Frankie Jackson is an education technology strategist serving as a catalyst for performance excellence in K-12 leadership. She served as a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in K-12 for 25 years, working for Goose Creek CISD and Cypress Fairbanks ISD. At the end of 2018 she made a career transition to serve as an independent CTO and education technology leader success advocate. She spent the first 10 years of her career as a software engineer at NASA supporting Space Shuttle and Station Operations. Quickly moving up in the organization, she served as a Baldrige quality examiner and program manager of the Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance contracts.
Frankie is deeply committed to the Texas K-12 CTO Council, serving as chair in 2013 and on the board in 2017-2019 as the large district representative. She has led the professional development and then the leadership development committees for the past 4 years. She represented the council as the CTO of the year in 2009 and 2019. She also serves at the national levels on the CoSN Driving K-12 Innovation Advisory Board, SMART Education Network Design (SEND) advisory committee and Policy Committee and as a CoSN Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) trainer. In 2018 she was recognized as CoSN’s volunteer of the year. Additionally, she served on the TASBO Board of Directors from 2006-2013 and as president in 2012. She works with ASBO as their information technology subject matter expert and with TASBO as their information technology committee chair and vice chair of professional certification.
Frankie holds a B.A. in Computer Information Systems, M.S. in Instructional Technology and Ph.D. in Metaphysics. She is currently working on a new book that focuses on the critical aspects of transformational leadership and managing performance excellence in technology service organization. The book is due to be released in 2020.
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.