MBA Research
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Not-for-profit, research-based support for all Business Administration educators: entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality, management/administration, and marketing.


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Kelli Diemer has worked at the Iowa Department of Education as a Business and Marketing Education Consultant since 2008. Entrepreneurship education and work-based learning are also included in her work responsibilities. She works with the Iowa Statewide Intermediary Network and Perkins Grant funding.

Kelli graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Business Education and has a Master’s Degree in Technology Education. Previously she taught Business courses for 20 years at Cedar Falls High School and also taught technology courses at Hawkeye Community College. Kelli serves as the ACTE Business Education Division Vice President. She is active in the Iowa Business Education Association, the Iowa Association for Career and Technical Education and National Association of Supervisors of Business Education.

Kelli is married and has four grown children and four grandchildren.

Holly works closely with current and prospective business and industry partners to understand the real-world needs of the business community, helping to ensure that MBA Research’s National Standards are valid and up to date. She also conducts focus groups, works with MBA Research’s Business Coalitions, and oversees our Executive Network program, all of which support our primary research processes and promote business and marketing education on state and national levels. 

Holly brings a diverse business background with her to MBA Research, including but not limited to sales, general management, operations, account management, project management, social work, customer service, healthcare, and advocacy.  In addition to her work, Holly enjoys reading (John Irving is her favorite author), and being with her family.  She is absolutely crazy about her two daughters, Harris and Haviland, who also double as her running and yoga partners!

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How many people do you know who would give up life in the big city (NYC) for a chance to join the MBA Team?  Stephanie King is one of them!  After 20 years in NYC where she worked at The Guggenheim Museum while pursuing her dance career, Stephanie joined our team in October, 2015.  In her role as Administrative Associate for the MBA High School of Business™ (HSB), she’ll help us grow the program and provide support for HSB teachers and administrators at schools across the country.  Stephanie is a perfect fit for her new role here since she has experience as an entrepreneur.  And, in a great twist of fate, the small business she started was a professional organizing business for residential and small business clients.  (If you’ve checked any of our Facebook pics you’ll understand the irony.)  Outside the office, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and twin daughters, cooking, practicing yoga, and finding ways to get exercise now that she’s back in a car culture.

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Garrett Bailey joined the team in late 2017 as a proofreader and production associate. Garrett is a junior at The Ohio State University studying business and specializing in Operations Management. In his free time, Garrett enjoys writing, reading, photography, research, and spending time with friends and family.

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Zulfa Rizqiya joined the MBA Research staff in fall of 2017 as a production associate. She assists in editing and proofreading, ensuring all product that goes to print or digital is error-free. She has since expanded her responsibilities to include social media. 

Zulfa is originally from Athens, OH, where she also attended college. She graduated from Ohio University in spring of 2017 with a bachelor's degree in strategic communication and certificate in social media. Outside of work, Zulfa enjoys watching live music, frequenting the movie theater, running/biking around Columbus, thrift shopping, and cooking up a good meal.

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Kate Terentyev joined the MBA Research staff in 2019 and helps develop curriculum and assessments as a Writer/Research Associate. Kate is originally from Columbus, OH and obtained her B.A. in English Education from Wittenberg University (OH) and her M.A. in Rhetoric & Composition from the University of Dayton (OH) before coming back to Columbus. In addition to teaching during her time at Witt and UD, she also spent time working for a digital marketing agency as a marketing strategist. Outside of work, Kate enjoys exploring local breweries, reading voraciously, playing euchre with friends, and spending time with her dog, Maizy.

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Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju is the current Director of the Career and College Transition Division, within the California Department of Education. As California’s State Director for Career Technical Education (CTE), Pradeep has leadership responsibility over secondary and postsecondary CTE programs that are funded through The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 and the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Prior to holding the California State Director position, Pradeep served as the Iowa CTE State Director, and as the Deputy Director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) at the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier in his career, Pradeep served as the System Director of the Perkins Office within the Office of the Chancellor, at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Additionally, Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju has held several senior administrative positions in higher education and workforce development agencies in Minnesota.

Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju authored several publications and monographs, including presentations, on student success in CTE, and workforce development within the United States, in addition to the area of economic progress in the developing world. Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju’s research includes the examination of a variety of labor market information and workforce development issues that connect occupations, skills and careers, as individuals transitioned back and forth between employment and education. Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju has participated on several statewide, regional and national committees which focus primarily on CTE programs, budget and finance, and accountability. Some of these committees Pradeep has served on have broader focus which places CTE front and center when it comes to connecting education, workforce development, and economic development.

Before working in the public service sector, Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju taught college and university level Economics and Statistics at several higher education institutions in Minnesota and Kentucky. Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois and received his Master’s Degree in Economics from George Washington University, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.

Michael Connet is the Associate Deputy Executive Director of Outreach and Partner Development at the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE®). In this role, Michael is responsible for promoting the impact of high-quality CTE on America’s learners and supporting the development and growth of the Associations’ service to 200,000+ professionals engaged in preparing America’s next generation of workers. Michael leads the Associations’ efforts to build relationships that harness the potential of career and technical education and create projects and initiatives that elevate the profession. Michael formerly served as the Senior Director of Programs and Communications.

Prior to joining ACTE, Michael coordinated educational technology programs at community colleges in Iowa and South Carolina, was an executive with public television overseeing education outreach and led two Fortune-50 telecommunications/technology companies charitable Foundations in their efforts to support education. A frequent author and speaker on educational excellence, Michael resides in the Washington, DC area.

Michelle Bardsley is a career and technical education (CTE), business, finance, IT, and marketing educator with Wake County Schools, North Carolina. For eight years, Michelle has successfully implemented MBA Research materials and strategies into classroom instruction. She is a lead teacher in North Carolina Public Schools (face-to-face and online classrooms) who implements technology, effective instructional strategies, project-based learning, and real-world experiences to motivate students toward strong academic success. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration-finance from Old Dominion University. She serves on her school's Instructional Leadership (ILT) and SREB teams, and is an FBLA Advisor and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She holds certifications in Word, PowerPoint, and A*S*K Marketing & Entrepreneurship. Michelle has presented at numerous NC CTE conferences, managed FBLA conferences, and directed a summer STEM camp. She has a passion to encourage educators, equip her students with 21st century career skills, and build solid relationships with local community stakeholders.

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