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The NAEA Board of Directors is elected by its members.

NAEA Congratulates Newly Elected Leaders

Individuals elected by NAEA members to serve on the National Board of Directors are committed to volunteer leadership service by upholding the mission, vision, goals, and priorities of the Association. Expectations for NAEA Board Service are aligned with nonprofit volunteer leadership practices and impose Fiduciary Responsibility and the Duty of Care, Duty of Loyalty, and Duty of Obedience to the organization. With heartfelt gratitude, appreciation is extended to NAEA President Patricia Franklin, Past President Robert Sabol, and the Division Directors who will complete their term of service in NYC: Elementary, Thom Knab; Middle Level, September Buys; Secondary, Andrea Haas; Higher Education, Sara Wilson McKay; Preservice, Amanda Barbee; Supervision/Administration, Cheryl Maney; and Museum Education, Emily Holtrop.

And we welcome those who will begin their service and new roles immediately following the Convention: NAEA President, Kim Defibaugh; Past President, Patricia Franklin; and the new Division Directors as they begin their 2-year term of service: Elementary, Jennifer Dahl; Middle Level, Peter Curran; Secondary, Joshua Drews; Higher Education, Jeffrey L. Broome; Preservice, Jessica Burton; Supervision & Administration, Elizabeth Stuart; and Museum Education, Michelle Grohe.

Congratulations are also extended to members newly elected to serve 2 years as Division Director-Elect (2017-2019) before beginning their term of service on the Board (2019-2021): Elementary, Michelle Lemons; Middle Level, Kathryn Rulien-Bareis; Secondary, Kim Soule; Higher Education, Amy Pfeiler-Wunder; Preservice, Tori Lynne Jackson; Supervision & Administration, Lorinda Rice; and Museum Education, Juline Chevalier.

Meet the New Officers


  • Kim Defibaugh

    President (Term: 2017-2019)

    Arts and Education Consultant

Elementary Division Director-Elect

  • Michelle Lemons

    Elementary Itinerant Art Teacher, Fine Arts Dept., Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), NM

    Field Supervisor of Pre-Service Practicum, Art Education Program, University New Mexico (UNM)

Middle Level Division Director-Elect

  • Kathryn Rulien-Bareis

    Middle Level Division Director-Elect (Term: 2017-2019)

    Art Teacher, Adaptive Art Specialist, Art Department Chair, Eau Claire Area School District

Secondary Division Director-Elect

  • Kim Soule

    Secondary Division Director-Elect (Term: 2017-2019)

    Art Teacher, Warren County School

Higher Education Division Director-Elect

  • Amy Pfeiler-Wunder

    Higher Education Director-Elect (Term: 2017-2019)

    Associate Professor and Graduate Co-Coordinator, Art Education and Crafts Department, Kutztown University

Preservice Division Director-Elect

  • Tori Lynne Jackson

    Preservice Director-Elect (Term: 2017-2019)

    Student, James Madison University

Supervision/Administration Division Director-Elect

  • Lorinda Rice

    Supervision/Administration Director-Elect (Term: 2017-2019)

    Visual Art Curriculum Specialist, Lincoln Public Schools, NE

Museum Education Division Director-Elect

  • Juline Chevalier

    Museum Education Director-Elect (Term: 2017-2019)

    Head of Interpretation and Participatory Experiences, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Help Decide the Future of Your Association—Exercise Your Right to Vote!

Vice Presidents-Elect—Eastern Region, Pacific Region, Southeastern Region, Western Region
Vice Presidents serve 4 years—2 years as Vice Presidents-Elect and 2 years as Vice Presidents. Members nominated for these national leadership positions must reside in the region, be active members of NAEA, and have previously served in Delegates Assembly.

Terms as Elects begin at the conclusion of the 2018 NAEA National Convention in Seattle, through the 2020 NAEA National Convention; service on the NAEA sitting Board begins following the conclusion of the 2020 NAEA National Convention when the candidate selected as Elect would serve as Regional Vice President from March 2020 through March 2022.

During this election cycle, a special election for President-Elect will be held due to the vacancy in the position of President-elect; this President-Elect will serve one year as Elect (instead of the usual 2 years) before assuming the role of President immediately following the 2019 NAEA National Convention.  Candidates nominated for this primary leadership position must be members in good standing who have held active membership in the association during the past 4 years.

The Nominating Committee invites NAEA members to submit qualified names for consideration. Those interested in serving are encouraged to review NAEA’s mission; 2015-2020 Strategic Vision as well as the respective responsibilities for each position.

The following comprise a complete nomination packet that must be received postmarked by July 1, 2017, in order to be considered for nomination:

  • Completed Nomination Vita and Consent to Serve forms (under Helpful Downloads below)
  • A letter of support written by the Nominator. Submit complete nomination packets to: elections@arteducators.org (preferred method) or NAEA Nominating Committee Chair, 901 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

For additional information, contact Kathy Duse, Convention & Programs Manager, at 703-889-1281, kduse@arteducators.org

Voting is conducted exclusively online for NAEA National Officer elections. Eligible voting members will receive an e-mail in mid-November. A second reminder will be sent in early January. The deadline to vote is mid-January. The e-mail will include:

  • An online link to vote;
  • Your NAEA ID number; and
  • A unique password for your secure vote.

Please keep your e-mail, as the NAEA office will NOT have access to the secure passwords. Make sure your membership is current or you will not receive an e-mail to vote. Members in these categories, who are current at the time the ballot is sent, are eligible to vote: Active, Retired, Student, and Life Members.

Questions? Please send an e-mail to elections@arteducators.org or call 1-800-299-8321.