Meet our Keynote Speaker, Jeff Haven -

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University, Jeff began his career as a high school English teacher before following his father Rex Havens ( into the world of stand-up comedy, where he worked with some of the brightest lights in American comedy and honed the art of engaging audiences through laughter. But his impulse to teach never faded, and soon he began looking for an avenue to combine both of his passions into entertaining and meaningful presentations.

The results are Uncrapify Your Life!, How to Get Fired!, Unleash Your Inner Tyrant! and Becoming a More Annoying You!, and since their introduction Jeff has brought his unique, side-splitting, message-based presentations to General Electric, Ford Motor Company, USBank, McDonald's, and hundreds of other corporations in the United States and Canada. Original, informative, hilarious and powerful, Jeff’s ability to help people achieve success in leadership, customer service, communication, generational issues, corporate culture and more by talking about what they should and shouldn't do guarantees that his audiences manage to laugh and learn at the same time. His stated goal? To provide all the content of a traditional presentation with all the entertainment value of a comedy show. Because improving your business doesn't have to be boring.

Jeff is also a regular guest on Fox Business News and has been featured in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, AOL, and dozens of other regional and national media outlets. His latest book, Unleash Your Inner Tyrant!: Proven Strategies to Help You Become a More Horrible Boss is available in stores now, and there will be many more to come. Trust us: Jeff is just getting started.


 Sean Beaverson  

Sean Beaverson is a Secondary Technology Coordinator for Bloomington Public Schools. He is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. He has presented at conferences, workshops and National Conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging and engaging technologies into the classroom. He comes from teaching Language Arts in the Hopkins School district, and managed the West Jr. High ALC. It was his experience working with students that struggled to engage in their education that inspired him to follow the tech integration path.

 Joe Brennan    

Joe Brennan spent more than thirty years teaching and coaching in high school. Most of that time was in District 219 as a Spanish teacher, but his passion for students as multimedia authors led him into the role of AV/Media Coordinator for the twelve years before his retirement. Still active in education, he is an adjunct instructor for Wilkes University and does professional development for schools independently as well as for Apple Computer and the Discovery Educator Network. Joe is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Star Discovery Educator, an American Film Institute Screen Educator, and Chief Technology Officer for his three grandchildren.

 Ben Gray

Ben Grey is the Chief Information Officer for Oak Lawn-Hometown District 123 in Oak Lawn, IL. In his role, he strives to provide the capacity for institutional change utilizing technology and communications to positively impact the learning experience for students. He is currently in the first year of implementing a 1:1 program for all students in grades 5-8 utilizing netbooks running Linux. Prior to taking his current position, Ben was an instructional technology coordinator for three years, a middle school teacher for three years, and a fifth grade teacher for five years. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the Master of Education in Literacy program at Judson University where he teachers the course, "Technology in Literacy Instruction."

David Jakes

David Jakes has spent 26 years in education as a teacher, staff developer, and technology coordinator. From his first Macintosh Classic to his current iPad and Chromebook, he has witnessed firsthand the changes in education that educational technology has empowered. Jakes shares this knowledge as a frequent speaker at technology conferences across the United States, and has spoken in Canada, Europe, and China. His interests in educational technology include design thinking, digital storytelling, mobile learning, and the development of spaces for learning. He currently maintains a web site (, a blog (, and a variety of other resources ( dedicated to improving the use of technology in education.

 Phil Lacey    


Phil works closely with curriculum development to integrate dynamic tech tools into core courses to create a 21st century curriculum.  Along with his team of Applications Trainers, Phil  provides teachers and staff with “just-in-time” training and professional development in support of District 219’s 1:1 initiative.  

 Nadine Norris

 Nadine Norris is currently the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine, IL. Nadine has been in education for over 10 years in positions including classroom teacher, technology coordinator, integration specialist, and professional development provider. She is a frequent presenter at various educational conferences and is particularly interested in helping teachers understand the impact of social media and Web 2.0 technology on the educational experiences of students. She is the President-Elect of Illinois Computing Educators. Nadine received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Elmhurst College and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois.

 Jon Orech

 Jon Orech taught English and coached football for 24 years before becoming the instructional technology coordinator at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois. He also is an instructor for Aurora University where he teaches digital storytelling workshops. In the classroom, he has always promoted innovations that increase student achievement. He is a frequent speaker at conferences; his presentations include a wide variety of topics including digital storytelling, online collaboration, visual literacy,and creating for authentic audience and purpose. Instead of “integrating technology,” he promotes changing classroom structures, Currently, his focus is on the development of an Internet safety curriculum for his school. Away from school, he savors the "Four F's": Family, Football, Fishing, and Food. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in St Charles, IL and have three children, Tara, 22; Veronica, 19; and Jonathan, 17.

 Dexter Roknich

 Dexter has been working in the educational technology field for 5 years now. He currently works at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, IL. Becoming a Google Certified Trainer for Google Apps for Education was a natural progression as his district, D207, has 'gone google'. Dexter constantly strives to be up-to-date with new technologies, educational philosophy, and ideas for its implementation. In addition, Dexter tries to do as many talks and training's as possible to spread the word, and his enthusiasm about Google Apps for Ed.

 Terry Sullivan

Technology Director for Shiloh CUSD#1 in Hume IL, a high poverty rural district. Shiloh was one of the original E2T2 Technology Integration Districts and has evolved from Elementary to Secondary technology rich classrooms. Terry also manages a Dept of Commerce Community Tech Training Center and teaches a course for Eastern Illinois PreService Teachers on Technology Integration. He serves on the Governor’ s Broadband Council and is Telecommunications Chair for ICE. Terry started his career teaching science and math at Oakland HS and then served as Technology Consultant to ROE#11 serving 26 school districts before taking the position at Shiloh..