Meet the 2020 Network Candidates

NAGC Networks have two NAGC elected positions--Chair and Chair-Elect. The Chair-Elect normally rolls into the Chair position, however, there are times when a network needs to seek both. Network leaders coordinate the work of the network, creating resources, reviewing proposals, and selecting sessions for the NAGC Convention, among other things. The networks are on different leadership cycles.  Below are the candidates for the network positions open this year.  NAGC Premier and Lifetime members vote for leaders for networks in which they are members. Elections open May 4 and all eligible voters will receive an email with a link to the electronic ballot.

Thank you to the candidates below for their willingness to share their time and expertise with NAGC members.

Arts Network Chair-Elect

Steve Heil, Santa Fe Public Schools, Gifted Support Specialist CV Statement
Juliana Tay, Purdue University, Recent Graduate CV Statement


Conceptual Foundations Chair-Elect

Image Joi Lin Joi Lin, University of Denver, Doctoral Student  CV Statement
Jeb Puryear, University of Montana, Assistant Professor / Suzanne and Dave Peterson Endowed Professor in Gifted Education  CV Statement


Creativity Chair-Elect

Karen Kraeger, Cobb County Schools, Elementary Gifted Specialist CV Statement
Robert Lundstrom, Sacramento City Unified School District, Elementary Teacher CV Statement
Anne Roberts, University of Connecticut , Doctoral Student/Graduate Assistant   CV Statement


Curriculum Studies Network Chair-Elect

Kristen Seward, Purdue University, Clinical Assistant Professor & Associate Director of the Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute  CV Statement
Sandra Young, Greenville County School District, Teacher, Gifted and Talented CV Statement


Early Childhood Network Chair-Elect

Kelly Kearney, University of Connecticut, Research Associate      CV Statement


GLBTQ Network Chair

Alena Treat, Saydel Community School District & Upper Iowa University, Gifted/Extended Learning Program Teacher (SCSD), Adjunct Instructor (UUI)    CV Statement


GLBTQ Network Chair-Elect

Andres Parra-Martinez, Purdue GERI, Doctoral Candidate   CV Statement


Research & Evaluation Network Chair-Elect

Erin Miller, Bridgewater College, Associate Professor      CV Statement


Social & Emotional Development Network Chair-Elect

Emily Kircher-Morris, Mind Matters Podcast, Licensed Professional Counselor       CV Statement


The Special Populations Chair-Elect election will be held in 2021


Special Schools & Programs Chair

Tiffany Blassingame, Midtown International School, Director of Academics CV Statement
Corinne Green, Purdue University, Doctoral Candidate/Teaching Assistant     CV Statement
Lynne Henwood, FlexSchool, Head of School CV Statement


Special Schools & Programs Chair-Elect

Melanie Caughey, Cleveland State University, Coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Program, Visiting Assistant Professor CV Statement
Shannon Fuller, North Kansas City Schools/Program for Exceptionally Gifted Children, Teacher CV Statement
Julia Hujar, University of North Carolina- Charlotte, Graduate Research Assistant & Full Time Doctoral Student   CV Statement
Kim Stephenson, Prattville Christian Academy, Academic Director/Gifted Program Director   CV Statement
Laura Szymanski, Midtown International School, Administrator - Instructional Coordinator CV Statement


STEM Network Chair-Elect  

Janine M. Firmender, Saint Joseph's University, Associate Professor       CV Statement