TAGT Committees

There are three Governance Committees (Finance, Policy and Planning, and Leadership Development) that deal directly with the leadership of the association and four Organizational Committees (Membership Involvement, Education, Communications, and Advocacy) that serve a planning or visionary role.
 


Advocacy Committee
Chair: Beverly Jurenko, Houston, TX
Caroline Winfield, Richardson ISD
Amanda Rudolph, Stephen F. Austin Univ.
Javetta Jones – Roberson, Birdville ISD
Kelly Margot, The Univ. of North Texas
Dana Brown, College Station ISD
Michelle Swain, M.Ed. Round Rock ISD Harliegh Jones, Humble ISD
Teresa Francis, Mansfield ISD Sheacy Thompson, Frisco, TX
Board Liaison: D'Lana Barbay
Staff Liason: Lacy Compton
 
 
Structure
TAGT Policy and Procedures call for Governance and Organizational Committees with the purpose of helping the Board do its job. Committees generally meet twice a year and are charged with providing a semi-annual report of their activities to the President of the Board. The Advocacy Committee is designated as an Organizational Committee.

Responsibilities
  1. Monitor public policy issues which have relevance to the Association.
  2. Advise the Board in the development of Policy Goals to support the mission of TAGT and areas of importance to the membership.
  3. Provide guidance to TAGT in the development of appropriate resources and platforms to support advocacy efforts at the local, regional and state levels.
  4. Monitor, review and develop, as needed, current and new TAGT advocacy initiatives to support public policy positions.
 

Communications Committee
Chair: Heather Vaughn, University of Texas High School
Lenny Philipse, M.Ed., Wylie ISD
Sandy Marie Romo, Clint ISD
Amanda Bindel, Round Rock ISD
Stacia Taylor, Tomball, TX
Brian Tucker, Fort Bend ISD
Patricia Simpson, Liberty Hill ISD Blake Haygood, New Braunfels ISD
Kristin Fawaz, McKinney, TX
President: D'Lana Barbay
Cheryl Morse, Richmond, TX Staff Liaison: Lacy Compton
  Board Liaison: Katie Drake
 
 
Structure
According to the Policies and Procedures the structure of this committee is:
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Organizational Committee to a two-year leadership term that will include one year in the vice chair role, immediately followed by one year in the role of chair.
  2. Each Organizational Committee will have an assigned Board liaison. The Board liaison is a non-voting member of the committee whose duties include advising and assisting the committee in achieving its charge.
  3. The Leadership Development Committee shall appoint the committee members. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee shall have a minimum of four members and a maximum of 12 members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
 
Responsibilities
  1. Support the solicitation, review, and dissemination of information pertinent to the field of gifted education through various TAGT communications platforms.
  2. Monitor, review and develop, as needed, current and new publication platforms.
  3. Monitor, review and develop, as needed, current and new social media platforms.
  4. Oversee awards process for published materials in the field of gifted education and member/student competitions.
 

Education Committee
Chair: Monica Simonds, Richardson ISD
Kimberly Cheek, Wylie ISD
Abagail Priest, Fort Bend ISD Nahsechay Dipo, Dallas ISD
Stacye Onstott, Birdville ISD Nicole Schuler, Tyler ISD
Jessica Collins, Clear Creek ISD
Kim Stewart, Northside ISD
Ashlee Duncan, Waco ISD
Stacye Onstott, Birdville ISD
Laura Dizien, Plano ISD Maria Chrzanowski, Don Harrington Discovery Center
President: D'Lana Barbay
Staff Liaison: Lacy Compton
Board Liaison: Brenda Davis  
 
 
Structure
According to the Policies and Procedures the structure of this committee is:
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Organizational Committee to a two-year leadership term that will include one year in the vice chair role, immediately followed by one year in the role of chair.
  2. Each Organizational Committee will have an assigned Board liaison. The Board liaison is a non-voting member of the committee whose duties include advising and assisting the committee in achieving its charge.
  3. The Leadership Development Committee shall appoint the committee members. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee shall have a minimum of four members and a maximum of 12 members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
 
Responsibilities
  1. Provide guidance to TAGT in the development of appropriate resources and platforms to support relevant professional development, training and content delivery.
  2. Service as the selection committee for Annual Conference breakout sessions.
  3. Review Annual Conference participant evaluations and provide guidance to TAGT in the development of conference content topics and methods for delivery.
  4. Review and support the development of TAGT online training topics, courses and platforms.
  5. Monitor and review professional standards for gifted educators.
 

Finance Committee
Chair: Christina Dearman, Denton ISD
Monica Benton, Houston, TX
Janet Newton, Georgetown ISD
Brenda Davis, Baylor University
Theresa Biggs, Plano ISD
Karen Zeske, Irving ISD
Immediate Past President: Priscilla Lurz President: D'Lana Barbay
Staff Liaison: TBD
 
 
 
Structure
According to the Policies and Procedures the structure of this committee is:
  1. The Secretary/Treasurer serves as chair.
  2. Six appointed members serve staggered one-year terms. Members must include both Board and non-board members.
  3. The committee members who are not currently on the Board shall have a background in business or financial affairs.
Responsibilities
  1. Approve the contract for the annual external audit.
  2. Facilitate Board review of the Association financial reports.
  3. Receive and analyze the Annual Audit on behalf of the Board.
  4. Present the Annual Audit to the Board for acceptance.
  5. Inspect formally the financial records of the Association.
  6. Review and recommend association financial policies and operating guidelines, including investment policies and procedures for the Association.
  7. Review the proposed operating budget, providing input and recommendations before the budget is proposed to the Board for approval.
  8. Develop financial resources for the benefit of the Association.
  9. Develop sources of income streaming for the benefit of the Association.
 

Leadership Development Committee
Chair: Priscilla Lurz, G/T Consultant
Marilyn Swanson, SMU
Tillie Hickman, Beaumont ISD
Crystal Wilson, Fort Bend ISD
Member- Matthew Fugate, University of Houston -Downtown
Kim Hardin, Abilene Christian University
Staff Liaison: Justin Ables  
 
 
Structure
According to the Policies and Procedures the structure of this committee is:
  1. The Immediate Past President serves as chair.
Four appointed members, including one other past president, serve a two-year term. Members may not serve more than one term. Members must include both Board and non-board members. A committee member who decides to run for office must immediately resign from the Leadership Development Committee.
 
Responsibilities
  1. Facilitate the elections process in accordance with the rules and procedures set forth by the Association.
  2. Conduct a needs assessment to prioritize selection of nominees based on experience, background, and geographic diversity as noted in the Board Profile.
  3. Seek nominations for election to the Board based on the needs assessment results.
  4. Facilitate the call and recruitment of committee members.
  5. Facilitate Board orientations annually. Board orientations shall include:
    1. Discussion of the definition, expectations, and rewards of Association leadership:
      1. Explanation of the TAGT Mission
      2. TAGT policies
      3. Association resources
      4. Governance role of the Board
      5. Service on committees
      6. Volunteer/staff relationships
    2. Discussion of Association regulatory documents and budgets
    3. Review of the annual and extended calendar of events.
  6. Other Association related affairs for training will be conducted during the year.
  7. Plan and/or conduct ongoing Board development. 
 

Membership Involvement Committee
Chair: Toni Gibbs, Crandall ISD
Amy Sasser, Deer Park, TX
Raine Maggio, Round Rock ISD
Angela Reina-Greca, Richardson ISD
Melanie Cravey, Lake Travis ISD
Cathy Walton, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Brandi Karnowski, Belton ISD
Priya Karnik, Coppell, TX
President: D'Lana Barbay Board Liaison: Debbie Smith
  Staff Liaison: Justin Ables
 
 
Structure
According to the Policies and Procedures the structure of this committee is:
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Organizational Committee to a two-year leadership term that will include one year in the vice chair role, immediately followed by one year in the role of chair.
  2. Each Organizational Committee will have an assigned Board liaison. The Board liaison is a non-voting member of the committee whose duties include advising and assisting the committee in achieving its charge.
  3. The Leadership Development Committee shall appoint the committee members. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee shall have a minimum of four members and a maximum of 12 members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
 
Responsibilities
  1. Oversee the TAGT Awards processes for the state awards program, including nominations, selection, and presentation.
  2. Monitor, review and develop, and implement effective strategies to support the recruitment and retention of association members.
  3. Monitor, review, develop and implement an array of volunteer engagement opportunities for members.
  4. Support efforts to create meaningful engagement for attendees at TAGT events.
 

Policy & Planning Committee
Chair: Joyce Miller, TX A&M University-Commerce
Priscilla Lurz, G/T Consultant
Michelle Swain, Round Rock ISD Joanna Baleson, Seabrook, TX
Kim Hardin, Abilene Christian University
Lori Mabry, Denton ISD
Gail Smith, Lubbock ISD
Debbie Smith, San Marcos ISD
President: D'Lana Barbay
Staff Liason: TBD
 
 
Structure
  1. The President-Elect serves as chair.
  2. The Immediate Past President will serve on the Policy and Planning Committee.
  3. Five additional appointed members, including one other past president, serve staggered two-year terms. Members must include both Board and non-board members.
 
Responsibilities
  1. Ensure compliance of the Board with its own regulatory documents.
  2. Develop and conduct annual Board self-evaluation.
  3. Advise the Board in the development of revisions to the Association’s Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures, and such other regulatory documents as from time to time may be developed.