Hackboard 17 Judges

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Please meet your Celebrity judges for Hackboard 17!


TimTom127x178.pngTim Tomlinson

Chief Product Officer



Tim serves as Blackboard’s Chief Product Officer. In this role, he is responsible for the design and development of the company’s innovative and comprehensive product portfolio.


Tim has more than twenty years of experience engineering technology solutions and leading software development projects and teams. Previously, he was Blackboard’s Vice President of Product Development, where his responsibilities spanned leadership of open source services from Moodlerooms and NetSpot, Blackboard’s Analytics product portfolio, solutions for K12 Community Engagement, and most recently, Blackboard Learn. In that role, he established a new Cloud Services Product Development team in 2012 and spearheaded the company’s first steps on the path to embracing SaaS and public Cloud technologies.


Prior to joining Blackboard in 2009, Tim served as Director of Software Development for ANGEL Learning. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Technical Advisory Board for the IMS Global Learning Consortium.


Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and has earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute.


As a first-generation college graduate and the father of three daughters, Tim has both a professional and a personal devotion to the furtherance of education as a pathway to expanded opportunity and personal development.




Katie Blot 1-127x178.jpgKatie Blot

Chief Strategy Office



Katie Blot is Chief Strategy Officer. In this capacity, she’s responsible for aligning Blackboard’s business to industry and customer needs – overseeing key functions including industry strategy and development, business line leadership, product and partner management, marketing – and ensuring we build and deliver products and services that our customers love.


Prior to joining Blackboard, Katie held positions at the U.S. Department of Education including Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Federal Student Aid and Deputy General Manager for the Application, School Eligibility and Delivery Services Unit where she was responsible for processing over 14 million student applications for federal student aid and delivering over $60 billion in Title IV programs.


Katie began her career in the higher education group at BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting). In her 10+ years there, she worked with hundreds of schools advising on the effective delivery of student services.

Katie has over 20 years of experience in the education industry, providing leadership in the business and technology realms. She understands how to realize the benefits of effectively aligning human capital, business processes and technology to achieve business objectives at educational institutions and the success of their students. Katie has also served as a national speaker presenting on topics such as: “STEM Education and the Power of Technology,“ “Achieving Learning Outcomes in a Changing Education Landscape“ and “What’s Next for Education: The New Course Ecosystem.“


Katie earned her BA in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University in 1993.


As mother of three boys, Katie is both professionally and personally dedicated to advancements in education. She is actively involved in research and trends in student-learning outcomes, competency-based learning and the links between education and employment. She participates in discussions on innovation in education and serves on the Executive Board of a local early-childhood education provider, the Board of Directors of the NEA Foundation, and the Board of Directors of UPCEA.


michaelking-127x178.jpgMichael King

Vice President and General Manager, Global Education Industry



Michael King is the worldwide leader for the IBM Education Industry with responsibility for strategy, marketing and sales across schools and higher education.   He oversees IBM’s work with K12 schools and higher education institutions, including the development of industry specific solutions.  IBM’s portfolio in Education includes consulting and IT services, analytics tools and other software, as well as cloud and high performance computing.


He has been with IBM for over 30 years in various executive and management positions, with most of those in education and learning.   Michael’s passion has been constantly leveraging new technology to improve education for institutions and students.  He helped deliver programs like ThinkPad University, Insight at School, LearningVillage and many others.  Michael also worked in IBM’s corporate training segment, leading marketing, strategy and partner programs.  Most recently, he helped direct IBM’s strategy for cognitive computing in Education, bringing Watson to classroom, campus, and career.


Michael serves on the board of several organizations focused on Education.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Strada Education Network, supporting their mission of “completion with a purpose”.   He serves on the board of the Business – Higher Education Forum, a leadership group dedicated to improving the alignment of Education with workforce needs.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, which fosters industry collaboration to build interoperable technology systems through industry standards. 


Michael holds Bachelors of Science degrees in Physics and Engineering from Kansas State University and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.



Chalapathy Neti

Vice President, Development and Offering Management, IBM Watson Education



Chalapathy Neti is currently the Vice President, Innovation, IBM Watson Education.


Prior to this role, he was Director of Education Transformation (2013-2015), leading IBM’s global innovation agenda to define and develop information technology innovations to transform education towards a more personalized, outcome-based and low-cost system.  Prior to this role he was Director and Global Leader, Healthcare Transformation, at IBM Research (2010-2012).  In this role he co-led an IBM wide strategy to define IBM’s approach to healthcare transformation and led an orchestrated innovation effort across the worldwide team, culminating in the launch of foundational solutions like IBM Smarter Care solutions in 2012, and leading to the launch of first industry-specific IBM Watson Health business unit in 2015.  Prior to this role, he held a variety of senior management and technical positions in IBM Research and IBM business divisions: Senior Manager of Information Analysis and Interaction (2005-2008) technologies, managing several research groups to develop text, image and video analysis technologies and its application to Bio-medical Informatics, Medical Imaging and Decision intelligence (e.g. Customer Intelligence, Fraud detection and Video Surveillance); CTO of IBM’s Digital Media business (2004) leading the development of Digital media management offerings; Manager of audio-visual speech technologies (2001-2003) to lead the development of rich media analysis (speech, audio and video) and mining. He has been with IBM since 1990.


Chalapathy Neti received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (1990), and B.S degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (1980).  He has more than 25 years of advanced R&D, sales and consulting experience and has authored over 50 scientific publications and 16 patents in various fields related to bio-medical informatics, medical imaging, speech and video analysis, Computational Neuroscience and VLSI Design. He was an active contributor to Institute of Medicine on Evidence-based Medicine and Learning Healthcare Systems. He was a co-organizer of the National Cancer Policy Forum/Institute of Medicine Workshop on A Foundation for Evidence-Driven Practice:  A Rapid Learning System for Cancer Care”(2009), and IOM workshop on “Improving the clinical data utility” (2009). He was an active contributor to the scientific discourse on the role of I/T in Education and healthcare as a panelist/speaker including GSV Advisors CEO summit (2015), Wharton Healthcare Summit (2015), Health 2.0 (2011), NIH conference on “Advancing Rare Diseases Research” (2010) and the Congressional Panel on “How I/T is changing Medical Research” (2009). He represented IBM strategy in Education and healthcare transformation through media interviews and social media presence (http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/16/ibm-reveals-its-top-five-predictions-for-the-next-five-years/?cm_mc_uid=15682333897014393948923&cm_mc_sid_50200000=1454354231



He served on the Editorial Board of IEEE Lifesciences Portal. He is a former member of IEEE Multimedia Signal Processing technical committee (2001-2004), an associate editor of IEEE transactions on Multimedia (2002-2005) and a guest editor for the IBM Systems Journal.  He is currently a member of the IBM Academy of Technology (an association of the top IBM technical leaders).


Leo_Zhadanovsky_1_02-15-127x190.jpgLeo Zhadanovsky

Principal Solutions Architect

Amazon Web Services


Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services, spends his days (and occasional nights!) helping customers best leverage AWS services in order to help them build highly-available, scalable and elastic architectures to fulfill their business needs. As a speaker, Leo has delivered talks at conferences around the world, including Re:Invent, OmniTI Surge, and PuppetConf. Previously the Director of Systems Engineering at the Democratic National Committee, he’s also run the DNC's on-premise and cloud infrastructure, in use by the Obama campaign, state and local Democratic parties. This infrastructure was used to support hundreds of millions of dollars in online donations, and withstood significant amounts of election day traffic.


In his free time, he enjoys travelling the world, going for a bike ride, and trying out new restaurants in whatever city he finds himself in.


Warren Santner - 127x190.jpgWarren Santner

Manager, Solutions Architecture

Amazon Web Services


Warren Santner has combined his passion for education and deep knowledge of technology to help Education customers reap the benefits of cloud computing.  At Amazon Web Services, Warren advises education leaders on ways to improve teaching and learning experience, reduce costs, and improve overall efficiencies through technology transformation. Before AWS, Warren was a teacher and IT lead in multiple schools and districts.  Warren has a Master’s Degree in Education from Arizona State University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.