Our Staff

Learn more about the team that helps run BPA

Our National Staff


Our Team

The National Staff of Business Professionals of America operates within three service areas:

  • Administrative Services
  • Program Services
  • Communication Services

Working mostly out of BPA’s National Center located in Columbus, OH, the National Staff is made up of a diverse group of professionals with a wide range of expertise in nonprofit and association management, member services management, program development and evaluation, partnership development, financial management, communications strategies, event management, organizational strategy and more. Together, we aim to provide responsive programs and services of the highest quality to the internal and external partners of Business Professionals of America.

Dr. LouAnn Ross

Executive Director

Overall Association Management, Sponsorships, Grants, Partnership Collaboration, Advocacy

614-895-7277 x7476

Amber McNew

Director of Education

Workplace Skills Assessment Program (Competitive Events), Pre-submitted Events, CTE Curriculum Advisor, Certifications

614-895-7277 x7480

Ric Cowles

Director of Finance, CFO

Accounting & Financial Services

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Brigette Bethea

Director of Leadership Development

Oversight of National Officer Program, Strategic development and management of leadership development programs

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Heather L. Bunning

Director of Marketing & Stakeholder Engagement

Marketing Communications, Public Relations, Brand Management, Publications & Marketing Resources, Social Media Management, Website Content

614-895-7277 x7478

Mark Burch

Director of Member Services

Webinar Management, Membership Services, Online Application Services, Membership Materials, Online Membership Registration System

614-895-7277 x7482

Jonathan Smith

Director of Strategic Programs & Experiences

Conference & Event Management, Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Experience Development, Partner Cultivation

614-895-7277 x7483

Patrick W. Schultz

Director of Technology Integration

Technology Initiatives, Virtual Competitions & National Showcase, Member Database System, Website Design, Content, & Backend Maintenance, Online Testing & Training

 614-895-7277 x7481

Michele Gordon

Executive Staff Assistant

Accounts Payable & Receivables

614-895-7277 x7479

Want to join our team?

Are you someone who is dedicated and passionate about the education of young professionals? Then, consider joining our team.

Have Questions?

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