Dr. Paul Resta
Paul is known worldwide for his deep and broad understanding of policies and strategies that foster effective uses of learning technology for educational opportunity and success. Paul was founding president of the International Society for Technology in Education, the world’s largest educational technology organization. He currently holds the Ruth Knight Millikan Centennial Professorship in Learning Technology for the University of Austin-Texas. For several years, he served as founding chair of the National Commission for Technology and the Future of Teacher Education and, more recently, for several years he chaired UNESCO’s international jury on best practices in learning technology.
Zenagui Brahim is the President/CEO of New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NH MEP), an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards & Technology under the US Dept. of Commerce. He is a founding member of Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resources Association and has served as Vice President of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence – Northeast Region. He is also a founder of the Algerian-American Association of New England and former Chairman of Algerian-American Foundation for Science and Technology. Zenagui is currently Vice President of the Southern NH APICS Chapter and is a frequent speaker on continuous improvement, quality management, lean manufacturing, and supply chain management. He is engaged in a number of workforce development initiatives to prepare the next generation of skilled workforce in advanced manufacturing.
Fred, a former 8th grade Science teacher, left teaching to put a full-time effort into his fledgling music business. With his life savings of $600, Fred founded Daddy’s Junky Music (1972) and grew it from the smallest of over 11,000 music dealers to the 15th largest in America. He is a former candidate for governor and the past Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. Appointed by both Republican and Democratic governors, Fred served on the State Board of Education longer than anyone in the state’s history. In 2003, Fred led New Hampshire’s first full-scale effort to redesign public education since 1919. Fred’s work, chronicled in his book Off the Clock: Moving Education from Time to Competency (Bramante & Colby, Corwin Press. 2011), has received rave reviews in education circles around the nation.
Today, Fred is the Founder and President of the National Center for Competency-Based Learning (NCCBL) whose vision is “the world as the classroom.”
Kim Carter, founder and Executive Director of the Q.E.D. Foundation, is committed to creating, inspiring, cultivating, and sustaining communities where each individual is empowered to use his or her unique voice effectively and with integrity in co-creating our public world. She was the 1991 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year, 1996 New Hampshire Media Educator of the Year, and a first cohort Distinguished Fellow with Students at the Center Research Collaborative. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. With more than 4 decades of local, state, and national education redesign experience, facilitating youth, adult, and system capacities for co-creating learning communities and co-constructing learning experiences, Kim has been involved in the founding and launch of four schools, including award-winning Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH. She is proud to be in professional community with colleagues in NHASCD, School Reform Initiative, Education Reimagined, and SEED+SPARK.
Dr. Gerry Hanley
Gerry Hanley Ph.D. is the Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching, www.merlot.org) and SkillsCommons (www.skillscommons.org) which are free and open digital libraries of academic and workforce development teaching, learning, and training resources administered at California State University Long Beach. At CSULB, Gerry is also the Director of the Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility and Professor Emeritus of Psychology; he teaches Human Factors, conducts research, and leads projects for industry, education, and government agencies. In 2020, Gerry was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association’s Hall of Fame and in 2015, he was awarded the Frank Mayadas Leadership Award in Online Education.
Dr. Robbie Melton
Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice President for the SMART Global Technology Innovation Center and Graduate Dean and tenured professor at Tennessee State University, serves as a global researcher and international consultant for Emerging IOE (“The Internet of Everything”) Smart Mobile Technology of mobile devices, smart phone-tablets, wearables, smart gadgets and tools, and mixed reality of VR and AR. She formerly served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Emerging Technologies for the Tennessee Board of Regents and the primary developer and chief administrator for the system wide Regents Online Degree Programs. She known as an ‘Apologist’, for her extensive research of best practices with mobile devices (smart phone, tablets, wearable, and the creation of a Mobile App Resource Center. Currently serving as the UNICEF Teacher Education Technology Trainers for the Country of Malawi (Africa) in the use of mobile devices with limited internet and power.