Meet Katy Blatnick-Gagne
ACTE Family & Consumer Sciences Division Vice President
Divisions: Administration; Counseling & Career Development (CCD); Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education
Occupation: Education consultant
Education consultant, FCS, Iowa Department of Education: 2019–present; director, The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University: 2017–19; FCS teacher, Bayfield High School: 2014–15; FCS program director, Colorado Community College System: 2008–2013; FCS teacher, Chaparral High School: 2000–05, 2006–08
Ed.D., educational technology leadership, New Jersey City University; M.A., education — administration and supervision, University of Phoenix; B.S., consumer and family studies, Colorado State University
National ACTE involvement
Bylaws committee member: 2020–present; nominating committee member: 2019–present; young professionals committee chair: 2010–13; National Leadership Fellowship Program fellow: 2009; VISION presenter: 2017; VISION attendee: 2001–05, 2008–09, 2017–2020; NPS attendee: 2007–2010, 2015, 2021; Techniques writer: 2011, 2020; mentor for postsecondary fellows: 2020–21
Regional ACTE involvement
Region III bylaws committee member: 2020–present; Region III conference presenter: 2021–21; Region V awards committee member: 2005; Region V conference attendee: 2003, 2018; Region V New Professional of the Year award winner: 2003
Divisional ACTE involvement
FCS nominating committee member: 2019–present; supported FCS at VISION conferences: 2001–09, 2017–2020; reviewed applications for scholarships: 2020
State ACTE involvement
Iowa ACTE Department of Education representative: 2019–present; Colorado ACTE president: 2016–17, 2009–2010; Colorado ACTE past president: 2010–11; Colorado ACTE president-elect: 2015–16, 2008–09; Colorado ACTE treasurer: 2012–14; Colorado ACTE secretary: 2002–04; served as the Colorado ACTE virtual conference tech coordinator: 2020
Other CTE involvement
Texas Association of FCS secretary: 2018–19; Colorado Association Teachers of FCS (CATFACS) president: 2005–06; CATFACS legislative committee: 2007–09; CATFACS membership committee: 2007–09; CATFACS secretary: 2002–04; CATFACS public relations committee chair: 2000–01; CATFACS professional partner: 2008–2013; CATFACS website consultant: 2006–2017; Advance CTE member at-large; FCCLA A&A member; Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators member; American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences member
In this position, one must be knowledgeable, collaborative and focused. It is essential to understand how challenges and opportunities play a role in the continued professional development and advocacy of FCS and CTE.
As vice president, I would focus divisional work on:
- Continuing the work that has been taking place over the past few years like policy initiatives, increasing scholarships to FCS postsecondary students, and collaborating with FCS related organizations.
- Communicating, connecting and supporting our multigenerational members in NATFACS, NATEFACS, and Lead FCS Education, while taking into consideration equity, inclusion and access for the diverse populations we serve.
- Increasing our ability to effect change by using research, data, success stories and partnerships that support the FCS mission.
Through continued strategic planning, the FCS Education Division will stay true to its mission, collaborate with a broad constituency, meet needs of current and future members, and move the division into the future.
My knowledge of and enthusiasm for FCS education, combined with my willingness to get the job done make me an excellent candidate for this position. I look forward to demonstrating my ability as a team player, a visionary and a strong agent for change.