Board of Directors

SENG Board Call for Directors:

For those interested in joining the SENG Board of Directors we ask that you please send a resume and a letter of interest describing the unique skill set that you will bring to the Board to the following email address: [email protected]

SENG Board of Directors

evelyn-metcalfEvelyn Metcalf, MAT
Huntersville, NC

Evelyn Metcalf currently teaches second grade at the Barringer Academic Center, Charlotte, NC. She has taught in regular and gifted education for the past 20 years in both Ohio and NC. Evelyn is a facilitator for SENG Model Parent  Groups and represented SENG as NC’s state liaison. She has presented at OAGC and NCAGT conferences, in addition to the New Hanover County School system in Wilmington, NC. For the previous four years she taught third grade at a charter school for highly gifted in Charlotte, NC and served on its Vision Committee. Evelyn earned her masters degree and gifted license at Kent State University.

Dr. Kristina Henry Collins

Dr. Kristina Henry Collins is a graduate of the The University of Georgia, where she earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology.  She also holds an Ed.S. in educational psychology from the The University of Georgia, a M.S.Ed. in mathematics from Jacksonville State University, a B.S. in engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Military Science diploma in cryptology from the United States Navy.  Dr. Collins has many years of experience with STEM teaching and leading in Title I middle schools and high schools.  Her professional certifications include technology education, AP computer science, and educational leadership/administration.  At Texas State University, she teaches courses related to talent development and gifted education.

Kate Bachtel, Ed.D.
Past President & Secretary
Boulder, CO

From a family of social justice oriented educators, Kate has been teaching and learning alongside children and teachers for as long as she can remember. Kate founded SoulSpark Learning, an education innovation firm, to support youth and educators dedicated to accelerating positive social change. Prior to launching SoulSpark, she co-led the successful opening of a K-8 school with a holistic vision for educating gifted and creative learners. Kate has also worked as a talented and gifted education advisor within her local public school district and as a director of a summer program for gifted youth. Her teaching and leadership practices have been recognized with speaking invitations at various conferences and events across the country. As a result of her community contributions, Kate was awarded a full scholarship for her master’s in education at University of Colorado at Boulder where her studies focused on educational equity and cultural diversity. Kate also has a doctorate in education from the University of Denver where her research explored what IS working in practice to support diverse gifted children in thriving.  Kate is wholeheartedly dedicated to supporting each individual within the SENG community.

 Tracy RileyPhD
 Pohangina Valley, New Zealand

Dr. Riley specializes in gifted and talented education at Massey University in New Zealand. She  teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field in addition to supervising  postgraduate research. Tracy is the co-editor of APEX: The New Zealand Journal of Gifted  Education and is on the editorial board of Gifted Child Today. An active advocate for gifted and  talented students, Tracy has served on numerous Ministry of Education advisory groups and has co-authored the Ministry handbook, Gifted and Talented Students: Meeting Their Needs in New Zealand Schools (2000, 2012). She publishes and presents widely at both national and international levels. In 2007, Tracy was awarded the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching and was the recipient of a national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award. Tracy is a past member of the executive committee of the Ako Aoteoroa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence and is chairperson of the board for giftEDnz: The Professional Association for Gifted Education. Tracy was a keynote speaker at The World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC) 20th Biennial World Conference, August 2013 in Louisville, KY.

Dr. Will Dwyer
Finance Officer

Dr. Will Dwyer has been a school administrator for the past 11 years the Chicago suburbs. He has spent the last 4 years as Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning in West Aurora School District 129. His areas of expertise are in secondary school curriculum and middle school to high school program alignment. His doctoral research focused on principal self-efficacy and student achievement. Dr. Dwyer is also an adjunct professor at Northern Illinois University focusing on curriculum design for graduate students.

Sam Kohlenberg, LPC
Board of Directors

Sam Kohlenberg, LPC graduated from The Roeper School in 1999 and embarked on a circuitous educational path including EMS, linguistics, and cognitive science which eventually meandered to a graduate degree in counseling psychology, conferred  in 2012. Sam now works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver Colorado with a clinical focus on gifted young adults. He regularly speaks as a guest lecturer, presenting on topics ranging from psychophysiological interventions for healthcare professionals to  gestalt psychology  and is faculty at Naropa University where he teaches in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program. He is continuing his education as a Ph.D. student in Applied Psychophysiology at Saybrook University.

Laura Paul
Board of Directors

Laura Paul has lived in Hong Kong for the last seven years, after having spent several years in the United States and United Kingdom. Now, with this multicultural, wide-ranging background, Laura uses her experiences to bring new awareness of gifted education to Hong Kong.  In 2012 Laura created Gifted Alliance to support parents of gifted children. The group is now the largest English-speaking parent support group for families of high ability children in Southeast Asia.  In 2015, she became a certified SENG Model Parent Group workshop facilitator.  Now, Laura is in the process of completing her MEd Curriculum and Instruction – Gifted Education through Arizona State University.  She regularly gives presentations, as well as hosting parent and family events to encourage community and collaboration throughout the gifted community.

Kasi Peters
Board of Directors

Kasi Peters is a board certified music therapist who has worked with a wide variety of children since 2002. She is co-author of The Individualized Music Therapy Assessment Profile. Kasi’s passion for understanding the social-emotional and academic needs of the gifted began upon meeting her husband 21 years ago. She spends much of her time researching and reading about the needs of gifted children and their families. Kasi has two children ages 10 and 6, both of whom have been identified as highly to profoundly gifted. Kasi was recently awarded the SENG Model Parent Group facilitator of the year award. She is also completing a certificate program in Gifted and Talented Education through UC Irvine.

Directors Emeriti

Edward R. Amend, PsyD
Director Emeritus
Lexington, KY

Edward R. Amend, PsyD, is a Clinical Psychologist at Amend Psychological Services, PSC, his private practice in Lexington, Kentucky, with a satellite office in Blue Ash, Ohio, where he focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth and their families. Dr. Amend facilitates both child and parent discussion and education groups and offers consultation and training for school personnel. He is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences. He addresses issues including Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and other common misdiagnoses, as well as underachievement, perfectionism, educational planning, and social/emotional needs of gifted. In addition to his years of service on the SENG Board of Directors, Dr. Amend served as a District Representative for the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE) Board of Directors for six years and is Past-President of KAGE. He served as Chair for the National Association for Gifted Children Counseling and Guidance Division and remains active in the association. Dr. Amend is a consultant for the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), APA’s Division 53 (Child-Clinical Psychology), and the Kentucky Psychological Association.

Arlene DeVries
Director Emeritus
Windsor Heights, IA 

Arlene DeVries, a private consultant in gifted education, retired after 24 years as a consultant with the Des Moines Public Schools gifted/talented program. She recently completed nine years as a member of the board of directors of the National Association for Gifted Children, serving for many years as chair of their Parent-Community Division and was instrumental in launching their magazine, Parenting for High Potential.  She is Past President of Iowa Talented and Gifted Association and the 2003 recipient of their Distinguished Service Award. She was president of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) and continues to serve on their editorial review board.  In 2009 SENG awarded her their outstanding leadership award for promoting the social and emotional needs of gifted children. In 2005 she received the Drake University School of Education Outstanding Alumni Award. She currently is an Adjunct Professor at Drake University, teaching an on-line class, Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted. Arlene DeVries is a frequent presenter at state, national and world conferences including presentations in The Hague, Toronto, Hong Kong, Barcelona and Adelaide, Australia. She has facilitated more than seventy ten-week series of guided discussion groups for parents and trains facilitators across the country to lead the SENG model parent groups. She is co-author of two books published by Great Potential Press: Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model (Second Edition), and A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children.


Wenda Sheard, JD, PhD
Director Emeritus
Athens, Ohio

Wenda Sheard, J.D., Ph.D, is an emeritus board member and past president of SENG. She recently served four years on the board of Potential Plus UK, formerly known as the United Kingdom’s National Association for Gifted Children, while she was teaching middle school students and serving with her husband as a dorm parent for high school boys at TASIS The American School in England from 2009-2014. Before moving to England, she taught middle school and high school in the United States and China, practiced law in Ohio for nearly two decades, and worked in Connecticut as a disability policy researcher exploring the educational and workforce lives of people with disabilities. She has keynoted at gifted conferences and received awards for her gifted advocacy work. She has helped teach the highly gifted portions of online gifted education courses, has presented at teacher in-service days, and has written extensively about gifted children and education. She has also worked, presented, and published in the political science field, and has served in numerous volunteer and professional capacities in the legal field. She is currently spends her days with a delightful combination of legal and educational pursuits, including representing the best interests of children in court actions, serving as a court-appointed mediator, and speaking at conferences and other gatherings of parents and educators.


James Webb

James T. Webb, PhD
Director Emeritus
Tucson, Arizona

Dr. Webb established the SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted Children) at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology in 1981. This led to the publication of the award-winning book, Guiding the Gifted Child, and later, Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model. He was previously President of the American Association for Gifted Children, on the board of directors for the National Association for Gifted Children, President of the Ohio Psychological Association, and a member of the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association. He has authored 16 books and several DVDs including six books about gifted children and adults, four of which have won “Best Book: awards. His newest book is Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope. Dr. Webb has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Association for Gifted Children, the Community Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children, the Upton Sinclair Award from Education Views, and the Heiser Presidential Award from the American Psychological Association. Formerly Professor and Associate Dean at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Webb is president of Great Potential Press in Tucson, Arizona, an award-winning publisher of books for parents and teachers of gifted children. He has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education in a national survey published in Gifted Child Today.

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