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Dr. Robert McLaughlin

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Bob is co-founder of the National Collaborative, bringing to this work several decades of experience in education, STEM educational reform, educational policy analysis and innovation, and designing and leading large-scale technical assistance initiatives. He has chaired the Association of Teacher Educators’ National Commission for Technology and the Future of Teacher Education, administered the evaluation and approval of New Hampshire’s educator preparation programs, and for nearly a dozen years conceived and led a nine-state consortium of state and local educational leaders undertaking systemic STEM educational reform and education technology integration at the school and preparation program levels.

Desh Bagley

Desh Bagley

Director, Learner Engagement & Leadership

In 2005, when Desh Bagley founded TechPlayzone®, she had no idea that she was introducing a robotics phenomenon that would captivate and educate thousands of Florida students and propel her onto the world’s stage. As an international STEM advocate, TEDx presenter, and Director of State College of Florida’s IT/Coding Academy, Desh lives her passion daily by engaging others in emerging technologies leading thousands of youth and adults to high tech majors and careers.

Kathryn Byrd

Kathryn Byrd

Business Manager

Kathryn has worked primarily for non-profits as their Business Manager for most of her career. She has built different accounting systems to meet the needs of her employers. A highly self-motivated, versatile and detail oriented professional with over forty years’ experience in accounting/office management. Strong strategic and analytical thinker who consistently conducts business with passion and ethical integrity. Results-driven problem solver with the ability to multitask in a constantly changing work environment. Effectively works independently, in teams, with colleagues and various departments within an organization to exceed expectations.

Frank Devito

Frank Devito

Chief Development Officer

Frank is an experienced Latinx education leader committed to education innovation for social equity. Expertise includes innovative school and curriculum design, project-based learning and authentic performance assessments, integrated education systems and interventions that best serve English Learners and students with disabilities, transformative leadership, talent development, system change and management, continuous improvement, design thinking, restorative justice and positive school culture, community engagement and partnerships, grant writing, fundraising, development, and marketing.

Mary Ford, Ed.D.

Mary Ford, Ed.D.

Director of Inclusive Career Pathways

Mary has extensive experience developing innovative high school and post-secondary programs leading to living wage jobs for diverse learners, innovative educator preparation programs, and providing guidance to preparation programs to address regulatory compliance and accreditation processes. She has developed undergraduate and graduate paid–residency educator preparation programs focused on competency-based pedagogy and improved K-12 learning outcomes and has stablished seamless transfer agreements to create high quality, affordable 2+2 programs. 

Barbara Hopkins, PhD.

Barbara Hopkins, PhD.

Chief of Strategic Partnerships & Resource Development

Barbara’s career as a teacher, education administrator, and active community builder has been focused on education and capacity-building. Equal opportunity is important – be it ethnic, geographic, or income related.  As one example, she directed a partnership program that engaged communities simultaneously in school improvement and the strengthening of local businesses. Barbara has vast knowledge of business acumen, educational vision, and student success along with the skills to develop human, in-kind, and financial resources to support collaborative efforts.

Jenelle Leonard

Jenelle Leonard

Director, Leadership Development for Inclusion

Jenelle is a nationally recognized leader in directing and assessing large scale educational technology initiatives. Her decades of experience as program officer for the U.S. Department of Education included directing ED’s Office of School Support and Rural Programs, the Technology Innovation Challenge Grant Program, the State Technology Grants Program, and serving as acting director for the Office of Indian Education. During her tenure, she oversaw the disbursement and evaluation of several hundred million dollars in innovative educational programming.

Carol Miller

Carol Miller

Director, Broadband Initiatives

Carol works with communities and organizations around the state, and with legislators helping them to make decisions and develop policies to improve digital access and attract high capacity infrastructure. She currently serves on the several boards and committees including the Coos County Economic Development Corporation, the NH Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, the Transportation Council, the New Hampshire Tech Alliance Workforce Development Committee, and the New Hampshire School Connectivity Initiative, and a repeat presenter/facilitator for NCDE.

Sarah Segrest

Sarah Segrest

Chief Learning Officer

Sarah is a learning futurist and education technology specialist who has led corporate strategies for future planning and community building for a decade. An insatiable appetite for learning, a knack for understanding emerging technologies and a passion for breaking down boundaries has forged her unique career path across multiple industries over the last quarter century. Sarah brings her diverse skillset to NCDE along with her dedication to supporting a diverse, equitable and accessible future for education across the globe.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton

Bonnie Bracey Sutton

Director, Digital Equity Resource, Research, & Dissemination

Bonnie is known internationally for leadership in identifying and sharing digital equity strategies and resources. She has served as a George Lucas Fellow, member of the National Information Infrastructure Advisory Council, and co-founder of the digital equity network for the International Society for Technology in Education. Bonnie has presented about game-changing educational technology resources in dozens of countries and is widely regarded and beloved for her knowledge regarding amazing learning technology resources that underrepresented students and their educators most need to know about.

Gail Thomas

Gail Thomas

Director, Program Support

Gail has worked primarily for non-profits her entire career. Most recently, she was the Training Administrator for the Child Welfare Education Partnership at Granite State College. In that role, Gail administered the learning management system, Canvas; hired and trained instructors, created the quarterly term of courses for foster and adoptive parents, residential staff, and DCYF workers. Gail supervised instructional design staff and curriculum writers. She worked with the program budget, managing courses offered against the IV-E funding received by the State.

Kevin Witting

Kevin Witting

Director, Web Services

Kevin’s diverse background in computer programming and Internet technology provides him the ability to create new market opportunities and develop untapped revenue potential in an existing market. Over his career, he has consistently developed and executed Internet marketing and Web development plans for small and large companies, as well as non-profit organizations. Areas of expertise include Web programming, software development, and Internet marketing.