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.
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).
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.
Project Director - School Discipline
As the director of NASBE's school discipline initiative, Kimberly Charis is working to raise the consciousness of state policymakers on issues related to the so-called school-to-prison pipeline. This work centers around increasing the capacity of state boards of education to build effective statewide networks that improve students' educational outcomes and reduce their involvement in the juvenile justice system. She also leads business development on issues related to youth sport concussion and academic achievement.
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.
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.
Manager of Administration & Meetings
Kristie Jones is NASBE's manager of administration and meetings. In this role, Jones provides administrative support to NASBE's executive director and deputy executive director. She also supports NASBE's board of directors, manages aspects of board meetings, and serves as the board's primary liaison to the organization's leadership. Jones also directs and coordinates NASBE's popular annual conferences and events and works regularly with state board members across the country.
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.
Project Director - Center for Safe and Healthy Schools
Whitney Meagher directs NASBE's Center for Safe and Healthy Schools. An expert in school health policy issues, Meagher provides technical assistance to state board of education members who are creating and implementing evidence-based policies to improve school health environments. She also serves as a liaison to national school health organizations and government health agencies and represents NASBE within national coalitions and advisory groups.Meagher has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Northwestern University and a master's in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She was previously at the National PTA where she worked with parents and PTA leaders on advocacy and program implementation in the areas of school health and safety. She has also worked in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
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.
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
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 is a policy analyst with NASBE. Vance has deep expertise in data privacy issues, and among many things, will focus on monitoring the implementation of the Common Core State Standards across nine key states. This will include conducting research, producing rapid-response materials, tracking policy developments, and writing policy papers. She will also collaborate with the NASBE team to produce analysis and materials relevant to education policy reforms, particularly state implementation of the Common Core State Standards.