ACTE Board of Directors 2021 Elections

From Dec. 4, 2020, to 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 4, 2021, members of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) will elect officers for the following board of directors positions:

  • President-elect: Serves a one-year term beginning in July 2021, followed by one year as president and one year as past president
  • Region V Vice President: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2021
  • Agriculture Education Division Vice President: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2021
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2021
  • Region II Vice President-elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2022
  • Region III Vice President-elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2022.
  • New and Related Services Vice President-elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2022

All ACTE individual professional, retired, educational institution members, and national affiliate organizations whose membership dues are received at ACTE headquarters by Nov. 4, 2020, are eligible to vote. Please review the biographical information and platform statements for the nominees and exercise your right to vote for ACTE’s leadership. This information is also posted online at acteonline.org/board_election_candidates.

The election process will be conducted via electronic ballot only. Ballots will be sent to member email addresses listed in the ACTE database. ACTE works with Survey and Ballot Systems (SBS) to manage the board of directors elections. You will receive an e-signature via email that must be used with your member number to vote electronically. If you do not receive an e-signature by midnight on Dec. 5, please contact support@directvote.net.  Electronic ballots must be cast by 11:59 p.m. ET on Jan. 4, 2021. 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.

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

  • Verify your email address with ACTE. If ACTE does not have your email address, it is imperative that you update your member profile immediately. You can do this on the ACTE website by:
    • Visiting acteonline.org
    • Logging in (Username: your email address; password: your ACTE ID number plus your first and last initials — e.g., 123456AH)
    • Clicking on “View Profile”

Or email acte@acteonline.org

  • Make sure you/your IT department puts Survey and Ballot Systems on your email server’s “white list” so your voting information will not be marked as spam. The email will come from noreply@directvote.net.
  • Remember that in order to vote, you must be a member of ACTE as of Nov. 4, 2020. Members are only allowed to vote in elections for their region and any divisions of which they are a member.

ACTE President-Elect

Scott Stone

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Region: III
Division: Agricultural Education

Occupation:
 Agriculture instructor
Employment History: Agriculture instructor, Centralia R-VI School District: 1997–present

Education
M.S., agriculture education, University of Missouri – Columbia; B.S., agriculture education, University of Missouri – Columbia

National ACTE Involvement
Board of directors member: 2018–present; executive committee member: 2020–present; finance committee chair: 2020–present; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION presenter: 2015; VISION attendee: 2008–2011, 2013–19; National Policy Seminar attendee: 2015, 2017–19; Educators in Action volunteer: 2019–present; CTE Support Fund supporter: 2018–present

Regional ACTE Involvement
Region IV Outstanding Mentor Award winner: 2010

Divisional ACTE Involvement
Policy committee chair: 2018–present; policy committee member: 2016–present

State ACTE Involvement
Missouri ACTE (MOACTE) board of directors member: 2009–2011; MOACTE conference attendee; MOACTE committee member

Other CTE Involvement
National Association of Agricultural Educations (NAAE) past president: 2018–19; NAAE president 2016–17; NAAE president-elect: 2015–16; NAAE Region IV vice president: 2012–15; NAAE Region IV secretary: 2011–12; NAAE professional development committee chair: 2010; NAAE professional development committee member: 2008–2016; NAAE Region IV conference presenter: 2012, 2014; ; conference attendee: 2008–2017; Missouri Vocational Agriculture Teachers’ Association (MVATA) past president: 2011–12; MVATA president: 2010–11; MVATA president-elect: 2009–2010; MVATA secretary: 2008–09

Application Summary
I am Scott Stone, an agriculture science instructor in Centralia, Missouri, and ACTE’s Agricultural Education Division vice president. I have also served as the National Association of Agricultural Educators president. I have served on the NAAE board of directors for six years as the Region IV secretary and vice president. I have been a member of ACTE since my first day in the classroom because I feel it is my professional responsibility to belong to our career and technical organization. It is my sincere desire to serve as the ACTE president-elect in order to continue the mission of serving all career and technical educators across the United States.

Platform Statement
I am sure each of you could recite numerous campaign promises and slogans that never came true. I listen to hundreds of political candidates who make promises that, in reality, they have no way of making happen. This is very unfortunate as it only leads to heartbreak within constituents and a huge loss of credibility in our leaders. That is why, as a leader, I never make promises I do not feel I can keep. My mission as the ACTE president-elect is simple; I want to work on behalf of career and technical educators across the country. I will work to communicate the needs of teachers to the ACTE board. I will fight for career and technical education and educators every day. I first listen to you, the members, develop a plan, and then will vigorously work to move ACTE in a positive direction while carrying out its mission and goals. If our organization is better, at the end of my service, than when I started, I will have achieved my goal.


Jon Quatman

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Region: I
Division: Administration

Occupation: Retired

Education
M.Ed., educational administration, Xavier University: 1986; B.A., secondary education – mathematics, Thomas More College: 1976; A.A., economics, Thomas More College: 1976

National ACTE Involvement
Board of directors, Region I vice president: 2017–2020; Region I vice president-elect: 2016–17; Executive committee member, finance chair: 2018–19; legislative committee chair 2001–08; allowable expenses task force member: 2018; division affiliate task force member: 2019; Educators in Action volunteer: 2015–2020; CTE Support Fund supporter: 2003–2020; National Policy Seminar attendee: 2001–2019; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION attendee: 1996, 2002–2019; ACTE/NLCA Best Practices & Innovations in CTE Conference attendee: 1996–2015, 2019; public policy advocate — a responsibility of all CTE professionals: 1996–present; Assembly of Delegates: 2010–16

Regional ACTE Involvement
Policy committee member: 2015–2020; policy and bylaws revision task force member: 2018; awards revision task force member: 2018; awards revision committee chair: 2016–18; Scott Westbrook Award winner: 2015; conference presenter: 2017–2020

Divisional ACTE Involvement
Policy committee member: 2002–2015; legislative committee member; legislative committee chair: 2004–06; policy and bylaws revision task force chair: 2014; VISION planning committee for the Administration Division: 2004–08, 2015

I have also served at various times on the Administration Division’s policy committee.

State ACTE Involvement
Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (OACTE) past president: 2011–12; OACTE president: 2010–11; OACTE president-elect: 2009–2010; OACTE Administration Division president: 2004–05; OACTE president of the council of presidents: 2004–06; OACTE Beryl Shoemaker Leadership Advisory Committee member: 2011–13; OACTE Leadership Task Force: 2011; OACTE Professional Development Committee member: 2004–05; testified to the Ohio House Higher Education Committee on behalf of OACTE: 2010; testified to the Ohio House Higher Education Committee on behalf of High Schools that Work and CTE: 2007; Assembly of Delegates: 2006–2011

Other CTE Involvement
I have served as a board member and officer of the National Council of Local Administrators.

Application Summary
I have been involved in education for 45 years in various positions in both middle and high school. My experiences include urban, suburban and rural schools. Twenty-three years ago, I was hired by Great Oaks Career Campuses, and I found my passion, career and technical education. I discovered how the educational system makes sense for the students I served. It links the academic and technical skills with the passion of each student and allows the student to participate in the economic system. I immediately joined ACTE, recognizing the importance it plays in professional development and advocacy for the students, instructors, administrators and communities we serve. For 24 years, I have actively served on the state and national level as president of Oho ACTE, president of the National Council of Local Administrators (NCLA), committee chair for ACTE and, presently, as finance chair on the executive committee and as vice president of Region I.

Through the efforts of many we have made, and continue to make, significant progress in the perception of CTE in the educational and legislative environments. Through our strategic plan we need to increase our member engagement, grow our high-quality CTE program work, look to expand our professional and leadership development, and build on our advocacy and awareness efforts. I would look forward to continuing to serve our members and building on this momentum as president-elect.

Platform Statement
I have been a member of ACTE for 24 years. I recognize the important role the Association plays in supporting our members in professional growth, leadership development and advocacy at the local, state and national levels. As a candidate for president-elect, it is my goal to grow this support for our members. To do this, I will work not only to expand the current activities but to identify new and innovative ways for our members to be engaged and supported.

When I ran for Region I vice president, I said, “Career and technical educators have dramatically changed the face of education. First, hands-on learning with integrated academics and measurable outcomes has been proven to be an effective educational model. Secondly, leaders now realize that students need to be prepared for a career, not just the next educational step.”

As Mark Perna said, “Students must have an education with a purpose, not an education for the sake of education.” That is what we provide as career and technical educators. I believe the same should be said for our Association. That is why, as a board, we established a robust comprehensive strategic plan that has allowed ACTE and career and technical education to make significant progress in the educational and legislative environments. Our challenge is to keep this momentum moving forward and not rest on our current successes, implementing innovative approaches and programs for membership growth, engagement and ACTE awareness. I will work to ensure all our members’ voices are heard through the board of directors, vice presidents of the regions, and divisions.

I would be honored to serve as your president-elect of ACTE to meet the challenge of continuing the momentum forward for you, our members and the Association.

Agricultural Education Division Vice President

Kristopher Elliott

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Region: V
Division: Agricultural Education, Counseling & Career Development

Occupation: Assistant director, extension service

Employment History
Assistant director, Oregon State University Extension Service: 2017–present; director of STEM, Metro Nashville Public Schools: 2015–17; assistant professor, agricultural education, University of Georgia: 2014–15; instructor, agricultural education, Oregon State University: 2011–14; secondary agricultural educator, Sheldon High School: 2009–2011

Education
Ph.D., science education, Oregon State University; M.S., agricultural education, California Polytechnic State University; B.S., agriculture, California Polytechnic State University

National ACTE Involvement
Led strategic planning process for Counseling and Career Development Division executive team: 2018; Inclusion, Access, Equity and Diversity (IAED) Advisory Group member: 2020; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION presenter: 2017–19; VISION attendee: 2015–19; National Policy Seminar attendee: 2015; public policy advocate; Educators in Action Techniques writer — “Teaching Outside the Box” (October 2018)

State ACTE Involvement
State Association for Career and Technical Education member (Georgia, Tennessee and Oregon): 2015–present

Other CTE Involvement
American Association for Agricultural Education (AAAE) member: 2011–present; National Association of Agricultural Educators member: 2001–2011; National Career Academy Coalition national trainer; State of Oregon Career and Technical Education Task Force member: 2014; National Science Teaching Association STEM is CTE Working Group; conducted CTE training for middle Tennessee educators: 2012; conducted many trainings and curriculum writing for National FFA Organization.

Application Summary
Hello, my name is Kris Elliott and I hope to earn your vote to serve as the Agriculture Education Division vice president in ACTE. I have served in many CTE and agricultural education roles that I believe have uniquely prepared me for this role. I will work tirelessly to continue to enhance and strengthen the breadth and reach of CTE and agricultural education in our nation’s schools. Having served as a secondary agriculture educator, university teacher educator in agriculture, and in nontraditional extension programs, I believe I can help us reach more students and support more teachers in delivering excellent agricultural CTE programming.

Platform Statement
Hello, Agricultural Education Division members, I’m Kris Elliott, and I would be honored to serve as your next division vice president. I have been involved in agricultural education and other areas of CTE for 20 years, serving as a high school agriculture teacher, university teacher educator, district CTE administrator, and an extension educator. I hope to use my broad experiences to further enhance and grow our membership while continuing to expand the reach of agricultural education throughout our organization and beyond. As your vice president, I will seek ways to help every member feel connected and their input valued as we continue to build a more inclusive and active organization. More policymakers, community members and administrators need to hear about the positive impact that agricultural education can have on the lives of students. To accomplish this, I will work with all of you to ensure you feel more connected to the work of our division and ACTE as a whole. I will work to enhance our social media presence and communication between members and leadership. Most of all, I will work to continuously seek your feedback and input to ensure the full value of your membership dues.


Robert Torres

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Region: V
Division: Agricultural Education

Occupation: Professor and department head

Employment History
University of Arizona: present; University of Missouri: 2002–2010; New Mexico State University: 1993–2002; The Ohio State University: 1990–93; Willcox Unified School District: 1986–1990

Education
Ph.D., The Ohio State University; M.S., New Mexico State University; B.S., New Mexico State University

State ACTE Involvement
Arizona Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) member: 1986–1990, 2010–2020; Missouri ACTE member: 2002–2010; New Mexico ACTE member: 1993–2002; Ohio ACTE: 1990–93

Other CTE Involvement
Arizona CTE advisory committee member: 2010–14; Arizona CTE Skills Commission member: 2010–present; Arizona Agriculture Teachers Association member: 1986–1990, 2010–present; Arizona Agricultural Education/FFA Foundation board of trustees member: 2010–present

Application Summary
I have always been a teacher by choice, not by chance. An essential part of being a professional is service to my professional associations. As a former school-based agricultural teacher, I have spent the majority of my 33-year career in higher education serving CTE as a teacher educator. My current role as professor and department head of agricultural education, technology and innovation allows me to exercise an influence in my university, my community, my state and my country. During the span of my career, I have served my professional associations diligently. I look forward to serving ACTE in the same manner, with passion and commitment.

Platform Statement
I run on a platform of inclusivity and diversity, so that all members identify ACTE as a body of highly motivated professionals who desire to equip the next generation of graduates to become employed, with personal and professional skill sets and also with an entrepreneurial mindset. Toward this end, the CTE teacher must be the focus of ACTE. Through a suite of professional development opportunities that occur year-round through a variety of delivery modalities, ACTE can be part of the solution to the teacher skill-gap. My role, if elected will be to explore and enhance low cost, high quality and a variety of teacher and program development activities. Further, I would desire to explore the creation of teacher career ladders as a means of recognizing CTE teachers for their accomplishments and commitment to their skill areas, to teaching and program development, and to student success.

Health Science Education Division Vice President

Kandy Smitha

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Region: III
Division: Health Science Education

Occupation: Instructor

Employment History
Veterinary careers instructor, J. Everett Light Career Center: 2001–present; health occupations instructor, J. Everett Light Career Center: 1997–2001; nurse, Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana: 1995–2000; nurse, St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, 1992–95

Education
Licensed practical nurse certification, Vincennes University; Indiana state nursing license; massage certificate, Midwest Academy of Healing Arts; Indiana massage license; 120 credit hours, Purdue University

National ACTE Involvement
CTE Support Fund committee member: 2013–15; bylaws committee member: 2019; National Leadership Fellowship Program fellow: 2013; Educators in Action volunteer: 2019–present; National Policy Seminar attendee: 2013–19; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION attendee 2013–19; VISION presenter: 2016, 2018; Teach CTE Summit attendee: 2020

Regional ACTE Involvement
Policy committee member: 2019–present; Region III Conference attendee: 2014–2020; assisted Region III with Teach CTE Summit

Divisional ACTE Involvement
Policy committee member: 2013–present; committee member: 2013–present; committee co-chair: 2016–present

State ACTE Involvement
Indiana ACTE secretary: 2013; Indiana ACTE vice president/vendor chair: 2014; president-elect/conference chair: 2015; president: 2016; past president: 2017–19; legislative committee chair: 2019–present

Other CTE Involvement
HOSA – Future Health Professionals local advisor: 1997–present; HOSA State Leadership Conference event manager: 2001–present; HOSA International Leadership Conference event manager: 2003–2019

I have worked with the CTE division of the Indiana Department of Education on certification for veterinary assistants in Indiana. I have also been involved with the Governor’s Workforce Cabinet (GWC), providing training in advocacy for members and advocating with legislators for CTE in Indiana.  I have also worked with the grant from GWC for Indiana ACTE to provide professional development and to help provide budget for the grant.

Application Summary
I am a strong believer that, if you want to see changes made, you need to get involved.  I would like to help the Health Science Education Division to become a stronger and more involved division — able to provide support, professional development opportunities and membership growth. Because of COVID-19, we now see how health care professionals must have a collective voice to effect change. That begins with a strong Health Science Education Division to create and deploy future health care providers with the best educational opportunities, both secondary and postsecondary. I think I can help with these goals and would like the chance to try.

Platform Statement
If there is anything this pandemic has shown me, it is how vital our health care system, our health care providers and health care educators are. What better time to find new ways to recruit and represent those who choose to follow this calling. We need to help those who are in education to find the courage to find their own voices. We know what has to be taught to create these heroes. We know what equipment is needed to best prepare all aspects of health providers. Here in ACTE we have the opportunity to join together and make a difference, to join other educators as a group to affect change.  We are the largest group of professionals in the workplace industry. We must encourage and challenge our colleagues to become part of a collective, to bring ideas, techniques and challenges to our profession and to encourage young people that this is a worthwhile and rewarding profession. We need to grow our membership so we can collectively get others to listen to us and for us to feel supported and listened to individually. I would be happy to help lead the way.


Holly Strand-Rysgaard

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Region: V
Division: Health Science Education

Occupation: Health sciences instructor

Employment History
Health sciences instructor, West Fargo Public Schools: 2013–present; polysomnography technician, North Dakota Center for Sleep: 2008–2016; health sciences instructor, Fargo Public Schools: 2010–13

Education
M.A., educational leadership, North Dakota State University; B.S., respiratory care, North Dakota State University; A.A./A.S., University of North Dakota – Williston

National ACTE Involvement
Nominating committee member: 2018–present; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION attendee: 2017

Regional ACTE Involvement
Awards committee member: 2015–17, 2019–present; Region V Conference attendee: 2016, 2019

I serve on the Region V planning committee as committee lead for the 2023 conference that will be held in Fargo, North Dakota.

Divisional ACTE Involvement
Policy committee chair: 2017–18

State ACTE Involvement
Appointed North Dakota ACTE (NDACTE) president elect: 2020; NDACTE president: 2017–18; NDACTE president-elect: 2016–17; NDACTE vice president: 2015–16; NDACTE Health Science Education Division president: four years; NDACTE Teacher of the Year Award winner: 2018

Other CTE Involvement
HOSA Outstanding Advisor of the Year for North Dakota: 2020; National Consortium of Health Science Education (NCHSE) 100x Leader Summit participant: 2019; North Dakota CTE guest site evaluator: 2014–present; Health Science Educators Association charter member: 2018–present; Health Sciences Instructor Association president: 2014–18; North Dakota CTE Professional Development Conference presenter: 2014–present; North Dakota CTE Professional Development Conference attendee: 2013–present

I have attended many NCHSE conferences.

Application Summary
I am an organized and dedicated leader in health sciences who has a passion for CTE. I have held numerous leadership positions within my division, state and region, and I am currently on the nominating committee at the national level.  The Health Science Education Division vice president position has been a goal of mine for many years and I am thankful for the opportunity to submit my application of interest.

Platform Statement
Like all of you, I have a passion for CTE. It has been part of me my entire life as my father was a career counselor. The same conferences I attend as an adult are ones I ran around the hotel at as a kid.  After 10 years in the medical field as a registered respiratory therapist, I found that teaching was my calling.

As a health science instructor for the past decade, I now have the best of both worlds — between the world of medicine and preparing future health professionals through my teaching.  If elected as the ACTE vice president in health science education, my mission will be simple: I will advocate for health science educators across the country and will not tire until our voices are heard.

I bring a wealth of leadership experience in ACTE and beyond to represent our division well. This position has been my goal since I first started down the path of ACTE leadership. I have served on local, state and national committees, and I am so grateful for the mentors I have had along this journey. I hope to be that mentor for you and to represent our division with integrity.

Region V Vice President

Snehal Bhakta

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Region: V
Division: Administration, Business Education, Trade & Industrial Education

Occupation: CTE administrator

Employment History
CTE administrator, Clark County School District (CCSD): 2019–present; CTE project facilitator, CCSD: 2015–18; CTE teacher, West Career & Technical Academy/CCSD: 2010–15; business/technology consultant, MHD LLC: 2003–2010; business process manager, Accenture: 1999–2002

Education
M.S., educational leadership, Nova Southeastern University; B.S., secondary education, Kansas State University; B.S., computer engineering, Kansas State University

National ACTE Involvement
Inclusion, Access, Equity and Diversity (IAED) Advisory Group member: 2020–present; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION presenter: 2017–19; VISION attendee: 2013, 2015–19; National Policy Seminar attendee: 2016; completed ACTE State Leadership Training Program: 2017; Educators in Action Techniques writer: March 2019, “Advancing Access and Equity”

Regional ACTE Involvement
Committee member: 2015; Region V Conference presenter: 2013–15, 2020: Region V Conference planning committee representative: 2020

Divisional ACTE Involvement
Engineering & Technology Education Division policy committee member: 2018–present; Information Technology section committee member: 2015–present; conference attendee: 2018–19

State ACTE Involvement
Nevada ACTE (NACTE) membership/marketing chair: 2013–17; Nevada ACTE Summer Conference planning committee: 2013–17; Nevada New Teacher of the Year Award winner: 2013

Applied and administered Region V membership and marketing grant to help grow our membership by 20%; supported and assisted in the planning/process for Nevada to become an affiliated state by providing relevant information and data to membership and the NACTE board.

Other CTE Involvement
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity intermountain STEM steering committee member: 2017–present; National Center for Women & Information Technology affiliate coordinator: 2016–present; International Society for Technology Educators Technology Standards Task Force member: 2017;
CUE, Computer-using Educators, board member: 2011–16

Application Summary
Currently, I’m employed as a CTE administrator in the Clark County School District, focusing on ensuring Nevada’s future workforce is prepared for success. I’ve had the pleasure to work on projects related to increasing student and community participation with National Job Shadow Day, started an annual Student Workforce & Innovation Summit, increased promotion and growth of career and technical student organizations (CTSOs), and lead our #GirlsinSTEM and #GirlsinTECH initiatives to encourage and support more young women and students of color to consider CTE pathways in middle and high schools.

I’ve always had a passion to help others and am running for this office to ensure we are doing the right things to support CTE teachers and programs so that all of our students are prepared no matter what the future holds… even if it is a global pandemic.

Platform Statement
I want to serve as your next Region V vice president. Why…? Because I believe that we are at a crossroads. The choice will be to continue moving education forward the way we have been successful in the past, or to take a different approach and a chance by making a change and trying something different.

What better time to make changes to education than during and after a global pandemic that many of us weren’t ready to handle. I can’t promise that my leadership will better prepare Region V or ACTE to handle what the future holds… but I can promise you that I will leave Region V and ACTE in a much better place for our members and our students at the end of my term through leadership that focuses on innovation, equity and diversity.

Take care and be well!


Craig Statucki

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Region: V
Division: Administration

Occupation: Director of career readiness, adult learning & education options

Employment History
Director, Nevada Department of Education: 2020–present; assistant principal, East Career and Technical Academy: 2018–2020; dean of students, East Career and Technical Academy: 2017–18; community partnership coordinator, Southwest Career and Technical Academy: 2011–17; digital game development program leader/teacher, Southwest Career and Technical Academy: 2008–2013

Education
Administrative leadership, Sierra Nevada College; teaching endorsement in secondary education, University of Phoenix; MBA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; B.S., business administration, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

National ACTE Involvement
CTE Support Fund committee member: 2015–17; membership advisory group member: 2015–16; National Policy Seminar attendee: 2015–19; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION attendee: 2009, 2011–19; State Leadership Training Program completer: 2013–14

Regional ACTE Involvement
Policy committee member: 2016–19; legislative committee member: 2015; marketing, membership and new ideas committee member: 2014–15; Region V Conference presenter: 2012, 2014, 2016–18; conference attendee: 2012, 2014–19; Region V interim fellows coordinator: 2017–18; ACTE Region V Fellow Program: 2015–17

State ACTE Involvement
Nevada ACTE (NACTE) executive director: 2015–present; NACTE past president: 2015; NACTE president: 2014–15; NACTE president-elect: 2013–14; NACTE Information and Media Technology Division vice president: 2012–13

Other CTE Involvement
Perkins V professional development working group for Nevada: 2019

Application Summary
I currently work as the director of career readiness, adult learning & education options for the Nevada Department of Education. I previously served as an assistant principal at East Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, which provides nine different CTE programs of study to almost 1,900 students. In addition, I have continued my involvement in ACTE by serving as the executive director for Nevada ACTE since 2015 and on the Region V Policy Committee since 2016. ACTE has provided me opportunities to serve the association and as the Region V vice president I wish to be able to serve and lead all of the members of Region V.

Platform Statement
ACTE has made a significant impact on me as an educator and a leader and I welcome the opportunity to give back to an association that has given me and my students so much. Through ACTE, I improved as an educator, a leader and an advocate for CTE. I pledge to continue to work with all of the Region V states to create effective professional development opportunities, advocate for CTE and grow membership in each state. As educators, we want to provide the best opportunities for our students to learn, grow and become successful. The same is necessary for educators. As Region V vice president, I will work tirelessly with region members and ACTE to develop more opportunities to improve as educators, leaders and advocates to engage members throughout the whole year. The world is changing, and we need to create innovative strategic plans to ensure that all members are knowledgeable about legislative concerns, instructional strategies, and partnerships in order to engage members and provide membership value. I am honored to be nominated as the Region V vice president. I promise to work with all divisions and board members to strengthen state, regional and national associations.


Shani Watkins

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Region: V
Division: Administration

Occupation: Director

Employment History
Director, West Sound Tech Skills Center: 2015–present; principal, Seattle Skills Center: 2013–present; assistant CTE director, Tacoma Public Schools: 2010–13; director, bachelor’s degree program, Central Washington University: 2006–2010; instructional facilitator, CTE, Tacoma Public Schools: 2002–06

Education
MBA, Grand Canyon University; M.Ed., organizational systems, Grand Canyon University; M.Ed., focus on business and marketing education, Central Washington University; B.S., business education, Central Washington University; B.S., accounting, Central Washington University

National ACTE Involvement
ACTE’s CareerTech VISION presenter: 2016, 2018; VISION attendee: 2015–19; ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations in CTE Conference presenter: 2016–17; National Policy Seminar attendee: 2015–17, 2019; CTE Support Fund supporter: 2015–16; won scholarship to attend Best Practices in 2016 as a first-time attendee

Regional ACTE Involvement
Policy committee member: 2017–2020; membership committee member: 2017–19; Region V Conference presenter: 2018–19

State ACTE Involvement
Washington ACTE (WA-ACTE) past president: 2019–2020; WA-ACTE president: 2018–19; president-elect: 2017–18; legislative committee member; membership committee member; awards committee member; in-service committee member; annual attendee and presenter of the WA-ACTE summer conference

Other CTE Involvement
Washington Association of Career and Technical Administrators (WACTA) past president – president – president-elect: 2014–17; WACTA secretary: 2012–13; legislative committee member; awards committee member; in-service committee member; WACTA fall and spring conference presenter: annually; Washington State Skills Center Association member and web master: 2013–present; Washington State Business Education Association member and conference participant

Application Summary
Career and technical education is truly my heart and my passion. As the director of West Sound Technical Skills Center in Bremerton, Washington, I am able to really immerse myself in career and technical education programs and ensuring that our students find success today and in the future. Over the past several years, I have held various positions within my state professional organizations, including as secretary, president-elect, president and past-president of the Washington Association of Career and Technical Administrators; president-elect, president and past-president of the Washington Association of Career and Technical Education, and as a Region V Policy Committee member for three years. It is a privilege to work in career and technical education and I want to support the great work Region V does in supporting educators developing and promoting best practices in CTE. As the Region V vice president, I will support and encourage your great work in CTE and support you at a national level.

Platform Statement
My name is Shani Watkins, and I am running for ACTE Region V vice president. I am excited to represent ACTE and Region V members for the next three years. I will do my best to represent your needs and support your work in career and technical education.

I have been fortunate to be a part of the Region V Policy Committee for the past three years as well as president-elect, president and past-president of Washington ACTE, and president-elect, president and past-president of the Washington Association of Career and Technical Administrators. I believe that these experiences can help me support both ACTE and Region V.

Career and technical education is my heart and passion. I believe that, to provide relevant, engaging, educational leadership that ensures all students are positioned for career success, we must work collaboratively to ensure success for all. I want to celebrate the success happening locally, regionally and nationally together and encourage models that can be replicated. We are in a critical time of change; let’s work together to create opportunities and overcome barriers! Together, we can ensure all CTE teachers are prepared for change and support student career success.

New and Related Services Vice President-elect

Kevin English

Region: V
Division: New and Related Services (NRS), Business Education

Occupation:
 Senior director of knowledge management

Employment History
Senior director of knowledge management, NAF: 2013–present; CTE teacher, Peoria Unified School District: 1993–2013; CTE teacher, Flowing Wells Unified School District: 1991–93; grad student instructor, University of Arizona: 1990–91; CTE teacher, Marana Unified School District: 1986–1990

Education
Ph.D. (in progress), Grand Canyon University; M.A., University of Arizona: 1990; B.A., University of Arizona: 1986

National ACTE Involvement
Executive committee member: 2009; professional development committee: 2003; sustainability task force member and chair: 2005–06, 2010; advisory group member: 2015, 2018; Teacher of the Year award winner: 2005–06; National Leadership Fellowship Program program coordinator: 2006–2012;  ACTE’s CareerTech VISION presenter: many conferences, 2003–2017; VISION attendee: many conferences, 2003–2019; National Policy Seminar (NPS) attendee: many conferences, 2003–2018; Educators in Action volunteer: 2015–present; CTE Support Fund supporter 2003–present; public policy advocate: 2003–2019

As I reflect on all my professional activities over the past 30 years, I am excited to say my involvement has spanned leadership in ACTE divisions and sections such as Agricultural Education, Engineering and Technology Education, and Marketing Education. I served at the regional level as the vice president and as a policy committee member, and also on the Region V board and on many committees. I have been a member of Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona (ACTEAZ) and California ACTE. As an ACTE board member, I worked with that team to develop the ACTE fellows program; I served as the first coordinator for this work. I have attended VISION and NPS many times, and I have advocated for career and technical education all my career. I have been a consistent supporter of the ACTE legislative fund over my 30 years of involvement as well. This involvement was my key professional development activity, and I have grown as an educational professional through this work .

Regional ACTE Involvement
Policy committee member: 2003–2010; policy committee chair: 2006–09; awards committee member: 2003–05; awards task force member: 2003–05; public information committee chair: 2003–05; conference presenter: 2002–09; Region V Teacher of the Year award winner: 2005; Region V Program of the Year award winner: 2002

As a young ACTE member, my professional introduction to ACTE was through state and regional activities. Presenting sessions, serving on committees and in leadership positions at the regional level were a critical part of my professional growth and development. Many of my lifetime mentors and friends have come from this involvement in ACTE Region V. I love the regional activities and very proud of my involvement and service to Region V.

Divisional ACTE Involvement

Policy committee member; awards committee member: 2019–2020; Career Academies section growth task force member: 2019–2020; Career Academies section committee chair: 2015–present; Program of the Year award winner: 2003

In my role on the policy committee, I have worked with Ford NGL to increase membership in the Career Academies section. I am working on the  awards committee, this year, to institute an awards program.

State ACTE Involvement
ACTE of Arizona (ACTEAZ) president: 2001–04; Arizona CTE Summer Conference presenter: 1987–2015; workshop presenter at ACTEAZ, Nevada ACTE and Wyoming ACTE conferences: 2010–12

Other CTE Involvement
Mountain Ridge DECA and FBLA CTE leadership/public speaking coach/volunteer: 2016–19; Mountain Ridge DECA and FBLA chaperone/volunteer to national CTSO competitions: 2016–19; Arizona Agriculture Teachers Association (AATA) member; AATA policy committee chair: 1998; Arizona Industrial Technology Association president: 1999–2001; Marketing Educators’ Association (MEA) member; MEA Conference presenter: 2016–19

Application Summary
ACTEAZ is where my foundation in career and technical education began. I served as a member of the Arizona Agriculture Teachers Association at the start of my career. I served the Arizona Industrial Technology Association as president in a revitalization of that organization. I then served on the Arizona ACTE board as president in years of substantial growth for our association. I have grown at all leadership levels within the organization, which has led to this decision to serve in this role of leadership for ACTE.

Currently I am the senior director of knowledge management at NAF. My duties include curriculum development and maintenance, professional learning, teacher-facing platforms and educational partnerships.

As a career and technical educator for over 30 years I am excited to bring my passion, experience and high energy level to service. My hope is that we work together developing the mission, vision and goals for our association.

Platform Statement
Serving the association, the members in the New and Related Services Division is my basic goal.  To provide leadership for growth of the NRS Division, all of its sections and the association. To develop a system and processes within the NRS Division to encourage growth in membership, services and products to the members so that they can serve their student populations in this new era of educational development. Many challenges are facing all educators, and it is time for our leadership to listen, build relationships and work collaboratively to create an association that provides for and meets the needs of our membership.

Specifically developing a program of work for the NRS Division, working with section leaders to use this as an example to develop their programs of work, develop a calendar of professional development for the NRS Division that is both in person and virtual in delivery, to provide leadership at the board level — using these examples and leading from a position of success in our division.


Susan Leon

Region: V
Division: New and Related Services (NRS)

Occupation: Instructional specialist

Employment History

Instructional specialist, West-MEC: 2017–present; internship coordinator/business and culinary instructor, Peoria Unified School District: 2011–17; technology life careers instructor, Peoria Unified School District: 2009–2011

Education
M.Ed., CTE/business and marketing, Arizona State University; B.S., business administration and marketing, University of Arizona

National ACTE Involvement
ACTE’s CareerTech VISION presenter: 2019; VISION attendee: 2014, 2018–19; National Policy Seminar attendee: 2015; Educators in Action Techniques writer: 2020 (January); National Work-based Learning Virtual Conference presenter: 2020

Regional ACTE Involvement
Nomination committee member: 2019–present; Region V Conference presenter: 2019; conference attendee: 2015, 2019–2020; Region V Innovative Program Award winner: 2015; ACTE Region V fellow: 2018–2020

Divisional ACTE Involvement
NRS Division member: 2018–present; committee member, integration of academics and CTE: 2020–present; Work-based Learning section involvement (secretary during meetings, committee chair): 2019–present

State ACTE Involvement
Association for Career and Technical Association of Arizona Premier Series presenter, work-based learning: 2017–present; Premier Series presenter, CTE program management: 2017–present; ACTEAZ fellow: 2012–15

Application Summary
I am Susan Leon, a curriculum and instructional specialist for West-MEC in Arizona. In my role I coach instructors on best curricular practices surrounding the CTE delivery model. I also champion projects for the district, mainly quality evaluator training, work-based learning and our teacher induction academy.

I have been involved with ACTEAZ through the fellowship program, as well as being a frequent presenter for summer conference and throughout the year with the Premier Series program. For the past two years I have been an ACTE Region V fellow, attending conferences, presenting and holding a position on the nominations committee. I hold a personal passion for work-based learning and have been active in the Work-Based Learning section this year.

I am honored to apply for this position. It is a strong next step for me to be involved at the national level, while continuing to support teachers through professional development, networking and advocacy. I look forward to serving CTE professionals.

Platform Statement
I am excited to apply for the position of New and Related Services Division vice president-elect. I would bring enthusiasm and leadership to the position, as I am extremely passionate about CTE and the opportunities it provides students. Within the division, I would like to organize the membership to maximize its full potential. This includes utilizing each person in an appropriate role, employing appropriate subcommittees, and connecting individuals that are either in like programs or that can benefit from each other through small groups.

I would focus on providing opportunities for connection, either through networking or personal introduction. Personally, I have learned many of my own skills and knowledge through other people, or what others have shown me, and want to provide similar opportunities.

I would also inquire as to what members find the most value in and focus on providing that to them. If it is utilizing resources provided by ACTE or taking advantage of networking opportunities, I would be sure to provide and clearly communicate that value.

Region II Vice President-elect

Katherine Kandalec Holm

Region: II
Division: Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education (PACE)

Occupation:
 Assistant professor, career and technical education

Employment History
Assistant professor, career and technical education, Athens State University: 2017–present; research office coordinator, University of Georgia: 2014–17; academic affairs coordinator, Athens Technical College: 2012–14; business and general education faculty, Athens Technical College: 2006–2012; program director, Paxen Learning: 2009–2012

Education

Ed.D., adult and community college education, North Carolina State University; M.Ed., workforce education and development, University of Georgia; B.S., business education, University of Georgia;
A.A.T., accounting and general business Studies, Athens Technical College

National ACTE Involvement
ACTE LEAD award winner: 2018–19; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION presenter: 2018–19; VISION attendee: 2014–19

Regional ACTE Involvement
Region II Conference presenter: 2014

Other CTE Involvement
Association for Career and Technical Education Research (ACTER) membership secretary: 2017–2021; ACTER webmaster: 2019–2021; Omicron Tau Theta board-at-large: 2018–present; Career and Technical Education Research (CTER) Journal Editorial Board chair: 2019; CTER Journal Editorial Board member: 2017–present; American Educational Research Association special interest groups, CTE & Workforce Education: 2014–present

Application Summary
I am a longtime, passionate advocate of CTE who has recently realized that the best way to make a bigger difference in our visibility is by taking a larger role in the advocacy and outreach to non-CTE constituencies. I currently work as an assistant professor of CTE and have long focused my research on how to best change the narrative surrounding career and technical education among those who are not as well-versed in its opportunities and benefits. I would love to have the opportunity to work closely with the other members of Region II in developing partnerships and outreach to policymakers, non-CTE faculty and staff, and the larger business community. While it seems that every few years a think piece on the “newly” discovered benefits of CTE reaches a broader audience, I want to move the dial to where CTE is the default, not a novel idea.

Platform Statement

As Region II vice president-elect, I would like to work toward bridging the perceived gap between career and technical education and academic content. I believe this can be accomplished by highlighting the amazing work our educators are doing, especially in times of crisis, and publicizing that work beyond our own sphere of influence. In recent years, CTE has gotten slightly more frequent, but still only occasional, feel-good features on social media; I’d like those feelings and perceptions to become the norm, not the exception.


Beth Caryn Parks

Region: II
Division: Administration

Occupation: Director of career, technical and agricultural education (CTAE)

Employment History
Director of CTAE and federal programs, Oconee County Schools: 2017– present; director of CTAE, Barrow County Schools: 2015–17; youth apprenticeship coordinator/business education teacher, Barrow County Schools: 2004–2017

Education:
Education performance leadership certification, Northeast Georgia RESA & University of North Georgia Collaborative; education specialist degree in teaching & learning: exemplary teaching, Valdosta State University; M.S., foundations of education, Troy University; B.S., business education, University of Georgia

State ACTE Involvement
Georgia ACTE (GACTE) Summer Leadership Conference attendee: 2005–present; GACTE Outstanding New Teacher of the Year in Business & Computer Science, 2010; GACTE Successful YAP Completer: 2011

Other CTE Involvement
Georgia Business Education Association (GBEA) president: 2010–11; GBEA president-elect: 2008–2010; awards representative to the national Business Education Association: 2011–13;
National Careers Pathway Network leadership certification received: 2019

Application Summary

Since serving as the president of the Georgia Business Education Association, I have been desiring to get back into serving my state through an educational CTAE association. As my leadership role in CTAE has progressed to the director position, I look forward to the opportunity to get back involved in CTAE at the state level. I spent the past year participating in the CTAE leadership certification program through the National Careers Pathway Network, and I am now ready to seek the next opportunity.

Platform Statement:
As a region vice president, I hope to work with other CTAE professionals to continue to drive forward our amazing programs in such uncertain times. I hope to assist ACTE in continuing to provide the most effective and relevant professional development for our teachers and administrators to ensure they are able to meet the always changing needs of our students and communities. CTAE is powerful in providing learners with the skills, talents, and knowledge necessary to not only be successful in the workplace, but in being the leaders of our great nation. CTAE is for all and that is the message that I desire to market in my region. Through partnering with businesses and organizations, we can strengthen our CTAE programs to meet the changing needs of our society, while maintaining the academic rigor that is expected. Through collaboration and teamwork, ACTE will be the driving force that moves CTAE into the forefront of education and our communities.

Region III Vice President-elect

Brandon Russell

Region: III
Division: Administration

Occupation: Director of career, technical and adult education (CTAE)

Employment History
Director of CTAE, Columbia Public Schools: 2014–present; adjunct professor, University of Central Missouri: 2015–present; director of Jefferson College Area Technical School, Jefferson College: 2010–14; assistant superintendent, Marshall Public Schools; 2008–2010; director of Lex La-Ray Technical Center, Lexington R-V School District: 2002–08; graphic arts instructor; Carrollton R-VII School District: 1996–2002

Education
Ed.D., educational leadership, Saint Louis University; educational specialist, educational administration –superintendency, University of Central Missouri; M.S., industrial vocational technical education, Central Missouri State University; B.S., journalism/graphic communications, Northwest Missouri State University; A.A., general studies, Kansas City Kansas Community College

National ACTE Involvement
Nominating committee: 2017–present; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION presenter: 2016; VISION attendee: 2011, 2014–19 and other years prior to 2010); National Policy Seminar attendee: 2019

Regional ACTE Involvement:
Conference attendee: 2016, 2019–2020

State ACTE Involvement
Missouri ACTE president: 2019–2020; president-elect: 2018–19; Missouri Council of Career and Technical Administrators (MCCTA) president: 2006–07; 2014–15; MCCTA Administrator of the Year: 2017

I have been a member of Missouri ACTE for 22 years and served the association in a variety of ways during my career. I served as a member of the board of directors for the past six years, as well as three years surrounding my first division presidency.

Other CTE Involvement
SkillsUSA Career Pathways Showcase technical chair: 2020; SkillsUSA Career Pathways Showcase national education team2015 to 2020; Missouri SkillsUSA Career Pathways Showcase contest chair: 2011–present;

Application Summary
Over the past 23 years I have served in a variety of roles in career and technical education, starting as a graphic arts teacher for six years, then 17 years as an administrator, currently as director of career, technical & adult education at Columbia Public Schools/Columbia Area Career Center in Columbia, Missouri. I have been a member of Missouri ACTE for 22 years and served the association in a variety of ways during my career, serving on the board of directors for nine years, and currently serving as president of the association. I served as the president of MCCTA twice.

The past few years, I have been serving as member of the ACTE selection committee representing Region III. Getting more actively involved in Region III and in ACTE, beyond attending conferences, has been a goal of mine for several years. It would be a privilege serving the region and national association.

Platform Statement
As the vice president-elect representing Region III, I will first strive to lead others on the policy committee to further the excellent work that is occurring in strategic planning. This work is critical for growth and member benefits. I would also encourage my colleagues to become active members by providing engaging networking opportunities at ACTE’s CareerTech VISION and beyond. As a member of the ACTE board of directors I will be an active participant in all board functions, contributing to the review, revision and implementation of a strategic plan that supports and enhances the goals of the association, especially in membership growth and member engagement. I believe, to move any organization forward, committed leaders must come together to collaborate, engage in honest dialogue and make decisions based on the benefit of the membership. I learned from my father at an early age that if you are going to have an impact on an organization it is important to not just be a member, but to serve others by taking an active role in a leadership position. I seek this office not for personal reasons, but to actively serve ACTE in its mission to be a national leader in CTE.


Shelley Rust

Region: III
Division: Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education

Occupation: Culinary arts instructor

Employment History
Culinary arts instructor, J Everett Light Career Center; Culinary arts teacher, Area 31 Career Center: 2019–present; CTE specialist, Indiana Department of Education: 2019; culinary arts/baking pastry teacher, Kokomo Area Career Center: 2006–2019

Education
B.S. [in progress], business administration, Indiana Wesleyan; A.A., business/Indiana Wesleyan University; director licensure program, Purdue University

National ACTE Involvement
Bylaws committee member: 2018–2020; National Leadership Fellowship Program fellow: 2014; ACTE’s CareerTech VISION presenter: 2017–18; VISION attendee: 2014–present; National Policy Seminar attendee: 2017–18; Educators in Action volunteer: 2018–present

Regional ACTE Involvement
Conference attendee: 2017, 2020

State ACTE Involvement
Indiana ACTE professional development committee chair: 2020; past president: 2019; president: 2017–18; vice president: 2016; professional development committee chair: 2020; vendor chair: 2016; planned conference: 2017–19; new and newer teacher conference organizer/planner: 2019

Application Summary
Currently, I am the chair for the professional development committee for Indiana ACTE and also new/newer teacher conference organizer. I have held the vice president, president-elect, president (for two years) and past president positions in Indiana ACTE. CTE is my passion! Being able to work on behalf of all teachers and students to provide the best opportunities, training and resources is a priority for me. Showing CTE instructors the value that ACTE, at the state, regional and national levels, can provide for their professional and personal growth, and the growth of their students, is a priority for me. CTE made me who I am! I believe that my journey and path is to help others become their best self and give the best to their students in CTE.

Platform Statement
I want to grow the membership of ACTE at the state, regional and national levels. However, I don’t want just to grow it; I want to retain those members. We must show our members the value of ACTE membership. There are incredible resources available online and an outstanding network of instructors, administrators and industry partners to support them. However, I want to offer them more. I would like to develop free or minimal cost professional development opportunities throughout Region III for all CTE teachers. Professional development classes on program-specific topics, classroom management and best practices. This pandemic has put fear into many CTE teachers. How do they do labs if they have to be virtual? How are they going to give their students all that they want to if we are not full time in the classroom? Classes that can be done in person in each state, or even virtually for the entire region, to help all teachers maneuver this unchartered time. We need to show members value to get them to join and, more importantly, get them to continue their membership. Developing free or minimal cost professional development to strengthen our members and give them confidence is absolutely essential.