As a non-profit professional association, the Colorado Association for Career and Technical Education (CACTE) relies on a few paid staff members and a whole lot of volunteers to make things happen. Meet our hard-working staff!
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – Debbie Nelson, MA
Debbie Nelson has been a member of CACTE since 1982. She believes passionately in the power of professional association involvement! Benefits such as networking, leadership development, sharing/learning, and personal growth are myriad. When she’s not doing CACTE work, she likes to swim, scrapbook, travel the globe, read and spend time with her nieces/nephews.
CACTE ASSISTANTS to the ED
SUMMIT ASSISTANT: Lauren Appelhans is a Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teacher at Greeley Central High School. She has enjoyed a multitude of opportunities to reach students and grow as an educator. She is a long time CACTE/CATFACS member , having served as the CATFACS treasurer for a two year term. Lauren enjoys sewing, crafts and being outdoors with her husband and their two young children.
MEMBERSHIP ASSISTANT: Christina Runyan is a Colorado native and proud CSU Ram. She teaches Hospitality & Tourism at Cherry Creek Innovation Campus. Christina is an active CATFACS/CACTE member. In her spare time she enjoys being a new mom (4/2021) attending concerts, watching football and hockey, cooking, camping, and being outdoors with her husband and their two dogs.