2019 NAME Board of Director Candidates

2019 Board of Directors positions open for election are

Executive Board Position:
Board of Directors Secretary

Regional Directors:
Region 2

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 6
Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
Region 8
American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Sovereign Nations within the U.S., International Members, and Indigenous Peoples

Member voting will be open July 5, at 11:59 PM, Eastern Time

A link to the ballots are 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.
The members of Region 2, 6 and 8 have two ballots to allow them to vote for both national and regional offices.
Voting for the NAME Board is a benefit of a paid NAME membership

Scroll down to read  the candidate's abridged bios and leadership statements
They are listed in the following order:
Executive Board Candidate
Regional Director Candidates

Note: All paid NAME members receive ballots for Executive Board positions
Brief Biography, Service  & Leadership Goals:

 Charlene Lui, M.Ed., is the director of Educational Equity in Granite School District in Salt Lake City, Utah. As director, she implements English Language Development for 22,000 ELLs and other equity programs. She manages multiple budgets, which total approximately three million dollars.  
Charlene served as president of Utah NAME and is a member of the board. She served as NAME Region 8 Director, Awards committee chair and has been Treasurer since 2014. She is the president of the Mainland Council of Hawaiian Civic Clubs where she leads twenty-one chapters; their finances, sovereignty discussions, language and cultural preservation.

Brief description of leadership goals: 
First of all, thank you for the opportunity to serve as Treasurer of NAME for the past three years. During this time, I have worked closely with NAME's accountant and executive director to oversee and manage the finances. When I first joined the board as a Regional Director, NAME was struggling financially. However, today, NAME is financially stable. Since I have been treasurer we have accomplished the following: completed a successful audit, worked closely with the board and executive director to ensure that conferences are profitable, worked closely with our accountant to ensure timely payments, current with tax filings, written quarterly reports, increase membership and ensure that yearly budgets are followed according to policies and procedures.

If I am re-elected as the NAME treasurer, I will continue to attend to all duties and responsibilities as outlined. In addition, I will work closely with the board to seek professional advice on how to best invest our finances to support the vision and goals of NAME. This would also include choosing to work with financial institutions whose ideals align with the objectives of NAME.
I commit to continue to work collaboratively with the board and all members! Mahalo.

Note: Paid members in each Region will vote for the candidate for that Region's Director.

This region includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Brief Biography:
Most of my life was spent in the Midwest, specifically Missouri. With both parents educators, it was no surprise that I became an educator. For 40 + years I worked in the public education sector, most of that time in the middle school setting.science and math were the disciplines I taught and I spent several years supervising an intervention program for at-risk students.
in 2016, friends introduced me to NAME. I have been hooked ever since. That introduction led me to three outstanding national NAME conferences in Cleveland, Salt lake City, and Memphis. Since joining NAME, I have been a part of three cultural exchanges to Cuba. An exciting part of the second trip was the founding of the first NAME chapter in Cuba.
When my husband made a major career change in 2017, we moved to West Virginia. While my geographical address has changed, my commitment to NAME has not.  In fact, availability  to serve has increased. I look forward to continuing to advocate for equity and social justice through my affiliation with NAME.

If elected as Region 2 director, my focus would be on connecting individuals and groups with networks to promote equity and social justice through multicultural learning opportunities, advocacy, and the sharing of resources. Serving on the Board of Directors of NAME would give me the tools to better serve Region 2.



This regions includes 
Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming


Brief Biography and Leadership Goals: As a bilingual, educator for 20+ years in preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and Teacher Education, I bring a breadth of experience. I take every opportunity possible to examine, deconstruct and reconstruct thoughts, beliefs, interactions and systems with the goal that EVERY individual KNOWS beyond a shadow of a doubt that who they are is honored, celebrated and valued. Everything I do is about creating communities, both big and small, were everyone fully belongs! I will continue to do this work on the NAME board, at NAME conferences and everywhere I show up. I believe that NAME has the potential to shift the ways that we label, categorize, judge, dehumanize and other one another. Gregory Boyle spoke about an idea that has taken root, an idea that is the root of all that is wrong in the world, "It is an idea that there just might be lives out there that matter less than some lives. How can we be a stand against that idea?" I am a stand against that idea. I stand for radical inclusion. I hope to help Region 6 and all of NAME be a place where EVERYONE belongs, where no one is devalued.



This region includes 
American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Sovereign Nations within the U.S., International Members, and Indigenous Peoples

Brief Biography and leadership goals:

Jasmine Jackman is Regional Director for region 8. Jasmine is an educator who has worked in the classroom, as a guidance counselor, and as acting vice principal in the Peel District School Board. Her focus is supporting and advocating for students who are marginalized and underserved. She has chaired diversity/equity committees and brought awareness to Indigenous issues. Currently, she supports students seeking alternative forms of education and experiential learning outside of the traditional curriculum. Jasmine is a board member of the United Nations Association of Canada-Toronto Region. She is a doctoral candidate at OISE, University of Toronto 

As a social justice advocate, I am committed to the integration of multicultural education in schools and advocating for equity, inclusion, and social justice in the greater community.

My doctoral research is focused on leadership and reviewing ministry policies. My extensive experience as a regional teacher mentor and facilitator has allowed me to create pedagogical tools for educators to use to promote equity and inclusion in their schools and to recognize and challenge systems of injustice.

As a board member of NAME, I would like to further explore aspects of policy and practice in multicultural education used to counteract and eradicate systemic oppression and to create opportunities to engage the community in activities that promote inclusion, empathy, hope, and agency. My background and passion for cultural appreciation and equity would allow me to contribute substantially to NAME's mission.

NAME Board of Director Elections will be open until July 5, 2019
Ballots are sent to NAME members with a link to vote.
The election links to vote will also be available on your member page, when you log-in to NAME Member Area.
NAME members of Region 2, 6 and 8 will have two ballots, to allow them to vote for both national and regional offices.
Voting for the NAME Board is a benefit of a paid NAME membership.