KINBER Announces New Board Officers and Plans for  Annual Conference, KINBERCON 2018

KINBER Announces New Board Officers and Plans for  Annual Conference, KINBERCON 2018

For Immediate Release

Harrisburg, PA (Sept. 26) — At its annual board meeting, the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) announced its board officers, new board directors and plans for KINBERCON 2018, the organization’s annual conference.

“Diversification of the KINBER board is greatly strengthening KINBER’s ability to provide new and valuable services to a broader array of sectors and reinforces our role as a trusted technology resource and partner in Pennsylvania,” said Wendy Huntoon, KINBER president and CEO. KINBER experienced sustained growth in connected organizations and connection upgrades during the past fiscal year as well as a huge increase in network capacity through its new 100 GE optical equipment and network capabilities on KINBER’s statewide high-performance Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, also known as PennREN.

Kenneth Blackney, associate vice president for core technology infrastructure, Drexel University, was named as board chair after serving as vice chair. Jinx Walton, chief information officer at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for her leadership as KINBER board chair from July 2014 to Sept. 2017. Param Bedi, vice president for library and information technology, Bucknell University, was named as new vice-chair. Mark Poepping, Head IT Architect and Sr. Director, Carnegie Mellon University is the new board secretary and Dr. Celeste Schwartz, Montgomery County Community College vice president for information technology and college services as well as Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges representative, will remain as treasurer.

In its Sept. 8th elections, the board also confirmed two new individual board members: Maryam Phillips, executive director, Hosting Solutions and Library Consulting (HSLC) and Christopher Sedore, president, NYSERNet.

Philips brings thirty-five years of professional experience in public libraries, with a focus on technology to the board including her role serving as consultant to the Office of Commonwealth Libraries under the PA Department of Education. Philips received her Bachelor of Arts from Arcadia University and her Master of Information Science from Drexel University.

Sedore joins KINBER from NYSERNet, the New York Research and Education Network where he currently serves as president. He brings a deep knowledge of academic research environments and experience to the board. Sedore served previously as senior vice president for Enrollment at Syracuse University and prior to that as associate vice chancellor, Academic Operations, Syracuse University. Sedore represents KINBER’s first election of a board director outside of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Sedore holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from SUNY Empire State College.

View the complete board member listing at

Another highlight of the Sept. 8th board meeting was the announcement of plans for the KINBER annual conference, KINBERCON 2018, which is slated for April 23-25, 2018, at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel. Building on the success of the 2017 conference, the format will continue to feature a full day of conference sessions followed by a day of tutorials and workshops. For information, visit

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania’s statewide research, education and community network. The non-profit membership organization is comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and other non-profit organizations devoted to fostering collaboration through technology. Established in 2010 through a $99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER provides network connectivity and services to more than 80 organizations in Pennsylvania. KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable digital infrastructure and tools to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy. For more information, visit or follow @KINBER on Twitter.

Leslie Amorós
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