Lou DiGioia, CAE
1908 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Co-Director – Educators Rising
1525 Wilson Blvd., Suite 705
Arlington, VA 22209
Steve A. Brown
National Advisor & Board Chair – FFA
Dr. Steve A. Brown, National Advisor & Board Chair, National FFA Organization (FFA) is celebrating its 88th year making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Under his leadership in 2014-15 has experienced a record high national membership of 629,367 from 7,757 chapters.
Brown is a product of FFA and school-based agricultural education. He became the National Advisor in 2011 with more than 35 years of service to FFA and school-based agricultural education. He served as the National FFA Executive Secretary from 2008 to 2010. Brown began his professional career as an agricultural education instructor and FFA Advisor at the Area Career and Technical Center in Macon, Missouri. He served as a district supervisor in agricultural education and state FFA executive secretary at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for 23 years.
Brown received his doctoral degree in agricultural education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Some of his previously served professional roles include president of the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education and Director on the National Council for Agricultural Education. He serves as an Educational Program Specialist in the College and Career Transition Branch (CCTB), in the Division of Academic & Technical Education (DATE) of the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) at the U.S. Department of Education (ED). Responsibilities include providing technical assistance, professional leadership and expertise in developing, improving, planning and evaluating Career and Technical Education programs.
National FFA Organization Headquarters Operations
1410 King Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
Executive Director – Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Sandy Spavone, Executive Director of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), has worked with youth peer education national programs for the past thirteen years. She served as the Executive Director for National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) from 2006 – 2013 and recently returned to FCCLA as their Executive Director where she formerly served as the FCCLA Director of Programs. The focus of her work has been to provide programs and opportunities for youth to have leadership tools to take a concern and turn it into action. She has developed national youth leadership training programs, programs to address specific health and safety concerns, and coordinated national campaigns. Before entering the non-profit field Mrs. Spavone taught 12th Grade English and Advanced Placement English and served as the Student Government Sponsor for eight years.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
1910 Association Dr.
Reston, VA 20191
Jean M. Buckley
President and CEO – Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL)
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL)
1912 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1591
Jim Koeninger, Ph.D.
Executive Director – HOSA–Future Health Professionals
Since 1984, Jim has served as Executive Director of HOSA-Future Health Professionals. His 45 years of experiences in public education, higher education, corporate training and development, association management and strategic partnerships between government and corporations have been beneficial in managing a CTSO for the health industry.
Following completion of a Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University, Jim held faculty positions through the years at universities in Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. Jim served as the leader designer and facilitator of the Walton Institute over an 18-year period for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He authored numerous articles, monographs, training programs, videos, media productions and training manuals including a unique classroom simulation package for McGraw-Hill Book Company. Jim and his wife, Karen, co-founded the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) and conducted scores of summer camps, retreats, workshops, and regional conferences.
HOSA–Future Health Professionals
548 Silicon Drive, Suite 101
Southlake, TX 76092
Timothy W. Lawrence
Executive Director – SkillsUSA
14001 SkillsUSA Way
Leesburg, VA 20176
Dr. Rosanne White
Executive Director – Technology Student Association (TSA)
Technology Student Association (TSA)
1904 Association Dr.
Reston, VA 20191