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MBA National Teacher Advisory Network

The MBA Teacher Advisory Network counsels the organization’s staff regarding work to support high school and college business and marketing education nationwide.  Advisers provide both structured and informal feedback on a wide range of national initiatives designed to ensure that local programs align curricula with needs of the business community with the ultimate goal of ensuring that high school and college graduates develop key skills critical to employability. 

Teachers selected for the network were screened on the basis of professional qualifications, including experience with contemporary business curricula, active support of an appropriate student organization such as BPA, DECA, or FBLA, engagement of the local business community, and proof-of-learning activities such as testing and realistic project work.

To maintain their positions in the network, teachers will undergo annual training and orientation and participate in a variety of distance-based activities including conference calls, webinars, and survey work.

In exchange for their participation in the unpaid advisory network, advisers’ schools will receive a number of direct benefits, including free access to the online MBA Learning Center, professional development activities for the adviser, and free use of various proof-of-learning assessments used nationally.

Teachers from throughout the nation were named to the network this spring and will serve three-year terms.  (Additional appointments will be made each spring.) Future Appointments

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Appointees by state:


Appointed July 1, 2018
Danyelle Hillman is a Business/Marketing Education teacher at Muscle Shoals High School, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where she has taught for the past 11 years. While teaching Business/Marketing Education classes such as Sports Marketing and Advanced Business Technology Applications, she is also a DECA Adviser and Varsity Cheer Coach. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Instructional Technology and Distance Education.




Appointed July 1, 2019
April Smith is a Business Education teacher at Samson High School, in Samson, Alabama. While teaching Business Education classes such as Business Technology, Multimedia Publications, and Sports Marketing, she is also the FBLA Adviser and SGA Sponsor. She also serves on the Alabama FBLA Admin. Board. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Student Affairs and plans to further her education with and obtain her Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership. Aside from being a teacher, April enjoys traveling, spending time with family and watching Alabama Football and the Atlanta Braves. She and her husband have 3 children that keep them busy with football, cheer, and baseball.




Appointed July 1, 2018
Patricia "Tricia" White. As a high school teacher for the past 26 years for the Peoria Unified School District in Glendale, Arizona, Tricia has taught business, marketing, economics, internship and physical education courses. She currently is the DECA Advisor at Sunrise Mountain High School and previously coached cross country, softball and track for ten plus years. In addition to DECA, Tricia is currently department chair at her high school and was the Marketing chair for five years in her district.

Tricia was born in California but raised in Arizona. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1992 from Arizona State University and her Masters in Educational Leadership in 2005 from Northern Arizona University. She is a member of the Arizona Marketing Educator’s Association and the Peoria Education Association. She a recipient of the Rising Star Award from Arizona DECA and a recipient of the Pride of Peoria from Peoria Unified School District.

Aside from being a teacher, Tricia enjoys traveling, playing softball, hiking, biking and many more outdoor activities with her husband of 29 years. Although she and her husband have no children, she considers her students as her children. Many students continue to keep in contact with her on a quarterly or yearly basis – even students from her first years of teaching.

Before going back to college to become a teacher, Tricia worked in advertising for Arizona’s main newspaper, the Arizona Republic. It was then that she decided to go back to college and pursue her education degree. She wanted to give back to this world by nurturing children who need guidance and the confidence to reach their aspirations and become their best possible self. 


Appointed July 1, 2019
JoLynn Baral is currently the MBA Research High School of Business (HSB) Teacher, DECA Advisor, and FBLA Advisor at Fort Lupton High School (CO) and has also taught both business education and special for the last 10 years. She is also the Colorado DECA District 7 Advisory Board Member. Since starting the HSB program Mrs. Baral has increased enrollment in the business and marketing programs at Fort Lupton High School along with gaining Concurrent Enrollment College Credit from AIMS Community College based out of Greeley Colorado. She works very closely with the Fort Lupton Chamber of Commerce to ensure her students are learning and applying the business skills that local business are looking for in employees. Since becoming the Fort Lupton DECA Advisory, Mrs. Baral has grown the program by 712%, meaning from 8 members to 57 members strong and had the schools 1st DECA ICDC qualifier in 12 years this past year. Mrs. Baral was born and raised in Wyoming and has lived in Colorado for the past 20 years. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary and Middle School Business Education from the University of Wyoming along with 30 Master Credits in Special Education Generalist.


Appointed July 1, 2018
Pamela Garrett is excited to join the TAN with MBA and is in her 6th year as a Business/Marketing Teacher/DECA Advisor at Shelton High School in CT. With over 25 years in marketing and entrepreneurial experience, she enjoys bringing real world learning into to her classroom and has integrated MBA curriculum to support this learning. As a DECA Advisor, Pam has had the honor of working with students awarded top rank at the state and national levels. SHS business students are busy developing their marketing skills through the newly re-opened school store ‘Gael Goods’, on-campus digital marketing signage and taste testing’s to support our provider, Whitsons Food Service Corp. Pam holds her MAT, Marketing, Educational Technology and 092 Certifications through Sacred Heart University in Fairfield CT, was awarded District TOY for Brookfield Public Schools in 2015-16, and is a Golden Apple Award recipient for Shelton Public Schools in 2017.


Appointed July 1, 2018
Christina Rusate is currently the Career & Technology Education Department Chair at Trumbull High School in Trumbull, CT. Prior to this role, Ms. Rusate spent 10 years in the Business Education classroom at Stratford High School. Her philosophy of education focuses on engaging students in authentic learning tasks to provide them with the skills necessary for college and career readiness.






Appointed July 1, 2019
Della Grice is currently a business and marketing teacher and DECA Co-Advisor for Post Falls High School in Post Falls, Idaho. Della earned a B.S. in Business Education from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1985. This is Della’s 21st year in the classroom. The first twelve years of her teaching career took place in Oklahoma where she launched new marketing programs in two school districts and advised new DECA chapters in those same districts. Della started her own business in 1998 and operated that until her move to Pocatello, Idaho in 2006. Before her move to north Idaho, Della taught in the Pocatello-Chubbuck School District and advised the Century High School Chapter of BPA. Della has participated in the MBA Research Leadership Forum since 2017.




Tami Perez is currently an online business and marketing teacher for Idaho Technical Career Academy in Meridian, Idaho and an adjunct professor at College of Southern Idaho. Tami earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Idaho State University and a Master of Education from the University of Idaho. The first 10 years of her career was in payroll and human resources for Idaho school districts. This is her 10th year in the classroom. Tami was the first High School of Business site in Idaho and spent six years at a project-based learning New Tech Network high school. She shares her love of PBL by training new teachers. Tami is currently an advisor for Business Professionals of America (BPA).




Appointed July 1, 2019
Matt Schneiderman is currently a business and marketing teacher for Caldwell High School in Caldwell, Idaho and an adjunct professor at Treasure Valley Community College in Idaho/Oregon. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Colorado Technical University, education minor from University of Idaho, an MBA in Operations Management and an MBA in Marketing, both from Colorado Technical University. The first 23 years of his career was a combination of serving in the Idaho Army National Guard and working in the locomotive manufacturing industry starting as a production mechanic and welder and later moving into management positions. This is his 6th year in the classroom as a secondary instructor. Matt has helped open the 6th High School of Business site in Idaho and has participated in the MBA Research Leadership Forum since 2017. Matt is currently an advisor for Business Professionals of America (BPA).


Appointed July 1, 2018
Jori Lizer, Southeast Valley High School
Bio coming soon! 


Appointed July 1, 2019
Edward Crutchleo is in his third year as a Business Instructor, TEDs Coordinator, Student Council Sponsor, and FBLA Advisor at Dayton Independent High School in Dayton, Kentucky. He serves at the school on the Technical Advisory Committee, STEM Bike Club, and Dayton Grow Team. Ed received both an MBA with an emphasis in Management and a MAT from Thomas More University. He currently serves on the Kentucky Business Education Association Board of Directors and is the KBEA Region 4 Representative. He has presented at various conferences on building relationships with students and creating various business classes.



Appointed July 1, 2019
Amber Florence is starting her 4th year as a business and marketing teacher at Harrison County Area Technology Center. She received her Bachelor's from Midway and Master's from Morehead State University. She has been an FBLA adviser since her first year of teaching. She teaches several courses with a few being offered as dual credit to her students. Entrepreneurship is her favorite course to teach because it helps to build so many connections with the community. She is very active with her local Chamber of Commerce as an ambassador, and she is excited to soon start a JR. Ambassador group with the Chamber for her students.




Will Morgan is a national instructor for the High School of Business program at Eastern High School (KY) and a retired Army Warrant Officer who specialized in budget management and managed a culturally diverse workforce of military and civilian employees. After the Army, Will worked in manufacturing, specializing in supply chain management, special projects operations, budget management and staffing large complex departments. Will later entered the world of academia as a high school instructor and part-time facilitator with University of Phoenix. Will has instructed courses ranging from web design, German language, critical thinking, finance and marketing, to action research. Will utilizes his educational background which includes a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral work in management, seeking personal and professional improvement while sharing with others. 




Kim Guest is currently a coordinator for online education experiences as well as an instructor for Risk Management and Insurance at Genesee Career Institute in Flint, Michigan. She previously taught business, marketing, and finance at Kearsley High School where she was the DECA advisor. Kim has a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Administration with a concentration in CTE along with a Master’s Degree in Education Technology. She has served on the Michigan Marketing Educators (MME) Board and Michigan DECA Advisory Board. She was also a teacher leader for the Economics in Marketing initiative in the state. She has worked on various curriculum alignment projects and co-chaired the Michigan Summer Marketing Academy sponsored by MME for several years. Kim has presented at numerous state and national conferences, most recently at Conclave.



Jennifer Milke 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. Jennifer 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. 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. In 2010, Jennifer received the Dr. Jack T. Humbert New Professional of the Year Award. She 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.


Appointed July 1, 2019
Holly Boisjolie is a Business and Marketing Teacher at Blaine High School where she is also a Computer Science Teacher in the Center for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (CEMS) program. Holly has taught a variety of Business and Marketing courses and CEMS Computer Science courses throughout her teaching career. Holly is the Business Internship Coordinator, School Store Advisor, Business Professionals of America (BPA) Advisor, Co-Department Leader at Blaine and is the district Curriculum Specialist Teacher (CST) for the Business and Marketing Department. Before teaching Holly worked in Sales and Marketing, gaining industry experience that she brings to the classroom. Holly has her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Marketing, Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing Education with a minor in Business Administration, and her Masters in Education.

Appointed July 1, 2019
Margot Cowing is a Marketing, Business, and Economics teacher and DECA advisor at Chanhassen and Chaska High Schools in Minnesota. Prior to relocating to Minnesota, she served as a DECA advisor and CTE Department Chair at Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Arkansas. She engages her students through personalized, project-based learning and community partnerships that provide authentic learning experiences. As a 10-year DECA advisor, 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. Margot received a Business Administration degree from the University of Maine and a Masters of Education in Curriculum Instruction with emphasis on Career and Technical Education from the University of Arkansas. Her work experience also includes 6 years as a consumer advisor in direct marketing for LEGO Systems, Inc. She has been married for 25 years to her husband, Roy, and has 4 children. Outside of school, she enjoys traveling and cooking.


Appointed July 1, 2019
Megan Bruce is a Business and Marketing Educator at Fort Zumwalt South High School in Saint Peters, Missouri. She has taught for the past 10 years and has been a DECA Advisor for the past 5 years. Megan earned her Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Technology from Lindenwood University in 2012 and obtained her Bachelor of Science in AgriBusiness Management from the University of Missouri - Columbia in 2006.




Appointed July 1, 2019
Angela Spitznagel, Mehlville High School
Bio coming soon! 


Appointed July 1, 2018
Gabriel Silva is excited to have just begun his 11th year as Program Leader for the Business, Marketing & Hospitality Program at East Career & Technical Academy. East Career and Technical Academy is an MSA Certified National Demonstration Magnet School in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was recently awarded the Ronald P. Simpson Award for Magnet School of Excellence, which means that East Tech is the #1 Magnet School in America for the 2018-2019 School Year. It is a Title I School and the only five-star school in the state that serves an FRL population of over 70%. Gabriel brings to the classroom over 15 years of corporate experience, and he has been a Business & Marketing classroom teacher for fifteen years. He has served as the President of the Nevada Business Education Association and has just completed a three-year term on the Nevada DECA Board of Trustees and an Advisor Representative. Currently, he serves as a member of the Nevada ACTE Board. He has been the advisor of the East CTA DECA since it was established in 2008 and in the school year of 2018, East Tech DECA boasted a membership of 255 students (130 of them competed at SCDC), 22 alumni, and 20 professionals, earning East Tech the title of Largest DECA Chapter for the state of Nevada. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University.

Appointed July 1, 2018
Kristen Stuart is in her 20th year of teaching. She teaches at West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, NV. Kristen has received her MBA with an Accounting Emphasis. She is the FBLA co-advisor, and under her leadership, students place regularly at FBLA State Conference competitions. Kristen received the NV FBLA Southern Region Adviser of the Year award in 2010 and was also awarded Nevada Business Education Teacher of the Year in 2008. She has also been an active member on the NV ACTE board as well as the NV BEA Board. She is a third year teacher in the High School of Business™ program. Kristen has also served on several state standards and curriculum committees in the Business and Marketing strands and she is currently working on completing her National Board Certification in CTE.



North Carolina 

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.


Appointed July 1, 2019
Tessa Brown is a Business/Marketing/Digital Media teacher at East Henderson High School, part of Henderson County Public Schools system in Western North Carolina. She has a BA in Communications and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from North Greenville University, as well as her Real Estate license. Tessa has taught for the past eight years; serving as Department Chair, on the School Improvement Team and the state Marketing Curriculum Revision Team. She had 10+ years in business before entering education, where she has taught a variety of classes including Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sports Marketing, Digital Media, Principles of Business and Adobe Visual/Digital Design. She is also an advisor for Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). She loves connecting her curriculum to the “real-world” by getting her students involved through projects and hands-on learning experiences.



Appointed July 1, 2019
Connie Whidbee is dedicated to helping students develop and possess the needed skills for college and career readiness. She is a Business and Marketing Teacher at Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. She currently teaches Principles of Business and Finance, Entrepreneurship I, Entrepreneurship II, and Business Law, and is a co-advisor for FBLA. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, a Teacher Certification from Elizabeth City State University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Strayer University. She holds a Fundamental Business Concepts A*S*K Certification. She is a proud mom of three young adults – Jonathan is an attorney, Joshua is an engineer and Gia is a nursing student.



Appointed July 1, 2018
Vallie Robeson is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor at Clay High School in Oregon, Ohio. Vallie received her Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and Management from Ohio University and her Master of Education in Business and Marketing Education from Bowling Green State University. She strives to provide her students authentic learning experiences. Her students operate a school store and opened the first student-run credit union in Northwest Ohio in September 2017. Vallie has served in various leadership roles on the Executive Board for the Ohio Marketing Educators Association acting as Communications Chair and President. She is also the Director of Ohio DECA’s Summer Leadership Retreat and has served on Ohio DECA’s Executive Council. Vallie was awarded the Ohio ACTE Pacesetter Award for Marketing Education in 2013 and 2017.



Nadine Scott is a Marketing Instructor and DECA Advisor for the Penta Career Center at Oak Harbor High School in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Over the past twenty years, she has taught several courses and is currently teaching Digital Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Marketing Applications and Strategic Entrepreneurship. Mrs. Scott holds two bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University in business and secondary education. She received her Master’s degree in business administration from Ashland University. Her work experience also includes eleven years in the financial services industry and teaching at a local community college. Nadine’s leadership roles include Ohio Marketing Education Association executive board where she has held the titles of membership chair and president. For the past ten years, Nadine has been a co-chair for DECA District 2 and has been instrumental in organizing several DECA events. She has been a top-ten honored educator for Ottawa County on three separate occasions. In 2012, she received the Ohio ACTE Outstanding CTE Professional in Community Service. 


Appointed July 1, 2018
Andrea Long has over 20 years of teaching experience in business and computer courses in both the traditional high school as well as the technology center. She holds a Business Education degree with a Vocational Business Endorsement and she is a National Board Certified instructor. She currently teaches courses under both the Finance and the Business Management & Administration career clusters at Northwest Technology Center in Alva, Oklahoma. She is the adviser for both the secondary and post-secondary chapters of Business Professionals of America on her campus. She has served on numerous committees at both the local and state level. Andrea currently serves on the advisory board for the Business, Marketing and Information Technology Education (BMITE) division of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technical Education (ODCTE). She has held the titles of BMITE Reporter for two terms and the BMITE Webmaster for one term at the ODCTE. Besides smaller conferences, Andrea has presented at the High Schools That Work National Conference as well as the Oklahoma Association for Career and Technical Education (OkACTE) Summer Conference. Andrea was selected as the recipient of the 2011 OkACTE BMITE Outstanding Northwest Region Member and in 2009 the OkACTE BMITE New Professional Award.

Appointed July 1, 2018
Katrina McDowell is the Marketing/Management Instructor and DECA Advisor at High Plains Technology Center in Woodward, Oklahoma. She received her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and her Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She spent 20 plus years in the business world which included owning her own retail store, before becoming an instructor.





Dr. Ann Stewart spent 25 years in the business world before turning her attention to education. As a marketing and entrepreneurship teacher, Ann facilitated the development and opening of the first full service in-school coffee shop 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, she is the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for the school, a four-year entrepreneurship curriculum for non-marketing students. Ann has also been a DECA advisor for 15 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. Ann 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



West Virginia 

Appointed July 1, 2019
Kim Britton is in her 11th year of teaching Business/Marketing in high school, and previously taught Accounting/Business at Ohio Valley University for 4 ½ years. In her first career, she was as an Accountant for local businesses, and still remains active by working with her family business and two pre-owned auto dealers in her area. She has been married for 35 years, with 2 grown sons, a daughter-in-law, and 1 grandson. Family & teaching are two of her greatest passions in life.



Appointed July 1, 2018
Sarah Dennison graduated from Glenville State College in 1997 with a BA in Business Education Principles and began substituting. Her first full-time position was at James Ramsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg, WV, but she has worked in various other counties in WV since then. She is currently the only business teacher at Braxton County High School in Sutton, WV, her Alma Mater. She is teaching Business & Marketing Essentials, Accounting I, BCA I, BCA II, and Computer Science. Upcoming courses include Digital Imaging I, Webpage Publishing, BCA I, BCA II and Computer Science. She has two different Programs of Study, so she has to trade off every year. She is married with two children and four grandchildren. She enjoys going to church, singing in a small Southern Gospel/Bluegrass Group, spending time with her family, and going on trips.


Adam Feazell is in his eighth year of teaching in Putnam County, WV. He started his career as a technology integration specialist in the elementary and middle grade levels, then spent the next 4 years as a business education and special education teacher. The past two years he has worked as a business/marketing education teacher. Adam attended WVU Institute of Technology’s Community College where he received his AS in Accounting, and then attended Marshall University to earn a BS in Business Education. He obtained an MA in Multi-Category Special Education and an MA in Leadership Studies. When he started teaching, Adam served as a school advisor for both FLBA and DECA. This is Adam’s second year as the West Virginia DECA’s Chartered Association Advisor.