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Meet Fran Beauman, NASDCTEc Board Associate Member Representative

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc is sharing a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members;” today we are featuring Dr. Fran Beauman, Associate Member Representative.

Dr. Beauman has been an active member of NASDCTE for over 25 years and has served on a variety of the Association’s committees. Over the past 40 years, she has been involved in multiple facets of Career Technical Education (CTE). She started as a Family and Consumer Science teacher in 1970. After teaching high school for 9 years she left to work at the in the CTE Department at the Illinois State Board of Education. During the 25 years she was at the agency, she served as manager for a variety of units these included program improvements and evaluation, research and development and program technical assistance. As State Director of CTE for Illinois she worked with postsecondary and secondary educators, business partners and others in connecting education to workforce preparation. Since retiring as State Director in 2002, she has been involved in a variety of interesting and challenging initiatives. Some of these include serving as project director for the statewide implementation of the Health Science Career Cluster™ and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics (TDL) Career Cluster™ in Illinois; coordinating the Illinois Mathematics, Science and Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Career Cluster™ Initiative; and directing a TDL curriculum development project which is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Dr. Beauman received her bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
When asked for her goals as a Board Member, Beauman said “One of my goals is to promote the Career Clusters™ Initiative and continue to work with schools and industry to further Career Cluster™ support. Another goal is to provide support to states as they incorporate the common core standards into their CTE programs and assure that students are ready for both college and careers.”

NASDCTEc appreciates Fran Beauman’s service to the Board. She can be reached at

Ramona Schescke, Member Services Manager

By Ramona in Career Clusters®, NASDCTEc Announcements
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Meet Melissa Lomax, NASDCTEc Region VI Board Member

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

“Meet Your Board Member” series continues…

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc is presenting a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members;” today we are featuring Melissa Lomax, Region VI Representative.  Region VI encompasses Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Dr. Melissa Lomax is Bureau Chief for Career-Technical & Workforce Education with the New Mexico Public Education Department Instructional Services Division. Her experience encompasses PreK – 20 educational initiatives delivered through her work as a public school administrator, counselor, teacher, and as university professor.

She received her Ph.D. in Counseling, Development, and Higher Education from the University of North Texas in Denton; her M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development from Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas; and her Bachelor’s degree in English from The University of Texas in Austin.

Dr. Lomax’s educational leadership reflects her belief that one’s sense of purpose and one’s desire to move toward the attainment of personal goals are at the core of human motivation and learning. Assisting others in their educational endeavors using this lens of motivation has resulted in the building and/or restructuring of educational programs to better address the needs of students, teachers, and employers.

When asked to share her perspective as a Board Member, Dr. Lomax answered “Priorities I hold as a board member of NASDCTE are to support policies and programs that place educational and training resources in the hands of students, teachers, business and industry partners in a manner that ensures an individual is able to pursue his or her next step regarding college and career preparation, and to attain industry recognized credentials, excel within a career field, and advance in postsecondary education.”

By Ramona in News

Meet NASDCTEc Vice President Patrick Ainsworth

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc is presenting a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members”; today we are featuring Vice President Patrick Ainsworth, who hails from California.

Patrick AinsworthDr. Patrick Ainsworth joined the California Department of Education (CDE) in November 1996. Currently, he serves as Assistant Superintendent of the Secondary, Postsecondary, and Career Education Division. He oversees secondary education, including middle and high school education, college preparation programs, postsecondary relations, adult education, career technical education, and workforce preparation programs. A few examples of responsibilities include middle and high school reform, smaller learning communities, Partnership Academies, Regional Occupational Centers and Programs, gender equity compliance, business and industry partnerships, and oversight of state and federal programs totaling over $1 billion in annual revenues. Patrick also works at the federal level designated as the State Director of Career Technical Education and State Director of Adult Education.

Prior to joining the CDE, Patrick worked for the Riverside County Office of Education, where he served as the Administrator of a countywide consortium consisting of nineteen school districts devoted to educating and career training for disadvantaged and at-risk high school aged youth. He also served as Principal-Coordinator, Instructional Specialist, and Counselor while at the county office. Patrick began his career in education as a substitute teacher, transitioned into teaching of severely handicapped youth and adults, and served as a high school counselor for nine years at Lake Elsinore and La Sierra High Schools.

Dr. Ainsworth earned his Doctorate in Educational Management and Leadership from University of La Verne (July 2000). His dissertation was titled, Policy Alternatives for Increasing the Number of California’s Graduating High School Students Having the Essential Employability Skills Necessary to Compete in the New Economy. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science (1975), Master’s Degree in Education-Counseling (1977) at California State University San Bernardino, and holds credentials in Pupil Personnel Services and Professional Administrative Services.

Among Patrick’s accomplishments:

Like other NASDCTEc Board members, Patrick’s professional involvement reaches beyond the CTE sphere, including his role as the Superintendent’s Designee on the California Workforce Investment Board, Joint Boards Advisory Committee, Community College Economic Development Policy Advisory Council, and numerous other key groups. He serves as Co-President of the California Career Resource Network, and is the Vice President to the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium. For five years he has been a member of the California State University San Bernardino School of Education Dean’s Advisory Committee. He has also served as President of the California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Programs, Chair of the ACSA Region 3 Secondary Education Council, and on the Board of LEED Sacramento, Linking Education and Economic Development. During 1995, Dr. Ainsworth was President of the American Lung Association (ALA) of the Inland Counties and participated in developing the ALA Strategic Plans at the State and National levels. He has also served on the Board of Directors for both the San Bernardino YMCA and the Tri-Valley YMCA.

In addition to these experiences, Patrick has worked for the YMCA, was a musician and recording engineer, and for seven years hosted a weekly television show for the King Video Cable System. Pat is married to his wonderful wife and partner of 35 years, Karen. They have three fabulous children – Amanda and twins Randy and Ryan. In his spare time Pat enjoys gardening, woodworking, snow skiing, water sports, and fishing.

Patrick indicated his primary goals as a NASDCTEc Board member is “to strengthen CTE as Perkins and ESEA are reauthorized and to increase funding to expand CTE opportunities for all students.”

We thank Dr. Ainsworth for providing personal insight and sharing his goals for our organization. He can be reached at

By Ramona in NASDCTEc Announcements, NASDCTEc State Director

Meet Dr. Phil Berkenbile, NASDCTEc President

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

In order for our members to know the individuals who serve them at the national level, NASDCTEc is presenting a blog series called “Meet Your Board Members”, beginning with Dr. Phil Berkenbile, our President.

Berkenbile began his career in Oklahoma as an agricultural education instructor for Morrison Public Schools.  He joined the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech in 1988 as the agricultural education northwest district supervisor and curriculum specialist.  In 1994 he became the agricultural education assistant state supervisor.  A year later Berkenbile left the agency to become the superintendent of schools in Morrison. He returned to the agency in 1999 as the associate state director of educational services.  In April 2003, he was selected as chief of staff, and in May 2003 he began serving as interim state director, and was named State Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education in 2004, by its State Board.

Like every dedicated State Director, Berkenbile serves as Chairman of the Governor’s Taskforce on Healthcare, and is a Board member on the Governor’s Taskforce on Aerospace and Information Security, the Oklahoma Manufacturers Alliance Board, the State Insurance Advisory Council, and the State Workforce Development Board.  He is President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education (NASDCTE), past-chair of the Oklahoma Education Technology Trust (OETT) Foundation, Board member of the Oklahoma Community Institute, member of the Oklahoma College Savings Taskforce, member of the Academy of State Goals, and a 2001-02 graduate of Leadership Oklahoma – Class XIV.  He is a member of the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness Program and a 2001-02 graduate of Educators Leadership Academy. He serves on the CareerTech Administrative Council (CTAC) and is a member of the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education (OkACTE).

He received his bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degrees in agricultural education from Oklahoma State University. In 2006 he received the OSU Graduate of Distinction Award in agricultural education. 

A recipient of numerous civic and community awards, Berkenbile has also been recognized at the state and national levels for his many contributions to Oklahoma’s education system. 

When asked about his goals as President of NASDCTEc, Berkenbile gave a strong response:

  1.  To help disseminate the new direction and vision of Career and Technology education to all states, legislators and business & industry partners.  We are not the vocational education our fathers knew.
  2. To broaden the scope and participation of students in a new CTE that includes technical, academic and soft skills learning for the future in a global, life-long learning arena.  Our programs of study and pathways lead to top level credentials, certifications and degrees that result in a highly educated workforce.
  3. To provide academic educators the knowledge that our curriculum and courses are rigorous and help reinforce the courses they teach in math, science and literacy.
  4. To help our business & industry partners understand that we are about training for high-demand, high-wage and high-skill jobs for today and for a workforce of the future.

About the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

We thank Dr. Berkenbile for providing personal insight and sharing his goals for our organization. He can be reached at

By Ramona in NASDCTEc Announcements, NASDCTEc State Director