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 Title I 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 - Nathan Williamson (IN)

ALTERNATE - Paula Daniels (MI)


Nathan Williamson Bio

Nathan Williamson serves as the Director of Title Grants and Support at the Indiana Department of Education. Nathan earned his B.S. in Elementary Education and M.S. in Language Education from Indiana University. He received his leadership training at Indiana Wesleyan University and has served as a public school teacher, administrator, adjunct university professor, and a state level director in various roles. Nathan has served on several educational boards, including Indiana’s Governor-appointed Early Learning Advisory Committee. His interests include bilingual education, equity, program coordination, family and community engagement, and servant-leadership.

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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 - Jason Miller (WA)

ALTERNATE - Kathy Gauby (ID)


Jason Miller Bio

Jason Miller serves as Region 5 Representative and is the Title I, Part A Program Supervisor Team Leader at the Washington state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). At OSPI, Jason leads state efforts to support local education agencies as they build their Title I programs. He has been instrumental in the development of several state guidance documents on topics such as early learning, identifying gifted students, and program coordination.


Jason began his career in education 20 years ago as an elementary school teacher in New Mexico. Then, in Virginia, he spent the majority of his teaching career as a high school social studies teacher and teacher-leader. He also served as a post-secondary instructor and a social studies curriculum writer. In 2006, he earned a Master of Education degree from George Mason University. Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and four boys in the great outdoors, and especially likes hiking in the mountains. He is passionate about equity, collaboration, and compassionate communication.



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