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Keynote Speakers

Lisa Guernsey is director of the Learning Technologies project and senior advisor to the Early and Elementary Education
Policy program at New America. She also co-founded and leads the Learning Sciences Exchange fellowship program at New America. Lisa focuses on new approaches to help students and families succeed in the Digital Age, and her work involves leading teams of analysts and writers to translate research, examine policies, and generate new ideas for developing high-quality learning opportunities for underserved and historically disadvantaged populations. Prior to her work at New America, Guernsey worked as a staff writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education and has contributed to several other national publications, including The Atlantic, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Slate, and USA TODAY. She is co-author with Michael H. Levine of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens (Jossey-Bass, 2015) and author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child (Basic Books, 2012). She has contributed to multiple books on technology and learning, including Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years (Routledge, 2014) and Family Engagement in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2016). Lisa has served on several national advisory committees on early education, including the Institute of Medicine's committee that led to the seminal 2015 report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation. Guernsey holds a master’s in English/American studies and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. Lisa lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her two daughters. She is on Twitter @LisaGuernsey.

Steven Hicks serves as Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Early Childhood Development at the Maryland State Department of Education. Immediately prior to his appointment, he was Executive Director of the nonprofit Ready at Five in Maryland. Previous to working in Maryland, he served as Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education.

Jennifer Nizer is the Director of the Office of Child Care (OCC). She was the director at Johns Hopkins Bayview Child
Development Center and during her 14 years of working there, she had the opportunity to be the president of the Baltimore City Child Care Association and then moved to working at the state level with the Maryland State Child Care Association (MSCCA). During this time Jenn received her master’s degree in early childhood education from Towson University. She was then elected as president of the MSCCA where she worked on behalf of child care centers to assure early childhood programs had a seat at the table with MSDE, the Governor’s Office and several other agencies in the State of Maryland. Jenn remained president for 6 years where she served on several committees including, the quality rating and improvement system, MD EXCELS, revamp of the Child Care Credentialing system and training, and worked with Public Policy to provide testimony in Annapolis on Universal Pre-k, to name a few. She wants Maryland to be the state that everyone wants to follow! Jenn has spent the better part of two decades being an advocate for child care programs, teachers, children and families. She is a passionate, determined, hard-working person who wants the best for children, families and early childhoodproviders.

Brian Siatkowski is a managing partner for Tebo & Associates (www.tebopartnerships.com) Tebo & Associates is a full-service marketing and advertising agency that specializes in the education sector with a focus on “integrated, relevant partnerships.” Mr. Siatkowski specializes in brand integration and activation through low-cost, highimpact advertising, sponsorship, and event creation as well as public-private sector partnerships. Past projects include strategic partnership campaigns for corporate partners like NASA, SeaWorld, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Michael Waltrip Racing and Pizza Hut. In the public sector, he has developed marketing and sponsorship programs for large-scale school districts like Orange County Public Schools (FL) and Albuquerque Public Schools (NM) to help create non-traditional revenue streams and promote public school programs. Mr. Siatkowski has also created multiple nontraditional
marketing campaigns and partnerships for the Maryland State Department of Education. Mr. Siatkowski has been featured on NBC Nightly News, advised the Florida Senate on rules for companies advertising with schools, and spoken at national public relation & marketing conferences for his work. He has won two national awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for his marketing programs with Orange County Public Schools (FL). He currently serves as a member of the Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and resides in York, Pennsylvania.