Meet the Candidates

A very special thank you goes to the following members for their service and dedication as they complete their terms December 31, 2018:

Tracy Cross (President)

Lynette Breedlove (President Elect)

Julia Roberts (Past President)

Debbie Dailey (Secretary)

Ken Dickson (CAN Coordinator)

Tracy Inman (Webmaster)

Mary Cay Ricci (Members-at-Large and Representative Assembly)

Kianga Thomas and Debbie Troxclair (Members-at-Large)

Patty Rendon (Co-Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Access Committee)


The following people have come forward to run for those positions. Please read their biographies and statements carefully. Election ballots will be emailed October 19. Members have until November 5 at midnight (central time) to vote.

Biographies of Candidates

Candidates for Elected Positions

President Elect (2019-2020)

Debbie Dailey is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas where she is the Coordinator for the Gifted and Talented Program and director of a summer camp for talented youth, STEMulate Engineering Academy. Prior to moving to higher education, she was a high school science teacher and gifted education teacher for twenty years. Debbie currently serves as the secretary for the Council for Exceptional Children—The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG) and is the Chair-Elect for the NAGC STEM network.

As secretary of CEC-TAG for the past four years, I have been blessed to work with exceptional people in our efforts to support gifted students and educators. I hope to continue my service with CEC-TAG as I seek election as President-Elect. If elected to this position, I will work to ensure our focus is maintained on promoting excellent educational opportunities for all children with gifts and talents, especially those from diverse and twice-exceptional populations. Through advocacy and the development and revision of professional standards, CEC-TAG will continue to promote the needs of students with exceptionalities and be a voice for diverse students. With an upcoming task of revising standards and working with CEC on CAEP Specialized Professional Association (SPA) reviews, it is vital that we continue to strengthen our commitment to gifted education and TAG. To improve our organizational effectiveness and increase membership, it will be necessary to adhere to our new Strategic Plan. If elected, I will make this a priority in addition to increasing benefits for TAG members. As an educator of 30 years in both K-12 and higher education, I would be honored to continue my service to CEC-TAG as President-Elect.

Secretary (2019-2020)

Wendy A. Behrens


I have been a CEC-TAG board member representing the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted for the past two years. I have actively participated in board meetings, committee work, and supported the TAG strategic plan. I would like to serve as secretary and share my expertise within the field of gifted education and as a board member. I currently serve as the Director of Gifted Education for the State of Minnesota.

My volunteer resume includes board service and committee appointments to a variety of organizations including but not limited it the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted, The World Council for Gifted Education and the National Association for Gifted Children – Awards, Election, Development and Executive Search committees, appointments to the advisory boards for the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University, Grayson School and University of St. Thomas.  Within my community I have served as President of the American Association for University Women, Chair of the Library Board and been appointed a Sister Cities Commissioner. Each experience has contributed to my ability to serve as an effective board member.

I believe this is an exciting time for CEC-TAG – one in which we can strengthen our impact on the field of education by increasing our publications and the review of programs that help to prepare educators to meet the unique needs of gifted, talented and creative students.

I appreciate your consideration and vote for the CEC-TAG Secretary.

Division Representative to the CEC Representative Assembly (2019-2021)

Debra A. Troxclair ,Ph.D., Associate Professor and Interim Chair/Teacher Education Department at Lamar University, has 20 years of experience teaching at the elementary/middle school level. She has prepared teachers of the gifted at the university level in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas.  She has supervised summer programs for gifted children and has publications in Gifted Child Today, Journal of the Louisiana Reading Association, Roeper Review, Parenting for High Potential, TAGT’s TEMPO, and Understanding Our Gifted. In addition to CEC/TAG, she has been an active member of several professional organizations in the field of gifted education; the National Association for Gifted Children, the World Council for the Gifted, the Creative and Gifted Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association, and the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented.

Advocacy for gifted learners and gifted education, the top priority of my research and service agendas, aligns perfectly with the goals of CEC-TAG. In my role as a university faculty member, I strive to inform parents, professors, and other educational practioners of the need to improve educational opportunities for gifted individuals from all diverse groups by

  • presenting sessions for parents and practioners at various conferences in the field of gifted education
  • conducting research with pre-service teachers and other educational practitioners to reduce/eliminate their beliefs in societal myths about gifted learners
  • developing modules for undergraduate courses to inform pre-service teachers about the nature and needs of the gifted children
  • identifying and forging relationships with those undergraduate students who have the dispositions to be excellent teachers of the gifted
  • serving on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented

It has been a great honor to advocate for gifted learners and gifted education for the past two years as a member-at-large on the Board of Directors for CEC-TAG. Your consideration of me for the position of Representative Assembly for this group would provide me with an additional conduit for continued advocacy for gifted learners and their education.


Candidates for Ratified Positions

Children and Youth Advocacy Network (CAN) Coordinator (2019-2020)


Public Relations Coordinator (2019-2020)


Standards and Accreditation Coordinator (2019-2021)


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