WHO WE ARE

New Tech Network was founded by a group
of educators and business leaders who
cared deeply about the future of education.
Now, nearly two decades later, their vision
lives on through the New Tech Network's
Leadership Team, Board of Directors,
Advisory Councils, and Staff.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Lydia Dobyns is the President and CEO of New Tech Network, a leading design partner for comprehensive school change. During her career, she has been a technology entrepreneur and executive and also worked in education policy and in the nonprofit sector. Dobyns and CEO of Getting Smart, Tom Vander Ark, are co-authors of Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks For Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning.

Her entrepreneurial and executive career features work in the high tech, online services, consumer products and health care industries. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Lydia welcomes the opportunity to share lessons learned in school and district innovation and speaks at national gatherings like SXSW EDU, CoSN, Personalized Learning, NASBE, iNACOL.

For more information on speaking engagements, please contact inquiry@newtechnetwork.org.

Eileen Grady leads the Finance and Operations team. The Finance and Operations department provides all required accounting functions of a 501 (c) (3) public charity, including Accounting, Financial Reporting, financial planning, contracts, banking, procurement, and facilities.

Presently on leave, Jim has served in a number of key positions, including most recently as Chief Schools Officer. Prior to joining the New Tech Network in 2011, he was a founding staff member of Two River Public Charter School (an Expeditionary Learning School) in Washington, DC, and served as the school’s Principal until 2010. In addition to his work at NTN, Jim teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education and serves as a member of the graduate school’s advisory board. He has also served as a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar, an education policy fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership, and a fellow at the National Center for Leadership.

As Chief Learning Officer, Megan leads NTN’s innovation and improvement efforts. Megan joined NTN in 2005 and has served in a variety of roles, including school development coach and Senior Director of School Design.

Prior to joining NTN, Megan was a lead teacher at the flagship school, Napa New Technology High School. In her current role, she has led key initiatives, including NTN’s elementary design work, improvement cohorts, research and measurement, literacy, math, and assessment. Megan graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1999 with a B.S. in mathematics and an M.A. in Mathematics Education from Sonoma State University.

Tim is passionate about systems transformation to provide access to Deeper Learning for each and every student. After serving as a founding teacher at Sacramento New Tech High School, Tim joined New Tech Network in 2005 and has served in a number of roles across the organization, supporting 25 schools as a School Development coach and then leading the cultivation and planning for over 100 schools and districts. In his current role as Chief Operations Officer, Tim is focused on scaling New Tech practices across district systems. Tim graduated with High Honors from UC Berkeley, has a Masters from UC Santa Barbara, and is a fellow of the Deeper Learning Leadership Forum.

GOVERNANCE AND ADVISORY BOARD

Barry Schuler is Managing Director of DFJ Growth and the former Chairman/CEO of America Online Inc. He is credited with being one of the pioneers of the modern Internet. As an entrepreneur for more than 30 years, Barry propelled innovations in digital media, e-commerce, design, and video games. He was a member of the senior management team that scaled AOL from $1B to $200B in market cap during 20 consecutive quarters of growth. Barry co-founded the DFJ Growth Fund in 2006 and is actively involved with its investments which include Twitter, Tumblr, SolarCity, SpaceX, and Tesla Motor Company. He serves on the board of directors for Good Technology, Foursquare, Coinbase, Raydiance Inc., Synthetic Genomics, and SCIenergy.

Mr. Schuler is an active philanthropist focused on educational activities.  He co-founded Blue Oak School, Napa valley’s only K-8 independent progressive school, and has guided the expansion and growth of New Tech Network, where he currently serves as Chairman.

Barry graduated with a BA from Rutgers University and is a member of its Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

Lydia Dobyns is the President and CEO of New Tech Network, a leading design partner for comprehensive school change. During her career, she has been a technology entrepreneur and executive and also worked in education policy and in the nonprofit sector. Dobyns and CEO of Getting Smart, Tom Vander Ark, are co-authors of Better Together: How to Leverage School Networks For Smarter Personalized and Project Based Learning

Her entrepreneurial and executive career features work in the high tech, online services, consumer products and health care industries. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

Lydia welcomes the opportunity to share lessons learned in school and district innovation and speaks at national gatherings like SXSW EDU, CoSN, Personalized Learning, NASBE, iNACOL.

For more information on speaking engagements, please contact inquiry@newtechnetwork.org.

Secretary Riley has joined the NTN Advisory Board to provide strategic advice on the management and growth of the New Tech Network.

Richard W. Riley, for whom the Riley Institute at Furman is named, is the former U.S. Secretary of Education (1993–2001) and former Governor of South Carolina (1979–1987). Secretary Riley is currently a senior partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and its affiliate, EducationCounsel, with offices in South and North Carolina, Atlanta, Boston, Huntington (West Virginia), Tallahassee, and Washington, D.C. He works on complex business, governance, financial, legal, education, government process and advocacy matters for local, state, national, and international clients.

With the full support of the firm, Riley remains an ambassador for improving education in the United States and abroad. A former chair, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Furman and as Advisory Board chair of the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership. Riley has been named distinguished professor at the University of South Carolina, and the College of Education at Winthrop University bears his name, as does the College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. In addition, Riley serves in an advisory and collaborative capacity with several other entities across the nation and overseas that promote progressive education improvement.

He is the recipient of numerous education and other public service awards, as well as honorary degrees from universities and colleges in the United States and abroad. In 2009, Time magazine named Riley one of the Top 10 Best Cabinet Members in our nation’s history. Early in 2010, he was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame. Later that year, he received Leadership South Carolina’s inaugural Dick and Tunky Riley Legacy of leadership Award. Riley earned his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in political science from Furman in 1954 and received a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1959.

Eileen Rudden is the co- founder of LearnLaunch, a Boston-based organization dedicated to connecting, supporting, and growing the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning. Most recently, she served as Chief Officer, College and Career Preparation, at Chicago Public Schools and is a member of the board of directors of Education Pioneers, The Achievement Network, and KnowledgeWorks.

Ms. Rudden has been a leader in software technology for over 30 years. She led the Unified Communications Division of Avaya, a Fortune 500 global business communications leader and was SVP and GM of Lotus Notes, which was acquired by IBM. She was CEO of FairMarket, Inc., and started her career at The Boston Consulting Group. Eileen received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and her BA from Brown University, where she served as a Trustee  and is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee on Computing and Information Technology.

John L. S. Simpkins is an executive with the Greenville Health System in South Carolina, where he leads collaborative, evidence-based efforts to promote health innovation and equity. He also is a Senior Lecturer at Duke Law School.

John was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in the Obama Administration where he served as general counsel for the U.S. Agency for International Development and deputy general counsel for the White House Office of Management and Budget. Before that, he was of counsel with Wyche, P.A., visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Victoria, and a Fellow at Charleston School of Law.

He continues to work as a consultant and researcher in comparative constitutional law and constitutional design. John received his B.A. in government from Harvard College and a J.D. and L.L.M. in international and comparative law from Duke University School of Law. He is a Fellow of the fourth class of Liberty Fellowship.

Renata Soto is a Costa Rican-born social entrepreneur based in Nashville, TN. She is a 2020-2021 fellow at Harvard University’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, where she is launching Mosaic Changemakers, a nonprofit organization seeking to elevate, support, and connect Black, Latinx, and other leaders of color in the American South who are advancing social, economic and racial justice. Mosaic aspires to build a Black/Brown/Gold network of mutual support and collaboration.

Until May 2019 she led Conexión Américas, the nonprofit organization she co-founded in 2002 to serve Tennessee’s Latinx and other immigrant communities. She was the visionary behind Casa Azafrán, a nonprofit collaborative established in 2012 and nationally recognized as a model for nonprofit innovation, collaboration, and placemaking. Even President Obama took noticed and visited Casa Azafrán to host a town hall on immigration policy in 2014.

Nationally, Renata served for 10 years on the board of directors, and as chair from 2015-2018, of UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization. Currently, she serves as board chair of its sister organization, UnidosUS Action Fund, which works to expand the influence and political power of the Latino community. She studied Communications at the University of Costa Rica and attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, which is what brought her to the US in 1993.

Tim is a Senior Advisor at Ampersand Capital Partners. He was the former Chairman, President, and CEO of John H. Harland Company. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Boral Industries, where he managed the North American and European operations of Australia-based Boral Ltd. He is a Director of Printpack Inc., DMA Corporation, Kasasa Ltd., International Crane Foundation, and serves on the Board of Councilors for the Carter Center.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, received a master’s degree in marketing from the University of Lancaster in England, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Chad P. Wick is a business, education, and nonprofit leader, and was the Founding President and Chief Executive Officer at KnowledgeWorks Foundation from 1998 until 2013, where he supported the growth of New Tech Network to more than 130 schools nationwide.

Mr. Wick has also served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board member of institutions including Ameritrust, Southern Ohio Bank, and Shawnee Life Insurance Co. Mr. Wick currently serves as a Director at ACT, Inc. Mr. Wick also served as the Chair of Education Transition for Ohio Governor Dr. Ted Strickland.

Mr. Wick is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has participated in the Army War College’s Strategic Leadership Forum at Columbia University. He has been accorded many awards for education achievement in Ohio and nationally and has received Honorary Doctorates from both the University of Cincinnati and Youngstown State University. Mr. Wick received an MBA with high honors from Thunderbird Graduate School and a BS degree from the University of Cincinnati.

STAFF

The District and School Development (DSD) team engages prospective new schools and districts in the exploration, planning, and implementation process involved with starting a New Tech Network school. The team also supports current Network schools with identifying new products and services to meet their needs.

Tim Presiado, Chief Operations Officer

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Kevin Gant, Director, Network Innovation
Stacia Snow, Director, Network Innovation

PLANNING
Kristin Cuilla, Ph.D., Senior Director, District and School Development
Nick Kappelhof, Senior Director, District and School Development
Alan Veach, Director, of District and School Development
Lisa Caldwell, Contract and CRM Coordinator
Lorraine Machado, Growth Team Operations Coordinator

The events team plays a key role in the design and execution for all of our professional learning events. From virtual workshops to intimate convenings to our annual conference that attracts close to 2,000 people, the events team is essential in bringing together the elements that define a New Tech Network event.

Mary Ayers, Senior Events Manager
Alma Hernandez, Events Coordinator
Racheal Rich, Events Coordinator

The Finance and Operations department provides all required accounting functions of a 501 (c) (3) public charity, including Accounting, Financial Reporting, financial planning, contracts, banking, procurement, and facilities.

Nancy Bihler, Controller

Claire Ferrari-BirksAccounting Clerk

Eileen Grady, Chief Financial Officer

Ashley Jacobo, Accounting and Operations Supervisor

Frank Weitl, Director of IT

Wendy Wood, Senior Accountant

The Innovation, Learning, and Research (ILR) Team supports the network in engaging in continuous improvement.  The team is responsible for incubating and testing new initiatives, products, and services that can lead to improved outcomes for students.   

Liz Bergeron, Ph.D, Senior Director of Research

Beth Boesche-Taylor, Director of Surveys

Jenny Bernicky, College Access Project Coordinator

Cindy Bogdan, Education Data Coordinator

Kim Cawkwell, Content Development Specialist

Markeisha Grant, College Access Coach

Ann Helfman, College Access Coach

Alix Horton, Director of Literacy

Alana Mbanza, College Access Coach

Ryan McBride, College Access Coach

Megan Pacheco, Chief Learning Officer

Matt Swenson, Senior Director of College Access

Kris Williams, School Development Coach

Brette Woessner, School Development Coach

The Marketing Team’s mission is to shine the light on our schools and districts nationwide. Through our partners, supporters and collaborators, we are able to help make public schools great.

Danielle Gates, Social Media and Content Specialist

Remy Robitaille, Director of Marketing

Rachel Steingard, Graphic Design Manager

At its core, the People, Culture, and Equity team is responsible for creating strategic alignment between the organization’s goals and values and the people who implement them. Every aspect of the department’s efforts are aligned with NTN’s Equity Beliefs and Commitments. Notably: “We aspire to become an anti-racist organization that contributes to the formation of a just and equitable society and we recognize that work must start with ourselves and be ongoing and deliberate.” Led by the Chief People and Equity Officer (CPEO), the team consists of an external HR Partner, Director of Equity, and a People Experience Manager.

Lisa Samuel, People Experience Manager
José Garcia, Director of Equity 
George Ho, External HR Partner

The Infrastructure, Solutions, and Technology Staff believe that technology can enhance and support the transformation of both teaching and learning.  We support our internal staff with hardware/software procurement and other office technology needs and our New Tech Network community by ensuring they have training, tools, and ongoing support to utilize Echo to connect with each other to share learning while creating innovative learning experiences for students.

Paul Curtis, Senior Director of Platform Development

Stephanie Kolcun, Echo Support Manager

The School and Leadership Support (SLS) support team is the primary provider of direct support to schools throughout the New Tech Network.  The work of the SLS team focuses on supporting the development of schools once their implementation begins through the provision of school coaching, leadership coaching and professional learning events.  Each of these supports are tailored to the needs of schools throughout all stages of their development as a New Tech Network school.

Andrew Biros, Continuation Coordinator

Gaylen Brannon, School Development Coach

Allison DeYoung, School Development Coach

Nadirshah Eford, Teacher Development Coach

Jude Garnier, Senior Director of School and District Leadership

Char Glassley, School Development Coach

Heather Hester, School Development Coach

Georgia Figueroa, School Development Coach

Anna KinsellaSenior Director of Coaching

Sarah Leiker, Coach Development

Kelley McKaig, School Development Coach

Jodi Posadas, School Development Coach

Lindsey Risner, School Development Coach

Matt Thompson, Texas Network Director

Blake VandeBunte, School Development Coach

Alexandra Zocco, School Development Coach