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ACTE 2018 Fellowship Program Participants Announced


December 18, 2017

Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka
jnagurka@acteonline.org; 703-683-9312   

ACTE 2018 Fellowship Program Participants Announced   

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced the selection of 15 participants for its National Leadership Fellowship Program, which provides educators with an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and involvement in professional organizations. The program identifies, trains, and motivates a cadre of leaders who will continue to advance efforts which support an educated, prepared, adaptable and competitive workforce.

The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from January 1 through December 31, 2018. Each of ACTE’s five regions and several Divisions are all represented in the program. In addition to more experienced educators, this year's fellowship class includes a cohort of new professionals, geared towards those with 2-5 years of CTE experience. The 2018 class of fellows is listed below, with an asterisk (*) denoting the cohort of new professionals.


  • James Berry – Region I – St. Joseph, MI 
  • Paula Boughton – Region I – Spencerport, NY
  • Robert Kindon* – Region I – Downington, PA 
  • Nancy Cross* – Region II – Asheboro, NC 
  • Kimberly Jones – Region II – Union, SC 
  • Alexandra Harkleroad – Region III – Indianapolis, IN 
  • Kristy Barnett – Region IV – Lawton, OK 
  • Lauren Emerson* – Region IV – Lecompte, LA 
  • Jeffrey Crapper – Region V – Beaverton, OR 
  • Danielle Luebke* – Region V – Hankinson, ND 
  • Robert Van Dyke – Region V – Denver, CO 
  • Kaleen Barnett* – Administration Division – Denver, CO 
  • Christopher Neff – Administration Division – Racine, WI 
  • Sahvanna Mease* – FACS Division – Colorado Springs, CO 
  • Shawn Freie – OK ACTE PACE – Fort Cobb, OK 


The fellows are required to complete several activities throughout the year, including conducting an in-person visit with a local, state and federal legislator, writing blog posts, attending at least two required events and submitting a final summary of their accomplishments to ACTE's Board of Directors.

Doug Major will serve as the Fellowship Coordinator for the class of 2018.  He is a former ACTE President and the Superintendent/CEO of Meridian Technology Center in Oklahoma. Additionally, the Executive Committee recently selected Major to continue serving as Fellowship Coordinator through 2020.

For more information regarding the application and requirements, please visit the ACTE Fellowship Program page.


About ACTE
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit association committed to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. ACTE represents the community of CTE professionals, including educators, administrators, researchers, school counselors, guidance and career development professionals and others at all levels of education. ACTE is committed to excellence in providing advocacy, public awareness and access to resources, professional development and leadership opportunities.


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