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.
Jesús Aceves Loza (

Jesús Aceves Loza is a third-year Doctoral Candidate in the Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision at Fordham University in New York. Jesús’s research is centered on the relationship between Servant Leadership Theory and Cross-Cultural Leadership. Particularly, he is interested in examining how the different dimensions of Servant Leadership Theory can be influenced by educational leaders' personal characteristics and the cultural context of their location.
Pamela Mikaelian (

Pamela Mikaelian is a third year Ed.D. student at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Her doctoral research focuses on equity issues and the distribution of financial aid dollars. She is currently the Director of Accounting Services at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.  Pamela previously served as the Controller for Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY as well as the Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration with the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Pamela is excited to be a part of GSIC!
GSIC Call for New Members 
Serving on the GSIC is a great way to get involved with NERA and build relationships with other graduate students! Responsibilities include collaborating with students from various institutions to plan GSIC sponsored in-conference sessions, and the GSIC student social. New members are selected each year after the NERA Conference. For more information about get involved:

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