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, chaired the Certification Governance Committee (CGC), 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.
Mel Forehand, CEM, CMP is an event management professional with over 25 years of experience. She is a certified exposition manager and certified meeting professional. She is an active member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events and Meeting Professionals International. Mel planned, coordinated and executed the largest foodservice exposition in the Southwest and the second largest in the nation for over 20 years. This event was named one of the Top 250 Tradeshows in the U.S. by Trade Show News Network. Mel has extensive experience and background in event planning and has received numerous awards for her work. Her motto is Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail.