National Association of English Learner Program Administrators

NAELPA Leadership

Executive Board

NAELPA Executive Board members are elected for three-year terms beginning July 1 and ending June 30 three years later. Nine (9) Executive Board members are voted onto the board, which includes six (6) state directors into the officer positions and three (3) LEA members as Members-at-Large. There is a succession from Vice-President, to  President-Elect, to President. Those elected to other positions hold those positions for a period of three (3) years.


The Executive Board has six (6) officer positions. The officer positions are President, President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Coordinator. The Executive Board also can have up to 5 Advisory Board members, including the Past-President, who automatically remains on the Executive Board as an Advisory Board member for one additional year.

Current Executive Board Members, serving during the 2021-2022 membership year:

Kelly Alvarez, President –                                                   Michigan Department of Education 

Nicole Leach, President-Elect –                                  Indiana Department of Education   
Dr. Megan Alubicki Flick, Vice-President –          Connecticut Department of Education

Allyson Olson DenBeste, Secretary –                     Nebraska Department of Education

Susan Walz, Treasurer –                                                  North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Carlene Thomas, Membership Coordinator –    Texas Education Agency

Jill Bessette - Member-at-Large -                               LEARN Regional Education Service Center, Connecticut

Dr. Merica Clinkenbeard, Member-at-Large -     Springfield Public Schools, Missouri

Khalil El-Saghir, Member-at-Large                                      Wayne Regional Education Service Agency, Michigan

Marshall Foster, Past-President –                                   North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Dr. David Holbrook, Executive Director -               National Association of English Learner Program Administrators     

Jenna Webb, Outreach & Events Coordinator - National Association of English Learner Program Administrators 

Dr. Bill Rivers, Legislative Liaison –                             Independent Consultant