Chairs and Heads of Committees

ChairRebecca Dieckmann, M.Ed., NEW JERSEY
vice-ChairEllen Miller, , NEW MEXICO
TreasurerRenee Kwiatek, Ed.D., TEXAS
SecretaryEmily Rutherford, Ed.D., TEXAS
Exam ChairEllen Miller, , NEW MEXICO
Certificate Holders ChairDana Rynell Walker, M.Ed, NCED, TPED, TEXAS
WebsiteRebecca Dieckmann, M.Ed., NEW JERSEY
Publicity and AdvocacyAnita Granger, , LOUISIANA
Professional GrowthRebecca Dieckmann, M.Ed., NEW JERSEY

Board Members

Dana Rynell Walker, M.Ed, NCED, TPED, TEXAS
Anita Granger, , LOUISIANA
Rebecca Dieckmann, M.Ed., ×
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Renee Kwiatek, Ed.D., M.Ed, NCED, TPED, is a new member of the NCED Board of Directors where she serves on the NCED Professional Growth Committee. Renee has been a long time member of CEC and CEDs. She is currently the president elect of the Texas Educational Diagnosticians’ Association (TEDA) where she has served as the vice president and editor of The DiaLog, TEDA’s professional journal for the past 4 years and recording secretary prior to that. She has also served as an officer on the Houston Metropolitan Chapter of TEDA Board and has served as conference chair at both the state and local chapter levels. Renee is currently working as an adjunct faculty at Houston Baptist University in the School Education and Behavioral Sciences and Sam Houston University in the Language Literacy and Special Populations Department while she completes her doctoral studies. She has taught and continues to teach classes for general education majors (introduction to special education and inclusion) as well as classes for special education and psychology majors covering all areas of special education (assessment, instruction and curriculum, high incidence and low incidence populations). Renee has also served in both large and small school districts with varied populations as a resource teacher and speech therapist while living in NJ, and as a resource teacher, behavioral specialist, diagnostician/assessment specialist, and lead diagnostician while living in Texas. She continues to work as a private practice assessment specialist/diagnostician for private schools and individual referrals providing assessments and consultation to parents and staff as well as evaluations and support for students entering or enrolled at the university level. Renee has presented at state, regional, and district level conferences and workshops specializing in the area of assessment, with her current focus on effective report writing and FIE’s as well as assessing Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. ×
Renee Kwiatek, Ed.D., M.Ed, NCED, TPED, is a new member of the NCED Board of Directors where she serves on the NCED Professional Growth Committee. Renee has been a long time member of CEC and CEDs. She is currently the president elect of the Texas Educational Diagnosticians’ Association (TEDA) where she has served as the vice president and editor of The DiaLog, TEDA’s professional journal for the past 4 years and recording secretary prior to that. She has also served as an officer on the Houston Metropolitan Chapter of TEDA Board and has served as conference chair at both the state and local chapter levels. Renee is currently working as an adjunct faculty at Houston Baptist University in the School Education and Behavioral Sciences and Sam Houston University in the Language Literacy and Special Populations Department while she completes her doctoral studies. She has taught and continues to teach classes for general education majors (introduction to special education and inclusion) as well as classes for special education and psychology majors covering all areas of special education (assessment, instruction and curriculum, high incidence and low incidence populations). Renee has also served in both large and small school districts with varied populations as a resource teacher and speech therapist while living in NJ, and as a resource teacher, behavioral specialist, diagnostician/assessment specialist, and lead diagnostician while living in Texas. She continues to work as a private practice assessment specialist/diagnostician for private schools and individual referrals providing assessments and consultation to parents and staff as well as evaluations and support for students entering or enrolled at the university level. Renee has presented at state, regional, and district level conferences and workshops specializing in the area of assessment, with her current focus on effective report writing and FIE’s as well as assessing Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. ×
Emily Rutherford, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor of Special Education  at Midwestern State University. She holds Louisiana Certification as an Elementary teacher, Mild/Moderate teacher, Parish/City Supervisor, Director of Special Education, Educational Diagnostician, and Child Search. Emily has worked in the field of education for 14 years. She is a Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician. She is currently the vice president of Texas Council of Exceptional Children (TCEC). She is also a member of multiple other organizations such as Louisiana Association of Educational Diagnosticians (LEDA), Texas Educational Diagnosticians’ Association (TEDA) and Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). ×
Emily Rutherford, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor of Special Education  at Midwestern State University. She holds Louisiana Certification as an Elementary teacher, Mild/Moderate teacher, Parish/City Supervisor, Director of Special Education, Educational Diagnostician, and Child Search. Emily has worked in the field of education for 14 years. She is a Nationally Certified Educational Diagnostician. She is currently the vice president of Texas Council of Exceptional Children (TCEC). She is also a member of multiple other organizations such as Louisiana Association of Educational Diagnosticians (LEDA), Texas Educational Diagnosticians’ Association (TEDA) and Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA). ×
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Dana Rynell Walker, M.Ed, NCED, TPED, is a new member of the NCED Board of Directors where she serves on the NCED Publicity Committee. Dana is a member of Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD), and Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS).  Dana works for the Brazoria-Fort Bend Regional Day School Program for the Deaf were she has educated children with a variety of 'Abilities'; in all subject areas in grades ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade. She is currently their Educational Diagnostician and has served in that position for the last 10 years.  Dana has published work for Autism Speaks, written special education blogs and frequently trains parents of children with autism on the importance of safety in the home and community. ×
Dana Rynell Walker, M.Ed, NCED, TPED, is a new member of the NCED Board of Directors where she serves on the NCED Publicity Committee. Dana is a member of Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), Division for Communicative Disabilities and Deafness (DCDD), and Council for Educational Diagnostic Services (CEDS).  Dana works for the Brazoria-Fort Bend Regional Day School Program for the Deaf were she has educated children with a variety of 'Abilities'; in all subject areas in grades ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade. She is currently their Educational Diagnostician and has served in that position for the last 10 years.  Dana has published work for Autism Speaks, written special education blogs and frequently trains parents of children with autism on the importance of safety in the home and community. ×
Rebecca Dieckmann, M.Ed., ×
Rebecca Dieckmann, M.Ed., ×
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