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 2012-13 MERC Policy and Planning Council includes the following individuals:



    James Lane, Superintendent and Chair
    Nancy Hoover, Director of Research and Evaluation
    Javaid Siddiqi, School Board Member


    Joseph O. Cox, Jr., Superintendent
    Jake Reynolds, Instructional Specialist/Math Coach
    Krishan Agrawal, School Board Member


    Jeremy Raley, Superintendent
    Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction


    Michael Gill, Superintendent
    Nancy Disharoon, Director, Accreditation and Accountability
    Normal Sulser, School Board Member


    Patrick Kinlaw, Superintendent
    Tiffany Hinton, Director of Research & Planning
    Beth N. Teigen, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction


    Eric Jones, Superintendent
    Tracie Omohundro, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction


    Dana Bedden, Superintendent
    Andrea Kane, Associate Superintendent for Academic Services
    Decardra Jackson, Director of Testing, Assessment Literacy and Research


    Andrew Daire, Dean, School of Education
    Jesse Senechal, Interim Director, MERC
    Lisa Abrams, Assistant Professor, School of Education, Foundations
    Angela McGrath, Managing Director and Fiscal Administrator of MERC
    Debbie Speece, Professor and Associate Dean of Research Faculty Development
    Jason Smith, Executive Director, Bridging Richmond
    Samantha Hope, MERC Graduate Assistant
    Ashlee Lester, MERC Graduate Assistant
    Amy Hutton, MERC Graduate Assistant
    David Naff, MERC Graduate Assistant


    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:

    • Jake Reynolds, Instructional Specialist / Math Coach, Colonial Heights Public Schools
    • Nancy Hoover, Director of Research and Evaluation, Chesterfield County Public Schools
    • Nancy Disharoon, Director, Accreditation and Accountability, Hanover County Public Schools
    • Tiffany Hinton, Director of Research and Planning, Henrico County Public Schools
    • Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Goochland County Public Schools
    • Tracie Omohundro, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Powhatan County Public Schools
    • Decardra Jackson, Director of Testing, Assessment Literacy and Research, Richmond City Public Schools
    • Jesse Senechal, MERC Interim Director, Virginia Commonwealth University

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