Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 9:45am - 10:45am
Dawn Bilodeau is the chief, Department of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Education Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Personnel and Readiness, Military Community and Family Policy. She is responsible for oversight and administration of adult, non-traditional, voluntary, continuing, and post-secondary, higher education programs for the Department of Defense worldwide; the quality oversight and review of all military education programs; and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). In her previous position, Bilodeau served as the deputy director and chief of Budget and Finance for Headquarters Army Continuing Education. During her 17 year career in military voluntary education, she has served from Kentucky to Kosovo with multiple assignments to the Washington, DC area. Bilodeau has a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Arizona State University and a Bachelor's Degree from Bates College. She is also a graduate of the Army Management Staff College Sustaining Base Leadership and Management (SBLM) program. Her honors include the Department of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the Army Meritorious and Superior Civilian Service Awards, Army G1 and Army Human Resources Command Civilian of the Quarter, the CCME John Brian Service and Leadership Award, the U.S. Bank Government Outstanding Achievement Award for Innovation and the NATO Medal.
Mike Abbiatti is the Executive Director of WCET and WICHE Vice President for Educational Technologies. Abbiatti assumed the WCET leadership position in January 2015. Previously he was the director of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Educational Technology Cooperative. Abbiatti was formerly associate commissioner for information and learning technology for the Louisiana Board of Regents. He is the founding director of the successful Louisiana Board of Regents Electronic Campus, and former director of Distance Education for Louisiana State University. Abbiatti has been recognized by the Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards Program as a Laureate signifying leadership in the design, deployment, and utilization of Information Technology for the benefit of Louisiana's citizens, and is a past member of the EDNET Education Executive Advisory Board. Other national recognitions include the United States Distance Learning Association's Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in K-12 Award, Electronic Learning Magazine's Distinguished Achievement Award through the Educator of the Year Program.