Dr. LouAnn Ross has always been inspired by those who work relentlessly to make the world a better place for youth, and she is committed to the belief that all youth deserve the best that we as adults have to offer.
Throughout her career, she has led with an unyielding dedication and set of principles that have allowed her the opportunity to not only be successful, but to learn best practices, cultivate relationships, and expand her breadth of knowledge. She is a nationally recognized professional with extensive experience in organizational administration, board governance, and program management. This includes project management and evaluation, diversified fund development, board governance, corporate and community relations, and fiscal management. She has led the turnaround of two nonprofit organizations and the startup of another – all with great success.
Since joining Business Professionals of America in April of 2018 as the Executive Director/CEO, Dr. Ross has facilitated numerous leadership development training sessions with organization leaders, advisors, national officers and staff, and has performed an organizational audit to ensure that Business Professionals of America is positioned for success. Her goal for the organization is to inspire and prepare emerging student leaders to discover their passion and change the world by creating unmatched opportunities in learning, professional development and service; and she is committed to taking this ambitious vision to successful reality.
Dr. Ross holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management (MPPM) from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. Additionally, she holds a Master’s degree in Education (MAEd) from East Carolina University, and in June of this year, she completed her Doctorate in Leadership and Administration at Point Park University.
Dr. Ross is driven by a simple desire to do whatever she can to make the world a better place, and continually seeks ways to create that world for all children and youth.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
5454 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH 43231-4021
Acting Executive Director
Frank Peterson is DECA’s Acting Executive Director, bringing 14 years of experience at DECA Inc. Prior to this role, Frank most recently served as Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, responsible for leading strategic and integrated communications and marketing functions that promote, support and continue to elevate the organization. He played a significant role in the rebranding of the organization, designed the current logo and managed all of DECA’s collateral and marketing materials. He managed design and production schedules for all DECA’s major publications including the DECA Guide, DECA Direct the Magazine and DECA’s conference programs. He also led the re-branding of Shop DECA. Frank has also previously served as Interim Executive Director.
Frank graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design, and he minored in Multimedia Communications. Frank is a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and is working toward his Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) designation. He is also a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) which is the leading professional association for designers.
1908 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
National Advisor and Board Chair – FFA
Dr. Steve A. Brown, National Advisor & Board Chair, National FFA Organization (FFA) is celebrating over 90 years in 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, FFA has experienced a record high national membership of 669,989 from 8,630 chapters.
Brown is a product school-based agricultural education and FFA. 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 Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) 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
6060 FFA Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46278
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
President and CEO – Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL)
Jean M. Buckley is president and chief executive officer of Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL), which is celebrating seventy-two years of preparing students for careers in business and business-related fields.
Jean joined FBLA-PBL in 1997. Under her leadership, the association has grown to become one of the largest career and technical student organizations, involving more than a quarter-million students and teachers across the United States and abroad. Jean provides the strategic direction for the association, ensuring its mission — “FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.”
During her tenure, she has increased the number of business partners, expanded competitive event offerings with a focus on technology, and grown member benefits for all divisions.
Prior to joining FBLA-PBL, Jean had a distinguished twenty-year career with Junior Achievement Inc., where she held several field office and national positions. As the senior vice president of education at the national headquarters, she was responsible for the development and implementation of K–12 business and economics curricula, as well as leading all educational outreach efforts.
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL)
1912 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191-1591
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
Executive Director – SkillsUSA
Having been involved with SkillsUSA for most of his life, Timothy Lawrence firmly believes that getting involved in technical education and joining SkillsUSA in high school set his course for a successful future. He worked in both labor and management positions in the manufacturing industry for nine years while continuing his education, graduating Magna Cum Laude from James Madison University with a degree in Administration and Training. He fulfilled one of his life dreams when he became a teacher in Virginia in 1978. He achieved another life goal when he was named the National Trade and Industrial Education Teacher of the Year in 1983.
In 1987, he joined the Virginia Department of Education as a vocational student specialist and chief executive officer of the state SkillsUSA organization. He also served other youth initiatives with the National Safety Council’s Youth Division, Students Against Driving Drunk and numerous community service organizations. In 1996, Mr. Lawrence joined the national SkillsUSA organization as Business and Industry Partnerships Director at their National Leadership Center in Leesburg, Va. In January, 2001, Mr. Lawrence became the Chief Executive Officer of SkillsUSA, one of the nation’s largest individual membership organizations. In this position, he feels he works for the students and teachers of America’s technical education system.
14001 SkillsUSA Way
Leesburg, VA 20176
Executive Director – Technology Student Association (TSA)
During her tenure as the executive director of the Technology Student Association, Rosanne White has seen the organization grow from 60,000 middle and high school members to over 250,000 members nationwide. She holds a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech University in education administration, a master’s degree in education administration from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and special education from Radford University. Dr. White is a former instructor and program administrator with Fairfax County Public Schools and a Washington, DC area native. She is the recipient of awards from the Association of Career and Technical Education, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, and the National Association of Partners in Education.
Technology Student Association (TSA)
1904 Association Dr.
Reston, VA 20191