SIIA Education Division Announces 2015 Board of Directors

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SIIA Education Division Announces 2015 Board of Directors
The Board drives thought leadership, advocacy, business development, and market intelligence for SIIA Education Members

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov. 12, 2014) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade association for the software and digital content industries, today announced new members of its Education Division Board of Directors. These newly elected and appointed executives from SIIA member companies represent a broad spectrum of corporate interests, and their visionary leadership will help guide the education technology industry during this time of seismic change.

As Board members, these individuals represent more than 200 SIIA Education Division member firms that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services, and related technologies across the K-20 sector. The new Board members will help develop initiatives and determine the projects, activities, and events the Education Division will undertake in 2015 and beyond.

“This Board election was phenomenally successful at drawing nominations from the industry’s key leadership, thus making the selection process difficult for the many education companies that voted,” said Karen Billings, vice president for the SIIA Education Division. Education Board co-chairs Sue Adelmann (Follett School Solutions) and Bruce Wilcox (Carolina Science Online) joined Billings in welcoming the new members, saying: “We know these new members will contribute significantly throughout this upcoming year where we are again looking to thrive in advancing our industry’s interests.”

Newly elected board members are:

Lindsay Miller, Business Development Manager, Intel Corporation Education Group
Edie Perkins, VP International Product Development, Scholastic Inc.
Jim Ruddy, Vice President Business Development, Learnosity
Tom Schenck, President, Follett School Solutions
Matt Strain, Director Strategy, Worldwide Education, Adobe Systems
Mitch Weisburgh, Managing Director, Academic Business Advisors
Cathy Zier, SVP Global Alliances & Solution Sales, Promethean

Newly appointed board members are:

Todd Bloom, Chief Academic Officer, Hobsons
Benjamin (Benj) Heuston, President, Waterford Institute
Christopher Porter, Senior Vice President, Sales, Pearson, NA
Eileen Shihadeh, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management, Compass Learning
Susan Silveira, Staff Manager, Business Development, Qualcomm Education

Board members serving one more year of their elected two-year terms are:

Lisa Barnett, Chief Executive Officer, Atomic Learning
Adam Hall, President and CEO, Nervanix, Inc
Chad Johnson, Managing Director, Cherry Tree & Associates, LLC
Jeff Livingston, SVP, Education Policy and Strategic Alliances, McGraw Hill Education
Christopher Lohse, VP, Strategic Partnerships, Renaissance Learning
Paula Maylahn, Consultant, Paula Maylahn Consulting
Nicole Melander, Senior VP, Digital Strategy and Chief Customer Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Joyce Whitby, VP, National Sales and Marketing, Monarch Teaching Technologies
Randy Wilhelm, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Knovation

The SIIA Education Division extends a very special thanks to the Board Members who have served this past year and have completed their terms of office:

Susan Adelmann, VP Market Intelligence, Follett School Solutions
Diana Gowen, Alliance Manager, Education Programs, Intel Corporation Education Group
Mimi Jett, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Diglossia
Andy Ross, formerly Florida Virtual School – Global Services Division
David Stevenson, VP, Business Development & Government Affairs, Amplify
Bruce Wilcox, Vice President, Carolina Science Online

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content, and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities, and critical market information. For more information, visit