Staff and Board of Directors

Thomas Richards

Executive Director

Travis Miller

Senior Director of Operations

Dale Eckstein

Customer Care Representative

Kaui Arnold

Business Development Manager

Erryn Leavell

Project Manager

Zach Jensen

Contracts Manager

Ruslan Krasnoslobodcev

Senior Web Developer

Stephen Yamada

Marketing and Communications Manager

Krystina Lane

Accounting and Finance Coordinator

Jana Bajtler

Products and Purchasing Coordinator

Christi Phillips

Administrative Support Coordinator

Zhen Zhen McMahon

Marketing and Communications Intern

James Kelly

Marketing and Communications Intern

Kelly Williams Brown

Marketing and Communications Copywriter
Sharon Blanton

Sharon Blanton

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.


Mark Finstrom

Mark Finstrom

Chief Technology Officer
Highline Public Schools

Mark brings a wealth of experience at every level in education, with specialties in emergency management, organizational restructuring for efficiencies and automation of processes. As the CTO of Highline Public Schools, he oversees enterprise network and telecommunications services, application and data services, service and support, as well as instructional technologies related to STEM deployment in the school district.

Mark taught instructional technology as a an adjunct professor in at University of Colorado, University of St. Thomas, Bethel University and University of Northwestern. He’s also worked as a fourth grade math and science teacher, corporate trainer, help-desk manager, operations manager and director of internal systems at the Minnesota Education Technology Alliance and operations manager at Boulder Valley School District.

In addition to OETC, Mark sits on the board of the Association for Computer Professionals in Education and is co-chair for the Smart Education Networks by Design initiative from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).

He holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from University of Northwestern — St. Paul, and is a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL).


Mike Fleckenstein

Mike Fleckenstein

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.


Tricia George

Tricia George

Executive Director of Technology and Information Services
North Clackamas School District

In her 22 years with the North Clackamas School District, Tricia has worked as a classroom teacher, a learning coach and an elementary school principal on a multiple intelligences-focused campus; she also introduced the first mobile technology into the school district. That wealth of experience informs her current role overseeing classroom digital learning, teacher professional development and library services, as well as network services, application and system support services, and districtwide technical support.

Tricia is currently working to build and support blended learning strategies for teacher professional development, and supporting districtwide planning for student and staff data security.

Tricia holds her master’s degree in teaching from Pacific University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. She is also a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL).


Kirk Kelly

Kirk Kelly

Board President-Elect

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.


Shelby Reynolds

Shelby Reynolds

Manager 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).


David Roberts

David Roberts

Board President

Administrator of Technology (CTO)
Boise School District

David’s 30 years of experience in Idaho public education include work as a secondary mathematics teacher, varsity boys’ basketball coach and administrator. He joined the Boise School District in 2005 as an assistant principal, working later as a principal before assuming his current role as CTO in the summer of 2013.

Since then, David has focused on empowering students, teachers, and administrators to find the best integrated and innovative solutions to meet their needs. He specializes in classroom management, instructional design, lesson planning and educational technology.

David earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in educational administration and supervision from the University of Idaho.


Chad Stiteler

Chad Stiteler

Board Treasurer

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.


Rachel Wente-Chaney

Rachel Wente-Chaney

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.


Don Wolff

Don Wolff

Board Past President

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.