The NEA Foundation names educator leader Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh chair


Three new members added to Foundation Board of Directors: Nick Archuleta, Stacy Herndon, Sändra Walker to serve three-year terms

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, an award-winning National Board-certified educator with more than 37 years in public education – 32 of them in the classroom – and a two-term former president of the Utah Education Association, will chair the NEA Foundation’s Board of Directors, the NEA Foundation announced Sept. 8.

Gallagher-Fishbaugh, who was known to her second-grade students at Salt Lake City’s Dilworth Elementary as “Mrs. G.,” left the classroom in 2010 to serve a three-year term as president of the 18,000-member Utah Education Association. She was elected by her fellow educators in a statewide vote and retired from the post last year after six years in office. The Utah State Office of Education named Gallagher-Fishbaugh the 2009 Utah Teacher of the Year. In April 2010, the NEA Foundation awarded her its top honor, the $25,000 NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Loretto Heights College in Denver and her Master of Arts in teaching with a specialization in National Board Certified Teacher Leadership from National University in La Jolla, Calif.

“With a background as both a classroom teacher and an association leader, Sharon is uniquely suited to her new role as NEA Foundation Board Chair,” says NEA Foundation President and CEO Harriet Sanford. “Her insights will help the Foundation to amplify educator voices in order to improve teaching and learning across the United States.”

“It is my sincere hope that as the chair of the Foundation’s board, my educator colleagues will recognize that their voice is critical; that their expertise is valued; that they have the opportunities to be the agents of change; and that in collaboration with others we can create a great public school for every single child,” says Gallagher-Fishbaugh. 

New NEA Foundation Board members are: Nick Archuleta, President of North Dakota United and Spanish educator on leave from Century High School in Bismarck, N.D.; Stacey Herndon, Vice President and Institutional Investment Advisor at PNC Asset Management in Washington, D.C.; and Sändra Walker, who teaches physical education in Lawrence, Kan. Each new member will serve a three-year term.

Nick Archuleta is the first president of North Dakota United (NDU), an affiliate of both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers.  He began his teaching career in Minnesota and has remained involved in his union, serving in many capacities at the state and local level. He is a member of the NEA Human and Civil Rights committee and is especially proud to be an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. He is married to the director of choral music at Century High School in Bismarck, and they are the proud parents of three talented daughters and one outstanding son.

Stacey Herndon is a seasoned investment professional with over 20 years working in the financial markets. Currently, Herndon is a Senior Institutional Client Advisor with PNC Institutional Asset Management. Her client practice consists mostly of nonprofits, endowments, and foundations in the Metropolitan D.C. Area. Previously, Herndon worked in an institutional sales capacity for Salomon Brothers, Citigroup, and Friedman Billings and Ramsey. She attended Princeton University and received her Master of Business Administration in Finance from the Wharton School of Pennsylvania. She resides in Washington, D.C.

Sändra Walker has been a strong and passionate voice for educators and students for over 30 years in the Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas where she teaches physical education at South Middle School. Over the past 19 years, this teacher leader has served on her Instructional Advocacy Commission, Kansas NEA Board of Directors, NEA Resolutions Committee, and as co-chair of her district's Professional Development Council.  She also serves on the NEA Board of Directors representing Kansas. Walker earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Adapted Physical Education/Motor Development at The University of Kansas.

“We are delighted to welcome these leaders to the NEA Foundation’s Board of Directors,” says Sanford. “Not only are they savvy and strategic experts in their fields, each offers a unique perspective on public education drawn from their experience and relationships within the academic, public, non-profit, and private sectors. Each is passionately committed to public education that prepares all students to thrive and succeed in school, college, and career. The NEA Foundation will greatly benefit as they move into new leadership roles on our board.”

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