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Board of Directors

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The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors that includes four officers: president, president-elect, immediate past president and treasurer. All other Board members are elected and serve three-year terms (except for any Thought Leader that may be appointed by the board to serve from one to three years).

Through its fiduciary oversight, the Board is responsible for the financial health and well-being of the organization. The Board is also responsible for advancing CEC’s mission and strategic plan; ensuring adequate resources, compliance with the law, and effective organizational planning; and oversight of the Executive Director.

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2022 Officers

Kovach Danielle
Andrea D. "Angie" Jasper, Ph.D.
Dennis Cavitt headshot
Yvonne Bui headshot
Chad Rummel headshot
Danielle M. Kovach, Ed.D.
President 

Special Education Teacher
Tulsa Trail Elementary School
Hopatcong, NJ
Andrea D. "Angie" Jasper, Ph.D.
President Elect

Professor
Department of Teacher and Special Education
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 
Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D.
Immediate Past President

Assistant Professor
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX
Yvonne Bui, Ph.D.
Treasurer, 2020-2022

Chairperson and Professor
Department of Special Education 
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA
Chad Rummel, M.Ed., CAE
Secretary (Non-Voting)

Executive Director
Council for Exceptional Children
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2022 Members

Terese Aceves headshot
Joy Banks
Tachelle Banks headshot
Ben Hicks
Hurlett
William Hunter headshot
Terese "Tisa" Aceves, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large, 

2021-2023
Professor
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA
Joy Banks, Ph.D.
Member at Large,

2021-2023 
Department Chair and Associate Professor 
George Mason University
County, MD, USA 
Tachelle Banks, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large,

2020-2022
Professor and Associate Dean
College of Education & Human Services
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Ben Hicks, Ed.S.
Member-at-Large,

2022-2024
Director of Special Education
Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District
Charlevoix, Michigan, USA
Kurt Hulett, Ph.D.
Thought Leader

July 2022-Dec. 2023
Vice President of Special Education Services
Let’s Go Learn
McGregor, TX
William C "Will" Hunter, Ed.D.
Member-at-Large,

2020-2022
Associate Professor of Special Education
Instruction Curriculum & Leadership
College of Education
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN
Laural Jackson
Cindy Perras headshot
Charmion Rush headshot
Kareem Thompson headshot
Ben Tillotson headshot
Mitchell Yell headshot
Laural A. Jackson, EDL
Member-at-Large,

2022-2024
Special Education Teacher
Delta/Greely School District
Delta Junction, AK
Cindy Perras, M.Ed.
Member-at-Large,

2020-2022
Special Education Consultant
CLP Educational Consulting
Oakville, ON
Charmion Rush, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large,

2022-2024
Assistant Professor, Inclusive and Special Education 
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 
Kareem Thompson, Ed.D.
Member-at-Large,

2020-2022
Assistant Principal
Congress Middle School
School District of Palm Beach County
Boynton Beach, FL
Benjamin "Ben" Tillotson, M.Ed.
Member-at-Large,

2020-2022
Transition Specialist/Teacher
Salt Lake City School District
Salt Lake City, UT
Mitchell Yell, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large,

2021-2023
Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair
of Teacher Education
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

 

Board Briefs

Board Briefs are summaries of decisions and actions of the CEC Board of Directors. Full meeting minutes can be found below this section.

Meeting Minutes

Last Updated:  19 June, 2020

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