ACTE 2020 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

November 6, 2019

Media Contact: Jarrod Nagurka; 703-683-9312

ACTE 2020 Fellowship Program Participants Announced

Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) has announced the selection of 24 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, 2020. Each of ACTE’s five regions and the majority of 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 2020 class of fellows is listed below, with an asterisk (*) denoting the cohort of new professionals.

  • Michael Grubbs*—Region I—Towson, MD
  • Kyla Korytoski—Region I—West Springfield, MA
  • Ann Rush—Region I Experienced—Fairfield Township, OH
  • Lisa Martino—Region II—Orlando, FL
  • Brian Welch*—Region II—Madisonville, KY
  • Sarah Shanley*—Region III—White Bear Lake, MN
  • Joseph Sieczkowski—Region III Experienced—Palos Hills, IL
  • Laura VanWaardhuizen—Region III—Ames, IA
  • Brent Casey—Region IV—Choctaw, OK
  • Kristal Sack*—Region IV—Tulsa, OK
  • Ashley Treat*—Region IV—Dallas, TX
  • Kaiya Burgess*—Region V—Eatonville, WA
  • Charles Pearl*—Region V—Aurora, CO
  • Joni Simpson—Region V—Fairbanks, AK
  • Martin Hanley—Administration Division—Eolia, MO
  • Julie Pack—Administration Division—Durham, NC
  • Jerrod Lundry—Agricultural Education Division—Enid, OK
  • Ulla Carr—Business Education Division—Knoxville, TN
  • Fran Bromley—Norwood- Engineering & Technology Education Division—Las Vegas, NV
  • Heather Ballou—Guidance & Career Development Education Division—Lawton, OK
  • Maggie Cox—Health Science Education Division—Las Vegas, NV
  • Amber Gallup Rodriguez—Postsecondary, Adult & Career Education Division—Santa Fe, NM
  • Dana King—Trade & Industrial Education Division—Normal, IL
  • Denise Ojeda—Trade & Industrial Education Division—Albuquerque, NM
  • Mark Wilson—OK PACE—Drumright, 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.

Cindy Stover will serve as the Fellowship Coordinator through 2021.  She currently serves as the executive director of Illinois ACTE, and previously served as the ACTE Region III Vice President. She has extensive CTE experience, including leading different CTE centers.

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.