GHF Board of Directors
Barry Gelston, M.Ed.
“GHF has made a profound impact on my life. I have been a member of GHF as both a parent and as a professional. I found my people and discovered that I had something unique to offer our community. GHF was my portal into the gifted community.
Today, I am honored to be the President of GHF and to bring forward the mission of the organization to a new generation.”
“I discovered GHF while researching support and educational alternatives for my 2E son. Even as an observer, GHF felt like a lifeline to a community that understood my family. GHF has helped me become more comfortable with our outside-the-box choices and I’d love to see that knowledge and support passed on to more families who feel misunderstood in traditional educational paths. I’m grateful for the knowledge and support of the parents and professionals in this group and I’m thrilled to be able to give back. “
“GHF’s beautiful collective of experts (not know-it-alls), veteran parents and educators (not reductive rule-dispensers) and fellow self-doubting noobs (most of whom discover they’re gifted themselves) held me steady and equipped me with the confidence, knowledge and resources to do what’s best at different stages of development for each of my four gifted (three, 2e) kids, both educationally and emotionally – how does someone adequately say ‘thank you’ for that?! I’ve been involved in GHF’s social media for about 3 and half years now, and what started out as a way to manifest my gratitude has evolved into a never-ending cycle of getting more sustenance from this community than I can ever repay, so I happily surrender and am content with doing what I can.”
Director, Development & Grant Writing
“I have had the privilege of watching GHF evolve its mission from serving the gifted and twice-exceptional populations, to also becoming the nexus point for transformation and leadership of the homeschooling landscape. Over the years, I have seen worthy educational programs rot on the proverbial vine due to limited funding and a general misunderstanding of how crucial tailored education is in our rapidly changing world. In fact, the public school I attended was an example. The hearts of the administration were in the right place, but the funding and specialized educational programs, sadly, were not.
Imagine how I must feel to have the honor and responsibility of ensuring this current generation of precocious students and the ones after them have the educational opportunities that so many of us missed out on. Because GHF is so innovative and our world is so protean, GHF will always have challenges to which it must adapt. However, as long as I am our grant writer and development officer, these challenges will not be funding or a lack of innovative programs that the children and parents we serve genuinely need.”
Kris Happe, M.Ed.
Director, GHF Voices
“Quite simply, connection and community.”
Director, GHF Forum
“As a gifted person, I understand the importance of supporting gifted children as well as their parents especially at a time when children can be cruel and unkind. I would want gifted children to grow up to be productive and healthy (emotionally, socially and physically) members of society where they are able to celebrate their giftedness.
For parents, I’d like how GHF provides an avenue for them to connect as peers as they support their children. Some parents – like mine in the 70s – don’t have the resources to know how to navigate their gifted children; I especially think of students in underprivileged areas. Having a space like GHF to call their “home” would be a great way to provide support in an already frantic and uncertain world.”
Carol Malueg, M.A., GCT, 2e
Director, GHF Choices
“I found GHF, or GHF found me, when my youngest was midway through her senior year of high school. For both of our kids we had employed strategies like acceleration, online learning, partial homeschool, and early college to help them maintain their joy in learning. I am a strong advocate for helping gifted learners find their best educational fit within their unique constraints, which include time, location, access, and know-how. GHF opens many doors for families who are interested in, or actively pursuing, a non-traditional path to K-12 education for their gifted learners. I wish I’d found GHF sooner, but I am so very glad to now be a part of the work GHF does to support families on this amazing journey.”
Kasi Ann Peters
Director, Family Membership
“GHF brings together both of my passions; homeschooling and supporting families of gifted children! As a parent group facilitator, I’ve always known that gifted families need a unique community and as a mom of 2 gifted children, who is also homeschooling, it’s clear that being extra outside the box requires an even more unique community. GHF is that community and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to help create our support system!”
Michael Postma, Ed.D.
Director, Professional Membership
“GHF represents an important part of my life as a parent who has made difficult choices in educating my 2e children. I am excited to represent professionals in the gifted community, to connect them with families that need support and each other. The professional community is an important part of GHF.”
John Thompson MEd, CFRE
“GHF is more than a compilation of educational resources. It’s a community anchored in love and kindness striving to empower the gifted individual, family, and professional. I’m honored to play a role in an organization that has such a profound impact on anyone who encounters it.”
“After experiencing the struggles gifted people face in a world that doesn’t understand them, I made a commitment to myself that I would do whatever I could to advocate for all gifted people. GHF gave me the platform to be able to do that more effectively. And while advocating through my writing, I became part of the exceptional GHF family. They welcomed me with open arms, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”
“As a mom to two gifted children, I understand the inherent challenges of those big little brains.. and I also understand the value of a strong and supportive community. Pivoting to online learning has really shone a light on the importance of having access to an enriching learning environment that’s focused entirely on enabling exceptional young learners. The mission truly transcends homeschooling: there’s something for everyone here at GHF, and I’m glad that my job is to tell the world about it :)”
Director, Family Membership
“GHF has been an amazing resource as I begin the journey of homeschooling with my own gifted child. It is important to me to support this safe space so all members do not have to keep reinventing the wheel while they search for appropriate curriculum, resources, or solutions to homeschooling a gifted child. In the overwhelming struggle with misunderstandings of the general community about homeschooling and giftedness, GHF allows parents in similar situations to freely share their concerns and solutions.”