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Public Speaker


Ron Hain


He has served with Kane County Sheriff's Office since 2003 in a variety of roles, including SWAT Team Assistant Team Leader, Narcotic K-9 Handler, Drug Enforcement Investigator, and Police Supervisor. I was honored to twice be named Deputy of the Year. Having a total of 24 years of public safety experience in Chicagoland, along with a homegrown dedication to Kane County, provides me with a strong foundation and passion to be your Sheriff.

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Sheriff, Kane County, IL   



Superintendent, Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools


Lindsey Hall

Dr. Hall spent eight years at MSJH before taking the principal job at DeKalb High School in 2005. A few years after earning a doctorate from the University of Illinois, she was hired as superintendent in Morton in 2012.

In her five years in that district, Hall has overseen the implementation of a one-to-one iPad program for pre-K through 12th-grade students, as well as facilities upgrades and passage of a $10.5 million bond issue.

In 2017 Dr. Hall became superintendent at Mahomet-Seymour

Dr. Hall participated in the panel discussion of Age-Appropriate School Safety & Security at the Annual Conference of IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO in 2017.

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Elementary Education and Professional Learning,

Lindbergh Schools


Dr. Craig Hamby was the principal of Dressel Elementary School, which opened in August 2017 and is Lindbergh Schools' largest elementary school. Prior to that, Dr. Hamby served as principal of Sappington Elementary School since 2010 and has been a teacher, instructional leader, and administrator in Lindbergh Schools for 16 years.

Dr. Hamby is the district’s senior elementary principal, and an experienced leader with extensive knowledge of Lindbergh Schools. He earned his bachelor of science in elementary education at Southeast Missouri State University. He has a master of arts in educational administration from

Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., and an education specialist degree and doctorate in school administration/superintendency from Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.

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Craig Hamby

Dr. Sharonica Hardin-Bartley is the Superintendent for University School District, MO. She acquired this role in 2016 and has focused on specific goals. Dr. Hardin-Bartley works to help schools deal with how trauma affects students. She focuses more on "what happened that made the student act out" rather than just giving them a punishment. She also is committed to the "human-centered" approach. This is something especially important to her during COVID-19.  

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Superintendent, University City School District


Executive Director, MASA


Doug Hayter

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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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.

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Frank Henderson


NSBA Secretary-Treasurer


President, New Jersey City University


Sue Henderson

In 2012, Sue Henderson became the twelfth president and first woman to become President at New Jersey City University.

Now in her fourth year, she has accomplished a range of transformational initiatives, including the creation of NJCU School of Business and relocation to a 70,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility in Jersey City’s financial district. She spearheaded the implementation of a $350 million West Campus plan.

Dr. Henderson is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Commission on Education of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Vice-Chair of the Society for College and University Planning’s Board of Directors, and Chair of the Committee on International Education of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. At the state level, she serves on the Task Force on the Alignment of Higher Education Programs and Workforce Development and co-chairs the Hudson County Alliance for Action and the Hudson County Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns.

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

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Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, Superintendent, Francis Howell School District, was named the district’s next superintendent and started July 1, 2016. In that statement, Hendricks-Harris said she plans to focus on student learning and finances to support learning.

She also previously served as an area coordinator and as director of special education with the Special School District of St. Louis County.

She was a special education teacher with the Special School District, as well as the Fox School District. Hendricks-Harris is also an adjunct instructor at Lindenwood University.

She was the recipient of Lindenwood’s Francis and Elizabeth Huss Graduate Award for Education Administration and attended the Harvard Institute for School Leadership. Additionally, she has acted as the lead presenter at numerous local, state, and national professional development conferences.

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Mary Hendricks-Harris

Superintendent, Francis Howell School District




Innovation Coordinator, Affton School District


Manuel Herrera

Manuel Herrera designs and oversees the implementation of the 1:1 computing initiative at Affton High School. In addition, he is responsible for introducing new devices into learning spaces, helping build capacity surrounding technology integration, and establishing opportunities for students to grow their skills surrounding technology throughout all Affton schools.

Herrera serves as a board member for the Educational Technology Association of St. Louis, a professional learning facilitator, and planning committee member for ConnectEd Learning, and a planning committee member for EdCamp St. Louis. He earned a bachelor of business administration in management at Texas State University in San Marcos, as well as a master of arts in education administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.

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As a school board member, I understand the decisions the board makes will affect our young people, their parents, the livelihood of district employees, and the economic well-being of our community. I am prepared to give the required time, energy, and I am willing to learn about issues affecting our district. I am committed to providing the best and most appropriate educational opportunities for all young people entrusted to our care. I am willing to work collaboratively to establish strategic goals to move the district toward the community’s vision for its high schools.

I’ve taught in public school, been adjunct faculty, and a community college career advisor. I am active in the community, serving on several city government committees, and community college advisory boards.

After serving 9 years as a community college trustee, I understand the board’s role and responsibility and that no single individual has authority over school matters. As a board member, I can express an opinion, accept the will of the majority and, support decisions made by the board. I have the ability and courage to make difficult decisions, defend the philosophy and goals of the district.

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Governing Board Member,

Agua Fria Union High School District #216


Maxine Hill

Lindbergh Schools, Community Leader


Erica Hoffman received the Lindbergh Leader Award in 2017, in acknowledgment of her service to Lindbergh Schools and the greater community. She is currently a committee member for Fundraising and Curriculum at St. Lucas Preschool and was elected to serve as co-president for the Sperreng Middle School parent organization. She serves on the board of Crestwood-Sunset Hills Kiwanis Club, is Vice President of StepUp, a drug prevention coalition, and also helped organize the Upstanders Anti-Bullying Collaborative.

A former high school Social Science teacher who taught AP History coached tennis and sponsored Political Club, she has been working in the Lindbergh community ever since to support her neighbors through volunteer service. Her leadership and hard work have raised over $100,000 for projects in our schools and community.

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Erica Hoffman



Mark is the President of Paragon Furniture. The company has focused on "Maker Spaces" to reinvent school designs and layouts.

Mark is featured talking with Dennis Young during the 2020 EDspaces conference.

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Paragon Furniture Company, President

Tiffany Jackson is a wife and mom to three children. She has served on the Aleutians East Borough School Board since 2007 and served seven terms as President. Her service with AASB began in 2010. Since becoming a school board member, Tiffany has worked at developing her skills as a board member and encouraging other board members to develop their skills to improve their role in governing our school districts and becoming better advocates for all of Alaska’s students. In the spring of 2016, she won an election to the National School Boards Association board, becoming the first Alaska Native/American Indian to win a seat on the NSBA’s governing body. Tiffany is also the Executive Director of the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe of Sand Point.

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Board Member, Aleutians East Borough School District

Michael Jacoby


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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Executive Director, IASBO


Dr. Jahnke began her career in the Ladue School District in 1991 as a classroom teacher, after having worked as a Special Education Teacher for the Special School District of St. Louis County.  In 1996 she became Director of Community Services, which included responsibilities as the Director of the Ladue Early Childhood Center, as well as for the Parents as Teachers and all-district fee-based programs.  In 1998 she was appointed Principal of Reed Elementary School where she remained until becoming an Assistant Superintendent in 2008. She currently works as an assistant professor in the school of education at SLU.

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Donna Jahnke


Assistant Professor at SLU


Perri Johnson

Lt. Perri Johnson has been a Police Officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for 24 years and holds the rank of Lieutenant.  He is currently the Commander of the St. Louis Juvenile Division.  His assignments have included working in district 3,5,6,8, and 9, teaching at the Police Academy, being a district detective, as well as an Intelligence detective, and also serving in the Mobile Reserve Unit, as well as SWAT. Lt. Johnson has received numerous awards and Letters of Accommodation.

As the Commander of the Juvenile Division, he recently implemented putting the STOP (Students Talking It Over With Police) Program.


St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department

Rick participated in Issues in Education for a special edition that aired live from the Old State Capitol.

Rick also participated in the panel discussion of Age-Appropriate School Safety & Security at the Annual Conference of IASB/IASA/Illinois ASBO in 2017.

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Rick Johnston


(Retired) Superintendent

Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools


Deborah Kerr

Dr. Deborah Kerr is the immediate past Superintendent of Brown Deer School District, one of the most diverse 4K-12th grade districts in the state of Wisconsin with 1,600 students which include 80% of students of color and over 50% of students in poverty.  She has dedicated her entire professional life to advocating for educational excellence through equity. She served Brown Deer for the last 13 years and is very proud to be a Brown Deer Falcon!  Recently, she became an entrepreneur with the opening of her new company, Lead Greatly, LLC as President and CEO.

In addition to her current position, Dr. Kerr has served as a middle school principal, an adjunct professor at local universities, an assistant principal, a physical education/health teacher, coach, an athletic director, and a successful girls’ varsity high school basketball coach winning two back-to-back state championships.

Her experience also involves membership and leadership roles in local, regional, state, and national organizations.  She currently served as only the 6th female President of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), an international professional organization with over 13,000 educational leaders.  Deb’s AASA leadership mission is to increase women leaders and women of color into the superintendency.

She has also dedicated her service as President of the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA) and served her community as President of the Milwaukee North Shore Rotary.

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Lead Greatly LLC



DSD Professional Development Coordinator,

Blended Learning


Marcia Kish

Marcia Kish has been providing professional development courses on classroom technology integration, use of mobile devices, and blended learning to teachers, superintendents, and support staff members across the United States for the last six years. Before moving into the professional development training world, Marcia spent eleven years working as a classroom and a technology teacher in Worthington, Ohio.  During that time, she presented mini hands-on workshops at the Ohio eTech conference.   Presented at the Ohio Education Technology Conference, ITSE conference, Campus Technology Conference, and the National Community School Conference on how to implement blended learning into the classroom setting.  With a master's degree in Instructional Technology and countless hours of continuing education course on blended learning environments, Marcia is highly qualified to teach and support all levels of educational learners.  

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Eric Knost

Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost keeps the district focused on unity, excellence, and relationships.​  He was recently cited in the St. Louis-Dispatch as a "Top Confidence-Boosting Leader"​ for 2015.  Rockwood lauded their Superintendent for being an effective communicator who is positive and clear about his goals for the district. ​​​

The Superintendent is guided by the district's five-goal areas to deliver on the Rockwood promise to ensure all students realize their potential: Student Learning, Highly Effective Staff, School Climate, District Finance, and Governance. Dr. Knost served as superintendent for the Mehlville School District. However, he came back to Rockwood where he served during his early years as an educator and leader.

"It is my sincere desire to lead the Rockwood School District in a way  that

will further solidify a community partnership and unite us in our mission to

help all kids thrive in this world."

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Superintendent, Rockwood School District 



Roger Kurtz

(Retired) Executive Director, MASA

Roger Kurtz has spent the past 29 years of his life in the field of public education. He is the retired Executive Director of the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA).  MASA is the only statewide association in Missouri that exists for the purpose of serving the needs of school superintendents and central office administrators.  MASA is a strong advocate for public education.  The organization provides professional development programs for administrators, annual conferences, school finance assistance, communications and works closely with other educational organizations to improve public education.

Roger participated in 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 also participated in the special editions of Issues in Education which aired live from the MASA Conference.  

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