Local Chapters

Chapters and Parent Groups

There are two forms of local support groups within MCGT: chapters and parent groups.

Chapters, usually organized within a school district or region, provide opportunities to network, to share information, to work with the schools, to hear speakers on various gifted and talented issues, and to generate and promote enrichment activities for gifted children. Note that some chapters also have their own websites. The basic MCGT membership includes membership in one local chapter.

Parent groups are more fluid and informal than chapters. When an MCGT support group is first formed it is designated as a parent group. MCGT Parent Groups have two roles in the MCGT parent support structure. First, they serve as the starting point for new chapter development and, second, they allow families of gifted children to come together for support and sharing of information when a chapter is not a good fit. While some parent groups will choose to formalize their support group as a chapter (thus meeting all the chapter requirements) it is perfectly acceptable to continue as a parent group indefinitely if that format meets the needs of those involved. There is no fee for joining a parent group.

Active Chapters

Following is a alphabetical list of the active MCGT chapters followed by a list of Parent Groups. Use the email addresses listed to contact the chapter/parent group directly. If no email address is listed, contact the MCGT office at [email protected] for more information. This list is updated regularly; please let us know if changes need to be made. The chapter emails below are managed by volunteers and checked periodically. If you haven’t received a response within seven (7) days, please direct your inquiry to [email protected] or [email protected].

Larry Frost
[email protected]

Crow River Region
Shari Colvin
[email protected]

Elizabeth Pillai
Amy Pampusch Olson
[email protected]

Kelly Sullivan Noah
[email protected]

[email protected]

Minnetonka (Minnetonka High Potential Parent Organization)
Karl Bunday
[email protected]

Prior Lake
Apryl Henry
[email protected]

Elizabeth Karges
[email protected]

Ginny Amundson
Melissa Amundsen
[email protected]

Rosemount/Apple Valley/Eagan (RAVE)
Katherine Geary
[email protected]

St. Croix Valley
Margaret Thomas
[email protected]

Parent Groups

These groups are in various stages of development; some may be working towards becoming an MCGT chapter and others may plan to stay as a more informal parent group. If your geographic or interest area is here, contact the person listed. If you are interested in a parent group in another area, contact the MCGT office.

Eden Prairie
Joe Wenc & Michelle Fourre
[email protected]

Highly Gifted
Ande Nesmith
[email protected]

New Prague
Renee Bowman
[email protected]

Krisi Lille
[email protected]

Northwest Metro
Jill Hauwiller
[email protected]

[email protected]

St. Anthony/New Brighton
Cathy Chun
[email protected]