Jane Smith Patterson is president of Jane Patterson and Associates providing consulting services about information technology and broadband deployment, adoption and use to companies in this country and abroad. She served as executive director of the e-NC Authority, an organization with a goal of bringing affordable high-speed Internet access to the citizens, businesses and institutions of North Carolina, particularly in rural areas. Prior to taking this leadership position in 2001, Patterson worked for North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt through his four terms in office, first as secretary of administration, then as chief advisor for policy, budget and technology, and finally as senior advisor for science and technology and director of the office for technology.
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Laura B. Fogle has over twenty years of experience in educational technology. Her teaching experience spans preschool, elementary and middle school levels. Fogle holds a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Duke University, a Master’s in Instructional Technology from NC State University and an Instructional Technology Specialist license. She has developed online graduate courses on a variety of educational technology topics and regularly conducts in-person training for teachers. She has also written for Tech&Learning, Pearson Education and Meridian. Fogle has presented at the North Carolina Technology in Education Society conference (NCTIES), the New Literacies Institute, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. She was selected to be in the first cadre of the Friday Institute’s North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network. She is also a member of the ISTE Digital Equity group and participated in the recent forum hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education on Achieving Digital Equity. Currently, she is the technology facilitator at Lucas Middle School in Durham, where she is the co-founder and program director for Project Z, a school-based digital equity initiative.
Linda Graham Jones is the Director of the Raleigh’s Digital Connectors program, a national program that provides technology training and mentoring for Raleigh youth, ages 14 through 21. The program offers youth a chance to expand 21st century technology skills, develop professional and life skills, explore workplace pathways and serve their communities by providing digital literacy training to Raleigh residents. Mrs. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management with a concentration in marketing and a minor in communication studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Additionally, Mrs. Jones has obtained a Technology of Participation ToP® Facilitation certification from The Institute of Cultural Affairs, a Public Executive Leadership Academy certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government, a Nonprofit Management certification from Duke University, and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Leadership Raleigh certification. In June 2010, Mrs. Jones became the first community technology advocate in the Information Technology Department. In this position, Mrs. Jones Mrs. Jones builds community collaborations with non-profits, businesses, and other organizations to expand youth and community programming needs. Mrs. Jones has served as city liaison to boards, commissions, digital inclusion steering committees, and co-chair of a city/county collaborative partnership.
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Robin Britt Jr. is currently the Director of Instructional Technology for Guilford County Schools where he leads the Personalized Achievement, Curriculum and Environment (PACE) initiative, a personalized learning initiative that seeks to help teachers create well curated and well equipped learning environments that meet the personal and academic needs of middle school students in Guilford County. He is the founder and president of Technology & Management Consultants, a company that designs, develops, maintains and supports a variety of internet-based software used by professionals across the US to differentiate literacy instruction, conduct targeted teacher observation and provides tools for data driven decision making in the classroom.
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Mayor Newell Clark is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Newell received his BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 1993 and his Master’s degree from the Brooks Institute, in Santa Barbara, CA in 2004. During his graduate studies, Mr. Clark took a teaching position at the Brooks Institute where he taught for four years before returning home to North Carolina in 2007. In 2011 Mr. Clark was elected as Mayor of the City of Lexington and at 40 became the youngest mayor in the city’s history. Since becoming Mayor, Mayor Clark has pushed a progressive agenda that has already produced positive results for the City of Lexington and the Triad. Mayor Clark notes one of his biggest accomplishments as co-founding the Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy. A new public high school, serving 3 different school systems, focused on STEM and PBL learning, while preparing the workforce for a 21st century economy. For his work, Mayor Clark has been named one of the Most Influential People in the Triad for four consecutive years by the Triad Business Journal. In addition, he was named the Lexington Chamber of Commerce 2013 Distinguished Citizen of the Year for his involvement in civic activities, his fresh perspective in problem-solving and his energetic leadership.


Trip Stallings is the Director of Policy Research at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University, where between 2010 and 2016 he managed the organization’s involvement in the evaluation of North Carolina’s implementation of its federal Race to the Top (RttT) grant. Currently, he leads the Policy and Funding Team that is part of the Friday Institute’s North Carolina Digital Learning Plan development process. In addition, he is developing the Friday Institute’s Education Policy Research Team (EdPoRT), a new division at the Friday Institute that provides timely information about policy-relevant education research to North Carolina policy-makers and other stakeholders with education policy decision-making responsibilities. Current EdPoRT project topics include school vouchers, early-grade reading recovery, and high school online credit recovery.
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Evelyn Bulluck is a five-term member of the Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Board of Education. In 2013, Mrs. Bulluck served as the president of the North Carolina School Board Association. She currently serves as a Committee Member for the Public School Forum of North Carolina and the NCSBA Compliance Commission for Accountability. Mrs. Bulluck was also the 2014 recipient of the Raleigh Dingman Award for Outstanding Boardsmanship. To receive this esteemed award, which is given annually by the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA), a board member must be peer-nominated by their local school board. The Raleigh Dingman Award is the highest honor bestowed on a North Carolina school board member.
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Robert Doreauk is the Regional Director of External Affairs at AT&T. In this role he serves as the face of AT&T in the Triangle and 18 surrounding counties. Robert is responsible for municipal government and business relations support by conducting various community events to bridge relationships between community and elected officials. He serve on the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Triangle Digital Inclusion Task Force, the NC Superintendent’s Graduation Task Force and the NC Institute for Emerging Issues’ Advisory Committee on Civic Health, as well as other local boards, committees & commissions. Robert is a second generation, 18 year veteran of AT&T with a background in network and engineering. Robert is married with 2 children.
Rick Glazier is the new Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice Center, having recently resigned from the N.C. General Assembly after 13 years representing Cumberland County in the NC House of Representatives. As a Representative, Glazier served on the House Judiciary, Education, Ethics, and Appropriations committees, among others. He was a visiting professor in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University and has been teaching at Campbell University School of Law for 20 years, in addition to past teaching roles at other institutions. He is a former chair of the Cumberland County School Board.
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John Hood joined the Pope Foundation as president in January 2015. He is the former President and Chairman of the John Locke Foundation. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 with the support of the Pope Foundation and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. He remains Chairman of the Board at JLF. Hood is the author of seven books. The most recent one is Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans, a political biography to be be released in October. Hood writes and comments frequently for national media outlets, particularly National Review and its blog “The Corner.” His articles have appeared in both magazines — such as Readers’ Digest, The New Republic, Military History, and Reason — and in newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune. Hood currently serves as chairman of the Carolina Liberty Foundation, which provides financial support to conservative and libertarian student groups at Chapel Hill. He is a Mecklenburg County native and currently resides in Wake County with his wife, two sons, and a stepdaughter.
Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin was named the new Chief Academic and Digital Learning Officer for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction on March 3, 2016. Prior to that, Dr. Pitre-Martin served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Thomasville City School District. During her time in Thomasville City Schools, the school district was named to the College Boards 5th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing AP participation, while increasing student success on AP exams. Also, Thomasville City Schools’ graduation rate increased 12% and was above the state average and an all-time high for Thomasville City Schools. During her approximately 3 years in Thomasville, the district saw double digit gains in test scores. This led to the district no longer being considered a low performing school district with no recurring low performing schools. Before working in Thomasville, she served as the State Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Dr. Pitre-Martin, a Broad Superintendents Academy Fellow with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University, has years of experience in the field of education. Before becoming an Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Pitre-Martin served as the Director of Research and Staff Development for the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land, Texas and the principal of Oakwood Intermediate School in College Station, Texas. Dr. Pitre-Martin became one of the youngest principals to be named president of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and was named the Texas Middle School Principal of the Year.
Jeff Sural joined the Department of Information Technology in January 2015 and is General Counsel and Policy Director. His team provides legal and policy guidance to the agency that includes a key IT policy initiative at the Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO). BIO provides guidance and resources to state and local leaders to facilitate the expansion, adoption, and use of broadband. His duties include overseeing the agency’s federal and state legislative outreach. Jeff has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney and public policy expert working at the state and federal levels on issues related to cyber security, homeland security, transportation security and critical infrastructure security and development. Prior to joining DIT, Jeff was a member of the Legislative and Public Policy Group at Alston & Bird LLP in Washington, D.C. He previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. He also served as Legislative Counsel to U.S. Congressman Vernon Ehlers, and as Assistant Majority Counsel for the Michigan House of Representatives. Jeff earned his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UNC – Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan.

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