall, CIO, Muscogee County, Georgia
  • Mike Huffman, Assistant to Commissioner, Indiana, DOE
  • Sharnell Jackson, Instructional Technology, Chicago, Illinois
  • Patrick Kelly, CIO, Frederick County, Maryland
  • Kate Kemker, Director of Instructional Technology, Florida DOE
  • Priscilla Maynor, Director Regional Service Centers, North Carolina DOE
  • Jack McLaughlin, State Comissioner, Nevada DOE
  • Noni Miller, Ypsilati, Michigan, Assistant Superintendent Instruction
  • Rich Mincer, CIO, Idaho DOE
  • Roland Moore, CIO, Orange County, Florida
  • Linda Morrell, Director of Instructional Technology, Cobb County, Georgia
  • Mike Pitroff, Director Strategic Technology Initiatives, Maryland
  • Rick Rozzelle, Vice President, CELT
  • Tom Saka, Director of IT Architecture, Hawaii DOE
  • Bryan Setser, Director of Open Education
  • Joe Simpson, Deputy Superintendent, Wyoming DOE
  • Cathy Wagner, CIO, Minnesota DOE