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2023 Board of Directors Election

2023 Board of Directors Election Results

Congratulations to CEC’s newly elected Board members! Their four-year terms begin January 1, 2024. CEC was fortunate to have an excellent slate of candidates for the election. Our new Board members are extremely well-qualified, bring unique experiences and perspectives, and a deep commitment to supporting our members and the profession through advancing our strategic plan

Thanks to all CEC members who took the time to learn about the candidates and vote in this year’s election.   

Learn About Your New Board Members


Jennifer Diliberto
Jennifer A. Diliberto, Ph.D., is a Clinical Associate Professor of Special Education and Literacy in the School of Education at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill with over 25 years of experience in education. She has taught in both public and private K-12 school settings serving students with high-incidence disabilities. Her teaching, service, and research aims to create equitable and accessible communities to support individuals with disabilities throughout our society. She has presented and published on topics related to educators with disabilities, working with families, literacy instruction, inclusive education, and teacher recruitment. Her supplemental curriculum, Taking on Tough Words, published by Attainment Company Inc. is used by schools as a multi-tiered system of support Tier II or III intervention for students with needs in multisyllabic decoding.  
Portrait of Toni Mixon
Toni Mixon, Ph.D., is a Supervisor of Special Education in the Buffalo Public School District with a specialization in instructional programming. Prior to becoming a Supervisor, Dr. Mixon served in several leadership capacities. This included being an Assistant Professor of Special Education, Program Director and Chair of the Pathway to Teaching Program Steering Committee, a Special Education Coach, and a Special Education Teacher. She has also served locally as Vice President, Leadership Coordinator and Professional Development Consultant for the New York State Council for Exceptional Children. In addition, Dr. Mixon’s commitment to students with disabilities also extends even further as a member of the Autism Task Force and Transition Committee led by the Division of Special Education in Buffalo Public Schools.
Portrait of Ruby Owiny
Ruby L. Owiny, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Previously, she served as an Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Education at Trinity International University. There, she also designed and directed the Access Program, which supported students with autism as they completed their bachelor's degree. Ruby believes everyone deserves to be an accepted, contributing member of their community, starting at school. This drives her professional research of inclusive education. She examines how teacher preparation programs prepare teacher candidates to implement Universal Design for Learning, High Leverage Practices, and Evidence-Based Practices. She has 13 years of public-school teaching in Title 1 elementary schools in both general and special education, providing instruction in multiple teaching roles and service delivery models. She has experience consulting around the US and in four other countries and enjoys meeting teachers to learn about the impact they have on their students!  


Last Updated:  21 November, 2023

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