The KCI has brought together some of the most talented and experienced professionals with extensive backgrounds in the educational and corporate spheres with the goal of improving education in our communities.

Gay Krause, Executive Director

Gay KrauseExecutive director, Gay Krause, founded the KCI in July 1998. Gay was responsible for developing and implementing the initial vision to serve K-14 educators in professional development activities. She also led the effort to restore the former Space Science Museum into a fully equipped technology facility to serve K-14 educators, Foothill students, and the community. The KCI is available for professional development activities 24/7 both in-house and on-line throughout the state of California.

Prior to July 1998, Gay was a principal of both elementary and middle schools in the Mountain View Whisman School District. Gay served as teacher, middle school counselor, assistant principal and principal for 10 years. Gay received her B.S. degree from The Pennsylvania State University in education and special education, her M.S. degree from the University of Virginia in counseling psychology, and a credential in administrative leadership from San Jose State University and San Francisco University.

Lisa DeLapo, Innovator in Residence

Lisa DeLapoLisa DeLapo joined the KCI as Innovator in Residence in 2017. Lisa is also the current MERIT Program Director. She attended MERIT in 2013, served as an instructor in 2014 and as Assistant Director in 2015 and 2016. Lisa has taught K-12 students and teachers since 2005, and she has several years of experience as a cabinet-level Director of Technology in a public school district. Lisa has a Masters in Education with a concentration in teacher leadership, and she holds a graduate certification in network and communications management. Lisa has a multi-subject teaching credential as well as an administrative credential. Lisa earned a 2016 CUE Gold Disk, and she is a Google Certified Innovator and Microsoft Innovative Expert. She also volunteers on the East Bay CUE Board of Directors.

Liane Freeman, Strategy and Marketing Director

Liane FreemanLiane serves as the Director of Strategy and Marketing at the KCI. She works with the leadership team to develop and drive strategic initiatives, as well as the marketing/communications efforts of the organization. Liane is an experienced manager whose career has spanned software, energy, and education. Most recently, she held a number of management positions with Intuit, including Director of Information Management and Design, Small Business Division, where she led a team of 50 to significantly streamline and optimize customer interaction with the company. Prior to Intuit, she held leadership positions with the non-profit Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and was responsible for customer service and communications, product marketing, marketing communications, and account management. Throughout her career, she has managed cross functional teams working on large, complex projects. Liane has B.A. and M.A. degrees in English, as well as a teaching credential, from San Jose State University.

Kyle Brumbaugh, Director, Professional Learning Network

Kyle BrumbaughKyle joined the KCI in 2014 as Director of the Professional Learning Network. Throughout his career, Kyle has been an innovator in the use of technology in education, building a Technology Arts department at Capuchino High School. Capuchino’s Technology Arts department, the first of its kind, served over 300 students daily, created the first course in Global Communications and has been used as a model in other schools and districts.

In 2004, Kyle developed the “Digital Bridge” program, that provided home Internet access to all 9th grade students on free and reduced lunch at Capuchino. In 2006, he applied and was chosen as one of the first Google Certified Teachers. Kyle is a CUE Lead Learner, providing professional development programs coast to coast and speaking at a variety of Ed Tech Conferences; including: ISTE, CUE, MacWorld, Lead3, CLHS and others.

Elizabeth Brumbaugh, Instructor

Elizabeth BrumbaughElizabeth Brumbaugh was the Manager of Instructional Technology & Online Learning with the Santa Clara County Office of Education and was previously a middle school and high school site administrator, a new-teacher coach and an English Teacher and curriculum leader and developer. She is an author, multiple award-winner for her educational expertise, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and Common Sense Media Trainer. Elizabeth has a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership, Bachelor’s of Arts in English Literature, Associate’s of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, and Clear Teaching and Administrative Credentials.