Leadership & Staff

Kristen Amundson
Executive Director
Hon. Kristen Amundson brings more than two decades of experience as a policymaker to NASBE. She represented the 44th District in the Virginia General Assembly from 1999-2009. During that time, she was a member of Virginia’s P–16 Council and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Before successfully running for an Assembly seat, Amundson—a former teacher—served for nearly a decade on the Fairfax County, Va., School Board, including two years as its chairwoman.  Most recently, she was the senior vice president for external affairs at Education Sector, an independent think tank. She writes frequently on education issues and has been published in The Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch, among others.
Eric Booth
Director of Finance and Human Resources

Eric Booth is NASBE's director of finance and human resources, responsible for the accounting and human resources functions of NASBE. Booth comes to the organization with 20 years of experience in nonprofit finance and operations leadership.

Before coming to NASBE, Booth was director of finance and accounting at another national association of state representatives.  He's also directed operations oversight for a clinical center of a major pediatric hospital and a national advocacy group for institutional inpatient transparency. He previously held a real estate license and has extensive experience in brokerage and contract negotiation.

Booth has a master's degree in business administration (M.B.A) and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Sharon Cannon
Manager of Special Projects
Sharon Cannon is manager of special projects at NASBE. Most recently she was a project specialist in the education program at the American Institutes for Research. Prior to her stint at AIR, Sharon was the business manager at Education Sector where she oversaw human resources, accounting, and managed the organization’s events, while also serving as the liaison to the board of directors. Before joining Education Sector, she was the membership manager at the Consortium for School Networking (COSN). Sharon’s first job in the field of education policy was manager of member services for the American Association of School Administrators, overseeing all aspects of the member services award and recognition programs. A native of Washington, D.C., Sharon is a graduate of San Diego State University. She and her husband, Carl, live in Arlington, Va., where all three of their children attended public schools.  
Kimberly Charis
Director of School Climate, Discipline, and Equity
Kimberly is the director of NASBE’s school climate, discipline, and equity portfolio. She provides strategic direction for the organization’s advocacy work to ensure that all students receive equal educational opportunities. This includes designing initiatives that strengthen the capacity of state boards to promote student achievement; providing technical assistance to various groups on how to leverage state policy to support local education initiatives; and building collaborative partnerships as a strategy for improving policy and practice to promote equity.  Kimberly is a graduate of  University of Pennsylvania School of Public Policy & Practice and Spelman College.
Francis Eberle
Deputy Executive Director
Francis Eberle is NASBE's deputy executive director. Eberle joined NASBE  to direct the organization’s Next Generation Science Standards project after previously leading two organizations—the National Science Teachers Association and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, both focused on advocating for quality science education. At NASBE, he works internally with NASBE staff to build a strong portfolio of work across several disciplines. He has been invaluable to numerous state boards of education across the country in understanding the content, process, and implications of state education policy through one-on-one consultations, facilitating state board retreats, and managing NASBE’s popular state stipend project. Eberle is an educator at heart. For 15 years, he was a middle school science teacher and is an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Eberle is a graduate of Boston University and University of Connecticut, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in science education from Lesley University and attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Management Program for nonprofit management.              
Erima Fobbs
Health Consultant
Erima Fobbs is NASBE’s consultant for health and directs the organization's work with the Centers for Disease Control. She is also the principal of Collective Health Impact, LLC, a population health strategy company. Ms. Fobbs is experienced at working across sectors for public health impact. Her skills include strategic planning and facilitation, and policy and program research, development, training, management, and evaluation. Her past work at the local, state, and national level included child and adolescent health promotion and chronic disease, substance abuse, injury, suicide, and violence prevention.
Winona Hao
Project Manager
Winona is a project manager at NASBE, where she manages multiple projects, with a focus on science standards, early childhood education, and school epinephrine policies. Hao brings extensive research and management experience to NASBE. Before coming to NASBE, Winona taught pre-K and worked at Save the Children and the Institute of Public Policy at George Washington University, from which she also earned a master's degree in international education policy.
Robert Hull
Project Director for College, Career, and Civic Readiness
R0bert Hull directs NASBE's college, career, and civic readiness project. He been involved in education reform, mostly in West Virginia, for nearly 40 years. Hull started his career as an elementary school teacher in West Virginia’s Putnam County Public School District, and later became principal for eight years prior to moving to district administrative positions. Hull served as assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and directed early childhood education, federal programs, and community outreach for the school district during his tenure there.  In 2010, Hull joined the West Virginia Department of Education as assistant superintendent of schools in the division of teaching and learning. Quickly promoted to associate state superintendent of schools at the department, Hull oversaw numerous state programs including educator quality, early learning, career and technical innovation, federal programs, and policy development and deployment for Common Core State Standards and Smarter-Balanced assessments. In addition to his work in education, Hull has a background in fine arts and is an advocate for integrating all things creative and innovative in classrooms everywhere. He resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife and fellow-educator, Rachel, and his four-legged stress reliever, Emert the miniature schnauzer.
LeeNaura King
Accounting Assistant
LeeNaura (Lee) King is an accounting assistant at NASBE. In this role, she provides administrative support to the accounting department. She also acts as liaison to NASBE's IT support staff, and maintains its infrastructure and office equipment. In addition, King assists the publications team with requests and mailings and maintains the organization's growing database.
Valerie Norville
Editorial Director
Valerie Norville is NASBE’s editorial director, in charge of editing and producing NASBE publications, including its reports and The State Education Standard. She is an editor and publishing manager with 30 years’ experience producing content that makes cutting-edge research and technical expertise accessible to policy audiences. Previously, she was director of publications for the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she produced reports and books and launched its ebook program. Before that, she was director of publications and web development at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Ace Parsi
Project Director, Deeper Learning
Ace Parsi is NASBE's project director for deeper learning.  He is the main point of contact related to this work and as such, Parsi builds partnership coalitions, authors policy updates and discussion guides, provides individualized assistance to state boards, plans and conducts tailored in-state workshops for state board members, coordinates speakers and agendas for conference sessions and online seminars, and promotes positive communications strategies for NASBE members.
Renée Rybak Lang
Communications Director

Renée Rybak Lang is NASBE’s communication director, overseeing all of the association’s communications efforts. Lang has worked in education policy for more than 10 years and brings a wealth of strategic communications, online, and social media expertise to NASBE. Lang also regularly advises education nonprofits on social media and web strategy and has presented at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference and the PIE-Network's annual conference, among others.

Most recently, Lang was communications manager of Education Sector, where she developed integrated communications strategies to reach policymakers and other key audiences, and established the think tank’s award-winning social media and web presence. Prior to this, she was special projects coordinator for the 21st Century Schools Project at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and served as an aide to New York State Senator George Maziarz, where she worked on constituent issues and legislation. Born and raised in western New York, Lang is a graduate of Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y., where she studied political science.

Amelia Vance
Project Director, Education Data & Technology
Amelia Vance is the Director of NASBE's Education Data & Technology project. She works primarily on education data privacy, authoring NASBE publications on that issue, working with other education and privacy organizations, and supporting state boards of education seeking to create or implement stronger state privacy policies. In the past, she served as NASBE's policy analyst, collaborating with the NASBE team to produce analysis and materials relevant to education policy reforms, particularly state implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Amelia is a member of the Virginia State Bar. She previously served as a legal fellow at the Family Equality Council and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, interned at the White House, the State Department, and the House of Representatives, and worked on the 2008 Obama campaign. Amelia is a graduate of William & Mary Law School and McDaniel College. She can be followed on Twitter at @ameliaivance.

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