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Governance

MERC is governed by a Policy and Planning Council. The Council is made up of the superintendent, a school board member, and a member from each school division, as well as several VCU representatives. The Council decides what research work is undertaken, appoints a study group to oversee how it is produced, and approves its dissemination. MERC also has a Steering Committee comprised of research directors from the school divisions and the MERC director. The Steering Committee is responsible for reviewing research protocols, identifying potential research projects, and reviewing technical study proposals.

MERC is governed by a Policy and Planning Council. The Council is made up of the superintendent, a school board member, and a member from each school division, as well as several VCU representatives. The Council decides what research is undertaken, appoints a study group to oversee how it is produced, and approves its dissemination. Research ideas come from many sources: classroom teachers, school administrators, and Policy and Planning Council members. The Council reviews these research ideas twice a year and selects those with the highest priority for funding. The current MERC Policy and Planning Council includes the following individuals:

Mervin Daugherty, Superintendent  

Sharon Pope, Chief Academic Officer

Patty Fox, Coordinator of Research and Evaluation

Kathryn Haines, School Board Member

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction

Andrew Armstrong, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations

Stacey Rainbolt, Division Coordinator of Testing 

Michael Gill, Superintendent

Nancy Disharoon, Director, Accreditation and Accountability

Jennifer Greif, Assistant Superintendent

Amy Cashwell, Superintendent

Tiffany Hinton, Director of Research & Planning

Beth N. Teigen, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

Maria Pitre-Martin, Superintendent, MERC Council Chair

Gwendolyn Price, Director of Research, Testing, and Evaluation

Decardra Jackson, STEM Coordinator

Jason Kamras, Superintendent

Tracy Epp, Chief Academic Officer

Deanna Summerous, Instructional Assessment Analyst

Damia Thomas, Director of Academic Operations

Andrew Daire, Dean, School of Education

Kathy Rudasill, Professor and Associate Dean of Research Faculty Development

Lisa Abrams, Associate Professor, School of Education, Foundations

 

 

There is also a Steering Committee comprised of research directors from the school divisions and the MERC director. The Steering Committee is responsible for reviewing research protocols, identifying potential research projects, and reviewing technical study proposals.

The MERC Steering Committee includes the following:

  • Patty Fox, Coordinator of Research and Evaluation, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Jennifer Greif, Assistant Superintendent, Hanover County Public Schools
  • Tiffany Hinton, Director of Research and Planning, Henrico County Public Schools
  • Andrew Armstrong, Executive Director for Business Operations, Goochland County Public Schools
  • Gwendolyn Price, Director of Research, Testing, and Evaluation, Petersburg City Public Schools
  • Damia Thomas, Director of Academic Operations, Richmond City Public Schools
  • Kathleen Rudasill, Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Virginia Commonwealth University SOE
  • Jesse Senechal, MERC Director, Virginia Commonwealth University SOE
  • David Naff, MERC Associate Director, Virginia Commonwealth University SOE