Board Officers

Sabrina James

Lin Lim

Emily Villamar-Robbins
Vice Chair

Myiesha Taylor, M.D.
Vice Chair

Sadia Rodriguez
Vice Chair

Kim Farbisz
Vice Chair

Angie Hanan
Vice Chair

Jorge Rodriguez
Vice Chair

GT Parent Advisory Council

Parent leaders of statewide GT Parent Groups are invited to join our Parent Advisory Council. Please email us at giftededucationfamilynetwork@gmail.com if you are interested in participating, or with updates to your listing below. The Parent Advisory Council shares the needs of gifted families in their community and helps shape the direction and activities of our network. There is no fee associated; we are committed to ensuring support and access to connections for GT parents from all income levels.

GT Professional Advisors

Dr. Todd Kettler
Associate Professor of Educational Psychology
Baylor University School of Education
Chair, Texas Commissioner of Education’s Advisory Council for Gifted Education

Dr. Kristina Collins
Assistant Professor, Talent Development
Texas State University
President of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted); Member, NAGC Board of Directors (National Association for Gifted Children)

Dr. Fred Bonner
Professor and Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership and Counseling
Executive Director, Minority Achievement, Creativity and High Ability (MACH-III) Center
Prairie View A&M University

Dr. Anne Rinn
Professor of Educational Psychology
Director, Office for Giftedness, Talent Development, and Creativity
University of North Texas College of Education

Legislative and State Advocacy Committee

  • Sabrina James, parent, Round Rock ISD
  • Emily Villamar-Robbins, parent, Richardson ISD
  • Angie Hanan, parent and current school board member, Fort Bend ISD
  • Kimberley Davis, parent and past school board member, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
  • Jorge Rodriguez, parent and current school board member, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
  • Tracy Fisher, parent and current school board member, Coppell ISD
  • Dr. Todd Kettler, Baylor University
  • Dr. Meredith Austin, GT Coordinator, Humble ISD
  • Dr. Jaret Hodges, University of North Texas
  • Justin Vawter, M.Ed.

Regional Liaisons

The Gifted Education Family Network supports and provides connections for families and GT parent groups in all twenty Texas ESC (Education Service Center) Regions.  Our Regional Liaisons help ensure that GT parents in all regions of Texas have access to connections, information, and advocacy support.    

All board members, volunteers, committee members, advisory council members, professional advisors, and liaisons serve on an unpaid, volunteer basis. GEFN is grateful for the time, dedication, and invaluable contributions of every individual involved with our organization.

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