ISTE Leadership Team

The ISTE Leadership Team works closely with the ISTE Board of Directors to serve our membership and ensure excellent organizational performance. The team is made up of the organization’s CEO and division heads, who each lead a major functional area supporting the nonprofit.

Meet the Leadership Team

Richard Culatta

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Culatta, chief executive officer, brings vast experience in education policy, teacher preparation, educational technology and innovation to his role with ISTE.

Culatta is a longtime ISTE member and a past recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award.

Prior to joining ISTE, Culatta served as the chief innovation officer for the state of Rhode Island. In this role, he focused on developing partnerships to improve opportunities for students, including launching a program to make Rhode Island the first state to offer computer science in every K-12 school and creating a state vision for personalized learning.

As the director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, promote personalized learning and develop the National Education Technology Plan. He also pioneered new ways for the department to engage with educators and tech developers.

Prior to his role with the Department of Education, Culatta served as an education policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. He was also the learning technologies adviser for the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University where he redesigned the technology component of the teacher prep program. He also served as the director of operations for the Rose Education Foundation, which brought the first internet connections to schools in rural Guatemala.

Culatta began his career in the classroom as a high school teacher and, across his career, has coached educators and national leaders around the world on using technology as a tool to reimagine learning.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching and a master's in educational psychology and technology, both from Brigham Young University.

Tracee Aliotti, Chief Marketing Officer
Tracee Aliotti
Chief Marketing Officer

Tracee Aliotti, chief marketing officer, is a marketing professional specializing in brand development and management, strategic marketing planning and execution, and digital and content strategy development. In her role, Tracee oversees membership communications and all ISTE marketing efforts tied to brand management and growth, marketing and editorial content strategy, social media, web and digital experiences and design and creative services.

Previously, Tracee served as the organization's marketing director and then senior director of marketing and brand management. A few of her major contributions to ISTE include project management of the organization's 2013 rebrand effort, implementation of a structure to support brand management and the rollout of an agile marketing program.

Prior to joining ISTE, she worked as a senior account manager at a brand design firm, where she led the creation of comprehensive brand and marketing programs for a diverse portfolio of clients. During her time at the firm, Tracee had the opportunity to work as the lead project manager on many major accounts, including the 2008 USGA Women's Amateur; City of Rochester, Minnesota; University of Oregon Alumni Association; and the City of Beaverton, Oregon. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a marketing and communications emphasis from the University of Oregon.

Rebecca Caldwell
Chief Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer

Rebecca Caldwell, chief corporate and foundation relations officer, is a high-energy leader, experienced fundraiser, collaborator and strategic planner. Rebecca has an important mix of strong corporate and nonprofit experience, a passion for education and a belief that effective technology can catalyze community change. Rebecca believes that relationships based on trust and performance lead to true and mutually beneficial corporate, nonprofit and individual partnerships.

Prior to joining ISTE, Rebecca served as director of corporate relations at United Way Worldwide, headquarters for United Way, the world’s largest privately held nonprofit. At United Way Worldwide, Rebecca focused on deepening relationships with Fortune 500 corporations through fundraising, corporate social responsibility impacting work alignment, cause marketing and sponsorship opportunities. Prior to joining United Way Worldwide, Rebecca held key positions at Sprint’s headquarters, where she worked for 15 years developing national initiatives for employee engagement, volunteerism, sponsorship and brand marketing. She advised on CSR programs, such as the Sprint Foundation’s education funding, and represented the company in many national forums on philanthropy.

Rebecca has served in leadership positions for corporate and nonprofit organizations and has supported K-12 programs and initiatives through funding throughout her corporate career. Her fundraising and engagement strategies drove increased participation and giving in corporate social responsibility, consumer marketing and sponsorships.

Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism focused on public relations and advertising and a minor in sociology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jim Flanagan, Chief Learning Services Officer
Jim Flanagan
Chief Learning Services Officer

Jim Flanagan, chief learning services officer, has more than 25 years of diverse experience in public and private education. Before joining ISTE, he owned and operated Flanagan Education Services, a consulting firm that helped schools and education companies identify and implement best practices to enhance teaching, personalize learning and improve management practices. His educational technology experience includes expertise in instructional software, online courses, specialized programs, administrative software, analytics programs, hardware, network services, professional services and strategic consulting.

Previously, Jim held roles as the CIO and director of research, assessment and evaluation for the St. Louis Public Schools and served on the Chicago Board of Education. This experience provided him with a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges of today’s education ecosystem from a leadership perspective.

Jim has extensive experience with education services corporations, including Amplify, Connections Education (Pearson), Public Consulting Group and Education Networks of America. He has also worked with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills to advocate for improvements in education, and he currently serves as treasurer for TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School board of directors.

Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in finance and marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Jessica Medaille
Chief Membership Officer

Jessica Medaille, chief membership officer, is an experienced leader in nonprofit associations and in the post-secondary private education sector. She previously worked in large corporations and new venture start-ups, holding executive positions in education and association management, membership development, conferences and events, marketing, sales, operations, customer service, and business development. She joined ISTE in 2005 after serving as a regional director at Kaplan Inc. and as vice president of operations at Teacher Universe.

A collaborative leader and creative problem solver, Jessica is recognized for guiding innovative teams that support educators who are transforming the way students learn and teachers teach. She leads cross-organizational efforts that promote excellence, program fulfillment and positive culture. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bryn Mawr College.

Jennifer Ragan
Jennifer Ragan-Fore
Chief Events Officer

Jennifer Ragan-Fore, chief events officer, is an association and events professional with overall responsibility for the content and logistics of the ISTE Conference & Expo, including event strategy, general session production, program content, citywide site selection and information delivery. She leads a talented team of internal event staff, partners and specialized contractors in all phases of event design and execution.

Jennifer has served ISTE in a variety of membership and conference roles. In 2005, she worked as director of special interest groups, then progressed to general membership director, director of new media and member communities, and most recently, senior director of conference services. In each of these roles, she’s had the good fortune of working closely with amazing members, volunteers and presenters who are transforming education. Some of Jennifer's key ISTE accomplishments include the launch of ISTE’s Second Life community and television series, creation of ISTE’s webinar series and significant growth in ISTE’s conference attendance and programming.

Prior to joining ISTE, Jennifer worked in event-focused roles within higher education at Northwestern University, Emory University and the University of Washington. At UW, Jennifer was responsible for the launch of a public-private outreach center that brought Seattle’s corporate and academic communities together, and for the launch of a national executive conference, production of a television series that aired on the Research Channel and creation of a research magazine.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s School of Communication with a double major in performance studies and anthropology. She serves on three industry boards including Visit Denver, Visit San Antonio and Maritz Travel.

Craig Thibaudeau, Chief External Relations Officer
Craig Thibaudeau
Chief External Relations Officer

Craig Thibaudeau, chief external relations officer, is an innovative and strategic thinker with a passion for the difference education can make for our children, our schools and our world. Craig has more than 30 years of senior-level association management experience representing U.S. nonprofit, domestic and international organizations. Working with education, corporate, political and diplomatic leaders, he has directed strategic initiatives supporting public policy at the international, national, state and local levels of government. During his career, he has specialized in nonprofit strategic planning, legislative advocacy, marketing and communications, membership, and event management.

Craig oversees ISTE’s government relations and affiliate membership programs. He joined ISTE in November 2012 following more than 10 years with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, where he served as executive director for external relations and executive director for mobilization and outreach.

Craig received his bachelor’s degree in political sociology from Eisenhower College and completed the professional development program in association management through the American Society of Association Executives and the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland.