OETC Board Past-President
The College of New Jersey
Dr. Sharon Blanton is currently serving as the Vice President and CIO at The College of New Jersey. She was previously the Vice President of Information Technology for Hawaii Pacific University. Sharon has extensive experience directing and managing all aspects of IT service delivery and operations support within highly complex environments.
Sharon is active in EDUCAUSE and is a 2005 graduate of the EDUCAUSE Frye Leadership Institute. She has served on several EDUCAUSE conference committees and project teams and held leadership positions for the Western Cooperative for Educational Telecommunications (WCET), the Arizona Educational Media Association, the Center for Technology Leadership at Excelsior College, and the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC).
Highline Public Schools
Mark’s first year of teaching was with a class of fourth graders. Mark taught in a departmentalized setting, where math and science were his specializations. At the same time he taught a computer course for post-secondary educators at a local college. Budget cuts, however, caused him to search for a new career. Mark landed at a local Area Education Association where computer training was his role; however, he soon began to take on more responsibility. Mark became Help Desk Manager, Operations Manager and then the Director of Internal Systems. During this period, he also earned a MA in Education and taught courses at two more colleges.
Later Mark and his family moved to Colorado. There he worked for a division of Sylvan Learning, and then for the Boulder Valley School District. He also taught briefly at the University of Colorado. Mark became Chief Technology Officer for Highline School District in 2006. He is responsible for Enterprise Network and Telecommunications Services, Applications Services, and Service and Support as well as Instructional Technologies related to STEM deployment in the school district.
Anchorage School District
Mike Fleckenstein is the Information Technology Executive Director for Anchorage School District. He joined the district as a programmer in November 1999, and later served as a programmer analyst, database analyst and IT supervisor before becoming the Executive Director in 2013. Mike previously worked as a developer for Providence Health Systems, an instructor at the University of Alaska and has been a small business owner starting and managing an early internet service provider. As Executive Director, he is responsible for field services, technical services, application development and support, network and telecommunications, records management, project management, and help desk as well as providing vision and strategic planning in support of the district’s approximately 6,000 employees and 48,000 students in 105 facilities.
OETC Board President Elect
North Clackamas School District
Tricia has worked as an educator in the North Clackamas School District for 15 years, first as an elementary teacher, then as a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Instructional Technology Department, providing professional development and coaching to teachers as they integrate technology in the classroom. She spent four years as an Elementary School Principal at Sojourner School. While there, she partnered in writing a grant for Intel that resulted in Sojourner School being recognized as the 2008 Intel School of Distinction. After four years, she returned to the instructional/technology departments, and now serves the NCSD as the Director of Technology and Information Services.
Portland State University
Kirk is the current Associate Vice President and CIO at Portland State University. Previously, he held positions as the Associate Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at the university. Kirk leads the Information Security Team and four technical departments, utilizing his 26 years of higher education experience.
Before joining PSU, Kirk served as Vice Chancellor and CIO for Information Technology at Pima Community College after working as Networking Director at the institution. Prior to Pima, he spent 15 years at University of Idaho in various technology positions. Kirk earned a BS in Management Information Systems from Washington State University and a MS in Information Systems from University of Phoenix. Kirk remains active in Educause and has served on regional and national committees during his career..
Portland Public Schools
Josh Klein 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 spent the next eleven years working for the Oregon Department of Education, eventually being promoted to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) which he held for nearly four years. In May 2013, Josh joined the Portland Public Schools leadership team as CIO for the school district, where he has continued his commitment to constructing efficient systems and improving open access to technology.
Northshore School District
Shelby is the Manager for Instructional Technology and Library Services for the Northshore School District in Bothell, WA. She joined Northshore in 1999 as a junior high math teacher and later moved into district-level work as an Instructional Technology Coordinator, supporting teachers in their professional growth in technology integration. As the current Manager for Instructional Technology, Shelby is responsible for oversight of the technology professional development program and the planning and implementation of instructional presentation systems and computing resources. She has also managed the technical support and hardware teams for Northshore. Shelby has served on several statewide committees, including a task force to implement Online Learning initiatives for the state of Washington. Shelby also oversees the Library, Information, and Technology program for Northshore supporting Teacher-Librarians in their work to empower learners of all ages to be 21st century citizens.
Boise School District
David Roberts serves the Boise School District as the Administrator of Technology. David has worked in public education across the state of Idaho for 27 years. During that time, he has been a secondary mathematics teacher, varsity boys basketball coach, and administrator. He has been with the Boise School District for the last ten years and started his current position in the summer of 2013. Since moving into his current role, David has focused on empowering students, teachers, and administrators to find the best integrated and innovative solutions to meet their needs. This has included the move to Google Apps for Education, an increase in mobile device accessibility, and BYOD opportunities.
OETC Board Treasurer
Bellingham Technical College
Chad is passionate about supporting students, the faculty and staff that work so hard to improve our communities through K-20 education. He currently supports the administrative services at Bellingham Technical College in the NW corner of Washington State. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer working for the Anchorage School District for seven years in Anchorage, AK. Additional experience comes from work as the Business Manager at both the Yukon Koyukuk School District and Annette Island School District, also in Alaska. Chad earned his B.A. in Business Administration from University of Washington and is a certified administrator of School Finance and Operations through the Association of School Business Officials. When he’s not working, you can find him playing with his kids, riding his bike or working on the broken down family VW Vanagon alongside a back road somewhere.
OETC Board President
High Desert ESD
Rachel manages information projects in Central Oregon. She really enjoys helping people choose the best information products/systems for their needs and then seeing those choices through implementation. "The best part of my job is when I get to work with teachers and students directly."
Hillsboro School District
Don has served as a classroom teacher in grades 2, 4 and 5. He has also held the positions of district Technology Coordinator, Director of Technology for the Oregon Education Enterprise Steering Committee and currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer for the Hillsboro School District. He holds a Masters in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southern Oregon University.
His current passion for technology is working towards changing the pervasive culture in Oregon that there are technological solutions that solve people oriented problems. That there should be more focus on the instruction and less on the tools. And that all children deserve an opportunity to have equal access to the myriad of resources available in today’s advancing world!