Staff and Board of Directors

Thomas Richards

Executive Director


Kristi Pippert

Director of Operations


Darren Hudgins

Director of Instructional Technology


Dale Eckstein

Customer Care Representative


Kim Buchanan

Project Coordinator


Kaui Arnold

Member Relations Manager


Erryn Leavell

Member Relations Manager


Paul McKean

Marketing and Communications Coordinator


Maggie Boucher

Marketing and Communications Intern


Stephen Yamada

Design and Development Coordinator


Ruslan Krasnoslobodcev

Senior Web Developer


Ian Beck

Web Applications Developer


Sharon Blanton

Sharon Blanton

The College of New Jersey

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, and the Center for Technology Leadership at Excelsior College.


Mark Finstrom

Mark Finstrom

Highline Public Schools

Mark Finstrom is currently serving as the Chief Technology Officer for Highline Public Schools. He was previously a teacher, post-secondary computer course instructor, and Help Desk Manager, Operations Manager and Director of Internal Systems at an Area Education Association. Mark holds a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, and is a Certified Education Technology Leader.

Mark has worked for Sylvan Learning, Boulder Valley School District and taught at the University of Colorado. He became Chief Technology Officer for Highline School District in 2006. Finstrom is responsible for Enterprise Network and Telecommunications Services, Application and Data Services, and Service and Support as well as Instructional Technologies related to STEM deployment in the school district. His specialties include Emergency Management, organizational restructuring for efficiencies and automation of processes.


Mike Fleckenstein

Mike Fleckenstein

Anchorage School District

Mike Fleckenstein is currently serving as the Information Technology Chief Information Officer (CIO) 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 becoming the Executive Director in 2013 and the CIO in 2016. 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 CIO, Mark 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.


Tricia George

Tricia George

North Clackamas School District

OETC Board Past-President

Tricia is currently serving as the Executive Director of Technology and Information Services at North Clackamas School District. She has worked as an educator in the North Clackamas School District for 19 years, first as an elementary teacher, then as a technology instructional coach, providing professional development to teachers as they integrated technology into the classroom.

After spending two years as a principal of a Title 1 summer school, Tricia moved on to serve as an Elementary School Principal at Sojourner School for four years. Tricia’s specialties include personalized learning and education leadership.


Kirk Kelly

Kirk Kelly

Portland State University

Kirk is currently serving as the Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer (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 B.S. in Management Information Systems from Washington State University and an M.S. in Information Systems from University of Phoenix. Kirk remains active in Educause and has served on regional and national committees during his career.


Shelby Reynolds

Shelby Reynolds

Northshore School District

OETC Board President

Shelby is currently serving as the Manager for Instructional Technology and Library Services for the Northshore School District. She joined Northshore in 1999 as a junior high math teacher and later moved into district-level work as an Instructional Technology Coordinator. 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.

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.


David Roberts

David Roberts

Boise School District

David Roberts currently serves as the Administrator of Technology at the Boise School District. David has worked in public education across the state of Idaho for 27 years, and holds an undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Idaho.

He has been a secondary mathematics teacher, varsity boys basketball coach, and administrator. David 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.


Chad Stiteler

Chad Stiteler

Bellingham Technical College

OETC Board Treasurer

Chad Stiteler is currently serving as support in the administrative services at Bellingham Technical College in the NW corner of Washington State. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) working for the Anchorage School District for seven years. 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.


Rachel Wente-Chaney

Rachel Wente-Chaney

High Desert ESD

Rachel is currently serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the High Desert Education Service District (ESD) in Central Oregon, a position she has held for over five years. She manages projects that include one-to-one classrooms, wireless networks, web applications, and digital curriculum creation. Rachel Wente-Chaney previously worked as the Information Projects Manager for High Desert ESD, and an Assistant to the Director at South Central Community Alliance to Promote Education.

For many years, Rachel has worked for and volunteered with organizations that link technology to education and social services in rural areas. She holds a B.A. in History from Indiana University and an MSLIS in Information Science from Syracuse University. Rachel is also a Google Apps Certified Trainer and relies daily on the technology tools that revolutionize communication and collaboration.


Don Wolff

Don Wolff

Hillsboro School District

OETC Board President Elect

Don is currently serving as the Chief Information Officer for Hillsboro School District, a position he has held since 2013. Don previously served as a classroom teacher in grades second, fourth, and fifth for a decade. He has also held the positions of district Technology Coordinator, and Director of Technology for the Oregon Education Enterprise Steering Committee. He holds a Masters in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University and a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Southern Oregon University.