The WiscNet 2017 Board of Directors elections will take place April 4 through 4pm on May 8, 2017. The WiscNet Bylaws designate the Member Representative as responsible to vote in Board elections; the Member Representative may delegate their vote to their organization’s Administrative Representative or Primary Technical Representative.
Jay Christgau, Minocqua J1 School District
I am interested in being considered for a position as an At-Large candidate on the WiscNet Board.
My interest stems from seeing that small rural districts are represented in an organization that has been extremely important to our success in advancing technology in education in our small K-8 school district located in rural northern Wisconsin. WiscNet has been a great partner in our staff and student connection to the outside world via the Internet. Guidance I have received from WiscNet has helped us develop a very successful 1:1 device program throughout all grades. I feel better about my district's chances of receiving fair appropriation of resources available through DOA by having membership in WiscNet.
Small rural districts often do not have the resources to manage the many aspects of Internet-dependant devices. WiscNet has provided guidance toward handling the sometimes complex E-rate environment for Internet transport and access. WiscNet provides additional information and connections to other resources our district needs as we navigate the complex world of online educational resources and the technology necessary to make use of those resources.
I have a significant amount of board experience ranging from 10 years as a Boulder Jct. Town Supervisor, Wisconsin Infinite Campus User Group (current member), to terms on the Camp Manitowish Board and Northwoods Wildlife Hospital. This experience helps me understand my role and involvement as a board member.
In order to further our school's role as a primary educator for youth in our district, I started a home school program nine years ago which has since morphed into two charter schools. This experience has helped shape my understanding of pedagogy and brain-based learning and allowed me to be a more active part of our learning community. That is how I see the future of WiscNet: as a community with members offering educational opportunities throughout the communities they serve; a collection of people interested in technology and education sharing expertise and experience. I would be proud to be part of that future.
Josh Klingbeil, Wisconsin Valley Library Service
The WiscNet membership -- you -- placed your trust in me for the past six years. At every WiscNet related endeavor in which I am fortunate enough to participate, I remember that trust and work diligently to continue deserving it.
I made a promise three years ago that I would always keep in mind the entire membership. As a member representative myself, I view the business of WiscNet through the lens of our Wisconsin Library community. While library systems and libraries – whether public, K12, academic, or other – have some of the most limited budgets available relative to population served, the community uses that as a strength and seeks a wide variety of partnerships which closely models WiscNet membership. There are public libraries partnering with all levels of education in the pipeline from pre-K through the variety of academics. There are school libraries and/or media centers embedded in many of those same institutions, engaging back with public library partners. There are a host of community resource agencies that public libraries support or supplement and in many of our rural areas, serve in absence of.
By their very nature, libraries empower those of us serving communities through them to consider the world through the lens of diversity, leveraging the variety of strengths of many partners to develop community connectivity, public service partnerships, and collaboration across public and private sector organizations. WiscNet isn’t just a cost-effective technology resource, it’s an institution succeeding in a service model which resonates quite strongly. For me, it has been easy to keep this promise:
“I will continue to remain cognizant that I represent the entire membership, keeping the best interest of the membership at the forefront of all decision making and direction at the directors' table.”
As with technology services and providers, value in representation is twofold. Sustainable maintenance of quality services is important. I consider your continued support a reflection of the quality of service you’re receiving from me as a representative to the Board. Mobility, flexibility, and adaptability are all synonyms for the other major aspect of value: successful change management. Change will occur whether we pursue it in a thoughtful, managed way or avoid it entirely. Mixing the fast-evolving landscape of technology with the variety of procedure, policy, and statute applying to much of our public-sector membership creates one of the most dynamic and exciting environments in which we might participate.
WiscNet has some of the highest quality expertise in this because of its membership nature. WiscNet is its membership. Our board is representative of the membership and the makeup of our colleagues in the WiscNet staff is a product of our collective desire to maintain unequivocal quality of service. They are the best at what they do, because we support them just as much as we demand that level of quality. I am fortunate to be able to learn from the phenomenal experience available across our membership. And I am honored to be considered worthy by you to represent us in our guidance and leadership of this wonderful organization.
With that in mind I make this additional promise, building on the foundation of my previous.
I will continue working with WiscNet membership, WiscNet staff, and the WiscNet Board of Directors to lead the exploration of change in ways that are beneficial to our entire membership – you, us, we.
I appreciate your consideration and your confidence. Again, thank you!
Vicki Teal Lovely, South Central Library System
I am a Librarian. In 2013, I became a librarian who needed to learn about IT very quickly as I became the head of Technology Services at the South Central Library System. I attended my first WiscNet Future Technologies Conference that spring and have attended every year since. What I learned about at the conferences proved invaluable: the difference between dark and lit fiber; E-rate; filtering software, and CANs, to name a few. But the real value came in making new connections with all kinds of networking and IT folks. The new name, “WiscNet Connections” is very appropriate. However, I have noticed that while many public libraries and library systems are WiscNet members, they do not all attend the WiscNet conferences. As an At-Large director on the WiscNet Board, I would do all that I can to encourage the library folks to participate in the valuable educational and networking opportunities offered by WiscNet.
Private college candidate
Rob Downard, St. Norbert College
I am the Director of Infrastructure Services at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. I have over 25 years of experience in the IT field. I joined St. Norbert in August 1993 and have held a number of roles with the college since then, including Microcomputer Support Specialist, Network and Systems Specialist, and Manager of Technical Services. My many credits include installing the first SAN at St. Norbert and spearheading the migration to a virtualized server infrastructure, in addition to overseeing the college’s network growth strategy and participation in CANs. I hold a bachelor’s degree in business information systems from Northern Michigan University.
St. Norbert College has been a member of WiscNet since its inception. I've served on the WiscNet board for three years and feel I've been able to contribute and represent the private college membership. I enjoy helping to guide this wonderful member organization and witnessing first hand the amazing and thoughtful efforts of everyone involved to meet the needs of the membership now and in the future. WiscNet is truly a membership-focused organization and I'm proud to be a part of it. I'm proud of my tenure on the board and would be proud to continue to serve.
College of Menominee Nation: S.Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library
I serve as the Information and Training Specialist in both an academic and public library here on the rural Menominee Indian Reservation; three demographics that are more often than not disregarded and under-represented. It is my personal mission to help my community develop critical thinking skills as well as foster creativity because these young people will be our next leaders and will aid in solving the next generation's problems by thinking outside of the proverbial box -- something that is aligning with the current direction WiscNet is going.
I facilitate all of the current programming here at S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library which includes:
Menominee Maker Movement which has a digital media focus that will help encourage and foster 21st century skills in the Menominee community.
Full STEAM Ahead, a STEAM based program for local youth.
DIY Night, encourages sustainability through upcycling and learning/making all-natural, toxic-free products.
I am also active within the community serving as the Chairwoman of the Menominee Lending and Tax Services as well as a Gaming Commissioner to the Menominee Indian Gaming Commission, both entities are charged with the oversight of Menominee resources.
I see my involvement in the WiscNet Board of Directors as beneficial in guiding decisions that in fact serve all WiscNet communities, through informed and logical decision making.