Board of Directors
Kristin Berman, PhD, recently left her post as an Associate Professor of Education in the Graduate School of The College of New Rochelle in New York to become head of The Quad Preparatory School for Twice Exceptional Children in New York City. Over her career as teacher, curriculum developer, Coordinator of Gifted and Talented in New York City, and then as a professor of education, teacher trainer and consultant, she has specialized in differentiated curriculum and instruction, gifted education, and arts integration in content areas. She has been a teacher trainer for Lincoln Center Institute’s Aesthetic Education program, and has trained teachers, administrators, and parents in international schools throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, and Africa. Kris’s most recent area of interest is exploring animal assisted therapy with 2e children. She has introduced her own therapy dog to the children at Quad Prep with great results.
Rose R. Blucher, MEd, is the Director of Blucher Educational Services for Boundless Potential and an award winning educator in the field of learning disabilities. She provides teacher training, advocacy and direct services for students and families. For more than 20 years as a 2e Specialist in Maryland, she conducted instructional strategies workshops, developed services and programs, and developed the first high school program for 2e students. She has written numerous articles, resources, and curriculum guides in this field. Ms. Blucher serves nationally and internationally as an educational consultant to school systems, schools, and parents and has presented at numerous state, national, and international conferences. For several years at Johns Hopkins University, she taught a course entitled Teaching the GT/LD Learner. The Maryland State Superintendent appointed Rose to serve two terms on the Gifted Education Advisory Council. In addition to the AEGUS board, Ms. Blucher is an executive board member for The 2e Center for Research and Professional Development in Studio City, CA. and a member of the Coalition of Parents, Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA).
Margie Boudreau, EdD, has taught in general education and special education, in both public and private settings. In addition, she has been involved in higher education for many years. She has also worked as a faculty cadre member for CAST where she presented professional development and conducted research in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education focusing on Universal Design for Learning. She has created programs for gifted students with disabilities and has worked as an advocate on their behalf. Dr. Boudreau received her BS in Elementary Education Buffalo State University College. She earned a Master of Arts in Special Education from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO and was awarded a Doctorate in Special Education from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She is currently the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Special Education Department at Bay Path University.
Gail N. Herman, PhD, is a consultant for creative arts in education with an emphasis on talent development for underachieving students, especially those who are creative or show possible academic gifts but are unmotivated. Gail worked as a classroom teacher in NJ and NH, teaching first and second grades, gifted and academically challenged classes, and heterogeneous classes. She also served as the enrichment teacher/coordinator of a Schoolwide Enrichment program and was on the State Advisory Committee for G/T in CT. Gail is a professional storyteller and teaching artist in residence. She is a life member of NAGC, NSN, and NAEYC, writes grants and published books and articles on creativity, art appreciation, storytelling, oral history, and learning kinesthetically. Teaching at UConn’s Confratute and as an adjunct for other universities, Gail is dedicated to sharing how creative arts can assist unmotivated, underachieving gifted and/or creative students to regain the love of learning that once was theirs.
Daphne Pereles, MS, is an educational consultant specializing in twice-exceptional and Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Her 30+ year career has included positions as a teacher (general, special, and gifted education), district level special education/gifted coordinator, and as the Executive Director for Learning Supports at the Colorado Department of Education. Her career has centered on students with disabilities and gifts and the development of more effective educational systems to support learning needs of all students. Daphne has published multiple articles on twice-exceptional as well as response to intervention and MTSS, including Teaching Exceptional Children (March, 2015), and Gifted Child Today (October, 2015). She is a member of the National 2e Community of Practice, a group founded to create a consistent message regarding the support of 2e individuals. She is a lifetime member of the Colorado Academy of Educators for the Gifted, Talented, and Creative, and a member of Council for Exceptional Children.
AEGUS was founded by Lois Baldwin, Susan Baum and Susan Levey in the early 80’s. It was the first advocacy group in the country offering support for gifted students who were underachieving. The founders, along with Rick Olenchak and Linda Emerick developed the mission and goals for the organization. The energy and enthusiasm that was the impetus for forming an advocacy group still exists today. Although many students, parents and professionals have been positively impacted by the information and research that has been imparted, there are many gifted students who continue to underachieve – and, for that reason, AEGUS will continue to be there to advocate on their behalf.