The Northeast Comprehensive Center Advisory Board (NCCAB) works with the NCC to provide feedback on:

  • Allocating the Center’s resources across the Northeast based on the U.S. Department of Education guidelines for state technical assistance;
  • Monitoring and addressing the educational needs of the state on an ongoing basis;
  • Maintaining a high standard of quality in the performance of the Center’s activities; and
  • Carrying out the Center’s duties in a manner that promotes progress toward improving student academic achievement.

The NCCAB membership reflects a balanced representation of educational stakeholders throughout the region. All members are approved by the Commissioners and Governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The Board is composed of the Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont State Commissioners of Education, or a designee, and representatives from parents, practicing educators, higher education, business, research, and state education department leaders from the offices of elementary, middle, secondary, and continuing education. The NCCAB meets annually.

NameProfessional Affiliation
Bonnie M. RussellPresident
New York State PTA
Albany, NY

Virginia BarryCommissioner
New Hampshire Department of Education
Concord, NH

Tom DesjardinActing Education Commissioner
Maine Department of Education
Augusta, ME

Mitchell Chester Commissioner
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Malden, MA

James CultraraDirector for Education
NYS Catholic Conference
Albany, NY

Ken Wagner Commissioner
Rhode Island Department of Education
Providence, RI

Mary Ellen EliaCommissioner
New York State Education Department
Albany, NY

Susan LusiSuperintendent
Providence Public Schools
Providence, RI

Karen E. MageePresident
NYSUT
Latham, NY

Liz PapeBoard of Directors
The Virtual High School Collaborative
Maynard, MA

Dianna Wentzell Commissioner
Connecticut State Department of Education
Hartford, CT

Deborah RichardsDirector of Student Services
Capitol Region Education Council
Hartford, CT

Irv RichardsonCoordinator of Education & School Support
National Education Association of New Hampshire
Concord, NH

Katie ShepherdAssociate Professor of Education
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

Rebecca HolcombeSecretary of Education
Vermont Agency of Education
Montpelier, VT

Please Note: The members of the Northeast Comprehensive Center Advisory Board  have been duly nominated for the position and have all accepted. They have been approved by the ED Program officer and are currently provisional appointments awaiting final approval from the Governor of each appropriate state.