Founder and Board President
Ari Ioannides has more than 35 years of experience solving computer problems. He started programming in high school as part of a public school pilot program in which students taught each other programming. An alumnus of Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology, Ari supplemented his formal education with technical certifications from Apple, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Novell, Microsoft, HP, Cisco, and 3Com. He took his first information technology position at Sears in 1979 as the company’s youngest mainframe computer operator. In 1988 Ari founded what is now Emerald Data Solutions where he has helped organizations like BellSouth, Ernst & Young and Turner Broadcasting deploy and operate fast and reliable computer systems. Ari pioneered hardware and software designs for the first “on demand” digital music-playing system used in professional sports. His team also designed and implemented Georgia’s first online student performance reporting system. In 2000, Ari developed board management technology for Marietta City Schools in Georgia and formally launched BoardDocs® nationally in 2002. As the Chief Software Architect, he has enhanced the governance process of more than 2,000 local governing bodies.
Ari serves as Vice Chair for Recycle Utah and previously served on the board of the Park City Education Foundation. Ari has been a guest speaker at the International City/County Management Association, the National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators. He has authored numerous articles and white papers and has been published in leading industry journals, including Network Computing.
Ari founded BootUp to ensure all elementary students have an opportunity to benefit from the problem-solving skills and creativity coding teaches. He believes coding needs to be a core subject, beginning in elementary school, for all students to be exposed.
Superintendent, Park City School District
Dr. Ember Conley has served Park City School District as Superintendent since 2013. She has devoted her career to education as a middle school math teacher, high school assistant principal, high school principal, elementary principal, assessment director, deputy superintendent, and superintendent. In 2010, she graduated from Argosy University with her doctoral degree, focused on K-12 Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction. She was awarded the Arizona School Administrators Outstanding Dissertation in 2010 for her research in the learning styles of Native American Students. She received her Masters of Arts Degree from the University of Colorado, Denver with a degree in Administrative Leadership with an emphasis in Policy Studies in 2004, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree, Cum Laude, from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Arizona State University.
She is currently on the National Governing Board for American Association of School Administrations, Past President for Utah ASCD, and serves on the Executive Board for the Horace Mann League.
Ember was born in Moab, Utah, but grew up in the Dolores River Valley in Colorado. The family business had locations in Colorado and Arizona and she has spent the majority of her life in both states. She thoroughly loves Park City and is very dedicated to the students in the district.
Senior Improvement Coach, Ed Direction
Allison E. Miller currently serves as an improvement coach at Ed Direction, working directly with education leaders to improve teaching and learning at scale. In addition, Allison oversees content development for Ed Direction’s work with Turnaround Schools in the state of Utah. With over a decade of classroom teaching experience at the elementary level, Allison is passionate about education and the role that teachers play in improving student achievement for all learners, regardless of their level of ability. Her experience in the classroom gives her a unique perspective when working with schools and districts across the country. Allison uses her knowledge of research and pedagogy to help teachers implement changes that lead to improvements in instruction and learning.
Prior to working with Ed Direction, Allison served in a variety of capacities at public and private schools in South Carolina and Georgia. She has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and program director at the elementary level, as well as an educational consultant for students with learning disabilities. In addition, Allison has written and implemented curricula for two visual arts programs. Allison is certified in Art Education, holds a license as a Reading Specialist, and is trained in both the Orton-Gillingham and Wilson teaching approaches.
Allison earned her Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where her focus of study was Language and Literacy and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Anderson University. Allison co-authored Collaborative School Improvement: Eight Practices for District-School Partnerships to Transform Teaching and Learning (2012, Harvard Education Press). She chaired Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Language and Literacy student organization and currently serves as an advisor on the Dyslexia Steering Committee for the Ty and Karen Hall Charitable Foundation. Allison is excited to serve on BootUp’s Board of Directors and shares the organization’s mission to ensure that teachers are prepared and empowered to implement coding programs to ensure all students have equitable access to 21st-century skills.