Who We Are

Governing Board

Educators Rising is a division of Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK), 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. 

Doug Christensen, Chair

Emeritus Commissioner of Education (NE) and Professor

Graduate Education, Doane College

Curtis Cain, Vice Chair


Wentzville R-IV School District (Wentzville, MO)

Patricia Williams, Past Chair

Professor Emerita

Sam Houston State University

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


Kent McGuire

Education Program Director

Hewlett Foundation

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

Lisa Stooksberry

Deputy Executive Director

National Assessment Governing Board

Mark Strauss

Director of School Performance and Accountability

Broward County Schools (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Angela Walmsley

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics, Concordia University

José E. Vega

Retired Professor

College of Education, University of Wisconsin-River Falls