NCDEA Committees


NCDEA Committees

These are the key committees that guide the activities and inform the growth of NCDEA.

Committee Functions Members
Updated: July 2020
Audit Reviews the Association’s financial reports to ensure that all reports are current and accurate *Melissa Higbee, Irene Moore, Gretchen Rank
Awards Selects and recognizes noteworthy district employees and board officials *Melissa Higbee, Coleta Bratten, Sandy Thompson, Tyler Knutson, Jeanette Hale
Benevolence Sends appropriate gifts as needed to current and previous NCDEA board members in times of encouragement, illness, death of family member, etc. *Velynda Parker, Jeanette Hale
By-Laws Reviews and recommends revisions and amendments of the Association’s by-laws for approval by the board *Gretchen Rank, Rich Duesterhaus, Jeff Parker, Tim Riley
Communications Compiles information to keep website current, compiles annual report, maintains archive *Mandy Parkes, Melissa Higbee, Jeanette Hale, Tami Moore, Jennifer Boie, Brenda Smythe, Tami Moore
Events Organizes tours and nightly entertainment as fundraisers at the Association’s annual meeting *Kayleigh Evans, Jeanette Hale, Hope Daley, Coleta Bratten, Rich Duesterhaus, Gretchen Rank
Grant Seeks grant opportunities to support the activities of the Association, reviews applications for program eligibility *Tim Riley, Rhonda Kelsch, Melissa Higbee, Rich Duesterhaus, Gretchen Rank, Chessa Frahm
Nominating Promotes nominations for NCDEA officer positions and recommends nominees for each office *Tim Riley, Chessa Frahm, Gretchen Rank (the Past President appoints the committee)
Past Presidents Consists of former NCDEA presidents and mentors to the full board *Tim Riley, Rich Baden, Mott Buff, Robert Dobbs, Cindy Moon, Irene Moore, Connie Richmeier
Policy and Procedure Reviews and revises policies and procedures as needs of the Association change *Gretchen Rank, Jeanette Hale, Velynda Parker, Chessa Frahm, Jeff Parker
Professional Development Creates, organizes, and conducts training opportunities for the Association’s annual meeting *Velynda Parker, Sarah Tunge, Coleta Bratten, Chessa Frahm, Craig Nelson
Scholarship Reviews applications and selects deserving recipient *Hope Daley, *Coleta Bratten, Kayleigh Evans, Jeanette Hale
Strategic Planning Plans short and long-term goals and expectations of the Association *Rhonda Kelsch, Nate Hylla, Coleta Bratten, Jeff Parker, Mandy Parkes, Rich Duesterhaus
Website Committee Maintains a current, active website with resources, success stories, etc. *Chessa Frahm, Sarah Tunge, Tim Riley, Brenda Symthe


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