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ACTE Board of Directors 2017 Elections

From December 2, 2016, to 11:59 p.m. ET January 1, 2017 members of ACTE will elect officers for the following Board of Directors positions:

  • President-Elect:  Serves a one-year term beginning in July 2017, followed by one year as president and one year as past president. 
  • Administration Division Vice President-Elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2018. 
  • Marketing Education Division Vice President: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2017. 
  • Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Vice President-Elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2018. 

All ACTE individual professional, retired, educational institution members and national affiliate organizations whose membership dues are received at ACTE headquarters by November 2, 2016, are eligible to vote. Please review the biographical information and platform statements for the nominees, and exercise your right to vote for ACTE’s future leadership. Please note that the nominees featured on the following pages and online are not official candidates. Candidates will be officially selected at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2016. 

The election process will be conducted via electronic ballot only. Ballots will be sent to member e-mail addresses listed in the ACTE database. ACTE has selected Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS) to manage the Board of Directors elections. You will receive an e-signature via e-mail that must be used with your member number to vote electronically. If you do not receive an e-signature by midnight on December 2, please contact ACTE’s Leadership Department at 800-826-9972, ext. 315. Electronic ballots must be cast by 11:59 p.m. ET January 1, 2016. Ballots will be counted and audited at the offices of SBS, and the results will be posted on ACTE’s website and announced in Techniques magazine. 

In order to facilitate a smooth election process, please be sure to:

  • Verify your e-mail address with ACTE. If ACTE does not have your e-mail address, it is imperative that you update your member profile immediately. You can do this on the ACTE website by going to www.acteonline.org, logging-in (Access: ACTE ID# and last name or updated password), and clicking on “Update Your Profile,” or by e-mailing acte@acteonline.org. 
  • Make sure you/your IT Dept. put Survey and Ballot Systems on your e-mail’s “white list” so that your voting information can be received/not marked as spam. The e-mail will be sent to you from noreply@directvote.net. 
  • Remember that in order to vote, you must be a member of ACTE as of November 2, 2016. Members are only allowed to vote in elections for their region and any divisions of which they are a member. 


ACTE President-Elect


Becky Cox 


Becky Cox HeadshotRecommendation Letters

Candidate Questions

Region: V 

Division: Family & Consumer Sciences Education Division 

Occupation: Teacher/Program Area Specialist Employment History: Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher/Program Area Specialist, Alpine School District (1989–present) 

Education: Utah State University, MS, (2009); Brigham Young University, BS (1985) 

National ACTE Involvement—Board of Directors, Family & Consumer Sciences Division Vice President (2007-2010), Professional Development Committee (2004-2007), Lifetime Achievement Award (2012), VISION Presenter (2000, 2006, 2011, 2016), Educator in Action (2016), Educator in Action Content Expert (2016), CTE Support Fund Supporter (2007-present), NPS Attendee (2003-present), VISION Attendee (2003-present) 

Regional ACTE Involvement—Region V: Nominations Committee (2004-2005), Nominations Committee Chair (2002-2004), Conference Presenter (2001, 2004, 2008), Conference Attendee (2001, 2004, 2008) 

Divisional ACTE Involvement—Family & Consumer Sciences Division: Policy Committee Member (2004-2007, 2010-2013), Outstanding Contributions Award (2011) 

Other ACTE Division Involvement: NATFACS: Committee Chair (2001), Financial Growth Committee Chair (2003), Secretary (2005-2007), Executive Assistant (2012-present) 

State ACTE Involvement—Utah ACTE: Executive Assistant (2001-present), Membership Chair (2001-present), President (2003-2004), FACS Division President (1999-2000)

Application Summary

I began my teaching career at American Fork High School and moved to Lone Peak in 1997 when it opened. I have been actively involved in FCCLA, student government, and since 1998, ACTE and Utah ACTE (UACTE). I have served as the FACS Division president of UACTE, and shortly thereafter, as the president. I have served on numerous ACTE and Region V Committees. I had the amazing experience of serving on the ACTE Board of Directors as the FACS president and on the national FCCLA Board of Directors. I currently serve as the UACTE executive assistant. I teach ProStart/Culinary Arts, and I am an FCCLA advisor, Student Council advisor, department chair, CTE coordinator and program area specialist for the Alpine School District. I am the recipient of many awards, including the ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award and the FACS Division Outstanding Contribution Award. Most importantly, I am passionate about CTE and what it can offer students. I love to see CTE change students’ lives. I am excited to run for ACTE president-elect so that I can continue to make strong and significant contributions to CTE. I love CTE and ACTE, and I would love to continue moving this organization in the positive direction it is going. 


Platform Statement

I love ACTE and I love CTE. I have been a passionate educator for 27 years, and I love empowering students with the skills necessary to be successful in postsecondary education and in life. I am running for ACTE president-elect because of my passion for this organization and what ACTE can do to empower members with the skills necessary to be successful in their classrooms and careers. ACTE is an amazing organization with great vision. I want to keep the momentum going in this positive direction. There are many things we can be working on such as strengthening state associations. By empowering our state associations, members in each state will see the direct impact ACTE makes on their careers. I would like to work with new teachers in CTE. Between 40-50 percent of new teachers leave the profession in the first five years of teaching. Finding solutions to this problem is something I would like to address as ACTE president-elect. I want to work with division and region vice presidents to create the best programs we can for our membership through professional development, technology and by whatever other means we determine to be most effective. We face many challenges in education, but we have always risen to the occasion. Providing educators with the tools necessary to face the next challenge is something I want to make sure we are doing at ACTE. I will be the effective and positive leader we need. I am willing to listen to members and to work with the board and staff to continue creating a positive, vibrant and effective association that serves the needs of all the members.

John Gaal John Gaal Headshot

Recommendation Letters

Candidate Questions

Region: III 

Division: Trade & Industrial Education Division 

Occupation: Director of Training & Workforce Development 

Employment History: Director of Training & Workforce Development STL-KC Carpenters RC (2003-present); STL Carpenters JAP: Program Coordinator (1995-2002), Assistant Coordinator (1992-1995), Curriculum Developer (1989-1992), Carpentry Instructor (1983-1988) 

Education: University of Florida, post doctorate in Marketing & Management (2014); Harvard University, post doctorate in Trade Union Leadership (2009); Argosy University-Sarasota, Ed.D., Organizational Leadership (2007); St. Louis University, MA, International Business (1996); Webster University, MBA (1993)

National ACTE Involvement—Trade & Industrial Education Vice President (2008-2011), Trade & Industrial Division Awards Chair (2014-present), VISION Presenter (2010-present), Educators in Action Techniques Writer (2006-present), CTE Support Fund Supporter (2008-2011), NPS Attendee (2008-2011), VISION Attendee (2008-2015) 

Other National ACTE Involvement—ACTE Apprenticeship USA Representative (2015-present) 

Divisional ACTE Involvement— Trade & Industrial Education Awards Chair (2014-present), NRS International Section Committee Chair (2016) 

State ACTE Involvement—Missouri ACTE Presenter (1996-present) 

Other CTE Involvement—CTE Advisory Committee Special School District of St. Louis County (2005-present); Association for Skilled and Technical Sciences: President (2016), President-Elect (2015); SkillsUSA Board Member (2008-11); IVETA North America Region Vice President (2015-present)

Application Summary

I have been a member of Missouri ACTE since the mid-1980s and ACTE since the early 2000s. My work has included both secondary and postsecondary CTE. As a graduate of a U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program, I was able to build upon my work-based learning experiences, which resulted in leadership opportunities that provided avenues to improve CTE at the local, state, national and international levels.


Platform Statement

As president-elect, I would like to accomplish a better understanding of the needs of a wider swath of CTE (and, hopefully, act on those while serving as president). In the past, I have been almost solely focused on the Trade & Industrial Education Division. Although I worked with people from other divisions and regions around the table while serving on the board, I know more can be done when it comes to cross-pollinating our efforts. One never knows what a chance meeting may grow into. Several years ago while attending CareerTech VISION, I was heading to a workshop, and on the way there I heard a lot of noise coming from a meeting room. I stuck my head into this room and found a group called International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA). They invited me to stay for a while … so I did. Soon thereafter I joined IVETA. Since then, I have attended two of their summer World TVET (Technical Vocational Education and Training) Conferences in Finland/Russia and Malaysia. The point is if we sometimes don’t veer from the designated path, we may never experience the world outside our artificial/confined borders. Groups like the Association for Career and Technical Education Research and IVETA have done a pretty good job of exposing CTE educators to evidenced-based research. However, this seems to be on a very limited basis (pre-conference events). Accordingly, I would also like to further develop these relationships by sharing more frameworks that are rooted in science. In addition, I think we need to explore how CTE can play a major role in the delivery of teacher externships for teachers of core subjects. In an age of experiential learning—where the Millennials crave hands-on experiences—ACTE should be leading the way by showcasing best practices (foreign and domestic).

Administration Division Vice President-Elect


Patrick BiggerstaffPatrick Biggerstaff Headshot


Recommendation Letters

Candidate Questions

Region: III Division: Administration Division 

Occupation: Director of Career and Technical & Adult Education 

Employment History: Director of Career and Technical & Adult Education/Area 31 Career Programs, Ben Davis High School (2015-present); Assistant Principal, Ben Davis High School & Assistant Director/Area 31 Career Programs (2013-2015); Career Pathway Specialist/Area 31 Career Programs, Ben Davis High School (2011-2013); Business Education Instructor, Ben Davis High School (2007-2011); Special Services Instructor, Indiana Developmental Training Center (2005-2007) 

Education: Ball State University, Director of CTE license; Indiana University, K-12 Building Administrator License; University of Indianapolis, MA, Teaching; Texas Christian University, MBA; Dallas Baptist University, BBA

National ACTE Involvement— ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program (2012), Educator in Action (2015-2016), NPS Attendee (2012-2015), VISION Attendee (2011-2015) 

Other National ACTE Involvement—ACTE Fellowship Mentor (2014-2016) 

Regional ACTE Involvement—Region III: Secretary (2014), Policy Committee Member (2014-2016), CTE Support Fund Committee Member (2012-2014), Conference Presenter (2014), Conference Attendee (2012-2016) 

Divisional ACTE Involvement—Administrative Division Member (2011-2016) 

State ACTE Involvement—Indiana ACTE: Past President and Awards Chair (2016), President (2015); President-Elect and Conference Chair (2014), Vice President and Conference Exhibitor Chair (2013), Legislative Chair and NPS State Planner (2011-2012) 

Other CTE Involvement—Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education Districts: Professional Development Chair (2015), Professional Development Committee Member (2013-2014), Legislative Chair (2016); Education Workforce Innovation Network Guest Speaker and Program Advisor (2015-2016); Purdue University Leadership Development Program and University of Indianapolis Administrative Licensure Program (2014-2016); NACTEi Conference Attendee (2016); Host of monthly professional development meetings for Indiana’s career center directors, the Dept. of Education, the Dept. of Workforce Development, etc. (2011-2016); CTE Journal Peer Reviewer (2013-2016); CTE Outreach Committee Chairman (2015-2016) 

Application Summary

I would be honored to serve in the position of ACTE Administration Division vice president-elect because I understand the importance of upholding the highest professional standards in CTE. I believe that my business background—teamed with my experience as Indiana ACTE president, ACTE Fellow, Region III representative and CTE director—has given me the expertise necessary to effectively contribute in this role. Additionally, I believe that this position would provide worthwhile developmental experiences as I continue to grow within our association. I have learned a lot under the guidance of ACTE past presidents, Region III leadership and numerous mentors throughout this organization. I am committed to helping ACTE continue to build upon its successes.


Platform Statement

One of the reasons I am passionate about CTE is because I have been witness to thousands of successes that grew out of well-designed pathway programs. I have become increasingly involved in ACTE because it fosters my interest in business, education and community engagement. Through involvement at the state, regional and national levels, I have grown to be a confident and informed advocate for our students and our programs. 

I would be honored to serve as vice president-elect for the Administration Division because I am committed to upholding the highest professional standards for CTE programming. As a CTE administrator, I believe that I have an obligation to seek out and organize resources for the benefit of staff and students. In the coming years, I pledge to serve this organization to my utmost potential. I will strive to communicate effectively within and beyond the Administrative Division. I will also work within collaborative teams to plan initiatives regarding membership engagement, policy development and the execution of ACTE’s vision. I hope that you will support my candidacy, and that we can work together to further the growth of CTE.

Cassandra Miller-Washington


Recommendation Letters Cass Miller-Washington Headshot

Candidate Questions

Region: II 

Division: Administration Division Occupation: CTE Director 

Employment History: CTE Director, Bibb County School District; Director of Technology, Edison Schools; Food Service Manager, Aramark; Assistant Manager, GAP 

Education: Capella University, Ph.D., Educational Leadership; Mercer University, MBA; Tuskegee University, BS, Management Science 

National ACTE Involvement—Administrator of the Year (2016), VISION Presenter (2016), VISION Attendee (2015) 

Regional ACTE Involvement—Region II: CTE Administrator of the Year (2015), Conference Presenter (2016), Conference Attendee (2015) 

Divisional ACTE Involvement—End of Pathway Assessment Committee Member; CTAE: Administrator of the Year (2015), Winter Conference Attendee (2013-2015), Winter Conference Presenter (2013), New Leaders Academy (2014-2016); Administration Division Conference Attendee (2009-2015) 

Other CTE Involvement—Georgia Council for Career and Technical Administrators: Treasurer (2014-present), CTE Resources Network Board of Directors, CTE State Advisory Board; Georgia ACTE Conference Presenter (2010-2011)

Application Summary

I am currently serving as CTE director for Bibb County School District. This experience has heightened my love for integrating real-world applications and academia; therefore, working at the national level will allow me to work collaboratively with other passionate educators who take pride in their profession and want to make a difference in the lives of students. Choosing to run for office on the ACTE Board of Directors will enhance my professional learning and allow me to illustrate how equipping students with educational skills and a selected career pathway are part of the solution for the emerging workforce.


Platform Statement

As vice president-elect, my primary goal during my term will be to learn the intricate parts of the organization and identify areas of growth. I will work diligently, focusing on increasing membership and developing a platform for CTE teachers and leaders to participate in personalized professional development opportunities. I will also work to create a heightened level of engagement through social media on the national level to ensure that we are able to reach our emerging members and stakeholders. Acting as a change agent to close the gap between regions, divisions and states will enable everyone to work collectively to ensure that the climate and culture of ACTE are known throughout the United States, and that the mission of ACTE is the core for everyone. I would love the opportunity to serve the Administrative Division.

Nivea Lisandra Torres

Recommendation LettersNivea Lisandra Torres Headshot

Candidate Questions

Region: I 

Division: Administration Division 

Occupation: Superintendent of Schools 

Employment History: Superintendent of Schools, Connecticut Technical High School System (2013-present); Interim Superintendent, Connecticut Technical High School System (2013-2014); Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Connecticut Technical High School System (2010-2012); Principal, Windham Center School (2007-2010); District Bilingual Coordinator/Curriculum Specialist, Windham Public Schools (2000–2007) 

Education: University of Connecticut, Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction; Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, M.Ed., English as a Second Language; Pennsylvania State University, BA, Foreign Service and International Politics 

National ACTE Involvement—VISION Presenter (2016) 

Other CTE Involvement—Created #IAmCTE Month for the Connecticut Technical High School System district 

Application Summary

I am never daunted by the tough challenges facing instructional delivery today; this has been apparent in the manner that I dissect complex federal and state mandates, analyze their real impact and design strategies to make them work for all schools, despite widely varying demographics. My ability to marry the regulatory with the practical, and to speak the language of each in effecting positive change, has positioned the district at the CTE forefront in Connecticut. Being able to form these relationships has proven to be a great asset in the development of a strategic plan for the district that acts as a framework for school improvement. Furthermore, this plan has allied the Connecticut Technical High School System board with other district leaders around a common vision of providing students with the tools to enter the workforce upon graduation.


Platform Statement

Presently, I serve as the superintendent of schools for the Connecticut Technical High School System. I am a dedicated and passionate educator who has served students at all grade levels in Puerto Rico and Connecticut for more than 23 years. One of my first assignments after being appointed superintendent in 2014 was to develop a management plan that would detail how I planned to oversee the day-to-day operations of more than 11,000 students and 20 CTE school locations without any additional assistance in the management ranks. I created a systematic plan called “Involving the CTHSS Community in the Administration and Management of Schools.” At the core of the plan is my theory of action that is aligned with the concept of building professional capital through distributed leadership. As superintendent, I have been able to articulate shared goals for all constituent groups, both internal and external, in order to develop a cohesive mission and sense of community to benefit students.

Engineering and Technology Education Division Vice President

Two candidates did not apply for the Engineering Technical Education Division vice president position. Per ACTE Bylaws and the Board Policy and Procedure Manual, if there are not two candidates for a vice president position, the office shall be declared vacant by the Board of Directors. The respective Policy Committees reviewed the candidates and recommended them for appointment. The ACTE Board of Directors voted to appoint Jay Davis as the Engineering & Technology Education Division vice president. The term for this position is July 1, 2017–June 30, 2020. As a result, voting for Engineering & Technology Education Division vice president will not be featured on the electronic ballot this year.

Jay Davis 


Jay Davis HeadshotRegion: III 

Division: Engineering & Technology Education Division 

Employment History: Instructor, Kokomo Area Career Center (1998-present) 

Education: Indiana University, BA; Purdue University, MS; Indiana CTE Director’s License (2013)

National ACTE Involvement— Engineering & Technology Education Division Policy Chair (2014-present), Educators in Action (2014-present), Bylaws Committee Chair (2010-2013), Nominating Committee (2006-2009), Communications Committee (2005)

Regional ACTE Involvement—Region III: Award of Merit (2006), Conference Co-Chair (2005), Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher (2004)

Divisional ACTE Involvement—Engineering & Technology Education Division Distinguished Service Award (2014)

State ACTE Involvement—Indiana ACTE Affiliate President (2012-2014); Indiana ACTE: President (2009), President-Elect (2008), Region III Representative (2004-2008), Board of Directors (2004-2010), Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher (2003) 

Other CTE Involvement—Ivy Tech Community College Region 5: Adjunct Faculty (2005-present), Outstanding Adjunct Faculty (2014), Advisory Board Member; Indiana Professional Standards Board Workplace Specialist Committee; Indiana Department of Education Career Pathways Committee Member; Kokomo School Corporation: Technology Committee Member, Redistricting Committee Member; Kokomo Area Career Center Work-Based Learning Committee; Century Career Center (Logansport) Advisory Board Member, Purdue Leadership Development Program Presenter

Platform Statement:

For the past seven years I have served on the Policy Board for ACTE’s Engineering & Technology Education Division. During this span of time, I have had the opportunity to work with four ETED Division vice presidents in a variety of leadership positions. I have gained valuable knowledge about the division and about ACTE as an organization from each of these four leaders. I have enjoyed staying involved with the division, but my goal since joining ACTE in 2004 has been to become a division or region vice president. The opportunity to serve on the board and share my beliefs and insights on CTE would be a new apex in my instructional/professional career.

With the addition of the STEM and Arts Areas of Interest to our division, membership numbers have begun to increase. As vice president of the division, I would look to expand these areas by offering meaningful professional development opportunities to these interest groups. I would also look to get qualified and dedicated individuals from these areas to join the ETED leadership team and serve with me on the Policy Board.

In the words of a former ACTE board member, I have always aspired to be “a champion for CTE” through my involvement with ACTE at both the national and state levels. This national position would certainly provide an opportunity for me to continue that quest.

Marketing Education Division Vice President

Snehal Bhakta

Recommendation Letters Snehal Bhakta Headshot

Candidate Questions

Region: V 

Division: Marketing Education Division 

Occupation: CTE Innovator Employment History: CTE Innovator, Clark County School District (2015-present); Management Information Systems/IT Management Program Lead, Clark County School District (2010-2015); Business/IT Consultant, MHD, LLC (2006-2010); Business/IT Consultant, Accenture (2001-2006); Sales Engineer/Consultant, JCI (1997-2000) 

Education: Nova Southeastern University, MS, Education Leadership; Kansas State University, BS, Secondary Education and Computer Engineering

National ACTE Involvement—VISION Presenter (2016), NPS Attendee (2016), VISION Attendee (2011, 2013, 2015)

Regional ACTE Involvement—Region V: Legislative Committee Member (2015-present), Conference Presenter (2013-2016), Conference Attendee (2013-2016) 

Divisional ACTE Involvement—MBA Conclave: Conference Presenter (2015), Conference Attendee (2015) 

Other ACTE Divisional Involvement—Marketing Division Networking Social Event Organizer at VISION (2016) 

State ACTE Involvement—Nevada ACTE: Membership Chair (2013-present), Social Media/Marketing Committee (2013-present) 

Other State ACTE Involvement—New CTE Teacher of the Year for Nevada (2013), State Conference Committee Member (2013-2016)

Other CTE Involvement— Nevada DECA Board of Trustees: Professional Member (2015-present), Advisor Rep (2013-present); DECA Chapter Starter at West Career & Tech Academy (2011); CTE Professional Development Trainer (2010-2014); VISION Planning Committee (2016); Nevada ACTE Unification Proposal (2014) 

Application Summary: 

My passion is to inspire others to learn more and to instill a hope for success. Whether it is in the classroom working with students or working with fellow CTE educators, I’ve always looked at ways to improve not only myself, but also others around me. I currently hold board positions at both the state and regional levels, as well as on Nevada DECA. I am currently employed in the CTE Department of Clark County School District. Thank you for the opportunity to be a candidate to serve ACTE as the Marketing Division vice president. 


 Platform Statement

I believe as CTE educators we need to create thinkers, leaders and highly skilled workers in order to have a thriving society. As your division vice president, I would like to ensure everyone has the necessary support and/or resources available from ACTE in order to be successful in their CTE program. This starts with communication being open, honest and frequent enough to make an impact. Furthermore, I would also like to see ACTE become more nimble and able to react faster to current changes and trends in our profession, as well as increase business and industry involvement and the number of partnerships. This will ensure we are offering the most current education possible to our students. Finally, we need to work on providing additional leadership opportunities to grow and engage our members, and we’ll do this with the help of member input. I’ve always believed that you can never ask for too much input; however, I recognize that sometimes we can’t make all the changes. But we need to hear everyone’s voice, which will allow us to make well-informed decisions and strengthen our organization for the future. 

Richard Faulkner

Recommendation Letters

Candidate Questions  Richard Faulkner Headshot

Region: IV 

Division: Marketing Education Division 

Occupation: Business and Marketing Teacher 

Employment History: Business and Marketing Teacher, La Cueva High School (2003-present); Business and Marketing Teacher, Rio Grande High School (1998-2003); Social Studies Teacher/Baseball Coach, Hope Christian School (1994-1998); Retail Manager, Army and Air Force Exchange Service (1993-1994); Maintenance Data Systems Specialist, New Mexico Air National Guard (1990-1994) 

Education: College of Santa Fe, BA, Education; Park University, BS, Business

National ACTE Involvement—NPS Attendee (2012, 2014), VISION Attendee (2007, 2013, 2015) 

Other National ACTE Involvement—U.S. Army Leadership Program Participant (2013)

Regional ACTE Involvement—Region IV: Policy Committee Member (2014-present), Conference Attendee (2010, 2015-2016) 

State ACTE Involvement—New Mexico ACTE: Marketing Division Representative (2015-present), President (2013-2014), President-Elect (2012-2013), Marketing Division Representative (2009-2012) 

Other CTE Involvement— New Mexico DECA Board: Member (2010-present, 2003-2006), Chair (2006-2010); DECA Advisor: La Cueva High School (2003-present), Rio Grande High School (2001-2003); BPA Advisor, Rio Grande High School (1999-2001)

Application Summary

I am an active marketing teacher who wants to give teachers a voice on the ACTE Board. Teachers are underrepresented in professional organizations in the CTE community. I am active at all levels—local, state, regional and national—and I want to bring that experience to the ACTE Board.


Platform Statement:

Teachers need a voice, and I want to be one of those voices! We get so busy doing the jobs we do—impacting the lives of our students and communities—that our role as teachers is taken for granted. Teachers need to get involved and share their successes and challenges so that those in leadership can better understand the needs of teachers and, thus, better serve them. I have experience in and out of education that has prepared me to be a voice for my peers in teaching. I am a strong believer in the value of CTE for students, teachers and our communities. I will be a vocal representative for the Marketing Division. I am not afraid to say what needs to be said to shake up the status quo in order to help our division and its members.

Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Vice President-Elect


Dick Lowe

Recommendation Letters  Dick Lowe Headshot

Candidate Questions

Region: IV 

Division: Postsecondary, Adult & Career Education Division 

Occupation: Industrial Coordinator Employment History: Industrial Coordinator, Canadian Valley Technology Center (2008-present); Agricultural Business Management Coordinator, Red River Technology Center (2000-2008); Agricultural Education Instructor, Ninnekah High School (1998-2000); Ranch Manager, Johnson Ranch (1982-1998); Field Representative, Beefmaster Breeders Universal (1980-1982) 

Education: Southern Nazarene University, MS, Educational Leadership; Oklahoma State University, BS, Animal Science 

National ACTE Involvement—ACTE Bylaws Committee Member (2014-present), PACE Division Advisory Group (2015-2016), VISION Presenter (2015), Educator In Action (2016), NPS Attendee (2016), VISION Attendee (2001-2006, 2013-2015) 

Other National ACTE Involvement—VISION Proposal Reviewer (2013-2016)

Regional ACTE Involvement—Region IV: Conference Task Force Member (2012), Administrator of the Year (2016), Conference Presenter (2015), Conference Attendee (2012, 2015-2016)

Divisional ACTE Involvement—Policy Committee Member (2013), PACE Division Task Force (2015-2016)

State ACTE Involvement—Oklahoma ACTE: President (2016-2017), President-Elect (2015-2016), PAC Committee (2006-2008), Leadership Development Conference (2006-2011)

Other CTE Involvement— Oklahoma PACE: President (2013-2014), President-Elect (2012-2013),Secretary (2011-2012), Past President (2014-2015), Spring Conference Committee (2011-2015), Awards Committee (2010-2013), Conference Presenter (2008-2012)

Application Summary: 

I believe that to be a leader you must be willing to be involved with and committed to the membership. As a leader in my state association and the PACE Division, I have been involved from the ground up in the changes that will bring the membership together to achieve the lofty goals we have tackled. I pledge to do my utmost to bring about a process so that all PACE members feel they have a voice and that we use that voice to make our organization even stronger. We have a great foundation in ACTE; however, we must continue to build upon that foundation to develop a structure where all members are engaged in the exciting movement to put CTE out front in the educational arena. 


Platform Statement:

As the PACE Division vice president, my goal would be to develop a greater network of members engaged in national, regional and state activities. As the president-elect of OK ACTE, I have seen the opportunity to improve upon the foundation of ACTE and to move our organization forward. I truly believe that no one person alone can make changes happen that will benefit our diverse membership. The ability to get people involved and engaged is not only my goal, but it is also what I will work toward achieving if elected to this position. I believe that we began a positive movement at VISION 2015 in developing PACE as a premier division through the advisory group’s leadership. I serve on that advisory group, and I have seen how when we work together, we can make a difference.


Rick Bouillon

Recommendation Letters Rick Bouillon Headshot

Candidate Questions

Region: V 

Division: Postsecondary, Adult & Career Education Division 

Occupation: Associate Provost, Workforce & Economic Development Employment History: Salt Lake Community College: Associate Provost Workforce & Economic Development (2015-present), CTE Director (2011-present), Dean for School of Technical Specialties (2001-2015), Regional Director (2006-2011), Director of Business Outreach (2004-2006) 

Education: Eastern Illinois University, BS and MS 

National ACTE Involvement—PACE Advisory Group Chair (2015-present), VISION Presenter (2015), NPS Attendee (2015), VISION Attendee (2014-2015)

Divisional ACTE Involvement—PACE Advisory Group Chair (2015-present)

Application Summary: 

The Association for Career and Technical Education has been extremely important in my work at Salt Lake Community College. The collective voice that ACTE provides has proven to be influential in the delivery of the broad range of CTE programs at our institution. As I have been involved in the work of the PACE Committee over the last two years, it has inspired me to want to continue to serve the organization. John Noel’s leadership has been tremendous, and continuing his good work is important to me. There has never been a better or more important time to be a professional in CTE. As we design programs for the future, we need to craft a vision and a plan that results in effective programming for all the student we serve. If I am chosen for this role, together, we will work to achieve these goals. 


Platform Statement:

CTE will take over the world! Short of global domination, I would like to see a number of things achieved for A

CTE during my years of service: (1) work to create a PACE Division in as many states as possible; (2) recruit companies for the CareerTech Expo that specialize in postsecondary programs, products and services; (3) continue to solicit presentations that focus on rising trends and issues relative to postsecondary CTE professionals; (4) in addition to recruiting individual members to ACTE, share the value of institutional memberships from community and technical colleges; and (5) assist all members of ACTE in gaining the most beneficial membership experience possible. If the members of ACTE decide that I am a good fit to lead the PACE Division, I will dedicate my efforts to our members and more importantly for the adult students that we all serve.

Two candidates did not apply for the Engineering Technical Education Division vice president position. Per ACTE Bylaws and the Board Policy and Procedure Manual, if there are not two candidates for a vice president position, the office shall be declared vacant by the Board of Directors. The respective Policy Committees reviewed the candidates and recommended them for appointment. The ACTE Board of Directors voted to appoint Jay Davis as the Engineering & Technology Education Division vice president. The term for this position is July 1, 2017–June 30, 2020. As a result, voting for Engineering & Technology Education Division vice president will not be featured on the electronic ballot this year. 

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