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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

Dan Holcomb
Board President

Daniel Holub
Executive Director of Indiana State Teachers Association

Ron Duff Martin
Board Vice President

Ronald “Duff” Martin
President of Wisconsin Education Association Council

Denise Specht
Secretary-Treasurer

Denise Specht
President of Education Minnesota

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

Sara Gjerdrum
Trustee

Sara Gjerdrum
Executive Director of Education Minnesota

Bob Baxter
Trustee

Bob Baxter
Executive Director of Wisconsin Education Association Council

Scott Dimauro
Trustee

Scott DiMauro
President of Ohio Education Association

Sheryl Mathis
Trustee

Sheryl Mathis
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

Kevin Kelleher
Trustee

Kevin Kelleher
New Jersey Education Association

Jason Burns
Trustee

Jason Burns
NEA Midwest Director

George Sheridan
Trustee

George Sheridan
NEA Executive Committee

Stacy Pelika
Trustee

Stacey Pelika, Ph.D.
National Education Association

The Center Staff

Gretchen Dziadosz
Executive Director

Dr. Gretchen Dziadosz

Donna Wickham
Executive Assistant

Donna Wickham

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