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EXECUTIVE BOARD  

Lois Baldwin, Ed.D., President
Lois was a supervisor and Principal of Special Education for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Southern Westchester in White Plains, New York. She directed, supervised, and provided comprehensive educational and support services for students in grades 1-12 who have average or above average/gifted intelligence and are learning disabled and/or emotionally disturbed. In addition, she supervised a wide variety of special education services, coordinated staff development for the Special Services Center, and coordinated mainstream efforts with public school administrators and staff. Lois received her doctorate in gifted, special education, and educational administration from Teachers College at Columbia University. Lois is the current president and one of the founders of AEGUS. She is a member of NAGC, AGATE, CEC, and ASCD. She currently consults nationally.

 

Lois Baldwin

Terry W. Neu, Ph.D., Vice President
Terry is currently Assistant Professor of Education at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He served as Co-Director of Project HIGH HOPES, and educational research grant funded under the Jacob K. Javits legislation of 1993-96. He has done extensive work with gifted students with disabilities, modifying the classroom environment for these students as well as developing a challenging Dually Differentiated Curriculum (DDC) to meet their unique needs. Terry was a secondary science teacher and history teacher for 7 years, four of which were spent working with secondary gifted and talented students. Terry’s research interests include science instruction, teaching strategies for gifted students with disabilities, the gifted with emotional or behavioral disorders, paleontology, bow hunting, and herpetology. Every spring, Terry leads a service learning delegation to Tierra Blanca, El Salvador where undergraduate students live and work along side compasinos in villages in need of support.

 

Linda Pfeiffer, M.A., Treasurer
Linda received her Master’s Degree in Special Education: Teaching the Gifted, Talented and Creative, from the University of Northern Colorado. She is currently working on her doctorate in Special Education at the same institution. She holds endorsements in Elementary Education (K-6), Gifted Education (K-12), a K-12 Principal’s License, and currently holds a position as a gifted education specialist in a middle school in Northern Colorado. Responsibilities include team teaching, collaboration to develop units to challenge gifted learners, and one-on-one contact with students in an advanced math classroom. Additionally she has developed extra-curricular opportunities for students including the creation of LEGO Robotics teams, Odyssey of the Mind Teams (three of which have competed at World Finals), and MESA (Math, Engineering and Science Achievement) teams and has worked at the Summer Enrichment Program at the University of Northern Colorado as both a teacher and administrator. Organization memberships include NAGC, CAGT, the Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented and Creative, and AEGUS. Linda’s passions include spiritual giftedness and the social and emotional needs of the gifted.

 

Jann Leppien, Ph.D., Secretary
Jann is an associate professor at the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana, where she teaches course work in curriculum and instruction, gifted education, assessment and learning, educational research, and methods in social sciences. Additionally she teaches curriculum courses and thinking skills courses online and in the Three Summers Program at the University of Connecticut. Before joining the faculty at the University of Great Falls, she worked as a research assistant for The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT). She has been a classroom teacher, enrichment specialist, and coordinator of a gifted education program in Montana. She is the co-author of, The Multiple Menu Model: A Practical Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum, and The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High-Ability Students. She conducts workshops for teachers in the areas of differentiated instruction, curriculum design and assessment, thinking skills, and program development. She serves on the board of the National Association for Gifted Children and currently serves on the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students (AEGUS).


Jann Leppien

BOARD OF DIRECTORS  

Margie Boudreau, Ed.D.
Margie is a learning consultant in Pennsylvania who has been working with children with reading problems for over 30 years. She has taken neuroscience courses at the New Jersey School of Medicine and Dentistry and through the Learning and Brain Conference in Cambridge, MA. Margie has recently developed a module on special education for general education student teachers. She is currently developing coursework for Montclair State University on the social-emotional needs of gifted students. Margie received her Doctorate in Special Education from Rutgers University in 2007. She is a Board member of AEGUS.

 

Rose Blucher, M.Ed .
Rose is a special education instructional specialist for gifted/ LD students and private educational consultant. She coordinates countywide services for twice exceptional students in Prince George’s County Public Schools, in Maryland. In her role as the first instructional specialist for GT/LD Students, she supports students, parents and educators with identification procedures, program implementation and professional development trainings. For nearly 20 years, she has trained thousands of teachers interested in learning how to teach twice exceptional learners.  Rose developed the county’s first high school program for GT/LD students in 1988 and later replicated the model throughout the system. She has written numerous curriculum guides and resource books that support these programs. Her expertise, representing her school district and her private educational services, is well known throughout the region and is shared at numerous state, national and international conferences.  She is currently an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University where she teaches a course entitled, The GT/LD Learner. Rose is serving as an appointed member by the state superintendent on the Maryland State Advisory Council for Gifted Education and is also a member of the Prince George’s County Advisory Council for Gifted Education. She has received numerous awards at the local and state level for her outstanding work with twice exceptional students and their families.

 

Gail N. Herman, Ph.D.
Gail taught in public schools for 10 years, served as a gifted and talented teacher/coordinator, taught special needs and underachieving students using the arts. For the last 15 years she taught and continues to teach for Garrett College, McHenry, MD and Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She earned her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in Talent Development at the University of Connecticut, where she taught "Movement and Dramatic Expression in Education," directed an Enrichment Saturday School Program, received a Noyes Fellowship, and worked as an Intern for the US Office of Gifted and Talented Education at the Rhode Island Department of Education. She served on the Connecticut Task Force for Gifted and Talented Education, as past Chair for the Arts Division of the NAGC, and as a Javits Grant consultant. Gail is a storyteller, an enrichment consultant and a performing artist for the Maryland State Arts Council Roster.  Gail has taught creative dance and storytelling in schools and worked to help special needs student with creative movement, drama, and her “Kinesthetic Curriculum.” She wrote Storytelling: A Triad in the Arts, co-wrote Kinetic Kaleidoscope: Exploring Movement and Energy in Visual Arts, and contributed to Nurturing the Gifts and Talents of Primary Grade Students, to Joining In, and to Spinning Tales, Weaving Hope: Stories for Peace Justice and the Environment. Her articles appeared in Parenting for High Potential and Better Homes and Gardens. Gail is a Board member of AEGUS.

 

Stuart Omdal, Ph.D.
Stuart taught in the state of Oregon at the elementary level for 15 years: nine years as a classroom teacher and six years as an enrichment specialist. He lived in Connecticut for three years to work on his doctorate in gifted education and has been at the University of Northern Colorado for seven years. His duties there include teaching classes to undergraduate teacher candidates, supervising them in schools, teaching in the master's program in Gifted and Talented Education and serving as the Education director for the Summer Enrichment Program. He served as Board Member At Large and is currently President-elect for the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. For the National Association for Gifted Children: Creativity Division, Stuart served as Creativity Night Chair and Division Chair. His professional interests include creativity in the curriculum, underachievement of gifted, talented, creative students, and qualitative research methods. His personal interests include music, reading and gardening.

 

Daphne Pereles, M. S.
Daphne is a supervisor for the Colorado Department of Education, Exceptional Students Leadership Unit. She is currently involved in the statewide Response to Intervention initiative. For 15 years, she worked in Cherry Creek School District as a learning disabilities specialist, a gifted and talented specialist, and as a member of the Student Achievement Services Leadership Team. She served as the coordinator for the learning disabilities teachers in the district as well as being the twice-exceptional specialist K-12 through the gifted and talented office. Daphne is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented and Creative, and is currently on the Board of AEGUS.

 

Richard Weinfeld, M. A.
Richard Weinfeld has long been an advocate for quality educational programs for all students. Twenty years of his thirty year career with Montgomery County Public Schools were spent in a variety of leadership roles in special education. He has expertise in working with students with a wide range of disabilities, including learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and emotional disturbance. He served as Montgomery County’s first full-time coordinator of programs for students who are simultaneously gifted and learning disabled. His first book, “Smart Kids with Learning Difficulties: Overcoming Obstacles and Realizing Potential,” and his second book, “Helping Boys Succeed in School,” are in wide circulation, and are on Prufrock Press’ best seller’s list. His third book, “School Success for Student’s with Asperger’s Syndrome,” has been a feature book nationally by Barnes and Noble and  has received many outstanding reviews. His newest book, “Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book,” was published in March of 2008. He is co-host of a weekly internet radio show, “Teach Your Children Well: Hot Topics in Education,” on www.voiceamerica.com. He has written two articles that have been published in Roeper Review, two articles that have been published by Teaching Exceptional Children, an article that has been published in Parenting for High Potential and an article that has been published by Gifted Child Today. He has been selected to present at numerous national conferences, on topics including appropriate accommodations, boys’ issues, Asperger’s syndrome, and strength based instruction. He has been an instructor at Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Association for Educators of Gifted Underachieving Student (AEGUS). In addition to his advocacy work, he does extensive parent and staff training and  consults with schools about appropriate programming for all students. Mr. Weinfeld directs the Weinfeld Education Group, LLC, a group of educational consultants who provide advocacy, training, assessment and parent support. 

 
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