TechCon is hosted and sponsored by three associations devoted to providing professional development around technology and education in Illinois. These associations offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of their individual membership while focusing on the power of technology in society.


Illinois ASBO is devoted to the school business management profession and strives to promote the standards of school business administration through a multitude of benefits for every member. The association provides services to foster professional development, leadership skills and attempts to improve the quality of educational programs and services. Staff expertise, members and volunteers promote the highest standard of school business administration and take pride in providing members with a comprehensive guide to the most reliable companies, services and products for schools throughout Illinois.

Illinois ASBO finds it a privilege to participate in the creation of this event. Drawing experience from a professional development committee dedicated to the role of technology; they feel confident that a conference dedicated to these educational tools is necessary for the state of Illinois.

Sue Bertrand, MBA / CAE – Deputy Executive Director/COO, Illinois ASBO








Founded in August 2014, the Illinois Educational Technology Leaders is the premier professional association for school technology leaders in Illinois.  IETL is committed to connecting  members, supporting professional advancement, and promoting professionalism in school technology leadership.  

IETL was created through the combination of two professional organizations: Illinois Chief Technology Officers (ILCTO) and the Education Technology Council of Illinois (ETC-IL).

Our Mission
Empowering Illinois education leaders to leverage technology to transform student learning.

Our Vision
IETL is the premier professional association for school technology leaders of Illinois.

Our Core Beliefs

  • The primary challenge we face in using technology effectively is human.
  • Technology is a critical tool to personalize learning and overcome barriers of time and space for each learner.
  • Equitable and ubiquitous access to technology is a necessity.
  • Technological fluency allows our children to be prepared for the world of today and tomorrow.
  • To maximize the benefits of technology solutions the district technology leader should be part of the executive leadership team (CTO, CIO, etc.) of the education organization.
  • Collaboration with other educational professions is essential to strategic leadership.

Our Strategic Goals
The association is focused on three goals:

  • CTO Skills: Enhance the skills and competencies of CTOs and raise expectations as defined in the Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO and measured by certification.
  • Voice: Advocate for investments in education technology as a means of enhancing learning opportunities and driving economic growth.
  • Best-Practices: Establish and recommend best-practices for effective and efficient technology implementation and systems management.


Governing Board
Phil Morris Kane County Regional Office of Education, President
Nancy Battaglia Skokie SD 68, President-Elect
Maureen Chertow-Miller Winnetka SD 36, Secretary
Chris Budzynski Huntley CUSD 158, Treasurer
Tony Inglese Batavia USD 101, Past President
John Connolly CHSD 230
Matt Dusterhoft Lockport Township HSD 205
Chris Wherley Williamsville-Sherman CUSD 15
Jim Manley Dixon CUSD 170
Don Ringelestein West Aurora CUSD 129
Brian Skibinski Forest Ridge SD 142
Tim Wolf Kaneland CUSD 302

Phil Morris -  Kane County Regional Office of Education, President



Illinois Computing Educators is the leader in supporting and promoting innovative education for all. Their mission is to lead the educational community in enhancing learning through technology. ICE’s goals are: to support and provide professional development opportunities in educational technology through collaborative communities; to build relationships with other organizations by being the premier education technology visionary and voice for Illinois and to improve collaboration and communication for members through print and interactive tools.

Amber Heffner - Executive Director, Illinois Computing Educators (ICE)