Meet the Trainers

NBEC/NWOCA Instructional Services Staff

Group Line: 419-267-2807

Kristie Hughes

Kristie Hughes

Direct Line: 419-267-2607

Twitter: @khughes720

Hello! I'm Kristie Hughes, and I am an Educational Technologist for Northern Buckeye Education Council. I have been employed with Northern Buckeye for 14 years now. My office is located in the Cleveland area, specifically Avon.

I graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education. My Master's Degree is in Classroom Technology, also from Bowling Green. I enjoyed teaching Third Grade for two years before moving to Northern Buckeye.

In my job, I assist teachers, administrators, and students with integrating technology into the curriculum, classroom, and school. I work with teachers one-on-one, and in a group setting. In addition to face to face classes, I enjoy hosting webinars to offer options for teachers that may not want to travel. I am also a Google for Education Certified Trainer.

I am married to my husband, Jim, and we have three children - Bridget (8), Clayton (6), and Ashlynn (4). I enjoy spending time with my family and helping out with all of the sports and events that they are involved in.

Julianne (Juli) Lange

Juli Lange

Direct Line: 419-267-2608

Twitter: @R11X

Hello! I’m employed as a Trainer / E-Rate Specialist for Northern Buckeye Education Council (NBEC). My office is located at Sylvania Computer Services (Sylvania, OH) on the Southview campus.

As a trainer, I’m passionate about making learning fun! Technology enhances my lessons by motivating, engaging, and challenging students of all ages. With E-Rate being the single largest external funding program for K-12 schools, I’m proud of my work in helping customers with program reviews and funding appeals.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts, specializing in Communications and Master of Education, focusing on Educational Technology, both from the University of Toledo. Go Rockets! I’m also recognized as a Google for Education Certified Trainer.

During my spare time, I volunteer with Good Grief of Northwest Ohio as a Support Group Facilitator. I help lead a bereavement support group for children who are experiencing a significant loss.

Hope to see you at an upcoming training!

John Mansel-Pleydell

John Mansel-Pleydell

Direct Line: 419-267-2541

Twitter: @theohiobloke

I'm John Mansel-Pleydell, and I am the Supervisor for Instructional Services. I have been with NBEC/NWOCA since 1999 and started out as an Educational Technologist. I have been supervisor since 2016. My office is located in the Instructional Services area at the West Office in Archbold.

I graduated from Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia with a Bachelor's Degree of Applied Science in Agriculture and a Graduate Diploma in Education. My Master's Degree is in Classroom Technology, from Bowling Green State University. I was a computer studies teacher in Australia before moving to the US in 1997. I worked in agriculture for the first few years in Ohio before joining Northern Buckeye in 1999.

With a background of 16 years as an educational technologist, I bring a passion for using technology to make learning fun. I have become a big advocate for STEAM education and a promoter of MakerSpaces in our schools. I am also a Google for Education Certified Trainer.

My wife Rebecca and I have 7 children. Rose (21) Josh (18) Dominic (15) Michael (13) Kateri (9) Gemma (4) Lucy (2). We live on a farm in rural Defiance county. I enjoy spending time with my family, working on projects around the farm. My hobbies include, guitar, amateur theatre and gardening.


Chris Malanga

Chris Malanga

Direct Line: 419-267-2544

Twitter: @chrismalanga

I’m Chris Malanga and I’m an Educational Integration Specialist with the Northern Buckeye Education Council/NWOCA. In this role, I help teachers, administrators, and students integrate technology into our schools. I recently celebrated my one-year anniversary here, and I have loved every moment. My passion is helping people develop skills to change the world of education!

I am a 1997 graduate of Bowling Green State University (Roll Along!). My degree is in Communications, with a minor in journalism. Prior to joining NBEC, I have been a radio DJ, non-profit executive, and a national professional development facilitator for Apple. I am a Google Certified Trainer as well as a Certified Trainer for LEGO Education and the Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIef)

In addition to my work at NWOCA, I am also the Athletic Director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bryan, as well as a sports broadcaster with Bryan Municipal Utilities public access television.

I have been married to my wife, Nikki, since 1999. We have three children Tony (14), Dominic (10) and Gabriella (5). We reside in Bryan.

Kim Murry

Kim Murry

Direct Line: 419-267-2545

Hi! I’m Kim Murry and I’m the INFOhio Coordinator for Northern Buckeye Education Council. As the INFOhio Coordinator, I’m responsible for day-to-day and on-site support to media specialists at our member school districts and other schools in the region. In addition, I provide training on INFOhio tools and resources, as well as assist teachers, students and administrators with integrating technology into the classroom.

I am a 1988 graduate of Bowling Green State University where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Prior to moving to NBEC, I enjoyed working in sales for two fortune 500 compnanies, as well as being the library director for Wauseon Schools.

I have been married to my husband, Mike, since 1990. We have two grown children, Chase and Morgan, and a very mischievous Yorkie named Charlie.