NAGC Announces New Board Members and Network Leaders
July 23, 2018

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has elected a diverse group of leaders who will offer a variety of expertise and share unique ideas to carry forward NAGC’s mission and bold plan of action to Change Minds, Change Policies, and Change Practices.

“I am pleased that so many strong leaders displayed their commitment to helping gifted children reach for their personal best through the elections process, and I thank everyone who ran and voted,” said M. René Islas, NAGC Executive Director. “The energy and passion of the new leaders will propel NAGC as it works to change minds, policies, and practices so that all gifted children get the support they need as they reach for their personal best.”

The newly elected board members and network leaders start their terms on September 1, 2018.

Board Members

Governance Secretary
Lauri Kirsch, Ed.D.

Stuart N. Omdal, Ph.D.  

At-Large Members
Kristina Collins, Ph.D. 
Jennifer Jolly, Ph.D.

Parent Representative
Tracy Inman, Ed.D.                                                     

State Representative
Cheryl McCullough         

Network Leaders

Arts, Chair-Elect
Cappie Dobyns

Curriculum Studies, Chair-Elect
Tracy Missett, Ph.D.

Early Childhood, Chair-Elect
Rebecca O'Brien

Research & Evaluation, Chair-Elect
Cindy Gilson, Ph.D. 


The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a membership organization whose mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. 

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