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IASE Board Members and Committee Members with Local Dignitaries at the July 2016 Grand Opening

Board of Directors

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Featured in the photo above: Front row from left: Roni Chavez, Mary Kaphwiti, Mary Gale Budzisz. Back row from left: Karen Nave, Henry Mwambani, Marg Csapo, Iris Drower, Paul Chathanda, Zandile Nkabinde, Damiano Z, and Beatrice Adera

The IASE Board of Directors is composed of the following officers: president, president-elect, past president, secretary, acting secretary-treasurer and three members-at-large. The officers serve a two-year term. This Board of Directors began their terms on January 1, 2020.

Zandile P. Nkabinde, Ph.D.


Associate Professor,Chair, Department of Special Education

New Jersey City University

Renata Ticha, Ph.D


Research Associate

University of Minnesota 

Kalynn Hall Pistorio

Interim President- Elect

Assistant Professor, Special Education

Columbus State University, USA

Daniel McCarthy

Interim President- Elect

Brenda B. Lazarus, Ph. D.


Professor, Retired

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fulbright Scholar (Qatar)

Fulbright Specialist (Vietnam)

Iris Drower, Ph.D.

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

Researcher, Office of Global Social Work,

College of Public Service & Community Solutions

Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation/PUHSD, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College,Senior Sustainability Scientist,

ASU College of Sustainability

Dr. Charles Omoke

Member-At-Large, Kenya

Chair of Department- Special Needs Education and Early Childhood Development

Jaramogi Ogingo Odinga University of Science and Technology (Kenya)

Josue Niyokwizigirwa

Member-At-Large, Burundi

ELL Teacher at College Community School District, Iowa

Pavan Kumar Bada

Member-At- Large, India

Assistant Professor, Jai University, Indiapavan Kumar

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