Meet the 2018 Board Candidates

Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the 2018 Board Candidates (below) and the Network Candidates.

All Premier, Lifetime, and Global members of NAGC are eligible and encouraged to vote.  Parent members can vote for the Parent Representative on the Board of Directors.

Governance Secretary

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Kimberley Chandler, Ph.D.
Education Consultant (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

I would like to declare my candidacy for Governance Secretary of NAGC. I served on the NAGC board for six years as the Network Liaison. My work with the networks frequently involved the interpretation and/or revision of policies, which prepared me well for the Governance Secretary role. My deep knowledge of the networks’ needs enabled me to advocate effectively for them and work with their leaders on many important endeavors that have influenced NAGC’s work.

As an officer, I will facilitate NAGC’s efforts to provide teachers, students, and parents with the resources generated through research and advocacy efforts.

Lauri Kirsch
Supervisor, K-12 Gifted, Hillsborough County (FL) Public Schools (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

I seek election as Governance Secretary due to my dedicated support of NAGC’s mission and my longstanding commitment to advocating for gifted children. I’ve demonstrated success as an organizational leader with service to NAGC as State Representative, Treasurer, and Committee-Chair. Within Florida, I’ve collaboratively influenced statewide policy development as President of the state affiliate. My decade-long efforts as gifted coordinator in the 8th-largest district have resulted in national recognition for strong policy and programming.

NAGC members deserve board leadership with proven integrity and selfless service to our organization. I will bring perspective, perseverance, and proven leadership as we undertake our worthwhile mission.

Michelle Swain
Director, Gifted and Advanced Academic Services, Round Rock (TX) Indpendent School District (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

Serving on the NAGC board as State Representative for the last 6 years has provided the opportunity to impact the national landscape for gifted education and support advocacy efforts across all stakeholder groups. During my tenure, in addition to numerous committees and task forces, I have served on the Governance Committee each year, helping to write, review, and update board policy, position papers, and white papers.

These experiences, in addition to service on other professional and community organization boards, make me uniquely qualified to continue this important work as Governance Secretary.



Stuart Omdal, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, School of Special Education, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, University of Northern Colorado (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

Serving on the board of directors for both the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented and NAGC gave me a significant sense of responsibility to honor the organizations’ histories and accomplishments while also looking ahead and planning for the future. On the NAGC board, the Treasurer serves a unique role as a steward of the finances always mindful of the mission and goals of NAGC while working with the professional staff to create financial policies and develop budgets. I believe my volunteer experiences and career responsibilities at the University of Northern Colorado qualify me for the office of NAGC Treasurer.


At-Large (2 open positions)

Richard Cash, Ed.D.
Education Consultant, nRich Educational Consulting (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

Having been a teacher, K-12 district administrator, and consultant/coach in the field of gifted education for 30 years, I am keenly aware of the issues and complexities of our field. My experiences range from budgeting to program design, from professional development to curriculum construction. In addition to writing several publications, I’ve worked with thousands of teachers around the world. I have also worked closely with NAGC in multiple leadership positions.

If elected to the Board of Directors, I will act on my passions for equity and excellence; recognizing, recruiting, and recommending diverse students into gifted and talented education.

Kristina Collins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Talent Development, Texas State University (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

Demonstrating a commitment to gifted education, advanced academics, and talent development with over 25 years of educational and leadership experiences in K-12, post-secondary, and military settings, I seek to serve as an At-Large Member of the NAGC board.

It is my desire to contribute to the decision making about the future direction of NAGC in ways that support the field of gifted education and reflect the diverse interests for all gifted individuals, stakeholders, and partners. My capacity to be a strong facilitator and consensus builder is evident in my substantial engagement in committee, network, and affiliate work at the local, state, or national level.

Jennifer L. Jolly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Gifted Education, Director of the Gifted Education and Talent Development Office, University of Alabama. (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

Jennifer Jolly is the current NAGC Association Editor. An active member of the organization for over 15 years, Jennifer has served as the editor of Parenting for High Potential (2007–2013) and on the Programming Standards Committee.

As a former classroom teacher in both regular and gifted education, her collective experiences would bring a range of knowledge and expertise to the NAGC Board of Directors.

Erin M. Miller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Bridgewater College, VA (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

Greetings! My expertise in gifted education comes from my doctorate in the educational psychology of gifted children and from being the parent of two gifted children, ages 11 and 14. I am a tenured associate professor of psychology at Bridgewater College. I have served as Chair of the NAGC Legacy Series and the Conceptual Foundations Network. I also worked on the NAGC Publications Committee and the National Program Committee. I am the current Treasurer of the AERA Research on Giftedness and Talent special interest group.

I will be able to bring multiple perspectives to the Board: parent, scholar, and educator.

Jennifer Ritchotte, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Special Education, University of Northern Colorado (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

For nearly a decade, I have been an active member of NAGC. As a former teacher and doctoral student, and now as a professor and parent of two gifted children, I have brought a variety of different perspectives to NAGC over the years. In addition to regularly presenting at the convention, I have served on editorial boards for several NAGC publications. I have also served on committees for the Research & Evaluation Network and on an NAGC task force.

I am proud of my NAGC service and hope to continue my advocacy efforts as an At-Large Member of the board.

Paul James (PJ) Sedillo, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Special Education/Gifted, New Mexico Highlands University (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

Dr. Sedillo published in Gifted Child Today with an article entitled "Gay Gifted Adolescent Suicide and Suicidal Ideation Literature: Research Barriers and Limitations" and is Co-Chair of the Local Host Committee for the 2018 NAGC Conference in Albuquerque. He is Past-President of the New Mexico Association for the Gifted, past Communication Member and current Chair for the GLBTQ Network, and has presented and attended many NAGC and state affiliate (leadership and advocacy) Conferences.

As part of the team, he would defend NAGC's mission to support those who enhance the growth and development of the gifted.


Parent Representative

Tracy Inman, Ed.D.
Associate Director, The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

I have served in many capacities related to parents at NAGC: Parent Editorial Content & Advisory Board Chair, Parent & Community Network chair, PHP Advisory Board chair, PHP author, co-editor of NAGC’s award-winning parent service publication, and co-author of NAGC’s ebook on parent organizations. Through that work, coupled with my presidential experience in my state’s affiliate, I understand the critical role communication and cooperation play in a successful partnership among the Parent Representative, the board, and parents.

As a parent of gifted children (one is 2e) and a professional experienced in working with gifted children, their parents, and their educators, I would be honored to serve.

Carolyn Welch, J.D.
Solo Practitioner, Law Office of Carolyn E. Welch (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

As Parent Representative on the NAGC Board of Directors, I will bring my experience with helping to transform state advocacy efforts and bring about gifted education policy improvements as Policy & Advocacy Co-Chair of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children. As a lawyer, I have helped underserved students gain access to necessary accommodations to enhance their educational experiences, and I have significant not-for-profit school board experience that I will bring to the NAGC board. Finally, as a parent of two school-aged children who suffered following cuts to their gifted programming, I will be a strong voice for families of high-potential students whose needs too often go unmet.


State Representative

Roberta Braverman
Consultant, Program Evaluator, Professional Deveopment, New Jersey School Systems and the New Jersey Department of Education (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

As your NAGC State Representative, improved communications among NAGC affiliated groups will be my mission. Through efficient online forums, we can collectively improve management of our states’ groups. Voluntary participation may help leaders with websites, conferences, publications, programs, parent support, membership, fund-raising, and advocacy. Why reinvent the wheel? Procuring deep discounts as a cooperative for services such as design and layout, printing, copying, web hosting, and conference materials may be possible. Another goal is to help transition research into practice for use by teachers and parents for our gifted children. This will unite NAGC members across all areas.

Sandra Johnson
Adjunct Gifted Education Teacher, Harding University, AR, and Consultant (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

With passion and enthusiasm, I respectfully submit my application to serve as the State Representative on the NAGC board. I have dedicated 32 years of my professional career to gifted education in Arkansas, 20 at the district level and 12 as a state-level gifted specialist. My husband and I have raised two boys, identified as gifted. Leadership at the state level includes board membership in both Arkansas affiliates, Past President of Arkansas Association of Gifted Education Administrators, and AGATE State Conference Chair. As a long-time member of NAGC, I currently serve as Chair for the NAGC Legislative and Advocacy Committee.

Priscilla Lurz
Educational Consultant (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

Priscilla Lurz, M.Ed. dedicated 35 years as an educator in Maryland and Texas, working as a G/T education teacher or district program administrator. She served on the Texas Commissioner of Education Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of the Texas Association for the Gifted & Talented (TAGT). As TAGT President, Priscilla participated in NAGC affiliates meetings. Now retired, Priscilla is a G/T education consultant.

“Since most educational decisions occur at the state level, it is important for NAGC to maintain vibrant connections with state leaders. It would be an honor to represent affiliates as the State Representative NAGC Board member.”

Cheryl McCullough
Supervisor, Gifted Services, Arlington County (VA) Public Schools (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

Cheryl McCullough is K-12 Supervisor for Gifted Services in Arlington Public Schools and President of the Virginia Association for the Gifted. She has worked for 26 years as supervisor, gifted specialist, gifted teacher, and SEM specialist. She has presented at NAGC, NCNC, and state and local conferences on such topics as curriculum for gifted learners and increasing gifted program diversity. She served on the Virginia Advisory for the Education of the Gifted and Virginia Future Problem Solving Executive Board.

She is dedicated to building capacity of those who support gifted learners, and she will actively contribute that commitment to NAGC’s board.

MaryGrace Stewart
Gifted Education Specialist, MA (CV)

Statement of Candidacy

I am running for State Representative to the NAGC Board, but you may not know me, so this is a short, alphabetized description:  creative problem solver; dedicated, persistent, responsible; degrees in art education & gifted education; editor/reviewer for THP; in G/T education since 1978, mother of two G/T adult children; NAGC member for many years; Parent & Community Network, Program Chair; parent liaison & services network coordinator of NAGC affiliate; presented at NAGC conferences; servant leader; Social Secretary for GLBTQ network; written for PHP

I will respectfully fulfill the State Representative's responsibilities with consideration for the best interests of NAGC.