ESEA Regional Representatives

ESEA Timeline

REGION 1 - Gail Clark Dickson (MD)

ALTERNATE - Kathryn Nichol (NH)


Dr. Gail Clark Dickson Bio

Dr. Gail Clark Dickson is a Board Member for the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA), representing Region 1.


Dr. Dickson’s career began more than thirty year ago as a High School Teacher in Lexington, Kentucky. Her educational journey has involved various leadership positions: 


  • Middle School Administrator in Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY
  • Distinguished Educator at the Kentucky Department of Education Office of School Improvement;
  • Senior Consultant at McREL International, Denver, CO;
  • Director of Constituent Programs at ASCD, Alexandria, VA; and
  • Education Program Specialist at Maryland State Department of Education.


Currently, Dr. Dickson is the Section Chief for Title I – Program Improvement in the Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning at the Maryland State Department of Education. Dr. Dickson leads the Title I Federal grant program and initiatives which support Maryland’s lowest performing Title I schools. Additionally, Dr. Dickson supervises Title I staff administering and monitoring Title I, Part A Grants and Title I School Improvement Grants to local school systems.


Dr. Dickson is an Association Board Member for NAESPA and serves on the National Conference Program Planning Committee, the Membership Development Committee and serves as Maryland's liaison for the National ESEA Distinguished School Program.


Dr. Dickson received her Doctorate from Bowie State University in Education Leadership and Policy Studies.

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REGION 2 - Ken Banter (GA)

ALTERNATE - Melanie Purkey (WV) 

Ken Banter Bio

Dr. Ken Banter is the Title I Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Education.  The Title I Program is a federal program that provides supplemental funds for Georgia schools to implement interventions for students struggling academically based upon a comprehensive needs assessment and an improvement plan.  Georgia receives the eight largest state Title I allocation from the US Department of Education and Georgia uses these funds to serve over 215 school districts and charter schools.  The Title I Program in Georgia has 14 Title I Area Specialists who provide technical assistance to the school districts and charters as they plan, budget, and then implement their interventions with Title I funds. 


Dr. Banter has over 35 years of educational experience serving 31 years in Peach County Schools and 4 years at the Georgia Department (GaDOE) of Education.  While in Peach County, Dr. Banter held various positions at all grade levels including teacher, assistant principal, principal, dean of students, and Title I Director with a majority of that time in administration.  At the GaDOE, Dr. Banter served as a Title I Area Specialist and worked with 14 school districts before becoming the Title I Program Manager.  

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REGION 3 - Shelly Babler (WI)

ALTERNATE - Shoua Vang (MI)


Shelly Babler Bio

Shelly is an assistant director for the Title I and School Support Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. In her role, she provides leadership and management for the ESEA consolidated application and monitoring process. Shelly is heavily involved with the management and software design of WISEgrants, Wisconsin’s in-house grants management system. This responsibility affords her the opportunity to work with a variety of federal grant programs including all Titles of ESEA, IDEA, and the CARES Act. Shelly has extensive experience with providing technical assistance regarding federal rules and regulations, analyzing and reporting data, and monitoring progress of federal grant recipients. Shelly has been a member of Wisconsin’s Title I and School Support Team since 2008.

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REGION 4 - Marie Silverhatband (BIE)

ALTERNATE - Beth Wooster (NE)


Marie Silverhatband Bio

Yá'át'eeh, shí éí Marie Silverhatband yinishyé. My name is Marie Silverhatband, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.  I am currently employed with the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) as an Education Program Specialist.  I’ve worked in the education field for the past 25 years, as a School Counselor, a Federal Programs Coordinator, and now an Education Program Specialist.  I, along with my colleagues, provide technical assistance, training, monitoring, and oversight of federal funds to bureau-funded schools across Indian Country.

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REGION 5 - Kathy Gauby (ID)

ALTERNATE - Jason Miller (WA)


Kathy Gauby Bio

Kathy Gauby is currently the Title II-A and Educator Effectiveness Coordinator for the Idaho State Department of Education. I am also a member of the NAESPA board serving as Regional 5 alternate and am active on both the Membership and Communications committees. Under NASTID, I was a part of the Effective Programs Committee, and was also the lead on the Math Subcommittee.


Prior to the 2019-2020 school year, I was the Title I-A and IV-A Coordinator in the ISDE Federal Programs Department. I also served as Curricular Materials Coordinator at the ISDE for a little over a year after moving to Idaho. Additionally, I have over 30 years of teaching and instructional coaching experience in both Indiana and Kansas.



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