2018 CETPA CALL FOR DIRECTORS CETPA has two openings on its Board of Directors this year. Serving on the Board is a highly respected, rewarding, and interesting position. These seats are available to individuals working in schools who would like to help steer the direction for technology in California's vibrant educational community. For the individuals elected, many opportunities will arise to collaborate with leaders of educational segments, industry and government agencies. CETPA continues to grow rapidly and strong leadership is essential. It is with deep gratitude and love that we say goodbye to two long time Board members; Steve Carr and Aaron Barnett. Steve's work with Microsoft and SHI on the CAMSA Program and his work with F3 and the A4L Consortium has brought many benefits to CETPA members. Aaron has been an essential instructor for the CTO Mentor Program and recently his work with the TAPD program has helped develop many professional learning opportunities for CETPA members. These are just a few of the accomplishments these two men have brought to our organization. THANK YOU!

Please read each candidate's statement and consider thoughtfully your choice for the two open Board seats. In accordance with our bylaws, only Educational Members may vote. 

All current Educational members will receive an email with the voting link. Ballots will be emailed on October 23rd at 8am. If you feel you are eligible to vote but have not received a ballot, please contact webmaster@cetpa.net. We will also have paper ballots available at the annual conference for those who cannot vote online.
The current Board of Directors' information can be found on our Directors and Staff page.

Eric Calderon

My Name is Eric Calderon I am currently the Chief Technology Officer of the Riverside County Office of Education. I have had the opportunity to work in education for the past 12 years in different school districts across Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, and now Riverside County. I have always had the passion in working with technology, and that passion only bolstered by working in education as we inspire students to elevate themselves.

If given the opportunity to serve on the CETPA Board of Directors, I would like to continue the momentum that has already been set by the organization and listen to members to continually evolve offerings and resources to truly better our members, districts, schools, staff, and ultimately our students.

Having worked in different districts, I have benefited from the resources provided by CETPA and its members and find value in its offerings. I feel that I would bring good experience and background and could champion causes set forth by CETPA in different arenas. I have participated in other organizations such as CASBO, CUE, and CCSESA, which has provided me a broader understanding of technology in education.

As topics continue to arise in technology from closing achievement gaps, access, privacy, STEM, security, and others I hope to be part of a team and organization that provides resources to districts of all sizes to provide equity for our students in the State of California.

As technology continues to shape education, I would like to increase my involvement in advocating for our students to provide them an educational experience to make them truly ready for college and career. Connecting technology resources for districts to create that learning experience while harboring community amongst members knowing that our goals align in preparing and shaping our students’ futures with technology

Peter Cazanis

Peter CazanisAs an active member and Chair-Elect of the CETPA East Bay Regional Group, a regular attendee of the CETPA Conference, and a graduate of the 2016 Certified Chief Technology Officers Cohort, I realize the important role that CETPA plays in supporting K-12 Technologists and now wish to support and participate on the Board of Directors.  

In my eighteen years of experience in the educational technology field, I have had the opportunity to work in districts of all sizes.  In my leadership roles I have spearheaded multiple projects with both instructional and operations goals. I believe that this background allows me to understand the needs of the CETPA community, and would bring this perspective to the Board of Directors. 

As a Director of Technology for a Bay Area school district, I have come to appreciate and depend on the support and programs that CETPA has offered.  As the demands upon Educational Technology Professionals continue to increase, it is important that programs like the CTO Mentorship Program, CAMSA, JET Review, and others continue to support technologists in ensuring that we all can contribute to student achievement, success, and safety.  

I believe in CETPA, and as a Board Member I will continue to promote the programs that I know have a positive impact on our daily work, and the students that we all serve.

Rebecca Cooksey

Rebecca Cooksey

Dear CETPA members! I would be thrilled to serve on the CETPA board. My interest is in providing professional development opportunities for all members in areas of Educational Technology throughout the year. I completed the CTO certification in 2015 and would like ensure that this certification process stays relevant and valuable for current and future members. As the Chief Academic Officer of Assessment, Information and Technology Services for the Lancaster School District, I greatly value the ongoing networking and communication that CETPA offers and would like to help develop webinars and other forms of communication that would be valuable to members. The wonderful partnerships and programs offered by CETPA are essential to every technology leader and I would work to increase our purchasing power and available programs. I have worked hard within my district to provide opportunities for teachers, administrators and staff to improve their technology skills in order to support students in the 21st century. As an example as of August, 82 staff members have earned their Google Level I certification with 120 more set to complete it by January 2018. I strongly believe in providing people with the desire and opportunity to move forward; this would be my focus as a CETPA board member. 

DeWayne Cossey

DeWayne CosseyHello CETPA members!  I am excited about the opportunity to serve as a member on the CETPA board.  I have been an active member in CETPA since 2007 and a graduate of the 2008 CTO Mentor program.  I have also served as a CTO Steering Committee member and a CTO mentor.  I appreciate the power of collaboration and communication that CETPA provides and hope to continue to expand the partnerships that benefit all K-20 organizations.  I also served as the Co-Chair of the San Diego County CETPA regional group and feel that regional groups are an important component of CETPA with unlimited potential, such as local mentoring and scholarships for students. In my role as the Director of Information Technology for Vista Unified School District, I have accelerated Vista's transition to future ready learning by implementing cost effective solutions such as Google Apps for Education for all staff and students in 2013, developing and implementing technology replacement plans, and building an infrastructure that supports wireless learning both at school and at home. I am passionate about using technology to provide opportunities for less fortunate students.  I feel that CETPA is in a unique position to reach all California students and expose them to career opportunities and local mentors to guide them as they become the next generation of technologists.I am passionate about using technology to provide opportunities for less fortunate students.  I feel that CETPA is in a unique position to reach all California students and expose them to career opportunities and local mentors to guide them as they become the next generation of technologists. I welcome your vote as the next CETPA board member.

Hamilton McDermott

Hamilton McDermottTechnology is a tool.  How it is used is guided by how we learn to use it.   In my 18 years in education technology, I have seen many changes in the focus of learning.  As a site lab technician, I watched the growth of typing classes and Microsoft Office.  As I advanced in education, I saw the shift from office applications, to programming, to 1:1, 24/7 learning in collaborative environments.
I have been an active member of CETPA since 2011 and been a part of every annual conference since then.  I was lucky enough to be part of the sixth CTO cohort (Go Victors!) and have been a proud Certified CTO since 2012.  Understanding the importance of the CTO Program I have mentored for the past three years.
For the past few years I have had the honor of serving as co-Chair of the San Diego North County CETPA chapter, a group that has continued to grow and expand to the point that our members have approved us embracing the entire county and becoming simply the San Diego County CETPA charter.  
As far as we have come is not far enough.  As technology continues to become a bigger part of our lives, it is important to recognize that not every student has the same access to internet and other tools to thrive in the 21st Century.  It is not enough to put a device in every child’s hand – we need to educate today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs and CETPA’s is a leading proponent of guiding legislative growth in this area and I want to be a part of this exciting, uncharted territory as a member of your CETPA Board of Directors and to bring some much needed San Diego County representation to the team.

Anthony Romayor, Jr.
Tony Romayor, Jr.

I started my technology career when owning a USRobotics 33.6K modem and a 1GB hard drive was ​all the rage! I experienced the evolution of the Internet from dial-up technology to a billion dollar industry. From ISDN copper to 10GB fiber. From various wired technologies to an industry dominated by high-speed, high-bandwidth, wireless technology. In addition to the innovations in networking, I’ve experienced advancements in personal computing. The transformation from clunky workstations to a world dominated by powerful mobile devices. Clearly, the evolution of networking​ ​and​ ​personal​ ​computing​ ​is​ ​remarkable. 
Our industry has certainly come along way, but one thing remains constant - the need for quality and confident leadership. CETPA has provided that leadership for over 50 years. Founded in 1960, CETPA has elevated countless technologists with the skills and knowledge to be successful technology leaders and supporters. CETPA is accomplishing this by building and maintaining statewide and national relationships with key stakeholders, by providing high-quality professional​ ​development,​ ​and​ ​by​ ​championing​ ​collaboration​ ​via​ ​its​ ​annual​ ​conference. 
As Chief Technology Officer for El Centro Elementary School District, I advocate for adequate funding, technology leadership in Cabinet, and maintaining productive relationships with agency leadership. I believe in the power of healthy collaboration, divergent ideas, and helping others find passion in their work. I’m excited about the possibility of working for CETPA’s membership to assist in realizing CETPA’s mission to lead, develop, and support educational technologists and​ ​organizations​ ​to​ ​foster​ ​student​ ​success.
My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Antonio​ ​Romayor​ ​Jr.,​ ​and​ ​I​ ​thank​ ​you​ ​for​ ​your​ ​vote. 



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