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.  

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Technical College candidates

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Thomas Lange
Chippewa Valley Technical College

Dear WiscNet Members:

Please consider me as a candidate for Wisconsin Technical College System position on the WiscNet Board of Directors. The Wisconsin Technical College System continues to have a very large impact on higher education in the State of Wisconsin and relies on WiscNet to be part of that successful strategy. I believe I have the experience that will help WiscNet be a valuable resource to education at all levels and represent the needs of other stakeholders that rely on WiscNet services.

Through my previous experience of serving on the WiscNet Board of Directors representing K-12, at Large, and now representing the Wisconsin Technical College System as the Chief Information Officer of the Chippewa Valley Technical College, I believe I bring stability to the Board. I am currently serving on the WiscNet Board of Directors Executive Committee as Chairperson. Helping WiscNet continue to evolve and grow has been challenging and rewarding, and has been a great success story which continues to have a large impact on education in Wisconsin. I have watched this organization mature and grow as I have been involved in the WiscNet membership for the last 19 years.

I also have been involved in educational technology politics at the State level for many years and have a firm understanding of the challenges that WiscNet has faced in the past. I have worked with State Senators and Representatives from across the state to gain support for WiscNet, have testified on AB 473 and met with several legislators at the State Capitol on behalf of the Wisconsin Technical College System. As a Board member, I helped WiscNet develop a proactive strategy with legislative issues.

One important function that WiscNet helps facilitate through its membership is the power of collaboration. These collaborations allow for knowledge sharing, resource sharing, joint projects, joint purchases, product standardization, and staff development just to name a few benefits. Examples of the collaboration experience that has prepared me to be a productive board member include being involved a very large community area network, the Chippewa Valley Inter-Networking Consortium (CINC). I also work as a Planning Director with the Midwest Educational Technology Association (META) helping to organize the Brainstorm K20 conferences. The Chippewa Valley Technical College also created the CVTC Regional DataCenter, a shared data center currently serving more than 100 + educational and library institutions in WI.

I believe that my diverse experience and my strong commitment to the WiscNet mission of research, education, and public service through partnerships will allow me to be a productive and experienced Board Member for WiscNet as it continues to adapt and grow in an ever changing environment.

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Jason Loomans
Moraine Park Technical College

My name is Jason Loomans, Senior Network Engineer for Moraine Park Technical College.  WiscNet has been a long standing, valuable resource to MPTC through the delivery of quality Internet and network services, as well as to myself among a community of peers within the education and public service sectors. Personally, I have experienced the effects the Wiscnet community can have on both a person in my position as well as an organization.  Firsthand this past year through my participation in the advisory membership group I have witnessed WiscNet’s value and what it can provide to their customers. The unique perspective and innovative solutions shared by everyone in the group has been inspiring and highly beneficial!

As a board member, I would like to “give back” to Wiscnet and the community by representing the membership and the technical college system on the WiscNet Board of Directors.  Both WiscNet and its membership provide critical services, innovative solutions, and knowledge that keeps all of us on the forefront of technology where everyone can benefit and succeed.  Holding a position on the Board of Directors would be considered a privilege and an honor for me as an IT professional.

 

At-Large candidates 

Menomin Hawpetoss,
College of Menominee Nation

As I have been given the opportunity to serve as an At-Large Board member these past few months, I feel as though I am just learning the ropes of WiscNet and I would like to continue on this path of serving on the WiscNet Board. I'm not one to shy away from an opportunity or some hard work. 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.

 

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Kurt Kiefer
Department of Public Instruction

Over the past 5 years we have managed to increase the fiber network and bandwidth levels to our school and library anchor institutions.  We have also managed to significantly reduce the annual costs for this access. This has been accomplished by building strong relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.  It can be a “win-win” and “yes, and” world if we choose to make it that way. Our next chapter in Wisconsin must now be focused on access to the homes of every student and family.  The opportunities exist and we must take advantage of them. Our attitude must drive the work in the right direction. WiscNet is a critical element of that work and it is an honor being a partner.

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Josh Klingbeil
Wisconsin Library Valley Service

Hello, I’m Joshua Klingbeil.  

We are a community of variety and diversity in WiscNet and I’d love to bring my experience in leveraging both to grow and maintain highly effective and efficient operations back to the table.

As CIO for Wisconsin Valley Library Service, and a co-leader of the LEAN WI partnership with Indianhead Federated Library System, I’m proud of the strong infrastructure and service stack our teams have developed and blended over the past decade.  With funding limits and service territories on the wrong end of the extremes (small and large respectively), success has meant finding ways to build, scale, and operate enterprise level services on very small budgets, and with limited staff. Developing collaborative opportunities, leveraging the increased depth and breadth of skill sets through partnership, and exploring new disruptive technologies have been foundational.  That is what I brought to the WiscNet Board on your behalf in the past, and what I’m asking you to allow me to do again.

Thank you!

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Sarah Lipke
CESA 10

My professional career has focused on connecting people who have questions to information that can give them answers: ten years as a school library media specialist and the past five as an educational consultant with CESA 10 in Chippewa Falls. Currently, I also represent CESA 10 on the CINC Executive Board, a Community Area Network in northwestern Wisconsin. Serving on the WiscNet Board of Directors would allow me another opportunity to continue this work, focusing on building the connections and partnerships necessary for WiscNet’s continued success and growth.

For WiscNet, there are three partnerships of significant focus for me. One: PK-20 education and business and industry need to work collaboratively to prepare students for our future, utilizing available resources while always exploring new possibilities. Two: PK-12 education and families need to establish access to information and resources that is safe, but also the least restrictive, creating an environment in which students can safely explore and learn. Three: public institutions and our communities need to work together to expand connectivity, allowing for a quality of life regardless of geographic location.

I welcome the opportunity to serve the membership on WiscNet’s Board of Directors, supporting the work they do, and encouraging growth for the future.

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Hugh Miller
Spooner Area School District

My name is Hugh Miller, as Technology Coordinator for the Spooner Area School District since 1997. I have worked with WiscNet to utilize resources and services they provide to build a sustainable network infrastructure to meet educational needs of my school district and community.

As a prospective candidate for the WiscNet Board of Directors, I believe my background and experience working in a rural school district will allow me contribute to WiscNet initiatives that expand and provide robust, reliable cost-effective services to our membership. Additionally, experience working with public and private sector to build a Community Area Network  in my community will allow me to contribute to and support WiscNet efforts to expand CANs statewide for the purpose of providing affordable broadband access to all.

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August Neverman
Brown County

I have been the CIO and CISO for Brown County Government since 2014 My previous employment includes contract Director of Technology Services for the Medical College through Dedicated Computing for 4 years; IT Manager at St. Vincent Hospital for 10 years (6 years as an engineer); I/T Consultant, Minnesota Air National Guard member for 9 years and numerous other technical and leadership roles. I am also a member of GIPAW (Government Information Professionals Association of Wisconsin) and a regional group called NEWGIT (Northeast Wisconsin Government Information Technology).

I am responsible for the Brown County Community Area Network (BCCAN) which was created by the Brown County Board of Supervisors in 2007. BCCAN has partnered with WiscNet to provide services that would otherwise be financially impractical or in some cases entirely unavailable through other means. In the case of Green Bay Area Public Schools, it has saved the school district more than $2.4 million over 20 years.

My goal as a board member would be to ensure the continued success of WiscNet while representing the needs of Brown County and counties throughout the State of Wisconsin including: improving overall internet access for everyone in Wisconsin, whether directly or through partnerships; enhancing economic development wherever possible; fostering and leveraging public and private projects; improving research options by expanding access; potentially delivering baseline cyber security; specifically improving police, fire and rescue internet access; establishing internet exchanges (IXPs) regionally or even statewide to establish WiscNet and the state as an internet leader; improving healthcare through telehealth; setting the standard high for internet services.

I am willing to invest time so WiscNet can continue to make a difference. Hopefully, WIscNet will continue to grow and eventually have a wider positive impact throughout the State of Wisconsin. I look forward to this opportunity.

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Steve Schlomann
School District of Waukesha

With 35 years of experience in engineering and IT management. Twenty years in the private sector and the last 15 working in school districts has given me a unique view of the diverse challenges that organizations face today. Organizations large and small face similar challenges, but must mange them with varying levels of funding. Providing reliable, secure internet and cloud services are key for schools today.  Wiscnet’s structure and pricing model helps organizations large and small deal with these challenges. I believe my experience and my current role as President of the Waukesha Education and Community Area Network (WECAN) will help me serve the WISCNET membership by becoming a board member.

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DJ Scullin
School District of Fort Atkinson

The most exciting thing about my job is being able to help build an infrastructure that supports thousands of young learners, hundreds of district staff, and a bevy of community members’ technology needs. It's a very different looking educational experience now than it was when I walked my school district's halls as a student, and that's the best part of my job -- being able to be a part of this change. I grew up in Fort Atkinson and currently serve as the district's Director of Technology. Here I learned of WiscNet, their vision, and their proven competency in bridging the gap between technology and a community.

With professional roots in education and healthcare, I am inspired by WiscNet’s leadership in building local networks. My contributions to WiscNet’s board include concise and well-planned decision-making, effective communication, and a genuine desire to do well. I very much look forward to the opportunity to serve.

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Dave Zittlow
City of Fond du Lac

As the IT Director with the City of Fond du Lac I must, like most of you, “do more with less” and use the efficiencies of technology to innovate and give our users more power and tools with very few budgetary increases. Over the past 8 years I have worked with all our community partners in the school district, technical schools, private colleges, city, county, and libraries to create and expand a Community Area Network (CAN) that will meet future technology needs of our members. We were able to do this through the collaboration between the city and school district to use surplus fiber to hook up a about seven different entities to our CAN throughout our city. The primary use of it has been for internet services, but I have full plans to expand this service to allow for disaster recovery at partner sites and shared services (document management, data storage, telephones, etc.). WiscNet has a huge investment in infrastructure through that state that I think a lot of entities are not utilizing it to the fullest.

I would like to continue to work for the members on Board of Directors to give all of you a multi-disciplinary voice and assist with the strategic direction that WiscNet will head over the next five to ten years. There is so much more that we can do as an organization, and more cheaply than we could ever do as a single entity. One of the topics that we have discussed as a board over the past few years is the last mile connections. We have a lot of entities that would like to join up with what WiscNet is doing but can’t afford that last mile connection or can’t get the bandwidth they need. Over the past couple of years, we all have been looking at new wireless technology that makes high speed connections more affordable even to the small entities. With some of this same technology we can assist our members with constituents that may struggle for that connection at home to do schoolwork.

Being a part of the advisories also has given me a lot to think about for what members need for services and how WiscNet moves to make services customized for their member’s needs. I’m hoping to help with moving WiscNet to develop more is shared security services. We need to build security into all the services that are offered, from the beginning of the process instead of as an afterthought. We see the evidence in the news and in our networks with ransomware infections that are becoming more of a daily occurrence. Cyber incidents like this show us how important it is to keep our networks safe and the information that we are trusted to keep secure. Thanks for your support!