Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented Board Members
Co-President, Kristin Kusmierek, firstname.lastname@example.org – Kristin has worked with students, faculty, administrators, and others in higher education for over 25 years. As the parent of a teenage 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, Jocelyn Gebhardt, email@example.com Jocelyn has worked at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver for 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.
President-Elect, Doug Alexander
Doug is a sixth-grade language arts teacher in BVSD, who also has a decade’s worth of elementary teaching experience. He holds a Gifted Education Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Colorado TAG Specialist PK-12 endorsement. He has served as a BVSD TAG teacher leader and provides ongoing support for the district’s Advanced Academic Services department. Doug’s expertise as a classroom teacher is in differentiation and creating authentic student-centered learning experiences
Secretary, interim, Doug Alexander, firstname.lastname@example.org
Treasurer, Gina Muller, interim, email@example.com – 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 past 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.
Programming Chair, Janine Frank firstname.lastname@example.org – 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.
Membership, Interim, Jocelyn Gebhardt, email@example.com – See profile above
Educator Liaison, Catherine Zakoian, firstname.lastname@example.org –Catherine Zakoian, MA, NCC, LPC, is a child and family psychotherapist and an educational, leadership, and organizational development consultant to gifted and profoundly gifted organizations and communities. Catherine founded Lumineux Institute in Boulder, Colorado, to house her counseling and consultation practices and her teaching and research projects. Prior to training to become a counselor, Catherine directed human resources and production management operations for iconic, privately held, highly creative businesses. She is also an affiliate counselor with the Gifted Development Center. www.catherinezakoian.com
Communications – Tricia Carpenter, Newsletter, email@example.com – Tricia has been actively involved with Talented and Gifted Education since moving to Boulder Valley in 1999. She has worked as a middle school teacher, a TAG Educational Advisor, an ACT/SAT tutor, and has recently returned to the classroom as an Elementary TAG Math Tutor. Tricia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Secondary Math Education from Stanford University. She currently has a child in high school, middle school, and elementary school in BVSD.
Communications Chair – Website and Social Media, Lisa Chinnery, firstname.lastname@example.org – 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 served as a member of the BVSD TAG District Advisory Committee for 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, Phyllis Ashe – Phyllis has many years of experience in education. The count goes on as a lecturer in Outreach Science for the University of Colorado, and as a TAG Educational Advisor at Manhattan Middle School. Phyllis is a founding-returning board member of BVGT. She holds a BA/Teaching Certificate from San Diego State University and a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from the University of Northern Colorado. She has twin 20-year-old children, who attended BVSD schools and are currently college juniors at Creighton University and Gonzaga University. Phyllis is excited to contribute to advocating for the needs of gifted and talented children through BVGT
Parent Liaison Coordinators, Kristin Kusmierek & Tricia Carpenter, email@example.com
Spanish Liaison, Gabriela Huebler – Gabi is the Spanish teacher at Boulder Country Day School (BCD) for elementary and preschool classes. Gabi is very interested in making sure that the Hispanic community is aware of all the opportunities and resources that are available for their Gifted and talented children. In Gabi’s job, she comes across many students who are gifted and talented and it has been an eye opener to be in this organization learning more about their unique characteristics, challenges, and talents.
Gabi was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she taught English in Kindergarten, and later, following my passion for traveling, got a degree in tourism, and worked in the travel industry. She has lived in Boulder for 26 years and was a stay-at-home-mom with her three kids until her youngest child was in elementary school. Then, she started working as a para-educator at Community Montessori in Boulder, at the Spanish Institute teaching Spanish to children and adults. This is Gabi’s third year working at BCD.