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About the Governing Board

REL Central’s Governing Board helps direct the work of the REL at the highest level: forming or changing research alliances, setting large-scale priorities, and assessing regional needs. Watch this quick clip for more information about the Board members, their involvement in REL Central work, and their take-aways from the most recent Board meeting!

Colorado

Dr. Katy Anthes
Interim Commissioner of Education
Colorado Department of Education
Denver, CO
Dr. Dan Jorgensen – Representative for the Commissioner of Education
Accountability and Data Analysis Principal Consultant
Colorado Department of Education
Denver, CO
Dr. Paul Teske
Dean of School of Public Affairs
University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
Denver, CO
Dr. Ken Haptonstall
Superintendent of Schools
Garfield County School District No. 16
Parachute, CO

 Kansas

Dr. Randy Watson
Commissioner of Education
Kansas State Department of Education
Office of the Commissioner
Topeka, KS
Mr. Jay Scott – Representative for the Commissioner of Education
Assistant Director, Career and Technical Education
Kansas State Department of Education
Topeka, KS
Mr. Tim Swartzendruber
Head Coach, Men’s Basketball
McPherson College
McPherson, KS
Ms. Janice Smith
Executive Director
TOP Early Learning Centers
Wichita, KS

Missouri

Dr. Margie Vandeven
Commissioner of Education
Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Jefferson City, MO
Dr. Chris Neale – Representative for the Commissioner of Education
Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Quality Schools
Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
Jefferson City, MO
Dr. Loyce Caruthers
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Dr. Wayne Stewart
Superintendent
Glenwood R-8 School District
West Plains, MO

Nebraska

Dr. Matt Blomstedt
Commissioner of Education
Nebraska Department of Education
Lincoln, NE
Dr. Scott Swisher – Representative for the Commissioner of Education
Deputy Commissioner of Education
Nebraska Department of Education
Lincoln, NE
Dr. Jon Habben
Executive Director
Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association
Lincoln, NE

North Dakota

Ms. Kirsten Baesler
State Superintendent
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Bismarck, ND
Mr. Robert Marthaller – Representative for the State Superintendent
Assistant Superintenent
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Bismarck, ND
Ms. Tonya Hunskor
President, North Dakota LEAD & High School Principal
TGU Granville School
Granville, ND
Dr. Viola LaFontaine
Superintendent
Williston Public School District #1
Williston, ND 5

South Dakota

Dr. Melody Schopp
Secretary of Education
South Dakota Department of Education
Pierre, SD
Ms. Abby Javurek-Humig – Representative for the Secretary of Education
Director of Assessment and Accountability
South Dakota Department of Education
Pierre, SD
Sharla Steever
TIE (Technology and Innovation in Education)
Rapid City, SD

Wyoming

Ms. Jillian Balow
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Wyoming Department of Education
Cheyenne, WY
Mr. Dicky Shanor – Representative for the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Chief of Staff
Wyoming Department of Education
Cheyenne, WY
Ms. Julie Her Many Horses
Mathematics Teacher
Fremont School District #14
Wyoming Indian High School
Ethete, WY
Mr. Brent Bacon
Chief Academic Officer
Wyoming Department of Education
Cheyenne, WY