The BLaST IU 17 Executive Cabinet is comprised of the Executive Director and the three Division Directors: Bill Martens, Executive Director; Stephanie Weikel, Assistant Executive Director; Cori Cotner, Director of Educational Planning; and Brian Driscoll, Director of Management Services and Board Secretary.

In monthly meetings with superintendents, special education directors, curriculum directors and technology leaders from our districts; we constantly strive to serve as a resource and an intermediary between the districts and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Directors of our three Divisions: Student Services, Educational Planning, and Business Management Services, all serve on my executive cabinet and assist with total organizational direction as well as serve in valuable state-wide leadership positions in their respective fields. For the first time, this state-wide involvement by IU 17 leadership is providing a voice for our region’s educational needs in Harrisburg.

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Executive Director

William Martens - Executive Director

Cheryl Starr - Administrative Assistant 

The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Intermediate Unit. He is charged with the overall responsibility for the administration of all divisions and programs of the Intermediate Unit, including the delivery of special education programs and support services for basic education to local education agencies in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties.

The Executive Director implements Board policy, administers the organization, recommends staff employment to the Board, establishes budget guidelines and approves all budgets. He also chairs the Superintendents’ Advisory Council, acts as liaison to district superintendents and school boards, works with local district personnel, serves as liaison to the Intermediate Unit Executive Directors, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the State Legislature.


Superintendents’ Advisory Council

William Martens –  Executive Director

BLaST Intermediate Unit 17’s district superintendents attend the Superintendents Advisory Council which meets monthly during the school year. The Advisory Council identifies needs and recommends numerous Intermediate Unit programs and services. The Executive Director of BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 serves as chairman of the Superintendents’ Advisory Council.


Superintendent Search Assistance

William Martens –  Executive Director

The Executive Director assists BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 School Boards in recruiting chief school administrators. The Executive Director helps local boards determine district needs and then assists in advertising, recruiting, screening, and interviewing superintendent candidates.