The State League Steering Committee is composed of eight state league executive directors, each representing a region of the country, and who also serve, by virtue of their positions on the steering committee, as members of the NLC Board of Directors. The responsibilities of the steering committee include:

  • serving as the principal contact mechanism with NLC on issues relating to state league-NLC policy questions;
  • acting as a sounding board and feedback system to NLC regarding its services and activities;
  • making decisions on behalf of state leagues about scheduling, location, and program content for the state league directors summer meeting, the state league staff workshop, and other league staff meetings and training sessions;
  • selecting league directors to represent state leagues on various NLC committees where league representation is requested or sought, such as NLC’s Advisory Council; and
  • assisting in shaping NLC’s overall service program for state leagues.

The members of the steering committee represent each of the eight NLC geographic regions. Each of the committee members is elected for two-year terms by the league directors in their respective regions at the annual league directors summer meeting, with half of the members changing each year. A chairman of the committee is elected by the members of the incoming steering committee at the annual summer meeting of the league directors.

2024 Steering Committee Roster

Ted Brady (VT)
Region I (CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT)

Michelle Gowdy (VA)
Region II (DE, KY, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV)

Jeannie Garner (FL) 
Region III (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN) 

Dan Gilmartin (MI) 
Region IV (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 

Mark Hayes (AR) 
Region V (AR, LA, MS, NM, OK, TX) 

Richard Sheets (MO) 
Region VI (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE) 

Kelly Lynch (MT) 
Region VII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) 

Tom Belshe (AZ)  
Region VIII (AK, AZ, CA, ID, NV, OR, WA)