John R. Phillipo, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer
Dr. John Phillipo is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT). CELT assists schools and universities in linking 21st century educational reforms with the effective use of information technology. Dr. Phillipo is nationally and internationally recognized as a resource consultant for learning organizations, businesses, and state/federal departments of education on issues related to architecting and implementing a "digital” infrastructure in support of contemporary teaching, learning, and management. He has taught graduate courses, authored journal articles, and made numerous presentations on interactive and virtual learning technologies and their impact on student achievement and educational leadership. Dr. Phillipo is a former science/math teacher and school administrator. He has served as director of a national technology "lighthouse” program for at-risk youth, as well as a developer/demonstrator for three nationally validated (USDOE/OERI) education technology programs. Two of these programs received a Presidential award for their outstanding public/private sector partnerships. He has coordinated several national research projects focused on using web-based decision support systems to improve the development of curriculum and management of learning. He coauthored the article: Learning Management System: The Missing Link and Great Enabler. Dr. Phillipo completed his doctoral degree studies at the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in the area of administration, planning, and social policy.
Richard F. Rozzelle IV, President/Chief Information Officer
Mr. Rozzelle joined CELT in May of 2006 as President and Chief Information Officer. Previously, he was the owner/president of Tech-Knowledge Consulting, where he engaged in management and technology consulting for public school districts and state agencies across the nation. As a management consultant, he served for over three years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, an urban system with over 110,000 students. Rick has served, under contract through CELT, as the interim CIO for two state education agencies: the Tennessee Department of Education and the Hawaii Department of Education. Rick has also assisted over twenty five (25) state and local education authorities with their Balanced Scorecard and project management processes. Mr. Rozzelle assisted the University of Virginia’s Partnership for Leaders in Education, a program offered by the university’s Darden School of Business and Curry School of Education to provide executive leadership training to state and district administrators. In 2001, Rick co-founded the North Carolina Data Warehouse Consortium, a non-profit organization established to develop and distribute to member school districts a data warehouse model for student information. Rick was also the co-founder of ITechrity FIRST Company, a limited liability corporation that specialized in providing management consulting services to enhance the value of small technology companies with whom they entered into joint ownership agreements.
Jeff Bajgot, Executive Vice President Network Communication Services/Chief Technology Officer
Jeff Bajgot is Executive Vice President for Network Communication Services and the Chief Technology Officer at CELT. He is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and has used his expertise to provide leadership in the field of educationaltTechnology since 1988. Early in his career he participated in the design, implementation, and support of the first statewide computer network in Massachusetts. Later Jeff created and implemented a statewide Internet delivery solution linking schools' internal networks to the world, delivering high-speed connectivity to any computer within the school's local area network. In addition, he has designed the necessary systems infrastructure and support structure to provide statewide domain name system (DNS), web hosting, e-mail, and content filtering services. Jeff's expertise in the understanding of service management with the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and his unique ability as an analytical thinker to resolve complex problems rapidly and effectively are tremendous attributes. Additionally he was a 2005 recipient of the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) Pathfinders Award. Mr. Bajgot earned a BS in Information Technology from Capella University School of Business and Technology.
Donald J. Ginder, Executive Vice President for Administrative Computing
Mr. Ginder has over 25 years experience working with school districts to meet their student administrative and instructional reporting needs and specializes in decision support and administrative application systems for both local school districts and state departments of education. Mr. Ginder has more than 5 years experience in technology planning, software procurement, project management, and decision support systems. He is responsible for overseeing the needs assessment and development of the Finance & Human Resources Management Systems, Student Information Systems (SIS) Request for Proposals (RFP), the management of the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and SIS procurement process, and subsequent vendor negotiations. These projects included extensive requirements assessments, RFP development, and supervision of the procurement process, RFP evaluations, and formal vendor demonstrations. His most recent work involves the development and training on a school district assessment tool encapsulating the processes and best practices in all categories of school district responsibilities. Future plans are to connect this assessment to a national, proven practices library, a Balanced Scorecard strategic planning process, and a Project Management Oversight monitoring process. Before joining CELT, he had extensive experience in implementation of computer software systems to manage administrative and instructional information in both small and large districts throughout the United States and Canada. Working for an SIS supplier, he was instrumental in adjusting software to meet mandatory reporting requirements in a number of states. Mr. Ginder holds a Master of Arts in Educational Administration degree from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Bowling Green State University.
Priscilla Maynor, Executive Vice President for Shared Learning Systems and Leadership Development
Dr. Priscilla J. Maynor is the Executive Vice President for Shared Learning Systems and Leadership Development. Throughout her professional career, she has led various efforts designed to create educational opportunities for students. Her expertise in the PK-12 education sector covers both the local and state levels. She has a solid background in education policy and organizational development and has held various leadership roles with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Prior to joining CELT, Dr. Maynor successfully led the statewide implementation of a regional service delivery model to support the instructional improvement initiatives of the state’s districts and schools, including efforts funded by the Race to the Top grant. Prior to this role, Maynor served as Executive Director for Agency Operations and Information Management and was instrumental in leading the Department’s strategic planning and performance management, data management, communications, research and evaluation and professional development agendas. She holds master’s degrees in Special Education and School Administration and Supervision and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a William E. Friday Fellow for Human Relations and a Barbara Jackson Scholar.
Karlene McCormick Lee, Executive Vice President for Business Development
In the role of Executive Vice President for Business and Organizational Development, Dr. McCormick-Lee supports the Association for Latino Administrators and Superintendents' (ALAS)
operational management, assists with business development and sponsorship strategies, as well as helps to advance the ALAS
research agenda. Dr. McCormick-Lee is pleased to help ALAS
continue to build the strongest Latino educational advocacy organization in the country. Dr. McCormick-Lee, an educator for 30 years in Clark County School District, Nevada, the country’s fifth largest school district, has served as a teacher, school administrator, and in multiple Cabinet-level positions. As Associate Superintendent of Schools, Dr. McCormick-Lee developed and led successful education reform initiatives by effectively utilizing data, performance management, organizational development, program redesign, and accountability to improve student, school, and district outcomes. Dr. McCormick-Lee is a frequent presenter at national education conferences, sharing best practices around fostering organizational capacity, performance measurement, evaluation systems, and driving meaningful change within large-scale education systems. Dr. McCormick-Lee serves on community boards focused on promoting education and positive youth development. She completed her undergraduate work at Duquesne University and received her Masters and Doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Nancy Wilson, Executive Vice President for Teacher/Student Data Link (TSDL) Project
Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Executive Vice President for the Teacher Student Data Link (TSDL) project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Wilson previously held the position of Deputy Secretary of Education for the Delaware Department of Education and before that as Associate Secretary of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Wilson chaired the Charter School Accountability Committee, served as state representative for "No Child Left Behind,” and oversaw numerous programs.
Other key areas of her expertise include education policy development, financial management, interagency collaboration, and legislative agendas. Earlier, she was Delaware’s Interagency Policy Coordinator working across the Departments of Education, Health & Social Services, and Services for Children, Youth, and Families as well as the Budget and Controller General Offices. During its development and statewide implementation, she served as the director of Delaware’s nationally recognized early intervention and special education program for infants and toddlers with disabilities. Dr. Wilson has played a leading role in education, early intervention, and public policy at the state and federal levels.