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States Collaborate To Provide the Best for Students

Working together, states guide the work of MBA Research. This results in exemplary yet affordable forward-thinking resources and services. As a member of the consortium, states receive a long list of benefits that vary based on membership level. These include industry-based standards, curriculum, programs of study, instructional support, a state-specific private resource-filled portal for teachers, professional development for teachers and state leaders, program development support, a voice and a vote in determining the work of the organization, and a 30% discount on for-sale products within the MBA Research online store.

The MBA Research and Curriculum Center has been an outstanding partner with North Carolina! The connections between course guides, lessons, and resources to authentic business and industry validation provides our students with real skills for business and management. The Learning Center has been an invaluable tool for our teachers and students as it provides a virtual platform that works seamlessly with a hybrid or fully virtual instruction model. MBA Research helps North Carolina deliver the best quality business administration instruction to our students so they are prepared to be leaders in the industry!

- Trey Michael, Director for CTE and Career Pathways Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Welcome, New Consortium Representatives!


Justin Lewis, Consortium Representative for Iowa

Prior to joining the Iowa Department of Education, Justin served as a Business, Mathematics, and Computer Science teacher for the past eight years. Before receiving his master’s degree from Drake University, Justin graduated with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University and moved to Iowa serving in management for Hormel Foods Corporation. Within the Department of Education, Justin will be working on all aspects of Business, Marketing, and Information Solutions CTE programs. Justin is also working with the Iowa e-Learning Central team for the development of an online exchange for Iowa educators, students, and families. We’re pleased to welcome Justin as the new Consortium Representative for Iowa!


Cindy Shannon, Consortium Representative for Missouri 

Cindy has over 30 years of experience in Career and Technical Education with classroom experience in business and marketing education along with cooperative education programs. She has a Master of Education degree with a major in Distributive Education (currently named Marketing Education). As Marketing Education/DECA State Advisor, Cindy enjoys planning conferences and visiting schools and administrators. During school visits, she meets with administrators and helps clarify new program requirements as they look for ways to serve their students. We’re pleased to welcome Cindy as the new Consortium Representative for Missouri!


Ashleigh Wagoner, Consortium Representative for North Carolina 

Ashleigh received her bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing Education and her MAEd in Business Education from East Carolina University. She taught high school Marketing in Brunswick and Pitt counties and was an active DECA Advisor for several years before taking on the role of Career Development Coordinator and CTE Department Chair at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, NC. Now, she proudly serves her state as the Business, Finance, and Marketing Education Consultant for the Department of Public Instruction, where Career and Technical Education is a driving passion for her daily work. We’re pleased to welcome Ashleigh as the new Consortium Representative for North Carolina!


Sarah Wamsley, Consortium Representative for West Virginia 

Sarah Wamsley is the Audio/Visual, Business, Finance, and Marketing Coordinator at the West Virginia Department of Education. Sarah graduated with an Associate Degree in Administrative Assistant, a Bachelor of Arts in Business Education, and a Master of Arts in Digital Media and New Literacies from Fairmont State University. She has worked with Microsoft and Adobe Certifications in the classroom and from home. Sarah was a DECA adviser for two years and a local FBLA Adviser for the past nine years, before becoming the West Virginia Future Business Leaders of America State Chair. We’re pleased to welcome Sarah as the new Consortium Representative for West Virginia!

Learn More Today

Contact Holly Atha, President/CEO, to learn more about joining the Consortium.