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Akers Business Solutions, President

Darlene Akers

Darlene owns one of the leading Manufacturer Representative Groups in the office and education industry with more than 28 years of experience.

Darlene is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Management and a minor in Business.  However, she found her true passion in the office and education furniture business.   She and her team represent some of the top manufacturers in the industry.

With strong ties to the architect and design world, she brings a unique skill set to specifying education furniture and a proven track record for sales growth.  Darlene is a hands-on proven leader and is proud of her first-class team and their accomplishments, winning many Rep Group of the Year awards throughout her career.

Darlene has served for eight years on the Business Solutions Association Board of Directors.  She also proudly serves on the Education Market Association Executive Committee, Equipment Manufacturers Council, Independent Representatives Committee and Event Planning Committee.

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Commanding Officer Division of Operational Support

STL County Police

Captain Jeff Bader was born and raised in Southeast Missouri. He moved to St. Louis County and made it his home upon his employment with the Saint Louis County Police Department. He currently resides in the City of Wildwood and is currently assigned as a Commander in the City of Fenton Precinct.

In this position Captain Bader is responsible for the overall operation and management of the precinct, which includes officers providing normal patrol service and the Neighborhood Policing OfficersThe Precinct has one captain, one lieutenant, two sergeants, twenty-two police officers, and a police aide. As is the City of Fenton's police officers, the Department is committed to providing the most professional law enforcement service possible to the residents & businesses in the City. Lt. Col. Bader participated in the ‘School Safety & Security Symposium:  When will you be tested?’  

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Senior VP

Government Relations and Policy Analysis, AACC  @DavidBaime


David Baime serves as senior vice president for government relations and policy analysis for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). In this role, he directs the national advocacy efforts for the nation’s close to 1,200 community colleges and their students. Prior to joining AACC, he served as director of education funding for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. He has also worked as assistant director of government relations for the Association of American Medical Colleges.

​Baime has made radio, television, and Web appearances, including on CNN, MSNBC, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio, and is frequently quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and other educational publications.  

Baime holds a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College and a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics.

Mr. Baime participated in a special edition of Issues in Education, from the SCUP-52 International Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

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Bill Bass currently serves as the Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Information, and Library Media in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO, and as an adjunct professor of educational technology for Missouri Baptist University. During his 20+ career in education, he has also held positions as a middle and high school English teacher, Technology Integration Specialist, Instructional Coach, and educational consultant. As a speaker, writer, and professional developer, he focuses on the systemic and sustainable integration of technology into classrooms at all grade levels and seeks to empower students and teachers with authentic learning experiences.


Bill holds a Master of Science in Instructional Technology and a Certificate of Online Learning from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and a Bachelor of Science in English from Culver-Stockton College. He has served as co-president of the Educational Technology Association of Greater St. Louis (an ISTE Affiliate) and is past president of the ISTE Innovative Learning PLN. Bill also is a member of the Midwest Education Technology Community leadership community and a leader of the Google Educator Group of Eastern Missouri. He is a Google Certified Innovator, a Google for Education Certified Trainer, a Common Sense Media Certified Trainer, and a past member of the NCTE Executive Committee.

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Innovation Coordinator

Parkway School District, ISTE Board Member


Darcy Benway


Dr. Darcy Benway is the Superintendent of O'Fallon Township High School.

E4 Initiative: Excellence in Education for Every student Every day. She is responsible for a $34 million budget and all related financial activities. She managed the planning and construction of the new OTHS Milburn campus freshman academy, as well as the construction of the nine-classroom addition project at the OTHS Smiley campus.


She also implemented the transition house project and programming for special needs secondary students, as well as managed performance contracts, renovations, additions, and health/life safety work at the OTHS Smiley Campus.

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O'Fallon Township High School District #203

Dr. Bertrand was named Executive Director of The Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) in 2018, a primary provider of professional development for school board members, and a leading advocate for local control of public schools. In 2015 Tom was named as the Illinois Superintendent of the Year.

As executive director, Bertrand will lead a staff of 67 full- and part-time staff members in the Association’s Springfield and Lombard offices. He will be responsible for all Association operations and represent its positions in state and national public school policy management on behalf of 846 member districts and nearly 6,000 elected Illinois school board members.

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Thomas Bertrand


Executive Director, IASB


Jeff Bradbury

Jeff Bradbury is a world-known educator, podcaster, and clinician. Jeff is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Microsoft Certified Trainer TEDx Speaker, and has worked with more than 400 educational technology companies through his TeacherCast Educational Network that he founded in 2011.

Jeff Bradbury has presented at the ISTE conference, as well as dozens of other conferences across the country, and has presented Keynote Presentations for Pearson and EdTechNJ.

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Founder of TeacherCast Educational Network

Maryam Brotine

As assistant general counsel, Brotine assists with providing legal counsel to the executive director and the Association. Her work will also heavily focus upon creating and maintaining the Policy Reference Education Subscription Service (PRESS) materials used by IASB’s Policy Services department for its work with boards as she assumes the role of Assistant PRESS Editor. Other key responsibilities will be developing curricula with legal content and their materials for School Board Development, along with providing in-person training sessions. Her position will also support the Advocacy/Governmental Relations department and provide support for the continuity and success of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA).

Brotine has been active in the Illinois Council of School Attorneys and other professional legal organizations and is a regular panel presenter at Joint Annual Conference and contributor to legal publications.

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Assistant General Counsel, IASB

Doug Brubaker

Dr. Doug Brubaker has served as Superintendent of Fort Smith Public Schools since January 18, 2017. Over a career spanning 22 years, he has served in a variety of leadership roles in school districts ranging in size from 7,000 to 60,000 students.  As Superintendent of Fort Smith Public Schools, Dr. Brubaker launched the District’s Vision 2023 Strategic Planning initiative and worked with students, parents, educators, members of the community, and the FSPS Board of Education to prioritize the District’s greatest needs for a millage referendum in May 2018.

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Superintendent of Fort Smith Public Schools

Superintendent, Wentzville School District


Dr. Curtis Cain has served as Superintendent of the Wentzville School District since 2013. He is responsible for the educational performance and well-being of close to 16,000 students and the productivity of our 2,100 staff members in the fastest growing district in the state of Missouri. 

Curtis completed his B.S. degree at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and his M.S. and Ph.D. at Iowa State University.  While at Iowa State University; he was named a George Washington Carver Doctoral Fellow and awarded the Jordan Larsen Outstanding Dissertation in Educational Administration Award.  In 2009, he was also honored as the Iowa State University Outstanding Young Professional Award winner by the College of Human Sciences


Curtis is a member of the Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Emerging Leader programs.  Nationally, he also serves on the PDK International Board.  Cain serves on the Missouri Commissioner of Education Advisory Council, the Kansas/Missouri Superintendent Leadership Forum Advisory Board, and the Missouri State High School Activities Association Constitutional Committee.  He’s also worked with the ASCD National Legislative and Position Advocacy, and Annual Conference Planning Committees.  Locally, Cain volunteers on the St. Charles Economic Development Board of Directors, St. Charles County Partners for Progress Education Committee, the Partners for Progress Healthy St. Charles Leadership Council, and the Barnes-Jewish St Peters and Progress West Foundation Board.

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Curtis Cain


Board Member, Roosevelt School District 


Michelle Campuzano

Michelle Campuzano has lived in the Roosevelt School District (RSD) community for over 15 years. Her son David attended a special education program in RSD, until moving on to high school. Before deciding to run for RSD board, Michelle taught a Kindergarten Special Education class in RSD. Michelle is known in the community for her activism and advocacy on issues concerning social injustice. Including; the school to prison pipeline, trauma-informed care, justice reform, and civil rights.

Michelle has a passion for the community and her commitment to improving the quality of education for the children of South Phoenix remains evident. Michelle has been involved in many community outreach initiatives.

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Welfare, and a Masters degree in Nonprofit Leadership (MNpS), and Education (M.Ed.) at Arizona State University (ASU) before beginning her 6-year journey in RSD as a Special Educator.

Michelle’s experience as an RSD Employee/Educator, Community Member, Social Worker, Nonprofit Leader, and special needs parent, has provided her with a unique perspective and valuable insight into the strengths, challenges, and needs within our community. She hopes to promote active community engagement while building partnerships that have the capacity to meet the immediate needs in her community.

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Missouri Department of Mental Health

patsy carter

During the session, trainer Patsy Carter of the Missouri Department of Mental Health took a common example: a student who isn’t participating in class, and lashes out at a teacher who confronts her. What the teacher may not know, Carter said, is that the student is being abused at home. What seems like daydreaming could be a stress reaction to being beaten earlier that day. And a light tap on the shoulder from a teacher could be a trigger from her ongoing abuse.


“So her response is, absolutely, to defend herself. She viewed herself as defending herself, her teacher viewed that as her being assaulted,” Carter said.

Carter said that’s why it’s crucial for schools, the criminal justice system, and other agencies to understand how trauma impacts a person’s behavior. “If we want them to get better, we have to do something different than what we’re doing right now,” Carter said. “It’s punishing them for what their brains are telling them to do to keep themselves safe.”

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Executive Director, IASA 



Dr. Brent Clark was named Executive Director of IASA in 2006 and heads up the statewide association that represents more than 1,750 active and retired superintendents and school administrators. During his tenure at IASA, Dr. Clark has been instrumental in designing and implementing a post-doctoral program for superintendents; creating a professional development department to train school administrators in effective instructional management and leadership methodologies, creating a communications office to assist superintendents with crisis communications and public relations, and developing an interactive relationship with legislative and government leaders.

Dr. Clark also is an adjunct professor at Southern Illinois University, where he teaches graduate-level courses to school administrators pursuing their superintendent’s certification.

Dr. Clark participated in the first edition of Issues in Education, where topics ranged from the State-of-the-State of Education, Making a difference for students, How do we compare nationally, Examples of what’s working well, and Challenges and Potential Solutions, he returned to Issues in Education for a special edition which aired live from the Old State Capitol.


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Rene provides fiscal responsibility for a $217 million budget. She is responsible for the strategy and framework for a school district of over 17,000 students, 2400 employees, and 28 buildings. She works with local and federal elected officials on public education issues. Engages my passion for education and leadership in an environment that helps our students, teachers, and administrators thrive to their highest potential.

She currently provides strategic planning for all international trade activities for Boeing's Training Systems and Government Services Division.

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Rene Cope


Board Member, Francis Howell School District

Executive Director, MoASBO 



Kim Cranston was named MoASBO’s Executive Director, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Cranston served as the Chief Communications Officer for the Rockwood School District.  She oversaw the district’s communications, community education, and partners in education programs. She had been the head of communications for Rockwood since 2001.

Cranston has more than 30 years of public school experience as a communications professional and teacher. In her combined roles of communication strategist, administrator, and teacher, she has expertise in the areas of strategic planning, organizational leadership, crisis communication, public speaking, media relations, marketing, event planning, mentoring, and professional learning. She was named the Missouri Public Relations Professional of the Year in 2010. Her department has received several state and national awards for their work, including the prestigious Leadership in Communication Award from the National School Public Relations Association /American Association of School Administrators/Connect-Ed.

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Kim Cranston

In 2007, Daiber was appointed regional superintendent of schools by Dunstan and was subsequently elected to the office in 2008 and reelected in 2010 and 2014.

“It is an honor to serve the people of Madison County and work with excellent faculty members and administrators to ensure the more than 45,000 youth in kindergarten through 12th grade in the county receive the finest possible education in an environment conducive to learning,” Daiber said. “I am excited to begin my third term as regional superintendent of schools and humbled by the challenges of educating and preparing our youth to make positive contributions to society and succeed in their chosen fields.”

Bob participated in Issues in Education speaking on a variety of educational topics, as well as the School Safety & Security Symposium. 

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Robert Daiber


Regional Superintendent of Schools, Madison County 



President of Columbia College


Dr. Scott Dalrymple became the 17th president of Columbia College on May 1, 2014. He holds a Ph.D. in English and an M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo, as well as a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.

From 2010 to 2014, Dalrymple served as dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College in Albany, New York, overseeing undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

He also served as the founding dean of the college’s School of Public Service, which includes programs in criminal justice and military studies.

Dr. Dalrymple participated in the first higher educational edition of Issues in Education, where a wide variety of topics were discussed.

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Board President, Wentzville School District



As a community member, parent, and educator she is prepared to engage with other community members, parents, and educators to work collectively to ensure students of the Wentzville School District are provided all the resources to secure their future.

In 2001, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Lindenwood University. During that time in college, she worked at Children’s Edu-Care Center, a Montessori Pre-School. A few years later in 2005, she graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Education specializing in Reading from Lindenwood University. 

In 2010, she graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Master of Arts Degree in Elementary Administration. She then went on to pursue a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Maryville University and graduated in 2012, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation on how collaboration and professional development can impact student achievement.

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Dr. Robert Dillon is the Newest Board Member on Issues in Educations Advisory Board. He is a nationally recognized Thought Leader and served as the mediator for ISTE 2109. 


Dr. Robert Dillon has served as an educational leader throughout the Saint Louis area over the last twenty years as a teacher, principal, and director of innovation. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. He is the author of four books on best practices in learning.


Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. He has published four books. THE SPACE: A Guide for Educators, Redesigning Learning Spaces, Leading Connected Classrooms and Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today.

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Dr. Jeff Dosier is the former Superintendent at Belleville THSD 201 school district. Mr. Dosier has 24 years of experience as a district superintendent, overseeing ninth to twelfth-grade students at Belleville 201.

Jeff's participation in Issues in Education included a special edition of the Illinois public school funding crisis. As of June 2016, the State of Illinois had not been able to arrive at a budget that would fund Illinois public schools, resulting in schools across Illinois to close their doors if they don’t receive state funding.  Many school districts are looking to alternative revenue sources in order to keep their doors open. To provide expert insight into this crisis are area superintendents who can share the realities that they are facing and the impact that families will be facing.  


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Jeff Dosier


(Retired)  Superintendent, Belleville THSD 201 


Jamie Driver

Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL) is a non-profit professional association established in 1972 that includes 43 independently governed elementary and secondary schools throughout the metropolitan St. Louis region. Schools that are members of ISSL provide a complete range of educational opportunities for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

Why I do it:  It’s gratifying to work with talented, dedicated people who are passionate about independent education.

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Executive Director, Independent Schools of St. Louis

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