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Governing Board

REL Southwest's Governing Board guides our work and provides insight on regional and state priorities. Members include education practitioners, leaders, and policymakers from across our five states and represent diverse interests and areas of expertise to ensure our work serves all educators and students in our region.

Up to four members serve per state for one-year terms, with the option of two additional terms. Chief state school officers or their designees also serve on the Board while in office.

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  • Cory Biggs, Associate Director, ForwARd Arkansas
  • Jackie Govan, Director, Arkansas State Collaboration Office, Arkansas Head Start Association
  • Sarah McKenzie, Executive Director, Office of Education Policy, University of Arkansas
  • Gina Windle, Chief of Staff, Arkansas Department of Education (designee for Johnny Key, Commissioner of Education, Arkansas Department of Education)
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  • Kelli Joseph, Superintendent of Schools, St. Helena Parish School District
  • Don Schillinger, Dean, College of Education, Louisiana Tech University
  • Jill Zimmerman, Director, Accountability Policy, Louisiana Department of Education (designee for John White, State Superintendent of Education, Louisiana Department of Education)
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New Mexico

  • Patricia Jiménez-Latham, Director, Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, New Mexico Highlands University
  • Glenabah Martinez, Associate Professor, Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, University of New Mexico
  • Mayra Valtierrez, Director, Language and Culture Bureau, New Mexico Public Education Department (designee for Christopher Ruszkowski, State Secretary of Education, New Mexico Public Education Department)
  • Christopher West, Senior Director, Strategic Analysis and Program Research, Albuquerque Public Schools
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  • Bryan Duke, Associate Dean, College of Education, University of Central Oklahoma
  • April Grace, Superintendent, Shawnee Public Schools
  • Robyn Miller, Deputy Superintendent, Educator Effectiveness and Policy Research, Oklahoma State Department of Education (designee for Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education)
  • David Sullivan, Director, Indian Education Program, Anadarko Public Schools
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  • Pat Forgione, Former Superintendent and Consultant, Austin Independent School District
  • David Kauffman, Executive Director for Multilingual Education, Austin Independent School District
  • Linda Roska, Executive Director, Division of Research and Analysis, Texas Education Agency (designee for Mike Morath, Commissioner of Education, Texas Education Agency)
  • Lori Taylor, Professor, Director of the Mosbacher Institute, Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University