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Statewide Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Council


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The Statewide Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Council has formed to provide input and feedback to the Iowa Department of Education during the development of Iowa’s State Plan required under the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, commonly referred to as Perkins V. The advisory council will be engaged in a comprehensive review of the implementation of Iowa’s state-level CTE initiatives (through House File 2392 - the “CTE redesign” bill).

Meeting Dates and Agendas

May 6, 2022

January 7, 2020

December 12, 2019

October 23, 2019


  • Neale Adams, Dean, Business and Industrial Technology, Iowa Central Community College
  • Stephanie Amick, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner, JP Senior Healthcare, LLC
  • Brenda Arthur Miller, High School Principal and Director of Dual Language, West Liberty Community Schools
  • Brooke Axiotis, President, Iowa State Board of Education
  • Mary Bontrager, Executive Vice President of Talent Development, Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Joshua Byrnes, Member, Iowa State Board of Education
  • Colleen Callahan, Director of U.S. Support Operations, PBS Systems, Inc.
  • Mary Davis, Payroll Manager, Wells Enterprises
  • Greg Dufoe, Superintendent, ADM Community Schools
  • Jessica Dunker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Iowa Restaurant Association
  • *Debi Durham, Director, Iowa Economic Development Authority
  • Kendra Ericson, Director of Nursing Education, Des Moines Area Community College
  • Mike Espeset, President, Story Construction
  • *Linda Fandel, Special Assistant for Education, Office of the Governor
  • Murray Fenn, Consultant, Career and Technical Education, Green Hills Area Education Agency
  • Jesse Howard, School Board Member, New London Community School District
  • *Mary Jackson, Resource Manager, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Chandler Jahner, Student, State President, Iowa FFA
  • Greg Kepner, Director, Midwest Photonics Education Center, Indian Hills Community College
  • Kristie Kuhse, Teacher, Family and Consumer Sciences, Waverly-Shell Rock Community Schools
  • Dana Lampe, Teacher Leader and Technology Instructional Coach, Linn-Mar Community School District
  • Mary Landhuis, President, Lisle Corporation
  • Matt Lapka, Director of Technology, MediRevv 
  • Larry Leliefeld, President, Geothermal Eco Options, Inc.
  • Elizabeth McCarthy, Professor, Business and Information Technology, Kirkwood Community College
  • *Michelle McNertney, Division Administrator, Workforce Services, Iowa Workforce Development
  • Julie McGonegle, Vice President of Wealth Management Operations, Farm Bureau Financial Services
  • Sam Miller, Chief Administrator, Central Rivers Area Education Agency
  • Joe Murphy, Executive Director, Iowa Business Council
  • Kathleen Nacos-Burds, Vice President of Learning and Student Success, Northeast Iowa Community College
  • David Nelson, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pratum
  • Steve Ovel, Trustee, Kirkwood Community College
  • Chuck Peter, Agronomy Department Manager, StateLine Cooperative
  • *Carrie Rankin, Associate Director, Governor's STEM Advisory Council
  • Ken Sagar, President, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
  • Emily Schmitt, General Counsel, Sukup Manufacturing Co.
  • Steve Schulz, President, North Iowa Area Community College
  • *Christina Sibaouih, Division Administrator, Community Engagement, Iowa College Student Aid Commission
  • *Beth Skinner, Director, Iowa Department of Corrections
  • Alan Spencer, Teacher, Agricultural Education, Red Oak School District
  • Jenny Steffensmeier, Owner, Steffensmeier Welding and Manufacturing
  • Jessi Steward, Director of Programs, Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation
  • Karen Swanson, Principal, Howar Middle School, Centerville Community School District
  • Carrie Talbott, High School Counselor, Center Point-Urbana Community School District
  • Beth Townsend, Director, Iowa Workforce Development
  • Tara Troester, Curriculum Facilitator and Career and Technical Education Content Lead, Cedar Rapids Community School District
  • Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education and Activities, Sioux City Community Schools
  • Benj Van Donge, Director of Workforce Development, Interstates
  • Laura Van Waardhuizen, Family and Consumer Science Education and Studies, Iowa State University
  • *Jeremy Varner, Division Administrator, Community Colleges and Workforce Preparation, Iowa Department of Education
  • Brian Waller, President, Technology Association of Iowa
  • *Ryan Wise, Director, Iowa Department of Education

*Ex Officio Member

Alisha Hyslop, Director of Public Policy, Association for Career and Technical Education
Meghan Wills, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Advance CTE

Department of Education Facilitators
Eric St Clair, Lead Consultant, Bureau of Career and Technical Education

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 15, 2022 at 11:52pm.