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Finalsite University 2019 Chicago

 June 20-21 2019 | Swissotel Chicago 

Check out this fantastic lineup of speakers!

Every year we reach out to top experts in our industry to share their knowledge at Finalsite University. We have a stellar line up for 2019! Learn best practices and up-to-date  strategies for all things school communications and websites including technologies that are on the horizon — preparing us all to embrace them.

Special Guest Speakers

Jennie Winton

Since co-founding Mission Minded in 2002, Jennie has served 200+ nonprofits, and inspired hundreds more as a nationally-sought lecturer. Her popular workshops cover brand strategy and how to increase fundraising through better messaging. Jennie excels at helping senior nonprofit leaders clarify how they talk about their work, which leads to greater organizational stability, increased revenues, and an expanded presence.

Patrick Coyle

Patrick is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Georgetown Preparatory School. He is a 2003 Georgetown Prep alumnus and came back to the school in 2013 as the school's first ever Director of Marketing and Communications. He previously worked for a private equity group in Washington, D.C. focusing on brand development and management and marketing strategy in the hospitality industry.

Johanna Parker

Johanna currently serves as the Director of Innovation for Dare County Schools. She started her career as a science teacher in rural Eastern North Carolina through Teach for America. Then, after becoming a school administrator, she opened a new school that offered a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program. She is an advocate for innovative school reform and passionate about working to close the achievement gap.

Chuck Putney

Chuck is the Website Manager at Central Catholic High School and is a 1994 of the school. Chuck works closely with the Leadership, Admissions, and Advancement teams to ensure that the story and mission of CCHS is told in compelling ways across various mediums

Emma Christiantelli

Emma graduated from Marist College in May 2015, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. Currently, she works as Website and Digital Marketing Manager at Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, New York.

Tony Reyes

Tony Reyes is the Digital Media Manager for Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California. He is also a Fulbright scholar and has over a decade of experience working in digital media and marketing for businesses and educational institutions in the United States and China. Creator and host of the Black Life China podcast, Tony loves all things digital and is looking forward to sharing his passion for creating content.

Connie Mitchell

Accomplished leader in Strategic Communications with 20 years of experience spanning several industries in the Washington DC area: legal, nonprofit, and education. Possesses a strong skill set to execute on complex strategic communications-- analytical/critical thinking; interpersonal communication, writing and editing-- with a special tact for teamwork, building consensus, and exceeding expectations.

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan is Serra High School's assistant director of advancement. He focuses on promoting the accomplishments, positive outcomes, and compelling stories found within their community. He created Serra’s social media presence in 2010 and has focused on cultivating a diverse audience of students, parents, alumni and prospective families. One of Jonathan's video posts from 2017 garnered more than 1,000,000 views across Facebook and Twitter.

Patty Lynch

Working at large private school in the Marketing & Communications Department. Manage their website and the communications through a content management system (Finalsite). Create web pages, online forms, news releases, email templates, media galleries and more. Promote the School through social media. Train teachers on how to use the website tool to effectively communicate to students and parents. Also coordinate the advertising and public relations.

Keith Parker

Keith is the Digital Communications and Middle School Director at Dare County Schools in Nags Head, NC. Keith is passionate about educating students, connecting his community, branding, and innovation — and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with districts in NC.

Jodie Shoemaker

Director of Marketing, Communications, and Alumni Relations at The Woods Academy. Jodie develops and implements a marketing, communication, and public relations plan while coordinating all communication efforts institution wide. She maintains a strategic and integrated relationship with the school’s enrollment and advancement efforts and establishes and build relationships with alumni.

Laurie Ehrlich

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Director of Marketing and Communications, 16+ years of integrated communications experience including marketing, strategic planning and execution, and digital media. Proven leadership abilities and outstanding organizational and people management skills. Excellent record of exceeding performance goals due to consistency in enthusiasm, creativity, detail orientation and multi-tasking.

The Jane Group

Headed by Jane Maxwell Hulbert and James W. Hulbert, The Jane Group is a global crisis communication firm based in the Chicago area. Our work is focused on schools - independent, international, charter, for-profit, Montessori and Waldorf. After 20 years of working in the education space, we know schools.

Ryan Bowse

Ryan Bowse is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Ravenna Solutions. Ravenna Solutions is a new approach to private school admissions. We partner with private school admission offices to help them elevate their process and receive better outcomes.

Finalsite Speakers

Jon Moser

Jon Moser founded Finalsite close to 20 years ago and is passionate about EdTech and digital engagement. He's sought-after as a speaker at conferences world-wide and is a widely respected thought leader and author.

April Morgan

I am a high school chemistry teacher turned trainer. My experience helping high schoolers understand detailed scientific information has translated seamlessly into helping adult learners understand complex topics. Generally, I love helping others learn. Currently, I am focused on training others about web accessibility and other related topics in order to help make digital content more usable for all.

Ty D’amore

Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) Ty D’amore is a leader in the accessibility space and vocal advocate for digital inclusivity. Instrumental in developing and managing the partnership with Finalsite, Ty specializes in managing the seamless integration of AudioEye into third-party platforms. Ty possesses an in-depth understanding of the legal and technical demands of ADA-related digital accessibility requirements.

Angelo Otterbein

Angelo graduated valedictorian from St. Paul's School in Baltimore, MD and from Princeton University. Despite getting his degree in creative writing and English Literature, it generally takes some doing to keep him from programming and breaking websites. Just after graduating, he started Silverpoint, and grew it to over 300 schools worldwide before merging with Finalsite in 2013.

Ritsa Lafond

Movies, wine, cheese that order. Wannabe snowboarder and mom to a pretty amazing daughter.

Rob Dimartino

Director@finalsite. Lovely Wife, 4 kids. Passionate about family, friends, education, and sports. Trying to connect people, share ideas, and learn everyday.

Lauren Barth

Lauren joined the Finalsite team in 2009 as a member of the integration team. As the Chief Product Officer at Finalsite, Lauren oversees the development and innovation of Finalsite's products. With customer feedback as motivation, Lauren works closely with her team members to ensure that we get great software into the hands of our clients as quickly as we can.

Hillary Mezzi

Likes tea, the beach, and board games. Loves sitcoms, Martha Stewart, and anything with stripes. Obsessed with her pets and her baby girl.

Anthony Tata

Anthony is a Senior Client Success Manager at Finalsite. He has been offering support for Finalsite clients for over 13 years. He provides training, guidance, product demonstrations, and information about products and services all with one goal — helping his clients be as successful as possible.

Kara Franco

Kara works to create educational content and training for schools and districts. She serves in areas of accessibility, product education and training. Kara is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC). She is also an avid gardener, bird watcher and loves jazz and cats!

Kate Persons

Former boarding school fundraiser. CT-to-MD transplant. Crabcake lover. Mom (a.k.a. multi-tasker). Tea afficionado. Knitter.

Manny Vargas

Husband, father of 2 kiddos and 0 pets. Passionate about everything creative, golf on occasion, drone pilot, and food photographer on the weekends.

Sam Lipscomb

Education enthusiast specializing in web presence, brand development and marketing. Experience in school and agency settings, advertising, and printing. Love working with my schools all over the western half of the United States and sharing Finalsite web solutions!

Keegan Soncha

Former chemistry teacher. Obsessed with new tech gadgets, wine in a can, and statistics. "Down" time includes video games and hiking. Loves the color pink.

Red Abbot

Red leads our team of experts who have your back when it comes to organic online searches and ads. With a long history in independent schools — as an alum, former teacher, dorm parent, coach, and now a current parent — his passion for helping you is rooted deep in his own experiences. Alongside his degree in engineering and a master’s in school leadership, it’s easy to see why clients say Red “gets them” when they discuss marketing strategy!

Daisey Fahringer

Daisey has been with Finalsite in various capacities for nearly fourteen years, and now serves on the Product Management Team as a Product Manager overseeing the direction of modules such as Athletics, Apply, Blogs & News, Forms, and more.

Julianne Hamilton

Baltimorean who enjoys art gallery hopping, discount-flight shopping, boogying and bopping, and ice cream toppings.

Alex Wack

Alex Wack joined Finalsite in 2009 and has spent the last 10 years, developing, managing, and presenting on new Finalsite products. Following Composer’s launch in 2014, Alex has also overseen the releases of Finalsite Feeds, Resources and the upcoming Mobile App.

Logan Wagner

A proud father and 6 year Navy veteran, Logan spends his free time creating worlds either on the page or in Minecraft.

Tracy Tigchelaar

Marketing and Communications professional with almost 25 years’ experience within the Independent and International Education sector. Appreciates the significant and important role of positive internal and community relations with all stakeholders - parents, students, staff and alumni — and understands the need to balance their individual needs.

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