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Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education

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Ohio ACTE Executive Board 2019-2020

Ohio ACTE's leaders are elected by the membership and serve as the governing board for Ohio ACTE.

Nancy Luce, President, Upper Valley Career Center 

Nancy Luce is the superintendent for the Upper Valley Career Center, a position she has held for ten years.  Prior to joining UVCC, she was the Executive Director at Delaware Area Career Center for ten years.  Nancy also worked for Delaware City Schools for fifteen years as a school psychologist, director of special education, and director of pupil services. Nancy is a past president of the Ohio Association of Career and Technical Superintendents and has been a member of the Executive Committee for seven years.  She represented CTE on the State Board of Education’s Graduation Workgroup and the Standards, Assessment and Accountability Workgroup, part of ODE’s strategic planning process. Currently, she serves on the Ohio ACTE/OACTS Report Card Committee, ODHE’s Ohio Technical Centers Funding Committee, BASA’s Career Tech Committee and BASA’s Higher Education Committee. 

Nancy earned her Ph.D. as well as her M.A. from The Ohio State University.  Her B.A. and teacher certification were from Marietta College.  She earned her superintendent’s credentials from Ashland University.

Ryan McCoart, President Elect, Great Oaks Career Campuses

Ryan McCoart is an Assistant Dean of Satellites for Great Oaks Career Campuses.  Prior to joining Great Oaks, he spent three years as the Supervisor of Satellite Operations and two years as the Supervisor of Student Affairs for the 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 two 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. 

Nick Weldy, Past President, Miami Valley Career Center

Nick serves as the Superintendent of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC) located in Englewood.  In the course of his career as a professional educator, he has served as a teacher, administrator, and Board of Education member in both career-technical and traditional school districts across the Miami Valley region. He is a graduate of Covington High School, located in Covington, Ohio, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University and the University of Dayton, where he earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.

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 ten 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. Five 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. Recently, Christine became the districts 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 currently working on her masters in Educational Leadership at Ashland University.

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 more than 4,000 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 christine@ohioacte.org or call Ohio ACTE at (614)890-2283.

Click here to see a list of Ohio ACTE's Division Leaders.

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

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