Meet the Trainers

Northern Buckeye PD Staff

Group Line: 419-267-2807

Jon Grega

Direct Line: 419-267-2576

Welcome! I am Jon Grega and an Instruction and Technology Integration Specialist for NBEC. My primary role at NBEC is to assist school districts in assessing their instructional strengths, needs and strategic planning. Additionally, I contract for instructional coaching and training services.

Prior to my role at NBEC, I was the principal of Mt. Gilead Middle School in rural Mt. Gilead, Ohio. I also headed an award-winning blended learning initiative as the district’s hybrid learning coach. During my 24 years in education, I taught 18 years as a high school English teacher in both Ohio and Minnesota, with eight years spent teaching in both a physical and online classroom.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

I look forward to working with you on your educational journey!

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, Clayton, and Ashlynn. 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, Josh, Dominic, Michael, Kateri, Gemma, and Lucy. 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: @DadDoesTech

I’m Chris Malanga and I’m an Educational Technologist 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 three-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, Dominic and Gabriella. 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 companies, 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.