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 National Contact 


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 Founder and President  Dr. Dan Holt  LGR@epix.net
 Director--Australia  Arthur Boucaut-Jones JP  anc@internode.on.net

 State Coordinators


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   Georgia    Ms. Melanie Beaver    mcb8461@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us
 Illinois  Dr. Carolyn Anderson  carand@niles-hs.k12.il.us
 Kansas  Ms. Margo Hosie  mhosie@usd273.k12.ks.us
 Minnesota  Dr. Bill Keilty  bkeilt@splkpark.k12.mn.us  
 Nebraska  Ms. Jennifer Selting Bauer  jbauer@westside66.org  
 New Hampshire  Ms. Carol Foley  cfoley@Londonderry.org 
 New Jersey  Ms. Jennifer Liss  jliss@mansfieldschool.com 
 Ohio  Mr. Jason Holt  jasontheholt@hotmail.com
   Oregon    Mr. Larry Miller   LarryM@coos-bay.k12.or.us
 Pennsylvania      Dr. Colleen Willard-Holt    cxw20@psu.edu
 Wyoming  Ms. Cindy Reardon  reardon@ccsd.k12.wy.us

 Program Coordinators 


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 PPL Corporation

 Ms. Margaret Welker 


 The Hershey Company

 Ms. Criss Kerkendall
 Ms. Joni Pfautz
 Mr. Larry Campbell



Mr. Ray Yoder


Dr. Dan Holt
Let's Get Real™

Founder and President

Dan G. Holt, Ph.D. (formerly an assistant professor of Educational Psychology at Penn State-Harrisburg) most recently he served as the Midwest Regional Director for the College Gifted Program, and currently works as President of Let's Get Real™ and as an educational consultant.  

Dr. Holt holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters in Education in Counseling and Psychology from the State University of West Georgia, and obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in education of gifted students, from Purdue University.  He is the author of Cartoon Thinking, a book that teaches both the thinking processes involved in and the art of cartooning.  He has  published articles in Gifted Child Today, International Journal of Humor Research, Gifted Education Press Quarterly, the Illinois Association for Gifted Journal, and the Kappan.

He is co-author of the book Applying Multiple Intelligences to Gifted Education: I'm Not Just an IQ Score! and the chapter on Assessment Tools for Counselors in the book Counseling the Gifted and Talented.  He is the illustrator of the book Quotes for Kids.   Dr. Holt has presented at dozens of state, regional, national, and international conferences and invited workshops. 

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Arthur Boucaut-Jones JP (Bouc)
Principal, Adelaide Nautical College
Director, Let's Get Real-Australia

Bouc has been active in the development of Outdoor and Environmental Education in South Australia for many years. He trained as a Physical Education teacher and taught in both primary and high schools for several years prior to taking a government trainer consultant position to work with teachers taking their students outside of the school property on excursions, camps and educational tours. He then moved on into eco-adventure tourism operating a residential conference centre with coaches and boat cruises into the world heritage Coorong National Park. Education groups of all ages became regular clients of this business. Having disposed of the tourism business, the development of Adelaide Nautical College as a residential international senior high and undergraduate college with the option of school ship experiences for young people has become a new and exciting challenge for Bouc. Bouc is also working to promote LGR in Australia and the South Western Pacific.  More details can be found on www.anc.yachting.org.au

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Dr. Colleen Willard-Holt
Associate Professor of Education
Penn State University
Let's Get Real™
State Coordinator for Pennsylvania

Dr. Colleen Willard-Holt obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN with emphases in Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodologies, Assessment, and Gifted Education in 1993.  She received her Masters of Science in  Education from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD in 1983.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education & Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin in 1979.  

Dr. Willard-Holt  is currently an Associate Professor of  Education at Penn State University in Harrisburg.  Her teaching experience includes ten years experience in teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in assessment, learning theories, general teaching methods, professional development, higher order thinking, gifted education, and special education.  In addition, she has ten years experience in teaching K-12 gifted education, high school special education, and high school math.  Dr. Willard-Holt has published nine refereed journal articles, one refereed monograph, two book chapters, two curriculum handbooks, fifteen non-refereed articles, eight book reviews, and two ERIC documents, all in the areas of gifted education and teacher education.  She has made over one hundred presentations to local, regional, state, national and international audiences on the topics of gifted education, assessment, brain-based education, and teacher education.

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Melanie C. Beaver, Ed.S.
Teacher of Gifted at DeKalb Elementary
School of the Arts at Hooper Alexander
3414 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032
Let's Get Real State Coordinator for Georgia

Melanie Beaver is a gifted teacher in the DeKalb County School System. She has taught school for over 8 years.  The first 5 years of her career
were spent teaching sixth grade science at E.L. Bouie, Sr. Traditional Theme School.  For the last three years, she has taught gifted students in grades K-7.  She currently teaches gifted students in grades sixth and seventh at DeKalb Elementary School of the Arts.  In addition to educating students inside of the classroom, Ms. Beaver enjoys sponsoring Jr. Beta Club, 4-H Club, The Stock Market Game, and Science Olympiad.  Ms. Beaver had be nominated by her peers for Teacher of the Year and she has presented at the Georgia Science Teacher's Association Annual Conference for three years. She was recognize as a Science Teacher of Promise in 1999 during her first year of teaching.  During her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, traveling, and dining out. Ms. Beaver is currently working on her Ed. D in Educational Leadership at Georgia Southern University.                          

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Carolyn S. Anderson, Ph.D.
Assistant Superintendent - Curriculum and Instruction
Niles Township High Schools
7700 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60077
Let's Get Real™ State Coordinator for Illinois

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Margo Hosie
 K-12 Gifted Consultant
U.S.D. #273 
Beloit, Kansas
Let's Get Real™ State Coordinator for Kansas

Hosie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a Master of Science Degree with an emphasis in Gifted Education from Kansas State University. The 2004-2005 school year is her 13th year with Beloit schools.

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Cindy Reardon
Teacher of the Gifted
Sage Valley Jr. High

1000 Lakeway Road, Gillette, WY 82718
Let's Get Real™ State Coordinator for Wyoming

Cindy is currently in her third year teaching Gifted and Talented and academic competition classes at a 7-9 jr. high. She coaches and sponsors academic competitions including:  Let's Get Real, Destination Imagination, Science Olympiad, Science Fair, History Day, Knowledge Master, Geography Bee, and Young Authors.  Prior to her jr. high assignment Cindy taught Gifted and Talented elementary students for ten years. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Wyoming and a Masters degree in Gifted Education from the University of Connecticut. She also teaches a Gifted and Talented class for teachers through the University of Wyoming.  During her spare time, Cindy enjoys flower gardening, golf, reading, and snowmobiling.

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Jennifer Selting Bauer
EY Coordinator
Westside Community Schools
Oakdale Elementary School
9801 West Center
Omaha, NE 68124
Let's Get Real™ State Coordinator for Nebraska

Jennifer Selting Bauer currently works for Westside
Community Schools coordinating the
services for students in the Excellence in Youth
Program at Oakdale and Sunset Hills Elementary
Schools.  In addition, Jennifer serves on the board
for the NE Association for the Gifted.  She holds a
Masters degree in Gifted Education from University of
Connecticut.  In her spare time she enjoys spending
time with her family and friends, traveling, and

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Ms. Carol Foley
Let's Get Real™ State Coordinator for New Hampshire

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Ms. Jennifer Liss
Gifted Education Coordinator & Teacher
Mansfield Township School District
200 Mansfield Rd. East, Columbus, NJ 08022

Let's Get Real™ State Coordinator for New Jersey

Jennifer Liss is the coordinator and teacher of the Gifted Education Programs for Kindergarten through Sixth grade in Mansfield Township School District of Columbus, NJ. Highlights of these programs include technology integration and applications, such as Web Design and Multimedia, community service learning projects, and mathematics applications. Students participate in Destination ImagiNation, Continental Mathematics League, NJAGC Contests, NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision, Northern Burlington County Gifted Consortium, and John Hopkin’s Center for Talented Youth. Jennifer holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Florida and specializes in Educational Technology. Outside of school she is working towards an additional graduate degree in Leadership in Technology Integration from Pennsylvania State University.

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                                          Jason A. Holt, MBA
Columbus, OH
Let's Get Real™
State Coordinator for Ohio

Mr. Holt, currently a consultant with American Management Systems Inc., obtained his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1999.  He received his bachelors of science – Zoology, cum laude in 1997; also from the University of Oklahoma.  In 1990, Mr. Holt spent several months in the USSR as a student ambassador.  1998 found Mr. Holt spending time in the Africa and Caribbean (AFCAR) section of Barclays Bank’s while working in London, England.  Mr. Holt, was an active participant in the Gifted and Talented program at Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma, and has participated in several academic competitions, as well as volunteered both as a tutor and soccer coach.

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Mr. Larry Miller
Coos Bay, Oregon

Let's Get Real™ State Coordinator for Oregon

Larry Miller is currently an Alternative Education Teacher for Coos Bay Public Schools.  He teaches AIMS, (Alternative Instruction for Middle School) and IPASS, (Interim Program for Academic and Social Skills).  These are two programs in the Harding Learning Center, which houses the majority of Coos Bays Public Schools’ alternative education.  Mr. Miller enjoys the Lets Get Real Competitions with his students along with the Stock Market Game and other project oriented activities that Harding Learning Center focuses on.  Prior to this Mr. Miller taught for Jefferson School District 14J for four years.  He taught alternative education under Project Connect for 2 years, and taught a mainstream class at Jefferson Middle School for 2 years.  His favorite subject is mathematics and he enjoys integrating music throughout subject instruction.  In 1999, Mr. Miller received his Masters Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Rutgers University in Central New Jersey, where he grew up.  Larry enjoys snowboarding, swimming, biking, and hiking.  He has a fondness for music, (playing guitar, as well as synthesizing and processing electronic sounds), and owns a Deejay company through which he hosts parties such as weddings and proms.  He has a Black Lab/Great Dane dog named Bennie who is his best buddy.

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Ms. Margaret E. Welker
Education Relations Director
PPL Corporation
Let's Get Real™
Program Coordinator

As PPL's Education Relations Director, Meg Welker develops and implements initiatives that align with corporate strategies and that address the needs and interests of community and academic partners.  Under the umbrella of Education Relations are five broad strategies: school-to-career/workforce development, strategic alliances, employee volunteerism, energy education and environmental education.  Prior to her appointment to this current position in December of 2003, she was the naturalist at PPL's Lake Wallenpaupack since 1996.

Ms. Welker was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge as a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council in 2000.  She also serves on the Education Task Force of the Pennsylvania Biodiversity Partnership, The Pennsylvania Center for Environmental Education's education task force and is PPL's representative to the Northeast PA Environmental Partners.

Ms. Welker received a B.S.degree in Environmental Resource Management from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995.  She continues to volunteer as a board member and scholarship committee member with her local Penn State Alumni Chapter.  She also enjoys traveling on her motorcycle in her spare time.

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Ms. Joni Pfautz
Senior Business Systems Analyst - Information Services
The Hershey Company

Let's Get Real™ Program Coordinator

Joni has worked for The Hershey Company for a total of 20 years in various administrative support and desktop/web publishing positions. Currently, she is a member of The Hershey Company's Information Services department, where she has worked for 8 years as the technical webmaster for The Hershey Company's web sites. Joni also acts as webmaster for www.LGReal.org

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Mr. Larry Campbell
Staff Scientist - Ingredients Research (Retired)
The Hershey Company
Let's Get Real™ Program Coordinator

Larry B. Campbell retired from his position as Staff Scientist in The Hershey Company Research and Development Department, Hershey, PA in February, 2002. He has a BS degree in AgBioSci ('63) and an MS degree in Dairy Science ('67) both from The Pennsylvania State University.  His career includes four years on the research staff in the Food Science Department at Penn State followed by 32 years in various R&D positions at The Hershey Company. His expertise includes chocolate products, dairy products, syrups and toppings.  Larry has been responsible for a number of new products and product reformulations in the U.S., Canadian and International markets. These products include SYMPHONY Milk Chocolate, Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Brown Cow Syrup (International), Top Scotch Topping (Canada), Hershey's Lite n' Creamy Milk Chocolates (International) and Hershey's Chocolate Milk.

Larry's professional affiliations include the American Association of Candy Technologists, American Dairy Science Association and the Institute of Food Technologists (past chair).  He serves on the Board of Directors of the PMCA and International Confectionery Association where he also served as President and Chairman of the Board, and the Chair of the Research, Scholarship and Education Committees.  He is currently President of the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni  Society and also serves on the Penn State Alumni Council.  Over the years Larry has held leadership positions in a number of community and church organizations. He has been involved with the United Way of the Capital Region serving as a past Chair of the Business and Industry Division 2 and as a Loaned Executive. He has also served as a member of Governor Ridge's Technology 21 Initiative and participated in the Capital Area Math/Science Alliance.

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