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The Thought Leaders that have participated on Issues in Education provide a wealth of experience and expertise.  Should you wish to learn more on a particular topic, please click on one of the Thought Leaders for their background and contact information.

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Affton School District, Manuel Herrera, Coordinator of 1:1 Programming

Affton School District, Dr. Chris McGee, Executive Director of Academic and Student Services

Agua Fria Union High School District #216, ​Maxine Hill, Governing Board Member

Aleutians East Borough School District, ​Tiffany Jackson, Board Member

American Association of Community Colleges, David Baime, Senior Vice President, Gov. Relations & Policy Analysis

American Association of Community Colleges, Angel Royal, Chief of Staff

Armorel School District, ​Jennifer Barbaree, Superintendent

Association of American Colleges and Universities, Tia Brown McNair, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, & Student Success

Balsz School District, Phoenix, AZ, Channel Powe, Board President

Badgechat Co-Founder, Noah Geisel

Belleville 118, Kenya Logan, Board Member

Belleville THSD 201, Dr. Jeff Dosier, Superintendent​

Bloomington 17 ROE, Mark Jontry, Regional Superintendent

Blue Springs School District, Tom Phillips, Executive Director of Public Safety

Brentwood School District, Dr. Brian Lane, Superintendent

Brentwood School District, Keith Rabenberg, Board Member

Brentwood School District, Mark Womer, Board Member

British Columbia School Trustees Association, Gordon Swan, President, Board of Directors

Buckeye Elementary School District, ​Richard Hopkins, Governing Board Member

Bullseye.Education, Jake Szabo, Executive Vice President

Center for Education Safety, MSBA, Paul Fennewald, Senior Policy Advisor

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

Chillicothe School Resource Officer & Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Mike Lewis

Civitas Learning, Mark Milliron, Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer

Columbia College, Dr. Scott Dalrymple, President

Columbia Public Schools, Jan Mees, Board Member & MSBA President

Creighton School District, ​Jeanne Casteen, President

DSD Professional Development Coordinator, Blended Learning, Marcia Kish

Dearborn Public Schools, ​Dr. Glenn Maleyko, Superintendent

Education Technology Specialist, Amanda Dykes

EducationPlus, Dr. Jennifer Tiller, Chief Academic Officer

EducationPlus, Dr. Paul Ziegler, Executive Director

Emints, Christine Terry, Executive Director

Fontbonne University, Dr. Michael Pressimone, President

Fort Smith School District, Dr. Doug Brubaker, Superintendent

Fort Zumwalt School District, Dr. Bernard DuBray, Superintendent

Fox C-6, Dr. Jim Wipke, Superintendent

Francis Howell School District, Rene Cope, Board Vice President

Francis Howell School District, Dr. Mary Hendricks-Harris, Superintendent

Fulton School District, Dr. Jacque Cowerd, Superintendent

Grant CCSD 110, Matt Stines, Superintendent

Hancock Place School District, Dr. Kevin Carl, Superintendent

IASA, Sara Boucek, Associate Director & Legal Counsel

IASA, Dr. Brent Clark, Executive Director

IASA, Dr. William Phillips, Field Services Director

IASB, Dr. Tom Bertrand, Executive Director

IASB, Maryam Brotine, Assistant General Counsel

IASB, Susan Hilton, Director of Governmental Relations Statewide School Management Alliance

IASB, Dean Langdon, Associate Executive Director

IASB, Ronald Madlock, Assistant Director, Governmental Relations

IASB, Zach Messersmith, Director/Governmental Relations

IASB, Joanne Osmond, President

IASB, Dr. Patrick Rice, Equity Director

IASB, Ben Schwarm, Deputy Executive Director

ISTE, Mindy Frisbee, Director of Alignment

ISTE, Brandon Olszewski, Director of Research

ISTE, Carolyn Sykora, Program Director, Standards Department

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

Illinois School Resource Officer, Deputy Kip Heinle

Independent Schools of St. Louis, Jamie Driver, Executive Director

Innovative Education Solutions, LLC, Janelle McLaughlin, CEO

Ittner Architects, Greg Goebel, Director of Design

Ittner Architects, Todd Powers, AIA, Vice President

Ittner Architects, Dennis M. Young, President & CEO, founder of Issues in Education

Jeff Selingo, Washington Post Contributor & Higher Education Strategist

Jennings School District, Dr. Art McCoy, Superintendent

Kane County, Illinois, Sheriff Ron Hain

Kirksville Public Schools, Dr. Damon Kizzire, Superintendent

Knox County R‐1 School District, Andy Turgeon, Superintendent

Ladue School District, Dr. Donna Jahnke, Superintendent

Lafayette College, Hannah Stewart-Gambino, Professor of Government & Law and International Affairs*

Leader of Learning Podcast Host, Dan Kreiness

LEGO Education Master, STEM Lead, Aaron Maurer

Liberty Leadership Development, Dr. Randall Sampson, President

Liberty Schools, Dr. Jeremy Tucker, Superintendent

Lindbergh Schools, Michelle & Amelia Dirksen, Parent and Student, Dressel Elementary

Lindbergh Schools, Jeff & John Eckrich, Parent and Student, Dressel Elementary

Lindbergh Schools, Dr. Craig Hamby, Elementary Education and Professional Learning

Lindbergh Schools, Erica Hoffman, Community Leader and Volunteer 

Lindbergh Schools, ​Dr. Tony Lake, Superintendent

Lindbergh Schools, Steve Schmitz, Fifth Grade Teacher, Dressel Elementary

Lindbergh Schools, Dr. Patrick Schoenekase, School Principal, Dressel Elementary

Lindbergh Schools, Karen Schuster, Board Member

Lindbergh Schools, Dr. Jim Simpson (retired) Superintendent

Lindbergh Schools, Dr. Tara Sparks, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction

Lindbergh Schools, Dr. Mike Tsichlis, Board Member

Lindbergh Schools, Cyndy Vincent, Department Head/Lead Teacher for Special School District

MASA, Doug Hayter, Executive Director

MASA, Roger Kurtz (retired) Executive Director

MSBA, Brent Ghan, Deputy Executive Director

MSBA, Melissa Randol, Executive Director

MSBA, Dr. Kim Ratcliffe, Associate Executive Director, Medicaid & Student Services

METC, EducationPlus, Stephanie Madlinger, Director of Educational Innovation

McKendree University, Dr. Jim Rosborg, Director Masters in Education

Madison County ROE 41, Dr. Bob Daiber, Regional Superintendent

Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools, Dr. Lindsey Hall, Superintendent

Mahomet-Seymour Community Schools, Rick Johnston (retired) Superintendent

Maries Co. R-2, Amy Kiso-Bledsoe, Board Member

Marshall Public Schools, Dr. Terry Lorenz, Assistant Superintendent

Maryville University, Dr. Mark Lombardi, President

Mehlville School District, Larry Felton, Board Member

​Menard-Sangamon ROE 51, Jeff Vose, Regional Superintendent

Mineola Public Schools, Michael Nagler, Superintendent

Missouri Association of School Business Officials, Kim Cranston, Executive Director

Missouri Department of Mental Health, Dr. Patsy Carter

Missouri School Resource Officer, Officer Rod Tappe

Missouri State Board of Education, Dr. Vic Lenz

Muzology, Dr. Lana Israel, Founder

NACAS, Kelsey Harmon Finn, Chief Executive Officer*

NACAS, David Wahr, CASP, President and Manager, Client Services, Owens Community College*

National American University, Lynn Priddy, Provost

National School Boards Association, Jordan Cooper, Senior Staff Attorney

National School Boards Association, ​Ann Flynn, Program Director Education Innovation

National School Boards Association, Deborah Rigsby, Program Director, Lobbying & Federal Legislation

New Jersey City University, Sue Henderson, President

New York University, Stella Flores, Associate Professor of Higher Education & Director of Access and Equity

North Kansas City School District, Dr. Terry Ward, Board Member

O'Fallon CCSD 90, Carrie Hruby, Superintendent

O'Fallon THSD 203, Dr. Darcy Benway, Superintendent

Orchard Farm School District, Dr. Tom Muzzey, Superintendent

Osborn School District, ​Katie Paetz, School Board Member

Parkway School District and ISTE Board Member, Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator

Parkway School District, Patty Bedborough, CFO

Pattonville School District, Henry Bellmon, Student

Pattonville School District, Dr. Matthew Goodman, Director of Research and Evaluation

Phoenix Union High School Board, ​Naketa Ross, School Board Member

Pickerington Local School District, Brian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology

Poplar Bluff Public Schools, Chris Hon (retired) Superintendent

Raymore-Peculiar School District, Dr. Kari Monsees, Superintendent

Raymore-Peculiar School District, Dr. Al Voelker, Assistant Superintendent

Red Bud CUSD 132, Jonathan Tallman, Superintendent​

Regis University, Salvador Aceves, Senior Vice President & CFO

Ritenour School District, Calin Hogan, Student

Rockwood School District, Dr. Eric Knost, Superintendent

Roosevelt School District, Michelle Campuzano, Board Member

SafeHarbor Online, Dr. Pablo Perillan, CEO

St. Clair County ROE, Susan Sarfaty, Regional Superintendent

St. John's Prep, Massachusetts, Kerry Gallagher, Assistant Principal for Teaching & Learning

St. Louis County Police Department, Lt. Col. Jeff Bader

St. Louis County Police Department, Lt. Gerald Lohr

St. Louis County Police Department, Capt. John Wheeler

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department., Lt. Perri Johnson

St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Lt. Col. Ronnie Robinson

Saint Louis Public Schools, Sgt. David Glenn, Training Manager

Saint Louis Public Schools, ​Natalie Vowell, Board Member

Saint Louis University, Joy Voss, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies

Scariano Himes & Petrarca, A. Lynn Himes, School Attorney

Shawnee Mission School District, Dr. Mike Fulton, Superintendent

Society for College and University Planning former, Board Member, Robert J. Joy, AIA*

Society for College and University Planning, Mike Moss, President

Society for College and University Planning, Nicholas Santilli, Ph.D., Lead Facilitator

Southern Illinois University System, ​Dr. Randy J. Dunn (retired) President 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville & Webster University, Julie Smith, Adjunct Professor

Southwestern Illinois College, Dr. Georgia Costello (retired) President

Special School District, Miles Anderson, Student, North Technical High School

Special School District, Jim Elkins, Cisco Networking Academy Instructor, North Technical High 

Springfield Public Schools, Gerry Lee, Board Member & Associate Executive Director, Board Relations for MSBA

Success and Innovation Center, Dan Ryder, Director

TeacherCast Educational Network, Jeff Bradbury, Founder

#TeachlikeTED & Coauthor of The Martians in Your Classroom, Rachael Mann, Founder

The Community College of Baltimore County, Sandra Kurtinitis, President

The Tech Rabbi, Rabbi Michael Cohen, Entrepreneur

Tolleson Union High School District, Devin Del Palacio, Board Vice President

Township High School District 214, David Schuler, Superintendent

Union R-XI School District, Dr. Steven Weinhold, Superintendent

University City School District, Dr. Robert Dillon, Director of Innovation

Webster University, Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, President

Wentzville School District, Dr. Curtis Cain, Superintendent

Wentzville School District, Dr. Natalie DeWeese, Board Member

Wentzville School District, Dr. Keri Skeeters, Director of Curriculum & Instruction

YMCA Community Development & STEMpact Facilitator, Orlando Sharpe

*Indicates an appearance on the After Hours Program 

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Dr. Robert Dillon

Director of Innovation University City School District

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