Meet Dodie Bemis
Name: Dodie Bemis
Occupation: SDACTE Executive Director, South Dakota Association for Career and Technical Education
Employment History: SDACTE Executive Director 2005-present; Special Assignment to LATI President 2011-2013; NESD Tech Prep Coordinator 1995-2011; English Instructor, Watertown High School, Watertown, SD 1969-95
Education: Baccalaureate Degree English Northern State University 1967; Master’s Degree English South Dakota State University 1969; Hours Past Master’s Degree 67
ACTE Division: Past President of the SD Association for Career and Technical Education (SDACTE); Served on a variety of SDACTE committees 1996-2005
ACTE Region: Member of Region V Marketing/Membership/New Ideas Committee 2005-present; Region V Policy Committee 2008-2011; Chairperson of Region V ACTE Leadership Conference 2009-2011; Region V Policy Committee 2012-2014
ACTE National—Other Activities: ACTE Program Chair for Tech Prep 1998-2006
State/Local: When asked, have willingly participated in a variety of committees and task forces 2000-2013
Platform Statement: Several candidates have expressed the need to increase membership in ACTE. Yes, it is important to have strong numbers, but I prefer ACTIVE members. Many people believe they are a professional by their degree or certification. That is definitely not my philosophy! I believe an individual is a professional through active membership in a professional organization. Encouraging membership is a one-on-one relationship. The top reasons to join ACTE are professional development, networking and advocacy. It is so easy to verbalize these three benefits and "sell" the organization.
My high-energy, can-do attitude motivates others to become engaged in a variety of projects and committees. I can visualize the "big picture" and bring strong people skills and enthusiasm to the job at hand. I firmly believe you don't need a title to be a leader.
Serving in a variety of leadership roles has provided a great opportunity to network and grow professionally, thus enabling me to have a broad span of people from which to draw and engage in ACTE activities.
I want to continue the strong leadership tradition of Region V. I look forward to the opportunity to accomplish the goals of Region V and ACTE with positive, active members.