Meet the Board Candidates - Election 2017


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. 

Eligible members received their ballot via email on June 15. Check your email boxes for your unique ballot link.

The election is open from June 15–July 17, 2017.

Qualifications for Service

Five positions are open during this election: President-Elect, At-Large (2), School/District Representative, and Network Representative. In addition to NAGC membership in good standing, each of the positions has unique

Read about the candidates for network chair and chair-elect.

qualifications for service. You can see those qualifications and the responsibilities of these roles here.

Service on the NAGC Board represents the pinnacle of a dedicated career of leadership and involvement, as well as demonstrated commitment to the organization, to the field, and to gifted learners. The candidates are:


Kimberley L. Chandler

Curriculum Director, College of William and Mary (VA), Center for Gifted Education (click for more information)

I would like to declare my candidacy for the position of President-Elect. I have served on the NAGC board for six years as the Network Liaison. My deep knowledge of the networks’ needs has enabled me to advocate effectively for them and work with their leaders on many important endeavors that have influenced NAGC. As President-Elect, I will use my experiences as both a practitioner and scholar to ensure that all members are represented and involved. I will also facilitate NAGC’s potential for providing resources for teachers, students, and parents by promoting the resources generated through research and advocacy efforts.

Lauri Kirsch

Supervisor, K-12 Gifted Programs, Hillsborough County Public Schools (FL) (click for more information)

Leadership matters. Accomplishing NAGC’s mission requires tenacious leadership with a track-record of success in changing minds, influencing policy, and empowering equitable practices.

I’ve served NAGC as state board member, treasurer, and network volunteer. Leading Florida’s Affiliate, I united advocates, ensuring policies for identifying underrepresented groups and program funding. As gifted coordinator in the 8th largest district, I’ve created programs recognized nationally for equity and diversity. As mother of gifted children, I’ve experienced the challenges of parenting the gifted.

Each NAGC member has a voice to be heard and contributions to make as we strive to accomplish our mission. As President-Elect, I’ll listen to your voices, value your perspectives, and work together to move Minds, Policies, and Practices beyond slogans to reality.

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)

April Keck DeGennaro

Enrichment Teacher (Gifted Resource), Peeples Elementary (GA) (click for more information)

As a long-standing member of NAGC with 28 years in gifted education, I would be honored to serve on NAGC’s Board of Directors. NAGC has been my source of inspiration and resource. I’ve served on two program committees, participated in multiple networks, been network chair, and presented at conventions. I served on Georgia’s association board as membership chair and recently joined NAGC and Georgia’s legislative advocacy committees. In these roles, I’ve learned I should listen more than talk, ask more questions for greater understanding and, if elected, I will work collaboratively to further the goals of NAGC and represent its members.

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.

Angela M. Novak

Manager, Advanced and Enriched Instruction, D.C. Public Schools  (click for more information)

I have been in education for 18 years, with 14 years in the gifted field. My desire to help meet the needs of two gifted students sparked my interest in this field, snowballing from an endorsement, to a master’s, and then a doctorate in gifted education. I have worked for public schools, universities, and a non-profit, and I have served as the chair of the Professional Development Network. Throughout this journey, my goal has been to help gifted students; as an at-large member of the board, I seek to continue this goal by shaping NAGC at an organizational level.

Paul James (PJ) Sedillo

Assistant Professor, New Mexico Highlands University (click for more information)

Dr. Paul James (PJ) Sedillo is an assistant professor of special education/gifted at New Mexico Highlands University, published in Gifted Child Today with an article entitled Gay Gifted Adolescent Suicide and Suicidal Ideation Literature: Research Barriers and Limitations, president for the New Mexico Association for the Gifted, past communication member and chair-elect for the GLBTQ Network, an ad hoc member for the Diversity Committee designing the Diversity Toolkit, and has presented and attended many NAGC and State Affiliate (Leadership and Advocacy) Conferences. As part of the team, he would defend our mission to support those who enhance the growth and development of the gifted.


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.

Anne Johnson

Retired, previously Head of Lower School, Episcopal School of Acadiana (LA) and Gifted Teacher (click for more information)

NAGC's networks are incubators for interest, talent, and leadership development, providing countless volunteer hours to support the organization. They are a vital element of NAGC, relying on the commitment and willingness of their leadership and members to generate energy, ideas, and communication pathways. The network representative supports the work of the networks and their leadership in reaching their goals and the Board’s initiatives. I would enjoy the challenge, problem-solving, and engagement this role requires. I am deeply appreciative of the blessings NAGC has afforded me and would like to support the organization in providing the same for others.

Erin Morris Miller

Associate Professor, Bridgewater College (VA) (click for more information)

Erin Morris Miller received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is an associate professor of Psychology at Bridgewater College. She has presented at the annual conferences of NAGC, the Wallace Research and Policy Symposium, and American Education Research Association. Erin has been a member of NAGC for 15 years and has held a variety of positions in the organization over the last 13 years. She is the former chair of the NAGC Legacy Series and the Conceptual Foundations Network. She also served on the NAGC Publications Committee and just finished her term on the National Program Committee.


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.


Learn about the 2017 candidates for network chair and chair-elect.