Who We Are

Governing Board

Educators Rising is a division of PDK International, a professional network of education leaders that includes teachers, administrators, and higher education professionals. Educators Rising is governed by the PDK International Board of Directors, which includes elected and appointed members. 

Angela Walmsley, Chair


Department of Mathematics, Concordia University

Melissa Nixon, Vice Chair

Director of Title I

Guilford County Schools (High Point, North Carolina)

Curtis Cain, Past Chair


Wentzville R-IV School District (Wentzville, MO)

Doug Christensen

Emeritus Commissioner of Education (NE) and Professor

Graduate Education, Doane College

Eric Hougan

Assistant Professor

Central Washington University

Rick Kolowski

State Senator, District 31


Katharine Oliver

Retired Assistant State Superintendent

Division of Career and College Readiness, Maryland State Department of Education

Mark Strauss

Director of School Performance and Accountability

Broward County Schools (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Erin Jones

(Lacy, Washington)

Natasha Murray

Maureen LaRaviere

Senior Director, College Board