Staff Directory

Meet the people of LTC

Tim McIlvain

Executive Director

Leadership, Operations

Tim directs the Learning Technology Center, where he provides strategic leadership, expertise, and operational management for statewide technology and digital learning initiatives.

Chris Wherley

Director of Technology Services

Leadership, Technology Services

Chris provides leadership, expertise, and support related to network infrastructure, data privacy, cybersecurity, technical support, and technology services.

Nicole Zumpano

Director of Instructional Technology Coaching

Instructional Technology Coaching, Leadership

Nicole oversees the LTC’s Instructional Technology Coaching Program, supervising a statewide team of instructional technology coaches and supporting participating districts’ program implementation.

Brian Bates

Director of Professional Learning

Leadership, Professional Learning Services

Brian leads and develops events, programs, and resources in support of digital learning, digital citizenship, emerging technologies, technology integration, and computer science.

Mindy Fiscus

Director of Government Affairs

Leadership

Mindy provides leadership, expertise, and support related to broadband connectivity, equipment and device access, and funding sources, including E-Rate.

Hope Hardin-Borbely

Purchasing Cooperative Manager

Leadership, Purchasing Cooperative

Hope leads ILTPP, a free, member-based program for negotiated educational technology contracts. She also manages vendor relationships, coordinates negotiated contracts, and leads cooperative membership services, including quote requests and group purchases.

Christina Ronquest

Senior Manager of Projects and Initiatives

Leadership, Operations

Christina leads the LTC’s project management and business analysis efforts while maintaining sound project processes that support the LTC’s overall mission.

Amanda Ford

Marketing & Communications Manager

Communications, Leadership

Amanda leads the LTC marketing department and oversees the design, development, and publication of all print and digital content and resources.

Ben Sondgeroth

Lead Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Northern Illinois

Leadership, Regional EdTech Services

Ben leads the LTC’s RETC team and facilitates ongoing professional learning events for teachers, administrators, and technology staff in northern Illinois.

Holly Kelly

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | East Central Illinois

Regional EdTech Services

Holly develops and leads professional learning programs, trainings, and resources related to curricular integration, digital access, and technology infrastructure in central Illinois.

Lisa Schwartz

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | West Central Region

Regional EdTech Services

Lisa develops and leads professional learning programs, trainings, and resources related to curricular integration, digital access, and technology infrastructure in western Illinois.

Eric Santos

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Chicagoland

Regional EdTech Services

Eric develops and leads professional learning programs, trainings, and resources related to curricular integration, digital access, and technology infrastructure in the Chicagoland region.

Joe Cipfl

Regional Educational Technology Coordinator | Southern Region

Regional EdTech Services

Joe develops and leads professional learning programs, trainings, and resources related to curricular integration, digital access, and technology infrastructure in southern Illinois.

Matt Jacobson

Online Learning Coordinator

Professional Learning Services

Matt designs, develops, and evaluates the LTC’s digital professional learning, including working with subject matter experts to create learning objectives, conducting needs assessments, and delivering interactive online PD opportunities.

Eric Muckensturm

Cybersecurity Specialist

Technology Services

Eric provides a multitude of services to help Illinois public school districts improve their overall security posture and maturity, including through the implementation of standards, frameworks, and industry best practices.

Sam Fishel

Digital Content Specialist

Communications

Sam supports the execution and growth of LTC services through the development and creation of innovative, impactful, and timely digital content.

Stacie Tefft

Instructional Technology Coach

Instructional Technology Coaching

Stacie serves as an instructional technology coach who works to amplify and enrich lessons, trainings, and technology integration support in southern Illinois.

Amy Graham

Instructional Technology Coach

Instructional Technology Coaching

Amy serves as an instructional technology coach who works to amplify and enrich lessons, trainings, and technology integration support in north central Illinois.  

Brian Krause

Instructional Technology Coach

Instructional Technology Coaching

Brian serves as an instructional technology coach who works to amplify and enrich lessons, trainings, and technology integration support in the Winnebago County region.

Patricia Ferris

Instructional Technology Coach

Instructional Technology Coaching

Patricia serves as an instructional technology coach who works to amplify and enrich lessons, trainings, and technology integration support in south Cook County’s special education institutions.

Emily Pool

Instructional Technology Coach

Instructional Technology Coaching

Emily serves as an instructional technology coach who works to amplify and enrich lessons, trainings, and technology integration support in the Adams and Pike county region.

Elizabeth Byam

Instructional Technology Coach

Instructional Technology Coaching

Elizabeth serves as an instructional technology coach who works to amplify and enrich lessons, trainings, and technology integration support in northern Illinois.

Jennifer Leban

Instructional Technology Coach

Instructional Technology Coaching

Jen serves as an instructional technology coach who works to amplify and enrich lessons, trainings, and technology integration support in the south Cook County region.

Sarah Phelps

Program Manager, Computer Science and STEM

Professional Learning Services

Sarah leads computer science and STEM initiatives, manages partnerships with state and national organizations, and elevates the LTC’s role as a thought leader in the K-12 computer science space.

Anne Kasa

Instructional Technology Coach

Instructional Technology Coaching

Anne serves as an instructional technology coach who works to amplify and enrich lessons, trainings, and technology integration support in the south Cook County region.

Kara Zelhart

Administrative Assistant

Operations

Kara provides operational support for Learning Technology Center staff and initiatives.

Eder Ordonez

Graphic Designer

Communications

Eder is in charge of creating unique designs that represent what the Learning Technology Center stands for and also collaborates with our staff on projects that help promote our services to the school districts.