Welcome to NAME


Local Chapters

NAME is organized in regions and has designated a Regional Director (listed below) to assist and represent the chapters at the Board table.

Interested in organizing a chapter? Check the information at the bottom of this page and contact your Regional Director.

NAME Regions:

  • Region 1 –  Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont
  • Region 2 – Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia
  • Region 3 – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee
  • Region 4 – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
  • Region 5 – Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
  • Region 6 – Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
  • Region 7 – Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
  • Region 8 – American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Sovereign Nations within the U.S., International Members, and Indigenous Peoples



Region 1
CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, RI, & VT

Regional Director
(To be appointed)

Connecticut NAME Chapter President
Aileen Halloran
111 Charter Oak Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-524-4028
Fax: 860-524-4050
Email: ahalloran@crec.org

Buffalo NY NAME Chapter President

R. Deborah Davis

Associate Professor
State University of New York at Oswego
103 Wilber Hall
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315-312-2652
Fax: 315-312-5446
Email:  rddavis@oswego.edu

Region 2 
DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, & WV

Regional Director
Melba Venison

Dean, Duplichain University
New Orleans, LA
Email: mveni4921@yahoo.com

Maryland NAME Chapter President
Debbie Misiag

6201 Twenty Year Chase

Columbia, MD 21045

Home Phone: 410.461.3099

Office Phone: 410.313.5363
Cell Phone:
Fax: 410.313.7049

Email: Deborah_Misiag@hcpss.org

Pennsylvania NAME Chapter  President

Tchet Dereic Dorman

President, Pyramid Consulting Services 
Phone:  267-549-9639

 Pennsylvania Chapter Website 

Virginia NAME Chapter President

Rebecca Harris
Teacher Education Program
Bridgewater College
402 E College St
Bridgewater, VA 22812
Phone: 540-828-5491
Email: rharris@bridgewater.edu

Region 3 
AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, & TN

Regional Director
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: 904.620.1842o
Email: salmon@unf.edu

Florida NAME Chapter President
Kennesha Bracely
Interim Director, Center for Teaching & Learning
Edwards Walter College
Jacksonville FLA

Phone: 904.470.8445
Email: drbracely@gmail.com 

Georgia NAME Chapter President
Vera Stenhouse

Phone: 404-321-0808
Email: Ganame2010@gmail.com

Georgia NAME website

North Carolina NAME Chapter President
Stephen D. Hancock, PhD.
Associate Professor, Reading & Elementary Education
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
Phone: 704.687.8710
Fax: 704.687.3749
Email: sdhancoc@uncc.edu

Kennesaw State University Student NAME Chapter Acting President
Bianca Montes
Kennesaw State University
Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Box #0121, Kennesaw Hall, Bldg #1 Room 2336
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
Phone: 770-420-4475

University of Montevallo NAME Chapter

Courtney C. Bentley, Chapter Director
Program Coordinator-Leadership
Assistant Professor-Teacher LeadershipCounseling & Leadership
Station 6380
The University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL  35115
Phone: (205) 665-6362
Fax: (205) 665-6349
Email: cbentle2@montevallo.edu 

South Carolina NAME Chapter–Organizing Chapter
Delayne Y. Johnson
Department of Teach Education, Middle Grades Program
Clemson University at the University Center in Greenville SC
Email: DELAYNJ@clemson.edu

Tennessee NAME Chapter–Organizing Chapter

Michael Torrence
Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs
Volunteer State Community College
1480 Nashville Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066
Office – 615-230-3350
Fax – 615-230-3574

Region 4

Regional Director
Robin Brenneman
4105 Saturn Road
Hilliard OH 43026
Phone: 614.527.4407
Cell: 614.404.3005

Indiana NAME Chapter President
Patricia Payne
Indianapolis Public Schools
Crispus Attucks
1140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: 317- 226-2431
Fax: 317-226-4611
Email: paynep@ips.k12.in.us

Michigan NAME Chapter  President
Thomas Hoetger

Detroit Public Schools
1760 David Ct.
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Phone: 734-663-3911
Email: TomHoetger@yahoo.com

Michigan NAME website

Minnesota NAME Chapter President
Seema G. Pothini
Educational Equity & Diversity Consultant
Email: sg1515@hotmail.com

Minnesota NAME website

Ohio NAME Chapter President
Kimberly Brazwell

Bexley City School District
348 South Cassingham Road
Bexley, OH 43209
Phone: 614.231.7611
Fax: 614.231.8448
Email: kimberly.brazwell@bexleyschools.org

Region 5 
AR, CO, IA, KS, LA, MO, NE, NM, OK, & TX

Regional Co-Director
E.L Walter-Sullivan
Curriculum & Instruction/ Teacher Education
Whitlowe R. Green College of Education
Prairie View A & M University

Mailing Address: 11506 Coppermeade Ct.
Houston, Texas 77067
Office Phone: 936-261-3665

Regional Co-Director
Omiunota Ukpokodu

University of MO-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

Colorado NAMEChapter
Maria Gabriel
Equity and Diversity Coordinator
Poudre School District
2407 LaPorte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (970) 490-3098
Cell: (970) 566-1473

Email: mgabriel@psdschools.org

CO NAME Co-President
Jan Perry Evenstad

Assistant Professor of Secondary Education
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Elementary, Linguistically Diverse, K-12 & Secondary Education
Campus Box 21 P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362
Email: evenstad@msudenver.edu
Phone: 303-556-3337

Kansas NAME Chapter President
 Lorie Cook-Benjamin
Teacher Education Program
Rarick Hall -240
600 Park Street
Hays, KS  67601
Email: llcookbenjamin@hsu.edu  or llcookbenjamin@gmail.com,

Louisiana NAME Metacognitions Chapter

Monica Pickney
Education Manager
P. O. Box 2597
Opelousas, Louisiana  70571
Phone: 214-457-8954

Missouri NAME Chapter President
Omiunota Ukpokodu
University of MO-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

Texas NAME Chapter President
E.L Walter-Sullivan
Curriculum & Instruction/ Teacher Education
Whitlowe R. Green College of Education
Prairie View A & M University
Phone: 936.261.3665
Email: elwaltersullivan@pvamu.edu

 Texas NAME website


Region 6
AZ, CA, NV, UT,  & WY

Regional Director
Rachelle Rogers Ard
Oakland Teach for Tomorrow

Email: ebavdir@yahoo.com

California NAME Chapter  President
Annamarie M. Francois, Ed.D.
Director, Teacher Education Program
UCLA GSE&IS, Box 951521
Center X, Moore Hall 1320
Los Angeles, CA  90095-1521
(310) 825-6812 (310) 206-5369 fax

CA-NAME website: http://www.californianame.org/

Nevada NAME Chapter  President

Porter Troutman Jr.
Professor Emeritus
University of Las Vegas Nevada
College of Education
Department of Teaching & Learning
Box 453005
4505 Maryland Parkway – Las Vegas, Nevada 89154 -3005
Office: (702) 895 -4407  Fax: (702) 895-4898
Email: Porter.Troutman@unlv.edu

Nevada NAME website


Utah NAME Chapter President
Bryan Waite
Email: waitebr@gmail.com


Utah NAME Chapter Website

Region 7

Regional Director
Chris Knaus
University of Washington-Tacoma
Email: Activeeducation@yahoo.com

Oregon NAME  Chapter President
Joyce Harris
Program Director, Region X Equity Assistance Center
at the Education Center
Portland, OR
Phone: 503.275.0664

Oregon NAME website



Region 8
American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands, Sovereign Nations within the US, Indigenous People & International Members

Ann Lopez
University of Toronto
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
Email:   ann.lopez@utoronto.ca


There are 10 Simple Steps to Starting a NAME Chapter

NOTE – a state/province/tribe/nation/country can have more than one NAME chapter OR the state/province/tribe/nation/country can have one chapter and smaller sub-chapters in different parts of the state/province/tribe/nation/country. 
1. Select an organizing chapter planning committee of local NAME members.  Three to five people is an ideal beginning.
2. With the organizing committee, select a working name for your organizing chapter. (This name can be changed later if the chapter elects to do so.)
3. Contact your Regional Director and NAME Executive Director at Bette@NAMEorg.org, with your organizing contact information.

You can find your RDs name & contact info of the NAME website http://nameorg.org/board-of-directors/

We will post a notice that you are forming an organizing group and include your organizing chapter information on the NAME website.
4.  Request a NAME membership list, for your area, from the NAME office, at the email address, above. (Be sure to cc- your regional director in this request.) You are welcome to have a past members list, as well. This is a great opportunity to get past members to re-engage with NAME.
Using the area membership list,  reach out to  current NAME members in your area and invite them select your organizing chapter, as their NAME chapter, by logging in to the members area of the NAME website and selecting your organizing chapter from the chapter list.  During this outreach process you can also invite these folks to join your efforts in developing the chapter. Your RD or the NAME ED can help you with this process. 
5. Invite others in your area to join the organizing chapter.  Also, invite past NAME members to rejoin NAME and join your chapter. Your regional director and the NAME national office can work with you on strategies for local outreach. Also, consider reaching out to other successful chapters and asking what strategies worked well for them
6. Encourage new people to join NAME, via the NAME website.
It is quick and easy for people to join NAME and your chapter  online at www.nameorg.org/membership. During the process, they simply have to select your organizing chapter, when they are prompted to select a chapter. (Chapter membership is by self-selection. Some of our members prefer to be members at large)
7. Hold an organizing chapter meeting, in person or virtually. During the meeting write your Chapter by-laws and select your Chapter Founding Officers. For guidance you can download NAME Chapter Bylaws Template. Your Regional Director and the NAME National Office can help with this process.
8. Stay in touch with your Regional Director to track the number of people joining the chapter.
To formally initiate your chapter, you need 10 paid members in the NAME database.
NOTE–Please do not just gather 10 names to submit to create your chapter. The chapter member count is based on paid members in the NAME database. Please have members join and select your organizing chapter online.
9. Once the organizing chapter has  at least 10 paid members, in the NAME system, submit all of your organizing chapter information to your Regional Director, at the the email address listed on the NAME website and to the NAME Executive Director, Bette@NAMEorg.org, for a vote of the NAME board.
Include the following information, when you submit your organizing chapter for vote:
  ~Chapter name
  ~Founding chapter officers
  ~Founding chapter by-laws
10. The NAME Board will be provided with all of your chapter information and will vote to charter your chapter.    Once the Board has voted, your NAME Chapter is official!
To assist in the organization of new chapters:
CLICK TO Download NAME’s GENERIC Chapter Bylaws_Template
For assistance in starting a NAME Chapter, please contact your Regional Director,  or NAME Executive Director Bette Tate Beaver: bette@nameorg.org

NAME is a registered  501-c.3  non-profit organization. NAME’s Federal Tax ID # is 72-119-3754