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. 

Curtis Cain, Chair


Wentzville R-IV School District (Wentzville, MO)

Angela Walmsley, Vice Chair

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics, Concordia University

Doug Christensen, Past Chair

Emeritus Commissioner of Education (NE) and Professor

Graduate Education, Doane College

Frederick Frelow

Retired, Senior Program Officer

Ford Foundation

David Hemphill

Assistant Principal

Peter Kiewit Middle School, Millard Public Schools (Omaha, NE)

Eric Hougan

Assistant Professor

Central Washington University

Melissa Nixon

Director of Title I

Guilford County Schools (High Point, North Carolina)

Rick Kolowski

State Senator, District 31


Katharine Oliver

Retired Assistant State Superintendent

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

Sharon Robinson

Retired, President and CEO

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Mark Strauss

Director of School Performance and Accountability

Broward County Schools (Fort Lauderdale, FL)