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Subject:                          NAPE Executive Committee Welcomes New Officers


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National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity 

Executive Committee Welcomes New Officers


Contact: Laura Sperratore, Communications Manager, NAPE
Phone: 707-407-5118

Gap, PA (07/21/14)--The 11-member Executive Committee of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) welcomed four new officers, elected by the NAPE Board of Directors, whose terms commenced on July 1, 2014. NAPE is a consortium of state agencies and affiliates who have joined forces to work collaboratively to promote equity in education and workforce development, including career and technical education (CTE). NAPE's membership is committed to building educators' capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity.

"I am pleased to welcome these new members to NAPE's Executive Committee," said Mimi Lufkin, NAPE Chief Executive Officer. "Each member will bring fresh perspectives, expertise from the field, and leadership during a time of exceptional growth for our organization."

President-Elect, Jay Ramsey, will serve a total of 3 years on the Committee, 1 year as President-Elect, 1 as President, and 1 as Past President. Mr. Ramsey has served as the CTE Workgroup and Methods of Administration (MOA) Coordinator for the Vermont Agency of Education for the past 3 years, focusing on civil rights and gender equity work, both in and out of CTE. Mr. Ramsey is Vermont's state lead on the STEM Equity Pipeline™ project and earned a master's degree in human resource management from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University.

Two new Members-at-Large were appointed for 2-year terms: Chad Kee, Ph.D., and Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D. Dr. Kee serves in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in the District of Columbia (DC-OSSE) as the CTE State Coordinator and Civil Rights and Gender Equity Coordinator. Dr. Kee earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies, higher education administration from Iowa State University. In addition to serving as DC's state lead on the STEM Equity Pipeline project, Dr. Kee is a seasoned lecturer and is currently serving as adjunct instructor teaching two courses at the University of the District of Columbia Community College and Morgan State University.

Dr. Mahadevan is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for Career Technical Special Populations in the Training and Resource Education Center at Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension Service in College Station, Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in educational psychology with an emphasis in career development education from Texas A&M University. Dr. Mahadevan has 8 years of experience conducting professional development with educators in Texas, addressing various special populations-related issues (particularly students with disabilities and English language learners). As the Program Coordinator for the Career Technical Special Population Center (CTSP) at Texas A&M University, she assesses educational needs, coordinates creation of educational content for face-to-face and online delivery, and directs teachers and parents to the best sources of information or training available at the CTSP.

Also joining the Committee as a representative of the Career and Technical Education Equity Council (CTEEC) is Terri Grusendorf who serves as the BEST Coordinator for the Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In this capacity, she oversees the continuation of the Work Prep program to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (ODCTE).  With 12 years in the field, she works in partnership with the Department of Human Services to provide CTE and other necessary skills training and support services to help eligible recipients meet local employment needs.  

As dedicated volunteers providing service to their professional organization, these individuals have the opportunity to shape national policy and programs affecting the success of special population students across the country. They will join the current members of the NAPE Executive Committee team of Terri Boyer (NJ), Tasha Kawamata Ryan (HI), Debra Huber (ND), Donna Dutcher (GA), Nancy Mitchell (CO), and Monica Marsh (OH). NAPE looks forward to another successful year under this team of exceptional leaders.



NAPE is a national, nonprofit consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations that collaborate to create equitable and diverse classrooms and workplaces where there are no barriers to opportunities. The NAPE Education Foundation has been involved in a number of initiatives to increase diversity in America's workforce and to increase opportunities in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. Among these is the National Science Foundation-funded STEM Equity Pipeline, which works with educational systems to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM education. For more information, visit



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