External Speakers

Gary Schumacher

Gary Schumacher is an associate professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake where he teaches in the Educational Leadership Department for the School of Education. His research interests include teacher appraisal systems, human resources practices, and school planning models.

Dr. Schumacher has been serving as a new principal coach and mentor for the Harmony Public Schools for the past three years.

Dr. Hope Pamplin

Dr. Hope Pamplin is an energetic educator and leader who has a passion for counseling and teaching. She is committed to students and believes that a student’s behavioral and emotional state plays a direct role in academic achievement. A native of Austin, Texas, Pamplin attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas where she received her undergraduate degree. Pamplin earned a Master’s degree in counseling and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Prairie View A&M University.

Angelina Hudson

Angelina Hudson is a native of Houston and brings more than 15 years of professional experience serving individuals who have a brain disorder or mental illness diagnosis. Her background in management includes work as Director of Education with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Houston and Trainer with the National Council for Behavioral Health. Most recently, she accepted a position on the NAMI Texas Education Advisory Board Committee.

Erica L. Reynolds

Erica L. Reynolds has over thirteen years of experience in global organizational effectiveness including leadership development, human resources, diversity & inclusion and communications. She is the owner of E L Reynolds & Associates which specializes in addressing the factors of human behavior that affect performance and productivity. Erica has a passion for advancing organizations and their people beyond their current limitations to achieve greater results and fulfillment. She utilizes her expertise by providing services like coaching, consulting, mediation, public speaking, trainings and workshops.


Diana Sheley

Diana Sheley is a native Houstonian and proud Aggie, her background in sales, marketing, and public relations has placed her in many industries and arenas, but she loves her current role as the VP of Business Development & Community Relations at Birkman International because of her passion to help clients achieve their goals. Diana’s quest for innovation, compassion for others, high energy and zest for life is transparent in her work and with her team at Birkman.

She used to love lattes, but has recently given them up and all coffee funds go towards the tuition of her three kids in college. Diana loves exploring new places, outdoor activities, volunteering and of course chocolate.

Sharon Birkman

Sharon Birkman President and CEO of Birkman International is the second generation at the helm of the family-owned behavioral and occupational assessment company. Her leadership has been instrumental with ushering in a new era of product development and training initiatives during a time of unprecedented growth. Sharon has an M.A. from the University of Texas and completed the Harvard Owner/President Management program.

She assumed her leadership role at Birkman in 2002 following a career as a professional musician and musical director. Sharon’s integrity combined with her passion for creativity, the community, her employees and clients are defining features of her leadership style that have helped shape both Birkman’s company culture and mission.


Travis Allen

Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 8 countries, allowing him to reach an audience of over 300,000 people! He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post and Forbes. In 2011, he was the winner of Google Young Minds competition; in 2012, he was invited to the White House for Education Datapalooza; and in 2015 he won the GA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Travis is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders of the emerging digital learning movement.

Ann Cunningham-Morris

Ann Cunningham-Morris is an independent educational consultant and a member of the ASCD Faculty. Most recently, she served as the director of professional development for ASCD. She has also been a district-level instructional administrator; director of professional learning; high school, middle school, and elementary administrator or teacher leader; classroom teacher; special education resource leader, and job development specialist in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, California, and Virginia.


Phyllis Pajardo

As an ASCD Faculty member, Phyllis Pajardo presents nationally on topics such as leadership and instructional best practices. She currently serves as an assistant superintendent in City of Fairfax (Va.) Schools and is a former assistant superintendent for human resource in Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools (FCPS), the nation’s 10th largest school district.


Rob Wessman

Rob Wessman serves as CEO of Koru Strategy Group .

Rob is an education entrepreneur passionate about working with school organizations to benefit leaders, teachers, young people and families. Proven record of collaboratively innovating, developing, testing and implementing savvy data and design-driven solutions. Fueled by the love of learning, problem-solving and joyful facilitation.

Megan Marcus

Megan Marcus holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Pepperdine University. While at Pepperdine, Megan studied under Dr. Louis Cozolino and served as the lead researcher for his book, The Social Neuroscience of Education. Megan then completed a Master’s degree in Education, Policy, and Management from Harvard University, where she explored how to translate the elements of a therapists’ professional training to an educational setting. Her research with Dr. Cozolino and studies at Harvard combined to form the core beliefs that became the bedrock of FuelEd.

Since 2012, Megan has passionately served the educational community as FuelEd’s CEO.

Dr. Quentin Wright

Dr. Quentin Wright is the LSC-Tomball Vice President of Instruction. Wright formerly served as Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at Mountain View College in the Dallas County Community College District. He began his higher education career as an adjunct instructor of communication at Tarrant County College and eventually became a lead instructor as well as a department coordinator. He served as a full-time faculty member at Mountain View for eight years before being promoted to Executive Dean of Communication and Social Science. He held that position for four years before taking on his current role.