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Bret Fickes

At-Large Member
Director of Innovative Curriculum and Instruction, Thornton Township High School District 205

Kathy Ruggeberg

At-Large Member
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, Rock Island-Milan School District #41

Marci Driver

At-Large Member
Marci is a former Senior TA Consultant and Assistant Area Director for the Illinois Center for School Improvement at AIR.

Lori Hensold

Secretary, At-Large Member
Professional Learning Coordinator for the Illinois MTSS Network

Kevin Seymour

PD Coordinator, Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools

Karla McAdam

President, Chair of Membership Committee
Karla McAdam is Director of the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative

Linda Vernon

Programs Co-Chair
Center for the Advancement and Support of Educational Initiatives

Jill Meciej

Programs Co-Chair
Director of Curriculum. Marquardt School District

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