Board of Directors

2021–2022 NECTFL Board of Directors

Past Chair

Michael Bogdan
South Middleton School District (PA)


Christopher Gwin

Vice Chair

Margarita Dempsey
Smithfield High School (RI)

Class of 2022

Cynthia Chalupa, Ph.D.

West Virginia University (WV)

Catherine Ritz, Ed.D.

Boston University (MA)

James Wildman

Glastonbury Public Schools (CT)

Class of 2023

Georges Chahwan

NYATC Arabic Teachers’ Council (NY)

Xiaoyan Hu

University of Rhode Island (RI)

Jill Schimmel Sopa


Class of 2024


Joanne O’Toole, Ph.D.

SUNY Oswego (NY)

Beckie Bray Rankin

Lexington High School (MA)

Frank Ruggiero

Frank Ruggiero, Ed.D.

Edison Public Schools (NJ)

Class of 2025

Celia Liu, Ed.D.

The College of New Jersey (NJ)

Erin Papa, Ph.D.

Rhode Island College (RI)

Beth Slocum

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (NY)

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.