TAGT Committees

There are three categories of committees, all to assist the board in carrying out the association’s strategic vision. Governance committees deal primarily with governance issues and are designed to ensure TAGT follows policy and procedure. Organizational committees ensure we move the TAGT mission forward and help directly service the membership. Resource Committees are focused on creating content, research, and resources for each special interest/audience.

Governance Committees Organizational Committees Resource Committees
NEW IN 2020

Advocacy Committee
Chair: Raine Maggio, Round Rock ISD
Vice Chair: Karen Otto, Carroll ISD
Board Liaison: Debbie Smith, M.Ed., San Marcos CISD Jennifer Cooper, Manor ISD
Darnee Wambsgans, Killeen ISD Leny Philipose, Wylie ISD
Michelle Swain, M.Ed. Round Rock ISD Sarah Wiseman, Frisco ISD
Teresa Francis, Mansfield ISD Heather Block, Pearland ISD
  Staff Liason: Paulina van Eeden Hill, CAE

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: Lori Mabry, M.Ed., Eagle Mountain Saginaw
Clint Rodriguez, ESC 11
Amy Owen, Midway ISD Thea Turner, Denton ISD
Luke Hurst, McKinney ISD
Leslie Drake, Martha Reid Leadership Academy
Kristin Fawaz, Capstone Gifted Services, McKinney ISD Staff Liaison: Lacy Compton
 
 
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: Kimberly Cheek, Wylie ISD
Laura Dizien, Plano ISD
Joe Russell, Plano ISD Kim Stewart, Northside ISD
Christine Williamson, San Antonio ISD Nicole Schuler, Tyler ISD
Board Liaison: Jennifer Gann Joe Russell, Plano ISD 
Maria Chrzanowski, Don Harrington Discovery Center Ashley Duncan, Waco ISD
Glenda Holder, Clear Creek ISD Stacye Onstott, Birdville ISD
Nicole Shuler, Tyler ISD Staff Liaison: Lacy Compton
 
 
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
Tish Cawley, Hays CISD
Folly Ligh, Sugarland, TX
Luke Hurst, McKinney ISD
Theresa Biggs, Plano ISD
Karen Zeske, Irving ISD
Felicia Olagbemi, Katy Parents of G/T Students Javetta Jones Roberson, Birdville ISD
  Staff Liaison: Paulina van Eeden Hill, CAE
 
 
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: D'Lana Barbay, M.Ed., Immediate Past President
Monica Willis, Fort Bend
Merrill Hammons, Brownsville ISD
Katie Drake, Killeen ISD
Ann Wink, Texas IB Schools
Harleigh Jones, Irving ISD
Laura Dizien, Plano ISD Staff Liaison: Paulina van Eeden Hill
Audra Rowell, Northwest ISD  
 
 
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: Kristin Graham, Spring Branch ISD
Kim Cheek, Wylie Abilene
Amy Gresham, Arlington ISD Kathryn Walker, Mansfield ISD
Felicia Olagbemi, Katy Parents of G/T Students Susan Shires Schertz-Cibolo, Universal City ISD
Staff Liaison: Sarah Vlcek Meredith Austin, Humble ISD
  Board Liaison: Heather Vaughn, University of Texas - Annette Strause Institute

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
Debbie Smith, San Marcos ISD
Michelle Swain, Round Rock ISD Joanna Baleson, Seabrook, TX
Kim Hardin, Abilene Christian University
Lori Mabry, Denton ISD
Gail Smith, Lubbock ISD
Staff Liaison: Lacy Compton
 
 
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.
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    Leadership Resource Committee
    Chair: Jaret Hodges, University of North Texas Vice-Chair: Melanie Meyer, McKinney ISD & UNT
    Javetta J. Roberson, M.Ed., Birdville ISD Staff Liason: Lacy Compton
    Debbie Troxclair, Lamar University Cathy Walton, Houston Museum of Natural Science
    Blythe Brown, Clear Creek ISD Lindsay Bell, Somerville ISD
    Katie Lewis, York College of Pennsylvania

    Kim Hardin, Ph.D., Abilene Christian University

Purpose: To identify and provide resources that support individuals involved in the administration and delivery of gifted services.

Responsibilities
  1. Select and prioritize resources related to their area of expertise/audience & submit proposals to Resource Review Council
  2. Receive input and requests that inform resource priorities from the TAGT membership, Board, and staff.
  3. Designate and recruit volunteers beyond committee members to serve in work groups to create resources.
Structure
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Resource 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 Resource 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 will oversee final approval of committee placements. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee will have a minimum of four members and a maximum of twelve members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
  6. Each Resource committee will recruit and engage members outside of the committee to serve in Work Groups, aimed at completing designated resources.

 
Parent Resource Committee
Chair: Laura Greff Vice-Chair: Amanda Rudolph, Stephen F. Austin State University
Monica Willis, Millar Stacye Onstott, Birdville ISD
Patty Hammer, Alvin ISD Basilia Trejo, Birdville ISD
Cathy Ashcraft, Burkburnett ISD Mary Hoffman, Spring Branch Parent
Sharon Nolan, New Caney ISD Staff Liason: Sarah Vlcek
Yogesh Patil, Share Our Secrets  

Purpose: To identify and create valuable resources in support of parents and their gifted learners.

Responsibilities
  1. Select and prioritize resources related to their area of expertise/audience & submit proposals to Resource Review Council
  2. Receive input and requests that inform resource priorities from the TAGT membership, Board, and staff.
  3. Designate and recruit volunteers beyond committee members to serve in work groups to create resources.
Structure
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Resource 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 Resource 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 will oversee final approval of committee placements. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee will have a minimum of four members and a maximum of twelve members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
  6. Each Resource committee will recruit and engage members outside of the committee to serve in Work Groups, aimed at completing designated resources.
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Research Resource Committee
Chair: Jaret Hodges, University of North Texas Vice-Chair: Melanie Meyer, McKinney ISD & UNT
Javetta J. Roberson, M.Ed., Birdville ISD Kim Hardin, Ph.D., Abilene Christian University
Debbie Troxclair, Lamar University Cathy Walton, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Blythe Brown, Clear Creek ISD Lindsay Bell, Somerville ISD
Katie Lewis, York College of Pennsylvania Staff Liason: Lacy Compton
 
Purpose: To encourage, conduct, evaluate, and disseminate current research in the field of gifted education.

Responsibilities
  1. Select and prioritize resources related to their area of expertise/audience & submit proposals to Resource Review Council
  2. Receive input and requests that inform resource priorities from the TAGT membership, Board, and staff.
  3. Designate and recruit volunteers beyond committee members to serve in work groups to create resources.
Structure
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Resource 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 Resource 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 will oversee final approval of committee placements. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee will have a minimum of four members and a maximum of twelve members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
  6. Each Resource committee will recruit and engage members outside of the committee to serve in Work Groups, aimed at completing designated resources.

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Equity & Diversity Resource Committees
Chair: Caroline Winfield, Richardson ISD Vice-Chair: Toni Gibbs, Crandall ISD
Linda Autrey, Nacogdoches ISD Kelsey Karcher, Allen ISD

Brittany Carrone, Harmony School of Innovation Carrollton Kari Lockhart, University of North Texas
Adam Whitaker, International Leadership of Texas Brie Smith, Lovejoy ISD
Sandy Romo, Socorro ISD Meredith Jacobsen, Judson ISD
Angela Romney, Frisco ISD Staff Liason: Lacy Compton

Purpose: To identify and create resources and practical information, support, and training to people who live and/or work with diverse gifted students.

Responsibilities
  1. Select and prioritize resources related to their area of expertise/audience & submit proposals to Resource Review Council
  2. Receive input and requests that inform resource priorities from the TAGT membership, Board, and staff.
  3. Designate and recruit volunteers beyond committee members to serve in work groups to create resources.
Structure
  1. The Leadership Development Committee will appoint a vice chair of each Resource 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 Resource 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 will oversee final approval of committee placements. Committee members may not be members of the Board.
  4. Each committee will have a minimum of four members and a maximum of twelve members.
  5. Each committee will elect a secretary at the first meeting.
  6. Each Resource committee will recruit and engage members outside of the committee to serve in Work Groups, aimed at completing designated resources.
TAGT Knowledge Team
Each Resource Committee will recruit members outside of the committee to work on designated resources, research, and content to engage the TAGT membership in volunteer opportunities outside of the typical committee/board commitments. As a Knowledge Team member, you will work with Resource Committees and peers to create resources as identified by our committees. This is a great way to be involved in specific, short-term projects that support your organization. To volunteer for the Knowledge Team and to review a list of resources in the works, please email Sarah Vlcek.

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