Board & Staff
Our board represents a cross-section of our community and is an advocate for the cause. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization so that the funds raised directly affect results.
President: Melissa Getz
Melissa earned her California teaching credential in 1995 and has been in and out of classrooms with chairs and tables, as well as virtual ones, over the last twenty years. When she had her own classroom, she taught chemistry and started a biotechnology course for high school students. Her academic experiences range from graduating Magna Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 1991, to earning a MS in plant pathology at UC Davis in 1994, becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) in 2010, and lately earning a Masters in Educational Technology (MET) from Boise State University online (2014). In the last four years, she learned that she needed a teaching credential to teach students in that state, whether it be online or in person, so she now has a teaching credential in science for twenty-three states.
Vice President: Dave Menshew, M.A. Ed. National Board Certified Science Educator
I am honored to be able to bring my experience as an educator to Cloud Craft Classroom and thereby support the mission of narrowing the digital divide between students seeking to develop the 21st Century skills they need to be successful. CCC offers real solutions to those who are marginalized and disadvantaged due to limited access to computing resources.
As someone who has developed many resources to support student learning, and who has seen the power of the Internet to affect student understanding, I am proud to be a part of this effort.
Major Gifts Officer: Emily Rice
The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes during meetings, and for publishing them so they can be put online. She will also correspond with people who choose to donate or with other groups who provide funding so they know how their money is being spent.
Treasurer and CTO: Pete Handley
The treasurer makes sure all of our accounting needs are done legally. This person is primarily responsible for communicating with the IRS, too.
Pete also does all of the technology part with respect to building the virtual machines and loading them with software.
Nonprofit Expert: Alice B
Alice is an Occupational Therapist (OT) who works with children in an elementary school setting. Her position requires her to have extensive understanding of how technology can be used to help meet students’ needs. As an OT, she has worked in a school for children with cerebral palsy in China and has volunteered in a home for people with disabilities in Kenya. Before working as an OT in the US, she worked with under-resourced students in the US, as well as in Croatia, Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Not only does she have extensive experience working with children, but she helps out her father with his nonprofit, The Volunteer Farms of Virginia, which grows fruits and vegetables for area food banks.
Homeschooling Expert: Dr. E. Estabrook
Dr. Estabrook earned her PhD in molecular biology. Melissa met her when she was a post-doc in the lab where Melissa earned her Master's degree. In the mid 1990's, Dr. Estabrook and her husband relocated to a somewhat remote location in California. When her son reached school age, homeschooling seemed like the best option. Her son recently graduated from college, and her daughter is in her last year of high school. Dr. Estabrook is active in her local homeschooling network, and works with public and private school students when she tutors them. She plans to stay connected with homeschoolers in her area for the near future.