Bryon Kolbeck is the Chief Technology Officer for Lewisville ISD. Lewisville ISD is located approximately 25 miles Northwest of Dallas and with his leadership the Technology Department oversees over 50K iPads, approximately 35K laptops, and maintains one of the largest public-sector fiber optic networks in Denton County. Bryon oversees the Technical Services, Information Services, and the Network Infrastructure and Cyber Security divisions which provide services to the District’s 69 campuses. Bryon’s leadership helped guide the District in developing a long-range technology plan which was used to establish technology project costs included in the District’s successful passage of a Spring 2017 bond referendum. He also helped lead LISD to become the 1st district in Texas to be awarded CoSN’s Trusted Learning Environment Seal.
Prior to his role in LISD, Bryon served as a district wide educational technology leader in Wisconsin for over 12 years. He has served in an advisory capacity for technology planning for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, he was a board member of a regional Community Area Network (CAN) and served as the CAN Board President. Bryon served on an IT Sector Task Force for central Wisconsin technical colleges and the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point to review IT job market needs, job placement, and secondary and higher education IT pathway educational programs. He also served on an advisory council for a county wide Community Foundation in which they focused on addressing the digital divide within the community. Bryon graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Stout with degrees in Technology Education, has a Master’s Degree in Career and Technical Education, and holds an Instructional Technology Coordinator Administrative Certificate. Bryon has both technical and instructional experiences. Beyond working in Director of Technology and Chief Technology Officer positions, he was a Network Administrator, Cisco Network Academy Instructor, Technology Education teacher, basketball and football coach, and served as an adjunct professor through Cardinal Stritch University, offering various educational technology graduate level courses between 2006-2012. During his time in Wisconsin, he was active in the WI CoSN state chapter. He was one of the original members who worked to start the Wisconsin Chapter of CoSN and he also Co-Chaired the Professional Learning and Leadership Committee of the Wisconsin chapter for two years. He has been fortunate to regularly attend the CoSN National Conferences and was nominated by his peer group for the class of 2015 and class of 2016 CoSN Volunteers of the Year.
Shad McGaha serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Wichita Falls ISD, located in north central Texas. The WFISD technology department's mission is to make learning visible and to publish for a worldwide audience. As the CTO, he is responsible for technology planning and resource management for all students and staff at the district's 26 campuses. Prior to working in Wichita Falls ISD, he worked at Burkburnett ISD for eleven years where he served as Desktop Technician, Network Administrator and Director of Technology. In all, McGaha has over 17 years of professional experience in K-12 education. In addition to his role in WFISD, McGaha is also a member of ISTE, COSN and TCEA. McGaha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in BCIS (Business Computer Information Systems) from Midwestern State University.
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.
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.
Jennifer is the Director of Technology Support Services and Performance Excellence in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. In this dual role, working for the 3rd largest district in the state, Jennifer is responsible for the Customer Care Center that serves over 14,000 employees and 115,000 students. In this capacity she provides leadership for six Customer Care Center staff and forty-two secondary campus technicians. She is most proud of developing a performance excellence program that has resulted in: 92% customer satisfaction, meeting target resolutions for our stringent service level agreement, and developing key performance indicators for the department.
Jennifer is in her 26th year in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Jennifer taught fourth grade for 4 years and first grade for 1 year prior to beginning her service in the Technology Department. Jennifer initially served as the Technology Training Coordinator in the department and then served as the Help Desk Manager before serving in her current role. Jennifer loves seeing the great strides the district has made in providing current technology devices and connectivity in all classrooms.
Jennifer also serves on the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) Governance Committee at the national level, working with national education technology leaders in K-12 on developing rigorous standards for developing Certified Education Technology Leaders (CETLs).
Frankie Jackson has worked in the technology industry for 35 years. She started her career at the NASA Johnson Space Center in software engineering supporting Space Shuttle and Station Operations. She moved to the K-12 education sector in 1994 when she became the Chief Technology Officer at Goose Creek CISD. She served on the Board of the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) for seven years and as president in 2011. She also served as the chair of the Texas K-12 CTO council in 2014 and is currently serving as past-chair. In 2013, Frankie moved to Cypress Fairbanks ISD (CFISD) and recently led the technology planning efforts that led to the passing of a $1.2 billion dollar bond with $217 million dollars allocated for technology. In February 2015, Frankie’s CFISD Technology Services team was recognized by the Texas K-12 CTO council, as part of the national level Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), as “team of the year” and honorary mention at the national CoSN conference in March 2015. Frankie serves on CoSN’s Smart Education Network by Design (SEND) initiative and is working to build the largest K-12 network in the nation using the most innovative, best of breed technologies. Her vision is to provide education technology with 24/7 access to digital teaching and learning, using blended and virtual models for instructional delivery. Students’ learning will be personalized with rich multimedia experiences that enable empowerment and creativity.
Leslie Garakani is the Chief Technology Officer for Midlothian ISD. He has built a reputation on communication and collaboration leading teacher groups through the design and implementation of 1:1 programs and technology integration. Through cultivating trust, accountability and high performance – He has rehabilitated technology teams fragmented by misguided management and leadership. Mr. Garakani has worked in all areas of K-12 technology across five school districts for almost nearly 20 years - 13 of those years in leadership. He is responsible for over $5 Million in ERate funding over the course of his career. Overhauling failing infrastructure from planning to implementation. Designing environments and programs that propel district efforts supporting a culture of innovation. In summer 2018 he joined Cohort 12 in the Online Doctoral program with Lamar University. He is married with three kids ages 13, 17 and 20. The eldest currently serves in the United States Air Force.