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Conference on English Leadership Executive Committee

The Conference on English Leadership is governed by an Executive Committee made up of elected and appointed CEL members as described in the CEL Bylaws.

CEL 2020 Vision: By the year 2020 CEL will establish itself as the agent of leadership development in literacy education. 

CEL Mission: The Conference on English Leadership fosters an intimate professional community dedicated to building the leadership capacity of literacy educators.

CEL Initiatives:

  • Invigorate our sense of CEL as an intimate professional home for literacy leaders.
  • Reconnect with department chairs.
  • Mentor and support emerging leaders.
  • Develop a deep understanding of our members’ needs and capacities.
    (Collect and share data to analyze interests and meet the needs of our members)
  • Assist leaders in understanding and responding to issues and trends in literacy education.

CEL History


CEL Executive Committee 

  • Heather RoccoHeather Rocco
    Chair 2016-2018
    Chatham High School, Chatham, NJ

  • Janice SchwarzeJanice Schwarze
    Associate Chair 2016-2018
    Downers Grove North HS
    Downers Grove, IL

  • Rebecca Sipe

    Rebecca Sipe

    Past Chair 2016-2018
    Eastern Michigan University
    Ypsilanti, MI


  • Chris Bronke

    Christopher Bronke
    Downers Grove North HS
    Downers Grove, IL

  • Natalie Croney

    Natalie Croney
    Bowling Green HS
    Bowling Green, KY

  • Emily MeixnerEmily Meixner
    The College of New Jersey
    Ewing, NJ



  • Matthew Marone

    Matthew Morone
    Pascack Valley HS
    Hillsdale, NJ

  • Karen Reed-NordwallKaren Reed-Nordwall
    Wylie E. Groves HS
    Beverly Hills, MI

  • Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer

    Amanda Stearns-Pfeiffer
    Oakland University
    Rochester, MI

Secondary Section Liaison

  • Anne Marie Quinlan

    Ann Marie Quinlan
    Lincoln Southeast HS
    Lincoln, NE









  • Oona Abrams

    Oona Abrams
    Editor, ELQ 2014-2018
    Chatham High School
    Chatham, NJ

  • Tom Scott

    Tom Scott
    State Liaisons Network Co-coordinator
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • David Padilla

    David Padilla
    The Baylor School
    Chattanooga, TN


  • Karen RainoKaren Raino
    2017 Convention Program Chair
    Lyons Township HS
    LaGrange, IL

    • Elizabeth TruesdellElizabeth Truesdell

      Nominations Chair
      Hilo, HI









Do you have a question for a member of the CEL Executive Committee?  Please feel free to contact CEL and your question will be answered as soon as possible. 

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