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ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program



The ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program began in 2009 as an Opportunity Fund project initiated by the ACTE Board of Directors. The purpose of the ACTE Fellowship Program is to:

  • help establish a leadership development program for CTE educators in ACTE and assist individuals in further developing their leadership skills in CTE and their involvement in professional associations
  • provide an opportunity for CTE educators to become familiar with and participate in the processes used by policymakers in the development and implementation of laws, regulations and other public policies at the local, state and federal levels
  • identify, train and motivate a cadre of leaders who will continue to position ACTE as a leader in developing an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce

In summary, the ACTE Fellowship Program is an instrument to provide professional development, policy knowledge and leadership development

Guidelines, Program of Work and Additional Information
Detailed information can be found in the ACTE Fellowship Program Guidelines and Application and Fellowship Program Brochure. Please note that the application can be submitted electronically. 

Awards Portal

Applications are due October 1. The application can be found in the ACTE Fellowship Program Guidelines and Application

ACTE is seeking a Fellowship Coordinator for the 2019-2020 cohorts! Interested in the Fellowship Coordinator position?  Click here.     


ACTE's premier leadership development program, the National Leadership Fellowship Program, is expanding its offerings by recruiting a cohort of New Professionals!  The New Professionals Fellows will be targeted to members with 2-5 years CTE experience and will provide participants with the leadership, professional and policy skills they need to grow as a CTE and ACTE advocate!  Just as with the original Fellows Program, participants will receive a $1,000 stipend in addition to complimentary registration for NPS and VISION!  Interested members must apply via the ACTE Awards Portal; five participants will be selected, one representing each Region.  Applications are due October 1. 


2017 Fellows

The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Each of the five Regions of ACTE is represented in the program, as well as some divisions The 2018 fellowship class includes:

2018 Experienced Fellows Class:

 James Berry  Paula Boughton  Kimberly Jones
James Berry
MI, Region I
Paula Boughton
NY, Region I
Kimberly Jones
SC, Region II
 Alexandra Harkleroad  Kristy Barnett  Robert VanDyke
Alexandra Harkleroad
IN, Region III
Kristy Barnett
OK, Region IV
Robert VanDyke
CO, Region V 
 Jeffrey Crapper  Christopher Neff  Shawn Freie
Jeffrey Crapper
OR, Region V
Christopher Neff
WI, Admin Division
Shawn Freie



2018 New Professionals Fellows Class:

 Robert Kindon  Nancy Cross  Lauren Emmerson
Robert Kindon
PA, Region I
Nancy Cross
NC, Region II
 Lauren Emerson
LA Region IV
Danielle Luebke  Kaleen Barnett  Sahvanna Mease
Danielle Luebke
ND, Region V
 Kaleen Barnett
CO, Admin Division
Sahvana Mease
CO, FACS Division


Dr. Douglas Major, CEO of Meridian Technology Center, is currently serving as Fellowship Coordinator and was selected by the ACTE Executive Committee to serve as the Fellowship Coordinator for 2018-2019.

2009 Fellows

The 2009 Fellowship class included:

  • James Scott, Plain City, Ohio; Region I
  • Virginia Jones, Halifax, Virginia; Region II
  • Patti Kozlowski, West Chicago, Illinois; Region III
  • Sherry Adrian, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Region IV
  • Katy Baltnick-Gagne, Denver, Colorado; Region V

2010 Fellows

The 2010 Fellowship class included:

  • Jeffrey Travers, supervisor of adult education in the public safety services division at Great Oaks Institute of Technology, Cincinnati, Ohio; Region I
  • Kristina Gehrki, marketing teacher-coordinator for Fairfax County Public Schools, Vienna, Virginia; Region II
  • Paul Asunda, assistant professor in the Department of Workforce, Education and Development at the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois; Region III
  • Angela Scott, health science technology education instructor at Gravette High School, Gravette, Arkansas; Region IV
  • Joan Birdsell, business education instructor, FBLA adviser/tech coordinator at Drake-Anamoose High School, Drake, North Dakota; Region V

2011 Fellows

The 2011 Fellowship class included:

  • Christine Shaw, director of guidance and admissions, Shawsheen Valley High School, Billerica, Massachusetts; Region I
  • David Jones, assistant professor, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina; Region II
  • Mark Fuchs, program coordinator, St. Louis Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship Program, St. Louis, Missouri; Region III
  • Gina Riggs, EMS director, Kiamichi Technology Center, Poteau, Oklahoma; Region IV
  • Lee Smith, career and technical education coordinator, DeQueen Mena Educational Service Co-op, Gillham, Arkansas; Region IV (Sponsored by Region IV)
  • Mark Bell, instructor, Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colorado; Region V

2012 Fellows

The 2012 Fellowship class included:

  • Connie S. Strebe, Plain City, Ohio; Region I 
  • Chaney Mosley, Nashville, Tennessee; Region II 
  • Patrick Biggerstaff, Indianapolis, Indiana; Region III 
  • Lynne Cagle Cox, Highland Village, Texas; Region IV 
  • Hershel Williams, Ada, Oklahoma; Region IV 
  • Ron Umehira, Aiea, Hawai'i; Region V 
  • Dawn Lindsley, Wamego, Kansas; Region V 

2013 Fellows

The 2013 Fellowship class included:

  • Carol Pelletier, Rockland, Maine; Region I 
  • Kim Jackson-Allen, Pooler, Georgia; Region II 
  • Kandy Smitha, Indianapolis, Indiana; Region III 
  • Marla Sterling, Cherryvale, Kansas; Region V 
  • Jonathan Howard, Denver, Colorado; Region V

2014 Fellows

The 2014 Fellowship class included:

  • Josh Moore, Barnesville, Ohio; Region I 
  • Cara LeGrys, Leesburg, Virginia; Region II 
  • Shelley Rust, Kokomo, Indiana; Region III 
  • Tamara Faulk, Carlsbad, New Mexico; Region IV 
  • Michael Culwell, Heavener, Oklahoma; Region IV 
  • Ross White, Alma, Arkansas; Region IV 
  • Chris Compton, Heron, Montana; Region V 

2015 Fellows

The 2015 Fellowship class included:


  • Candice Mott, Washington, DC, Region I
  • Keio Carter, Atlanta, GA, Region II
  • Leslie Bleskachek, River Falls, WI, Region III
  • Jona Kay Squires, Kingfisher, OK, Region IV
  • Julius (Dean) Baker, Oklahoma City, OK, Region IV
  • Amanda Shively, Glendale, AZ, Region V
  • Christine Nelson, Mesa, AZ, Region V
  • Warren Kawano, Pearl City, HI

2016 Fellows

The 2016 fellowship class included:

  • Kimberly Mitchell, Talladega, AL, FACS
  • Kimberly Baldwin, Parker, CO, NRS
  • Karen Gutenkauf, Broken Arrow, OK, OK ACTE PACE
  • Nicole Lord, Flushing, MI, Region I
  • Beyonka Wider, Columbia, SC, Region II
  • Richard Flotron, Park Hills, MO, Region III
  • Lacee Manus, Albuquerque, NM, Region IV
  • Rachel Mann, Phoenix, AZ, Region V

2017 Fellows

The 2017 fellowship class included:


  • Carrie Scheiderer, Newark, OH, Region I
  • Monica Brisbon, Myrtle Beach, SC, Region II
  • Mariatu Swayne, Indianapolis, IN, Region III
  • Audrey Lee, Oklahoma City, OK, Region IV
  • Michelle Camp, Maumelle, AR, Region IV
  • Tommy Hamilton, Norman, OK, Business Education Division
  • Elaine Webb, Louisburg, NC, New and Related Services Division
  • Ernie Gomez, Oklahoma City, OK, Oklahoma ACTE Postsecondary Adult and Career Education Division




Fellowship Coordinator

The Fellowship Coordinator is responsible for overseeing and implementing the ACTE National Leadership Fellowship Program. Facilitates all Fellowship Program activities, maintains monthly contact with the Fellows, coordinates mentorship and personally provides mentorship to the Fellows, and pursues the option of college credit for the Program. The Fellowship Coordinator will also work with ACTE staff to set up meetings and conference calls for the Fellows, report to the ACTE Board of Directors on the status of the program, and attend NPS and the ACTE CareerTech VISION.

Fellowship Coordinators are asked to commit to a two-year term to provide consistency in the program. At the end of the initial two years, the Fellowship Coordinator may reapply another two years. The Fellowship Coordinator will mentor a “Fellowship Coordinator Elect” during their last year.

Additional information, as well as the application, is available here. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.  The Fellowship Coordinator Elect term will start in Jan. 2018, with the official Fellowship Coordinator term beginning Jan. 2019 and ending Dec. 2020.

Past Fellowship Coordinators

  • Kevin English, Arizona, 2009-2010
  • Belinda Cole, Oklahoma, 2011-2014
  • Jim Comer, Oklahoma, 2015-2016
  • Doug Major, Oklahoma, 2016-2018



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