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

Dustin Devers

Director of Education

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

614-895-7277 x7480

Ric Cowles

Director of Finance, CFO

Accounting & Financial Services

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Heather L. Bunning

Director of Marketing & Stakeholder Engagement

Marketing Communications, Public Relations, Stakeholder EngagementBrand Management, Publications/Marketing Resources, Social Media, Website Content, Alumni Division Liaison

614-895-7277 x7478

Jonathan Smith

Director of Member Services and Events

Conference & Event Management, Webinar Management, Membership Services, Online Application Services, Membership Materials, Online Membership Registration System

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

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Sherrell Wheeler

National Officer Coordinator

Training of National Officers, Oversight of National Officer Elections, Coordination of National Officer responsibilities, Supervision of National Officers for conferences and meetings


Want to join our team?

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

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