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 tribe 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.”
“GHF has been a grounding force for me in both life and homeschool. I’ve been an avid reader and watcher of GHF for many years and I’m passionate about our community having a voice. We need to support and care for one another and that’s exactly what GHF strives to do, regardless of our educational choices.”
“My parents are first-generation immigrants from Viet Nam, fleeing a war-torn nation. They knew that coming to America would be a land of opportunity for them and their children, but weren’t sure as to how best navigate in society. I was fortunate that the gifted and talented community identified me, nurtured me, and gave me the tools to succeed. I recently graduated with my sixth college degree a couple of years ago and wanted to contribute back to those who faced similar struggles I had. GHF is a family of parents and children, all concerned in how best to provide the best education and care for the next generation of leaders. There is no better mission I can hope to assist than in that one.”
“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.”
Carol Malueg, M.A., GCT, 2e
“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.”
“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.”
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.”