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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

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Ohio ACTE Executive Board 2021-2022

Ohio ACTE's leaders are elected by the membership and serve as the governing board for Ohio ACTE.  The foundation of Ohio ACTE is its leadership.  If you are interested in serving in a leadership position, please contact Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director for information.

Bill DiMascio - President, West Shore Career-Technical District/Lakewood City Schools

For the past six years, William (Bill) DiMascio has served as the Coordinator of Career-Technical Education for the West Shore Career-Technical District/Lakewood City Schools. In 2018-2019, he served as the President of the Ohio Association of Comprehensive and Compact Career Technical Schools (CCS).  He completed the Byrl. R. Shoemaker Institute in 2016 and is a graduate of the Greater Cleveland First Ring Leadership Academy Class of 2014.  In addition, he serves on the Executive Board for Ohio Career-Technical Administrators (OCTA). Locally, Bill is a Board Member for the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Lakewood Cleveland Clinic Community Advisory Council.

In 2012, he joined the Lakewood City Schools as Lakewood High's House 1 Principal. Prior to 2012, Bill served in the Akron Public Schools for 12 years in the following roles:  Program/Manager of the Akron Alternative Academy, a high school Social Studies teacher, and Career Based Intervention (CBI) instructor. He holds a BA in Geography with certification in Cartography and a MS in Education focusing on Secondary Education--both degrees from the University of Akron. His principal licensure was obtained via Ashland University and he completed his Superintendent licensure from Cleveland State University in 2020. Before entering the field of education, Bill was a cartographer for the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, at the National Imagery & Mapping Agency, Bethesda, Maryland.

Jon Graft - President-Elect (will serve as President starting in September, 2022), Butler Tech, Superintendent/CEO

Jon Graft is the Superintendent/CEO of Butler Tech, one of Ohio’s largest providers of career technical education. Jon has forged unique business and industry partnerships to create opportunity for students and spur economic development in the region. With the Fifth Day Experience and Student Showcases launching in the 2019-2020 school year, Butler Tech is at the forefront of the Education Revolution.  Butler Tech serves more than 17,000 secondary students each day and more than 2,000 adult students annually. 

Prior to joining Butler Tech, Jon was Superintendent of the Butler County Educational Service Center. During his tenure, the agency doubled educational programming and staffing for its partner school districts, while growing professional development, special education, and multi-faceted family services from prenatal through high school.  

Jon’s roots are in education, having held leadership roles in the Middletown City School District and Madison Local Schools. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Dayton.     

Jon is a member of the National and State Association of Career Technical Education, Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Greater Cincinnati Public School Advocacy Network, Middletown Chamber Executive Board, Southwest Ohio Computer Association Executive Committee, and the Miami University College Access Partnership. 

Ryan McCoart - Past PresidentUpper Valley Career Center

Ryan McCoart is an Instructional Supervisor at Upper Valley Career Center.  Prior to joining Upper Valley, he spent two years as an Assistant Dean of Satellite Programming with Great Oaks Career Campuses, three years as Supervisor of Satellite Operations and two years as Supervisor of Student Affairs with Greene County Career Center.  Ryan started his career at Greenon Local Schools as an Intervention Specialist for one year before stepping into career tech as an Agricultural Education instructor for six years.  Ryan currently serves on the Ohio Career Technical Administrators Executive Board as the OCTA Region Six president, a position that he has held for three years.

His education includes a B.A. in Special Education from Wittenberg University, a M.A. in Career Technical Education from Wright State University, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton.

Jamey Palma - Treasurer, Massillon City Schools

For the past six years, Jamey Palma has served career technical education as the director for the Massillon City schools comprehensive CTPD.  He previously served three years as an assistant principal for the district.  Jamey’s experience also includes working with the Ohio Department of Education on the state assessment advisory and currently on the state report card committee representing CTE.  He has served as region IV president of the Ohio Career Technical Administrators (OCTA) and as an executive board member for the organization.

His education includes a B.A. from Grove City College (PA), Teacher certification from Mount Union, MEd and Principals Licensure from Ashland University, and he is currently working on his Superintendents Licensure at Ashland University.

Christine Boucher - Secretary,  Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools

For the last eleven years, Christine has been involved with workforce and career development. She served as Workforce Development Coordinator with the Central Ohio ESC and the Groveport Madison schools Cruiser Academy, a credit recovery high school for students 16-21 year olds. Seven years ago, Christine joined Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools as their Career Development Coordinator, focusing on grades K-8 with events and activities for career awareness and exploration. Three years ago, Christine became the district's Business Partnership Coordinator, furthering her role and responsibility with central Ohio business partners and their engagement with the career tech ed programs at Eastland-Fairfield. Christine is in the final stages of her masters in Educational Leadership at Ashland University with plans to complete in the summer of 2021.

Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director (non-voting)

Christine  is the executive director of the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE), a non-profit organization with almost 5,000 members statewide.  Ohio ACTE represents the interests of teachers, administrators, support staff and school board members who work to provide career-tech opportunities for students through career-technical education programs for high school students and adults.   Prior to joining Ohio ACTE in the Fall of 2006, she worked for statewide and national associations.

Christine was one of the “20 People to Know in Education” list compiled by Columbus Business First in 2013.  She was a part time adult instructor, both in-person and online, for more than 10 years, facilitating marketing, communication and other classes.  She also conducted resume writing, interview skills and job search strategy workshops.   Christine has presented locally, nationally and internationally on how to teach essential job skills and promoting career-technical education opportunities.

Christine graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and received her Master of Business Administration from Franklin University, in Columbus, Ohio. 

To contact the executive board, email Christine Gardner at or call Ohio ACTE at (614)890-2283.

Click here to see a list of Ohio ACTE's past presidents.  

Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

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