Meet the Board Candidates - Election 2017

Congratulations to the newly elected NAGC Board Members. And thank you to everyone who ran to those who voted.

NAGC’s 13-member Board of Directors plays a critical and singular role in the long-term success of the organization.  Reflecting the interests and views of the members, the Board is responsible for charting a strategic course for the future, setting priorities for programs and services, ensuring the fiscal health of NAGC, and making tough choices about where limited resources should be invested. 


Jonathan A. Plucker

Julian C. Stanley Professor of Talent Development, Johns Hopkins University (MD) (click for more information)

One of the best ways to strengthen gifted education is for NAGC to be a transparent, financially sound organization—one that provides support for the teachers, parents, researchers, and advocates who work with gifted children every day. I will push for detailed examination of one key question: How can NAGC best support the efforts of stakeholders, regardless of whether they are teachers, parents, concerned community members, or the students themselves? We’ve made great progress in providing this support, but we can and should do more to influence state and national policies and improve services for our most talented students.


At-Large Member (2 Positions)

Ellen I. Honeck

Dean of Gifted and Talented Academy, Laurel Springs School; Director of Curriculum and Instruction, The Knox School at Santa Barbara (CA) (click for more information)

I have been involved with NAGC for over 20 years and served as chair of the Early Childhood and Special Schools and Programs Networks, SSP Network program chair, a member of the convention program committee, elections committee, and the Whole Gifted Child Taskforce. I believe my background with gifted individuals preschool through graduate level, across various public and private settings, allows me to bring a unique perspective to the Board. I am excited about the opportunity to run for the Board of Directors as an at-large member and believe that I would be an asset to the Board.

Angela M. Housand

Associate Professor & Academically and Intellectually Gifted Program Coordinator, University of North Carolina Wilmington (click for more information)

Angela M. Housand, Ph. D., is associate professor and coordinator of the Academically and Intellectually Gifted graduate programs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She serves as the chair of the Counseling and Guidance Network, chair of the Whole Gifted Child Task Force, and as a member of the NAGC Leadership Development Committee. Dr. Housand has over 20 publications and over 100 presentations focused on serving gifted and talented individuals. The goal of her efforts: Support teachers as they challenge gifted students to achieve their potential.


Network Representative

Laurie J. Croft

Associate Director for Professional Development, Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education & Talent Development (IA) (click for more information)

Active in the field of gifted education and in NAGC for almost 20 years, I joined the Professional Development (PD) “Division” (now Network) because it aligned with my Belin-Blank Center responsibilities to provide PD for educators of talented learners. I strongly promote the benefits that active membership and leadership roles provide. Networks have the potential to connect NAGC members who have similar interests and to disseminate information that strengthens members’ awareness and understanding. Network responsibilities are a challenge for volunteers, and the network representative plays an essential role in informing and encouraging network leadership and membership on behalf of NAGC.


School/District Representative

Dina Brulles

Gifted Education Program Coordinator, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University (click for more information)

As the director of gifted education for Paradise Valley Schools in Arizona, I have implemented and supervised a continuum of gifted services that enfranchise diverse populations, provide extensive professional development opportunities, and incorporate innovative uses of technology. As a co-recipient of the inaugural 2014 NAGC Gifted Coordinator Award and the first NAGC Professional Development Network Award 2013, and the author of several books that guide differentiated instruction and programming for high-ability students, I feel well-prepared to seek re-election and continue being the NAGC voice of support for the nation’s schools.


Meet the new Network Leaders