Board of Directors

2023–2024 NECTFL Board of Directors

Past Chair

Margarita Demspey
Smithfield High School (RI)


James Wildman,
Glastonbury High School (CT)

Vice Chair

Jill Schimmel
New York City Department of Education (NY)

Class of 2024


Joanne O’Toole, Ph.D.

SUNY Oswego (NY)

Beckie Bray Rankin

Lexington High School (MA)

Cynthia Chalupa, Ph.D.

West Virginia University, (WV)

Class of 2025

Celia Liu, Ed.D.

The College of New Jersey (NJ)

Matthew Mangino

Wethersfield High School (CT)

Beth Slocum

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (NY)

Class of 2026

Joseph Parodi-Brown

Marianapolis Preparatory School (CT)

Jennifer Short

Red Clay School District (DE)

Thomasina White

Philadelphia Public Schools, (retired)

Class of 2027

Maria Quintanilla,

New York

Sarah Steverman,

Rhode Island

Kelley Webb, Ph. D.


The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Northeast Conference. Each year, three new directors are elected by the NECTFL Advisory Council to a four-year term. The board meets five times per year (three live meetings, two electronic) to tailor its plans for providing service to the profession.

The board is made up of twelve elected directors and three officers: the conference chair, the immediate past chair, and the vice chair. Each year, a new vice chair is selected from the three “graduating” directors in the fourth year of their term.

Each summer, the NECTFL Nominating Committee solicits the Advisory Council members for potential board nominations. The Nominating Committee selects a slate of three candidates, which is then presented to the full board for its approval. Once approved by the board, this slate is voted upon by the members of the Advisory Council.