Thought Leaders: Conferences & Conventions

Charlie Wilson, NSBA President

Dedicated to public education and an active member of his community, Wilson has served on his local board since 2007. In 2013, Wilson served as president of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA), and he has served on the OSBA Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and numerous other regional and state committees. Following his term as OSBA president, the Central Region elected Wilson as their representative to NSBA’s Board of Directors. Wilson has taught as an associate professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law for more than 30 years and earned his law degree from New York University School of Law.


 

“I am honored to serve as NSBA’s president and to champion public education at this critical juncture in our nation’s history,” said Wilson. “Amid the rapidly changing COVID-19 crisis and an unprecedented time of uncertainty, securing vital supports that will enable public schools to continue to serve more than 50 million students has never been more important.”

Frank Henderson, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer

Since 2007, Henderson has served on the Seaman USD 345 School Board in Topeka, Kansas. Henderson is a past president of the Kansas Association of School Boards and a former commissioner with the Education Commission of the States, in addition to holding other leadership roles on various school committees and workgroups. In 2015, Henderson was elected to serve as a Western Region Director on NSBA’s Board of Directors. Henderson is the Deputy Director of the Topeka Rescue Mission. Frank is now serving as the NSBA Secretary-Treasurer.

Susan Hilton, Director of Governmental Relations IASB 

shilton@iasb.com   

Susan Hilton works closely with her colleagues on State issues lobbying at the State Capitol.  She also runs the Association’s federal advocacy program by engaging members on federal issues and working with the Illinois Congressional delegation. Hilton has been at IASB since 2007.

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Ronald Madlock, Assistant Director, Governmental Relations, IASB

rmadlock@iasb.com

Ronald Madlock is a native of East Saint Louis, Illinois, and a graduate of the Washington University School of Law. While at Washington University School of Law, Mr. Madlock earned a Juris Doctor and a certificate in Public Interest Law. As a law student, Ronald served as Sub-Regional Director and Director of the Frederick Douglas Moot Court Competition for the Midwest Region Black Law Students Association (“MWBLSA”). Additionally, he served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Donald G. Wilkerson of the United States District Court of the Southern District of Illinois. He worked on several Section 1983 cases and personally wrote four judicial orders. Later in his law school career,


Mr. Madlock served as a full-time legal intern for the Technology Law Programs Division (“TLPD”) in the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”). He worked on a variety of legal matters in the areas of federal acquisitions, federal technology transfer, intellectual property, and contract law. Throughout Mr. Madlock’s law school career, he has continually supported economic and community development for the African-Americans by his participation in numerous community service projects. 

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Ben Schwarm, Deputy Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Boards

bschwarm@iasb.com

Ben is Deputy Executive Director and oversees, Advocacy/Governmental Relations, State and federal legislative representation, Delegate Assembly and member resolutions, Statewide School Management Alliance, legal calendar, new school laws, the digest of bills passed, IASB position statements, and advocacy.  In addition, he assists in covering Association management, membership relations, records and dues, being on the board of directors, NSBA relations, job fairs, annual reports, and sponsored programs. Includes offices of Meetings Management, General Counsel, and Executive Searches.

Ben assists the Executive Director in policy formation and budget formation for the statewide association. Responsible for Human Resources, general staff supervisory responsibilities, and day-to-day operations for a staff of 70 employees located in offices in Springfield, IL, and in the Chicago suburbs.

 

Heads the Governmental Relations Department, consisting of State and federal legislative efforts, legislative tracking, direct lobbying, legislative reporting, and chief lobbyist coordinating a team of six legislative specialists in an advocacy coalition. Media spokesman for requests on pertinent education issues.

Ben participated on Issues in Education for a special edition which aired live from the Old State Capitol, as well as the School Safety Security Security Symposium.

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Deborah Rigsby, Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation, NSBA

drigsby@nsba.com

Deborah Rigsby is the Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation at the National School Boards Association, where her portfolio includes advocacy for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, federal education investments, and school infrastructure. She is a past president of the Committee for Education Funding, a national coalition of more than 100 education groups representing early education and child development, K-12 schools, and higher education.

​Prior to joining NSBA, Rigsby was a senior legislative counsel at the National League of Cities, advocating priorities for more than 18,000 cities and towns in the areas of homeland security and municipal finance. She was also an aide

to the City Council of Jackson, Mississippi, where she worked to address a range of priorities such as community development and affordable housing.

Rigsby is a graduate of Jackson State University and The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. She was also a Chips Quinn Scholar at the Freedom Forum/Newseum Institute and a fellow at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.

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David Baime, Senior VP, Government Relations and Policy Analysis, American Association of Community Colleges

dbaim@aacc.nche.edu   @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 a number of 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, Innovation Coordinator, Parkway School District and ISTE Board Member

wbass@pkwy.k12.mo.us

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 an educational consultant. As a speaker, writer, and professional developer, he focuses on 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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Dr. Brent Clark, Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Administrators

clark@iasaedu.org     @docclark05

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.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Olivet Nazarene University, and both his Master’s of Science in Educational Administration and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.

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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Kim Cranston, Executive Director, MoASBO

kcranston@moasbo.org   @KimRoyCranston

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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Ann Flynn, Program Director, Education Innovation, NSBA

aflynn@nsba.org

Ann Flynn is the Director of Education Innovation at the National School Boards Association. She has supported NSBA’s leadership in education technology to advance teaching and learning, administrative operations, and outreach to parents and local communities since 1992.

​Flynn is active in Washington, D.C. coalition groups and continues to work with the corporate community and local educators through NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network (TLN).

She was instrumental in the creation of NSBA’s “20 to Watch” and Technology Innovation Showcase recognition programs. In addition, she manages the TLN site visits that showcase exemplary technology practices, designs programming for the TLN-hosted sessions at the NSBA Annual Conference, and leads research projects such as “Creating and Connecting,” which encouraged open dialogue among K-12 policymakers and educators about the use of Web 2.0 tools for learning.

Flynn authored “The Role of a School Board in the Purchasing Process” for The Experts' Guide to the K-12 School Market and is a frequent columnist for the American School Board Journal. She has represented NSBA on international technology delegations and as an invited participant in the 2010 and 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar. In 2014, she was named as one of the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers in the country by the Center for Digital Education.

Prior to joining NSBA, Flynn was on the faculty of Louisiana State University and worked in the education travel industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas, and a doctor of education degree from the University of Virginia.

 

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Mindy Frisbee, Director of Alignment, ISTE

mfrisbee@iste.org   @mindyfrisbee

Mindy Frisbee, director of alignment, directs various initiatives centered around alignment to the ISTE Standards, including the ISTE Seal of Alignment program. She also helps build partnerships and collaborations with other organizations that reflect the mission of ISTE and the ISTE Standards and works on edtech efficacy and procurement issues.  

 

Mindy is passionate about the effective and appropriate use of technology for teaching and learning.

 

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Dr. Doug Hayter, Executive Director, MASA

doug.hayter@mcsa.org   @DrHayter

In November of 2016, Dr. Doug Hayter was selected as the new Executive Director for the Missouri Association of School Administrators. 

 

Doug Hayter is a recognized and respected leader.  He possesses the vision, the integrity, and the collaborative skills necessary to build capacity in others and move MASA forward accomplishing the goals outlined in their strategic plan.


As Executive Director of MASA, Dr. Hayter heads an association of more than 900 school superintendents and central office administrators.  Chief among his duties is to carry out the association’s long-range strategic plan, including maintaining a strong membership and financial stability; providing leadership development; and building allies and partnerships to advance public education.

 

​Doug's participation in Issues in Education included MASA: Its Role and Programs.   

 

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Dr. Michael Jacoby, Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Business Officials

mjacoby@iasbo.org   @mjacoby

Dr. Jacoby has served as an educator for 30 years. 6 years in the classroom, 16 years as a school business official, 4 years as Superintendent of Schools, and is now serving as the Executive Director of Illinois ASBO. 

He has served as President of Illinois ASBO in 1999-2000 and has been an adjunct professor for Northern Illinois University for the past 15 years.

 

Michael also serves as the Chairman of the Global Outreach Team at New Covenant Bible Church, sings in the music ministry, has served as Chairman of the Elder Team, and oversees the operation of a house for missionaries with his wife Heidi. He is also on the board of directors of the Illinois Energy Consortium, The Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund, and the Geneva History Center.

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Roger Kurtz, (Retired) Executive Director, MASA

In November of 2016, Dr. Doug Hayter was selected as the new Executive Director for the Missouri Association of School Administrators.

 

Doug Hayter is a recognized and respected leader.  He possesses the vision, the integrity, and the collaborative skills necessary to build capacity in others and move MASA forward accomplishing the goals outlined in their strategic plan.


As Executive Director of MASA, Dr. Hayter heads an association of more than 900 school superintendents and central office administrators.  Chief among his duties is to carry out the association’s long-range strategic plan, including maintaining a strong membership and financial stability; providing leadership development; and building allies and partnerships to advance public education.

 

​Doug's participation in Issues in Education included MASA: Its Role and Programs.   

 

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Dean Langon, Associate Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Boards

dlangdon@iasb.com    @DeanMLangdon

Dean is Associate Executive Director, and is responsible for Board Development Workshop development and management, Master School Board Member program, School Board leadership program, annual conference panels, and online calendar.

Prior to his current position at IASB, Dean worked as Field Services Director serving the Blackhawk, Central Illinois Valley, Corn Belt, and Western Divisions. He has held positions as district superintendent, dean of students, assistant principal, and business administrator.

John Warner, Emergency Planning Coordinator, Center for Education Safety, MSBA

@MissouriCES     warner@moces.org

Dean participated on Issues in Education for a special edition which aired live from the Old State Capitol.   

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John Warner grew up in the Kansas City area and after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University. He started his career in law enforcement in 1978 with the Warrensburg, MO Police Department, and retired from the Columbia, MO Police Department in 2014. He started working for CPD as an undercover narcotics agent in 1985. He worked as a School Resource Officer for more than 13 years, finishing his career in Law Enforcement as the SRO at Battle High School in Columbia.

He was an instructor for the D.A.R.E. Program from 1989 to 2009, piloted the Junior High D.A.R.E. Program for the Columbia Public Schools, and served as President for the Missouri D.A.R.E. Officers Association.

 

He was honored in 2001 as the Missouri D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year and in 2008 with the Lt. Ed Moses Lifetime Achievement Award for that organization. Officer Warner has served this community in several other capacities, including as a member of the City Council’s Substance Abuse Advisory Commission, member of the Breathe Easy Coalition and the Columbia/Boone County Senior Network, Chair of the Columbia Community 2000 Drug-Free Task Force and Chair of the Columbia First Night celebration as the Teen Venue Coordinator. John was also a member of CPD’s S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons And Tactics) Team, is a firearms instructor and a defensive tactics instructor. 

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Dr. Thomas Bertrand, Executive Director, Illinois Association of School Boards

@Bertrandtom   tbertrand@iasb.com

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.

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Maryam Brotine, Assistant General Counsel, IASB

mbrotine@iasb.com

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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