CEC Committees

CEC committees are responsible for advising the Board of Directors in their particular areas and may be responsible for selected activities. They report to the Board of Directors.

Committee chairpersons are nominated by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. Committee members are nominated by the committee chairperson and approved by the CEC President.

Canadian/U.S. Committee

The Canadian/U.S. Committee advises the Board on communication, networking, and liaising; professional knowledge and skills; and advocacy. The Committee is comprised of CEC members who reside in Canada and the U.S., including the CEC Board of Directors Member-at-Large, Canada.

Denise Drinkwalter, Chair

Mitchell Curci (Canada)

Jordan Shurr (US)

Anne Sloboda (Board)

Truman Spring (Canada)

Kate Snyder (US)

Christina Yuknis (US)

Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee advises the Board regarding diversity and equity trends and issues and on ways to enhance professional practice in order to serve diverse student populations. It also recommends strategies for greater inclusion of diverse groups throughout all levels of CEC and for attracting, mentoring, and supporting individuals from diverse backgrounds within the field of special education.

Mikki Garcia, Chair

Catherine Anantoye

Eleanor Harris

Patty Alvarez McHatton

Diane Morales

Catherine Pulkinen

Mickie Wong-Lo

Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.

Elections Standing Committee

The Elections Standing Committee prepares a ballot for the Board of Directors slate of candidates selected by the Nominations Standing Committee and oversees/conducts membership-wide elections.

Donna Sacco, Chair  

Gail Cahill   

Frank Dykes

David Lojkovic

Valerie Sharpe


Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.

Finance and Audit Standing Committee

The Finance and Audit Standing Committee addresses the financial stability of the CEC and recommends to the Board of Directors the action to be taken on the annual program plan and budget. Other duties relate to the review of financial policies. The Committee is chaired by the Treasurer.  The President Elect also serves as a member of the committee.

Sharon Raimondi, Chair (CEC Treasurer)

Antonis Katsiyannis (President Elect)   

Mikki Garcia

Cynthia Nixon

Butch Stevens

Raschelle Theoharis

Darlene Unger

 

Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.

Honors Committee

The Honors Committee selects the recipients of the CEC Professional Awards. The Honors Committee also periodically reviews the CEC Awards program and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for enhancements.

Michael Behrmann, Chair                                              

Lynn Boyer

Lyndal Bullock 

Joel E. Mittler

Cynthia Simpson

Phyllis Vermilyea  

Gerald M. Wallace

 

Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.

Nominations Standing Committee

The Nominations Standing Committee ensures that all CEC constituent groups and segments have opportunities to participate in leadership development and activities involved in mentoring opportunities, and become candidates for CEC elected/appointed leadership positions. The Committee annually solicits nominations and prepares a slate of candidates to fill positions of the Board of Directors. The Committee is chaired by the Immediate Past President.     

Robin Brewer, Chair

Ashlie Abercrombie Allardyce (Classroom Ranks)       

Andrea Beam (Non-Designated)  

Jannis Floyd (Board)

Annette Gaitan (Board)

Clayton Keller (International)

Lusa Lo (Diverse)

Margaret McLane (Divisions)

Phyllis Vermilyea (Non-Designated)

Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.        

Professional Standards and Practice Committee

The Professional Standards and Practice Committee studies the area of practice standards and advises the Board of Directors regarding CEC professional policies and activities. Other duties include the development of guidelines and materials to assist the field in meeting the Council’s professional standards.   

James McLeskey, Chair

Linda Blanton 

Bonnie Billingsley

Toni Franklin  

Kharon Grimmet

Donna Sacco   

Phyllis Wolfram                                                      

Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.             

Representative Assembly Committee

The Representative Assembly Committee advises the presiding officer of the Representative Assembly (the CEC President) on procedures, formats, and field-based issues for Assembly meetings and online discussions. Other duties include approval of Assembly meeting minutes, conducting orientations and online discussions, and evaluation of the annual meeting.

Jennifer Lesh, Chair

Sheila Bailey    

Maureen Burness 

Dennis Cavitt 

Mandy Lusk

Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.           

Student Committee

The Student Committee advises the Board of Directors on ways to recruit student members, increase diversity, and improve the transition of student to professional membership. The Committee also conducts a Forum at the annual convention, selects recipients for the Student Awards, and chooses candidates for the student representatives to the CEC Representative Assembly.

Denise Whitford, Chair                               

Gliset Colón 

Betty DeSantis

Lauren Evanovich (Student Representative to the RA)

Michael Jackson (Student Representative to the RA)

Rajeev Ronald Joseph

Kaleen Shultz

Lauren Delisio (Student Member of Board)

Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.

Yes I Can Committee

The Yes I Can Committee (1) publicizes the YIC awards to ensure outstanding entries; (2) seeks and solicits nominations; (3) evaluates the nominees for each category and select recipients; (4) plans an awards ceremony; (5) periodically reviews award categories and criteria; (6) sets sponsorship levels; (7) creates  sponsor prospectus; (8) identifies potential sponsors and donors; and (9) develops awards program marketing and communications plans.

Rebecca Hines

Nancy Aguinaga

Kim Drew

Jerry Hillyer

Ann-Bailey Lipsett

John Romig

Richard Williams

Contact the committee staff liaison with questions or for more information.