FRS Institutes Leadership Team

The FRS Institute Leadership Team is comprised of educational thought leaders who have expertise implementing digital learning practice, along with extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for use of Future Ready Schools materials.

The FRS Institute facilitators and program strand leaders have worked together to develop an action packed agenda with personalized professional learning that models high-quality professional development practices lead by expert facilitators.


Jimmy Casas
FRS Principal Advisor
Jimmy Casas served twenty-two years as an education leader, including fourteen years as principal at Bettendorf High School in Iowa. Under his leadership, Bettendorf was named one of the best high schools in the country three times by Newsweek and US News & World Report.Jimmy was named the 2012 Iowa Secondary School Principal of the Year and was selected as one of three finalists for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) 2013 National Principal of the Year. In 2015, he received the High School Principal Bammy Award. Jimmy is cofounder of EdCamp Iowa and #IAedchat. He also coauthored the book What Connected Educators Do Differently and START.RIGHT.NOW, which he wrote with Todd Whitaker and Jeff Zoul.Jimmy is currently a senior fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education and also serves on the professional development faculty for NASSP. He holds a superintendent specialist degree from Drake University, a master of arts degree in educational leadership and administration from Cardinal Stritch University, and both an MAT degree in education and a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish language teacher education from the University of Iowa.
Brad Gustafson
FRS Principal Advisor
Brad Gustafson is an elementary school principal for Wayzata Public Schools in Minnesota, speaker, and author of Renegade Leadership. His passion for leadership and learning is palpable. He was recently named to the National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch” list and he also was awarded Minnesota’s 2016 National Distinguished Principal. Brad was recognized with a Digital Innovation in Learning Award (DILA) from EdSurge and Digital Promise in 2015. He cohosts the UnearthED podcast on the Bam Radio Network. His blog, Adjusting Course, has been named a “Must Read” K–12 blog by EdTech magazine. Brad holds a doctor of education degree in educational administration from Bethel University.
Brianna Hodges
FRS Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader Advisor
Brianna Hodges is a passionate educational technologist, mother of two, a true CrAZy One, and iCHAMPION evangelist. She believes that technology enhances learning experiences in every facet of life by allowing for true personalization. Brianna was recognized as the Instructional Technologist of the Year from TCEA in 2017, serves as director of digital learning for Stephenville Independent School District in Texas, and has played a critical role in the district’s 1:1 initiative, iCHAMPION. A Google-certified trainer and skilled in the GSuite for iOS environment, Brianna is a member of the FriEDTechnology training team. Brianna holds a BA degree in English literature from the University of Texas–Austin and a master’s degree in education, curriculum, and instruction from Tarleton State University.
Carl Hooker
FRS Technology Thought Leader Advisor
Carl is director of innovation and digital learning for Eanes Independent School District in Texas, where he utilizes his background in both education and technology to bring a unique vision to the district and its programs. During his time in this position, the district has jumped into social media, adopted the Google Apps for Education, and started to build a paperless environment with Google Docs. Carl helped spearhead the LEAP (Learning and Engaging through Access and Personalization) program, which put 1:1 iPads into the hands of all K–12 students at Eanes. He is also founder of the learning festival iPadpalooza.Carl earned a BS degree in applied learning development from the University of Texas–Austin and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of North Texas.
Suzanne Lacey
FRS District Leadership Advisor
Suzanne holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Samford University, a master of education degree in elementary education and teaching from University of Montevallo and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and teaching from Auburn University.
Shannon McClintock Miller
FRS Librarians Advisor
Shannon served as the K–12 district teacher librarian at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for eight years. She is now an international speaker and consultant who has a passion for education, librarianship, technology, social media, and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. Shannon is a spokesperson for both the Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect programs, Buncee’s teacher librarian advisor and Cantata Learning’s teacher librarian advocate.
Mark Ray
FRS Librarians Advisor
Mark is currently the Director of Innovation and Library Services, Vancouver Public Schools (WA) and a Future Ready Librarians lead. Having been a twenty-year teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator, Mark was the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year and named to the National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch” list in 2015. His work has focused on digital learning, professional development, and re-imagining school librarians and libraries.
Joe Sanfellippo
FRS District Leadership Advisor
Joe Sanfelippo is superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Wisconsin, home of the Fall Creek Crickets. Fall Creek was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education. Joe has taught kindergarten, second grade, and fifth grade. He was also a school counselor and high school coach prior to taking on an elementary principal position. He has served as a principal in suburban and rural Wisconsin.Joe cohosts the Successful Schools Podcast and coauthored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love. He was selected as one of 117 FRS superintendents in 2014 and one of 50 superintendents as a personalized learning leader by the U.S. Department of Education in 2016. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Joe holds a BA degree in elementary and early childhood education from St. Norbert College, an MS degree in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and an MS degree in educational leadership and a PhD degree in leadership, learning, and service from Cardinal Stritch University.
Vince Schievert
FRS Technology Thought Leader Advisor
Vince Scheivert is chief information officer (CTO) for Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia and is leading the transformation of the school division’s twenty-first-century digital technology instructional model. His programs include the development of a 4G wide array wireless network that is making high-speed at-home internet access available for thousands of students unable to gain commercial access to such service. Vince also is spearheading the installation of fiber-optic cable throughout the county to improve connectivity between school facilities, provide DSL-comparable service, and improve the communications needs of local fire, rescue and police departments. In 2015, CoSN recognized him with its National CTO of the Year award.Vince holds a BS degree in education from Temple University and an MA degree in educational technology leadership from the George Washington University.
Sarah Thomas
FRS Instructional Coach/Teacher Leader Advisor
Sarah Thomas is a regional technology coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland. She is also a Google-certified innovator, Google education trainer, and founder of the #EduMatch movement, a project that empowers educators to make global connections across common areas of interest. Sarah is a doctoral candidate in education at George Mason University. She holds both a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction and bachelor of arts degree in radio, television, and film from Howard University.

District Level Thought Leaders

Mario Andrade, Bristol Warren Regional School District (RI)
Robert Bell, Three Forks School District (MT)
John Carver, Howard-Winneshiek School District (IA)
Hector Garcia, Plano Schools (IL)
Lucas Gillispie, Surry County (NC)
Pam Hernandez, San Antonio Union School District (CA)
Ryan Imbriale, Baltimore County Public Schools (MD)

Rebecca Johnson, Forsyth County Schools (GA)
Ann Linson, East Noble School District (IN)
Greg Little, Lexington 1 District (SC)
Pam Moran, Albemarle County Public Schools (VA)
Gail Pletnick, Dysart Unified Schools District (AZ)
Devin Vodicka, Vista Unified (CA)

Technology Thought Leaders

Justin Aglio, Montour School District (PA)
Leo Brehm, Northborough-Southborough Schools (MA)
Pete Cevenini, Charles County SD (MD)
Rafranz Davis, Luftkin ISD (TX)
Rob Dickson, Omaha Public Schools (NE)
Melissa Dodd, San Francisco Unified (CA)
Phil Hintz, Gurnee School District #56 (IL)
Jennie Magiera, School District 62 (IL)

Chris Nesi, New Brunswick Public Schools (NJ)
Kyle Pace, Grain Valley Schools (MO)
Adam Phyall, Newton County Schools (GA)
Thomas Richards, OETC (WA)
Scott Smith, Mooresville Graded School District (NC)
Valerie Truesdale, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (NC)
Rachel Wente-Chaney, High Desert Education Services District (OR)

Principal Thought Leaders

Sanee Bell, Morton Ranch Junior High School (TX)
Dwight Carter, New Albany High School (OH)
Michael Comiskey, Kettle Moraine School District (WI)
Zach Desjarlais, Vancouver Public Schools (WA)
Bob Eichorn, New Directions Alternative Education Center (VA)
Shelia Evans, Edenton-Chowan Public Schools (NC)

Amy Fadeji, Penngrove Elementary School (CA)
Trevor Greene, Highline School District (WA)
Jason Markey, East Leyden High School (IL)
Tim Lauer, Evergreen School District (WA)
Nicole L’Etoile, West Warwick Public Schools (RI)
Curt Rees, State Road Elementary Principal (La Crosse SD) (WI)
Jason Zona, Carson Online (NV)

Instructional Coaches Thought Leaders

Chris Aviles, Fair Haven School District (NJ)
Penny Christensen, Hall County Schools (GA)
Wes Kriesel, Santa Ana Unified (CA)
Melissa Lim, Portland Public Schools (OR)
Susan Hitt, New Hanover School District (NC)
Tammy Neil, Suwannee County School District (FL)

Dean Phillips, Montana Small Schools (MT)
Alicia Ray, Surry County Schools (NC)
Regina Schaffer, Middletown Township School District (NJ)
Steve Wick, Indian Prairie School District (IL)
Kristin Ziemke, Big Shoulders Fund Chicago ( (IL)

Librarian Thought Leaders

Bill Bass, Parkway Schools (MO)
Jennifer Boudrye, DC Public Schools (DC)
Laura Fleming, New Milford High School (NJ)
Carolyn Foote, Westlake High School (TX)
Fran Glick, Baltimore County Public Schools (MD)
Stephanie Ham, Metro Nashville Public Schools (TN)

Kristin Mattson, Indian Prairie School District (IL)
Leslie Preddy, Perry Meridian Middle School (IN)
Sara Trettin, U.S. Department of Education (DC)
Joyce Valenza, Rutgers University (NJ)
Glen Warren, Encinitas Union School District (CA)
Jonathan Werner, Cape Elizabeth Schools (ME)

Institute Facilitators

Abbey Futrell
FRS Institute Facilitator
Abbey Futrell is a Digital Innovation Coach with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative at North Carolina State University’s Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Her collective 15+ years in education include service at the local, district, and state levels as a public school teacher, district instructional technology facilitator, instructional coach, and professional development consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Abbey’s work with the Friday Institute encompasses virtual and face-to-face instructional technology coaching for teacher leadership teams and 1:1 school districts. She is also frequently asked to present at national conferences where her workshops and keynotes inspire educators.
Nancy Mangum
FRS Institute Facilitator
Nany Mangum is the Digital Learning Lead, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. She is passionate about helping educators create learning environments that empower all students and ignite their passion for learning and teaching. Nancy has developed several comprehensive programs for school leaders, including the Leadership in Blended and Digital Learning program that is being run in sixteen organizations and states around the country. Her work at the Friday Institute also includes guiding principals and district leaders as they implement digital transitions through leadership development, strategic planning, and coaching.
Jeff Mao
FRS Institute Facilitator
Jeff is the Senior Director of Education at Common Sense Education. He joined Common Sense Education in fall 2014, where he leads their national outreach programs and provides strategic consulting to states and districts on the effective implementation of digital learning programs. Prior to joining Common Sense Education, Jeff served as the learning technology policy director for the Maine Department of Education. Jeff also served as a cofacilitator for the FRS summits in partnership with the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Mary Ann Wolf, PhD
FRS Institute Facilitator
Mary Ann is Director of Digital Learning Programs, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. She began her career in education as a fifth-grade teacher and has worked with national, state, district, and school leaders across the country in building capacity for personalized and digital learning. She and her team lead ongoing, job-embedded professional learning to guide superintendents, district teams, principals, coaches, and teachers.
Tom Murray
FRS Institute Facilitator
Tom serves as director of innovation for Future Ready Schools. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and works alongside school leaders nationwide to implement student-centered, personalized learning. Tom serves as a regular conference keynote speaker, was named to the National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch” list as one of the top twenty thought leaders in education, named “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015, and named “Education Thought Leader of the Year” in 2017.