ATLIS Announces 2020 Pillar Award Winners

Bigenho, Kallmeyer, White recognized with association’s top honor

March 30, 2020—The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS), the only professional association for independent school technology directors, announced today the recognition of three highly accomplished professionals as 2020 ATLIS Pillar Award winners:

  • Dr. Chris Bigenho, Director of the Virtual Learning Academy, Lewisville Independent School District, Lewisville, Texas
  • Barry Kallmeyer, Chief Information Officer, Hathaway Brown, Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Connie White, Director of Learning Design and Innovation, Woodward Academy, College Park, Georgia

Established in 2018, the ATLIS Pillar Award program was initiated to bring attention to those often unsung heroes who exemplify the pillars of the ATLIS mission—to inform, to connect, and to reflect.

“Members of the ATLIS community have had a history of making significant impacts on the greater independent school community. Today, we honor three such leaders,” said Jason Ramsden, ATLIS Board Chair and Chief Information Officer, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, N.C. “Chris, Barry, and Connie have a long track record of being thought leaders in our space, for sharing with the community, and for giving back unconditionally. We are all better for their contributions to our profession.”

About the honorees:


Dr. Chris Bigenho is Director of the Virtual Learning Academy in Lewisville Independent School District in Texas. He has more than 30 years’ experience in public and private education including administration and teaching in the K-12 environment, as well as teaching in higher education. Prior to returning to the public sector, Bigenho spent 21 years at Greenhill School where he was Director of Instructional Technology. During his tenure, he has served on multiple local, state, and national committees and think tanks and has been a featured speaker at ISAS, NAIS, and ISTE conferences and workshops. As an international educational consultant, Bigenho has spoken at schools and conferences across the United States and South America and has done extensive work with NAIS on projects including the 21st century classroom, creating dynamic online communities, and more recently, pop-up makerspaces. Outside of his K-12 work, he is an adjunct professor and published educational researcher with interests in online learning, cognition and memory related to teaching and learning, and instructional design. Bigenho received his PhD from the University of North Texas in Educational Computing, master’s degree from Pepperdine in Educational Technology, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Music and Environmental Studies. He resides in Texas where he is a husband and proud father of three children.


Barry Kallmeyer is Hathaway Brown’s Chief Information Officer. He began his Hathaway Brown career in 1997 as the middle school technology teacher and coordinator. In 2011, he took on the role of Director of Academic Technology, a position he held for four years before transitioning to CIO in 2015. In this capacity, Kallmeyer creates strategic IT initiatives that align with Hathaway Brown’s short- and long-term goals. He has overseen the implementation of numerous initiatives, including the launch of a schoolwide 1:1 iPad and laptop program, instituting faculty laptop choice, and cybersecurity training for both employees and students. He works closely with administrators, students, faculty, and parents to deliver innovative programs and services that enhance teaching and learning. Within the ATLIS community, Kallmeyer has been an ECATD mentor, an ATLIS Guide to Self Study committee member, a writer for Access Points, a participant on the new ATLIS360 Task Force, and a vocal advocate for the ATLIS Technology Impact and Efficacy (TIE) assessment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish and a master’s in education from Washington University in St. Louis.


Connie White serves as the Director of Learning Design and Innovation at Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia.  She is a former upper school physics, chemistry and math teacher who became one of the first tech directors of a 1:1 program in the southeast. She specializes in start-up innovation initiatives, STEAM, blended learning, technology integration, professional development, brain-based strategies, educational spaces, pedagogy, assessment, and curriculum design. Throughout her career, White has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars around the world. She is the president of Atlanta Area Technology Educators, which is an ISTE affiliate, writes the education column for Southern Distinction magazine, and is a Paul Harris Fellow. White has consulted with schools nationally and internationally in the areas of technology, academics, and STEAM for more than 10 years. She leads Woodward Academy’s efforts in the areas of professional development, curriculum, and innovation. She was the recipient of the 2016 ISTE ISEN Outstanding Educator Award and serves as the Program Director of the ATLIS Institute for Early Career and Aspiring Technology Directors. A lifelong learner, she is currently working towards her Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


For more information and to learn more about previous Pillar Award winners, visit the Pillar Award page.


The Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools (ATLIS) was founded in 2014 as the only national professional association addressing the unique challenges of independent school technology directors.  ATLIS includes more than 200 member schools and more than 1,000 individual members throughout the United States. Serving both the instructional technology and information technology professionals, ATLIS offers programming, community, and resources.

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