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Governing Board

REL Central's Governing Board comprises a diverse group of education leaders from each of the seven states in our region.

The Governing Board convenes three times a year to provide input on REL Central's projects and help to identify
high-priority needs in the region.

REL Central's Governing Board is led by
Chair Catherine Palmer of the
Wyoming Department of Education.

group photo of the board members

Governing Board Members

Colorado

  • Katy Anthes, Commissioner of Education, Colorado Department of Education
  • Dan Jorgensen, Accountability and Research Manager, Colorado Department of Education
  • Caryn Gibson, Superintendent, Delta County School District 50J
  • Ken Haptonstall, Executive Director, Colorado River BOCES
  • Norm Alerta, Assessment and Evaluation Director, Cherry Creek School District

Kansas

  • Randy Watson, Commissioner of Education, Kansas State Department of Education
  • Kelly Spurgeon, Analyst, Kansas State Department of Education
  • Brian Smith, Superintendent, Fredonia Unified School District

Missouri

  • Margi Vandeven, Commissioner of Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Paul Katnik, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Educator Quality, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Tracy Hinds, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Learning Services, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Jim Masters, Director, Educator Evaluation and Training, Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
  • John Downs, Superintendent, Hallsville R-VI School District
  • Wayne Stewart, Superintendent, Glenwood R-8 School District

Nebraska

  • Matt Blomstedt, Commissioner of Education, Nebraska Department of Education
  • David Hefley, Interim Information Systems Officer, Nebraska Department of Education
  • Zainab Rida, Equity Officer, Nebraska Department of Education

North Dakota

  • Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
  • Laurie Matzke, Assistant Superintendent, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
  • Andrew Jordan, Superintendent, Wilton Public Schools

South Dakota

  • Tiffany Sanderson, Secretary of Education, South Dakota Department of Education
  • Mary Stadick Smith, Deputy Secretary, South Dakota Department of Education
  • Joe Moran, Interim Director, Division of Data & Research, South Dakota Department of Education
  • Jennifer Lowery, Superintendent, Tea Area School District

Wyoming

  • Jillian Balow, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Wyoming Department of Education
  • Dicky Shanor, Chief of Staff, Wyoming Department of Education
  • Catherine Palmer, Assessment Supervisor, Wyoming Department of Education