President: Daniel Rossi-Keen, Ph.D
Daniel Rossi-Keen is a problem solver and visionary leader who has diverse experience both in private business and in the education sector. Having spent nearly a decade in graduate education, Daniel holds master’s degrees in theology, philosophy, and rhetoric as well as a PhD in Communication Studies. Since completing his formal education in 2008, Daniel has taught or guest-lectured in various capacities at five different colleges and universities. His most recent full-time post was as Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Stetson University. Daniel’s scholarly writing has been published widely and he has been invited to speak to professional and academic audiences regularly throughout his career. In 2011, Daniel resigned his full-time academic position and turned his attention to the business and nonprofit sectors. Working in this capacity, Daniel was a founding partner of Panoptic Media, LLC and the founder and owner of eQuip Books, a social enterprise operating in the city of Aliquippa. Increasingly, Daniel is engaged in community and economic development efforts in Beaver County Pennsylvania, where Daniel serves on numerous nonprofit boards and strategic planning committees. He is the proud parent of four precocious children who provide a constant reminder of why gifted education and advocacy is so important.
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Vice-President: Kali Fedor
Currently serving as an instructor in the Department of Exceptionality Programs at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Previously, worked as a Graduate Program Coordinator for Wilkes University overseeing several programs including: Master’s of Education with Special Education Certification and Autism & Gifted Letters of Endorsement. Prior to Wilkes, she worked for Bloomsburg University teaching pre-service undergraduate education students. Kali has worked in various K-12 positions, both regular and special education placements. She started her teaching career in Maryland, then moved back into Pennsylvania, before moving to Arizona with her husband for several years, and moved back to Pennsylvania in 2011. She holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Kutztown University, a Secondary Certification in Severe and Profound Education, and two Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, as well as, Educational Administration and Leadership. Kali is ABD in her Doctoral Curriculum and Instruction program through Indiana University of Pennsylvania and will defend her dissertation shortly.
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Treasurer: Marcia Gregorio
Marcia Roberts Gregorio is a recently retired teacher from the Gettysburg Area School District. She holds teaching certificates in French and English, an MA in English, and an MFA in Creative nonfiction Writing. She became a Gifted Support and English teacher at Gettysburg Area High School in 1993, but her interest in gifted education dates back to 1984 when her first child entered the public school system. As a parent, she became involved in the Gettysburg PAGE affiliate, and has never lost her passion for gifted education. She attended the Confratute in Connecticut where she was fortunate to study under Dr. Sandra Kaplan. During her high school teaching years, she developed and implemented courses to meet the needs of gifted and highly capable learners, including Philosophy through Literature and Multicultural Literature courses, and presented these topics at PAGE conferences and at the Bucks County IU Gifted Conference. She was dedicated to providing a top-level English experience to tenth grade gifted and highly capable students, and to eleventh grade Advanced Placement English Language and Composition classes.
State Affiliate Director: Ciminy St. Clair
Ciminy St. Clair was born and raised in Boswell, Pennsylvania. Her parents named her after a cat in a children’s storybook, titled Master of All Masters. In December 2001, she graduated with a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with a Minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. From 2001-2003, Ciminy substitute taught at Franklin Regional and Greensburg Salem School Districts to gain experience. In 2003, she was offered a first grade position at Balls Bluff Elementary School in Leesburg, Virginia. Working with first graders in an affluent, yet transient area was a fantastic opportunity. Upon returning to Pennsylvania, Ms. St. Clair began to nanny for a professional family while attending graduate school. In 2005, she was hired by Norwin School District, as the kindergarten through fourth grade gifted coordinator for the four elementary schools within the district. In 2006, she received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. During her first twelve years of teaching experience at Norwin, she coordinated and taught the elementary gifted program, taught 5th Grade Social Studies and 6th Grade Global Studies, and functioned as a case manager in various grade levels 5-12. Ms. St. Clair has also been actively involved in PAGE at the local level. She has served various roles within the local affiliate and is currently the Vice President. On December 1, 2016, she started her new position at Norwin High School, as the Secondary Gifted Coordinator. During the same month, she earned a Gifted Endorsement from the state of Pennsylvania and an 18 credit Gifted Certification through Millersville University. Currently, Ciminy has earned 45 credits beyond her Master’s Degree and is exploring various doctoral programs. Ms. St. Clair has presented at various venues including: Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) Norwin Affiliate, Intermediate Unit 7 (IU7), Westmoreland Elementary Gifted Educators (WEGE), training within her own district for staff and induction trainings, and other local school districts.
Secretary: Katie Leach, Ed.D
Since 2002, Katie has been the gifted support teacher for the Weatherly Area School District. She uses technology as a window to the world, to promote creativity, and as a communication tool. Because Weatherly is a small district, both gifted and highly capable students form teams for competitions and these teams have won state awards in STEM related fields. Online learning is encouraged, as well as online learning games. Her M.S. is in Classroom Technology and her Ed D. is in Educational Technology Leadership, both from Wilkes University. She is an adjunct professor in the Instructional Media program, sponsored by Discovery Education and Wilkes University.
Board Member: Susan Heydt
Susan Heydt is currently the Secondary Teacher of the Gifted in the Donegal School District in Central Pennsylvania, in her 19th year of teaching. During her teaching tenure, she has taught grades 1-12. Mrs. Heydt attended West Chester State College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of the first cohort to complete a leadership certificate in Gifted Education, and completed her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her certification now includes Secondary English as well as K – 8 Elementary credentials. Mrs. Heydt has presented at various conferences including: Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE), Intermediate Unit 13 (IU13), National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC, 2014), training within her own district, and local private and charter schools. Mrs. Heydt served on the PDE committee that drafted the Gifted Endorsement in 2014, and serves on the Steering Committee for Gifted Education at IU 13. Her areas of research interest include but are not limited to: Gifted students , 2e students, mindfulness and the gifted, and fostering autonomy in the gifted classroom.
Board Member: Guerline L. Laurore, Esq
After Ms. Laurore graduated from High School in French Guiana, she received a coveted scholarship to pursue her studies in France. Within two years she earned a Diploma of General Studies from the University of Poitiers. One year later, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, in 1995 and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology in 1996 both from the University of Provence Center of Aix, one of only five universities in France connected with the prestigious National Center for Scientific Research. In 2004, she received a Juris Doctor Degree from Widener University School of Law, in Wilmington Delaware. Ms. Laurore is licensed to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Michigan state courts. She has also been admitted in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Leadership Institute (BLI) class of 2010-2011. Ms. Laurore is fluent in English, French, Haitian Creole, she also knows Spanish and Portuguese.
Ms. Laurore is currently the President of the Law Offices of Guerline L. Laurore, P.C, an immigration law boutique in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. In that capacity, she assists foreign nationals in becoming legal, with a focus on family reunification.
Board Member: Matthew Zakreski, PsyD
Matthew Zakreski, PsyD is a high energy, creative clinician who utilizes an eclectic approach to meet the specific needs of his clients. He specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as their families, in providing therapy and conducting psychological evaluations. Dr. Zakreski attended Wake Forest University as an undergraduate and Widener University for graduate school. He is proud to serve as a consultant to schools, a professor at the university level, and a researcher and author on his speciality, Giftedness. He is currently in private psychological practice.
Board Member: Dave Mendell
Dave Mendell has been an elementary school teacher in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District for over 20 years. While his tenure as Teacher of the Gifted began five years ago, he has been studying and researching Gifted Education since the beginning of his career. Dave encourages and challenges his students to find a balance between learning and play as a strategy to help them build a strong foundation for years of future learning. An original member of Pennsylvania’s Keystones: Technology Integrators, he has presented at numerous conferences including PETE&C, ISTE and the International Society for Autism Research. Dave is currently enrolled at Millersville University where he is working towards his Gifted Endorsement. It is Dave’s goal to highlight the social and emotional needs of gifted learners while working to build bridges between the many stakeholders of the gifted community.