ACTE 2019 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

October 29, 2018

Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka; 703-683-9312

ACTE 2019 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced the selection of 21 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, 2019. Each of ACTE’s five regions and several Divisions are represented in the program. In addition to more experienced educators, this year’s fellowship class again includes a cohort of new professionals, geared towards those with 2-5 years of CTE experience. The 2019 class of fellows is listed below, with an asterisk (*) denoting the cohort of new professionals.

  • Nicholas Miller*—Region I—Philadelphia, PA
  • David Peltz—Region I—Englewood, OH
  • Donna Shirley—Region I—Milford, OH
  • Christi Hack—Region II—Wilmore, KY
  • John Kugler—Region III—Chicago, IL
  • Angie Koontz—Region III—Somonauk, IL
  • Laura Harrison—Region IV—Poteau, OK
  • Indrit Vucaj*—Region IV—Enid, OK
  • Jayme Fitzpatrick—Region V—Phoenix, AZ
  • Tamra Herschback—Region V—Yerington, NV
  • Scott Rogers—Administration Division—York, PA
  • Annette Weeks—Agricultural Education Division—Battle Ground, WA
  • Chris Tucker—Engineering & Technology Education Division—Knoxville, TN
  • Jennifer Snyder*—Family and Consumer Sciences Division—Jonesboro, AR
  • Amanda Stults—Family & Consumer Sciences Education Division—Winder, GA
  • LaDonna Selvidge—Health Science Education Division—Oklahoma City, OK
  • Tiauna Young*—Marketing Education Division—Pea Ridge, AR
  • Kristina Ropos*—Postsecondary, Adult & Career Education Division—Dayton, OH
  • Denise Burton—Trade & Industrial Education Division—Las Vegas, NV
  • Jeffrey Sullivan—Trade & Industrial Education Division—Eau Claire, WI
  • Jason Phipps—OK PACE—Ardmore, 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 2019.  He is a former ACTE President and the Superintendent/CEO of Meridian Technology Center in Oklahoma. Major’s service as Fellowship Coordinator will continue 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.