Leadership Awards

Leadership Awards

At the Learning Impact conference, 1EdTech members who have gone above and beyond displaying leadership are honored. These individuals and organizations work hard to promote our work, contribute significantly to developing 1EdTech standards, and provide benefits for members and supporters to enable the future of education by collaborating on major initiatives to improve digital teaching and learning. It is with sincere gratitude that we thank these individuals and organizations for their extraordinary effort.

William H. (Bill) Graves Leadership Award

The William H. (Bill) Graves Leadership Award is granted to individuals who have made an extraordinary difference in realizing the mission of the 1EdTech. The award is named after one of the founders and eventual Board chair, Dr. William H. (Bill) Graves. Bill Graves and his work had a profound impact, not just on our community but also on many successful organizations that he founded and touched. The Bill Graves Leadership Award is recognition for going well above and beyond—and it is not necessarily an endpoint in terms of contributions to the mission.
2020 — Gary Driscoll, Senior Strategic Advisor, ETS
2019 — Bruce Maas, Emeritus CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology, and Honorary Fellow School of Information, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2018 — Beatriz Arnillas, Senior Educational Advisor, itslearning (formerly the director of education technology at Houston Independent School District) and Lenny Schad, Chief Technology Information Officer, Houston Independent School District
2017 — Dr. Charles Severance, University of Michigan School of Information
2016 — Tim Beekman, SAFARI Montage


Lifetime Achievement Awards

2022 — Lisa Mattson, 1EdTech (1EdTech); Tricia Kennedy (Gwinnett Country Public Schools)

John Tibbetts, VitalSource Technology
William Graves, Ellucian
Ray Henderson, Blackboard
Carole Barone, EDUCAUSE
David Ernst, University of California
Neil McLean, DEST - Australia


Technical Excellence Awards

The 1EdTech Technical Excellence award, established in 2019, is given to an individual with significant and sustained participation in our technical work to create and publish a 1EdTech standard. Contributions include authoring and reviewing the specifications, developing reference implementations, and providing a cross-specification perspective.
2022 — Padraig O’hiceadha, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Linda Feng, Unicon; Claude Vervoort, Cengage
2019 — Viktor Haag, D2L


Staff 10 Years Service Award

Rob Abel
Tracy Fandel
Mark McKell
Lisa Mattson
Colin Smythe


2022 Leadership Award Recipients

Assessment: QTI 3.0 and PCI

  • Arjan Aarnink, CITO

  • Paul Grudnitski,

  • Christophe Noel, OAT

Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange (CASE)

  • Ed Jung from LearningMate

Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR)

  • Tom Green, Salesforce

  • Mark McConahay, AACRAO

  • Marty Reed, RANDA Solutions

  • Brent Capriotti, Western Governors University

LTI and LTI Advantage

  • Maggie Sazio, D2L

  • Peter Franza, 42 Lines

Open Badges

  • Justin Pitcher, Anthology

Higher Education Leadership

  • Avi Hyman, University of Toronto

  • Vince Kellen,  UC San Diego

  • Andy Fisher, Penn State 

  • Sherri Braxton, Bowdoin College

  • Kim Moore, Wichita State University

K-12 and State Leadership

  • Eva MjØvik, UDIR

  • Sindre Gusfre Berge, UDIR

  • Jeff McCoy, Greenville County Schools

  • Ken Dirkin, Michigan Virtual

  • Tracy Korsmo, North Dakota Information Technology Department

  • Brianna Creed, Maryland State Department of Education

  • Emily Bell, Fulton County Schools

  • Angela Ingram, Georgia Department of Education

  • Jill Hobson, Gainesville City Schools



2020 Leadership Award Recipients

Caliper Analytics

  • Viktor Haag, D2L

Comprehensive Learner Record

  • Ozgur Yogurtcu, AEFIS

LTI and LTI Advantage

  • Wade Weichel, Blackboard

OneRoster and Assessment Results Profile

  • Matthew Richards, Infinite Campus

QTI 3.0

  • Paul Grudnitski, Pearson
  • Thomas Hoffmann, OAT
  • Justin Marks, NWEA
  • Mark Molenaar, OAT
  • Padraig O'hiceadha, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Ecosystem Support

  • Mustafa Sualp, AEFIS

Higher Education Leadership

  • Kelly Hermann, University of Phoenix

  • Kelvin Thompson, University of Central Florida

  • Francisca Yonekura, University of Central Florida

K-12 and State Leadership

  • Colet Bartow, Montana Office of Public Instruction

  • Brian Blanton, Henry County Schools

  • Steve Buettner, Edina Public Schools

  • Dan Gohl, Broward County Public Schools

  • Jeanne Imbriale, Baltimore County Public Schools

  • Lily McDonagh, Chicago Public Schools



2019 Leadership Award Recipients

Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange (CASE)

  • Brandon Dorman - ACT
  • Jared Booth - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Digital Credentials

  • Justin Pitcher - Campus Labs

Edu-API Task Force

  • Linda Feng - Unicon

OneRoster and Results Management Leadership

  • Barry Brahier - Infinite Campus

LTI Advantage Contributors (Suppliers)

  • Viktor Haag - D2L
  • Martin Lenord - TurnItIn
  • Karl Lloyd - Instructure
  • Nathan Mills - Instructure
  • Marc Philips - Instructure
  • Eric Preston - Blackboard
  • Claude Vervoort - Cengage
  • Wade Weichel - Blackboard

Higher Education Leadership

  • Michael Berman - California State University, Office of the Chancellor
  • Andrew Gardener - University of British Columbia
  • Matthew Hailstone - Brigham Young University
  • Jared Kosanovic - University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • Jack Suess - University of Maryland, Baltimore County

K-12 and State Leadership

  • Kyle Berger - Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
  • Rich Copeland - Georgia Virtual School (GaDOE)
  • Ryan Gravette - Idaho Digital Learning
  • Dan Ralyea - South Carolina Department of Education
  • Darlene Rankin - Katy ISD

LTI Advantage Contributors (Institutions)

  • Tony Anderson - Penn State University
  • David Goodrum - Oregon State University
  • Kristen Lytle - Penn State University
  • Terry O'Heron - Penn State University
  • Renee Pfeifer-Luckett - University of Wisconsin System Administration
  • Marianne Schroeder - University of British Columbia

2018 Leadership Award Recipients


Open Badges

  • Nate Otto - Concentric Sky
  • Alex Hripak - Credly
  • Justin Pitcher - Chalk & Wire

Comprehensive Learner Record 

  • Bryan Smith - Learning Objects

Learning Tools Interoperability 

  • Claude Vervoort - Cengage Learning
  • Karl Lloyd - Instructure
  • Nathan Mills - Instructure
  • Eric Preston - Blackboard
  • Viktor Haag - D2L

Caliper Analytics

  • Anthony Whyte - University of Michigan

State Assessment

  • Dale Cornelius 

Executive Board on Assessment

  • Gui Tejeda - New York Department of Education


  • Oxana Jurosevic - Instructure

Competencies and Academic Standards Exchange

  • Joshua Marks - Public Consulting Group
  • Greg Nadeau - Public Consulting Group
  • David Ward - Public Consulting Group
  • Ray Baranowski - SAFARI Montage
  • Jeff Grann - Capella University
  • Brandon Dorman - ACT

Other Contributions

  • Adam Blum - ACT
  • Keith Osburn - Georgia Department of Education


  • Leo Brehm - Central Massachusetts Collaborative
  • Raymond Lee - Fulton County Public Schools
  • Anne Boothe - Houston Independent School District
  • Tricia Kennedy - Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Barbara Nesbitt - Pickens County Public Schools

Higher Education

  • Sean DeMonner - University of Michigan
  • Dale Johnson - Arizona State University
  • Tom Cavanagh - University of Central Florida
  • Virginia Lacefield - University of Kentucky

2017 Leadership Award Recipients


  • Angela Cluer – Formerly with Nelson Education
  • Christian Vinten-Johanson, Penn State University

Badge Extensions for Education

  • MJ Bishop, University System of Maryland/UMUC

Caliper Analytics

  • Viktor Haag, D2L
  • Lance Sloan, University of Michigan
  • Sophiann Hayet, eXplorance
  • Paul Kerschen, UC Berkeley
  • Mike Aumock, Origami
  • Anthony Whyte, University of Michigan

Competency Based Education

  • Jeff Grann, Capella University
  • Davant Stewart, Houston ISD
  • Jamey Hynds, Katy ISD

Digital Credentials/Extended Transcripts

  • Chris Tatem, UMUC
  • Christopher Houston, Capella University
  • Bryan Smith, Learning Objects
  • Deb Everhart, Learning Objects


  • Mark Molenaar, Open Assessment Technologies

K-12 Institutional Leadership

  • Darlene Rankin, Katy ISD
  • Tom Ingram, Escambia County Schools

HED Institutional Leadership 

  • Oliver Heyer, UC Berkeley
  • Shea Silverman, University of Central Florida 


  • Vijay Dhanaraj, Classlink
  • Marc Sheftel, Pearson
  • Padraig O’hiceadha, HMH

Learning Tools Interoperability

  • Nathan Mills, Instructure
  • Jim Walkoski, D2L
  • Claude Vervoort, Cengage

Quarterly Meeting Hosts

  • Michael Cruz, UMUC – February 2016
  • Thor Anderson, Utah Valley University – August 2016
  • Lou Pugliese, Arizona State University – November 2016


  • Linda Feng, Unicon
  • Melissa Loble, Instructure
  • John Whitmer, Blackboard

Association Collaboration

  • LeiLani Cauthen, The Learning Counsel
  • Kathleen Ives, Online Learning Consortium

Retiring Board Member

  • Bruce Maas, University of Wisconsin–Madison

2016 Leadership Award Recipients

Caliper Analytics    

  • Anthony Whyte – University of Michigan

Caliper Analytics – HED Analytics Group (RAM)

  • Vince Kellen – University of Kentucky
  • Phillip Long – University of Texas-Austin
  • Jenn Stringer – University of California - Berkeley                            

PARCC Profile

  • Chloe Torres - PARCC
  • Jeffrey Cuff - PARCC
  • Michelle Richard – Pearson

LTI Simple Search

  • David Gappa – Safari Montage

1EdTech Europe

  • Nykne de Boer- College voors Toetsen Examens

Executive Board on Assessment

  • Marc Oswald –Open-Assessment Technologies

OneRoster / LIS

  • Stanley Watts - Classlink
  • Phil Nicholls - Oracle

CBE / Digital Credentials

  • Jeff Grann- Capella University
  • Joellen Shendy – University of Maryland, University College
  • Joel Hernandez - eLumen
  • Jon Mott – Learning Objects

K-12 Leadership

  • Tricia Kennedy -Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Tom Ingram -Escambia County School District
  • Beatriz Arnillas, Houston Independent School District
  • Barbara Nesbitt  - School District of Pickens County

Meeting Hosting

  • University of Phoenix – Peter Soderquist
  • University of Wisconsin – Bruce Maas
  • University of Texas – Phillip Long
  • University of Texas -  Ken Tothero
  • Tsuneo Yamada – Open University of Japan
  • Yong-Sang Cho - KERIS

Association Collaboration

  • Mindy Frisbee - ISTE
  • Malcolm Brown  - EDUCAUSE                                                                     

2015 Leadership Award Recipients

Effective K-12, HED or Government Leadership and Outreach

Karen Vignare, UMUC
George Perreault, Orange County
Tim Beekman, SAFARI Montage
Andy Kuritzky, HMH
Beatriz Arnillas, Houston ISD

LTI Adoption
Jessica Wells, TurnitIn

Open Video
Justin Beck, Kaltura

Accessible Portable Item Protocol Profile Work:
Brandt Redd, Smarter Balanced

QTI/Test Instance:
Nynke De Boer, College voors Toetsen Examens
Mark Molenaar, CITO
Justin Marks, NWEA

Stanley Watts, Classlink


Caliper Analytics:
Chris Vento, Intellify Learning
Prashant Nayak, Intellify Learning
Mary Millar, Elsevier
Anthony Whyte, University of Michigan
Beth Kirschner, University of Michigan
Zhen Qian, University of Michigan
Lance Sloan, University of Michigan
Andy Fisher, Penn State
Vineet Sinha, McGraw-Hill Education
Viktor Haag, D2L
Khaled Hammouda, D2L
Paul Gray, Learning Objects

Privacy Work:
Sean Yo, D2L

Meeting Hosting:
University of Michigan
Florida Virtual School


2014 Leadership Award Recipients

Effective K-12, HED or Government Leadership and Outreach
Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE
Jack Suess, UMBC
George Perrault, Orange County Schools
Tim Beekman, SAFARI Montage
Bailey Mitchell, itslearning
Mark Walls, Gwinnett County Schools
Tricia Kennedy, Gwinnett County Schools
Toni Cleveland, HERDI
Mark Armstrong, Oracle
Jill Hobson, Forsyth County Schools
Rick Johnson, Vital Source

LTI v2.0 Work:
Lance Neumann, Blackboard
Greg McFall, Pearson
Charles Severance, University of Michigan
John Tibbetts, Vitalsource

CASA Work:
Rose Rocchio, UCLA
Eric Bollens, UCLA
Liz Pisney,Follett 



Course Planning and Scheduling:
Geoffrey Forster, Scientia

CC/LTI Taskforce:
Claude Vervoort, Cengage Learning
Bracken Mosbacker, Instructure

Learning Tools Interoperability Work:
Lance Neumann, Blackboard
Greg McFall, Pearson

Accessible Portable Item Protocol Work:
Thomas Hoffmann, Measured Progress
Gary Driscoll, ETS
Wayne Ostler, Pearson

Learning Analytics Work:
Chris Vento, Intellify Learning
Chris Millet, Penn State

Meeting Hosting:
University of Michigan


2013 Leadership Award Recipients

Learning Information Services Work:
Patrick Laughran, Framingham University

THESIS Awareness:
Mark Armstrong, Oracle
Cole Clark, Oracle

Digital Revolution EDUCAUSE Promotion:
Rick Tomlinson, Jenzabar
Sean Devine, CourseSmart
Jeremy Auger, Desire2Learn
Derek Hamner, LearningObjects
Hal Herzog, Learning Objects

Fastest turnaround on a Member App:
Bob DeWitt, Antioch University

Learning Tools Interoperability Work:

John Tibbetts, VitalSource

Accessible Portable Item Protocol Work:
Mike Aumock, Pacific Metrics
Zack Pierce, Measured Progress

TAB Executive Committee Members:
Gary Driscoll, ETS
Linda Feng, Oracle
David Gappa, SAFARI Montage
Tom Hoffman, MeasuredProgress
Rick Johnson, Vitalsource
Brian Knotts, Ellucian
Wilbert Kraan, JISC
Tim Tomlinson, Blackboard
David Lapides, SMART Technologies
Jennifer Whiting, Florida Virtual School

Meeting Hosting:
Lone Star College: Michael Matthews & Shah Ardalan
University of Michigan: Chuck Severance
JISC: Paul Hollins
Tennessee Board of Regents: Robbie Melton



2012 Leadership Award Recipients

Learning Information Services Work:                                                    
Linda Feng, Oracle   
Bill Lee, Desire2Learn
Angus Chan, Desire2Learn
Kirke Bunte, Ellucian
Jon Fontaine, Blackboard
Michael Feldstein, Cengage Learning
Cary Brown, Oracle

Interactive Whiteboard/ Common File Format Work:
Dinesh Advani - TeamBoard
Jordan Meyerowitz - SMART Technologies

Common Cartridge Work:
Claude Vervoort, Blackboard
David Gappa, Safari Montage
Chris Chung, HMH
Jennifer Whiting, FLVS
Joseph Chapmann, Jes & Co

Learning Tools Interoperability Work:
Lance Neumann, Blackboard
Greg McFall, Pearson

Board of Directors Distinguished Service Award:
Jim Behnke  

Accessible Portable Item Protocol Work:
Thomas Hoffmann, Measured Progress
Gary Driscoll, ETS
Wayne Ostler, Pearson

Question and Test Interoperability Work:
Jens Schwendel, BPS
Wilbert Kraan, JISC/CETIS
Young Jin Kweon, KERIS

Learning Impact Award Evaluators:
Stavros P. Xanthopoylos, Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education
Tsuneo Yamada, Open University Japan
Llorenç Valverde Garcia, Open University Catalonia
Gary Driscoll, ETS
Dr. Dae-Joon Hwang, KERIS
Annette Grande,Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education
Jeff Swain, Penn State University

Meeting Hosting:
Texas A&M University - Commerce


2011 Leadership Award Recipients

Technical Board Co-Chairs:
Jennifer Whiting, Florida Virtual School
Linda Feng, Oracle

Common Cartridge Work:
Claude Vervoort, Cengage Learning

Digital Learning Connection Work:
Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents
Bob Johnson, LCTCS

Meeting Hosting:
Lone Star College
University of Koblenz-Landa


2010 Leadership Award Recipients

Former Technical Board Co-Chairs:                                                        
Mark Crase, California State University
Linda Feng, Oracle

Access For All Work:
Rich Schwerdtfeger, IBM
Madeleine Rothberg, WGBH

Learning Tools Interoperability Work:
Lance Neumann, Blackboard
Greg McFall, Pearson Education

For Going Above and Beyond Advancing the Work of 1EdTech:
Diny Golder, JES & Co
Andy Ross, Florida Virtual School




Enterprise Learning Systems and Applications
Procurement (ELSAP) Work:

Tina Piper, FLVS
Holly Henry Cooper, APUS
Charlene Douglas, Desire2Learn

Student Induction to E-Learning Work:
Gloria Pickar, Compass Knowledge
Ross MacKenzie, Open University
Stephen Marshall,Victoria University of Wellington 

Digital Learning Connection Work:
Raylean Henry, Regents Online Campus Collaborative
Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents
Debra Volzer, Pearson Education

Meeting Hosting:
California State University
TÉLUQ - L'université à distance de l'UQÀM
Florida Virtual School

2009 Leadership Award Recipients

Service Oriented Architecture Work:
Austin Laird, Oracle
Viswanath Srikanth, IBM                                                                                                      

LearnSat Work:
Rob Sapp, UMUC

Special 1EdTech Recognition
Fabrizio Cardinali
Art Lendo

Enterprise Learning Systems and Applications
Procurement (ELSAP) Work:

Tina Piper, FLVS
Holly Henry Cooper, APUS
Ruth Ann Balla, Miami-Dade


Targeted Retention Systems Work:
Neil Allison, Blackboard
Eric Bassett, Sungard Higher Education

Common Cartridge Work:
Ingo Dahn, University of Koblenz-Landau

Meeting Hosting:
University of Catalonia
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations -
Penn State University
University of Michigan


2008 Leadership Award Recipients

Learning Tools Interoperability Work:

Common Cartridge Work:
Nilesh Shinde, LearningMate
Kellan Wampler, ANGEL Learning
Ingo Dahn, University of Koblenz-Landau

Common Cartridge Alliance Work

Ross Mackenzie, The Open University
Brent Bailey, Elsevier
Lou Mersereau, Pearson Education
Ed Mansouri,

AccessForAll Work:
Liddy Nevile, DEST
Andy Heath, JISC
Madeleine Rothberg, WGBH
Jutta Treviranus, University of Toronto

Technology Enabled Flexible Learning Work:
Gloria Pickar, Compass Knowledge
Ross Mackenzie, the Open University
Ken Udas, Penn State


Common Cartridge K12 Work:
Jennifer Whiting, Florida Virtual Schools
Andrew Clute, McGraw-Hill
Christopher Chung, Harcourt Houghton Mifflian
Tom Tedesco, Pearson Education

Formation of 1EdTech Korea:

University Campus Event:
University of Catalonia

Hosting Regional Learning Impact Awards:
DEST - Australia
Ministry of Education - New Zealand

Meeting Hosting:




2007 Leadership Award Recipients

Enterprise Services Work:
Linda Feng, Oracle
Bill Lee, Desire2 Learn

Common Cartridge Work:
David Mills, Angel Learning
Bob Alcorn, Blackboard
Lou Mersereau, Pearson Education
Wilbert Kraan, JISC-CETIS
Jan Poston Day, Blackboard
Nigel Ward, DEST

Question and Test Interoperability Work:

Pierre Gorissen, SURF
Steve Lay, CARET, University of Cambridge

Accessibility Work:
Madeleine Rothberg, NCAM- WGBH



Learning Tools Interoperability Work:
Bruno Van Haetsdaele, Wimba
Chris Moffatt, Microsoft

Schema Prof Work:
Ingo Dahn, University of Koblenz

Mr. Alt-i-lab 2006:
Joel Greenberg, Open University

For their continued support of 1EdTech:
Edward Mansouri,
David Smetters, Respondus
Charles Severance, University of Michigan