Executive Committee Members

2018 - 2019

Constance Rupert Collins is a native of Gary, Indiana.  She received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Speech and Hearing Therapy and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Speech Pathology from Indiana University.

Dr. Charles Dedrick is the Executive Director of the New York State Council of School Superintendents (THE COUNCIL), since July 1, 2016. THE COUNCIL is a professional and advocacy organization that provides services to its more than 800 educational leaders in New York State. Prior to taking the helm at THE COUNCIL, he served as District Superintendent of Capital Region BOCES, Superintendent of Schools at Cohoes City School District, and Superintendent of the Green Island Union Free School District. Prior to becoming an administrator, he taught Social Studies. 

Dr. Flores was named Superintendent of Schools of Round Rock Independent School District in October 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Superintendent of Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District from July 2008 to September 2013, where he increased graduation rates and student achievement. In addition, the district passed a $98.6 million bond referendum in May 2010. Dr. Flores has also served the students of Dallas ISD, first as the Area VI Superintendent then Deputy Superintendent and finally Chief of Staff.

Dr. Patricia Garcia, Superintendent of Windham Public Schools located in Willimantic, CT, possesses extensive experience in education. Her career has included roles as Teacher, Principal, Assistant Superintendent, Superintendent and Educational Consultant. Dr. Garcia has served the Windham Public School district since August 2014. 

Dr. Aaron Milner has worked as a coach, teacher, assistant principal, principal, and Superintendent in the State of Alabama. Dr. Milner received a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1995 from the University of Alabama and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Troy State University in 2000. In 2006 he attained a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Auburn University.  In 2009 Dr. Milner completed the University of Alabama Superintendents’ Academy.

Dr. A. Katrise Perera was appointed superintendent of the Gresham-Barlow School District in 2017.  Dr. Perera is the former national director of urban markets division with McGraw Hill Education. Prior to her work with McGraw Hill, she served as superintendent of the Isle of Wight County Schools in Smithfield, Virginia, for four years.  During that time she was named 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents.

Dr. Timothy Purnell will serve as the Executive Director of the American Montessori Society beginning on August 1, 2017.  Prior to AMS, Dr. Purnell served as the Superintendent of Somerville Schools and on the NJ State Board of Examiners for six years, superintendent of Harding Township for three years, and as as a principal, vice principal, and science teacher.  Dr. Purnell also serves as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Centenary University, and Georgian Court University.  

Quynh Trueblood currently serves as the Superintendent of Kohler School District near Lake Michigan in Wisconsin.  Ms. Trueblood’s professional work focuses on attaining high student achievement and cultivating learning environments in the pursuit of excellence and innovation in education.  A few achievements include recognition as a National Blue Ribbon district, Top 100 Music Education Community in the nation, and Wisconsin’s #1 Report Card for public school districts.