Dr. Alice Owen is the Executive Director of the Texas K12 CTO Council, the state Chapter of CoSN, which supports school district chief technology officers throughout Texas. She retired from education after 38 years, with a background in curriculum, evaluation, professional development, and project management. Her most recent position was Division Director of Technology in Irving ISD where she oversaw all aspects of technology operations including infrastructure, information systems, and technical services. She managed one of the longest running 1:1 laptop programs in the nation providing laptops to over 12,000 teachers and students 24/7.
She has served on the CoSN Board, has been Chair of the Texas K-12 CTO Council, and chaired the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) Special Interest Group, SIG 1to1. Dr. Owen was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Technology in Education from the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and ISTE's Outstanding Leader for 2012.
Lewis is the Director of Technology at Caldwell ISD, which is located in central Texas. He is responsible for technology planning and resource management for students and staff. Lewis has 19 years of combined professional experience in both higher education and in K-12. Prior to working in Caldwell ISD, he worked at Texas A&M University and then was the Director of Technology at Rockdale ISD. Lewis holds a BS in MIS from Texas A&M University, and is a Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL). He loves to see students learning with technology and has directed many projects such as BYOD, 1:1 programs, Chromebook deployments, and Project Based Learning.
As the CTO for Northwest ISD, Adam is responsible for implementing the mission and vision of the district to provide a ubiquitous technology environment where every child is future ready. His division is responsible for all instructional technology, application technology, and technology related services. As a fast growth district his responsibilities include planning and implementing future proof networking standards, instructional technology standards, business continuity standards, security standards, the secondary 1:1 implementation and more. Northwest ISD is growing at a rate of 5-7% per year which requires adequate long range planning to ensure it stays current with all of the systems and bandwidth requirements for additional staff and students.
Karen Fuller is the Chief Technology Officer for Klein ISD. She has 23 years of experience and has been a teacher, technology coordinator, manager, trainer, and director.
She has designed, implemented, and supported campus LAN’s, district WAN’s, and regional networks. Karen’s vast experience also includes workshops on technology integration, grant writing, supporting district hardware and software, and technology planning. She has also advised districts on technology plans, erate applications, wireless, VoIP, and distance learning networks.
Klein ISD, under Karen’s leadership, has deployed a 1:1 tablet initiative successfully at 6 campuses, deployed over 40,000 computers, and opened eight new campuses with technology integrated in all classrooms.
She has served as Regional Secretary for Region VII, committee member for ISTE (NECC), committee member for TCEA, and an advisor for her home town public library. Karen has also served on state committees for developing teacher and hardware standards in technology.
Hedda Alexander is the Technology Director for Jacksonville ISD, a small rural district in East Texas. JISD is a high performing district with 81% of students being economically disadvantaged. She has 28 years of school experience with 15 of those being in the Technology Department. She is responsible for all aspects of technical services and ensures the vision stays on student and teacher learning, not the technology.
JISD has been very successful in blending technical services and instructional technology. Hedda has been instrumental in advancing the technology vision and strategic plan by developing a collaboration with the District Leadership Team. She is striving for a shared vision among all stakeholders to effectively leverage technology for learning.
Barbara Brown, Senior Director of Technology at Prestonwood Christian Academy, Lewisville Independent School District, has 31 years of experience in education. She is a technology leader with both a solid instructional background, and a deep understanding of networking and technical processes. Through her dedication for excellence, she continually transforms learning and teaching for students and teachers.
Barbara's passion and dedication for learning and leading have been noted at the local, state and international levels. From 2000-2004 she served as a Lead Curriculum Writer and Trainer – Technology Leadership Academy for Superintendents and Principals – Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA). She has served as a leader with the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) in numerous capacities including Area Director, Vice President and President.In 2008 she was awarded with the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from the Sesser-Valier High School. In 2010 she was awarded the “Golden Apple Award” by the Board of Trustees in Lewisville ISD and was honored by the International Society in Education (ISTE) as the recipient of the “Making It Happen Award.” As a lifetime leader and learner Barbara continues to pursue skills that will enhance her leadership abilities. Barbara is a Founding Partner of the John Maxwell Leadership Team, certified as a Leadership Coach, Speaker and Trainer.