Keynote Speaker

JoshDavies

We are excited to feature Josh Davies, CEO at the Center for Work Ethic Development Company as our keynote speaker. Josh Davies is passionate about helping others make a difference in their lives, jobs, and community. Through his work as an executive, speaker, and trainer, he has delivered results around the country. He has given keynotes and training workshops to a wide variety of organizations across all 50 states, including the American Society of Training and Development and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. In preparation for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, he led the training for all 10,000 volunteers and more than 4,000 local service professionals for the event. Training Magazine named him as one of the top 10 trainers under 40 in America and the Denver Business Journal tapped him as one of Denver’s 40 Under 40.

Davies is a published author and is frequently cited in national publications, including the New York Times. An avid runner, Josh has been awarded the Mile High Energy Award by Visit Denver, and an honorary Doctorate of Foodservice by the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers Association for his contributions to the industry. He is the past President of the Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers (CHART), and has been appointed by the Governor to both serve on the Colorado Workforce Development Council and Chair of the State Education and Training Steering Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, where he gets to share his passion with professionals from across the country.

 

 

Guest Speaker

We're thrilled to welcome back MaryEllen Elia, New York State Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York (USNY). A native New Yorker, Commissioner Elia unnamed 2has 45 years of experience as an educator. Commissioner Elia was born, raised, and attended school in Western New York. After graduating high school in Lewiston, NY, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Daeman College in Buffalo, a Master of Education from the University of Buffalo, and a Master of Professional Studies from SUNY Buffalo.

 

 

 

Breakout Session Speakers

 Name Breakout Session Session Title Speaker Biography
Dr. Edward A. Shafer A Technical Assessments: The Power of Stackable Credentials Dr. Edward A. Shafer is a career administrator with over 44 years of experience in the public
schools and the not for profit sector. He holds and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia in
Educational Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Study and Bachelor of Science
degrees from the State University College at Oswego. Dr. Shafer has served as a teacher,
special education administrator, superintendent of schools, District Superintendent and Chief
Executive Officer of a not-for- profit agency. Dr. Shafer Served as the Director of the CTE TAC of NY from 2010 to 2014 and recently as Sr. Consultant. During his service to the TAC he has participated in significant studies of CTE programing in Syracuse and Rochester, several suburban and rural districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. Since the inception of the TAC he has participated in over 25 reviews of NYSED Approved CTE Programs. He is the author of two studies on the status of Approved Programs based upon the over 80 program reviews conducted by the TAC. He has a current interest in the integration of academics in CTE, the awarding of academic credit for participation in approved CTE programs and how CTE teachers can more effectively engage students minds and hands with tools, materials and technology.
 Emily Kulinski  A Motivating Agriculture Students Through Innovative Learning Tools Emily Kulinski is an Account Manager with Realityworks. Her degree in Business Administration from the University of WI-Eau Claire is an asset to her and her customers as she travels throughout her territory presenting at organizations, agencies and schools to help make a difference in young people’s lives. Through her work she is raising awareness and implementing experiential learning opportunities in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Career and Technical Education, Health and Human Services and Maternal and Child Health.
 Janety Encarnación  A  Making CTE Accessible to Students with Special Needs: Matching Disability with the "Right" Accommodation Janety Encarnación has been in the education field for over 20 years. She has worked as an Early Intervention Specialist, Bilingual teacher, Literacy Specialist, Special Education Teacher, CSE chair, CPSE chair and Special Education Supervisor for CSE and CSE. Prior to her start at CTI she worked as a Professional Development specialist for the Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN) and the Regional Special Education- TASC (RSE-TASC) for the Hudson Valley, providing technical assistance and training to the Southern Hudson Region as well as Mid-Hudson Valley area schools. She is currently a CTI Assistant Principal at DC BOCES in charge of their literacy and special education initiatives as well as program certifications. Ms. Encarnación is also a doctoral candidate at Manhattanville College in NY. A life-long learner, she is passionate about all aspects of teaching and learning.
 Amanda Muster  A  Growth Mindset Amanda Muster is the middle and high school level health teacher and the Wellness Coordinator for Marion Central Schools. She is also a past teacher in the Rochester City School District, and community educator at Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council. She has worked with students K-12 and has taught classes including, health, Brainology, and various study skills courses throughout her 10 years as an educator. She studied Health Education at SUNY Brockport, and received her Master’s in Education in Childhood Inclusive Education and Special Education at Nazareth College of Rochester. Amanda currently resides in Fairport, NY with her husband, Logan, two year old son, Nathaniel and puppy Bailey.
Dr. Courtney Benjamin A Teaching Attributes Employers Want Through Immersion in Work-Based Learning Dr. Courtney Benjamin has taught Automotive Technology for Broome-Tioga BOCES for twelve years; her program has been fully located for the past three years at Gault Toyota in Endicott, NY. She has over twenty years of experience in the automotive field at both the retail and manufacturer levels. Her CTE program places an emphasis on employability skills, work-based learning experiences, and attaining professional industry credentials. Courtney's academic research interests include studying the influence of student characteristics, academic course-taking, and work-based learning experiences upon postsecondary education and labor market outcomes for CTE students using nationally representative data sets.
Lori Boman A Teaching Attributes Employers Want Through Immersion in Work-Based Learning Lori Boman has been in education for nearly 20 yrs. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education K-12, a Master’s Degree in Integrating Technology, and Certificates of Advanced Study in Building and District Administration. Boman is currently working as a Coordinator of Work Experience for Broome-Tioga BOCES Career Development Center. The Work Experience Program emphasizes the hands on application of skills learned within traditional Career and Technical education programs. It is a program that benefits the student, employer, community, and school district.​
Johanna Bossard A Yummy or Yucky: The Balancing Act of Food Science Johanna Fox-Bossard has been the Agricultural Education Teacher and Technology Teacher at Hamilton Central School District for the past eight years. Johanna offers a large range of classes from: Agricultural Mechanics, Environmental Science, Pre-Veterinary Science, Agriscience, Small Animal Care, Horticulture, Work Based Learning and 7th & 8th Grade Agriculture and Technology. The Hamilton Agriculture program has a woodworking shop, mechanics shop, welding lab, attached greenhouse and school garden. Johanna is very passionate about offering students hands-on, inquiry based learning experiences that foster real-life skills.
Erin McCaffrey-Smith A Yummy or Yucky: The Balancing Act of Food Science Erin McCaffrey-Smith has been teaching agriculture at Stockbridge Valley Central School district for 13 years. Erin teaches a wide variety of classes including Introduction to Agriscience, Animal Science, Horticulture, Ag Mechanics and Ag Production. The agriculture program has access to a mechanic’s shop, greenhouse, pole barn,20 acres tillable and 25-acre woodland as well as a maple sugar house where the agriculture classes and FFA produce their own maple syrup. These facilities allow Erin to provide students with practical, hands on, authentic learning opportunities every day. Erin is currently serving as the President of the New York Association of Agriculture Educators.
Cheryl Winstel B Work Based Learning for Career Pathways Cheryl holds a BS in Vocational-Technical Education from SUNY Oswego and a MS in Special Education from SUNY New Paltz. In addition to owning and operating a cosmetology business, she served as an educator in Career and Technical Education (CTE) from 1990 through 2007. Since 2007, Cheryl has held the position of Associate in Trade and Technical Education at the New York State Education Department in the Career and Technical Education Office, working
directly with the field educators, administrators, and student leadership organizations to advance the quality of CTE programs in: Construction Technology, Automotive Technology Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Graphic Arts/Media Communication, Cosmetology Occupations and Work Based Learning Programs. She worked closely with the Office of Special Education Policy in the development of the CDOS Credential.
Theresa Alampi-Cortez B Standards Based Writing in CTE Theresa Alampi-Cortez is an instructional specialist for professional development within the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES CTE department. Paula Boughton is a CTE administrator with Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES. Together, they are responsible for guiding the professional development of the CTE department. The current PD plan includes a strong focus on literacy integration and evidenced based writing, as well as understanding the new Next Generation Learning Standards in ELA.
Dr. Elisa Livengood B Bringing Aquatic Science Curriculum to the classroom: practical connections to technical education Dr. Elisa Livengood received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Gainesville, for her work on
the sustainability of the global ornamental fish trade. Her background includes a diverse range of
aquaculture systems design and practices, and considerable experience in curriculum development and delivery. She spent much of her dissertation field work on aquaculture farms in Colombia South America and South Florida. Prior to joining the faculty at Morrisville State College, she helped manage the University of Florida sturgeon fish hatchery. Dr. Livengood is currently a professor for SUNY Morrisville in Aquaculture and Renewable Resources programs and helps run the college’s Aquaculture Center. The Aquaculture Center houses 4 different species of trout, Atlantic salmon, and also includes a closed environment greenhouse that raises paddlefish and provides training in aquaponics and hydroponics. The school’s aquatics lab raises corals of various species and ornamental fish like freshwater angelfish and seahorses.
Linda Romano B Kindergarten to Career- A Paradigm Shift in Education

In 2006, Linda Romano started a nurse aide program at Newburgh Enlarged City School District, NFA. Thanks to Romano’s unique blend of traditional, modern and out-of- the-box teaching methods, the
health science program has grown enrollment from 12 students to 214 students in the span of 11 years,
representing a 1688% increase which has furthermore led to the hiring of additional instructors for the
Health Science pathway.  On a daily basis Romano splits her time between her time in the classroom and
clinical location where her students complete the necessary clinical requirements for CNA certification.
While at the facility, Romano works side by side with her students to develop their classroom-taught
skills and transform them into professional-grade caregivers.
Within her school community she is highly involved for her school, faculty and students.  She sits  as chair
on the School Leadership Team, Health and Safety Team, Adviser to Red Cross Club, Blood Drive and
most recently Health Occupation Students of America.  She mentors students who need support, mentors
new faculty, and is always willing to volunteer on any project or issue where help is needed.  She looks to
her school community as her family and she would always give time to her family!
Linda recently was awarded 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the National Association for Career
and Technical Education. 
Linda's mission is to be of service to her  students and provide every opportunity that she is able for
them.  With that said she involves herself to make change within her state and nation.  These are all
volunteer positions: She is National Association for Career and Technical Education Vice President of
Health Science Division, President of New York State Health Science Educator Association, NYS
Association for Career and Technical Education Board Member, Member of National Consortium for
Health Science Education, and is considered an Educator in Action by National Career and Technical
Education.  Within these organizations, she volunteers on any committee to support and change
education for our students
Although she lives in Pennsylvania, Linda drives to work daily but volunteers every Saturday at the
Newburgh Armory Unity Center in a program she created called Scholars in Scrubs.  She recently began
working on ways to bring her vision of a Kindergarten to Career pathway to reality.  With the support of
Mr William Kaplan, St Lukes Hospital, and Mount St Mary College, and the Newburgh Enlarged City
School District, she is working on ways to create curriculum, pathways, and programs to fill the gaps of
literacy, numeracy, decrease high school to college remediation, and support the workforce with skilled
healthcare workers.  Her work will also make a difference in the community building a healthier
Newburgh!
Linda has written curriculum for NYS Health Science. Has presented her classroom best practices at CTE
conferences all over the country and was asked to be a contributing author of Health Science: Concepts
and Applications published by Goodheart-Wilcox.  She is currently reviewing a Health Science textbook
manuscript for Cengage Learning.  Her passion and enthusiasm for her work and students is witnessed by
all who meet her.
If asked where she gets her energy, she will simply tell you, "It is my mission to make the world a better place for our students.  I love what I do and the students I teach.  I dedicate myself to service of these children, it is why I am on this earth, to fill the purpose of service to others, especially the children".

Margaret Deyo Allers B Kindergarten to Career- A Paradigm Shift in Education Margaret Deyo Allers began her nursing career in 1984 as a registered nurse at the bedside.
Over the next several years she advanced as the charge nurse of a very busy medical surgical
unit and in 1988 became the Clinical Nurse Manager of that unit. Margaret always understood
the importance of life-long learning. During this timeframe she received a Bachelor’s Degree in
Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York and became the Clinical Nurse
Manager of Medical Surgical Services at The Cornwall Hospital in Cornwall NY.
Soon after the merger between Cornwall hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital, Margaret started up
the cardiac catheterization program on the St. Luke’s Campus of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital
and then became the Clinical Nurse Manager of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional
Radiology. In 2006, obtained her graduate degree in Nursing as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with
a minor in Health Administration from Mount Saint Mary College and then in 2009 was promoted
to Director of Clinical Practice and Cardiac Services overseeing inpatient services along with
cardiac services within the organization. In 2010 Margaret received Hudson Valley’s Nurse of
the Year award for nurse excellence and in 2014 was promoted to Assistant Vice President of
Clinical Practice, Care Coordination and Service Line Development. In 2015 Margaret was
promoted to Vice President of Patient Care Services and CNO where she actively works with
her team and healthcare community based organization in transforming healthcare.
Co Author of “Development of Care Transition Models” published in Nurse Leader’s December
2014 Edition; Margaret repeatedly demonstrates commitment, compassion and dedication.
Marissa Reynolds B Real-World Project Based Learning Through Organizational Partnerships Marissa Reynolds is a high school business teacher and Work-Based Learning Coordinator at Marion Jr. Sr. High School. She teaches classes such as Marketing, Accounting, Work Study, Senior Seminar and runs the Work-Based Learning program. She studied Business, Marketing & Communications at Niagara University, and received her Master’s in Business Education from Nazareth College of Rochester.
Dr. Robert C. Post B The Changing MarketPlace Dr. Robert C. Post is the Senior Director, Chobani Health and Wellness/Corporate Affairs, at CHOBANI, LLC, the leading yogurt manufacturer. He drives nutrition, health, and wellness strategies around the brand’s current and future offerings, and navigates critical H&W issues toward the goal of improving community health through access to better food for more people. He also leads initiatives in government affairs related to agriculture, food, and nutrition policies. To help Chobani reach its goal of universal wellness, he designs and uses research in nutritional/physical, social (including workplace), and environmental wellbeing to support innovation, and partners with health organizations to improve trends in diet and health-related community health. Dr. Post previously served as key nutrition advisor to the former White House/First Lady’s Office and collaborator on the White House Let’s Move! initiative. He was the senior executive leading USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion where he established national dietary guidance, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, created USDA’s Nutrition Evidence Library, as well as directed Federal nutrition promotion, creating the MyPlate (ChooseMyPlate.gov) initiative. Previously, he was an administrator at Federal food and nutrition regulatory agencies, led Federal labeling policy and food standards programs, and was an R&D scientist in the food sector. He currently serves as an appointed advisor to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research; as a member of the National
Academies of Medicine Food Forum Advisory Board; on American Society for Nutrition research advisory groups; on the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Board of Trustees; and on the Board of Directors for the International Food Information Council, among other boards. From 2004 until 2012, Dr. Post was an adjunct professor in the Nutrition and Food Science Department at the University of Maryland.
Anedda Trautman B Collaborative Partnerships: Middle Level CTE and Home School Opportunities Anedda Trautman is the Associate Director of CTE with Erie 1 BOCES, prior to her position at Erie 1, Anedda was the Principal of Niagara CTE Center, Orleans Niagara BOCES –for 9 years. In addition to BOCES, Trautman has been an Adjunct with Buffalo State College since 2004 in the CTE/BME/TEC/FACS education department. Anedda also serves at the ACTEA Zone 1 President, Vice President on the NYS ACTEA Board of Directors and Erie Community College Advisory Board. Scott Bindemann is an Assistant Principal at Lancaster Middle School, prior to his positon with Lancaster Scott was an Assistant Principal at Niagara CTE Center, Orleans Niagara BOCES. During Anedda and Scott’s tenure with Orleans Niagara BOCES they were able to increase student enrollment by 20% and increase student retention by 12%, this team attributes that success to putting students in the right seat for the right reasons.Together again in Erie County this team is taking a new approach providing middle school students the opportunity to explore careers by enhancing middle school instruction of technology, family consumer science, health and art through integrated CTE instruction. Come hear about what is happening in WNY through our “TECHsploration” Model
Charles Roney B Hands-on Anatomy Lab: Engaging your Health Science Students Charles Roney graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana in 1972. Roney received his Master’s Degree from Temple University in Exercise Physiology in 1984.
The majority of his teaching career (38 years) was spent teaching Honors Biology
and the last eight years teaching Anatomy & Physiology. Roney taught at four different high schools and one year at Rowan University. He was Teacher of the Year at two different high schools and one of ten teachers selected by the college of New Jersey as Outstanding Teachers in the State Of New Jersey. Charles retired from teaching in 2010 and began to work on a part time basis for Anatomy in Clay teaching other teachers how to use the models in their curriculum.
Dr. Edward A. Shafer C Enrich Your Quad D Experiences Using Design Thinking Principles and Makerspace Dimensions Dr. Edward A. Shafer is a career administrator with over 44 years of experience in the public
schools and the not for profit sector. He holds and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia in
Educational Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Study and Bachelor of Science
degrees from the State University College at Oswego. Dr. Shafer has served as a teacher,
special education administrator, superintendent of schools, District Superintendent and Chief
Executive Officer of a not-for- profit agency. Dr. Shafer Served as the Director of the CTE TAC of NY from 2010 to 2014 and recently as Sr. Consultant. During his service to the TAC he has participated in significant studies of CTE programing in Syracuse and Rochester, several suburban and rural districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. Since the inception of the TAC he has participated in over 25 reviews of NYSED Approved CTE Programs. He is the author of two studies on the status of Approved Programs based upon the over 80 program reviews conducted by the TAC. He has a current interest in the integration of academics in CTE, the awarding of academic credit for participation in approved CTE programs and how CTE teachers can more effectively engage students minds and hands with tools, materials and technology.
Starla Ewan C "Starla's Hands-On Body Systems: "The Nervous System | Get connected!" Starla is in her 35th year of teaching and brings a rich background of experience ranging from
coaching, athletic training, all levels of Biology, college instruction of Anatomy, and years of on-site medical observation. She has been presenting successful teaching methods with teachersduring conferences and local staff development for over 22 years. She currently teaches at Byron Martin Advance Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas in their Medical Strand of Career and Technology Education.  Her teaching preps have included Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Veterinary Science, and all levels of Biology. She currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology to students all over the district for the CTE Medical Strand. The success of Starla’s teaching strategies and increased student understanding of difficult material through the use of hands-on activities and teaching tricks has lead her to share with teachers, massage therapist, medical personnel, and instructors nationwide. Starla also works with mentorship programs and staff development for new instructors in order to facilitate a successful transition from the medical field into the teaching profession. You will love the time spent in a workshop/presentation that gives you fun and successful lessons/techniques to take back to the classroom. Medical personnel will love the application of these lessons and teaching practices.
Ida Marra C Using Plickers as an Assessment tool in your classroom Ida Marra was a business teacher at Webster Thomas High School for 18 years where she held the positions of Teacher Leader, Young Entrepreneurs Academy Manager/Program Instructor, and Work Based Learning Coordinator. In addition to these roles, she was also an FBLA advisor, a Webster Teachers Association Union Executive/Rep Council Board member, a Professional Development Policy Board member and an instrumental contributor to the district’s strategic plan. For over 10 years, Ida served as a board member in her local professional association, MBEA, and for the Business Teachers Association of NYS where she is the recipient of the 2017 CLINTON REED AWARD. She is currently active on the Joint Conference committee for NYSACTE and has accepted a new position to develop and grow the Work Based Learning Program for the Brighton Central School District.
Dave Amsten C NYSTTTA - Meeting Employer Needs through Collaboration and Professional Development Secretary - Dave Arntsen

Dave is a retired CTE Director, starting his career as a Construction Trades Teacher before
moving into administration.  Dave holds a BS in Vocational Education and a MSEd in Education
Administration from SUNY Oswego.  He previously served on the Board of Directors for
ACTEA, and is now serving on the NYSACTE Board of Directors for NYSTTTA

Phil Helmer C NYSTTTA - Meeting Employer Needs through Collaboration and Professional Development President - Phil Helmer
Phil is the Automotive Technology Teacher at Madison-Oneida BOCES.  He has been a CTE
Teacher for the past seven years, with experience prior to teaching as a teacher assistant at
Onondaga-Cortland- Madison BOCES and experience as an ASE certified Master Technician. 
Phil holds a MS in Vocational Education from SUNY Oswego and is pursuing his CAS at this
time.
Valerie Charpentier C NYSTTTA - Meeting Employer Needs through Collaboration and Professional Development  

Vice-President - Valerie Charpentier

Valerie is a Cosmetology Teacher at Hamilton-Fulton- Montgomery BOCES.  She has been
teaching for the past 13 years, completed her BS in Vocational Education at Castleton State
College in Vermont, and operated her own Salon prior to entering the teaching profession.
Treasurer - Frank Frazzitta
Frank has been a CTE Teacher at the Career and Technical Education Center for eight years. 
Prior to that he worked in the auto body repair industry as a technician.  His experiences include countless hours in several high-volume collision repair facilities, as well as several restoration projects.  Mr. Frazzitta is a graduate of SUNY Albany where he received a degree in English Literature.

Frank Frazzitta C NYSTTTA - Meeting Employer Needs through Collaboration and Professional Development  
Bill Skinner C Chair Yoga In his years of doing yoga, Bill has appreciated the mind-body focus that stimulates a cognitive/physical response and benefits the entire body. He was trained as an instructor of Hatha Yoga at the Savannah Yoga Center in Georgia. He is qualified to teach beginner yoga, chair and senior yoga as well as yoga to children. He has taught all ages and abilities in both Georgia and central New York.
Lucas Cittadino C Making the Invisible Visible: Bringing Visual Thinking to the CTE Classroom With a Bachelors in Elementary & Special Education and a Masters in Instructional Technology Lucas has dedicated his career to educating children using the most effective method possible no matter the modality. Having worked in educational settings ranging from
Kindergarten to College, Lucas strives to instill one trait in all he encounters. Be a problem solver! Having the ability to examine an obstacle from multiple aspects and then develop a course of action is a skill we all need to posses and hone. As a Curriculum
Teacher with ESBOCES Lucas supports three CTE buildings and one Special Career Education building over three campuses.
Robert Van Brunt C Making the Invisible Visible: Bringing Visual Thinking to the CTE Classroom  
Dawn B. Mastroianni C Introducing: The New Middle-Level CTE Curriculum Modules Dawn B. Mastroianni retired from NYSED as a CTE Associate in Family Consumer Sciences and joined CTE TAC as a CTE Senior Consultant in August 2017. For the previous 11 years, Dawn worked on all aspects of NYS CTE Program Management. She teamed up with pre-service teachers, middle-level, high school, and BOCES teachers, CTE and school administrators, teacher educators, national colleagues and NYSED leaders to advance CTE. Prior to NYSED, Dawn served as a teacher and an administrator with Scotia-Glenville Central School District.
Dr. Mark Hardy C Introducing: The New Middle-Level CTE Curriculum Modules Dr. Mark Hardy is a professor and the chair of the Department of Technology at SUNY Oswego. Dr. Hardy’s thirty years as an educator includes teaching in secondary Tech-Prep programs, post-secondary programs in computer and information technology, and he currently teaches laboratory and graduate coursework for SUNY Oswego’s technology and engineering education teacher preparation program. He is an active member of the New York State Technology and Engineering Educators’ Association for which he will become president of the organization in July.
Denise Hartmann C Introducing: The New Middle-Level CTE Curriculum Modules Denise Hartmann is a middle school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher in the North Syracuse School District. Denise received her Master of Science in Education – Family and Consumer Sciences in 2010 from Oswego State University. She serves as the NYSAFCSE Vice President and is part of the CTE Middle Level Theme Team
Phillip Helmer C Introducing: The New Middle-Level CTE Curriculum Modules Phillip Helmer- President of the New York State Trade and Technical Teachers Association (NYSTTTA), Phil has been involved in education for nearly ten years. Beginning his professional life in the automotive service industry, he soon found his calling in Career and Technical Education, going on to earn his Bachelor's and Masters degrees in Vocational, as well as Career and Technical Education from SUNY Oswego, where he will soon complete his Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration. Also an ASE Certified Master Automotive Technician, Phillip currently teaches Automotive Technology at Madison-Oneida BOCES in Verona, NY.
Linda Romano C Introducing: The New Middle-Level CTE Curriculum Modules Linda Romano- In 2006, Linda started a nurse aide program at Newburgh Enlarged City School District. Thanks to Romano’s unique blend of traditional, modern and out-of-the-box teaching methods, the health science program has grown enrollment from 12 students to 214 students in the span of 11 years, representing a 1688% increase. Linda's mission is to be of service to her students and provide every opportunity that she is able for them. She recently began working on ways to bring her vision of a Kindergarten to Career pathway to reality. With the support of Mr William Kaplan, St Lukes Hospital, and Mount St Mary College, and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, she is working on ways to create curriculum, pathways, and programs to fill the gaps of literacy, numeracy, decrease high school to college remediation, and support the workforce with skilled healthcare workers. Linda is the national ACTE Teacher of the Year.
Erin McCaffery-Smith C Introducing: The New Middle-Level CTE Curriculum Modules Erin McCaffery-Smith- Erin has been teaching agriculture at Stockbridge Valley Central School district for 13 years. She teaches a wide variety of classes including Introduction to Agriscience, Animal Science, Horticulture, Ag Mechanics and Ag Production. The agriculture program has access to a mechanic’s shop, greenhouse, pole barn,20 acres tillable and 25-acre woodland as well as a maple sugar house where the agriculture classes and FFA produce their own maple syrup. These facilities allow Erin to provide students with practical, hands on, authentic learning opportunities every day. Erin is currently serving as the President of the New York Association of Agriculture Educators.
Takiyah Weekes C Making Meaning of 21st Century Skills through Work Based Learning Experiences Takiyah Weekes joined the NYC Department of Education’s OPSR as the Early College and Career Schools Director of Career Readiness to provide coaching to 9-14 schools to help build out their Work-based Learning spectrum of yearly goals and activities, develop systems to track students’ skills development, and assist with the strategic planning needed for implementation. With over 13 years in workforce development and an MPA in Non-profit Management from CUNY Baruch College, she has more recently as the Director of Youth Employment Services at the Henry Street Settlement, worked tirelessly to prepare ‘opportunity youth’ ages 17-24 with critical thinking and job readiness skills and empower them to transition to higher education, employment and ultimate self-sufficiency.
Benroy Taylor C Making Meaning of 21st Century Skills through Work Based Learning Experiences  
Veronica Pichardo C Making Meaning of 21st Century Skills through Work Based Learning Experiences  
Tom White D Middle Grades STEM Curriculum Tom White was one of the teachers at Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park who developed and operated Project Lead The Way (PLTW) beginning in the late 80’s. He was instrumental in helping spread the program to all 50 states. White joined SREB in 2012 as the AC Director of Technology and Engineering. In his role he has created technical materials to allow students in many career pathways integrate their technical studies with advanced academics. He began Tom White & Associates LLC in 2010 to create programs, technical educational materials and projects for a wide variety of schools, industries and governments. His work includes automation, civil engineering, computer numeric control, computer science, control systems, data acquisition and analysis, electronics, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), game design, GIS, instrumentation, Programmable Logic Control (PLCs), product design, rapid prototyping, robotics, the science of golf (Chevron), Variable Frequency Drives, welding and several freshmen engineering curricula. His work is utilized worldwide and been translated into many languages. He recently wrote the Siemen’s Engineering Design Curricula available at no cost to districts.
Jen Dehn D Empowering Students to a Better Future through Certification Jen Dehn is a Senior Certification Specialist with the National Heathcareer Association, a certification company offering accredited industry credentials for allied health students and professionals. Jen came to NHA after eight years in post-secondary education and immediately developed a passion for career and technical education. She is dedicated to helping CTE programs provide a trusted path to skills growth and career opportunities for their students. She received her undergrad degree from Culver Stockton College in Missouri, and post-grad from Baker University in Kansas. In her spare time, she can usually be found trying to keep up with her rescue dogs and eleven year-old daughter.
Marsha Wilsker Iverson D Business Advisory Boards--Harness the Power Marsha Wilsker Iverson was a Business Educator, Curriculum Coordinator and Administrator in the Valley Stream High School District for 37 years. She is the co-author of three published textbooks, online graduate courses,and numerous professional publications in various areas of financial education
and Career and Technical Education. Marsha was the President of the Business Teachers Association of New York State for two terms. During her terms, she was instrumental in having business educators certified to teach economics. Marsha is currently the New York City and Yonkers Field Associate for the Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center of New York. In addition, Marsha is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Hofstra University for Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences and Work Based Learning Programs. In collaboration with the Frank Zarb School of Business, Marsha wrote two successful grants. One from Capital One to teach financial literacy to 4 th and 5 th graders and the other from NASDAQ OMX to teach high school students about the financial market.
Jonathan Mosenson D The Great Food Truck Competition Jonathan Mosenson is relatively new to the teaching profession having left his financial services business after 30 years in 2011. He went to Queens College and entered their program in 2010 to obtain his FACS certification. Jonathan just completed his 5th year teaching 6th grade FACS and 8th grade Entrepreneurship. He is currently the Long Island Area Coordinator for NYSAFCSE and the President of the Long Island Family & Consumer Sciences Professionals organization supporting over 200 FACS teachers. “The Great Food Truck Challenge” is his culminating project for his Entrepreneurship class and has become a school-wide event that everyone looks forward to.
Ellise Wolff D Mindfulness in the Classroom and Let's Get Movin' Ellise Wolff grew up in Westchester County and got her BS in CFS and MS in Consumer Economics at the College for Human Development at Syracuse University. She and her husband moved from Syracuse to East Greenwich, RI, where they raised two sons. Ellise got her teaching certification in business from Johnson & Wales University and an MS in Literacy from Providence College while teaching FACS in the East Greenwich School District for 18 years, 10 at the middle school. Since her first day teaching, mindfulness, health and wellness have been her focus. Ellise also advocates for teaching Financial Literacy in middle and high schools. She serves on the Health & Wellness, Advisory and Homework committees. When she is not in school, she plays canasta, designs and sews, knits, reads and travels.
Rosemarie (Rie) Posillico D Creating Meaningful Instruction: Electives to Programs & Pathways Rosemarie (Rie) Posillico began working at the CTE Technical Assistance Center of NY in 2016 after 38 years of teaching/administrative experience in the Capital Region. As a Center Specialist, Rie assists schools as they work to improve the quality and expand access of CTE programs for all students. Currently, most of her work focuses on assisting local high schools interested in securing NYSED approval for their CTE program(s) and providing professional development on a variety of CTE topics.Prior to retiring, Rie most recently was the K-12 Director of CTE and Health Education, and Coordinator of the Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake School District. She began her career teaching Home Economics at Shaker High School in the North Colonie School District and later was the Department Administrator for Family & Consumer Sciences and Health Education in the Shenendehowa Central School District. She has also been a consultant for NYSED in the areas of curriculum and assessment since 1987. Rie holds a BS Degree in Home Economics from SUNY Plattsburgh, a MS Degree in Curriculum Planning & Development from the University at Albany, and a MS in Educational Administration & Supervision from The College of Saint Rose.
Tracy Henry D HyperDocs Tracy Henry has been teaching Family and Consumer Sciences for 16 years. Teaching is a passion for her and she is constantly working on improving her methods. Tracy is a very involved educator and enjoys participating in extracurricular activities throughout the school year. She directs the fall production,
advises clubs with colleagues and is a member of several committees. She was introduced to HyperDocs at the beginning of the 2017 school year and was immediately hooked. Join her for an educational and productive session that will get you pumped for the new school year!
Roseann Bayne D Teaching Vocabulary with the Brain in Mind Roseann Bayne is currently the Assistant Superintendent of CiTi BOCES in Oswego County. Roseann's educational career has spanned over 25 years of teaching and administrative experiences. As a classroom teacher Roseann taught both English and social studies simultaneously to high school students for 13 years. She has been both an elementary school and middle school building administrator and a district-level administrator for over 12 years. During many of her years as an educator, Roseann's practices have focused on understanding more about students by understanding their circumstances and the impact certain circumstances can have on brain development. Currently, Roseann is a certified instructor of Emotional Intelligence and a certified NY State Dignity for All Students Act Trainer. Much of her work centers around understanding the impact of fear, phobia, and trauma on student and adult behaviors. In addition to understanding the impact, Roseann also offers suggestions for interventions that can help both adults and students reach their full potential in spite of negative experiences.
Tom White D Advanced Career Tom White was one of the teachers at Shenendehowa Central School District in Clifton Park who developed and operated Project Lead The Way (PLTW) beginning in the late 80’s. He was instrumental in helping spread the program to all 50 states. White joined SREB in 2012 as the AC Director of Technology and Engineering. In his role he has created technical materials to allow students in many career pathways integrate their technical studies with advanced academics. He began Tom White & Associates LLC in 2010 to create programs, technical educational materials and projects for a wide variety of schools, industries and governments. His work includes automation, civil engineering, computer numeric control, computer science, control systems, data acquisition and analysis, electronics, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), game design, GIS, instrumentation, Programmable Logic Control (PLCs), product design, rapid prototyping, robotics, the science of golf (Chevron), Variable Frequency Drives, welding and several freshmen engineering curricula. His work is utilized worldwide and been translated into many languages. He recently wrote the Siemen’s Engineering Design Curricula available at no cost to districts.
Marsha Iverson E Career and Financial Management Curriculum Update: What You Need to Know! Marsha Wilsker Iverson was a Business Educator, Curriculum Coordinator and Administrator in the Valley Stream High School District for 37 years. She is the co-author of three published textbooks, online graduate courses, and numerous professional publications in various areas of financial education
and Career and Technical Education. Marsha was the President of the Business Teachers Association of New York State for two terms. During her terms, she was instrumental in having business educators certified to teach economics. Marsha is currently the New York City and Yonkers Field Associate for the
Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center of New York. In addition, Marsha is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Hofstra University for Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences and Work Based Learning Programs. In collaboration with the Frank Zarb
School of Business, Marsha wrote two successful grants. One from Capital One to teach financial literacy to 4th and 5th graders and the other from NASDAQ OMX to teach high school students about the financial market.
Dr. Edward A. Shafer E Enhancing Academic Integration in CTE in NY State Dr. Edward A. Shafer is a career administrator with over 44 years of experience in the public
schools and the not for profit sector. He holds and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia in
Educational Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Study and Bachelor of Science
degrees from the State University College at Oswego. Dr. Shafer has served as a teacher,
special education administrator, superintendent of schools, District Superintendent and Chief
Executive Officer of a not-for- profit agency. Dr. Shafer Served as the Director of the CTE TAC of NY from 2010 to 2014 and recently as Sr. Consultant. During his service to the TAC he has participated in significant studies of CTE programing in Syracuse and Rochester, several suburban and rural districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services. Since the inception of the TAC he has participated in over 25 reviews of NYSED Approved CTE Programs. He is the author of two studies on the status of Approved Programs based upon the over 80 program reviews conducted by the TAC. He has a current interest in the integration of academics in CTE, the awarding of academic credit for participation in approved CTE programs and how CTE teachers can more effectively engage students minds and hands with tools, materials and technology.
Roseann Bayne E Leading with Your Brain In Mind Roseann Bayne is currently the Assistant Superintendent of CiTi BOCES in Oswego County. Roseann's educational career has spanned over 25 years of teaching and administrative experiences. As a classroom teacher Roseann taught both English and social studies simultaneously to high school students for 13 years. She has been both an elementary school and middle school building administrator and a district-level administrator for over 12 years. During many of her years as an educator, Roseann's practices have focused on understanding more about students by understanding their circumstances and the impact certain circumstances can have on brain development. Currently, Roseann is a certified instructor of Emotional Intelligence and a certified NY State Dignity for All Students Act Trainer. Much of her work centers around understanding the impact of fear, phobia, and trauma on student and adult behaviors. In addition to understanding the impact, Roseann also offers suggestions for interventions that can help both adults and students reach their full potential in spite of negative experiences.
Diane Ross E Creating a Comprehensive Welding Program Diane Ross is the Education Development Manager for Realityworks, where she works with states and school districts to develop better programs, products and pathways in career and technical education. She has a Master’s in Secondary Education from Marshall University and is an advisor for the National Standards for FACS Education.
Starla Ewan E Starla's Hands-On Body Systems: 'Guts-R-Us' A detailed look at the GI system! Starla is in her 35th year of teaching and brings a rich background of experience ranging from
coaching, athletic training, all levels of Biology, college instruction of Anatomy, and years of on-site medical observation. She has been presenting successful teaching methods with teachersduring conferences and local staff development for over 22 years. She currently teaches at Byron Martin Advance Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas in their Medical Strand of Career and Technology Education.  Her teaching preps have included Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Pathophysiology, and Veterinary Science, and all levels of Biology. She currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology to students all over the district for the CTE Medical Strand. The success of Starla’s teaching strategies and increased student understanding of difficult material through the use of hands-on activities and teaching tricks has lead her to share with teachers, massage therapist, medical personnel, and instructors nationwide.Starla also works with mentorship programs and staff development for new instructors in order to facilitate a successful transition from the medical field into the teaching profession. You will love the time spent in a workshop/presentation that gives you fun and successful lessons/techniques to take back to the classroom. Medical personnel will love the application of these lessons and teaching practices.
Jean Ryan E Stopping Scam Artists Before They Strike You! Jean Ryan is a Senior Consumer Frauds Representative in the Office of New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. Jean works in the Attorney General’s Syracuse Regional Office mediating consumer frauds complaints. She also assists the consumer advocacy attorney when a pattern of fraud is determined and enforcement action is taken against businesses engaged in fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or illegal trade practices. Jean is a regular speaker in the community on scams and frauds targeting senior citizens. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a master’s degree from Boston University.
Katie Jones E Statewide CTE Assessment and Curriculum Project Update  
Douglas Leavens E Statewide CTE Assessment and Curriculum Project Update  
Dr. Richard Jones E Preparing Students for Life After HS: Infusing Life/Career Skills Dr. Richard Jones currently works with NYS CTE Technical Assistance Center sharing best practices in CTE and Career Readiness. Dick has worked with educators in all 50 states developing the commitment to school change and skills necessary to better prepare students for the future. Dick served in several leadership capacities for two decades in the New York State Education Department. In his four decades as an educator, Dick has shared with hundreds of audiences his passion for learning and vision for the possibilities schools. He has received his BS. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University. He started his teaching career as a high school agriculture teacher. He has authored fourteen books on instruction and leadership. His philosophy is "To be an educator, you must never stop being a student."
David Frongillo E One and Done …now teaching is fun! David Frongillo is a retired teacher with 21-years of classroom experience. He has taught grades 6-12 including adult education but has spent most of his career at the High School level. He has taken programs in two different school districts that were on the verge of failure and propelled them to the top of the list. Setting records in those school districts for the number of students choosing his programs. This is his chance to “give-back” to the profession that has always been special to him. His goal is to help as many teachers as he can to have the same meaningful and gratifying career as he did.
Emily Kulinski F A Walk in Their Shoes - Using the RealCare Geriatric Simulator to teach geriatric sensitivity Emily Kulinski is an Account Manager with Realityworks. Her degree in Business Administration from the University of WI-Eau Claire is an asset to her and her customers as she travels throughout her territory presenting at organizations, agencies and schools to help make a difference in young people’s lives. Through her work she is raising awareness and implementing experiential learning opportunities in the areas of Family and Consumer Sciences, Career and Technical Education, Health and Human Services and Maternal and Child Health.
Kellie Openshaw F Precision Exams: Career Skills Exams & Certifications with Student-Growth Data As a Regional Director at Precision Exams, I enjoy working with BOCES, schools and districts throughout New York, providing the best CTE assessments, reporting tools and certifications available. I love my job! Away from work, you can find me watching various youth sporting events (floorball, anyone?), wavering over knobs and pulls at Home Depot and running through tissues watching "This is Us".
Bernard P. Pierorazio F NYSED Multiple Pathways and Graduation Success

Bernard P. Pierorazio, joined the NYS CTE Technical Assistance Center as a Field Associate in 2014, after a forty-year career in public education. His area presently covers the Hudson Valley from Sullivan County south into the Bronx, NYC. Bernard served as a teacher, dean, principal, deputy superintendent and finally as Superintendent of the Yonkers Public Schools from 2005 through 2014. In 2011, he was honored by NYSCOSS, naming him New York State Superintendent of the Year. In 2012, the College Board recognized him by awarding him the national William U. Harris Award of Excellence for increasing minority student participation in the College Board’s national assessments. In May 2013, Manhattan College awarded him the prestigious honorary Doctor of Pedagogy for his commitment to improvement and innovation in urban education. Bernard earned a BS in History from Central Connecticut State University and a MS from Iona College, where he also received his SAS and SDA. He also has earned a concentration in Learning Disabilities from the College of New Rochelle.

Robert L. Marraccino F Engaging the “Others” in the Health-Science, Cluster Pathway with a Medical Laboratory Program

Robert L. Marraccino, NYC DOE CTE

Ph.D. Microbiology & Immunology, M.S. Edu in Leadership and Administration.
Permanent licenses: CTE Medical Laboratory and Biology and General Science

-High School Instructor for Medical Laboratory and Assisting Program and developer of biotechnology curriculum in collaboration with Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Hunter College, Bio-Rad Explorer Program, PhRMA, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
-Coordinator of Career and Technical Education for eight CTE programs and thirteen CTE teachers with over 900 CTE graduates/year and 5, NYSED-approved CTE programs with three in the process of approval (16 years).
-Provided professional development to over 300 NYC DOE teachers in biotechnology and presenting at over 30 national and regional CTE meetings.
-Researcher with over 20 peer-reviewed articles related to control of cell division and cancer.
-Adjunct, Assistant Professor, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Marsha Wilsker Iverson F Problem (Project)-Based Learning: Who's Doing the Thinking? Marsha Wilsker Iverson was a Business Educator, Curriculum Coordinator and Administrator in the Valley Stream High School District for 37 years. She is the co-author of three published textbooks, online graduate courses,and numerous professional publications in various areas of financial education
and Career and Technical Education. Marsha was the President of the Business Teachers Association of New York State for two terms. During her terms, she was instrumental in having business educators certified to teach economics. Marsha is currently the New York City and Yonkers Field Associate for the Career and Technical Education Technical Assistance Center of New York. In addition, Marsha is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Hofstra University for Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences and Work Based Learning Programs. In collaboration with the Frank Zarb School of Business, Marsha wrote two successful grants. One from Capital One to teach financial literacy to 4 th and 5 th graders and the other from NASDAQ OMX to teach high school students about the financial market.
Carol Seigel F How to Create and Run an Effective Industry Advisory Board  
Donna Stonis F How to Create and Run an Effective Industry Advisory Board  
Susan Jenkins F Drug Trends with Youth Susan has been the Executive Director of the Madison County Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse, Inc, known as BRiDGES, for the past 27 years. BRiDGES focuses on prevention and education around issues related to alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and suicide prevention. BRiDGES also operates a thriving Employee Assistance Program serving businesses in the Central New York region. Two new programs initiated in 2017 at BRiDGES were the Central Region Addiction Resource Center and the LGBTQ
Initiative. Susan is also an adjunct instructor at Morrisville State College where she teaches a
required course for criminal justice majors, and she teaches a summer residency course in Program Planning and Evaluation at Cazenovia College for human service majors. Susan enjoys teaching and training on a variety of topics. Susan is a certified trainer for safeTALK, a 3 hour suicide prevention training, for Talk Saves Lives, a one hour suicide prevention training and for TIPS which is designed for servers of alcohol. Susan loves her work.
Lee W. Livermore F Drug Trends with Youth Lee W. Livermore, Public Education Coordinator for the Upstate New York Poison
Center. Lee has a bachelor’s degree in business and has several certifications in communication,
training, organizational development and personality profile assessments.
Lee has more than sixteen years of delivering poison prevention training programs and
presentations to the general public, community based agencies, primary education
schools, colleges and universities. He is skilled in the areas of Drugs of Abuse, Train-the-
Trainer programs, Poison Prevention Awareness Programs, and is active in developing
partnerships with community coalitions and serves on several Drug Task Forces within
the 54 county coverage area of the Upstate New York Poison Center. He is a highly sought after guest speaker and is known for his energetic presentations.
Tim Cox F Converge Digital Worlds with Computer Science and Game Design Tim Cox is the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Support Services at Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES. Instructional Support Services of CA BOCES researches, creates, and implements regional programming in the areas of professional development, digital and physical classroom learning resources, e-learning and distance learning connections, and student programming in the arts, summer school, extracurricular curricula, and shared classroom teachers. Tim is a former elementary and middle school teacher and professional developer specializing in neurodevelopmental differences, and has also taught at the post-secondary level.
Jay Gardner F Converge Digital Worlds with Computer Science and Game Design  
Barbara Grenga F Please! No More Slideshows Since changing careers and returning to school, Barbara has had a passion for Career and Technical Education. As such, she holds a Master of Science in Education in Vocational Technical Education, as well as three CTE teaching certificates with New York State. Barbara received her undergraduate, masters, and Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from SUNY Oswego. She has been teaching for the past 20 years as a CTE Business and
Family & Consumer Science Teacher. Barbara began her teaching career in the Syracuse City Schools preparing adults in an Office Technology career. In 2000 she began teaching in the Phoenix Central School District as an elementary Business/Computer teacher providing special instruction to nearly 600 students a week on computer operations and applications. In 2010 Barbara received her certification from New York State as a Family & Consumer Science teacher, and she has been teaching FACS classes ever since. Currently, Barbara is employed by the Fayetteville-Manlius School District as a high school Family & Consumer Science teacher/Instructional Specialist where she teaches classes in nutrition, Infant Psychology, Child Psychology, Adolescent Psychology, Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising & Design, as well as Marketing as a Business Teacher.