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Board of Directors

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CEC is governed by a 12- to 15-person 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.

2020 Officers

Jennifer Lesh headshot

Jennifer J. Lesh, Ph.D.
2020 President

Professor
Lynn University
Boca Raton, FL 
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Dennis Cavitt headshot

Dennis Cavitt, Ed.D.
President Elect

Assistant Professor
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, TX

Mary Lynn Boscardin headshot

Mary Lynn Boscardin, Ph.D.
Past President

Professor
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA

Yvonne Bui headshot

Yvonne Bui, Ph.D.
Treasurer, 2020-2022

Chairperson and Professor
Department of Special Education 
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA

Chad Rummel headshot

Chad Rummel, M.Ed., CAE
Secretary (Non-Voting)

Executive Director
Council for Exceptional Children
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2020 Members

Terese Aceves headshot

Terese "Tisa" Aceves, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large, Diverse Ethnic and 
Multicultural Groups,

2018-2020
Professor
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

Tachelle Banks headshot

Tachelle Banks, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large,

2020-2022
Professor and Associate Dean
College of Education & Human Services
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Rosalind Hall headshot

Rosalind Hall, Ed.D.
Member-at-Large,

2019-2021
Director, Exceptional Student Education
and Student Services
Levy County School Board
Bronson, FL 

William Hunter headshot

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

Laural A. Jackson, EDL
Member-at-Large,

2019-2021
Superintendent
Delta/Greely School District
Delta junction, AK

 

Danielle Kovach

Danielle M. Kovach, Ed.D.
Member-at-Large, Classroom Ranks,

2018-2020
Special Education Teacher
Tulsa Trail Elementary School
Hopatcong, NJ
     

 

Diana Morales headshot

Diana Morales, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large, 
2018-2020
Curriculum Support Specialist
Florida Diagnostic Learning & Resources System-South
South Miami, FL
     

 

Cindy Perras headshot

Cindy Perras, M.Ed.
Member-at-Large,

2020-2022
Special Education Consultant
CLP Educational Consulting
Oakville, ON
     

 

Charmion Rush headshot

Charmion Rush, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large,

2019-2021
Assistant Professor, Inclusive and Special Education 
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 

 

Kareem Thompson headshot

Kareem Thompson, Ed.D.
Member-at-Large,

2020-2022
Assistant Principal
Congress Middle School
School District of Palm Beach County
Boynton Beach, FL

 

Ben Tillotson headshot

Benjamin "Ben" Tillotson, M.Ed.
Member-at-Large,

2020-2022
Transition Specialist/Teacher
Salt Lake City School District
Salt Lake City, UT

 

Mitchell Yell headshot

Mitchell Yell, Ph.D.
Member-at-Large,

2018-2020
Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair
of Teacher Education
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

 

Paul Zinni headshot

Paul Zinni, M.Ed.
Member-at-Large,

2018-2020
Superintendent of Schools
King Philiip Regional School District
Wareham, MA

 

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