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NERVANIX EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD

The Nervanix Education Advisory Board was formed to provide guidance for this emerging ed tech sector. Advisory Board members include industry veterans as well as tech-savvy experts. As we are pioneering an exciting new category in the education technology market, we believe it is critical to have insight from experienced educators who understand the rapidly changing world of ed tech and the promise it holds for teachers and students.

SHERYL ABSHIRE
SHERYL ABSHIRE, PH.D.
Chief Technology Officer, Calcasieu Parish School System, Lake Charles, LA

As a leader in technology integration, she has served as the catalyst to initiate the integration of technology into all curriculum areas throughout her school district, the state, and internationally. She serves on numerous national, state, and district committees focusing on the role of technology and curriculum integration in changing educational practice. She has been involved in diverse staff development programs throughout the nation and in Great Britain involving restructuring schools through the infusion of technology and curriculum enhancements. As a member of the ISTE NETS Writing Team and the Technology for School Administrators Writing Team she is deeply involved in infusing technology into standards based instruction. Additionally, she is a member of the ISTE Standards and Accreditation Committee working on the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Refresh Project.

Sheryl has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, a M.Ed. in Elementary Education, an Educational Specialist in School Administration and Supervision and a Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans in Educational Leadership and Administration. She is an accomplished grant writer and regularly conducts institutes to fund innovative technology programs throughout the nation. A thirty-six year veteran educator, she has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, a library/media specialist, a classroom teacher, and as an adjunct professor at McNeese State University, Louisiana Tech University and Lamar University (2010).

Presently Sheryl serves on the national advisory boards for Dell, Blackboard, eSchool News, Pearson Digital Learning and Scholastic Administrator. She is the Chairman of the Louisiana Department of Education Committee to Advance Technology Standards and since 1997 has served as Chairman of the Louisiana Technology Advisory Commission with the responsibility to oversee and approve proposals for the expenditure of over $200 million in technological advancements in the Louisiana schools. In May of 2009, ISTE awarded Sheryl the first Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award for her decades of work promoting educational technology.

MR. DWIGHT BONDS
MR. DWIGHT BONDS
Executive Director, California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA)

As Executive Director of the California Association of African American Superintendents and Administrators (CAAASA), Mr. Bonds leads an organization which consists of educational leaders committed to identifying and addressing the critical issues in education relative to the status and performance of African-American students in California.

Dwight has been an educator for over 40 years and has worked in many capacities including School Administrator with Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). He also served as an Associate Director for a federal education teacher training program at the University of Southern California. As an employee of LACOE he established meaningful educational programs including Hollywood Entertainment Museum Arts Academy. This High School was created to provide adjudicated students with career preparation and employment in the entertainment art industry. Dwight also established work partnership programs for students with disabilities including Target stores, Vons Company, Johnson & Johnson companies, Paramount Studios and McDonald's national and state corporate offices.

Dwight has spent most of his Professional career working with challenged student populations including incarcerated youth, students with disabilities and students in alternative settings. He serves on National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) Board of Directors; National Council on Educating Black Children (NCEBC) Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Education is a Civil Rights Committee and many other educational and civil rights organizations.

JAY BLANCHARD
JAY BLANCHARD, PH.D.
Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Dr. Jay Blanchard is Professor Emeritus at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. During his tenure at Arizona State University, he has served as Professor of Educational Leadership and Innovation as well as Psychology in Education.

Blanchard began his career in education as a classroom teacher in Des Moines, Iowa and a became a certified reading specialist in Arizona. He received his B.A and M.S.T. from Drake University and Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of Georgia.

Blanchard is a former member of the Board of Directors (2010-2013) of the International Reading Association. Prior to serving on the Board, he served on several IRA committees and served as Chair of Government Relations. Throughout the years, he was an active state council member in Mississippi, Kentucky, Texas and is currently a member in Arizona.

He is the author of numerous articles, chapters and books on reading education and teaching. His most current research focused on technology and reading as well as the challenges second language learners and Native American children face in today's classrooms. He has been involved in four U.S. Department of Education, Early Reading First grants in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and in Native American Nations across the southwestern United States.

MS. DEB DEVRIES
MS. DEB DEVRIES
Co-founder, Co-chair Of The Board Of Directors & President, Girls Thinking Global

Deb deVries has over 30 years of experience in the education industry. She began her career in the classroom as a special education teacher after earning her masters degree at the University of Utah. She taught in Utah, Washington, and Minnesota, specializing early education/special education before joining the private sector. She has held marketing and sales leadership positions supporting educational technology in K-12 schools nationwide with Control Data Corporation, MECC, NetSchools, PLATO, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. In addition she has been a successful independent consultant providing services to companies and organizations including Connors Communications, Consulting Services for Education (CS4ED), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Time To Know, Lightspeed Technologies, Red Rock Reports, Association for Educational Publishers (AEP), Pearson Foundation, American Association for School Administrators (AASA), Impact Education and most recently Nervanix.

Deb was one of the 3 founders of the Making It Happen award in 1995 and knows first hand the power of recognition to empower and encourage individuals. Deb has served on the Board of Directors for several key industry and education associations, including the National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF), the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC), ISTE, the Education Division Board of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) and is currently serving on the board of a charter school that plans to open in Minnesota in the fall of 2015. She has traveled extensively including participating in People to People, AASA trips and Habitat for Humanity in Jordan. She retired from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014 and since then has focused on independent consulting and developing Girls Thinking Global with her long time colleague and good friend, Kathy Hurley. Deb is the very proud mother of two daughters who continue to inspire her and have been extremely supportive of her efforts to start Girls Thinking Global with its focus on adolescent girls.

MR. GAVIN DYKES
MR. GAVIN DYKES
Managing Director Cellcove Ltd., London, UK

Gavin Dykes is Program Director for the Education World Forum which has taken place annually since 2004, and which in 2014 brought together 87 Ministers of Education and representatives from over 90 countries to share experience and debate policy challenges and practice.

Gavin also holds a range of additional roles that broad support development in innovation, education and the use of technology for learning. His clients have included the OECD, the World Bank, UNESCO, governments and commercial corporations. His work encompasses designing, stimulating and researching digital innovation, reporting on international developments and chairing and presenting at international events.

Gavin has served in leadership roles for numerous organizations, some of which include:

  • Co-Founder and Director of Education Fast Forward
  • Programme Director, Education World Forum
  • Programme Director, Asian Summit on Education and Skills
  • Executive Vice-President Millennium@Edu
  • Partner, Collaborative Impact
  • Visiting Scholar, Quaglia Institute of Student Aspirations

Gavin is particularly focused on developing learner voice, emerging leaders and new enterprise.

DR. HECTOR MONTENEGRO
HECTOR MONTENEGRO, Ed.D.
Regional Practice Leader, Margarita Calderon & Associates

Dr. Hector Montenegro is currently a Regional Practice Leader with Margarita Calderon and Associates. He provides training on instructional strategies for ELL, leadership development for administrators and instructional coaches, and specializes in the teacher coaching process through the use of technology, video recording, web based platforms and observation protocols. Dr. Montenegro is also a Senior District Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and works with districts on systemic implementation of SEL.

Dr. Hector Montenegro began his teaching career in San Jose, California in 1975 where he taught math at the junior and senior high school levels. He later taught and was an assistant principal in Washington, DC and a junior high principal and a high school principal in Virginia. Dr. Montenegro later served as Chief of Staff of the DC Public Schools before moving to Texas where he served as a principal and an Area Superintendent in Austin, Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services in Dallas, and Superintendent of Schools for three school districts in Texas. Dr. Montenegro is an internationally recognized keynote and motivational speaker, appearing at conferences, conventions, universities, schools and special events.

MR. BILL WENDLING
AMY S. PERRY-DELCORVO, Ed.D
CEO, NYSCATE

Dr. Amy Perry-DelCorvo is current in her fourth year as the Chief Executive Officer of NYSCATE – New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education. Amy has over 15 years of Educational Service Agency experience as the Assistant Superintendent of Monroe 1 BOCES and previously as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES. Amy is the recipient of the prestigious "Forty Under 40" award from the Rochester Business Alliance and is one of the founding members of the USNY Technology Policy and Practice Council, led by the Board of Regents in New York State.

Amy recently completed her second term as a Board Member for COSN, the Consortium for School Networking and previously completed her fifth year on the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), where she served on the Organizational Affiliate Executive Committee. Amy continues her role as the Conference Chairperson of the New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE). She has served on the leadership team of the Technology Standards for School Administrators (TSSA) Collaborative and has worked with many educational institutions across the country regarding best practices and projects regarding effective and efficient uses of technology in schools. Amy was the recipient of the 2001 ISTE Technology Leader of the Year Award. Amy recently completed her doctoral program in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College.

MR. BILL WENDLING
MR. BILL WENDLING
President, Wendling Communications, Bradenton, Fl

Bill Wendling has played a leadership role in public-private collaboration and engagement in education policy development and issues of urban education at local, state and national levels.

From 2001 to 2011, Bill was the Executive Director of the Ohio 8 Coalition, which he helped establish. The Ohio 8 is a strategic alliance of the superintendents and teacher union presidents from the big-city school districts in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown.

In his capacity as Executive Director, Bill served on a number of statewide advisory boards, including the ODE Race to the Top Advisory Group, Governor's Institute on Creativity and Innovation, Seniors to Sophomores, the Regional Advisory Council for District 3 and the "Kitchen Cabinet" of former State Superintendent Susan Zelman.

Prior to the establishment of the Ohio 8, Bill was Chief Communications and External Affairs Officer for the Cleveland Municipal School District. In this capacity he professionalized the communications staff and built the District's first website. He also co-chaired the Labor/Management Council, led the District's response to several high-level crisis management issues and helped guide voter approval of a $1.5 billion bond issue.

He has been a member of the Greater Cleveland School Superintendents Association and the American Association of School Administrators, where he was active in the Urban Policy Network. He also serves as chairman of Educational Insights, a national think-tank of school superintendents and administrators. Bill has presented at several National Conferences on Education, national conferences of the Association of Educational Service Agencies and the annual conference of the Midwestern Suburban Superintendents Association.

He also is a leading public relations counselor in Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in 2006 named him one of its "Instrumental Few" for his leadership in bringing the Rock Hall to Cleveland.

A past president of the Cleveland Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), he received the Chapter's Lighthouse Award and was elected to PRSA's national College of Fellows, both in recognition of his lifetime achievements in public relations leadership. A former president of the Cleveland board of the March of Dimes Foundation, he was a keynote presenter at the 1996 national volunteer leadership conference and received the Foundation's Frederick Robbins Award for outstanding service.

Bill holds a bachelor's degree in English from Miami University, where he served on the Advisory Board of the College of Arts & Science.