Meet the Board Members...
Lois Baldwin, EdD, President
Lois was a supervisor and principal of Special Education for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Southern Westchester in White Plains, New York. She directed, supervised, and provided comprehensive educational and support services for students in grades 1-12 who have average or above average/gifted intelligence and are learning disabled and/or emotionally disturbed. In addition, she supervised a wide variety of special education services, coordinated staff development for the Special Services Center, and coordinated mainstream efforts with public school administrators and staff. Lois received her doctorate in gifted, special education, and educational administration from Teachers College at Columbia University. Lois is the current president and one of the founders of AEGUS. She is a member of NAGC, AGATE, CEC, and ASCD. She currently consults nationally.
Terry W. Neu, PhD, Vice President
Terry is currently Director of the Special Education Cross Endorsement Program at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. He is the co-author of “Helping Boys Succeed in School” and has done extensive work on preventing bullying in classroom environments. Terry has served on various Jacob K. Javits Grants, including Project HIGH HOPES. He has done extensive work with gifted students with disabilities (Twice Exceptional), modifying the classroom environment for these students as well as developing a challenging Dually Differentiated Curriculum (DDC) to meet their unique needs. Terry was a secondary science teacher and history teacher for 7 years, four of which were spent working with secondary gifted and talented students. Terry is active in research areas that include teaching strategies for gifted students with disabilities and environmental sciences. He also takes groups of students into communities in Central America to build schools and provide opportunities for cultural understanding and communication.
Stuart Omdal, PhD, Interim Treasurer
Stuart was an elementary teacher in Oregon for 15 years, both in the regular classroom and as a gifted education coordinator facilitating the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. After completing graduate school at the University of Connecticut, he came to the University of Northern Colorado in 1994 where he is now Professor of gifted and talented education in the School of Special Education. During his 22 years at UNC he has worked with nearly 300 master’s and gifted education endorsement students, an advisor to 20 doctoral students in gifted education, and a faculty member on 22 other doctoral committees. He is the Director of the Summer Enrichment Programs and of the Center for the Education & Study of Gifted, Talented, Creative Learners at UNC. His professional interests include creativity in teaching and learning, twice-exceptionality, and underachievement of students from non-dominant cultural and language groups, He has served on the board of directors for the National Association for Gifted Children, the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students, and the Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
Jann Leppien, PhD, Secretary
Dr. Jann Leppien is an associate professor at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. She is the recipient of the Margo Long Chair in Gifted Education, an endowed chair funded by James P. and Wanda Cowles. She teaches curriculum and thinking skills courses online and in the Three Summers Program at the University of Connecticut. She has worked as a research assistant for The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT), has been a classroom teacher, enrichment specialist, and coordinator of a gifted education program in Montana. She is the co-author of The Multiple Menu Model: A Practical Guide for Developing Differentiated Curriculum, and The Parallel Curriculum: A Design to Develop High Potential and Challenge High-Ability Students. In addition to the AEGUS board, Jann, serves on the Washington State Gifted Advisory Council. and the executive board of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development on the campus of Bridges Academy, in Studio City, CA. She is also President of Edufest, a summer teaching and learning institute held in Boise, Idaho