2018 NAME Board of Director Candidates





The 2018 Board of Directors positions open for election are:

President-elect
Parliamentarian

Scroll down to read  the candidates abridged bios and leadership statements
                                             
Member voting will remain open until May 31 at 11:59 PM, Eastern Time

A link to the ballot has been emailed to NAME Members.
The election links to vote is also be available on your member page,
when you log-in to NAME Member Area.
Voting for the NAME Board is a benefit of a paid NAME membership

 

 

NAME PRESIDENT-ELECT CANDIDATE

Image result for lisa ZagumnyLISA ZAGUMNY

 Biography & Service:

As a first-generation college graduate who continued to earn a terminal degree in social foundations, I am committed to social justice and educational equity. I was born in Flint, Michigan, to the children of share croppers and coal miners. I attribute my educational success to my parents, who expected nothing less than a college degree from their daughter. 


I've always been that person working to get other people recognized for their hard work and contributions. I'm constantly nominating or encouraging people to nominate their colleagues for various recognitions and awards. My focus is service to others, not self. I think this approach to work led me to my current position as dean of the College of Education at Tennessee Tech. 

My research centers around matters of social justice. From the Civil Rights Movement sit-ins in Knoxville, Tennessee, and HBCU's CRM-driven curriculum to Islamaphobia to deficit ideology about people living in poverty to social constructions of identity, my scholarly work fits soundly with the work of NAME.

I had no idea just how active I would become following the 2010 Annual Conference. Highlights of my NAME involvement include:
Founding member of the TN NAME chapter; 2015-2018 co-chair of Region 3; 2015-2018 Chair of the Development Committee; 2015 participated in inaugural NAME educational Cuba trip; 2018 elected Secretary; 2018 Political Action Committee; 2017 & 2018 Conference Proposal Chair; 2016 coordinated Tennessee Diversity Summit with NAME leaders; 2018 Tennessee Black History Month events with NAME leaders; Volunteered for 7 consecutive years (2011-2017)

Leadership goals:

I serve best in a role where I can be an advocate for others. Because I thrive at advocacy, I lead from behind. It is this style of leadership that will help me to elevate NAME's rich tradition. If elected, I will work to raise NAME's profile to honor the founders and former board members. As a premier social justice educational organization, I would like NAME to be commonplace in educator preparation programs and P-12 schools across the country and beyond. Mutually beneficial relationships with these stakeholders can help to make NAME an even stronger advocacy group. We have a solid foundation. With engaged members, we can make this a reality.

Through NAME I have met many friends. I enjoy championing NAME's goals to advance and advocate for social justice and educational equity through multicultural education. I enjoy jumping in, rolling up my sleeves, and getting to work. I invite all NAME members to put their special skill sets to work for the organization. 

I have established relationships with NAME members, developed experience working at conference and year-round on NAME initiatives, and provided strong communication skills. I am quick to respond to inquiries and take initiative to get things done. I enjoy motivating others to contribute their time and talents. I appreciate the opportunity to throw my name in the hat in hopes of fulfilling this important role. I possess the skill set and disposition to be a successful president-elect. Thank you for your consideration.

 

      

NAME PARLIAMENTARIAN CANDIDATE

MELBA VENISON

Biography & Service:

I am currently retired from full time employment, however I continue to provide consulting services for teachers and administrators who seek to improve classroom instruction for K-12 students. My most recent active position was Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs/Dean at Duplichain University from 2010-2016. Prior to that assignment, I served as faculty and PK-16 Coordinator in the Department of Education at Southern University in New Orleans. During that time I developed the first Dual Enrollment Program approved by the State of Louisiana and was ultimately assigned as Director. 
After teaching high school English for 25 years, I served as evaluator and trainer for the State of Louisiana New Teacher Certification Program, developed a mentor program for the Orleans Public School District, and assisted in the development of a statewide evaluation / mentoring program for novice teachers.

I am co-founder of Bel Mor Associates, LLC, an educational consulting firm that focuses primarily on cultural change in schools and school districts. The firm provides extensive professional development for principals, teachers, and central office administrators. I use my vast experiences in working with state-wide programs, K-12 and college students to assist teachers in improving classroom instruction and reach their academic goals.
Among my publications are:
Reconsidering Teaching Reading: Post Katrina, Enhancing Literacy Skills of Young Children in Urban Education, and Best Practices for Teaching Reading in Urban Schools. I continue to conduct research in the area of effective teaching, especially for instructors

Leadership goals:

My goals to aid in the advancement of NAME's mission are intricately woven into the essence of who I am as a professional. I view my role as two-fold in the NAME organization, as an active member striving to advance the mission of the organization through one on one relationships, influence, and active participation in day to day chapter activities; and as a board member attempting to contribute to the conversation of governance.
 
I currently provide leadership on several projects that align with NAME's mission including the recruitment of new members, initiating a new chapter, and joining a group of diverse individuals who focus on racial harmony through Word and Deed. I have also joined Together Baton Rouge, a local community group serving as watchdog for local governance. The group focuses on local legislature, the elected officials and their votes, as well as matters affecting low income residents an students.

Having served on the board for 4 years, I have come to understand the importance of governance. My interactions with individuals/ members in local communities and local chapters have afforded me the opportunity to ascertain firsthand the challenges faced when attempting to achieve educational equity and social justice. 
I wish to serve as Parliamentarian to advance the conversation with a perspective that is authentic, fair and equitable. I intend to assist in convening meetings that follow order, adhere to the bylaws, policies and procedures of the organization and are in compliance with the laws that govern national organizations.

NAME Board of Director Elections will be open is until May 31, 2018
NAME Members have received emails with a member specific link to the ballot.
Your election link to vote is also be available on your member page,
when you log-in to NAME Member Area.

Voting for the NAME Board is a benefit of a paid NAME membership.