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MBA National Teacher Advisory Network

The MBA Advisory Network counsels the organization’s staff regarding work to support high school and college business and marketing education nationwide.  Advisers provide both structured and informal feedback on a wide range of national initiatives designed to ensure that local programs align curricula with needs of the business community with the ultimate goal of ensuring that high school and college graduates develop key skills critical to employability. 

Teachers selected for the network were screened on the basis of professional qualifications, including experience with contemporary business curricula, active support of an appropriate student organization such as BPA, DECA, or FBLA, engagement of the local business community, and proof-of-learning activities such as testing and realistic project work.

To maintain their positions in the network, teachers will undergo annual training and orientation and participate in a variety of distance-based activities including conference calls, webinars, and survey work.  

In exchange for their participation in the unpaid advisory network, advisers’ schools will receive a number of direct benefits, including free access to the online MBA Learning Center, professional development activities for the adviser, and free use of various proof-of-learning assessments used nationally.

Teachers from throughout the nation were named to the network this spring and will serve three-year terms.  (Additional appointments will be made each spring.) Future Appointments

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Appointees:

Appointed July 1, 2017
Willene Biere has been the Business Academy teacher/Director for the last 19 years at Canyon Springs High School in Moreno Valley. The Business Academy program is a California Partnership Academy (CPA) and is only one 17 academies to be a Lighthouse Academy. The senior level class has competed in several competitions with Virtual Enterprises and has come back with awards in Marketing Plan, catalog design, Venture Capital and job interview to name a few. Teaching is her second career; her background includes retail, banking and finance.  Willene received her master in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University in Irvine 2014. She also finished Leadership Development Institute in June 2015.

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Judy Brown, Mountain View Middle School (OR)
Bio coming soon! 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Holly Claborn is currently a Business & Marketing Education teacher at Clinton County Area Technology Center in Albany, KY. She has served as a FBLA advisor for 20 years, and under her leadership, students place regularly at regional, state, and national levels. Holly currently holds a Rank I in Education Leadership, M.A. in Secondary Education with Business Education minor, and B.S. in Business Education.

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Judy Commers taught Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sports Marketing and was a DECA Advisor in Indiana for 40 years, teaching at comprehensive high schools and a career center. She continues her career as an adjunct business instructor at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. During her career, Judy has been a strong supporter of MBA Research materials, and she believes attending Conclave is the best investment a teacher can make in his/her professional life. Judy authored Goodheart-Willcox’s Marketing Dynamics teacher edition textbook (and supplemental materials that accompany the text), and she co-authored the Entrepreneurship textbook.

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Corri Ellis is a teacher at Molalla High School (OR) and also teaches at Clackamas Community College. She is the FBLA chapter advisor and is proud to have one of her students serve as FBLA president for Oregon this year.  Prior to that she was the business teacher at Sterling Education and headed the business department for 36 schools across the US and Canada. Corri obtained her Bachelors degree in Business and Leadership from Marylhurst University, MAT from Marylhurst University, Masters in Administration from Concordia University of Chicago, and is currently working on her MBA. 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Adam Feazell is in his eighth year of teaching in Putnam County, WV. He started his career as a technology integration specialist in the elementary and middle grade levels, then spent the next 4 years as a business education and special education teacher. The past two years he has worked as a business/marketing education teacher. Adam attended WVU Institute of Technology’s Community College where he received his AS in Accounting, and then attended Marshall University to earn a BS in Business Education. He obtained an MA in Multi-Category Special Education and an MA in Leadership Studies. When he started teaching, Adam served as a school advisor for both FLBA and DECA. This is Adam’s second year as the West Virginia DECA’s Chartered Association Advisor. 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Pamela Garrett is excited to join the TAN with MBA and is in her 6th year as a Business/Marketing Teacher/DECA Advisor at Shelton High School in CT. With over 25 years in marketing and entrepreneurial experience, she enjoys bringing real world learning into to her classroom and has integrated MBA curriculum to support this learning. As a DECA Advisor, Pam has had the honor of working with students awarded top rank at the state and national levels. SHS business students are busy developing their marketing skills through the newly re-opened school store ‘Gael Goods’, on-campus digital marketing signage and taste testing’s to support our provider, Whitsons Food Service Corp. Pam holds her MAT, Marketing, Educational Technology and 092 Certifications through Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT, was awarded District TOY for Brookfield Public Schools in 2015-16, and is a Golden Apple Award recipient for Shelton Public Schools in 2017.

Appointed July 1, 2018
Kim Guest is currently a coordinator for online education experiences as well as an instructor for Risk Management and Insurance at Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. She previously taught business, marketing, and finance at Kearsley High School where she was the DECA advisor. Kim has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Master’s Degree in Education Technology. She has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board and Michigan DECA Advisory Board. She was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chaired the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME for several years. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave.

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Dre' Helms, Florence High School (MS)
Bio coming soon! 

Appointed July 1, 2016
Don Howell, Mountain View High School (ID)
Bio coming soon! 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Natalie Johnson started her teaching career in 2004 as a Business Education teacher and Career Programs Advisor in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. In 2006, Ms. Johnson moved to Aurora, Colorado and taught Business Education at Hinkley High School. She currently teaches in the Business and Marketing Pathway at Vista PEAK Preparatory for Aurora Public Schools. Being part of the Business Pathway allows Ms. Johnson to give students college credit in the business and marketing courses that she teaches. Ms. Johnson also started the school’s first DECA Chapter and student-based enterprise at Vista Peak Preparatory. 

Ms. Johnson received her Bachelors in Human Kinetics with a minor in Business from University of British Columbia (UBC). She then continued at UBC and completed her second Bachelors in Education with the focus on Physical Education and Business Education. She is currently enrolled at Regis University, where she is taking her Master's in Leadership.

Appointed July 1, 2017
Patricia LeCompte is the instructor of both Marketing Education and Hotel, Resort & Tourism Management at Monroe Career & Technical Institute in the Pocono Mountains of PA.  She has been actively involved in the development of the high school curriculum and textbook with the American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute (AHLA-EI) and was honored as the AHLA-EI 2012 International High School Hospitality Teacher of the Year.  Patty has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Educators as both Teacher of the Year and for having the Exemplary Program of the Year.

Honored as the 2017 Pennsylvania DECA Advisor of the Year, Patty has been active in the CTSO since she served as a three term New York DECA State Officer.  Her late husband Don was also a Past State President, as was their son Donald more recently.  Keeping it in the family, her son is widely known as “DECA Donald” and is the Immediate Past Executive/International President of DECA.

The LeComptes owned and operated a 1000 seat catering facility in the New York area where Patty served as General Manager and Maitre d’.  She has taught high school level, community college and university level courses.  In additional to multiple classroom teaching licenses, Patty is certified as a K-12 Principal as well as Vocational Director.  

Appointed July 1, 2018
Andrea Long has over 20 years of teaching experience in business and computer courses in both the traditional high school as well as the technology center. She holds a Business Education degree with a Vocational Business Endorsement and she is a National Board Certified instructor. She currently teaches courses under both the Finance and the Business Management & Administration career clusters at Northwest Technology Center in Alva, Oklahoma. She is the adviser for both the secondary and post-secondary chapters of Business Professionals of America on her campus. She has served on numerous committees at both the local and state level. Andrea currently serves on the advisory board for the Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education (BMITE) division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education (ODCTE). She has held the titles of BMITE Reporter for two terms and the BMITE Webmaster for one term at the ODCTE. Besides smaller conferences, Andrea has presented at the High Schools That Work National Conference as well as the Oklahoma Association for Career and Technical Education (OkACTE) Summer Conference. Andrea was selected as the recipient of the 2011 OkACTE BMITE Outstanding Northwest Region Member and in 2009 the OkACTE BMITE New Professional Award.

Appointed July 1, 2018
Katrina McDowell is the Marketing/Management Instructor and DECA Advisor at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, Oklahoma. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and her Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She spent 20 plus years in the business world which included owning her own retail store, before becoming an instructor.

 

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Nina Merget is currently a business/marketing teacher at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She also serves as the DECA Advisor and Work-Based Learning Coordinator. Her students operate the "Hawk's Nest" school store, a Gold-Certified DECA School-Based Enterprise. Nina holds a master's degree in curriculum and instruction as well as a bachelor's degree in marketing from Michigan State University. Prior to becoming an educator, Nina worked as a sales and marketing professional in the oil industry. Nina is an active member of the Michigan Marketing Educator's association and is currently president. She has been co-chair of the annual fall professional development conference, frequently she taught a variety of breakout sessions, and she coordinated several other curriculum-related projects for the membership. Nina is a founding member of the Oakland County Marketing Referent Group and has led the efforts to encourage teachers from throughout the county to collaborate and share best practices. Lastly, she has chaired the Oakland County Marketing Advisory Committee for the past three years.

Appointed July 1, 2016
Jennifer Milke is a Marketing, Small Business, and Personal Finance teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, MI. Jennifer received her BS in secondary education from Central Michigan University and is vocationally certified in marketing and business. She received her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis in educational administration at the University of Michigan Flint. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and trained teachers at the the state and regional levels. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. She was selected as a lead teacher for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Marketing in Economics Curriculum Integration Grant administered through Berrien RESA. Her leadership resulted in the development of 45 lesson plans aligned to the State’s economics standards allowing teachers to grant state graduation credit through State Approved Marketing Education Programs.

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Will Morgan is a national instructor for the High School of Business program at Eastern High School (KY) and a retired Army Warrant Officer who specialized in budget management and managed a culturally diverse workforce of military and civilian employees. After the Army, Will worked in manufacturing, specializing in supply chain management, special projects operations, budget management and staffing large complex departments. Will later entered the world of academia as a high school instructor and part-time facilitator with University of Phoenix. Will has instructed courses ranging from web design, German language, critical thinking, finance and marketing, to action research. Will utilizes his educational background which includes a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral work in management, seeking personal and professional improvement while sharing with others. 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Chris Pendleton is a business teacher at Hidden Valley High School in Oregon and is the founder and Executive Director of the Josephine County Foundation.  He is an advisor for FBLA and has presented at numerous conferences.  Chris brings his experience in E-Learning, leadership, faculty management, designing and teaching online courses, and developing unique instructional strategies that include embedding emerging technology with academic content.

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Tony Raffetto has been teaching Business classes in Northern California for over 20 years. He is currently a Business Teacher at Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, CA. He has started a financial literacy course for the first time in our district and is currently implementing a Business Pathway at Wilcox. Tony is also the Co-Adviser for the DECA chapter at the school. When the school day is over he coaches basketball. He has been the head coach at San Mateo High School and at Skyline College. He had very successful records and won championships at both places. He is currently an assistant basketball coach at West Valley College.

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2016
Sarah Schau, Westside High School (NE)
Bio coming soon! 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Mary K. Schiefer is a High School of Business Teacher at Pomona Senior High School (CO) where she has been teaching since 2000. She currently serves as Business Department Manager and designed and implemented courses to teach Web Site Development and Web Site Management. She facilitates the student management of Pomona High School's website and is the sponsor of the DECA and FBLA chapters at her school. She also operates the school store. She has her Master’s degree from Colorado Christian University with an emphasis in integrating technology into the classsroom and her Bachelor’s from Iowa State University.

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Nadine Scott is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor for the Penta Career Center at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Over the past twenty years, she has taught several courses and is currently teaching Digital Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Applications and Strategic Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Scott holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in business and secondary education. She received her Master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University. Her work experience also includes eleven years in the financial services industry and teaching at a local community college. Nadine’s leadership roles include Ohio Marketing Education Association executive board where she has held the titles of membership chair and president. For the past ten years, Nadine has been a co-chair for DECA District 2 and has been instrumental in organizing several DECA events. She has been a top-ten honored educator for Ottawa County on three separate occasions. In 2012, she received the Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service. 

Appointed July 1, 2016
Dr. Ann Stewart spent 25 years in the business world before turning her attention to education. As a marketing and entrepreneurship teacher, Ann facilitated the development and opening of the first full service in-school coffee shop in the district and the first high school business to have full membership in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. As the CTE Department Chair at Stewarts Creek High School, she is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for the school, a four-year entrepreneurship curriculum for non-marketing students. Ann has also been a DECA advisor for 15 years. She has had many students place in the Top 10 and Top 20 at DECA's International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and has even had 1st - 3rd place winners. Ann received her doctorate from Tennessee State University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled A Mixed Methods Study of Service Learning in a Public High School

 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Kristen Stuart is a teacher at West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV. Kristen has received her MBA with an Accounting Emphasis. 18 of her 19 years teaching, she has been an FBLA advisor, and under her leadership, students place regularly at FBLA State Conference competitions. Kristen received the NV FBLA Southern Region Adviser of the Year award in 2010 and was also awarded Nevada Business Education Teacher of the Year in 2008. She has also been an active member on the NV ACTE board as well as the NV BEA Board. She is a third year teacher in the High School of Business™ program. Kristen has also served on several state standards and curriculum committees in the Business and Marketing strands and she is currently working on completing her National Board Certification in CTE.

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Nicole Thurman teaches business classes at Drexel High School in Missouri and computer/technology classes at Drexel Elementary School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a minor in Art from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She also has a Masters of Education in Secondary Education from Rockhurst University, Kansas City. Prior to becoming an educator, she worked in the health and tech industries. She is a current member of NBEA and MOACTE. At Drexel, she is the FBLA Adviser and is involved in the School Improvement Team and Technology Team.

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Abbie Weipert found her passion for education after ten years in the finance industry. She currently teaches Personal Finance, Career Exploration, Web Design, Economics, and technology courses for English language learners at West High School in Iowa City, Iowa. At West she is also the co-advisor for BPA and serves on the state board as the secondary representative. Abbie earned a degree in Finance and an MBA from The University of Iowa.

 

 

 

Appointed July 1, 2018
Patricia "Tricia" White. As a high school teacher for the past 26 years for the Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, Arizona, Tricia has taught business, marketing, economics, internship and physical education courses. She currently is the DECA Advisor at Sunrise Mountain High School and previously coached cross country, softball and track for ten plus years. In addition to DECA, Tricia is currently department chair at her high school and was the Marketing chair for five years in her district.

Tricia was born in California but raised in Arizona. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1992 from Arizona State University and her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2005 from Northern Arizona University. She is a member of the Arizona Marketing Educator’s Association and the Peoria Education Association. She a recipient of the Rising Star Award from Arizona DECA and a recipient of the Pride of Peoria from Peoria Unified School District.

Aside from being a teacher, Tricia enjoys traveling, playing softball, hiking, biking and many more outdoor activities with her husband of 29 years. Although she and her husband have no children, she considers her students as her children. Many students continue to keep in contact with her on a quarterly or yearly basis – even students from her first years of teaching.

Before going back to college to become a teacher, Tricia worked in advertising for Arizona’s main newspaper, the Arizona Republic. It was then that she decided to go back to college and pursue her education degree. She wanted to give back to this world by nurturing children who need guidance and the confidence to reach their aspirations and become their best possible self. 

Appointed July 1, 2017
Shakema Wilson is entering her 20th year as a business and marketing teacher at North Brunswick High School in North Carolina.  She has been a club advisor for both DECA and FBLA and also serves as the recording secretary for the teacher professional organization North Carolina Association for Career and Technical Education.