January/February 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 4

Board Member Elections

Posted: Monday, June 3rd, 2013

by Rick Pomeroy

When I began my term as president in July of 2011, one goal I had was to engage more members in leadership positions in the Association. By actively recruiting members to serve on standing committees, conference planning committees and as attendees at the myriad non-association meetings such as the NGSS reviews, legislative hearings, etc. I feel that we have a start but there is still a long way to go to engage more members in the vision and work of CSTA.

Most recently, we held elections for seven open Board positions. It is my pleasure to announce the winners of those elections. Each of these people has volunteered some of their “free” time to help guide CSTA into the future and to represent you and your interests as we plan for the future of science education.

Results of the election:

President-Elect: Lisa Hegdahl

Two-Year College Director: Carolyn Holcroft

Primary Director: Valerie Joyner

Middle School Director: Jill Grace

Region 1 Director: David Pummill

Region 3 Director: Fred Nelson

Informal Science Education Director: Mary Whaley

If you know these people, please congratulate them and thank them for committing to two exciting years as CSTA works to provide the services and support you need as we approach and implement new science standards. If you don’t know these people, please plan to stop by the CSTA Booth at the California Science Education Conference in Palm Springs, October 25-27, 2013 and introduce yourself.

Service on the CSTA Board is a two-year commitment. This system provides continuity to the Board from year to year.  Current Board members who will be continuing on the board are:

Laura Henriques: President

Rick Pomeroy: Past-President

Marian Murphy-Shaw: Secretary

Heather Wygant: Treasurer

Sean Timmons: Intermediate Director

Jeff Orlinsky: High School Director

Greg Potter: Four Year College Director

Eric Lewis: Region 2 Director

Jeanine Wulfenstein: Region 4 Director

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank those members of the Board who are completing their terms.

Tim Williamson: Past President

Michelle French: Primary Director

Dean Gilbert: Region 3 Director

Grahme Smith: Informal Science Director

Board service takes commitment and a willingness to devote time and energy on behalf of all of our members. Beyond serving on the Board, there are many other opportunities for members to be involved in the leadership of the Association and I encourage you to consider volunteering to serve on one of those committees this year. Committees include Finance, Membership and Pre-service, Electronic Communications, Legislative Oversight, Publications and Materials Review, and ad hoc committees for Marketing, Long Range Planning, NGSS, and NSTA Relations. Descriptions of most of the committees are available on the CSTA Web site at: http://www.cascience.org/csta/aboutCommittees.asp.  (Note: You must be a member of CSTA to serve on committees.) If you are interested in volunteering for a committee or would like one of the Board members to contact you, please leave a comment below.

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Rick Pomeroy is science education lecturer/supervisor in the School of Education, University of California Davis.

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