Matthew Speno, Chair (

Matthew Speno is a second year Doctoral Candidate in the Transformative Leadership program at the University of New England. Matthew’s research interests include the benefits of a Career and Technical Education at the middle and high school levels. He is interested in researching the high school diploma authorization practices developed by the Maine Department of Education, which do not include CTE schools/centers as authorizers. Matthew is a Maine certified special education teacher specializing in specific learning disabilities and executive functioning.
Beth Perkins, Past Chair (

Beth Perkins is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Assessment and Measurement program at James Madison University. Her research interests include propensity score methods, emotions experienced during testing, and applications of structural equation modeling. Her dissertation focuses on understanding how propensity score methods function when the treatment group is larger than the comparison group.