Northeast Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors are very involved in their communities and schools.  Many serve on state advisory boards for gifted and talented as well as local committees.  Our board members have raised or are raising gifted and talented students of their own as well.

2010 NEKAGE Officers:


President: Ruth Crowe. G/T Specialist at Fairfield Elementary School.

President-Elect: Dr. MJ Wixsom, Veterinarian/ Owner of Guardian Animal.

Secretary: Trish Hall, Ashland Board of Education.  Also Executive Director of CARES, Inc. and former Executive Director of the Arts Council of NEKY.

Treasurer:  Ron Naumann, Boyd County Parent.  Also Mr. Naumann has been active in his child's schools and he and his wife diligently attended all of NEKAGE meetings.

 Brenda Martin, President, United Communities to Advance our Neighborhoods, Inc. (UCAN); President, District 26 PTA; Kentucky State Board PTA. Former President, NEKAGE


Board Members*:

All of the board members below are Gifted and Talented Staff at designated school.  

Ruth Crowe, Fairview Independent Schools

Dixie Johnson, Ashland Independent Middle & High Schools

Julia Moore, Russell Independent Schools

Teresa Montague, Ashland Independent Elementary Schools

Judy Meadows, Greenup County Schools

Deidra Patton, Boyd County Schools

(Requesting member from Raceland-Worthington schools)

*Former Ashland Superintendent Phil Eason also attended all of NEKAGE meetings and hosted many of them prior to his resignation and was very instrumental in the rebirth of this organization.


Our state officers are:

A former state president, Dr. Edward Amend, Psychologist is co-author of Misdiagnosis of Gifted.  Dr. James Webb (Arizona), Dr. Edward Amend (Kentucky), Dr. Nadia Webb (Virginia), Dr. Paul Beljan (Arizona), and Dr. Rick Olenchak (Texas), speak about common misdiagnoses of gifted, including ADD, ADHD, OCD, and Asperger's Syndrome. Dr. Webb was named one of the top psychologists in the field of gifted education.