Board of Directors


NLET Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board

Ed Stanford has spent over 40 years in educational publishing. He was president of two of the three largest higher education publisher for over twenty years. He was president of what was then the Prentice Hall College Division (now Pearson) from 1984-1994. From 1994-1997, he was president of St. Martin’s College Division as it was merged into what became Macmillan College Publishing. All of that experience was “pre-digital.” From 2000 to 2011, he was president of the McGraw-Hill Higher Education Group, with the last six of those years “in education and technology,” dating the real traction and meaningful development of things-digital to about 2004-5. He was deeply involved in the development of digital strategies and digital product, including the work that led to McGraw-Hill’s learning management platform (Connect) and to their assessment products.


NLET President, Board of Directors & Founder

Freedman founded NLET because there was no national resource to research, analyze and redesign education practice and learning strategies that worked at a strategic level incorporating the advanced information technologies commonly used in consumer and commercial social and data technologies.

Freedman served as VP, Global Education Strategy for eLearning leader Blackboard, Inc. from 2005 until 2012. In this position, he visited 18 countries and met with numerous leaders in government, higher educations, schools, research institutes and related associations. He also helped create, as well as led, the Blackboard Institute, which concentrated on K-through-College progression in the U.S. Freedman’s global work for Blackboard focused on education change and innovation primarily in higher education and government policy. Short Bio (pdf)


NLET Board of Directors, Vice Chair

Dr. Resta holds the Ruth Knight Milliken Centennial Professorship of Learning Technology in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Resta’s current work focuses on information & communication technologies in teacher education and research on collaborative web- based learning environments and virtual worlds.

He serves as President of the International Jury for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Prize for ICT in Education and was recently honored at the awards ceremony by the Director-General of UNESCO for his leadership of the jury. Dr. Resta was the Founding President of The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and served as President of the International Council for Computers in


NLET Board of Directors, Executive Committee

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus is the newly selected Superintendent of the Los Alamos (NM) Public Schools. Steinhaus stepped down as Director, Community Programs Office, Los Alamos National Laboratory, where until Summer 2015 he ran an organization of over 200 people that connects the Lab with New Mexico communities, ensuring positive impact on region’s economy, environment, educational system, and quality of life. Steinhaus served as New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s Education Policy Advisor, as Deputy Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Department of Education, President of the International Society for Education and Technology (ISTE), State Director of Educational Technology New Mexico Department of Education, and Assistant Superintendent for Accountability and Information Services.


NLET Board of Directors, Treasurer, CFO

Richard S. “Dick” Metz has been in higher education administration for more than 35 years with 24 of them as the Chief Administrative and Financial officer at his institution of employment. Prior to his position as Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO at the City College of New York (CUNY’s flagship campus), he served as Vice President for Administration and Business Affairs/CFO at California State University, East Bay. Dick’s extensive experience also includes having spent time at Frostburg State University as Vice President for Administrative Services/ CFO, Lehigh University as Director of Auxiliary Services, Essex Community College as Assistant to the President, and Towson University as University Center Operations Manager.


NLET Board of Directors (Elect)

Dr. Hernandez received his MA and Ph.D. (1980) from Stanford University’s School of Education where he specialized in the History of Education. He received his B.A. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and an Associate in Arts Degree from Sierra Junior College in Rocklin, California in 1968.

Dr. Hernandez was Vice Chancellor for Students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa from August, 2006 to February, 2015. In this position he oversaw admissions, financial aid, housing services, counseling services, student health services, student government, and a set of specialized services for target groups including low-income and minority students. He also created the Online Learning Academy that provides online academic support services to students in Hawaii.

Prior to joining the University of Hawaii, he served as Vice Chancellor for students at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he oversaw all aspects of student life. Prior to UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Hernandez held several administrative positions at UC Berkeley. During his administration at UC Santa Cruz he had the role of founder and project director for the University of California College Prep initiative. This project created $10 million of online curriculum content and distributed that content to schools throughout the US.

Dr. Hernandez has extensive experience have served as a teacher’s aide, teacher, and Principal of an alternative school. He holds teaching credentials in elementary and secondary education. He has presented extensively on alternative learning and the use of technology to provide access to higher education.  He has also held administrative posts in higher education with an emphasis on expanding access and equity for low-income and minority students. His doctoral research focused on the creation of alternative public schools by communities to maintain their language and culture.

He has served on numerous boards, including the Hawai‘i Charter School Review Panel, the Legislative Task Force for Online Learning- charged with developing a report for the State of Hawai‘i, and is a founding member and former chair of the Board of Directors for the North American Council for Online Learning. (iNACOL)

Dr. Hernandez served on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) representing California and Hawaii.  Most recently he is a Board member of the Foundation for Student Success administered through NCHEMS, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), and the National Laboratory for Educational Technology.



Acting NLET Board Secretary

Patti’s marketing career spans 30 years. Prior to starting her marketing consulting business in 1997, Patti was general director of advertising for John Hancock Financial Services in charge of a $12 million advertising campaign that won all major domestic and international awards. Most of her experience has been working with small businesses and nonprofits. Patti has an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Northeastern University and a BA from Brown University. Patti served on the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Women in Business steering committee and was co-organizer of Santa Cruz Business Connect. She currently volunteers for Teen Kitchen Project, a Santa Cruz nonprofit that teaches teens to prepare healthy meals that are delivered to local cancer patients.