ACTE Announces the 2024 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Fellows

January 16, 2024
Contact: Hannah Richards,

ACTE Announces the 2024 NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Fellows

Alexandria, VA—Today, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced its 2024 class of Fellows for NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Fellowship Program. Twenty fellows were selected for the 2024 cohort. The NextLevel Fellowship provides professional and career growth opportunities to the next generation of leaders in postsecondary CTE programs through a nationally-recognized program that is engaging, individualized, and memorable.

The 2024 cohort includes the following fellows. Fellows’ biographies can be accessed on the NextLevel Postsecondary CTE Leadership Fellowship Program webpage.

  • Lily Apedaile – University of Montana/Missoula College
  • Lacee Boschetto – Utah State University
  • Kristi Dixon – Bridge Valley Community & Technical College
  • Lizeth Fils-Aime – West-MEC
  • Tola Francis-Sanusi – Marion Technical College
  • Kyle Fulton – Central Ohio Technical College
  • Brandon Hensley – McDowell Technical Community College
  • John Holley – Calhoun Community College
  • Katherine Kandalec Holm – Athens State University
  • Tara Lindahl – Washburn University Institute of Technology
  • Alexia Rolle – Miami Dade College
  • Karen Lyn Saysay – Los Angeles City College
  • David Shofstahl – Mountain Gateway Community College
  • Tonia Shook – Fred K. Marchman Technical College
  • Kimber-lee Suiter – Greenville Technical College
  • Jeanette Thomas – Iowa Department of Education
  • Karen Treas – William R. Moore College of Technology (Moore Tech)
  • Joy Vann-Hamilton – RW2 Career and Technical Education
  • Eileen Will – Hostos Community College
  • Christian Zimmerman – Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities/ University of Central Florida

This is ACTE’s sixth cohort of postsecondary CTE professionals in leadership development activities. Through this program, fellows build their leadership abilities as they work alongside peer professionals and an experienced mentor in this year-long professional development experience. Fellows also elevate their interpersonal skills and capacity to communicate, collaborate, network, problem solve and use time and resources effectively. The core capstone project is to identify a professional objective to address in each fellows’ institution and carry it out to realize a lasting impact. This program is intended to develop the organizational leadership and management skills of postsecondary CTE professionals, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of underserved populations. The NextLevel Fellowship also includes a research study to help determine what efforts best contribute to leadership development among postsecondary CTE professionals and the creation of resources that can be widely distributed to support others in the field.


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.

About ECMC Foundation

ECMC Foundation is a Los Angeles-based, nationally focused foundation whose mission is to inspire and to facilitate improvements that affect educational outcomes—especially among underserved populations—through evidence-based innovation. It is one of several affiliates under the ECMC Group enterprise based in Minneapolis. ECMC Foundation makes investments in two focus areas: College Success and Career Readiness; and uses a spectrum of funding structures, including strategic grantmaking and program-related investments, to invest in both nonprofit and for-profit ventures. Working with grantees, partners and peers, ECMC Foundation’s vision is for all learners to unlock their fullest potential. Learn more about ECMC Foundation by visiting and ECMC Group by visiting