Our Board of
Trustees

Learn about our Board of Trustees


Our Board of Trustees

Learn about our Board of Trustees

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Who Are the Board of Trustees at BPA?

The Business Professionals of America Board of Trustees is the primary governing body for the organization. The make-up of the board consists of a talented group of educators, organization and community leaders and professionals that are dedicated to Mission and Vision of our organization.

Meeting regularly throughout the year, the Board of Trustees manages all affairs of Business Professionals of America, establishes and monitors the annual budget, oversees the organization’s assets and ensures sound management of the association. The Board of Trustees includes of 13 voting members and two non-voting ex-officio members that include the Board’s Immediate Past Chair and the National Association’s Executive Director. Trustees are elected by the corporate body in May of each year and traditionally serve three-year terms.

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Want to learn more about the responsibilities of a our BPA Board Members? Download our Board Member Responsibilities document.

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Questions?

Do you have questions or comments for our Board of Trustees? You can reach out to them via email using board@bpa.org or use our contact form.

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Executive Officers

Debbie Darnell
Chair
At-Large Representative
Elected: 2018
Term Expires: 2021 (1st term)
Occupation: Retired Educator

Amy Riddle
Vice Chair
State Advisor Representative
Elected: 2019
Term Expires: 2022 (1st term)
Occupation: Business/IT Pathway Teacher, Mat Su Career & Technical High School

Shauna Williams
Secretary
State Supervisor Representative
Elected: 2018
Term Expires: 2021 (1st term)
Occupation: Program Quality Manager for Business & Marketing Education, Idaho CTE

Evan Wolff
Treasurer
NBAC Representative
Appointed: 2019
Term Expires: 2022
Occupation: Manager, Academic, & Student Engagement, Association of International Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Board Members

Angie Benson
Alumni Division Representative
Elected: 2019
Term Expires: 2022 (1st term)
Occupation: Inside Sales, NASCAR

Dianne Carroll
At-Large Representative
Elected: 2020
Term Expires: 2023
Occupation: Faculty, Marketing & Business Technology, Northcentral Technical College

Jason Hendrickson
State Advisor Representative
Elected: 2020
Term Expires: 2023 (1st term)
Occupation: Indiana State Advisor

Trent Hughes
Middle Level Local Advisor Representative
Elected: 2020
Term Expires: 2023 (1st term)
Occupation: CTE Teacher, Wellston Public Schools

Natasha Smith
Secondary Local Advisor Representative
Elected: 2018
Term Expires: 2021 (1st term)
Occupation: Classroom Teacher

Athena Frank
Post-secondary Local Advisor Representative
Elected: 2018
Term Expires: 2021 (1st term)
Occupation: Classroom Teacher

Ryan Nkongnyu
Secondary President
Elected: 2020
Term Expires: 2021
Occupation: Student

Sophia Pearson
National Post-secondary President
Elected: 2020
Term Expires: 2021
Occupation: Graduate Student

Dr. LouAnn Ross
Ex-Officio
Occupation: Executive Director, National BPA

Cedric Bandoh
Immediate Past Chairman
Business Representative
Elected: 2016, 2019
Term Expires: 2022 (2nd term)
Occupation: Chief of Staff/Manager, HP Inc.

 
 

BPA Board of Trustees Nominations

Each year, the Nominations Committee of the Board of Trustees opens up the nominations process for open positions on the Board.

These positions are open on a rotational basis and vary as to the number up for consideration at each year’s annual corporate meeting. Those elected will each serve a three (3) year term beginning in May of each year elections are held.


Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Acceptance Form Deadline: Monday, February 22, 2021

There are four (4) positions up for election this year, with terms serving from 2021-2024. Those positions and their respective qualifications are:

  • At-Large Representative: At-large members must be employed in a position directly related to business, information technology, and/or office occupations education or Business Professionals of America. This shall include: teaching at any level; local supervisors of business, information technology, and office occupations; Business Professionals of America state sponsors, state advisors, executive secretaries; Alumni members employed in a business occupation; and representatives of business and/or service industries. The at-large members should be employed in a Business Professionals of America affiliated state unless place of employment is changed after election.
  • State Supervisor: Any state officer in business education, information technology, and/or office education and/or the person designated by the career and technical education division of the state department of education or state board of career and technical education.
  • Secondary Local Advisor: A business education, information technology, and/or office education teacher who is serving as an advisor/sponsor at the secondary level.
  • Post-secondary Local Advisor: A business, business education, information technology, and/or office education teacher who is serving as an advisor/sponsor at a certificate, associate, or baccalaureate level institution.

    If you have interest in board service but would like to learn more about the process, roles and responsibilities, questions can be directed to board@bpa.org.

    Submit a Board of Trustee Nomination Form
    Have you been nominated? Submit your Nomination Acceptance Form

    Want to nominate a candidate for the BPA Board of Trustees?

    Use our form below to get a qualified candidate nominated for the Business Professionals of America’s Board of Trustees.

    • Board of Trustee Nominations Deadline: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST

    Strategic & Long Range Plan

    Business Professionals of Americas Plan Through 2022

    The Board of Trustees has provided an electronic version of the organization’s Strategic and Long Range Plan. Reviewed regularly by the SLRP Committee, this document includes measurable, realistic, attainable but challenging, long-term goals and strategies for the organization.  This document is made available to communicate the organization’s goals, the actions needed to achieve those goals and critical elements developed during the planning phase.

    Learn More!Our Governing Documents

    Strategic & Long Range Plan

    Business Professionals of Americas Plan Through 2022

    The Board of Trustees has provided an electronic version of the organization’s Strategic and Long Range Plan. Reviewed regularly by the SLRP Committee, this document includes measurable, realistic, attainable but challenging, long-term goals and strategies for the organization.  This document is made available to communicate the organization’s goals, the actions needed to achieve those goals and critical elements developed during the planning phase.

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