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About the Great Lakes Center

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The mission of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice is to support and disseminate high quality research and reviews of research for the purpose of informing education policy and to develop research-based resources for use by those who advocate for education reform.

GLC Member States: Center members include: the National Education Association and the State Education Affiliate Associations in New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. These state affiliates represent over 600,000 members.

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Our Board

Denise Specht
Board President

Denise Specht
President of Education Minnesota

Scott Dimauro
Board Vice President

Scott DiMauro
President of Ohio Education Association

Dan Holcomb
Secretary-Treasurer

Daniel Holub
Executive Director of Indiana State Teachers Association

Paula Herbart
Trustee

Paula Herbart
President of Michigan Education Association

Chandra Madafferi
Trustee

Chandra Madafferi
Vice-President of Michigan Education Association

Mike Shoudy
Trustee

Mike Shoudy
Executive Director of Michigan Education Association

Kathi Griffin
Trustee

Kathi Griffin
President of Illinois Education Association

Audrey Soglin
Trustee

Audrey Soglin
Executive Director of Illinois Education Association

Trustee

Carrie Lucking
Executive Director of Education Minnesota

Bob Baxter
Trustee

Bob Baxter
Executive Director of Wisconsin Education Association Council

Trustee

Patricia Collins Murdock
Executive Director of Ohio Education Association

Keith Gambill
Trustee

Keith Gambill
President of Indiana State Teachers Association

Marie Blistan
Trustee

Marie Blistan
President of New Jersey Education Association

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Trustee

Denise Policastro
New Jersey Education Association

Jason Burns
Trustee

Jason Burns
NEA Midwest Director

Ron Duff Martin
Trustee

Ronald “Duff” Martin
Director of National Education Association Executive Committee

Stacy Pelika
Trustee

Stacey Pelika, Ph.D.
National Education Association

Trustee

Peggy Wirtz-Olsen
President of Wisconsin Education Association

The Center Staff

Executive Director

Maddie Fennell

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Executive Assistant

Cheryl Cherry

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