President: Kathy Maciel
Special Education Consultant, Green River Regional Educational Cooperative
I began my involvement with CEC as a college student. Working with other professionals who are passionate about the ever-changing educational environment is reenergizing. The networking and learning experience is invaluable for our work and advocacy responsibility in special education. Our students deserve access to an education enriched with minimal barriers, current practices and high expectations.
Assistant Director of Special Education, Kenton County Schools
CEC is the premier organization working to improve education and transition for students with exceptional needs. My membership provides me with trusted resources that assist me in providing research-based programs and supports to my students. Being part of an organization that is advocating on behalf of children with exceptionalities is important to me. The Smart Briefs I receive as a member draw my attention to public policy impacting students with exceptional needs. It’s exciting to be part of such a strong organization that has a long history of success in impacting services for our exceptional learners.
Vice-President: Debbie Samples
Special Education Teacher, Graves County Schools
I joined KY CEC as a student member. Membership in this organization allows me to network with other special education professionals, parents, and students from across the state of Kentucky. The CEC journals provide up-to-date research based information related to special education. I have referenced many articles when looking for teaching strategies to meet diverse student needs.
Treasurer: Cindy Dawson
Special Education Teacher
CAN Coordinator: Erica Cutright
Instructor of Special Education
I became a member of KYCEC to gain knowledge and to help students with exceptionalities. I gain so much from being a member both professionally and personally. Professionally, I am able to stay up to date on legislation, policies, and best practices to help students. Personally, I am able expand my network of fellow educators and gain from their experiences. As a mother of a child with special needs, CEC has been a great asset.
Conference Coordinator: Carrie Bearden
I am a member of CEC and several divisions so I can keep up with our ever-changing field! I believe it’s important to continue to network, learn, and grow so that we can support students, educators, and families in understanding and working with our special populations!
KYSCEC Pres: Samantha (Sami) Hearn
1. Member at Large: Wayne Sizemore
3. Member at Large: Christy Nofsinger
Being an involved member of CEC and KYCEC is important to me both professionally and personally. I am passionate about my chosen profession in special education, and I love networking with thousands of others who share this passion. KYCEC allows me to take my advocacy from the personal and local level to the state, national, and international level. My membership gives me vision, voice, and pride in my profession.
Past President: Dr. Rhonda Simpson
Director of Special Education, Green County Schools
I joined KYCEC twenty-two years ago in order to take advantage of the networking opportunities, ongoing support, and published materials such as Teaching Exceptional Children. In addition to KYCEC, I joined the Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE) division when I became a director thirteen years ago.
Secretary: Dr. Merissa Waddey
Assistant Professor of Special Education, Indiana Wesleyan University
Membership Chair: Cain Alvey
Associate Professor, Northern Kentucky University
Parliamentarian: Patty Whitney
KYSCEC Advisor: Dr. Sarah Hawkins-Lear
I believe that the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) guides the practice of special education. Without being a member of CEC, I would not know all of the up to date special education practices, research, policies, etc., that are being practiced across the United States. I am also fortunate to be the student CEC faculty advisor at Morehead State University as well as for Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children. It is exciting to see college students involved in CEC at both the state and national level while at the same time expanding their knowledge within the field. I am currently a member of the Division of Early Childhood, and the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
Conference Treasurer: Arden Goodman
I have been a member of CEC since college, and feel that professional membership is critical to remain up-to-date on special education issues. CEC and the divisions I have joined provide exceptional resources to ensure that I am aware of changes and the latest research in the field. It provides PD at a National level that goes above and beyond the local information we can access. Joining CEC also allows me to network with other CEC members in KY through board membership, the state conference, and newsletters.
2. Member at Large: Dr. Steve Crites
4. Member at Large: TBD
Mini-Grants Chair: TBD