IECA’s Board of Directors is charged with setting the strategic and programming goals that will maintain IECA’s role as a leading voice for children, families and ethical conduct in the search and application process for schools, colleges and other programs.  The board is comprised of up to 15 volunteer members, each of whom is a Professional member of IECA and serves a three-year term.  The association’s CEO serves as an ex-officio member of the board.

2022-23 Leadership

IECA Board Officers

Ibrahim Firat, MBA (TX) President
Jeana Kawamura, MA, CEP (CA), VP for Ethics & Standards of Practice
Amy Jasper, MPA (VA),
VP for Education & Training
Heidi Molbak, MS, CEP (LA),
VP for Committees


Laura O’Brien Gatzionis, MEd, CEP (Greece), VP for Membership & Engagement
Bob Carlton (TX), Secretary/Treasurer
Kristina Dooley, MA, CEP (OH), Past President
Mark Sklarow, IECA Chief Executive Officer
Ex Officio

Board Members

Vita Cohen, MA, MAT, CEP (IL)
Linda Daley, MBA (NH)
Zach Galin, MSEd (WI)
Eva Garza-Nyer, PhD, CEP (TX)
Lauren Gaylord, MA (WA)


Julia Gooding, EdM (ME)
Betsy Morgan, MA, CEP (CT)
Marilyn O’Toole, CEP (CA)
Rosemary Tippett, MA (GA)

Committee Chairs

Zach Galin, MSEd (WI)
Board Development
Zach Galin, MSEd (WI)
Business Practices
Jessica Chermak, MA, LPC, CEP (CO)
Helese Sandler, CEP (GA)
Stephanie Klein Wassink, MBA (CT)
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Amy Jasper, MPA (VA)
Education and Training
Amy Jasper, MPA (VA)
Ethics and Standards of Practice
Jeana Kawamura, MA, CEP (CA)
Bob Carlton (TX)
Teo Salgado, MA, Associate (Canada)
Government Relations
Jeana Kawamura, MA, CEP (CA)
Graduate School
John Catalano, DrPH, MPA (NY)


Learning Disabilities/Neurodiversity
Sherri Maxman
Laura O’Brien Gatzionis, MEd, CEP (Greece)
Kristina Dooley, MA, CEP (OH)
Anne Holmdahl (WA)
David Beecher (CT)
Bar Clarke (ME)
Antonoff Award (Ad Hoc)
Laura O’Brien Gatzionis, MEd, CEP (Greece)
Strategic Planning (Ad Hoc)
Jane Shropshire, CEP (KY)