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Board Members

Stacey Suber-Drake

Stacey Suber-Drake currently serves as the General Counsel for the Georgia Department of Education.  Prior to joining the Georgia Department of Education in 2008, she was a staff attorney in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit in Georgia.  She earned both her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia. Ms. Suber-Drake […]

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Erin D. Benham

Erin D. Benham was reappointed to the Connecticut State Board of Education by Governor Ned Lamont in January 2023 and serves as the state board’s vice chair. She also chairs the board’s accountability and support committee, and is a member of the academic standards and assessment committee. In June 2020, Ms. Benham was appointed to […]

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Julia (Julie) Pile

Julia (Julie) Pile, is a member of the Kentucky Board of Education and the new member representative on NASBE’s board of directors. A long-time family and parent engagement advocate, Pile has served in various volunteer and leadership positions with schools in northern Kentucky, including as local PTA president. She was a member of the Boone […]

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Matt W. Donaldson

Matt W. Donaldson was appointed as the Twelfth District Representative to the Georgia State Board of Education on January 12, 2021. Donaldson also serves on the board’s Budget Committee, Audit Committee, and State Schools Committee. Donaldson also serves on the Georgia Foundation for Public Education to represent the state board. For NASBE, Donaldson has served […]

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Keven Ellis

Keven Ellis was elected to the Texas State Board of Education in November of 2016 and re-elected in 2020 and 2022.  He is currently chair of the board having been appointed to this leadership role by Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 16, 2019. The appointment was confirmed by the Texas Senate in a 31-0 vote. […]

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Maria A. Gutierrez

Gutierrez is the longest-serving member of the Guam Education Board. In her 23 years of service, Gutierrez has been a strong advocate for students and families, always ensuring their voices are heard by the board.  She was instrumental in creating a seat for a parent and student on the Guam board and for the last […]

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McCall Flynn

McCall Flynn serves as executive director of the Montana Board of Public Education. Prior, Flynn served eight years under Governor Steve Bullock in numerous capacities, such as project manager, policy advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, and education policy advisor. Flynn has worked extensively with legislators and legislative staff, the Office of Public Instruction, members of […]


Paolo DeMaria

Paolo DeMaria is president and CEO of the National Association of State Boards of Education. He recently retired as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Ohio after five years of service. In that role his proudest accomplishment was the collaborative development of Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education that continues to […]