The RETN Board of Directors is comprised of appointed representatives and volunteers from the RETN Service Area.
Jay Hoffman, President
Technology Education Teacher/ Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington, VT. Jay has a B.S., in Technology Education, a Masters in N-6 Education, and an Advanced Degree in Public School Administration. A 20yr. veteran of teaching Jay is nationally recognized and honored by the National Cable and Telecommunications Industry for his unconventional use of technology in the classroom. Jay co-founded his school’s Student Lead News Team and created their first full broadcast studio. Together they have been featured keynote and guest conference speakers throughout New England. Jay has since focused on community collaborations in order to provide meaningful learning for his students as well as teaching them 21st Century Skills such as Civic Engagement, Leadership, Problem solving, Teamwork to name a few. He has been a member of the RETN Board of directors for 5yrs and currently serves as the Board Chairperson. He and his wife Nancy live in Burlington. With his two sons grown and married Jay has more time to enjoy golf, hiking, biking, racquetball, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, and smelling the flowers.
Jessica Wilson, Vice President
Jessica Wilson joined the RETN board in 2009. She is currently the Technology Integration Specialist at the Hinesburg Community School and the Chittenden South Supervisory Union central office. Jessica graduated with an Elementary Education degree and teacher's license from Hofstra University in New York. She also holds a Masters of Technology Education from St. Michael's College. Jessica is passionate about helping teachers transform their classroom through communication, collaboration and problem solving, in order to help students become 21st century learners and active contributors to our global society. Outside of school you will find Jessica traveling around the world, cooking international foods, and participating in variety of outdoor activities.
Alan Levi, Treasurer
Alan Levi has been a board member of RETN since 2007 and the treasurer since 2009. He serves as a community-at-large member from the business sector. Alan graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Psychology. He has pursued a career in retail and has been the owner of several children’s department stores and e-commerce enterprises over the last 30 years. He also serves as a consultant to product designers and manufacturers of baby products. Alan resides in Williston with his wife, Dande. Besides his passion for his business career, Alan is an avid gardener, coffee & beer lover, foodie and movie buff.
Bonnie Birdsall, Secretary
Bonnie Birdsall is the Technology Integration Specialist for the Williston, VT School District. During her years in that position, Bonnie has worked with teachers, staff, and students about how technology can be integrated into the curriculum in natural and meaningful ways to enhance learning. She has taught courses and workshops to Vermont educators about integrating Google Apps into the classroom and Building Personal Learning Networks. Prior to assuming her current role, Bonnie was an elementary level teacher in Williston. Bonnie holds a Master's degree in Technology in Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, worked in a technology-driven national school reform project, and taught in Boston. Bonnie believes that as educators we are all learners and we should use today's technologies to connect, grow, create, and learn. In her spare time, Bonnie enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband and sons, reading, and cooking.
Gary Lambert has been a cinephile all his life. He has taught production at Champlain College, Burlington College, and UVM, where he also worked as a producer and director at the Video Studio. He served as Media Coordinator at Champlain Valley Union High School and is currently the Electronics Recording Arts instructor at the Burlington Technical Center. A 7th generation Vermonter, Gary currently lives in Burlington, Vermont.
Chris Dissinger joined the RETN board in 2014. He is currently the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Fleming Museum of Art at the University of Vermont where he handles all aspects of marketing, publicity, graphic design, photography, as well as social and electronic media. Prior to moving to Vermont, Chris was publisher and editor of two daily newspaper in New Mexico for 15 years. A graduate of Towson University, Chris holds degrees in both History and Journalism. Chris believes that technology is a core component of growth for public institutions and, through its use, can reach and be relevant to wider and more diverse audiences. Chris lives in Underhill with his wife and daughter and enjoys skiing, ice and rock climbing, cycling and water sports in his spare time.
Ed Bianchi joined the RETN board in 2006. He is currently the technology educator at Charlotte Central School. He is also one of the producers of the summer 2013 production Starving on Pine. In his spare time, Ed's interests include travel and model railroads.