Jocelyn Gebhardt, President. Jocelyn, a Founding Board member of BVGT, has worn many Board Chair hats in the past: Hospitality, Secretary, Membership, a few weeks as Treasurer one year, and most recently Co-President. She received her B.S. in Psychology from St. Lawrence University and worked with developmentally disabled adults in Montana, Massachusetts and Maine. She and her husband have two adult sons of whom they are very proud. Jocelyn recently retired from the Tattered Cover Book Store after 32 years- the last 13 in the Children’s section. BVGT has enriched her life, and she happily admits she is still learning.
Doug Alexander, At Large and Past President Doug is a Gifted & Talented Education Instructional Specialist in Boulder Valley School District who also has 16 years experience as a classroom teacher in elementary and middle school. He holds a Gifted Education Master’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado, a Colorado GT Specialist PK-12 endorsement, and National Board certification in gifted education. He provides professional development and presents at conferences on gifted education topics. Doug’s expertise as a teacher is in differentiation and creating authentic student-centered learning experiences.
Lauren Tremblay, Secretary. Lauren Tremblay grew up in Fort Collins and attended CU-Boulder. Since graduating she’s used her degree in Psychology/Elementary Ed in a number of creative ways including as a site-manager for a nonprofit school-based literacy program and developing children’s programming at an independent bookstore, but mostly in raising three wild and wonderful kids. She currently has a child in high school, middle school and elementary school in BVSD public schools. When she’s not volunteering at one of her kids’ schools, she’s usually creating something with her hands—sewing, pottery, or paper—or working on an overly complex home renovation project. She loves being part of the conversation around gifted and talented education, and she’s excited to be serving as BVGT Secretary.
Bob Gebhardt, Treasurer. Bob retired as a software engineer after 40 years working with companies ranging from Bell Laboratories to LeftHand Networks to Google. He served four terms as treasurer of an HOA. Bob has a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from Iowa State University and an MS in Computer and Communication Science from the University of Michigan. He has two thriving adult graduates of BVSD.
Tricia Carpenter, Co-Parent Liaison Coordinator. Tricia and Deb jointly coordinate Parent Liaison Activities. Tricia has been actively involved with Gifted and Talented Education since moving to Boulder Valley in 1999. She has worked as a BVSD middle school technology and math teacher, a TAG Educational Advisor, and a high school math tutor. Tricia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Secondary Math Education from Stanford University. She has 3 children, ranging from middle school to high school to college.
Deb Darnell, Co-Parent Liaison Coordinator. For over 20 years Deb Darnell (graduate of CU Boulder) has enjoyed working with GT students in Boulder Valley schools. Her philosophy is “Emotions cannot be treated separately from intellectual awareness or physical development. All three intertwine and influence each other.”(Annemarie Roeper) Her educational goal in and out of the classroom is to provide opportunities for gifted students to grow in these three areas to maintain balance in their lives. She was the GT advisor/instructor at Southern Hills Middle for 14 years. She is a trained facilitator for gifted parent support groups and currently she is the GT advisor/instructor at Boulder’s Fairview High School. In pandemic year 2020, she was awarded “Colorado Educator of the Year”.
Stacey Green, Advocacy Chair. Stacey Morris Green is the proud mom of three BVSD students and is a BVSD graduate herself. Stacey reads admission applications for her alma mater, Dartmouth College, where she previously served as an assistant director of admissions. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration, and was an assistant dean of students at Regis University and Boston College with an emphasis on support for students in crisis and distress. Stacey is excited to bridge her personal and professional experiences in her role with BVGT’s new advocacy committee.
Sarah Dodson-Knight, Community Outreach Chair. Sarah Dodson-Knight’s children attend Escuela Bilinguë Pioneer and the CHOICE program at Platt Middle School. As a parent of gifted kiddos, she has truly benefited from teachers’ and other parents’ advice and experiences, and she hopes to pay this forward by serving on the board. As the BVGT community liaison, she is especially interested in helping families from the eastern part of the county take advantage of BVGT events and efforts. When she’s not advocating for her kids, substituting at their schools, practicing her Spanish, or trying to coax vegetables from her backyard garden, she teaches French to homeschoolers and others through LanguageCraft Colorado.
Flora Brewington, At Large. After attending several inspiring and informative seminars hosted by BVGT, Flora participated for several years as a Mackintosh Academy BVGT parent liaison before joining the BVGT Board as an At-Large member in 2021. She graduated with a BS from the California Institute of Technology, attended Dartmouth Medical School and completed her family practice residency in Concord, NH. She worked as a family practice doctor in Ft. Collins and then took some time off to “mom” her two boys. Flora’s part-time work schedule at a family medicine clinic in Westminster allows her to participate more intentionally in the day-to-day lives of her 2nd and 5th graders.
Maria Klemenc, Newsletter Chair. Maria Klemenc holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught in higher education and community education settings. In addition she has carried out numerous editing and translation (Slovenian-English) projects. As a parent she has been drawn to learn about and advocate for the unique needs of gifted and twice exceptional learners, and has also served as a BVGT parent liaison for her children’s schools.
Catherine Zakoian, MA, LPC, NCC, At Large. Catherine Zakoian is a national certified and licensed professional counselor. For over twenty years, her Colorado-based private counseling practice www.catherinezakoian.com has specialized in child and family counseling services for gifted, twice-exceptional (2e), and profoundly gifted children, adolescents, teens, adults, and families. Her educational consultation practice provides guidance for creating psychologically healthy educational environments, authentic leadership and program development, and meaningful educator self-awareness and care within well recognized public, independent, and alternative PreK-12 schools serving gifted and neurotypical populations. Her newly published book: Raising Gifted Children: A Practical Guide for Parents Facing Big Emotions and Big Potential (Rockridge Press, 2020) has received a warm welcome in the gifted field.
Alice Srinivasan, Membership Chair. As the proud parent of two Boulder Valley School District students and a new BVGT Parent Liaison and Board Member, Alice aspires to increase understanding, opportunities, and support for gifted kids throughout our region. With a career in non-profit fundraising and marketing that spans more than two decades, she thoroughly enjoys her job as a Communications, Brand, and Strategy Consultant for non-profits, schools, and B-Corps. Alice received her B.A. in International Studies and Theater Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Jen Lucchesi, Educator Liaison Coordinator
Jacob Munch, Digital Assets Chair
Terry Bradley, Founding President. Terry is a graduate of Fairview High School and CU Boulder. She began her teaching career in BVSD as a first grade teacher, worked with middle schoolers for five years, and then was the GT Coordinator and a co-teacher at Fairview High School for 13 years. She has a Master’s degree in Gifted Education from UNC Greeley. Terry was the founding president of BVGT and is a past-president of the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented. She also served two terms as the Chairperson of the GT State Advisory Committee. She is a gifted education consultant and gives presentations and workshops on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness. Terry has two adult children and two delightful granddaughters.