The purpose of LACA is to develop, support, and provide leadership in administrative, educational, and network technology for the member boards of education while striving to surpass customer expectations.
Meet the LACA Staff
Our staff is available to support your district 7am-5pm Monday-Friday.
Chad Carson
Chad Carson
Executive Director
Office: 740-345-3400 x 215
Chad first started with LACA in 1994, was promoted to Director of Technology in 2001, and took over as Executive Director in 2017.  His role is to oversee all aspects of the LACA organization. Chad holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Ohio University.
Joey Alexander
Joey Alexander
Director of Technology
Office: 740-345-3400 x 216
 Joey has been with LACA since December of 1997. He received an Associates Degree in Geographics from Hocking College in 1997. He also has received certificates in programming and wiring from Novell.  He also holds Cisco CCNP and CCDP certifications.  His role is to oversee the technical aspects of LACA, including mainframes, servers, network equipment, and software applications.
Trish Baker
Trish Baker
Media Resource Coordinator
 Trish has been with LACA since October of 1996. She has an Associates Degree in Library Science from Ohio Dominican College. She was a library aide at Willis C. Adams Middle School in the Johnstown-Monroe Local School District for seven and a half years before coming to LACA. Her primary responsibility is to provide support for the INFOhio project. This includes technical support and training for all aspects of the Sirsi K-12 library automation software and technical support and training for electronic resources.
Jerry Eby
Jerry Eby
Student Applications Manager
 Jerry is a graduate of Washington State Community College with an Associates Degree in Computer Programming. Jerry was on the Presidents List, Dean's List, and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. As Student Applications Manager, Jerry is responsible for technical support and report writing on the ProgressBook Application Suite which includes Gradebook, StudentInformation, and SPS.
Melissa Elliott
Melissa Elliott
Instructional Resource Coordinator
Melissa has been with LACA since July of 2016. She is a 2005 graduate of Walsh University with a Bachelor of Science in Education – Intervention Specialist K-12 (Mild/Moderate) and Reading Endorsement. She earned her Master Degree through Ohio University in Education Administration. Before coming to LACA she taught in the classroom as an Intervention Specialist for 11 years. As an Instructional Resource Coordinator, Melissa supports the INFOhio Project and helps support Sirsi K-12 library automation software.
Annie Epperson
Annie Epperson
EMIS Support Coordinator

Annie Epperson has a combined total of twenty years in the school setting. She began her career at Rolling Hills Local Schools as Special Education/High School Attendance Secretary (one year) and EMIS Coordinator (ten years). She was EMIS/Benefits Coordinator at C-TEC, Superintendent Administrative Assistant at Cambridge City Schools, EMIS Coordinator for Summit Academy Community Schools and most recently worked at South-Western City Schools as EMIS Data Manager. Annie is a Master Certified EMIS Professional and is working on her EMIS Data Manager certification. Her primary responsibilities are SpS support and EMIS support backup.

Charles Gillogly
Charles Gillogly
Technical Services Coordinator
 Charles joined LACA in June 2015 after working at the WHIZ Media Group for 8 years. In his previous position he designed and managed the network and server infrastructure as well as developed custom in-house tools and applications. In his free time, Charles enjoys spending time with his friends and watching hockey.
Mary Myers
Mary Myers
Adminstrative Applications Manager
 Mary is a 1987 graduate of Cedarville College with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Accounting and Computer Information Systems. Mary was the Assistant Treasurer at Tri-Valley Local Schools for 2 1/2 years and Treasurer at West Muskingum Local Schools for 1 1/2 years prior to coming to LACA in May of 1992. Mary's primary responsibility is to assist the districts in implementing the EMIS data and helping the districts to correct errors and interpret reports. Because of her background, she is backup support for Fiscal applications. Mary is also responsible for installing all the State Software releases.
Elizabeth Petty
Elizabeth Petty
Student Services Support Coordinator
 Elizabeth joined LACA in October 2006. She has a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in Human Development and Family Studies. As a Student Services Support Coordinator, Elizabeth supports The ProgressBook Application suite which includes GradeBook, StudentInformation, and SPS.    
Leanne Phillips
Leanne Phillips
Adminstrative Assistant
 Leanne has been with LACA since July 2010. She has an Associate Degree in Applied Business in Microcomputer Applications from Muskingum Area Technical College(Zane State College). She is continuing her education by taking classes towards a Bachelor’s Degree in the Specialized Studies Program at Ohio University – Zanesville.  
Robert Rittenhouse
Robert Rittenhouse
Network Coordinator
 Robert joined LACA in May 2010. He comes from the IT department at a Television and Radio station in Zanesville, Ohio. Robert has an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology/Networking. As Network Coordinator, Robert provides support for the LACA WAN but also specializes in Video and Cisco Unified Communications. 
Karah Smith
Karah Smith
Fiscal Support Coordinator

Karah joined the LACA Team in April 2017. She has worked in a school’s business office for 3.5 years, providing her with experience in accounting, inventory, security, and building management and maintenance. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting/Forensic Accounting from Franklin University. Karah will be supporting fiscal applications, including USAS, USPS, Kiosk, and RAM, accounting, payroll, equipment inventory, and GAAP.

Kari Snyder
Kari Snyder
Fiscal Support Coordinator
 Kari joined LACA in November 2014. She has worked in a school treasurer’s office for 7 years, providing her with experience in payroll, accounting, and EMIS. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management from The Ohio State University. Kari will be supporting fiscal applications, including USAS, USPS, Kiosk, and RAM
David Stein
David Stein
Video Services Manager
 David joined LACA in December 2003, following eight years of service with AT&T and Bank One. As Network Coordinator, he provides local area network server management and supports the LACA wide area network. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology.
Jon Stoehr
Jon Stoehr
Network Coordinator

Jon Stoehr joined LACA in May of 2016. He brings with him over a decade and a half of IT experience, with more than half of that gained while working at a local career center. Jon has his Associates Degree in Information Technology, and is continuing to work on his Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems. In conjunction with his education, and experience, Jon also hold several industry certifications, the most recent being earned for VMware. Jon provides support for internet filtering, wireless services, and LACA's Datacenter infrastructure. Jon also provides backup support for video services, Cisco VoIP phone systems, and LAN support.


Meghan Stoker
Meghan Stoker
Student Services Support Coordinator
 Meghan joined the LACA team in September of 2008. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Malone University in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Public Relations. As a Student Services Support Coordinator, Meghan is supporting the ProgressBook Application Suite which includes Gradebook, StudentInformation, and SPS.
Licking Area Computer Association

150 S. Quentin Road, Roosevelt Bldg. 3rd Floor Newark, OH 43055
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