Jeremy Anderson_PicJeremy Anderson
President of Education Commission of the States (ECS)

Jeremy Anderson is the President of the Education Commission of the States, a national organization that believes informed policymakers create better education policy. The Education Commission of the States provides education leaders with unbiased information, opportunities for collaboration and strives to ensure policymakers learn from experience. Jeremy has a strong public service record working with officials in Washington, D.C., with many governors and legislators in states and with education policy organizations around the country. Some of his accomplishments include providing strategic leadership on education policy design and implementation through projects with the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Conference of State Legislators, and many other national policy organizations.  Jeremy has served in multiple policy and governmental affairs roles for governors on state and national education initiatives and was instrumental in brokering the bipartisan passage of the largest K-12 funding investment in Kansas history, successfully averting a shutdown of Kansas schools. Jeremy currently serves on the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Board of Governors.


Cory Notestine
Counseling and Post-Secondary Coordinator of
Colorado Springs School District 11
2015 National Counselor of the Year

For the past seven years, Cory Notestine has worked as a professional school counselor in both urban and rural settings in North Carolina and Colorado.  Through collaborative efforts, and cooperative leadership he’s developed two American School Counselor Association recognized comprehensive programs that have led to increased student outcomes.  His work with students has been honored by: the North Carolina School Counselor Association, and the Colorado School Counselor Association, as Secondary School Counselor of the Years in 2011 and 2013. The American School Counselor Association mostly recently named him the 2015 National School Counselor of the Year.  Cory also provides instruction and supervision as an Adjunct Instructor in the Counselor Education Department at Adams State University. Cory has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in Psychology and a Masters in School Counseling from Gonzaga University. Cory currently resides in Alamosa, Colorado, with his wife, Lori, and son, Colin, where he and his family enjoy beautiful blue skies and the great, openness of nature.


George PernsteinerGeorge Pernsteiner
President of the State Higher Education
Executive Officers Association (SHEEO)

In 2013, George Pernsteiner became the President of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO), the national association of the chief executives of statewide governing, policy, and coordinating boards of postsecondary education. Prior to joining SHEEO, George served as Chancellor of the Oregon University System from July 2004 to March 2013. Previously in his career he served as Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Vice President for Finance and Administration at Portland State University; and Vice Provost and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Oregon. He has taught at Portland State University, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Oregon. Before beginning work in higher education, he served as a senior executive for Seattle city government. He holds degrees from Seattle University and the University of Washington.