2022 MAEDS Board Elections
Here are the candidates for the 2022 Election. Watch your email box for an official ballot in early December. If you are a member and did not receive a ballot please contact Merri Lynn Colligan.
Technology Director - Beal City Public Schools
Mr. Eggenberger has been serving on the MAEDS board of directors since 2004, and has not missed
attending the fall conference since his first trip in 1998. MAEDS holds a special place in his heart, and he
hopes to continue serving MAEDS and its membership for another term.
Technology guy - Macomb ISD
I am a life member of the MAEDS organization and have been a board member for over 35 years. I have nearly 40 years of K-12 technology experience. I helped take MAEDS from a mainframe and programmer driven organization to the K-12 technical organization it is today. One of my goals is to help keep the MAEDS conference a technical professional development and peer networking event for all experience levels as well as keeping the event as affordable as possible. I believe the unmatched value of our organization is the networking and knowledge sharing with our peers in districts of all sizes across the state in K-12.
Desktop Engineer - Ingham ISD
If you don't know me, I'm Chris Thomas. I'm currently the Desktop Engineer for Ingham Intermediate School District and our contracted districts, but I've also been a Coordinator and Technician with Bloomfield Hills and an intern with Huron Valley Schools in the past so I've seen some things. I'm active on the techc listserv, present often at MAEDS, and currently sit on the board for the Michigan System Center User Group (MISCUG). I'm interested in joining the MAEDS board so that I can give back to this wonderful community in a new and interesting way.
Director of Technology - Dexter Community Schools
I have been in IT in education for 17 years. I am currently the Director of Technology for Dexter
Community Schools and have been here for the past 8 years. In my spare time I coach high
school golf and keep busy working out, bowling, and keeping active with my family. I found the
MAEDS conference many years ago and thought it was a great organization to network with
colleagues. In our ever-changing industry having MAEDS to lean on, learn from, and network
with individuals that experience the same struggles I have, has played a very important role in
Director of Technology Operations - Oakland Schools
Ryan Velzy is currently the Director of Technology Operations at Oakland Schools. His career in technology began 27 years ago as a high school student in the co-op tech program with Northville Schools. While attending Ferris State University, he worked as a computer tech for Big Rapids Schools. After college, Ryan obtained a tech position with Jackson ISD. During his time here, Ryan was promoted several times, holding the following positions: Computer Tech, Database Administrator, Lead Database Administrator, and Information Systems Manager. Family commitments and timely opportunity led him to Oakland Schools. His first position was Director of Technology - Field Services, overseeing the creation of the field services model of Oakland Schools. This model currently manages over 56,000 students in Oakland County. In 2015, he was promoted to his current role, which oversees the following areas: enterprise network services, service desk, and field operations. Ryan has been a long-time member of MAEDS, attending and presenting at conferences since 2003 most recently on Cyber Security in October of 2022. Ryan is finishing his second term on the MAEDS board. During his first term, he helped the MAEDS board make the commitment to move MAEDS to Grand Traverse Resort which allowed MAEDS to grow to over 400 members in 2022. He is looking forward to contributing his time, talents, and ideas to the MAEDS members as part of the Board of Directors.