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 chair (or chair-designate when one exists) and approved by the CEC President.

Canadian Committee

The Canadian Committee advises the Board of Directors on ways to meet the needs of Canadian members relative to membership, professional development, publications, products and services, and provide a forum for Canadian units to discuss and address shared concerns specific to provincial/territorial and federal education systems, legislation, teacher preparation, etc. The Committee is comprised of CEC's active Canadian Provincial Unit Presidents or their designees, and is chaired by the CEC Board of Directors Member-at-Large, Canada.

Linda Balon-Smith, Chair, SK

Shawn Crawford, AB
Teresa Hampton, MB
Sheena Lewis, BC
Lara Morrow, SK
Robert Spall, ON


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.

Denise Whitford, Chair

Catherine Anantoye

Kelly Carrero

Mikki Garcia

Eleanor Harris

Diane Morales

Catherine Pulkinen

Donna Sayman

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   

Yojanna Cuenca-Carlino

Annette Gaitan

Kristi Santi

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.

Jim McCormick, Chair (CEC Treasurer)

Laurie VanderPloeg (President Elect)

Laural Jackson

Laurie Jefsen

April Miller

Cindi Nixon

Cheryl Temple

 

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.

Danielle Kovach, Chair

Lynn Boyer

Raul Escarpio

Clayton Keller

Sarah Hawkins-Lear

Glennda McKeithan

Phyllis Vermilyea  

 

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.     

Antonis Katsiyannis, Chair (Immediate Past President)

Joni Baldwin (Non-Designated)  

Jennifer Britton (Board)

Maureen Burness (Divisions)

Jan Chapman (Non-Designated)

Laura Clarke (Classroom Ranks)

Elizabeth Drame (Diverse)

Jennifer Lesh (Board)

Zachary Walker (International)

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
Penny Cantley

Ginevra Courtade

Toni Franklin

Theresa Garfield Sacco

Kharon Grimmet

Donna Sacco

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.

Dennis Cavitt, Chair

Adia Brightman

Joe DeMarsh

Emilie Maule

Ruby Owiny

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.

Kaleen Shultz, Chair, Student Representative to the RA

Allyson Hermann

Stephanie Kaefer

Kaitlyn Millen

Jessica Monahan (Student Representative to the RA)

Alexis Morgan (Student Member of the Board)

Dana Rusher

Andrea Suk

Student Committee Roles and Responsibilities

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

Bonnie Buckelew

Kim Drew

Kim Floyd

Ann-Bailey Lipsett

Katherine Squires

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