Student Board

Your 2017-2018 Student Board Members are... 

Megan ForemanPresident, Western Michigan University

Hi my name is Megan Foreman. I am a fourth year at Western Michigan University and have only two years left until I graduate. My majors are Special Education and Mathematics. When I graduate I will be certified to teach students with emotional impairments and students with learning disabilities. I am also President of an Honors Society at Western for education students. On top of that I tutor at a high school in Kalamazoo and just finished up teaching math to high schoolers. I am kept very busy, but love everything I do. I am excited to see what this year holds!  

Lauren HogikyanPresident-Elect, Grand Valley State University

Hi there! My name is Lauren Hogikyan and I am studying special education at Grand Valley State University. While at Grand Valley, I have been involved with our Council for Exceptional Children Student Chapter for all three years I have been a student here. Over the last two years I have served on the executive board, and next year I will be our student chapter’s president. The student chapter at Grand Valley has further confirmed my passion for special education and I am thrilled every day with my career path.

Leah DemskeSecretary/Treasurer, Western Michigan University

Hello! I am Leah Demske and I’m currently attending Western Michigan University with a major in Special Education, and a minor in English Language Arts. I consider myself a very organized student, keeping track of deadlines, and maintaining professional, clear communication with professors, peers, and students. I also like to help those around me to maintain a sense of organization and sanity within their own busy schedules. Whether this is by a quick email reminder, a thank you note, or some other helpful information, I want to be there to help.  

Nicholas MinorCAN Coordinator, Grand Valley State University

Hello my name is Nicholas Minor and I am currently attending GVSU pursuing a degree in special education. Assisting children with special needs is my passion and something I hope to do for a long time.  

Shannon Kelley, Membership Coordinator, Grand Valley State University

Hello my name is Shannon Kelley, and I am the membership representative for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children's Student Board. I am currently in my senior year at Grand Valley State University. I am studying Special Education (CI/EI) and Elementary Education. This year I also hold the position as president on the CEC Student Chapter at GVSU. In my spare time I like staying active, and spending time with friends and family. My journey toward this profession has been amazing so far, and I am excited to see how it continues to unfold. 

Joe DeMarshStudent Advisor 

The CEC-S Michigan Board is a group of dedicated college students working together to provide meaningful opportunities for other college students in the field of education. As their advisor, I work closely with the student board by guiding them through the leadership process. The exciting part about being their advisor is seeing the positive outcomes from their hard work and dedication to our organization and annual conference. Michigan CEC is lucky to have these future leaders.

I have been on the Michigan CEC Board for over 10 years. I am currently on a committee for National CEC and play an active role in several of Michigan CEC's committees. I am a middle school teacher for students with ASD for Redford Union Schools.

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Sarah KerrCAN Coordinator, Grand Valley State University
Megan ForemanPresident Elect, Western Michigan University
Andrea SaksaSecretary/Treasurer, Eastern Michigan University
Sarah KerrCAN Coordinator, Grand Valley State University