ATLIS Leadership






Executive Director
Sarah Hanawald

Appointed August 1, 2015


Sarah has been involved in independent school technology and education for more than 20 years, at Greensboro Day School, Cannon School and most recently, Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC. She’s served as a classroom teacher, a technology director, and an academic dean.  Additionally, Sarah has worked as a consultant with Educational Collaborators and independently, assisting independent schools seeking to initiate or improve technology programs.  Sarah has presented frequently at national and regional conferences on topics related to managing independent school technology and leveraging technology to improve teaching and learning.  Sarah holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master's degree from UNC-Greensboro. She lives with her family in Raleigh, NC.  Sarah tweets as @sarahhanawald







Manager of Membership and Member Services
Dr. Ashley Cross

Appointed: July 25, 2018

Before joining the ATLIS staff, Ashley served as a Director of Technology, a district-level Instructional Technology Specialist, and classroom teacher. An alumna of the first cohort of the Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors Institute, Ashley has also worked with the Tennessee Department of Education, served on national advisory boards for organizations such as Scholastic, collaborated internationally with groups ranging from the Global Ed Conference to Singapore’s Ministry of Education, and lobbied for STEM programs for women and minorities. As a graduate assistant, she worked on a National Science Foundation grant on the topic of STEM and flipped classrooms for schools in three continents. Her own research has explored makerspaces in K-12 schools as an application of constructivist learning.  Ashley has extensive conference planning experience, including ShiftinEdu (formerly Miami Device), the Tennessee Educational Technology Conference, the Sumner County Education Conference, and EdCamp meet-ups.  Ashley is a Google Certified Innovator, Apple Teacher, and a STAR Discovery Educator. She holds a doctorate in Learning Technologies from Pepperdine University.  Ashley lives in Florida (she can often be found at Disney World) and tweets at @Ashly2499.






Professional Development Director

Susan Davis

Appointed: April 1, 2017

Susan has been harnessing technology to hack education at universities and at independent schools for more than three decades -- as a techy teacher-leader of English and Language Arts, as a radical administrator, as an educational technology director, and as an edtech explorer. Following her MFA from George Mason University in Creative Writing, she earned a Certificate in Educational Technology Leadership from Goucher College and has married learning and technological innovations ever since -- blogging for Getting Smart and presenting or keynoting at conferences; serving as an online teacher, social media consultant, and virtual coach; and providing independent consulting on how to support best practices for innovative classrooms with constantly evolving digital tools. Susan lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and can be found on Twitter at @suludavis or tweeting for @theatlis.