Initial Publication Date: December 12, 2013 | Revision: March 21, 2024

Leadership Team

The NAGT leadership consists of an Executive Committee that includes both elected volunteer leaders and appointed leaders. The Executive Office supports the work of the Executive Committee. The Council is advisory to the Executive Committee.

Executive Committee

Become a leader of NAGT

Get involved in the work of the Association. Members can nominate themselves or someone else to become an elected officer.

Elected officers

President: Reginald Archer
Tennessee State University

1st Vice-President: Rory McFadden
SERC at Carleton College

2nd Vice-President: Katherine Ryker
University of South Carolina-Columbia

Past-President: Christy Visaggi
Georgia State University

Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Phillips
Illinois Valley Community College


Dana Thomas
University of Texas at Austin

Alex Manda
East Carolina University

Lynsey Lemay
Virginia Peninsula Community College

Michael Hubenthal
EarthScope Consortium

Nancy Chen
Harvard-Westlake School

Cody Kirkpatrick
Indiana University-Bloomington

Appointed Officers

Executive Director: Anne Egger
Central Washington University

JGE Editor in Chief: Angela Hessler
Director and Chair of the Board, Deep Time Institute
October 2023 - December 2026

In the Trenches Editor: Redina Finch
Western Illinois University

NAGT Media Editor: Cheryl Manning
OrbWeaver Consulting

NAGT Historian: Gene Pearson
University of the Pacific

Executive Office Staff

Mitchell Bender-Awalt, Project Coordinator

Rebeccah Bradley, Finance Specialist

Monica Bruckner, Website Manager

Amy Collette, Financial & Administrative Director

Brianna Douglas, Administrative Assistant

Contact the Executive Office

NAGT Council

The Council is made up of the Executive Committee, the president of NAGT Sections and Divisions, standing committee chairs, and official representatives to affiliated societies. The Council is advisory to the Executive Committee.


Learn more about NAGT Sections and Section leadership.


Learn more about NAGT Divisions and Division leadership.


Learn more about NAGT committees and committee leadership.

Affiliated Society and Organization Liaisons

NAGT has affiliations and partnerships with other organizations and groups that have shared goals in the Earth sciences and Education. Liaisons to those and other organizations are listed below.

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Catherine Riihimaki ('23-'26)
  • American Geosciences Institute (AGI) Associated Societies - Katherine Ryker (ex officio)
  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) - Jamie MacDonald ('23-'26)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA) Associated Societies - Rory McFadden (ex officio)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA) Education Division and Education Standing Committee - Jamie MacDonald ('23-'26)
  • Geological Society of America (GSA) Meeting Joint Technical Program Committee - Katherine Ryker (ex officio)
  • National Association of Black Geoscientists (NABG) - Reginald Archer ('19-'26)