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Left to right: David Willard, Matt Dattilo, Gordon Woodrow, Heather Chirtea, Annemarie Frank, and not pictured: Bill Leo.

Gordon Woodrow
Director

As Executive Director, Gordon works with technology manufacturers, educational service providers and lease financing companies to provide affordable solutions for Digital Wish members. He has developed working partnerships with other nonprofits to create programs mutually beneficial to their members.

Prior to Digital Wish, Gordon was the Director of Operations of Tool Factory, Inc. an educational technology company that specialized in marketing educational K-12 and special needs software from publishers in the UK, Australia and Sweden to US schools.

Gordon also has extensive experience in environmental regulatory programs and pollution prevention.

Gordon has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology degree from Ithaca College, New York and a Master of Science in Biological Sciences from the State University of New York, Binghamton.


Board Members

Heather Chirtea
Founder / Chairman of the Board


Heather Chirtea is the Executive Director of Digital Wish, a nonprofit on a mission to solve technology shortfalls in education. Heather was a former board member for VITA-Learn, the Vermont ISTE affiliate rep. She's managed development of apps, websites, conducted over 2,000 public speaking seminars with keynote cameos, and co-wrote 5 books on education technology. In 2009 she founded Digital Wish based on a seed grant from Olympus, and subsequently generated 2-year growth to $5.9M - bringing over $17M in technology donations to schools and impacting 500,000+ students nationwide. In the same era, the nonprofit was awarded an Obama stimulus grant for $1.125M dollars to bring 1:1 technology to 30 towns across Vermont which increased student technology proficiency by 30%. The membership of 64,000 technology educators at www.digitalwish.org benefits from free resources including a robust lesson plan library, developed through partnerships and grants from Motorola, Dell, Verizon, Microsoft and more. Since COVID-19, Digital Wish is contending with exponential demand to deliver thousands of donated hotspots to schools.

Matthew J. Dattilo
Chief Information Officer, ModusLink

Matthew J. Dattilo joined ModusLink Global Solutions as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in February 2007 and is responsible for providing information technology (IT) leadership for ModusLink Global Solutions and its subsidiaries. Matt brings strong leadership, business acumen and strategic planning and execution capabilities to the company, based on more than two decades of IT leadership experience.

Before joining ModusLink Global Solutions, Matt served as Vice President and CIO of PerkinElmer, Inc., where he had IT and operational responsibility for the $1.6 billion global manufacturer of high-tech, health sciences products and services. Matt joined PerkinElmer in 2001 serving as Vice President and CIO of a key division, PerkinElmer Life Sciences, Inc., where he was the strategic and operational leader and oversaw the systems and process integration of two acquisitions, which tripled the division's size in a two-year period.

Prior to his tenure at PerkinElmer, Matt gained valuable experience at General Electric, Inc. (GE) where he served in a range of IT and management roles for various business units over a 20 year period. Matt holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Pace University and a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut, in addition to being certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Annemarie Frank
(former) Chief Marketing Officer, Ideal Image MedSpa


Annemarie joined Ideal Image from 2016 to 2019 as Chief Marketing Officer where she led all marketing functions for the company ranging from media planning, brand development, social media and public relations.

Prior to Ideal Image, she worked at HSN for five years as Vice President of Digital Marketing where she directed the strategic marketing plans for HSN's digital channels.

Prior to her time at HSN, Annemarie held positions at Avon Products, Benefit Cosmetics and American Express, all with a focus on digital marketing and eCommerce.

Annemarie holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Information Technology from the Stern School of Business at New York University and a B.S. in Management from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Bill Leo
President and Sr. Consultant, Summit Technology Group, LLC


Bill consults businesses of all sizes and verticals on the effective use of technology to align with their business strategy, providing board governance and "C" level executive services on retainer. Bill has been instrumental with helping businesses become more competitive through the effective use of the right technologies to support growth.

With over 30 years' experience in business and Information Technology, Bill has held executive, leadership and IT Project Management positions across large global enterprises and industries including Northwell Health, Community Healthcare Association of NYS (CHCANYS), Oliver Wyman Delta Organization and Leadership, Prudential Financial, Joseph E. Seagrams, EF Hutton and has consulted for IBM and Kaplan Test Prep.

Bill has been the recipient of numerous awards for the development and deployment of new technology solutions and applications. He is a results-driven professional with extensive experience leading people and project teams, implementing technology programs and administering multimillion-dollar budgets. Possessing an in-depth understanding of emerging technologies and their commercial application to support business strategy, Bill has also been an author and contributor to many industry articles and magazines.

In addition to his professional life, Bill is an active volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician for the East Fishkill NY Fire District and is an Emergency Medical Services lab instructor for the Dutchess community college EMS program and is active in many charitable organizations.

David Willard
(Retired) Senior Executive, Olympus Corporation


David Willard retired from Olympus Corporation of the Americas in 2010 after a 31-year career with the company. Earlier in his career, he had worked for Bell & Howell and Vivitar in sales and marketing capacities. Dave held senior executive positions in the imaging business at Olympus from 1980 to 1998, spanning the transition of cameras from film-based to digital. Dave received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) in March, 2009 for his contributions to the imaging industry.

From 1998 until 2010, Dave served in various executive positions at Olympus, including Director of Internet Business Development and Director of Corporate Marketing and Community Services. During this period, Dave was involved in the start-up of Digital Wish as a business partner and inception funder.

Since his retirement from Olympus, Dave has been involved as a community volunteer and leader, serving on the Boards of several nonprofits. In addition to Digital Wish, Dave serves on the Boards of Lehigh Valley Public Media (LVPM), a public media organization operating television and radio stations, and ArtsQuest, a leading local arts and cultural nonprofit. He served as an elected official on the Lower Saucon Township Council from 2012-15.

Dave has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Dave and his wife, Monica, live in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.



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