Term: 2015 – 2016
Sacred Heart University’s College of Education
Department of Educational Leadership and Leadership
Vice President, President Elect
Dr. Bonnie Strykowski is currently an analyst and program evaluator in the Department of Research and Evaluation at Mesa Public Schools, Mesa Arizona. Dr. Strykowski worked in Prek-12 public education serving as Director of Accountability, Research, Evaluation and Testing departments in public school districts in Illinois and Ohio. Dr. Strykowski has taught graduate level courses in Research and Assessment. She has over two decades of experience with psychological and educational testing. She a Past President for both the National Association of Test Directors (NATD) and the Directors of Research and Evaluation (DRE).She is a member of the Arizona Educational Research Association (AERO) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Leigh Bennett has served as a Testing Specialist and Testing Supervisor for Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools for the last 9 years. Loudoun is one of the largest school divisions in the state with 87 schools and over 77,000 students. She is responsible for division-level administration of state and federal assessments including gifted assessment, English Language Proficiency assessment, cumulative state assessments (SOL tests) and alternate/alternative tests. Her office works collaboratively with the Research Office to produce various reports summarizing and analyzing benchmark assessments, student growth assessments and performance-based assessments. She is always looking for ways to implement technology into office practices and student assessment experiences, as well as improving service delivery for schools.
Immediate Past President
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Associate Professor of Psychology
Philander Smith College
Little Rock, Arkansas
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School District in Winston-Salem
North Carolina as the Director of Research and Evaluation
Director of Research, Council of the Great City Schools
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Dr. Faith Connolly is the Executive Director of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium where she leads strategic development to expand the consortium by through communication, dissemination, raising funds, managing research teams and partnerships, and working with BERC’s Executive Committee and Advisory Committees to shape future research agendas and priorities. Her past professional experiences include being a dropout prevention mathematics teacher, assistant to the chief of accountability for Baltimore City Public Schools (2001-2004), director of accountability for Montgomery County Public Schools (2004-2007), and has served as the vice-president of the American Education Research Association Division H, Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools, as well as held leadership roles in the Directors of Research and Evaluation and National Association of Test Directors.