YOUR BOARD & ADVISORS

It's important you know who the current leadership is, what each Officer's purview of responsibilities is, and how YOU can contribute in a greater capacity with us.  With that in mind please feel free to browse the following to see who represents you and who you can contact if you need something!

Chapter President

Brief:  The Chapter President is responsible for determining the direction of the chapter during their tenure.

Full Job Description found here.

Jackie Corricelli

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Jacqueline Corricelli has been a public school educator since Fall 2003. She works at Conard High School, West Hartford, CT where she teaches mathematics, Cryptography & Cybersecurity, AP Computer Science Principles, and AP Computer Science A. Prior to this, she taught at East Windsor High School. This is a second career for Jackie who, after earning her degree in Mathematics and Statistics, worked for three years for Raytheon as a Radar Systems Engineer.

Jackie has a B.A. in math and statistics from the University of Connecticut and a M.S. in mathematics secondary education from Westfield State University. She is a certified secondary mathematics teacher.

At the state level, Jackie is a member of the Department of Education CS Advisory Group.  Nationally, she is a Consultant and Table Leader for AP CS Principles. She is a PAEMST Awardee and a CSTA/ACM CS Teaching Excellence Awardee.  In addition, she served as Co-PI for the CT ECEP Landscape Study

Chapter Vice President

 
Brief:  The Chapter Vice President is responsible for supporting the initiatives of the Chapter President
 
Full Job Description found here.

Christopher Kerr

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Christopher Kerr earned a Masters in Education with a concentration in Computer Science Education from the College of St. Scholastica and a Bachelors in Visual Art Graphic Design with a Minor in Computer Science from Eastern Connecticut State University.  Prior to teaching he has worked in the computer science industry for 15 years as a Software Engineer, Graphic Designer, and IT Support Technician.  Christopher is currently starting his 7th year teaching Computer and Information Science at Newington High School.

Chapter Secretary

 
Secretary Brief:  The Chapter Secretary is responsible for documenting meeting activities and composing communications to membership.
 
Full Job Description found here.

Shawn Draczynski Tobin

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Shawn Draczynski Tobin earned her Masters in Education with a focus in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania, and has a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology and a bachelor of arts in political science and sociology from the University of Connecticut.
 
She is entering into her 11th year of teaching, but only her second of teaching computer science.
 
She works at Wamogo Regional High School teaching AP CSP, AP CSA, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Chemistry, and has taught previously in Connecticut and Pennsylvania
 

Chapter Treasurer

Brief:  The Treasurer is responsible for managing the Chapter finances.  
 
Full Job Description found here.
Betsy Dillard
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Betsy Dillard earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Management Information Systems from Babson College, a B.A. in American History from Simmons College, and a Graduate Certificate in Computer Science Education from the College of St. Scholastica.  
 
Before going into Education Betsy worked in the industry as a Senior Systems Analyst for over 18 years.

Chapter Librarian

Librarian Brief:  The Chapter Librarian is responsible for the archival and organization of chapter events, members, and the comings and goings of Computer Science without our State.
 
Full Job Description found here upon review.

Bradley Kjell

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Bradley Kjell has a Ph.D. in computer science from University of Wisconsin and a B.A. in physics from University of Illinois.  He has worked in software development at several companies in the Chicago area and is presently a computer science professor at  Central Connecticut State University.  He grades AP CS and has a web site that supports CS education.

Advisers & Representatives

Grade Band Advisors
Elementary School Grade Band Adviser
 

Shawn Draczynski Tobin

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Brief:  This person is responsible for advocating for the success of their respective grade band & moderating their respective grade band Group here on the CT CSTA website!
 
Full Job Description found here.
 
About Shawn:
  • See bio in Secretary position!
Middle School Grade Band Adviser
 
Brief:  This person is responsible for advocating for the success of their respective grade band & moderating their respective grade band Group here on the CT CSTA website!
 
Full Job Description found here 
 
If you would like to serve the CT CSTA in this capacity please contact our leadership!
High School Grade Band Adviser
 
Brief:  This person is responsible for advocating for the success of their respective grade band & moderating their respective grade band Group here on the CT CSTA website!
 
Full Job Description found here 
 
If you would like to serve the CT CSTA in this capacity please contact our leadership!
Higher Education Adviser
 
Brief:  This person is responsible for advocating for the success of their respective grade band & moderating their respective grade band Group here on the CT CSTA website!
 
Full Job Description found here 
 
Dr. Winnie Yu has been a faculty member of SCSU Computer Science Department since 1985.  She served as Computer Science Department Chairperson from 1998 to 2010.  Dr. Yu coordinated the initial ABET accreditation of the undergraduate General Computer Science program and, under her tenure as Chair, obtained state approval of SCSU’s first graduate Computer Science program.  Dr. Yu served as Director of SCSU Office of STEM Innovation and Leadership from 2016-2019.  
 
Dr. Yu is an advocate for computer science education in CT.  She testified at the CT State Capitol Education Committee in support of the Senate Bill 957 to include computer science instruction in the public school curriculum.  The Bill was passed into law as Public Act 19-128.  Dr. Yu works closely with CT Department of Education CS Advisory Group, CT CSTA and other statewide agencies to coordinate events in support of this mission.  As campus representative for NCWIT and participant in several Google Educational Initiatives, Dr. Yu is committed to broadening female and minority participation in science and in computing.  
 
She is the NCWIT SCSU Pacesetters project lead (two consecutive terms), contributor in CSEngageEdu, participant in Learning Circles Program, and Extended Services Program.  She is a member of the NCWIT CT Aspirations in Computing Affiliate Team and a NCWIT Academic Alliance member and serves on a number of their review committees..  Dr. Yu was elected as National Center for Science and Civic Engagement SENCER Leadership Fellow in 2013 and has been serving as Co-Director of SENCER Center for Innovation New England (SCI-NE).
Non-Grade Band Advisor Positions
Legislative Advocacy Adviser
 

Norm Sondheimer

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Brief:  This person is responsible for leading the charge in legislative and community advocacy for Computer Science education within our state & moderating their Group here on the CT CSTA website!
 
Full Job Description found here.
Social Media Advisor
 
Brief:  This person is responsible for managing the social media presence for the CT CSTA.  This includes using Twitter, Facebook, and elements of the CTCSTA website to promote chapter initiatives including promotion of meetings, recruitment, and networking.
 
Full Job Description found here.  (once adopted)
 
If you would like to serve the CT CSTA in this capacity please contact our leadership!
State Department of Education Computer Science Representative
 

Jennifer Michalek

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Brief:  This person is responsible acting as a liaison between the Connecticut Department of Education and the Connecticut chapter of the CSTA.
 
Full Job Description found here (when approved by Board).  
 
Note:  This position is an appointed position associated with the State Department of Education representative for Computer Science and is not an electable position.