Board of Directors
Adrienne Carter, Texas Department of Transportation
Laura Dinkel, Apple Inc.
R. Scott Evans, Ph.D., R&D Business Development, Correlated Magnetics Research, LLC
Adam Flagg, Upstream Investment Partners
Ross Garsson, Attorney, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Donna Hulsey, Head of School, ACE Academy
Peggy A. Kruger, Ph.D., Educational Administrator & Consultant
Karen Langdon, Director of Admissions. ACE Academy; Executive Director, Summer Wonders
Elizabeth Lay, Assistant Director and Educator, ACE Academy
Keith Moe, Business Consultant & Advisor
Danny Mulligan, Technology Executive and Entrepreneur
Hatice O'Leary, IT Consultant
Estuardo Robles, Development director, International Entrepreneur
Larry Secrest, Ph.D., IC2 Businessman, Consultant
- Bill Broussard
- Lee Cooke
Businessman, Former Mayor of Austin
- Marty Dryk, Ph.D.
Consultant, author, and editor for gifted children
- Barbara Hutton, MBA
Founder and Director, Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative
- Joyce Juntune, Ph.D.
Education Director of the Institute for Applied Creativity in the Dept. of Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University at College Station. She has served as the Executive Director of both the American Creativity Association and the National Association for Gifted Children.
- Elizabeth Mechstroth, M.Ed
Counselor of gifted children, their parents, and
educators. Specialist on highly gifted children. She is a former president of the Atlantic Association for Gifted
Children and Adults and has co-authored several books, including Guiding the
- Dianna Pharr
An Austin, Texas native and founding board member of Austin Gifted. She works as an educational consultant and advocate
for children with special educational needs including those who are gifted. Dianna served as assistant director of Summer
and participates in Davidson Young Scholar seminars and events with other parents of profoundly gifted children. She is
also a member
of the Texas Organization of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates (TOPAA) and volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem for CASA of Travis
She holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
- Linda Silverman, Ph.D.
Director of the Institute for the Study of Advanced
Development, and its subsidiary, the Gifted Development Center, in Denver,
Colorado. Over 5,000 children have been assessed at the Center since
1979. She is co-chair of the National Association for Gifted Children
(NAGC) Task Force on Assessment. Her Ph.D. is in educational psychology and
special education from the University of Southern California. For nine
years, she served on the faculty of the University of Denver in counseling
psychology and gifted education. Her textbook, Counseling the
Gifted and Talented (Love: 1993), has been adopted at more than 50 colleges
- Joan Smutny, M.A.
Founder and director of the Center for Gifted at
National-Louis University and a winner of the NAGC Distinguished Service Award
for outstanding contribution to the field of education. She directs programs
for gifted children and teaches courses on gifted education for graduate
students. She has authored several books on gifted children.
- Tracy Weinberg
Associate director of the Texas Association for the
Gifted and Talented
- Ann Wink
Director of elementary gifted education in the
Division of Advanced Academic Services for the Texas Education Agency (TEA).
Wink has more than 25 years experience working in the field of gifted
education. She has served as a teacher of the gifted, a gifted program
coordinator, and associate director of the Texas Association for the Gifted
- Joan Witham, Ph.D.
Retired Education Professor, Texas State University. Director of Program
for High Ability Students, Texas State University.
- Dorothy Sisk, Ph.D.
Director, Gifted Education & Creative Services, Lamar University