International Chapter and Executive Board Bios 

Judy Ganzert
International President

Judy is a retired educator with 35 years of experience as a classroom teacher and administrator. She received a BS degree in social science education from Longwood University and later a MS degree in sociology as well as an endorsement in secondary education/curriculum and instruction from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her parents were instrumental in instilling in her the love of education and encouraged her desire to become a teacher. After graduation from Longwood, Judy moved to Richmond to teach social studies at the same school where she did her student teaching. There she met and later married fellow social studies teacher, Don Ganzert. Don is the love of her life and the best friend she could ever have.

Judy was named Teacher of the Year for Henrico High School in 1986 before leaving the classroom in 1989 to become the county’s supervisor of social studies. She was the President of the Virginia Consortium of Social Studies Specialists and College Educators from 1996-1997. She retired in 2009.

Judy has served Virginia Zeta Chapter in just about every office and committee except secretary. She has held multiple offices at the S/P/N and regional levels and international levels of Alpha Delta Kappa before becoming the International President in 2019.  

Judy has two brothers and one sister. Her sisters and brothers-in law may as well be her real brothers and sisters. She and Don have many nieces and nephews as well as four godchildren and little Madeline entered the family in 2018. Judy loves to cook, hostess parties, work in the garden, organize just about anything, read, and “piddle,” especially on her iPad.



Sandra Wolfe
International Executive Board Chairman

Sandy was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Her Dad’s job transfers took the family to Charleston, WV, Hagerstown, MD, South Bend, IN, and Monroeville, PA and back to Hagerstown, MD where she graduated from high school. She attended Towson University and graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Education. Her first teaching job took her to Winchester, VA and she never left! Sandy worked for Frederick County VA’s Public Schools for 35 years.  She was a reading teacher and a first grade teacher but most of her career was spent working with gifted-and-talented elementary students in a pullout enrichment program. The Northern Virginia Council of Gifted and Talented recognized Sandy as an Outstanding Teacher of the Gifted.

In June 1985 Sandy was initiated into Virginia Alpha Rho and served her chapter in many offices. She later became Northwest District President and held Virginia S/P/N offices of Sergeant-at-Arms, Parliamentarian, Altruistic Chairman, President-Elect, President and Immediate Past President. Sandy has been a mentor, trainer, and workshop presenter for school and Alpha Delta Kappa.

Sandy served as 2011-13 International Vice President for the Southeast Region and 2013-15 International Vice President for Membership. She was also a member of the 2017 Educational Symposium Committee. Sandy was elected as a Four Year Member of the International Executive Board in 2017. Currently Sandy serves as the 2019-2021 Chairman of the International Executive Board.

Sandy still resides in Winchester, Virginia, where she is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church assisting with the Jubilee Kitchen outreach program. Retirement has enabled her to spend more time with her brother, sister-in-law, three nieces, two nephews, three great-nieces, two great-nephews, cousins and friends. A sweet calico cat, CC, adopted Sandy and loves to keep her company when she’s home. Sandy is an avid reader and enjoys cooking, growing herbs and gardening, exercising, kayaking, and traveling. 

 


Mollie Acosta
International President-Elect

Mollie Acosta, California Xi, has been honored to serve as California S/P/N President 2012-2014, Southwest Region Historian, Southwest Region Chaplain, International Innovation Grant Committee Chairman, and has been a member of Alpha Delta Kappa for 30 years. She retired in 2017, having taught for more than 37 years, mostly in middle school. She has served as an administrator at the site and district levels, and an adjunct instructor at the university level. She lives in the California Central Valley, surrounded by almond trees and her 6 dogs, and she loves to travel and meet so many wonderful and outstanding Alpha Delta Kappa sisters.



 

Susan G. Pelchat
Immediate Past International President
Chairman, Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation

Susan Pelchat is a retired educator from Torrington, CT with 36 years of experience. During her tenure, she taught in the classroom, worked as a computer specialist, and finished her career as a reading interventionist. She teamed with colleagues to develop a training program for “Total-Involvement, Continuous Improvement”. Through TI-CI, teachers were introduced to strategies for meeting management, problem analysis, communication, and team-building.  

In 1987, her former French teacher sponsored her for membership in A∆K CT Mu. Susan has held every chapter office and served as S/P/N scholarship chairman for two biennia before taking on the role of S/P/N treasurer for two biennia. She served as S/P/N president-elect followed by a term as S/P/N president in 2004-06. In 2007, she was elected IVP of the northeast region and was elected by the Board to a four year term on the International Executive Board from 2011 to 2015. She was elected International President-Elect in 2015 at the International Convention in Salt Lake City.

Susan serves on the CT Teacher of the Year Council as chairman of the teacher of the year selection process. She also serves as president of the Torrington Area Parkinson’s Support Group and chairs the annual “Walk in the Woods for Parkinson’s”, which walk benefits the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in addition to funding an exercise program for area people with PD. A statewide alliance of PD support groups, MADPA, the Make a Difference Parkinson’s Alliance, on which Susan also serves, educates people on current therapies, research, and medications for People with Parkinson’s.  MADPA, an advocate and educational program provider for people with PD, supports participation in clinical trials at area research hospitals.

Susan lives in Torrington, CT with her husband John.  They have two adult daughters. Margaret, formerly a high school math teacher in Connecticut, was initiated into Alpha Delta Kappa in June of 2015. She now works at an insurance company in data analysis. Margaret will bring a grandson into the Pelchat family in the spring of 2018. Rachel, a high school choral director at a regional high school in Massachusetts, is working on her Masters in music education.She hopes one day to start an Alpha Delta Kappa chapter in her area with the guidance of S/P/N leaders. 


Charlene Lauria
International Executive Board Member

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Charlene is a lifelong resident of Enfield, Connecticut. With a younger brother, a nephew, a niece, a grand niece, and a grand nephew and over 60 relatives within a one-hour drive, Charlene has been blessed with a close knit, loving family. 

She earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Elementary Education - Grades One through Eight) at Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven, CT (go, Fighting Owls!), a Masters Degree in Teacher Education from Springfield College (go, Pride!), and a Sixth Level from an assortment of colleges and universities (go, Everyone Else!). She began a career in her hometown in 1974, one that spanned 39 years, two schools, six grades, and 14 subjects. In addition, she coached four varsity teams locally and one youth team in her adopted town of Granby, CT. Toss in being an advisor to five school clubs (not all at once) and it’s plain to see that she loved being involved and giving back to her hometown. Her passion, though, revolves around John F. Kennedy Middle School’s America Cancer Society’s Relay for Life team, Jane’s Team,which she co-captained with two teaching colleagues  who also happen to be her Connecticut Kappa sisters. In 17 years, the group of students,  parents, and staff have raised over $231,000, receiving numerous awards and recognitions and she proudly continues to be a part of the team to this day. After retiring in 2013, Charlene accepted the position of Learning Lab Supervisor for the Enfield Adult Education Program’s ESL classes, teaching computer skills to adults who are learning English. Her retirement has provided more time for catching up on her reading, for attending as many UConn Women’s Basketball games as possible, for building complex Lego models, and for spending time with family and friends who have patiently waited while she tended to her “kids.” 

In addition, Charlene was selected as Enfield’s Teacher of the Year for 1999 - 2000 and was runner-up for Connecticut’s 2000 Teacher of the Year.  She also attended and graduated from the U.S. Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama so it can be said that she is an actual space cadet! 

Connecticut Kappa initiated Charlene on April 5, 1985 and her Alpha Delta Kappa Sisters have become her second family. She has served and been elected to numerous chapter,S/P/N, regional and International chairmanships and offices, the latest being a member of the International Executive Board. Charlene truly believes in Alpha Delta Kappa’s mission statement and works tirelessly for its advancement.


Kathleen Buligan
International Executive Board Member
 



Bev Card
International Executive Board Member

Bev began her career by teaching neighborhood children in the family garage. Being a very active 4-H member led her to major in Home Economics Education at Michigan State University. She retired after teaching family and consumer sciences (FCS) for 44 years. Bev specialized in child development and hundreds of her former students are now teachers!

In her career, Bev’s students won state and national competitions.  She’s a National Board Certified Teacher and Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences. Her honors include county FCS Teacher of the Year in Maryland and Virginia, Maryland FCS Teacher of the Year, American Association of FCS Top Ten Teacher of the Year and the Virginia Governors Exemplary Standards Award. Bev is a published author and successful grant writer.

In February 1996, Bev was initiated into A∆K Maryland Nu. She has enjoyed her leadership roles. In 2006 she received the Maryland and Southeast Region Excellence in Education Awards. She has visited our A∆K schools in Vietnam four times, and our schools in Peru and Haiti. Bev was 2015-2017 International Historian and 2017-2019 International Educational Symposium Chairman. Bev is involved and passionate!

Bev has been active in her church, community and professional associations. At church she’s a Stephen Leader and Lay Leader. She’s served on the board of her homeowner association, and she’s the past president of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Currently, she is the International Federation for Home Economics World Congress Co-Chairman in Atlanta. There’s never a dull moment in her life.

Family is important to Bev. She has three children and three grandchildren. One family lives near her and the others live in Los Angeles and Tallahassee – great places to visit. At home her companions are Missy, a goldendoodle, and Isabelle, a domestic shorthair cat.

In her spare time Bev has been decluttering, downsizing and remodeling her home. She also finds time for scrapbooking, card making, country line dancing, and travel. Her bucket list includes visiting all 50 states – she has two to go – and all seven continents, with just one to go. Life is good and she is grateful for her health, family and friends.

 


Marie Hurst
International Executive Board Member
A 1978 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Marie takes pride in her Tar Heel heritage. Born on the eastern coast of North Carolina in the small town of Morehead City, Marie began teaching at West Carteret High School, the same high school she attended as a teenager. Five years into her career, she finally began teaching French (her college major) and a few years later would also be teaching The Bible as History and a Sports Medicine Course.  

At West Carteret High School, Marie served in the following areas:  National Honor Society Faculty Advisor, Chairman of the School Accreditation Leadership Team, Chairman of the Site Based Management Team, First Responder for all athletic teams, Co-Athletic Director, Foreign Language Department Chairman, Initially Certified Teacher Mentor, School Testing Coordinator and in whatever capacity, her principal and school needed her to take on. 

Since being invited to become a member of North Carolina Alpha Chi Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa in 1986, Marie has served in several offices on the chapter level including being chapter president twice. At the S/P/N level in North Carolina, she has served as the District VIII Vice President, Chaplain, Vice-President for Membership, President Elect and President. Encouraged and inspired to serve on the regional level, Florence Bishop, who was currently serving as the SER IVP, asked Marie to serve as the SER Chaplain. At the International Convention in Chicago, Marie offered for the office of International Chaplain and was chosen to serve during the 2011-13 biennium. After returning home from the 2013 International Convention in Washington, DC, International President June Bellamy called to ask if Marie would serve as the SER Membership Consultant for 2013-2015. Marie had not planned on offering for an office, but when International President June called, Marie’s love of membership led her to say “YES, I would be honored to serve.” 

Marie requested to be reappointed as SER Membership Consultant for the 2015-2017 biennium and International President-Elect Ruth Ann Griggs agreed. During the 2014-16 and 2016-17 biennia, Marie served as the North Carolina S/P/N Parliamentarian. At the 2017 International Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, Marie offered for the Four Year International Executive Board Member and was chosen to serve from 2017-2021.

Marie retired in 2011 and has a part time job at DeeGees Gifts and Books on the Morehead City Waterfront, but she lives about 28 miles away in Swansboro, appropriately named, “the Friendly City by the Sea” with her husband, Weston, their “la chatte noire” (black cat) Twinkles and their three outdoor cats, Tiger, Gray and Brother.  Marie enjoys spending time with her Mom Alva. She has two step-daughters, Emily and Ariel, niece, Abigail “Marie.” She loves traveling, gardening, cooking and sharing the message of what it means to be an Alpha Delta Kappa.




Ann Marie Brown
International Executive Board Member
Ann Marie is serving the second biennium of an IEB Four-Year Member position, having been elected to the Executive Board by the 2015-17 IEB. Previous Alpha Delta Kappa International offices include: Executive Board Chairman, 2017-19; International Vice-President of the Southwest Region, 2015-17; and IEB Two-Year Member, 2013-15.

Having earned a BS and MS in family and consumer sciences from SUNY, Plattsburgh, most of her 32 years of teaching was at the middle school level in Malone, NY. In 1991, she was offered membership in NY Alpha Delta Chapter where she served as chaplain, then president-elect and chapter president, 1996-98. As chapter president, she attended her first NE Regional Conference in Providence, RI, in 1996. Then, the next summer she attended the 50th Anniversary, 1997 International Convention in Kansas City, MO, her first international convention. 

Soon active at the S/P/N level she was historian, through which she learned a great deal about Alpha Delta Kappa at the S/P/N and international levels. S/P/N President-elect, then serving as NY S/P/N President 2002-04. NE Regional Secretary service was in the 2003-05 Biennium and SW Regional Sergeant-at-Arms 2009-11. She was appointed to the International Bylaws Committee in 2009 and then International Bylaws Chairman at the 2013 International Convention in Washington, D.C.

Born, raised, educated and working all her life in New York State, her husband, Wayne (a high school mathematics teacher) and she retired to Chandler, AZ in August 2004. Membership was transferred to AZ Mu Chapter. Recruited as AZ S/P/N bylaws chairman, she then served as AZ S/P/N treasurer from 2010 until 2013, with the election as IEB 2-Year Member. 

Wayne and Ann Marie have two sons, one in Broomfield, CO and another son, in Midlothian, VA. All seven grandchildren were born since 2008, two boys and five girls. A Disney Cruise is planned for August 2020, to celebrate the Brown’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, with both families.



Su Wade
International Executive Board Member 
Su is a lifelong resident of Rhode Island and lives near the ocean in Narragansett with her husband, Jim. Jim is an avid golfer, and Su enjoys reading, working on Shutterfly projects, gardening, a bit, and going to the beach.

Su graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education in 1970.  Then, in 1989 she received a Master of Education Degree from Lesley College (now University).  She spent thirty-five years teaching elementary school in Attleboro, Massachusetts.  She loved working with young children, especially first graders.  Their enthusiasm for learning, especially reading, sparked her passion for teaching reading.  So, she completed her teaching career as a Literacy Consultant and Title I Reading teacher.

With encouragement from friends, Su was invited to join Massachusetts Epsilon Chapter in September 1985.   A silver sister, Su has held many offices at the chapter, S/P/N, and regional levels.  Having the opportunity to work on the International Membership Committee from 2015-2017 with other outstanding members gave her the experience and interest to offer for Two Year International Executive Board Member.

Since retiring from teaching in 2005, Su continues to be actively involved at the chapter, S/P/N, regional and now, the International level. She often spends time with her Epsilon friends, meeting for breakfast or lunch, enjoying shopping and movies together, and catching up on family news.  She greatly appreciates the time she can spend with her husband, Jim, her 98 year old Mom, her sisters and brothers and their families. She especially enjoys her time with her fifteen year old niece, Sophia, and twelve year old nephew, Alexander.  They certainly keep her hopping and at least young at heart!  Jim and Su have also had opportunities to travel and look forward to many more.  



Terry Peyton
International Vice President, Gulf Region
After graduating Louisiana State University (B.S., secondary education math and speech) I was thrilled to teach at my high school alma mater with some of my favorite teachers who were charter members of Louisiana Alpha Psi. Three years later I was initiated and have been a member for almost 40 years, serving in various leadership roles at chapter, district, S/P/N, and now, international levels. With encouragement from my LA Alpha Psi sisters, I returned to Louisiana State University for a M.S. degree in administration and supervision. I have taught most levels of high school math during my 31 years as a classroom teacher.  My favorite subject to teach was trigonometry. Its Greek letter formulas really appealed to me. After leaving the classroom I spent three years as the high school’s instructional coach, followed by five years as an elementary school assistant principal. Three of my greatest achievements in education are seeing a number of my students become educators, writing a state approved curriculum for a new course, Algebra III, and retiring with 40 years in Louisiana education.

Time outside the classroom has been and is spent with my family—husband Perry, son Jordan, three sisters, one brother, in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and Alpha Delta Kappa sisters. Most of my travels outside Louisiana have been connected to Alpha Delta Kappa conventions and conferences with family.  I enjoy being at home, working in our yard, reading, and solving puzzles. My favorite quote, “I am still learning” (Michelangelo) is very fitting for me.  



Roberta Casabon
International Vice President, North Central Region



Mary Ey
International Vice President, Northeast Region
Mary A. Ey has dedicated her career and life to advocating for children with diverse learning abilities, needs and health concerns by providing them, and their families, with the appropriate services and resources through a collaboration of school and community partnerships.

Mary retired from Columbus City Schools in February 2012 after 35 years of service. Throughout her career in the urban school district, she held several positions, including Special Education Teacher, Special Education Consultant, Supervisor for Transition Services and the Multiple Disabilities Program, Executive Director of Educational Services and Resources, and Chief Officer of Student Support Services.  

Since retiring, Mary has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC), a comprehensive behavioral health program for children ages 3-13 and their families.  In addition, Mary has served as an Ohio Department of Education State Trainer for the Ohio Resident Educator Program and a Master Coder/Lead Assessor for the Ohio Resident Educator Summary Assessment (RESA) Program.

Mary was initiated into Ohio Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Delta Kappa International Sorority in June 1986.  She has served in many leadership roles at the Chapter, S/P/N, Regional (Membership Consultant, Sergeant-at-Arms and Chaplain) and International levels (Chairman of the World Understanding and Resolutions Committees).  Most recently, she served as the Ohio S/P/N President during the 2016-2018 biennium. 
 



Susan Rae Long
International Vice President, Northwest Region




Cynthia White
International Vice President, South Central Region

Cindy lives in Malvern, Arkansas, along with her husband of forty years, Mark White. She taught in the Malvern Public Schools for 32 years before her retirement in 2013. Cindy taught sixth grade for most of her career in an intermediate setting. She loved teaching and to this day keeps in contact with many of her students. She is active in her church, and many other local and community organizations. 

Cindy became a member of Alpha Delta Kappa in 2001 at the urging of a close friend. Since that time, she has served in almost all offices on the local level, and on the S/P/N level. She also has served on numerous S/P/N committees. Most recently, she served as Arkansas President from 2016-2018 and then went on to serve as the South Central Region Treasurer and Conference Registrar from 2018-2019. She was chosen as the South Central International Vice-president in July 2019 at the Alpha Delta Kappa International Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will serve until July 2021. 

Cindy enjoys traveling with her husband, camping, boating and spending time at the lake, but her favorite is cruising! She and her husband cruise as much as possible now, but look forward to his retirement when they will be able to cruise many new places around the world! 




Conway Blankenship
International Vice President, Southeast Region

Conway retired after teaching 33 years. She earned a BS degree in elementary education from Longwood College, which is now Longwood University.  After six years teaching fourth graders, she moved to middle school and taught Language Arts to 6th and 7th graders for the next nineteen years.  During the last five of those years, she earned an endorsement in gifted education and taught English in a center-based gifted program. After moving to a neighboring county, Conway’s last eight years were spent coordinating the gifted program and serving as a gifted resource teacher in the local high school. Following retirement in 2009, she taught adult GED night classes for several years.

In 1986, Conway was initiated into Virginia Delta.  After relocating to Powhatan County, she and her sponsor worked together to charter Virginia Gamma Kappa and her membership was transferred.  She served as their first chapter president, district president, Virginia Vice President Membership Consultant, Virginia President-Elect and then Virginia President in 2014-2016. During the previous biennium, she served as regional membership consultant.

Conway and her husband have two adult sons and three Scottish terriers.  She enjoys reading, gardening and knitting.



Kitty Nutting
International Vice President, Southwest Region

Kitty is a retired elementary educator with 35 years of experience teaching 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th grades. Kitty is a native of South Carolina. After graduating from Spartanburg High School, she traveled cross-country by train with a very special friend to attend college at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. Her undergraduate work was completed here and her graduate work was done at the University of Northern Colorado in Reading Literacy.

She began her teaching career in Hacienda Heights, CA. After marrying her college sweetheart, Ted, and moving to Dubuque, IA, she continued teaching 2nd grade there. Their move to Loveland, CO brought new teaching experiences including one year in a 6th grade classroom. She also served as Loveland’s Teacher on Special Assignment in Elementary Math. In this capacity she taught teachers, parents and administrators as well as visiting and mentoring classroom teachers.

It was in Azusa that she met her future husband, Ted. They have one son and two grandsons who are the light of her life. Today Kitty works as a travel agent and loves to travel all over the world, especially on cruise ships.

Kitty was initiated into Colorado Alpha Delta Kappa in 1992 and has served in many capacities in her chapter, Alpha Lambda, as well as many offices at the S/P/N and regional levels. 


Betty Jo Evers
International Vice President for Membership

Betty Jo graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. She received her Master Degree from Northern Arizona University in Elementary/Early Childhood Education. She began her career as an elementary teacher on the San Carlos and Gila River Indian Reservations in Arizona. After a few years, she and her husband, David, and two sons moved to Casa Grande, Arizona where she taught first grade and kindergarten for the next 24 years. During this time, she was chosen Arizona Teacher of the Year/Ambassador for Excellence and new doors of opportunity opened. That’s when she retired from the classroom and began her next career as an International Literacy Consultant, author with Scholastic, and author/seller on www.teacherspayteachers.com open market. She has presented in all 50 states and outside the USA. She continues to support the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Betty Jo was initiated into Arizona Iota Chapter in October, 1973. She has served on all levels of our organization beginning as Chapter President, Arizona S/P/N Treasurer, Arizona President, Southwest Region International Vice President, International Chaplain for Alpha Delta Kappa’s Golden Memorial Service in Kansas City in 1997, elected to a 4-year term on the International Executive Board, served as Chairman for the International Mentoring Committee, Chairman for the Educational Symposium in Salt Lake City, Southwest Regional Membership Consultant on the International Membership Committee, and just elected as International Vice President for Membership. Alpha Delta Kappa is a volunteer organization and “volunteer” she has!

Family is important. Betty Jo has five grandchildren and two great grandsons. It is a good thing she likes to travel because her family lives near and far; from Arizona, to Nevada, to Montana, to Colorado, onto Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, and Illinois.
She loves fishing and sports, especially the Phoenix Suns and YES, the Phoenix Suns!

Betty Jo is an advocate for children and educators. She values her membership in Alpha Delta Kappa and cherishes the friends she has made.



Laura C. Bourgeois
Executive Director

Laura was born in Missouri and grew up in Oxford, Ohio while her mother was earning a Ph.D. in 18th century English literature from Miami University of Ohio.  Laura attended Journalism School at the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated with a bachelor’s in the photojournalism sequence.  She attended graduate school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She earned her Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 2006.

She started working for Alpha Delta Kappa in 1994.  She produced the first KAPPAN made in-house and created the International website in 1997.  She became executive administrator January 1, 2012.  Her previous professional experiences include working as a newspaper photographer, reporter and editor; an auction company photographer and describer; and a historical researcher.

She and her husband, Matt Rankin, were married in 1995.  Matt is a television program manager and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They have one son, Patrick, born in 2004.  Laura is the only person (so far) to have had a baby while on staff at Alpha Delta Kappa!  The family has a sweet, giant dog, Robin, and a feisty white cat, Eddie.

Laura comes from a long line of educators, and both of Patrick’s grandmothers were English teachers.  Laura enjoys reading, word games and travel.