NAGC Committees

NAGC volunteer leaders accomplish important work on behalf of NAGC and its members in many content areas. As a committee member, you will devote time, energy, and ideas to lead NAGC projects and programs forward, and in turn, lead the field in supporting wide-ranging efforts on behalf of gifted children. Terms are typically three years unless otherwise noted.  NAGC’s Board of Directors is committed to creating an open environment that provides increased opportunities for participation. With that in mind, we seek to conduct an open call for interested and qualified individuals each June to contribute to the future growth and success of NAGC. Take this opportunity to share your expertise and experience!

How to Apply for a Committee

  • In late spring, the NAGC Board of Directors issues an open call for interested and qualified individuals.
  • The online “application to serve” gathers information about your interests, involvement, and experience in gifted education.
  • Committee appointments are made in late August, after review by the Leadership Development Committee and Board approval.
  • Terms of service run three years unless otherwise specified.

Committees and Current Members

Awards Committee

Reviews annual nominations, evaluates them according to approved criteria, and selects award recipients.

Committee Chair: Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick
NAGC Staff Liaison: Carolyn Kaye
Development and Fundraising Committee

Oversees comprehensive development and fundraising efforts in partnership with NAGC staff. Advises on annual fund efforts, strategy and targets for grant writing, donor recognition and new program initiatives.

Committee Chair: Laurie Kirsch
NAGC Staff Liaison: Cathleen Healy
Diversity/Equity Committee

Works in concert with NAGC Board and other committees and Networks to implement an overall diversity strategy for NAGC at every level, and to raise awareness of the presence of giftedness in diverse and underserved populations. 

Committee Chair: Alena Treat
NAGC Staff Liaison: Jeff Danielian
Education Committee

Advises and contributes to NAGC's educational outreach and professional development opportunities by conducting needs assessments and researching trends in professional development.

Committee Chair: Lynette Breedlove
NAGC Staff Liaison: Robin Feldman
Leadership Development Committee

Identifies, recruits, and develops leaders for all aspects of the organization.

Committee Chair: Richard Cash
NAGC Staff Liaison: René Islas
Legislative and Advocacy Committee

Addresses a range of advocacy initiatives that are closely aligned with the legislative agenda set by the Board and also develops resources to support advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels.

Committee Chair: Maureen A. Marron
NAGC Staff Liaison: Jane Clarenbach
Parent Editorial and Content Advisory Board

Works closely with the Manager of Parent Services and Communications and other national office staff to ensure the timely production of Parenting for High Potential. Also works to develop and implement effective means for engaging parents and caregivers of gifted children with the Manager of Parent Services and Communications.

Committee Chair: Janette Boazman
NAGC Staff Liaison:  Kathleen Nilles
Professional Standards Committee

Develops expertise in the NAGC-CEC teacher preparation standards, national content standards, the Pre-K-12 programming standards, and other national gifted standards as the need arises, and assists the NAGC National Office in handling inquiries about the standards.

Committee Chair: Cheryll Adams
NAGC Staff Liaison: Robin Feldman
Publications Committee

Oversees the NAGC publications process to ensure new titles are identified, including practitioner publications that have quality and relevance.

Committee Chair and Association Editor: Jennifer Jolly
NAGC Staff Liaison: Carolyn Kaye
Teaching for High Potential (THP) Editorial Advisory Board

Works closely with the THP Editor and National Office to ensure the timely production of a high-quality, research based publication relevant to the needs of classroom teachers, resource specialists, and coordinators.

Committee Chair: Elizabeth Fogarty
NAGC Staff Liaison: Jeff Danielian