Vice President of Information Technology and Campus Safety
The College of New Jersey
Sharon brings extensive experience directing and managing all aspects of IT service delivery and operations support within highly complex environments. She is now the VP of Information Technology and Campus Safety at The College of New Jersey following a tenure as VP of Information Technology for Hawaii Pacific University.
Sharon is a 2005 graduate of the EDUCAUSE Frye Leadership Institute and remains an active part of the organization, serving on several conference committees and project teams. She has also held leadership positions for the NJEdge Board, the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, the Center for Higher Ed CIO Studies, and the Center for Technology Leadership at Excelsior College.
Sharon holds her doctorate in higher education administration from Capella University, a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and instructional technology from Towson University.
Executive Director of Technology and Information Services
North Clackamas School District
Derrick Brown brings an incredible range of experience to OETC’s board, with 26 years in education, state and federal governments in healthcare, telecom and more.
Prior to joining North Clackamas, Derrick served as CIO for DeKalb County School district’s 102,000 students and 16,000 employees across 137 schools, spent five years as Chief Innovation Officer for Evergreen Public Schools, three years as CIO and CTO for Pulaski County Special School District, and four years as senior projects manager for Portland Public Schools. He’s passionate about the transformation to a digital instructional ecosystem that focuses on ensuring schools, students, and staff have equitable access, including 1:1 learning devices and adopted digital curriculum and content.
In addition to his work in education, Derrick has worked for the government in infrastructure and security following 9/11, in IT leadership at multiple healthcare systems, and as a project manager for both government and the private sector.
Derrick holds an M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management, a B.A. in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Cybersecurity certificate from Harvard University.
Beyond his work on OETC’s board, he works as a volunteer for the FBI Citizens Academy and the Customer Advisory Board for Google for Education. He has also served as an advisory board member for WSU Vancouver’s MESA (which helps underrepresented students get into STEM majors) and volunteered for Watch D.O.G.S. (a program for fathers and father-figures to serve their schools and communities).
Chief Technology Officer
Renton School District
Ellen Dorr began her career in education as an English and language arts teacher in a low-income, high-diversity middle school; her dedication to educational equity and strong outcomes for all students has shaped her work ever since.
As the CTO of Renton School District, Ellen oversees Technology Services, which includes customer service, infrastructure, and digital learning. She tasks her department with providing the resources and support to empower educators, create inclusive, equitable instruction in classrooms, and increase efficiency and effectiveness across the district.
Previously, Ellen served as the Director of Digital Learning in Renton and the Learning Technology Manager for Highline Public Schools. In both roles, she helped to write district technology plans and ensured that supports for students learning were provided and used intentionally. She identified and planned implementation of digital tools that met specific learning needs and evaluated data on these tools, focusing support on instructional practices.
Ellen is an adjunct faculty member at Seattle Pacific University, where she has supported the Master in Education in Digital Education Leadership Program. She is a member of Transcend Education’s Yellow Hats League, serves on the steering committee for the Community of Innovative Practice, and is a member of the 1Million Project District Advisory Council.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College, a master’s degree in teaching from Seattle University, and is pursuing her doctorate in education and superintendent certification in the Leadership for Learning program at the University of Washington, where she is focused on equity-centered leadership and transformation of educational systems. She is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL).
Information Technology Chief Information Officer
Anchorage School District
Mike Fleckenstein rose through the ranks at the Anchorage School District and now oversees the technology needs of approximately 6,000 employees and 48,000 students, spread across 105 facilities. Starting with the district as a programmer in 1999, he has since served as a programmer analyst, database analyst and IT supervisor. He was named executive director for information technology in 2013, then CIO in 2016.
As CIO, Mike’s responsibilities are both granular and macro. He oversees 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. He previously worked as a developer for Providence Health Systems, an instructor at the University of Alaska and even started his own business managing an early internet service provider.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Chief Information Officer
Portland State University
During his more than 30-year tenure in higher education IT, Kirk Kelly has worked in all aspects of academic computing, instructional systems and networking. He joined Portland State University after a four-year stint as CIO at Pima Community College.
As CIO of Portland State University, Kirk oversees a comprehensive IT department with campus-wide responsibilities covering data systems, networking, security, classroom AV, event support, the technology help desk, academic and research computing, enterprise software and phone systems.
He is a very active member of EDUCAUSE, serving as faculty for the 2015 EDUCAUSE Connect New IT Managers Program, a former member of the IT Issues Panel, and current faculty for the 2015-2019 EDUCAUSE Leadership Program, and as faculty director since 2017. In addition to his EDUCAUSE activities, Kirk is active in the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium where he currently serves as chair of the board. Kirk also speaks about various technology topics at conferences, participates in professional organizations, and is a member of multiple non-profit boards.
Kirk holds his master’s degree in management information systems from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University in the same field.
Associate Director for Instructional Technology and Library Services
Northshore School District
Shelby started her educational career in 1999 as a junior high math teacher, later moving into district-level work as an instructional technology coordinator. As the current manager for Instructional Technology and Library Services, Shelby is responsible for oversight of the instructional technology professional development program and the strategic planning and implementation of instructional technology systems and services.
Shelby has served on several Washington state committees, including a task force to implement online learning initiatives and legislative work team to provide guidance on digital citizenship. Shelby also oversees the Library, Information, and Technology program for Northshore supporting teacher-librarians in their work empowering learners of all ages to be citizens of the 21st century.
She holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s in mathematics in education from the University of Washington, and is a CoSN Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL).
Vice President of Administrative Services
Bellingham Technical College
Chad’s extensive experience within the educational finance sector includes stints as business manager for the Yukon Koyukuk School District and Annette Island School District in Alaska, followed by work as the CFO for the Anchorage School District. He now serves as Vice President of Administrative Services at Bellingham Technical College in northwest Washington where he supports all aspects of finance for the college, information technology, enterprise services, safety, facilities and capital projects.
Chad earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington, and is a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) through the Association of School Business Officials.
Chief Information Officer
High Desert Education Service District
Rachel supports a regional technology ecosystem that includes network services, information services, digital learning spaces, digital workspace modernization, information security and more for the High Desert ESD in Central Oregon. As CIO, Rachel and her team work daily to improve the security, access, and mobility of technology resources in classrooms, schools and offices throughout the region.
Rachel joined HDESD in 2006, working as the information projects manager before assuming her current role in 2011.
She holds a master’s degree in information science from Syracuse University, a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University and a graduate certificate in cybersecurity from Harvard Extension School.
Chief Technology Officer
Portland Public Schools
Don began his career as a classroom teacher for second, fourth and fifth grades. Since then, he’s served as district technology coordinator for the Phoenix-Talent School District, director of technology for the Oregon Education Enterprise Steering Committee, CIO for the Willamette Education Service District, where he was a founding member of the Cascade Technology Alliance (CTA), and CIO of Hillsboro School District.
As CTO for the Pacific Northwest’s largest school district, Don oversees the technology needs of more than 49,000 P-12 students spread across more than 100 locations.
He holds a master’s degree in educational technology from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern Oregon University.