NSBA Announces President ElizaBeth Branham and New Board Leadership

April 3, 2019

Alexandria, Va., (April 3, 2019) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announces its new president and board leadership for 2019-2020: ElizaBethBeth” Branham of South Carolina’s Lexington School District Two, President; Charlie Wilson of Ohio’s Worthington City Schools, President-elect; and Viola M. Garcia of Texas’ Aldine Independent School District, Secretary-Treasurer. 

NSBA held the elections during its Annual Conference, March 30-April 1, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In addition to a new president and board leadership, chairs of NSBA’s councils will serve as ex-officio directors. The chairs for the Councils were chosen by their respective committees.

“I congratulate ElizaBeth “Beth” Branham, NSBA’s new president, and welcome the new members of our board and appointments to the board, who each play a significant role in our work,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director & CEO. “As ambassadors of a system of public education that strengthens the very fabric of our democracy, they will be steadfast advocates for the education of all children.”

A former high school English teacher turned attorney, Branham has served on her local board, Lexington School District Two, for almost 20 years. She also served as president and a member of the board of directors with the South Carolina School Boards Association.

“I could not be prouder to serve as President and to be leading the charge for public education at such an important time in our nation’s history,” said Beth Branham, NSBA President.  “It will be an exciting year as we continue to build on the achievements and gains NSBA made in the past year and together strengthen our equity fight for the closure of deep-rooted opportunity and achievement gaps, ensure every student with disabilities gets the educational supports they need, and that public school students in every state and local district across the nation graduate from high school equipped to enter both college and the workplace.”

NSBA’s 2019-2020 board members include

from the Northeast Region

  • Jacob Oliveira, Ludlow Public Schools, Massachusetts
  • Devin Sheehan, Holyoke Public School District, Massachusetts
  • Lydia Tedone, Simsbury Public Schools, Connecticut

from the Southern Region

  • Pamela Doyle, Alabama School of Math and Science, Alabama
  • Minnie Forte-Brown, Durham County Public Schools, North Carolina
  • Ronald K. Hopkins, Jefferson City Schools, Georgia

from the Central Region

  • Kathryn Green, Austin Schools (Isd 492), Minnesota
  • Donald Hubler, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools District and Macomb Intermediate School District, Michigan
  • Mike Pratte, Gasconade County R-I School District, Missouri

from the Western Region

  • Frank S. Henderson, Jr., Seaman School District, Kansas
  • Janine Bay Teske, Teton County School District, Wyoming
  • Floyd Simon, Jr., DDS, Clinton Public Schools, Oklahoma

from the Pacific Region

  • Tiffany Jackson, Aleutians East Borough School District, Alaska
  • Kristi Swett, Salt Lake City School District, Utah
  • Chris Ungar, San Luis Coastal Unified School District, California

serving as NSBA ex-officio directors

  • Jacinto Ramos, Chair of the Council of Urban Boards of Education – school board member, Fort Worth Independent School District
  • Armando Rodriguez, Chair of the National Hispanic Council of School Board Members – school board member, Canutillo Independent School District
  • Carla Mills Windfont, Chair of the National Black Council of School Board Members – school board member, Crosby Independent School District, Texas
  • David Snyder, Chair of the National American Indian/Alaska Native Council of School Board Members – school board member, Fremont County School District #21, Wyoming

serving as NSBA ex-officio non-voting directors

  • Brian Farmer, Chair of the Organization for the State Association Executive Directors – Executive Director, Wyoming School Boards Association
  • Phillip L. Hartley, Chair of the Council of School Attorneys – general counsel to the Georgia School Boards Association and founding partner of Harben, Hartley & Hawkins LLP, Georgia
  • Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director & CEO of the National School Boards Association


The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S.

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