Award Winners

2024: Kris Hagel

2023: Rod Russeau, CETL, CISSP, CISM, CDPSE

2022: Louis McDonald, CETL

2021: Don Ringelstein, CETL

2020: Jennifer Miller, CETL

2019: Andrew Moore

2018: Frankie Jackson, CETL

2017: Diane Doersch

2016: Tony Inglese

2015: John Alawneh

2014: John Vaille

2013: Jim Siegl

2012: Jean-Paul LeBlanc

2011: Michael Taylor

2010: Themy Sparangis

2009: Darrel Walery

2008: Sally Bair

2007: Jim Bosco

CoSN could not accomplish its mission without our amazing volunteers. Volunteers contribute to CoSN on committees, leadership and initiative advisory panels, state chapter boards, and more. The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of one CoSN member who has provided exemplary support to the organization over the past year. In addition, we honor several of our volunteers with induction into the CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame each year.

Thank you to our award sponsor, AT&T.


All CoSN members who have served as volunteers are eligible for this award. The winner is selected by CoSN leadership with consideration from committee chair recommendations.

2024 Award Winner: Volunteer of the Year

chris hagel

Kris Hagel, Executive Director of Digital Learning from Peninsula School District (WA)

Kris hails from the Pacific Northwest and is an active chapter leader. Over the last year he has done outstanding work on Gen AI, both for CoSN and his district. He always says yes when asked to help and provides amazing in-depth expertise. He has documented the thoughtful lessons he has learned about Gen AI policy guidance in a series of terrific blogs.

How to Apply

There is no formal nomination process, but if you know an exceptional volunteer, please email us at