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Executive Bios

Deborah Seehorn
Chair, CSTA Board of Directors

Deborah Seehorn is a Business, Finance, and Information Technology Education Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI). Prior to working at the NC DPI, Deborah was a high school classroom business teacher in Whiteville, NC, and Hallsboro, NC. Prior to those teaching positions, Deborah taught Basic and COBOL programming, Database Management, and Business Microcomputer Systems at San Juan Community College in Farmington, New Mexico. Prior to that, she taught Algebra I and Basic Computer Programming to 9th graders at Tsé Bit 'ai Junior High School in Shiprock, New Mexico. She began her education career at Camp Lejeune, NC, teaching high school mathematics at Lejeune High School.

Deborah won election to the CSTA Board of Directors in 2008 as the State Department representative. She served as the CSTA Board Chair Elect from 2012-2013. She served on the white paper committee for Ensuring Exemplary Teaching in an Essential Discipline: Addressing the Crisis in Computer Science Teacher Certification. Deborah also served as the Chair of the CSTA Standards Task Force which produced the 2011 CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards.

Deborah's BS degree in mathematics is from Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia (now Mary Washington University), and her MBA degree is from New Mexico Highlands University.

Lissa Clayborn
Acting Executive Director, CSTA

Lissa Clayborn is the Acting Executive Director at the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), and has extensive experience with K-12 computer education. In her role she works with educators, volunteers, partners, and industry personnel to expand and develop programs to benefit the members and the organization, and advocating for K-12 computer science education globally.

Prior to joining CSTA, she spent 14+ years at the International Society for Technology Education. During her time as the Director of Operations, Clayborn provided business analysis, developed reporting protocols and process improvement practices, oversaw selection and installation of a new association management system, provided project management on implementation of new association management software and a new content management system, oversaw the Customer Service. Additionally while working at ISTE, Clayborn oversaw the Distribution, and Marketing departments, provided planning and logistics management for a variety of events, supervised the maintenance of files and database records for all customer records, and worked with corporate sponsors and partners on alliance projects. Clayborn, over the years, has also worked on numerous projects collaborating with computer education professionals for professional development, advocacy, and standards and curriculum development.


CSTA works at many levels to support computing education.

Elementary and Middle school
(problem solving &
computational thinking)

High school
(computing &
computer science)

(enrollment &

(engagement &