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International Association of Special Education

Fostering a Global Exchange of Ideas and Information

Board of Directors

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Featured in the photo above: Front row from left: Roni Chavez, Mary Kaphwiti, Mary Gale Budzisz. Back row from left: Karen Nave, Henry Mwambani, Marg Csapo, Iris Drower, Paul Chathanda, Zandile Nkabinde, Damiano Z, and Beatrice Adera

The IASE Board of Directors is composed of the following officers: president, president-elect, past president, secretary, acting secretary-treasurer and three members-at-large. The officers serve a two-year term. This Board of Directors began their terms on January 1, 2020.

Zandile P. Nkabinde, Ph.D.


Associate Professor,Chair, Department of Special Education

New Jersey City University

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Renata Ticha, Ph.D


Research Associate

University of Minnesota

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Gulnoza Yakubova, Ph. D.

President- Elect

Assistant Professor, Special Education

College of Education, University of Maryland

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Brenda B. Lazarus, Ph. D.


Professor, Retired

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fulbright Scholar (Qatar)

Fulbright Specialist (Vietnam)

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Iris Drower, Ph.D.

Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

Researcher, Office of Global Social Work,

College of Public Service & Community Solutions

Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation/PUHSD, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College,Senior Sustainability Scientist,

ASU College of Sustainability

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Dr. Charles Omoke

Member-At-Large, Kenya

Chair of Department- Special Needs Education and Early Childhood Development

Jaramogi Ogingo Odinga University of Science and Technology (Kenya)

Josue Niyokwizigirwa

Member-At-Large, Burundi

ELL Teacher at College Community School District, Iowa

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Pavan Kumar Bada

Member-At- Large, India

Assistant Professor, Jai University, Indiapavan Kumar