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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 November 1. The application can be found in the ACTE Fellowship Program Guidelines and Application.

New this year: ACTE is sponsoring Fellows for the Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science and New and Related Services Divisions! You can apply for a Fellowship position for your Region or for one of these divisions.

Not sure if this leadership development opportunity is right for you? Check out the differences in ACTE's leadership development programs and find the right fit for you!

Interested in the Fellowship Coordinator position?  Click here.     


2016 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 This year’s fellowship class includes:

  • Kimberly Mitchell, Talladega, AL, FACS
  • Linda Efird, Aurora, CO, HSE
  • 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

Jim Comer is currently serving as the fellowship coordinator through 2016. Dr. Douglas Major, CEO of Meridian Technology Center, was selected by the ACTE Executive Committee as the Fellowship Coordinator for 2017-2018.

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


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 November 1st.  The Fellowship Coordinator Elect term will start in January 2016, with the official Fellowship Coordinator term beginning January 2017 and ending December 2018.

Past Fellowship Coordinators

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



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