ESEA Regional Representatives

ESEA Timeline

REGION 1 - Kathryn Nichol (NH)

ALTERNATE - Mark Harris, Jr. (DC)


Kathryn Nichol Bio

A leader nationally recognized for her innovative approach to education, Kathryn “Joey” Nichol, M.Ed., has successfully held several leadership and management positions for the New Hampshire Department of Education spanning fourteen years. Joey has served administration, educators, students and families in the capacity of School Improvement Grant (SIG) Coordinator, North Country Title I Regional Manager, and as a member of the School Wide Integrated Framework for Transformation (SWIFT) State Implementation Team. Currently, Joey is the New Hampshire State Title II Director in the Bureau of Instructional Support where she oversees educational initiatives. As a strength-based leader with a passion for helping schools and students who are most in need, Joey has been a valuable asset to the New Hampshire Department of Education and the schools it serves.


Over the past four years, as a result of her work managing Federal grant programs and School Improvement initiatives in the State of New Hampshire, Joey has been able to provide experienced leadership, organizational skills, and valuable insights to the ESEA Conference Planning Committee. Her goal is to assist in the development of high-quality professional learning opportunities for the nations’ educators especially during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Joey has consistently brought valuable insight, experience, leadership, and organizational skills to the ESEA Conference Committee. As a planner and innovative leader and seeking to be more involved with NAESPA, she successfully ran and is the current Region 1 Alternate representative. During this past year Joey also served on the Government Relations Committee.


Joey graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Elementary Education. She received her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA.

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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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