Board of Directors
William H. Harris, Ph.D.President EmeritusAlabama State University
Dr. William H. Harris joined the Source for Learning Board of Directors in 1999. He was elected Chairman in 2002. He offers SFL extensive management and educational expertise gained during his distinguished 35+-year career serving the higher education community as a history professor, dean and the president and chief executive officer for both public and private institutions.
Dr. Harris assumed the presidency of Paine College in 1982, at the age of 37, becoming one of the youngest college presidents ever appointed at that time. He served as the college's chief executive officer for six years and subsequently led Texas Southern University as its president from 1988 to 1993. In 1994, Dr. Harris came to Alabama State University as its tenth president, and served with distinction until his retirement in 2000. Never one to shirk the call to serve, he briefly left retirement in 2005 to assume the role of interim president at Fort Valley State University and did the same thing in 2008 when he assumed the presidency of Texas College and later that year returned as Interim President of Alabama State University.
Dr. Harris graduated from Paine College with an A.B. in 1966; earned his M.A. degree from Indiana University in 1967; and was awarded a Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1973.
Carlos A. Gonzalez, Esq.
Carlos A. Gonzalez, Esq., serves as Source for Learning's Vice Chairman. He is Managing Partner of The Gonzalez Group, LLC. He attended Florida State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Political Science, and the Divinity School at Yale University, where he received an M.A. in Religion. Mr. Gonzalez earned his J.D. Degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law where he was on the law review. He serves as an appointed special master to federal courts in several states and is also an active mediator. In his private practice, Mr. Gonzalez focuses on commercial litigation and consumer fraud cases.
He is a member of the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters and an adjunct professor of law at Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and all trial courts of Georgia, The United States District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, and The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Marcia A. Bexley brings to Source for Learning more than 15 years of experience in government relations, marketing, working with the press, and organizational management. She is a Partner at Frey & Associates, where she assists with the development and implementation of government relations strategies at the local, state, and federal levels.
Ms. Bexley is also President of Bexcom, where she develops proactive communications strategies for high-tech companies, working to increase her clients’ visibility both locally and in their respective industries.
Previously, at Z-Tel Communications, Ms. Bexley worked as Vice President of Group Sales nationwide, identifying potential clients, producing all levels of marketing and promotional materials, and negotiating and closing contracts. Prior to joining Z-Tel, Ms. Bexley was Manager of Government Relations for InterDigital Communications Corporation. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for excellence, and she earned a B.A. in Organizational Management at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
Toni Cacace-BeshearsFormer CEOChildren's Harbor
Toni Cacace-Beshears recently retired as CEO of Children's Harbor (Places and Programs for Children, Inc.) in Chesapeake, VA. Throughout her career, she has worked to improve the quality of early childhood education and early childhood teachers in a variety of settings. She has been a frequent presenter at meetings of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children. She currently serves on the Tidewater Community College Advisory Committee for Early Childhood Development and the Virginia Head Start Collaboration Committee. She holds an M.S. in Child Care Administration from NOVA University.
President & CEO
Steven J. GorskiThe Source for Learning, Inc.
Steven J. Gorski became Source for Learning’s President and Chief Executive Officer in January, 2005. Prior to assuming his current duties, he was the firm’s Senior Vice President, responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Reston, Virginia office, liaison with educational affiliates in Source for Learning’s 22 ITFS/EBS markets, and oversight of all online services.
Previously, Mr. Gorski was the Vice President for Advanced Development Projects and Vice President of Corporate Sales for the Jones Education Networks (JEN). Prior to joining JEN, he developed the Affiliate Relations program at The Source for Learning/NITV.
In the twenty years before he joined The Source for Learning, Mr. Gorski managed microwave television stations for the Catholic Church in Milwaukee and Los Angeles. During this time he supervised the selection, scheduling, and evaluations of instructional television programs for over one million students. In addition, he participated in the design and production of over 250 instructional television programs. Mr. Gorski was an Evans Scholar at both the University of Illinois and Marquette University before completing his studies in Advertising and Communications at Marquette.
Senior V.P. & COO
Lynn RejniakThe Source for Learning
Lynn Rejniak is SFL’s Chief Operating Officer. She manages the ongoing operation of SFL’s Educational Broadband Service and its online services: TeachersFirst, PreschoolFirst, and TogetherForLearning. Her career spans a variety of experiences in distance education, instructional technology, corporate telecommunications services, and broadcast television. She is also the current Chair of the National EBS Association—an advocacy organization representing the interests of Educational Broadband Service operators. She holds a B.A. from the University of South Florida.
LTG Julius A. Becton, USA (Ret.)
LTG Julius W. Becton, USA (Ret.) is Vice Chairman of The Source for Learning. His public service career includes several key positions held after nearly 40 years of service in the US Army, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant General. He was the first graduate of Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) to attain “flag” rank in the military. In 1989 he was appointed the fifth president of his alma mater, a position he held until October, 1994.
Between November, 1996 and April, 1998, Gen. Becton served as Superintendent of the District of Columbia Public Schools. In 2007, he received the George Catlett Marshall Medal—awarded annually to an individual who has exhibited “selfless service to the United States of America”—in recognition of his lifelong contributions to national defense, exemplary public service to the nation, and his commitment to the highest American ideals.
A native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Gen. Becton earned his first college credit in the Philippines in 1946 and ultimately received his B.S. degree in Mathematics as a non-traditional student from Prairie View A&M College in 1960. He earned his M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Maryland in 1967.
Dale BrazalePresidentDTI International
Dale Brazale is co-founder and President of DTI International, Inc. (DTI), a Philadelphia-based consulting company specializing in information system technology, training and learning technologies and programs, and Homeland Security IT solutions. Ms. Brazale is also an Adjunct Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).
Prior to forming DTI, Ms. Brazale helped plan and guide the marketing and financial strategies of InterDigital Communications Corporation, - a pioneer in digital wireless local loop systems using TDMA and CDMA technology. She came to InterDigital with over ten years' experience in marketing in New York City.
Chuck BurbridgeExecutive DirectorChicago Teachers Pension Fund
Chuck Burbridge is Executive Director of the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, a defined benefit pension plan serving 63,000 members and managing assets of $10 billion. He previously served as CFO of the Atlanta Public Schools and the Los Angeles Unified School District, and as Director of the State and Local Government Management service for KPMG, LLP. He is also the Chair of Microsoft’s K-12 Advisory Group. He holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Illinois.
Robert FinchPresidentSelect Spectrum, Inc.
Robert Finch is President of Select Spectrum, Inc., an FCC spectrum license consulting firm. He is a wireless spectrum executive known for ability to conceive, analyze and implement strategic business change. Has built substantial value by identifying and working with others to resolve multiple complex technical and business problems. Prior to creating Select Spectrum, Mr. Finch was Vice President, Spectrum Development at Sprint Nextel Corp., and Vice President, Corporate Development for Ciena Corporation, an optical network systems manufacturer. He holds an M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University.
COL John Goetz, USA (Ret.)
John A. Goetz was an original founder of NITV. He worked closely with John Curtis, who conceived the idea of creating an organization that would provide innovative educational services to teachers in the schools where they worked.
Col. Goetz has had many years of result-oriented success in diversified management positions. As a program manager for the United States Army he planned, budgeted, and executed a $436M program to develop a variety of interactive training devices, simulators, maintenance, and logistics systems. He also managed public affairs programs on a world-wide basis for the US Department of Defense.
At McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Col. Goetz was the Program and Sales Director for videodisc programs. He was responsible for hardware development as well as applications for corporate users and customers. At Interdigital Communications Corporation Col. Goetz was Vice President of Customer Support, Sales and also served as President of IMM Institute which provided communications training to the Army.
Col. Goetz earned a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting from Michigan State University and has done advance study at the University of Alabama. He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal for Valor with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
Bonita Hamilton, Ed.D.Author and former teacher
Dr. Bonita (Boni) Hamilton is a teacher specializing in the use of technologies in education. She has taught English; worked with ESL and disabled students; as an instructional technology leader; and as an assistant principal. Her research has included work on applied statistics and research methods in elementary education. She is the author of two books on integrating technology into instruction in elementary grades. Dr. Hamilton holds an Ed.D. in Educational Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, and she is completing a Ph.D. in Urban Ecologies at the University of Colorado, Denver.
LTG William J. Hilsman, USA (Ret.)ChairmanDTI International, Inc.
LTG William J. Hilsman, USA (Ret.) is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of DTI International, Inc. (DTI), a Philadelphia-based consulting company specializing in information system technology, training and learning technologies and programs, and Homeland Security IT solutions. He also served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of InterDigital Communications for over ten years.
During his military career, Gen. Hilsman was Chief of Defense Communications and Manager of the National Communications System in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for the DoD worldwide communications and command and control systems. He also led the government's planning in response to AT&T's divestiture of the Bell System operating companies. He initiated and later served on the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), a committee composed of chief executive officers from the telecommunications and information systems industries, advising the President on issues of national security and emergency preparedness.
Clifford B. Janey, Ed.D.Sr. Research ScholarBoston University School of Education
Dr. Clifford B. Janey is a Senior Research Fellow at Boston University's School of Education. He is also the former Superintendent of the Newark, NJ public schools. Newark is New Jersey's largest school system. Dr. Janey served as Superintendent of Schools for District of Columbia Public Schools from 2004 to 2007. From 1995 to 2002 he served as Superintendent of Schools for Rochester, New York. Prior to his tenure in Rochester, Dr. Janey was Vice President of Education for Scholastic, Inc., a multimedia education publishing company. At Scholastic, he coordinated partnerships with twenty major urban districts in areas involving language development, literacy acquisition, achievement gap initiatives, and professional development.
Dr. Janey has a doctorate in Educational Policy Planning and Administration from Boston University; he holds a Master's degree in Reading and Elementary Education and a B.A. in Sociology from Northwestern University.
Katy E. Marre, Ph.D.Professor EmeritaUniversity of Dayton
Dr. Katy E. Marre is Professor Emerita and Former Associate Vice President for Graduate Studies & Research at the University of Dayton. She has a wide range of experience in the development, management, and accreditation of graduate-level degree programs, including the development and management of graduate-level degree and fellowship programs. Dr. Marre’s work in accreditation has included membership in accreditation organizations for the American Library Association, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association’s Institutional Actions Council. She holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
David W. TaylorVice PresidentPearson, Inc.
David W. Taylor is currently the Vice President, Professional Services Delivery Fulfillment for Pearson, Inc. Mr. Taylor brings more than 25 years in public education including experience as a district Technology and Media Director and served as the deputy Chief Technology Officer of a state department of education. Previously with IBM, Mr. Taylor has built his career in delivering effective software solutions to the K-12 education community. In his role with Pearson, Mr. Taylor is instrumental in delivering project management, systems integration, professional development, and school improvement services to school districts.
A native of North Carolina, Mr. Taylor holds a B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from East Carolina University, an Ed.S. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and is currently completing his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at UNCG.