VOTING IS NOW OPEN! Be sure to have your ACTE/CACTE member ID handy when you are ready to vote. You can find your number on your membership card or the mailing label of your Techniques magazine. Or contact CACTE Membership Assistant, Christina Runyan at email@example.com. You’ll be voting for CACTE President-Elect and CACTE Treasurer.
CACTE OFFICER CANDIDATES
BRIEF BIO: I began my career in public mental health, where I served as a counselor in residential treatment, day treatment, and case management for children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders. Next, I served as the Area Director for Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Services for Maricopa County, AZ, overseeing clinics that provided mental health services for the south and east areas of the county.
My husband and I then moved to Colorado, where I was privileged to serve as a stay at home mom for our 2 boys for the next 7 years – truly the most difficult and most rewarding time of my life!
While at home with my boys I completed a Masters degree in School Counseling. I was blessed to re-enter the workforce as a School Counselor for the Bollman Technical Education Center in the Adams 12 Five Star School District. This is where I fell in love with CTE and the opportunities we can provide for kids! I have served as a Counselor, Assistant Principal, and now Principal for Bollman for the past 16 years.
I am so proud of our staff and our students….and have about 1000 stories of the difference CTE has made in their lives!
Janet has served many roles in the Administration Division (CACTA) of CACTE, including president-elect, president and past president. She continues active involvement in the division as the Communications chair.
COMMITMENT TO CACTE’S MISSION: I am SO committed to the mission of CACTE! I have served as a Counselor, Assistant Principal, and Principal for the Bollman Technical Education Center for the past 15 years….growing the population of students we served from just over 400 to 1350 students who participated in CTE programming during that time. Because of our belief in the preparation of our students to effectively enter the workforce, we initiated the testing of our students for industry standard certifications. In the past 3 years we went from no students leaving our programs with industry standard certifications to almost 500 industry standard certifications. We are so proud of the accomplishments of our teachers and our students!
BRIEF BIO: Joshua VanAuken has designed playground prototypes with 2nd graders, constructed Little Free Libraries alongside incarcerated youth, and has gotten his hands dirty working with middle schoolers as they designed and engineered a community garden.
As a first-generation college graduate and an ESPN Academic-All American, Josh credits his success to his parents, teachers and mentors. In his words, “advocates who showed him the power of relationships and the courage to knock on doors.”
Having served with teams on multiple Career & Technical Education campuses and across the PK-14 Educational gamut, he is poised and eager to bring his leadership to Colorado ACTE. Josh is the Director of Special Projects at Longs Peak Middle School in the St Vrain School District. When he is not leading, as the founder and director of the @LPMSBIKESHOP in SVVSD, you can find him biking with his wife and son on the Coal Creek Trailway.
COMMITMENT TO CACTE’S MISSION: Josh views himself as a servant leader who builds relationships and community. His life-long commitment as an advocate for youth and community makes CTE a natural fit. He is ready to give back to his professional association, while learning more about CACTE and its members along the way.