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



MBA Research is pleased to welcome Dr. Ann Stewart to the Teacher Advisory Network (TAN). After 25 years in the high-tech industry, Dr. Stewart turned her attention to education and hasn’t looked back. As a Marketing & Entrepreneurship teacher, Stewart facilitated the development and opening of the first full service in-school coffee shop, Sketch It Up, in the district and the first high school business to have full membership in the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. As the CTE Department Chair at Stewarts Creek High School (TN), she is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for the school, a four-year entrepreneurship curriculum for non-marketing students, and is developing the curriculum in conjunction with Dr. Maria Edlin at Middle Tennessee State University for the four-year program. As the lead DECA Advisory, Stewart heads Stewarts Creek Marketplace, a shopping center in the school that includes the Creekside Coffee Shop, Stewarts Creek Design (print shop), Creekside Bank, and Hawk's Nest Bookstore.

Dr. Stewart has been a DECA advisor for twelve years. She has had many students place in the Top 10 and Top 20 at DECA's International Career Development Conferences (ICDC), and has even had 1st - 3rd place winners. At Nashville's 2016 ICDC, Dr. Stewart presented, "DECA Goes Lean," for new advisors. The project based learning presentation introduced the new Lean Business Model, now used in many DECA written events, to advisors and gave them active lessons to take back to the classroom. Dr. Stewart received her doctorate from Tennessee State University in 2013 with a dissertation entitled A Mixed Methods Study of Service Learning in a Public High School

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Milke to our Professional Development Team. Jennifer is a Marketing, Small Business, and Personal Finance teacher, as well as a DECA advisor at Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights, MI.Mrs. Milke received her BS in secondary education from Central Michigan University and is vocationally certified in marketing and business. She received her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis in educational administration at the University of Michigan Flint.

Jennifer’s dedication to the profession extends beyond the classroom. She became an International DECA Certified Trainer in 2012 and trained teachers at the the state and regional levels. She has been on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board since 2009, and served as the president and secretary. She has co-chaired the MME fall conference, co- facilitates the statewide Marketing Teacher Summer Academy, sponsored by MME,and has worked on numerous curriculum alignment projects. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. Her DECA Chapter has received numerous awards and regularly qualifies students to the International DECA Conference.

Jennifer was selected as a lead teacher for the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) Marketing in Economics Curriculum Integration Grant administered through Berrien RESA. Her leadership resulted in the development of 45 lesson plans aligned to the State’s economics standards allowing teachers to grant state graduation credit through State Approved Marketing Education Programs.

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Congratulations Kelli Diemer, newly-elected ACTE Division Vice-President for Business, effective July 1.  Kelli is the program leader for business and marketing education in Iowa, Secretary-Treasurer of the MBA Research Board of Trustees, and former President of the National Association of Supervisors of Business Education.  Kelli has been instrumental in the establishment of new High School of Business™ sites in Iowa and continues to work with MBA Research to strengthen business engagement statewide.  

We are pleased to welcome Kim Guest to our Professional Development Team! Kim is currently a coordinator for online education experiences at Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. She is also a local CTE director as well as a former business and marketing teacher and DECA advisor. Kim has a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Masters Degree in Education Technology. Kim has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board and is a past president. Kim was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chairs the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave.

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Congratulations Jessica DeVaal, new business education program leader in North Dakota.  From Century H.S., where she headed the school’s High School of Business™ program, Jessica is one of our original PD Counselors.  All the best to her as she continues to grow into new leadership roles in business/marketing education.  Jessica will assume her new responsibilities in mid-June.

Delores has been appointed by the current Board to fill the term vacated by Bonnie Sibert's retirement. Delores assumed the office on June 16, 2017. Delores has been a growing presence in CTE for a number of years, including leadership roles with NASBE and the Entre Ed Consortium. She brings 27 years of education experience, including roles at middle school, secondary, and community college levels in North Carolina. She's taught Business, Finance, Information Technology, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship Education. Her resume includes work as a Career Development Coordinator, Special Populations Coordinator, Instructional Management Coordinator, and Department Chair -- all in the area of Career and Technical Education. Delores currently serves as Section Chief, supervising Business, Finance, and Information Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Marketing and Entrepreneurship Education in the NC DOE. More important than all of that is her role of Aunt Dee Dee and spending time with family in New Jersey and North Carolina. Welcome Delores!

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In one of the most closely contested elections in years, Carrie DeMuth (OK) was elected to your Board of Trustees. Carrie is the Program Manager for business, marketing, and IT in the Oklahoma Career Tech program. She is a former business teacher and BPA advisor an National Board Certified Teacher. Carrie's assumed her role on the Board immediately on election and will serve through June 30, 2020. Welcome aboard, Carrie. 

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