VAG EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING
March 23, 2009
Mathematics and Science Center
Pam Flaherty – President
Catherine Brighton – Vice President
Liz Nelson – Executive Director
Judy Williams – Past President
Carol Horn – President Elect
Kevin Simms - Secretary
Cindy Carmine – Treasurer – not in attendance
Call to Order – Pam called the meeting to order
Executive Director’s Report
Liz reported that she and I met to begin preparations for online registration and acceptance of
credit cards. A discussion of the specifics followed. We will have this up and running for the
April general board meeting.
Liz also reported that the Williamsburg Marriott has agreed to release VAG from the minimum
commitments that have been in place in the past for our Fall Conference. Liz has this in writing.
The executive board had agreed to reduce space requirements allowing the hotel the option of
booking other groups at the same time.
Report from Pam and Carol on Affiliates
Pam started the report about affiliates meetings. The topic of event insurance was discussed.
Carol is going to write a newsletter addition concerning Javits Grants to make everyone aware
of the funding. Tom Perriello was very receptive to funding related to professional
development and innovative grants. Growth models for reporting student advancement is
something VAG should continue to look into and report to the membership. Assessment tools
need to be evaluated.
Carol found the information concerning Title II funds being used for GT professional
development and Title I funds being used for equity excellence in education grants to GT
teachers. The permission to allow the funds to be released is important. Carol is going to write a
The links to the documents are on the NAGC Web Site.
Carol also recommended the NAGC Mile Marker Series.
Full Board Meeting
Catherine Brighton is going to present as a pre-conference topic session on differentiation before
the conference from 1 – 4 Thursday. Carol Horn will call Rhonda Clevenson ( Primary Source
Learning) as another option for a presenter.
Liz is contacting Sara Kadjer at Va. Tech about a concurrent session on infusing technology into
the curriculum if Rhonda is unavailable.
Brian Houssand is a 3rd choice.
The board discussed letting vendors present at the conference and waiving their vendor fee. The
executive board decided not to set this as a precedent.
Presentation proposals were evaluated. Twice exceptional and Technology sessions were added
along with Growing up Gifted by students.
The executive board has agreed not to raise any fees for the conference to help with the
economic situation Virginia educators are experiencing.
Henrico County is going to be thanked for their contribution to the conference slogan and logo.
Bookkeeping functions, Signature Cards
Carol moved that Liz be included as an approved signature on the VAG Board bank
accounts. Kevin seconded the motion. The motion carried unanimously.
Catherine motioned that a new account will be opened to facilitate using PayPal to accept
payment for memberships and conference fees. Judy seconded. The motion carried
The executive board decided not to make any other changes to the proposed budget.
Regulations – March 26 State Board Meeting
Liz is has a 3 minute time slot to speak for the VAG about the proposed changes at the School
Board meeting March 26th. The executive board discussed several positive and negative changes
in the new regulations for Liz to speak about.
Tracy Cross has taken over as head of William and Mary’s GT program replacing Joyce
Van Tassal Baska