Welcome to NAME


Board of Directors

NOTICE: The NAME Board of Directors wishes to share with its membership that, at its last meeting on February 22-23, 2014, Rick Ayers stepped down as co-president-elect. For the first time in 2012, NME had elected two co-presidents-elect. Francisco Rios, now sole president-elect, will assume the presidency in November, 2014.
We are grateful for Dr. Ayers’ generosity, contributions, and leadership on the NAME Board, and we are pleased that he will continue to serve NAME and CA-NAME in key leadership roles. The NAME Board sees this transition as both a challenge and an opportunity to continue to find ways to strengthen its capacity to make good on its mission and its promise.


Founder / Founding President

Rose Duhon-Sells
Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs (retired)
Southern University at New Orleans & Union Institute
Duplichain University–Founder
6305 Elysian Fields Avenue, Suite 300
Phone: 504.286.1760/504.288.3118
Email: roseduhonsells@suddenlink.net

Executive Director
Bette Tate Beaver
Educational Consultant
2100  M Street, Suite 170-245
Washington DC,  20037
Phone: 202.679.NAME  (202.679.6263)
Email: bette@nameorg.org



Kevin Kumashiro
Dean, School of Education
University of San Francisco
2350 Turk Blvd
San Francisco, CA  94118
Email: kkumashiro@usfca.edu

Francisco Rios
Dean, Woodring College of Education
Western Washington University
MS 9088, 516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9088
Email:  francisco.rios@wwu.edu

Immediate Past President
Christine Sleeter
California State University–Monterey Bay
Professor Emerita
118½  Dunecrest Avenue
Monterey CA  93940
Phone: 831.656.9759
Email: csleeter@gmail.com

Charlene Lui
Granite School District (UT)
Director, Educational Equity
Granite School District
2500 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
Phone: 801-646-4205
Fax: 801-646-4203
Email: clui@graniteschools.org

Jennifer Williams
Duplichain University
Phone: 217.206.7587
Email: jherring@duplichain.org

At-Large Member
 Brandon Fox
Stephen F. Austin State University
Phone: 936-468-2409
Email: foxbrand@sfasu.edu

Founding Members’ Representatives:

H. Prentice Baptiste
New Mexico State University
Curriculum & Instruction
O’Donnell Hall Room 122E
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Office Phone: (575) 646-2616
Fax: (575) 646-5436
Email: baptiste@nmsu.edu

Cherry Ross Gooden
Texas Southern University
Curriculum and Instruction
ED204 College of Education
Phone: 713-313-1922
Email: drcrgood@gmail.com

Marjorie Kyle
Professor Emeritus
Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, Arizona 85202
Home:  480.838.5566
Mobile: 480.694.4648
Email: mykylemail@yahoo.com

Cornel Pewewardy
Professor, Native Knowledge
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone:  800.547.8887
Email: cornelp@pdx.edu

Regional Directors

  • Region 1 – Regional Director: DaVerne S. Bell, Burlington VT Schools
    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont
    DaVerne Bell
    Director of Diversity Education and Engagement, Burlington VT City Schools
  • Email: DaVernespeaks@comcast.net 
  • Region 2 – Regional Director: Melba Venison
    Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
    Melba Venison
  • Email: mVenison@cox.net


Region 3 – Regional Director:  Otilia Salmón
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

  • Otilia Salmón
    Associate Professor
    College of Education and Human Services
    Department of Foundations and Secondary Education
    University of North Florida
    1 UNF Drive
    Jacksonville, Fl  32224
    Phone:  904.620.1842


  • Region 4 – Regional Director: Robin Brenneman
  • Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Robin Brenneman
4105 Saturn Road
Hilliard OH 43026
Phone: 614.527.4407
Cell:  614.404.3005
Email: kenrob@columbus.rr.com
  • Region 5 – Regional Co-Directors: E.L. Walter-Sullivan, Western Governor’s University; and Omiunota Ukpokodu, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Regional Co-Director
E.L. Walter-Sullivan

Professor-Course Mentor
Teachers College
Western Governors University
Austin, TX
Phone: 877.435.7948  ext. 4286
Fax;  281.876.0414
Email: els2004phd@aol.com


Regional Co-Director

Omiunota Ukpokodu
University of Missouri–Kansas City
309 School of Education, Teacher Education
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO  64110
Office: 816.235.2469
Fax: 816.235.5270
Email: ukpokodun@umkc.edu
  • Region 6 – Regional Director: Rachelle Rogers-Ard, Oakland Teach for Tomorrow
  • Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
    Rachelle Rogers Ard
    Oakland Teach for Tomorrow
    Email: ebavdir@yahoo.com


  • Region 7 – Regional Director: Chris Knaus, University of Washington-Tacoma
  • Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
    Chris Knaus
    University of Washington-Tacoma
    Email: Activeeducation@yahoo.com


  • Region 8 –Regional Director: Ann Lopez, University of Toronto
  •  American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Sovereign Nations within the U.S., International Members, and Indigenous Peoples
    Ann Lopez
    University of Toronto
    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
    Email:   ann.lopez@utoronto.ca