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.

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

Marshall Foster, President –                                            North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Kelly Alvarez, President-Elect –                                Michigan Department of Education 
Nicole Leach, Vice President –                                      Indiana 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

Dr. Pedro Ruiz, Member-at-Large –                         Irvington Public Schools, New Jersey

Suzanne Toohey, Member-at-Large –                     Oakland Schools, Michigan

Deborah Wilkes, Member-at-Large –                     Cumberland County Schools, North Carolina

Megan Alubicki Flick, Past-President –                 Connecticut Department of Education

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

Dr. Bill Rivers, Legislative Liaison –                         Independent Consultant