Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented Board Members
Co-President, Kristin Kusmierik, email@example.com – Kristin has worked with students, faculty, administrators, and others in higher education for over 25 years. As the parent of a pre-teen daughter, she has also spent over a decade adapting her expertise to Pre-K-12 school environments, uncovering the parallels, differences, and challenges in those settings. She has a master’s degree from Stanford University in higher education administration and policy analysis and another from the University of Michigan in student development, support, and academic affairs. She deeply enjoys helping students explore their interests, inclinations, and opportunities at points of transitions—and exploring the wonders of learning and being.
Co-President, Joceyln Gebhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org Jocelyn has worked at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver for almost 30 years. Children’s books are her passion, but she has been known to read books for adults. Her two tall sons have graduated from college and are thriving. Jocelyn received her B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. She has worked with developmentally disabled adults in Montana, Maine and Massachusetts. Jocelyn is a founding board member of BVGT and is still learning a lot.
Secretary, Nancy Bush email@example.com – Nancy received her B.S. in Education completing her graduate work in math and science curriculum development and teaching exceptional students; including gifted and at-risk adolescents. Nancy spent over a decade teaching in Secondary Education before serving as Curriculum Director of Mathematics. Nancy worked on math reform through the University Illinois at Chicago, MWM project. She has two children in the BVSD school district.
Treasurer, Gina Muller, firstname.lastname@example.org – Gina has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and held a CPA license in the state of Arizona for nearly a decade before moving to Colorado to get married and start a family. She is currently the treasurer for High Peaks Elementary. Previous to being a stay at home mom, she worked in the Accounting and Finance division of Bank of America for 11 years in the areas of reconciliation, financial accounting, planning and budgeting, variance reporting, tax preparation, and project management.
President Emeritus, Terry Bradley – Terry was the founding president of BVGT for its first seven years. She is currently the TAG Educational Advisor at Fairview High School, specializing in the social and emotional aspects of giftedness. She has a B.A./Teaching Certificate from CU Boulder, and a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Terry is the former Chair of the State Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented and is President of the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented (CAGT). Her two children attended BVSD schools and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Board Member at Large, Jennifer Barr – Jennifer Barr is currently serving as an Assistant Principal at Monarch High School In Louisville, Colorado. In her previous role as the Director of Student Success in the Boulder Valley School District, she supported schools in equitable instructional practices including understanding gender and sexual diversity, MTSS, and talented and gifted programming. Jennifer holds an Educational Specialist degree with a focus on instructional leadership for gifted and talented, a gifted endorsement from the University of Denver, and a Master’s in literature and film from Texas State University. With over 20 years in the field of education, she has embraced a variety of roles including school and district level administration, coaching, and teaching. Jennifer has held leadership roles on the Gifted Education State Advisory Committee and is the current CO-President Elect of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented.
Board Member at Large, JJ Morrow – JJ is the head of school at Mackintosh Academy in Boulder. He has 20 years of experience as an administrator, teacher, and coach from nationally renowned independent schools including The Roeper School, a progressive school for gifted learners, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He holds an Ed.M. and M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education, where he studied progressive curriculum & pedagogy and educational leadership. He earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Programming Co-Chair, Janine Frank email@example.com – Janine holds a master’s degree in Journalism from CU Boulder. She works as a copywriter and local freelance magazine writer. She has two boys in middle school who have opened her eyes to the unique and special needs of the gifted community. As a longtime member of BVGT, Janine has benefited greatly from past programs and now seeks to continue to provide quality programming that will inform and empower parents, educators, and students in our community.
Programming Co-Chair, Jenny Hecht firstname.lastname@example.org – Jenny has 16 years of experience working with youth, most of which were spent with the Boulder County Prevention and Intervention Team, providing mental health support in both St. Vrain and Boulder Valley School Districts. She now owns and operates Karuna Healing, a psychotherapy practice offering mindfulness-based therapeutic support as well as private yoga and meditation instruction, and Karuna Healing Therapeutics, offering custom blends of essential oils designed to support emotional balance. Jenny is also the author and creator of the 6-week group “Sisters Rising”, designed to help adolescent girls develop greater distress tolerance and emotional self-regulation skills. She has a passion for supporting the specific social-emotional needs of gifted individuals, particularly the existential dilemma so many face beginning at a very young age, and her work with gifted individuals has extended to consultation and support to parents and educational professionals who work with this population. She teaches yoga at Soul Tree Yoga Studio in Lafayette, where she lives with her husband and 10-year-old daughter.
Membership, Iterim, Joceyln Gebhardt, email@example.com – See profile above
Communications – Newsletter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications Chair – Website and Social Media, Lisa Chinnery, email@example.com – Lisa brings over 10 years of website management and social media marketing experience to the board. She has a son in middle school this fall and over the years has developed an avid interest in Talented and Gifted issues that surround the social & emotional needs of the GT child as well as meeting their needs academically. She has also been a member of the BVSD TAG District Advisory Committee for the past 3 years. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California; Santa Cruz in Sociology with an emphasis in Institutional Analysis.
Hospitality, Shawna Sharp
Shawna has a BA from the University of Kansas in Political Science and an MBA from Emory University. Prior to being a full time mom and she worked for IBM Asia Pacific conducting Market Research and for GE Capital in Marketing and New Product Development. Now she keeps herself busy playing tennis, reading, cooking and as a volunteer for BVGT, Middle School PTO and FC Boulder. She has two middle school children in the BVSD school district.
Parent Liaison Coordinator, interim – BVSD, Kristin Kusmierek, firstname.lastname@example.org – see bio above
Spanish Liaison, Gabriela Hubler
Corresponding Secretary, Jocelyn Gebhardt – Jocelyn has worked at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver for almost 30 years. Children’s books are her passion but she has been known to read books for adults. Her two tall sons have graduated from college and are thriving. Jocelyn is a founding board member of BVGT and is learning a lot.