Mike Reynolds is co-founder and President of Cedar Labs, where he takes an active role in shaping both the technical architecture and product direction of the organization. His participation in a number of ed-tech think tanks (including the Minnesota Tech Advisory Committee and Minnesota SIF Committee) is helping to shape his home state's approach to the role technology will play in supporting 21st century learning.

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Prior to Cedar Labs, Mike spent 16 years building his foundation of entrepreneurial, technical, and domain knowledge needed to successfully launch a "market-disrupting" ed-tech initiative. This experience was gained through a number of memorable and rewarding engagements, including: - Founding member of a successful start-up company focused on Credential and Certification Management - Over 10 years consulting on various high profile enterprise application integration projects for a number of Fortune 500 companies - Senior Architect at a non-profit Education Technology Consortium - representing over 50 districts across the state of Minnesota In 2012, Mike was asked by the International SIF Association to lead the Global Infrastructure Team in their mission to modernize the specification. After over a year of intense collaboration with a team spanning 3 continents and 16 time zones, v3.0 of the SIF Specification was released - the most ambitious and forward looking SIF release since its inception over a decade ago. Along with this ongoing leadership position (v3.2 is now under active development), Mike also sits on SIF's International Technology Board and is an active participant on the Student Record Exchange task force. Mike earned a dual concentration in Information Systems and Operations Management from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Aside from hammering away on his computer, Mike enjoys fly fishing in the mountains of Idaho and spending time with his active family.



David has 20 years of experience in the software industry ranging from consulting with large-scale software development programs to ground-up development with smaller entrepreneurial organizations. Whether writing back-end logic engines or providing expertise on full-stack architecture, David has a proven track record of building scalable, future-proof systems.



With 15+ years working on enterprise systems, Tim Heckel has experience that runs the gamut between private sector and non-profit software development. As the creator of slatebox.com and an active member of the open source community, he is a strong advocate for providing open and intuitive education software.



Ben has over 15 years of experience working with education organizations, leading the use of data, assessment, and technology to improve student outcomes. He has led the design, development, and implementation of numerous software applications for education, ranging from enterprise to boutique applications.

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Ben holds his Ph.D in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and has a research background in the areas of student assessment, data-based decision making, systems-level change, and technology implementation in education. He has published and presented extensively on these topics, to both academic and practitioner audiences. Ben has worked with school district consortia for the majority of his career, and he continues to lead efforts to promote cooperative use of technology resources and data across school districts, to achieve the shared mission of better outcomes for students.



E. Clarke Porter

E. Clarke Porter co-founded Integral7 (now Pearson Credential Management) in 2001 and serves as its Chairman, Vice President and General Manager. He founded Pearson VUE in 1994 and served as its Chief Executive Officer. He was a founding employee of Prometric and, through key partnerships with IT industry players such as Novell and others, was one of the pioneers of IT certification. He established himself as a true “Titan of Testing” as co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of VUE where he led in exploiting the Internet to provide new products such as candidate self-service and enhanced exam scheduling.

Alex Jackl

Alex Jackl

Alex Jackl is a technology strategist, data scientist, and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience leading the development of technology and policy solutions for educational enterprise systems. Alex is nationally recognized as a consultant and leader in both state, national, and multinational initiatives, developing practical applications for use of standards and data. His focus is on the implementation of mature, modern architectures and strategies. Alex also works closely with leaders on strategic storytelling and visioning skills to prepare and enable organizations to implement effective, successful, and long-lasting transformation.

Ron Kleinman

Ron Kleinman

Ron Kleinman recently retired after a 40+ year working career primarily focused on the various ways that organizations can most effectively apply computer technology to meeting their specific needs. In his last position as the Chief Technical Officer of the non-profit School Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA), Ron led and coordinated teams of volunteers to develop, agree on and standardize a set of technical software solutions which were then implemented and seamlessly deployed in School Districts around the country. He continues to teach the occasional computer science courses at a local area college in the evenings and finds his interactions with students to be extremely rewarding.