Illinois Computing Educators

ICE's Mission

The mission of Illinois Computing Educators is to lead the educational community in enhancing learning through technology.

ICE's Vision

Illinois Computing Educators is the leader in supporting and promoting innovative education for all.

ICE's Goals

  • Professional Development: Support and provide professional development opportunities in educational technology through collaborative communities.
  • Advocacy: Build relationships with other organizations by being the premier education technology visionary and voice for Illinois.
  • Leadership: Forge partnerships to advance 21st century digital literacy.
  • Membership / Chapter Development: Increase ICE membership by creating new chapters and affiliations, attracting new members, and strengthening existing chapters.
  • Outreach / External Communications: Become the recognized educational technology portal.
  • Fundraising / Sponsorships: Increase funding through partnership, sponsorship, membership and grant writing.
  • Collaboration / Internal Communication: Improve collaboration and communication for members through print and interactive tools.

ICE Office

Welcome to the Illinois Computing Educators organization (ICE). ICE is an organizational affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). If you would like more information about ICE, please contact:

Amber Heffner
Executive Director
777 Army Trail Blvd.
Addison, Illinois 60101
Phone: 630-628-1088
Fax: 630-628-5388  

Jenna Hnilo
Marketing & Events Program Coordinator
777 Army Trail Blvd.
Addison, Illinois 60101
Phone: 630-628-1088
Fax: 630-628-5388

Rod McQuality
Finance & Resource Manager
777 Army Trail Blvd.
Addison, Illinois 60101
Phone: 630-628-1088
Fax: 630-628-5388

Vanessa Nelson
Administrative Assistant
777 Army Trail Blvd.
Addison, Illinois 60101
Phone: 630-628-1088
Fax: 630-628-5388

ICE Executive Board Members

  • Briana Allen           President
  • John Closen           President-Elect
  • Nicole Zumpano     Past President
  • Mike McGowan       Secretary
  • Tim McIlvain           Treasurer

ICE Governing Board Members

  • Amy Lamberti                    Conference Co-Chair
  • David Chan                        Conference Co-Chair
  • Tom Gross                          ISLMA Representative
  • Maureen Chertow Miller      IETL Representative
  • Kim Darche                        Professional Development Committee Chair
  • Rick McCall                        Professional Development Committee Chair
  • Phil Hintz                          Advocacy Chair
  • Angie Sutherland             Awards Co-Chair
  • Deb Thomson                 Awards Co-Chair
  • Joanna Carroll                TECH 2018 Co-Chair
  • Toni Hotzfield                TECH 2018 Co-Chair
  • Jerry Swedberg               At-Large Member

Chapter Representatives

  • Heather Giles             DeICE         (Joliet and surrounding areas)
  • Vanessa Witherill       entICE         (West Central IL area)
  • Joan Kane                  ICE-CAP     (Chicago area)
  • Toni Hotzfield           ICE-CHIP     (South Suburban area)
  • Erin Preder                ICE-COLD   (West Suburban area)
  • Joanna Carroll           ICE-HOI      (Illinois River Counties / Peoria area)
  • Jim Peterson              IllinICE       (Bloomington/Normal area)
  • Mindy Fiscus             ICE-SI         (Southern Illinois)
  • Matt Sly                     MICE           (Champaign/Rantoul area)
  • Bo Warmbold             NICE           (Northern suburban area)
  • Chris Wherley            SpICE         (Springfield area)
  • Dallas Turner             SLICE          (Rockford area)  
  • Lisa Schwartz             WICE          (West Districts of IL)       

ICE: A Brief History

In 1986, a group of approximately 30 educators met to discuss the possibility of forming a statewide organization for computer-using educators. Since its inception, ICE has steadily grown. The organization has continually expanded its membership and has shown leadership in encouraging the development, growth and use of technology in all facets of the educational process. ICE has come a long way in a short time. It will continue to grow and change based on the needs of its members. The dedication and energy that has characterized ICE in the past will continue to make it the viable, important organization that it is today.

Past Presidents of the Illinois Computing Educators

1987-1988   Sharon Pikul

1988-1989   Sam Ritchie

1989-1990   Penny Ellsworth

1990-1991   Mike Warner

1991-1992   Faith Caron

1992-1993   Jim Flanagan

1993-1994   Tom Bookler

1994-1995   Frada Boxer

1995-1996   Gerry Zeller

1996-1997   Bonnie Thurber

1997-1998   Penny Kelly

1998-1999   Andy Glowaty

1999-2000   Guy Ballard

2000-2001   Kathy Bjelland

2001-2002   Connie Hodson

2002-2003   Phyllis Rieman

2003-2004   Sharnell Jackson

2004-2005   Patricia Haughney

2005-2006   Penny Swartz

2006-2007   Judith Satkiewicz

2007-2008   Kathleen Molloy

2008-2009   Ginger Long

2009-2010   Lorie Ferguson

2010-2011   Phil Lacey

2011-2012   Nadine Norris

2012-2013   Anne Truger

2013-2014   Randy Hansen

2014-2015   Charlene Chausis

2015-2016   Jerry Swedberg

2016-2017   Nicole Zumpano