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Our Board Members

  • ​President: Dr. Wendy Ghiora
  • Secretary: Mark Clements
  • Treasurer: Dr. Eric Hougan
  • Journal Editor: Kristin Jewell
  • Foundation/Scholarships: Setsuko Buckley
  • Member-at-large: Dr. Kelly Benson

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Wendy Ghiora

Dr. Ghiora has been a professional in the field of education for over 30 years. She has 27 years experience as a high school teacher: English, drama, dance; Peer coach and staff developer for San Diego Unified SD; School administrator in both traditional and charter schools for 8 years. “Teaching young people and finding the key to their success is my passion.”

1973 B.A. English, California State University, Long Beach

1975 M.A. Education, Instructional Media, CSULB

1998 Administrative Services Credential, Point Loma Nazarene Univ. San Diego

2003 Ed.D in Educational Leadership – Alliant International University, San Diego (Formerly USIU)

Currently serving as area coordinator for NEAP testing throughout coastal Washington State.

Author, Unleashing the Student’s “I Can” available at Amazon.com


Eric Hougan

Eric Hougan, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Educational Foundations and Curriculum at Central Washington University. He earned his doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at University of Washington. In addition to his experiences as a National Board Certified Teacher, he has consulted with Washington State school districts on the new teacher and principal evaluation system. There, he led trainings on instructional and feedback-delivery best practices. His scholarly interests include teacher workforce issues and examining ways to build teacher expertise through feedback, tools, and systems.

Dr. Hougan is also an author, writing Road to Teaching: A Guide to Teacher Training, Student Teaching, and Finding a Job. He is the site author of roadtoteaching.com.


Setsuko Buckley

Setsuko Buckley is doctorate at University of Washington and master’s degree at Boston University, focusing on multicultural education and international education. She has been teaching Japanese and social sciences (anthropology, history, and sociology) at Whatcom Community College for 19 years. She has also taught Japanese, Education, and Human Services at University of Washington, Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, and International Christian University. In addition, she has experience in advising doctoral students in their dissertation in multicultural education at Nova Southeastern University.

Setsuko has been serving for the PDK Washington chapter as a research representative and Foundation/Scholarship chair since 2005. She has served for the University of Washington chapter as a research representative.

Her research interest includes moral education, global education, multicultural education and Japanese language and culture. She published “Issues and perspectives in moral education in Japan, Asian Cultural Studies, 32. International Christian University, Tokyo: Japan: 203-216; (2006, Spring); “Teacher perceptions on teaching moral values in Japan. Asian Cultural Studies, 35. International Christian University, Tokyo: Japan: 265-282; (2009, Spring); and “Globalization and the role of the university: The case of teacher education in Japan. Educational Studies, 54. International Christian University, Tokyo: Japan: 27-39 (2012, March).

This summer, she participated in the three-week Summer Institute at East-West Center, Honolulu, HI through the grant from the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP). The theme of the program was “Infusing Chinese and Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum”.


Journal Editor
Kristin Jewell

Kristin Jewell has been an English teacher for over a decade, and has worked in Title I, charter, and traditional schools.  She has worked with diverse populations in Washington and California, and is active at the school and district level transforming curriculum, instruction, and professional development.  Kristin earned her Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Gonzaga University, and her Master’s in Education in Global Policy Studies in Education from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Kristin was selected as the 2014 Emerging Teacher and Leader for PDK Washington #1599, and is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at Northeastern University Seattle. 


Mark Clements

Hello.  My name is Mark Clements.  I serve as the principal of River HomeLink, a family-friendly, K-12 school, with Battle Ground Public Schools.  The school consists of nine K-8 programs, designed to meet the learning needs of students and families, and a high school program where students can earn credit through on-site courses, remote courses, and online courses.  The school operates under the Washington ALE WAC, with students on campus similar to a college schedule.  The school is a two-time School of Distinction recipient and is designated a Washington Innovation School.  Former positions include:  middle and high school teacher and coach, middle school talented and gifted coordinator, high school athletic director, middle and high school assistant principal, middle school principal and university instructor.  I previously served on the Oregon Middle Level Association, Oregon Staff Development Council, and Washington Association of Learning Activities state boards.  I am married, with three adult daughters, and enjoy learning, reading, gardening, walking, and (this will be a stretch) running marathons.