FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2021
Media Contact: Hannah Neeper
ACTE Announces Board of Directors 2021 Election Results
Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is pleased to announce the results of the recent election for several spots on its Board of Directors. The election was open to ACTE’s membership of roughly 25,000 educators, administrators and other CTE professionals. The following members were elected:
Scott Stone, President-Elect
Mr. Stone is an Agricultural Instructor at Centralia R-VI School District in Centralia, Missouri. His one-year term will begin in July 2021 and will be followed by one-year terms as president and past president, respectively.
Shani Watkins, Region V Vice President
Ms. Watkins is the Director at West Sound Technical Skills Center in Bremerton, Washington. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.
Robert Torres, Agricultural Education Division Vice President
Dr. Torres is a Professor and Department Head at University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.
Holly Strand-Rysgaard, Health Science Education Division Vice President
Ms. Strand-Rysgaard is a Health Sciences Instructor at West Fargo Public Schools in West Fargo, North Dakota. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2021.
Beth Parks, Region II Vice President-elect
Ms. Parks is the Director of CTAE at Oconee County Schools in Watkinsville, Georgia. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.
Brandon Russell, Region III Vice President-elect
Mr. Russell is the Director of Career, Technical and Adult Education at Columbia Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri. He will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.
Susan Leon, New and Related Services Division Vice President-elect
Ms. Leon is an Instructional Specialist at West-MEC in Glendale, Arizona. She will serve a three-year term beginning July 2022.
Additionally, the vice president-elects whose election occurred last year will join the Board as vice president in July 2021. Eric Ripley will assume the position of Administration Division Vice President and Gibby Gibbons will assume the position of Counseling and Career Development Division Vice President. The Board of Directors appointed Kristina Ropos to begin her term as Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Vice president early in July 2020 due to a vacancy in the position; her term for this position is will conclude June 30, 2024.
ACTE congratulates the winners, and thanks all of the candidates for their willingness to serve and their hard work, dedication, and commitment to the Association. ACTE also thanks all of its members who had their voices heard by voting in the election.
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.