Jim Snyder works for NWEA as an Account Executive. He is the director of the NW Education Cluster.  He is a also part-time Ed.D. candidate at George Fox University; and is an adjunct instructor of business and math at DeVry University. He deeply believes that everyone is a life long learner.  Jim has an MBA from Portland State University (1996), an MS in  Physics from the University of Oklahoma (1993) and a BA (cum laude) in math and  physics from Kenyon College (1991).  Jim has over 15 years of work experience in marketing, finance, and account management at companies like Zairmail, Nokia, NWEA, PacifiCorp and CFI ProServices.  He enjoys leveraging that marketing and high tech experience, coupled with his educational background, into a position that enables an e- learning/educational organization to succeed and grow.  In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer and his French horn. Email: jlouiset@msn.com; phone 503-702-7420

Keith Oelrich, Keith founded Insight Schools as a means to help high school students fulfill their potential. He brings unmatched experience in the K-12 virtual school market, having led several virtual school programs which collectively have educated over 700,000 students. Prior to founding Insight Schools, Keith was President and CEO of KC Distance Learning (KCDL), where he operated Keystone National High School – the largest private online high school in the United States. As part of KCDL, Keith also founded iQ Academy of Wisconsin, a publicly-funded online high school. Prior to joining KCDL, Keith was President and CEO of Apex Learning, a leading virtual high school company founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Under Keith’s direction, Apex’s products were adopted by 14% of the nation’s school districts and served over 120,000 students annually. Keith and Apex Learning were featured in various national media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Education Week, Business Week, and many others. Keith earned his Master in Business Administration from Cornell University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Washington. Read Keith’s full biography (PDF)


Mark Fulop. MA, MPH. is currently returning to his career in education after taking a year to complete an environmentally green restoration of a home on the Oregon Coast . Mark’s career has blended the education and skills related to performance improvement, adult learning theory and instructional design, training, facilitation, conflict resolution, and coaching and mentoring with direct experience in a variety of mid to large nonprofit settings. For the last 12 years, he held leadership positions working to create systemic and systematic change to improve the performance of nonprofit agencies nationwide. In his various roles, Mark has developed learning communities and social networks, created information resource centers, orchestrated large-scale training events and conferences, directed the development of online learning websites and managed a nonprofit publishing and distribution center. He has served as a national trainer, consultant, facilitator and subject matter expert in several content areas.  He has a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University , and a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Email markfulop@yahoo.com  Phone: 503-282-1271


Joel Dunn. I graduated from Brown in 1994 (B.A.) and Lewis and Clark college in 1996(M.A.T.)  I have taught high school for the past 7 years- most recently 6 years at Canby High School. I've taught primarily US History, Government and World Studies.  I've coached basketball and football at the high school, too. Like most educators I'm always interested in finding new ways to effectively teach students. At the same time, I'm worried about the long-term effects Oregon 's budget woes will have on our system of  education and if there's a role business can fill to help educate our students in this challenging climate. Email: ajdunn7@juno.com; Phone: 503-266-6977

Frank Hall, President, EntreDigm Consulting LLC, Frank runs a corporate/business development consulting firm for software and Internet companies.  He is active in the SAO and sit on the SAO board, where he takes part in the cluster strategy task force with Mona.  He is interested in supporting the Education software business cluster and because one of his clients (Elia Freeman and Infinity Softworks) is part of that cluster.

Wes Hansen is a shareholder in Symonds, Evans & Company P.C., Certified Public Accountants, specializing in tax for middle market companies and their owners, as well as non-profit organizations and financial institutions.  He is a graduate from Oregon State     University with bachelor degrees in Accounting and Animal Science.  From 1987 to 1990     he was employed by AT&E Corporation, a local hi-tech firm.  From 1990 to 1995, Wes worked at Odenberg, Ullakko, Muranishi & Co. (a mouthful when answering the phone!), a San Francisco CPA Firm specializing in middle market clients.  He then took a seven-month hiatus to travel through the Middle East and Africa .  Wes worked in the middle     market group for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP from 1996 to 2000, prior to joining     Symonds, Evans & Co.  Wes is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public     Accountants, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, and the Hospital     Financial Managers Association.  Email: whansen@symondsevans.com

Wes Harper, President, The mission of my company, Management Psychology     Northwest, is to help business organizations utilize and develop their management     resources more effectively. I work in the areas of management and organizational     development. For 25 years I have been helping companies select, develop, and promote     management talent. When individuals or groups are not functioning effectively, I address     the problems by working with the individual, the person's manager, the structure or     functioning of the organization, or some combination of these. One of my most important     contributions is to act as a professional and informed but objective sounding board for     CEO's and their senior executives.  Basically, I utilize my understanding of how business, individuals, and organizations work to help managers and management groups   accomplish business objectives more effectively. Email: Wharpermpn@aol.com

Bill Kelly, CEO, Chairman, and Co-founder of Learning.com. Bill received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1993 and has worked in multimedia and online companies since then. In 1996 he was the co-founder and Executive Vice President of     Sapient Health Network, Inc. (SHN) in Portland , OR . SHN was a pioneer in developing     online health-oriented communities for consumers and was listed by Business Week     Magazine as one of seven "Best Web Sites" in December 1998. SHN was acquired by     WebMD, Inc. in January 1999. After the acquisition, Bill worked as VP Commerce for     WebMD until July 1999. Bill spent a short time consulting with concept stage companies     until becoming the co-founder of Learning.com. Email: wjk@learning.com    

Greg Kulander, Ph.D. is Director of Student & Educator Services at the Business Education Compact (BEC), a non-profit organization focused on connecting the classroom and the workplace through student and educator internships, facilitating programs for teacher professional development and by bringing business professionals into the classroom. He previously lived and worked in China for almost a decade where, among other experiences, he was involved in a newly established private college, served as Board Chairman for an international school and was co-founder for a legal education and training company.  Prior to China , he lived in Denmark for 12 years where he obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese studies at Aarhus University .  His Ph.D. research examined the impact of economic reform on higher education in China , and showed how the development of a market economy had a profound impact on not only curriculum and teaching methods, but also on R&D programs, human resource policies, and university outreach activities. Greg also holds a business degree from Washington State University (Summa Cum Laude) and is fluent in Chinese and Danish. Prior to his current position at the BEC, he was Director, China Business Development for the Portland-based Vesta Corporation. He serves on the board of the Northwest China Council, where he heads up the Chinese Language Education Committee. Greg can be contacted by email at greg_kulander[at]yahoo.com.

Lois Leveen holds a PhD in English, and taught for four years at UCLA and three years at Reed College . Her research and publications on education focus on instructional uses of New Media. She is a Primary Investigator in the Visible Knowledge Project, a national five year study of educational technology. Dr. Leveen also serves as the Electronic Resources editor for several Houghton Mifflin scholastic publications and as     an Academic Advisor to a new OPB production, "Artifacts and Fiction," that trains high     school teachers to use multimedia and multicultural materials in their classrooms. She     can be reached at lois@loisleveen.com or 503-241-9672.

Kelvin Ng, Harvard MBA’77, moved to Portland from NYC in 2002. He is impressed     with the amount and quality of talent that is available in Portland that only need to be gainfully employed. He thinks he can do this just by throwing everyone together in an     evening like this. Education is especially interesting, as it remains the key competitive advantage for our nation. Email: Kelvin.n.ng@msdw.com. Phone: 503-293-4234.

Allan Olson, Is the former, President and Executive Director, NW Evaluation Association. Under his direction, NWEA grew from a collegial organization of 14 school districts to an agency with a membership of over 2500 school districts in over 45 states. Allan had conducted many local and regional institutes to enable school districts and other educational agencies to develop comprehensive assessment programs that meet their assessment goals. These assessment programs combine an emphasis on strong measurement and data-based decision-making with an appropriate mixture of assessment tools such as adaptive testing and functional level testing. He is an accomplished writer and speaks at many national conferences. Allan got his M Ed from the University of Washington

Fred Phillips Fred Phillips is the former Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands .   Earlier, as a professor at Oregon Health & Science University , he helped launch the Portland Education Cluster and was a member of the Board of the Software Association of Oregon.  On the basis of his
courses in entrepreneurial marketing of hi-tech products, and his involvement with the Austin Technology Incubator, MOOT Corp., and the IC2 Institute's NASA incubator in Silicon Valley , he was nominated for the 1995 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  His latest book is The Conscious Manager: Zen for Decision Makers, and he published a new book on high tech economic development titled The Technopolis Columns in 2006.  Email: fp@generalinformatics.com

Jacqueline Raphael serves as a research and development associate at the Northwest     Regional Educational Laboratory in Portland, Oregon . She focuses on education reform     policies and programs at the K-12 level. Most of Ms. Raphael's work is based on     qualitative research methods and collaboration with practitioners and policymakers to     better understand and influence educational reform. She has provided technical assistance     to educators, administrators, and policymakers at local and state levels and has worked     closely with staff from nonprofit organizations and special programs to improve     educational opportunities for children and youth. Currently, she is developing a series of     tools, including training and written materials, to help schools organize staff into professional learning teams. Before coming to Portland, Ms. Raphael worked as a     research associate in The Urban Institute's Education Policy Center, in Washington, DC.     She has spent over ten years studying and writing about educational and youth     development programming and has published in journals such as Educational Leadership, Change, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and The National Association of     Secondary School Principals' Bulletin. She has co-authored two volumes on student     testing innovations in postsecondary science, a guide on program evaluation for district     personnel (forthcoming from The Urban Institute Press), and has edited several additional     books in education and other topics. Ms. Raphael has also provided grant writing,     program planning/ development, communications, and evaluation services to community-     and university-based education programs, and has served as a guest writing instructor in     public school systems in Tucson, AZ, and Washington, DC. Ms. Raphael is a graduate of     Yale University (BA) and the University of Arizona (MFA).

Adam Rose is an attorney at the law firm of Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Shlachter, P.C.     where his practice focuses on corporate and real estate transactions.  Adam graduated     with his law degree from Harvard University in 1997.  He is a member of the Oregon     State Bar and currently serves as co-editor of The Oregon Business Lawyer.  Adam has     authored chapters in the Oregon Continuing Legal Education treatises on contract law     and computer law.  Adam regularly represents clients in a variety of industries including     health care, real estate investments, financial services, and others.  Adam is also active in     the Portland community, serving on the Governing Board of Adventist Medical Center     and the steering committee of the New Leaders at United Way.

Marie Schumacher is currently Director of Operations at Sustainable Harvest Coffee     Importers. She works on the operational and administration systems for Sustainable     Harvest with communications between the Portland and Oaxaca offices, and helps guide     the company's strategic planning.Before joining Sustainable, Marie consulted to  GreatSchools.net (an online guide to California schools), the Mills College School of Education, and the Developmental Studies Center. Earlier, as an environmental science teacher in Berkeley, California, Marie piloted the Edible Schoolyard curriculum, an     innovative school garden program pioneered by Alice Waters. She spent a year living in Mexico City as a staff member for the Mexican Foundation for Family Planning. Marie is also a professional musician with two CDs of original songs and has extensive experience teaching music to adults and children. Marie has a B.A. from Harvard and an M.A. from     UC Berkeley. Email: vox@marieschumacher.com

Brad Stenger is a freelance technology journalist who frequently works on special projects for Technology Review Magazine. He has been project editor on its TR100 Award since the magazine started the honor recognizing leading innovators under age 35 in 1999. He has also contributed to Genome Technology, biospace.com, digitalsouth, and IDC Research. Stenger recently earned his Masters in Human-Computer Interaction at Georgia Tech, and does technical work on software and laboratory design for industrialized biology. Past projects include PartsList.org with Yale University's Mark Gerstein Lab, and Labscape, part of the University of Washington Cell Systems Initiative. He also has worked for lab architecture firms, CUH2A and Payette Associates, and in technology transfer groups at Georgia Tech Advanced Technology Development Center, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory, Yale, and Research Triangle Institute. Brad holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Rochester in Mechanical Engineering and English. Email: bstenger@yahoo.com

Brian Thomas began his professional career as an actor in New Haven, Connecticut     after graduating from Yale in 1984. In education, Mr. Thomas has taught in schools and     worked with children in a variety of settings since graduating from college but has     worked mainly in the Independent School world over his 17 year career. Currently, Brian     acts as the assistant upper school head at the Catlin Gabel School where he also teaches     English and facilitates the Ubuntu Council, which     spearheads the school’s diversity     efforts.  Mr. Thomas has written frequently about educational and parenting issues, as     well as about his time growing up in Chicago as the     son of the son of the folks who made     the great Migration North.  Some of his article titles include “Why I Stay” for     Independent School Magazine, “The Mayor of Bronzeville” for Webzine In Which, The     Case for Diversity” for A Child’s Book.com, Mr. Thomas’s own education and parenting     website.  Brian began his career in education as a studio teacher on the set of The Cosby     Show, working with Cosby kids Malcom Jamal Warner and Tempestt Bledsoe. Before     (and during) his early days in education Brian worked as an actor in regional theaters and     off-Broadway and then in Hollywood.  His previous work could be seen at Portland     Center Stage’s JAW West Festival, off-Broadway at the Judith Anderson Theater, Circle     Repertory Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company, and the Hartford Stage Company.  His     television and film credits include A Different World, Mancuso, FBI, China Beach, 227,     Legal Deceit, and Stanley and Iris. Mr. Thomas received an Emmy Award in 1988 for the     drama Fastbreak to Glory. Email: Brian@achildsbook.com

Mona Westhaver is  President and Co-founder of Inspiration Software, Inc.  Mona has over 20 years experience in software product development and corporate management. As President of Inspiration Software, Westhaver guides the overall direction and focus of the company. Inspiration Software is the leader in visual  thinking and learning tools for K-12 education. Their products, Inspiration® and     Kidspiration® have over 10 million users worldwide and are used in more than 60% of  the U.S. school districts. Inspiration Software experienced 745% sales growth between 1997 and 2001 and closed 2002 with $17.8 million in revenue. They have approximately 65 employees the majority of which are based in Portland, Oregon . Mona is co-chair of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), Education Division, and a board member of the Software Association of Oregon (SAO). She holds a Master of  Science degree in whole systems design, with an emphasis in organizational development from Antioch University in Seattle. Email: mwesthaver@inspiration.com

Noël Wiggins is currently the Manager of the Community Capacitation Center (CCC) at the Multnomah County Health Department.  The CCC provides training, networking     and professional development opportunities for Community Health Workers (CHWs) and     assists a wide variety of groups to develop the ability to use Popular Education     methodology.  From 1986-1990, Ms. Wiggins trained and supported CHWs in a rural, conflictive area of El Salvador.  From 1990-1995, she directed La Familia Sana, a CHW     program serving the migrant and seasonal farmworking community in Hood River, Or.   Ms. Wiggins is a past president of the Oregon Public Health Association and served as     Associate Director of the National Community Health Advisor Study.  Ms. Wiggins   holds a B.A.(summa cum laude) in History from Yale University and an M.S.P.H. from     the Harvard School of Public Health

Kristin E. Wolff, Policy Analyst, Rainmaker. Kristin is interested in how public, private and third-sector organizations interact to create (or impede) economic opportunities for     individuals, firms, and communities. After two years in the United Kingdom, firs working for the Blair administration in London, and subsequently with a collaboration of         economic development firms in Newcastle, she recently returned to Portland, where she     opened a west coast office of CSW, a public policy firm based in Ann Arbor, MI and     started her own firm, thinkers & and-doers, llc.  She is currently looking at ways to make  work work in the 21st Century—making benefits portable, increasing access to health     insurance, retirement and professional development, and helping individuals blend work, learning and business ownership in creative ways.  She is also active in numerous local     and professional networks and associations, and political organizations, and serves on the     board of Wired Women Web, a network of women technology professionals and     entrepreneurs in Oregon. Email: kwolff@thinkers-and-doers.com