TAEA Leadership



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2017-2019 Board
Ricia Kerber (Commercial Exhibits Director), Christine Grafe (Vice-President Elect Youth Art Month), Betsy Murphy (Secretary), Jami Bevans (President Elect), Mel Basham (President), Sara Chapman (Executive Director), Suzanne Greene (Past President), Gretchen Bell (Vice-President Youth Art Month), Chris Cooper (Vice-President Membership), Pam Arnold (Vice-President Elect Membership), Paul Kretchmer (Treasurer), Linda Fleetwood (State VASE Director)
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EXECUTIVE BOARD


Mel Basham

President
Mel Basham


What I Love About TAEA: What I love about TAEA is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with so many dedicated, passionate art educators. Each member is advocating and educating others on the importance of art in all Texas educational programs. Rural, urban, suburban - we support one another and are all part of our like-minded and determined TAEA Team. We know art education is essential to human development!
Jami Bevans

President Elect
Jami Bevans


What I Love About TAEA: I truly admire the way TAEA has advocated for the visual arts. I love the generosity of our art teachers who give of their time, share their ideas and best practices, and embrace changes in technology so that we may all grow in our artistic pursuits. TAEA helps connect art teachers from all areas of Texas and beyond, making us more than just an organization, making us a family.
Suzanne Greene

Past President
Suzanne Greene


What I Love About TAEA: Fellowship of like minded people is what drew me into TAEA. Everyone is willing to help each other and share their talents, skills, and lessons with all art teachers through Conference, Regional Conferences, and In-Services. You never feel alone because you have your TAEA family to reach out to when you need help. I was helped and now want to give back. I love the excitement that happens when art teachers work together, have fun together, and learn together. We all advocate for our programs and TAEA is here to help all do this.
Chris Cooper

Vice-President Membership
Chris Cooper


What I Love About TAEA: I love being a part of the TAEA family. No place else can I find such a positive, supportive group of creatives who never fail to inspire me, and who all share a mission: tirelessly sharing and advocating for Visual Arts across our state, and faithfully inspiring the creative potential of our next generation.
Pam Arnold

Vice-President Elect Membership
Pam Arnold


What I Love About TAEA: I love TAEA because the members are positive, creative, and energetic! We are always eager to share new ideas with each other because we want the best for our art students.
Gretchen Bell

Vice-President Youth Art Month
Gretchen Bell


What I Love About TAEA: Meeting people who share the same passion for Art Education that I do. It is truly amazing how much talent Texas Art Educators have, and I love all of the opportunities we get to collaborate and learn from each other to develop our craft and become the best advocates for our students.
Christine Grafe

Vice-President Elect Youth Art Month
Christine Grafe


What I Love About TAEA: There is so much to love about TAEA! I love all the learning and friendship I've enjoyed through the many years I've been a member. I love the inspiration I gain from being around other like minded people. But most of all I love being part of and giving back to an organization that does so much to enhance the field of art education through leadership, enrichment, advocacy, and fellowship with the most dedicated professionals I've had the privilege to know! TAEA ROCKS!!!
Betsy Murphy

Secretary
Betsy Murphy


What I Love About TAEA: What I love about TAEA is how our members use the power of art to bring people together. In every corner of Texas, our members are promoting art programs in countless ways. In classrooms, museums, community spaces, as well as on-line venues, students and community members bear witness to the transformative efforts of Texas art educators.
Paul Kretchmer

Treasurer
Paul Kretchmer


What I Love About TAEA: I love that at the heart of our mission you find the student. Our advocacy, our pedagogy, our expertise, our passion, our vision, and our beliefs . . . with all of these we encourage, enrich, and educate the young artist. The second thing I love about TAEA is its community of artist-educators. Whether it is colleagues in my home district, friends and TAEA members across the state, or virtual relationships via things like the online book study . . . I connect to a diverse, caring, highly-educated community. Finally, I love the underlying service implied in our membership. I appreciate all that I have gained by my participation in this organization, and I really love that TAEA offers me tangible ways to give back and pay-forward.
Sara Chapman

Executive Director
Sara Chapman


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA feels like "home" where professional art educators gather to exchange ideas, dialogue, and solve the issues of the world. It creates a safety net to hold members close to mentor, grow, and provide resources when needed. It offers nourishment for those that are hungry for professional development or networking. It holds out helping hands for new comers who want and need guidance. TAEA is a place to have fun, to grow professionally, to make new art friends and find the newest art materials and equipment on the market. TAEA helps makes its members great educators. Don't you want to join our art education home?
Ricia Kerber

Commercial Exhibits Director
Ricia Kerber


What I Love About TAEA: I have always taught in schools where I have been the sole art teacher, so TAEA is my connection to other teachers. TAEA is the place in which I collaborated for new ideas and techniques for my classroom.
Linda Fleetwood

State VASE Director
Linda Fleetwood


What I Love About TAEA: There are groups, there are teams, and there is family. TAEA is a group of professionals, a team that works together for a common goal; but mostly it is a family. For me TAEA is family. We seek success together, we weather hardship together, we learn together. I will always be thankful for TAEA.

EXECUTIVE STAFF


Jackie Brewer

Website Manager
Jackie Brewer

LIAISONS


Sara Chapman

NAEA Liaison
Sara Chapman


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA feels like "home" where professional art educators gather to exchange ideas, dialogue, and solve the issues of the world. It creates a safety net to hold members close to mentor, grow, and provide resources when needed. It offers nourishment for those that are hungry for professional development or networking. It holds out helping hands for new comers who want and need guidance. TAEA is a place to have fun, to grow professionally, to make new art friends and find the newest art materials and equipment on the market. TAEA helps makes its members great educators. Don't you want to join our art education home?

EXECUTIVE COUNCIL


Suzanne Greene

Jr. VASE State Director
Suzanne Greene


What I Love About TAEA: Fellowship of like minded people is what drew me into TAEA. Everyone is willing to help each other and share their talents, skills, and lessons with all art teachers through Conference, Regional Conferences, and In-Services. You never feel alone because you have your TAEA family to reach out to when you need help. I was helped and now want to give back. I love the excitement that happens when art teachers work together, have fun together, and learn together. We all advocate for our programs and TAEA is here to help all do this.
Mary Tavares

TEAM Director
Mary Tavares


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA has become a very important part of my life as an art educator. It has helped me grow as an elementary art teacher and as a leader in the art community. It has helped me become more confident amongst my peers. I love the support that I feel when I talk to other members.
Karri Clark

High School State Event Director
Karri Clark


What I Love About TAEA: I love being part of an organization designed to nurture teaching skills and creative as well as intellectual growth. We have the unique opportunity to work alongside art educators who hold a variety of strong artistic and leadership qualities and ability to create a lasting love of art for our students. TAEA will take you on a journey of lifelong learning.

STATE DIVISION CHAIRS


Jen Holsinger-Raybourn

Elementary Division
Jen Holsinger-Raybourn

Division Info
Sarah Kersh

Elementary Division Elect
Sarah Kersh

Division Info

What I Love About TAEA: I love that I am part of a community of passionate, driven, and innovative art educators. Being able to collaborate with and get encouragement from each other makes me better at what I do.
Rhonda Goff

Middle School Jr High Division
Rhonda Goff

Division Info

What I Love About TAEA: Being a member of TAEA since my 4th or 5th year of teaching, I have collected invaluable advice, knowledge, motivation, and friendships. I simply cannot imagine my teaching career without it. Yes, I have local friendships with local art teachers in my community and district; however, the personal and professional connections I have garnered through TAEA have allowed me to reach a level of art education competence that is immeasurable without the collaboration and teaching of this organization. Above all, TAEA has helped me always remember why we are here! Thank you TAEA!!
Sara Massey

Middle School Jr High Division Elect
Sara Massey

Division Info

What I Love About TAEA: Being connected to a community of fellow Art Educators. This is not an organization that is on paper. It is active, creative, and very present. I am amazed at the constant motivation and innovation of all members and am excited to be a part of this association.
Sarah Waggoner

High School Division
Sarah Waggoner

Division Info
Sarah Pagona

High School Division Elect
Sarah Pagona

Division Info

What I Love About TAEA: I love that TAEA brings together passionate and creative teachers, gives them tools for improving instruction, opportunities for leadership development, and events for their students to shine, all while still conducting business like a family! Through art we are building a better future!
Sherry Snowden

Higher Education Division
Sherry Snowden

Division Info
Kathie Walker-Millar

Higher Education Division Elect
Kathie Walker-Millar

Division Info
Israel Gonzalez

Student Division
Israel Gonzalez

Division Info

What I Love About TAEA: TAEA is a group that not only promotes art education, but leadership as well. I always felt like I could do more, and TAEA has given me the opportunity to serve students like myself and to become the leader I want to be.
Michaelann Kelley

Supervision/Administration Division
Michaelann Kelley

Division Info

What I Love About TAEA: I can network with many divergent-thinking people from all over the state of Texas, yet we all converge around our passion for the the visual arts. So basically, my TAEA colleagues push my thinking about art curriculum and instruction, which in turn benefits the art students of Aldine.
Stacia Gower

Supervision/Administration Division Elect
Stacia Gower

Division Info

What I Love About TAEA: TAEA is my go to resource for research, information, support, and inspiration. When I was in the classroom I was the "Lone Ranger" most of the time, and it was my TAEA cohorts and the fall conferences that connected me to a state-wide net of like minded educators. As an arts administrator I continually look to my TAEA cohorts for information, support, and guidance. Truly, I LOVE everything about our professional organization!
Emily Cayton

Museum Division
Emily Cayton

Division Info

What I Love About TAEA: TAEA is a community of art lovers with contagious enthusiasm. The leaders and members of TAEA continuously inspire me and push me to do my best work. I love the nurturing spirit of the organization, and I feel so thankful to be part of this amazing group of educators!
Denise Gonzalez

Museum Division Elect
Denise Gonzalez

Division Info

What I Love About TAEA: I love that I can recommend TAEA as a reputable source for best practices and trends in our field for students, teachers, and museum educators. As a museum educator, I value the collaborative nature between educators of all types!

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS


Tim Lowke

Advocacy
Tim Lowke

Elizabeth Zepeda

Private School Chair
Elizabeth Zepeda

Shaun Lane

Awards
Shaun Lane


What I Love About TAEA: I love that TAEA is an organization that gives HUGE returns on my personal investments. Since joining, it has been made abundantly clear that the organization is willing to give back what I put in, and then some! It definitely embodies the expression, "you get out what you put in." I actively searched for mentors, and was met with open arms and wonderful support! I made myself available for networking opportunities, and now I feel as though I am connected with colleagues all over this great state! When I needed opportunities to grow my leadership potential, the organization made this possible. Having joined while doing my undergrad, TAEA has literally been a part of my entire art education career, and I feel as though I am truly making a difference in my classroom as well as the art education theatre in Texas as a whole!
Jenny Lucas

Community-Based Chair
Jenny Lucas


What I Love About TAEA: I love TAEA because it facilitates art educators' connections to other art educators and to community arts partners, which serves to increase our visibility and strengthen our voice for advocacy.
Chris Cooper

2018 Conference Co-Chair - McAllen
Chris Cooper


What I Love About TAEA: I love being a part of the TAEA family. No place else can I find such a positive, supportive group of creatives who never fail to inspire me, and who all share a mission: tirelessly sharing and advocating for Visual Arts across our state, and faithfully inspiring the creative potential of our next generation.
Teodoro Estrada

2018 Conference Co-Chair - McAllen
Teodoro Estrada

Lisa Saenz-Saldivar

2018 Conference Co-Chair - McAllen
Lisa Saenz-Saldivar

Hector Cruz

2018 Conference Co-Chair - McAllen
Hector Cruz


What I Love About TAEA: The color, the friendship, and the passion for the arts. The color each and every member brings brightening up the classroom, enlightening the students, and adding color to each school/district they represent. The friendship one establishes at each gathering, workshop, and yearly conference. Bringing forth acquaintances that become friendships that leads to the love they share for the arts. The passion which each art teacher has followed leading them to become the teacher, the mentor, and the artist he or she represents. From the outside, that is what I love about TAEA.
Chris Cooper

Membership Showcase
Chris Cooper


What I Love About TAEA: I love being a part of the TAEA family. No place else can I find such a positive, supportive group of creatives who never fail to inspire me, and who all share a mission: tirelessly sharing and advocating for Visual Arts across our state, and faithfully inspiring the creative potential of our next generation.
Kathy Hendrick

Credentials
Kathy Hendrick

Jessica Jones Gonzales

National Art Honor Society
Jessica Jones Gonzales


What I Love About TAEA: For me, TAEA is about opportunities: to grow, learn, connect, and collaborate with my colleagues. TAEA is such a rich community of individuals, all so willing to take another member by the hand and share. I am passionate about TAEA and so excited to be a part of this vibrant collection of educators.
Tiffany Silverthorne

Parliamentarian
Tiffany Silverthorne


What I Love About TAEA: Membership in TAEA has helped me form lifelong relationships with a network of people who have been, and are, willing to help me grow personally and professionally. Our organization listens to our members and is always willing to go above and beyond to help all involved in art education. Our organization is on the forefront of change as the demands of our profession grow and change. The continued support of our leadership has helped me find, keep, and grow in my passion for quality art education.
Dr. Kari Murphy, CETL

Technology
Dr. Kari Murphy, CETL


What I Love About TAEA: I love the creativity of TAEA and the friendships I have gained over the years of serving with TAEA members. I work in the IT world of K-12 education. Serving in TAEA always me to dabble and grow creatively when I feel boxed in with the wires and cables.

AFFILIATES


Dr. Tina Farrell

Distinguished Fellows
Dr. Tina Farrell

Donna Andrich

Retired Art Educators
Donna Andrich

Janice Wiggins

Retired Art Educators
Janice Wiggins


What I Love About TAEA: The main thing I hear from teachers is that conference reinvigorates their commitment to teaching. As a retired teacher / administrator, it helps inspire me to continue my mission to educate through the arts. In my teaching career in the inner-city, I found so many opportunities for my "kids" to broaden their expectations because of their education in the arts.

REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES


James Miller

Region 1 Representative
James Miller

Region Info

What I Love About TAEA: TAEA is that it empowers each region in Texas to advocate the visual arts year round. Students have the opportunity to exhibit art at the state level through TASA/TASB State exhibits, Capital YAM exhibits, and Gold Seal Exhibits. They may participate in state competitions through TEAM/VASE and celebrate their creativity through YAM/Big Art day events.
Aileen Leal

Region 2 Representative
Aileen Leal

Region Info
Sarah Hartman

Region 4 Representative
Sarah Hartman

Region Info

What I Love About TAEA: The connections and relationships built with art educators through TAEA. This is an invaluable resource for all art educators that encourages personal and professional growth!
Jennifer Restauri Dickinson

Region 5 Representative
Jennifer Restauri Dickinson

Region Info
Lisa L. Miller

Region 6 Representative
Lisa L. Miller

Region Info

What I Love About TAEA: For the past 18 years TAEA has provided me with an instant "Tribe" or pack of like-minded individuals who support me through the best of times and the worst of times. They "get" my stories about life in the classroom because they are in the same classroom; just in a different location. Being the only art teacher in my district was difficult until I discovered TAEA because that supportive network was missing, and I am thankful on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis for the existence of TAEA and the wonderful folks who created the organization and continue to help it grow and flourish.
Sandra Newton

Region 7 Representative
Sandra Newton

Region Info

What I Love About TAEA: I love that TAEA as an incredibly supportive and knowledgeable community of Visual Art educators that support, inspire, and empower educators and students.
Debbie Nicholas

Region 8 Representative
Debbie Nicholas

Region Info
Christie Andrews

Region 9 Representative
Christie Andrews

Region Info

What I Love About TAEA: The things I value most about TAEA are the connections I make with other art educators in our state and the opportunities TAEA provides for my students. Through my new connections, I am encouraged, refreshed, aware, taught . . . all things that in turn allow me to develop as an educator. My students have grown and thrived as they work towards a coveted State VASE spot each year. I love watching them set goals, challenge themselves, and gain confidence.
Ryan Rimmer

Region 10 Representative
Ryan Rimmer

Region Info
Steffie Brouillette

Region 11 Representative
Steffie Brouillette

Region Info

What I Love About TAEA: Where do I begin? I've been attending state conferences since 1995 (in 3 different states), and I can honestly say TEXAS does it the best!! TAEA brings like-minded individuals together to share, commiserate, educate, inspire, motivate, and talk about our passion: ART!! No one else understands art teachers like other art teachers. Who else gets toilet paper rolls, empty yogurt containers, discontinued rubber stamps, and magazines dumped at their door every week??
Shawn Knuckles

Region 12 Representative
Shawn Knuckles

Region Info

What I Love About TAEA: I love picking out new sessions to go and experience at conference. I love new ideas and the excitement that all the teachers have meeting each other. I love sharing ideas with other art teachers around Texas.
Angie Bell

Region 13 Representative
Angie Bell

Region Info
Sharon Baird

Region 14 Representative
Sharon Baird

Region Info

What I Love About TAEA: I love to learn about art from my fellow art educators! It is so empowering to be able to spend time with each other at conference and the programs TAEA sponsors reaches out and lifts up our students and each other year round.
Donna Webb

Region 17 Representative
Donna Webb

Region Info
Maureen Doebbler

Region 20 Representative
Maureen Doebbler

Region Info

LOCAL ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATIONS


Karen Dean

Brazos Valley AEA
Karen Dean

Shannon Kessler

McKinney AEA
Shannon Kessler

Christina Van Hamersveld

Richardson AEA
Christina Van Hamersveld

Kim Block

Round Rock AEA
Kim Block

Cristina Mann

Round Rock AEA
Cristina Mann

Stephanie Mararac

San Antonio AEA
Stephanie Mararac

June Gabel

Texas Panhandle AEA
June Gabel

Denise Olson

Texas Panhandle AEA
Denise Olson

EDITORIAL STAFF


Cala Coats

2018 Trends Co-Editor
Cala Coats


What I Love About TAEA: What I love about TAEA is the inspiring and supportive network of friends/colleagues I have made over the last ten years. Whether we are at the annual conference, regional meetings, or running into each other in our daily lives, I find comfort, camaraderie, and usually a whole lot of laughs among the TAEA community.
Sean Justice

2018 Trends Co-Editor
Sean Justice


What I Love About TAEA: As a new transplant to Texas, I love the warm welcome I've received from artists and art educators. The statewide community is powerfully in tune with each other, supportive, and deeply committed to art and innovation. I'm excited to join this rich and varied conversation, and thrilled to be in Texas!
Sara Chapman

TAEA STAR Editor
Sara Chapman


What I Love About TAEA: TAEA feels like "home" where professional art educators gather to exchange ideas, dialogue, and solve the issues of the world. It creates a safety net to hold members close to mentor, grow, and provide resources when needed. It offers nourishment for those that are hungry for professional development or networking. It holds out helping hands for new comers who want and need guidance. TAEA is a place to have fun, to grow professionally, to make new art friends and find the newest art materials and equipment on the market. TAEA helps makes its members great educators. Don't you want to join our art education home?
Danielle Pontus

Photographer
Danielle Pontus


What I Love About TAEA: I love how TAEA brings people together no matter age or location! I have so many surrogate family members through TAEA, members that live nowhere near me, but when we meet up, it's as if no time has passed. TAEA is an organization where your voice is heard and where you are supported; and in return, you are able to support and mentor new members. I love my TAEA family!