Our Staff

Learn more about the team that helps run National BPA

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. Steven J. Mitchell

Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer

Association & Staff Management
Board of Trustees
External Affairs

Kristina Kerns

Director of Development & Marketing Communications

Newsletters, Emails, Social Media
Corporate Partners & Donor Relations
Branding & Marketing Initiatives

Dr. Sheila K. Morris

Director of Education & Professional Learning

Educational Programming
Competitive Events (WSAP)
Advisor Professional Development

Ric Cowles

Director of Finance/Chief Financial Officer

Budget, Auditing, Tax Filings
Accounting & Finance Operations
Employee Payroll & Benefits (HR)

Patrick W. Schultz

Director of Membership & Technology

Chapter & State Membership Resources
Website & Event Registrations
Data Management

Jonathan Smith

Director of Strategic Programs & Experiences

Conferences & Events
Event Sponsors, Vendors, Exhibitors
Student Leadership Programs

Michele Gordon

Office Manager

BPA Mall
Accounts Payables/Receivables
Office Management & Clerical Support

Scott Mathie

Leadership Development Specialist

Executive Council Programming
Student Leadership Trainings
Officer Support Resources

LaQuanda Paschal

Competitive Events Specialist

WSAP Authorships & Auditing
Competitive Events Research
Judge Recruitment

Want to join our team?

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

There are currently no open postings.

Have Questions?

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