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The NAEA Board of Directors is elected by its members.

NAEA Members Elect New National Leaders

NAEA is pleased to announce that NAEA’s newly elected President-Elect is Thomas Knab. Knob is an K-4 Art Teacher for Williamsville Central Schools in East Amherst, NY.


President-Elect Knab will officially begin his term on the NAEA Board of Directors at the conclusion of the NAEA Board of Directors meeting on March 25, 2018, in Seattle. Due to the special election, he will serve one year as President-Elect, two years as President, and two years as Past President.

The following were also elected as Regional Vice Presidents. The Vice Presidents-Elects will begin their terms as Elects at the conclusion of the NAEA Board of Directors meeting in Seattle. During their terms, they each will work closely with their respective Regional Vice President in leading regional work with state associations. The Vice Presidents-Elects will then join the Board of Directors as Vice Presidents at the conclusion of the NAEA Board of Directors meeting in 2020 in Minneapolis.


Eastern Region Vice President-Elect
Andrea Haas
Secondary Art Teacher, Wethersfield, CT


Pacific Region Vice President-Elect
Michele Chmielewski
Secondary Art Teacher, Post Falls, ID


Southeastern Region Vice President-Elect
Catherine Campbell
Curriculum Facilitator/Visual Arts Educator, FAME Magnet; Columbia, SC


Western Region Vice President-Elect
Kimberly Cairy
Art & Design Educator, Saginaw, MI

Governed by members, for members, NAEA extends gratitude to all nominees who answer the call to professional service. To learn more about NAEA governance and leadership opportunities, visit the governance page.

Thank you to all the members who voted in the election!

NAEA Leadership Positions

The Nominating Committee invites NAEA members to submit qualified names for consideration each spring. The deadline is typically July 1 of each year. Those interested in serving are encouraged to review NAEA’s mission; 2015-2020 Strategic Vision as well as the respective responsibilities for each position.

See the Board of Directors in action! View photo and video highlights from the Board of Directors Super Summer Summit held on July 21-23, 2017 in Alexandria, VA.