Executive Director

Debbie Nelson has been a member of CACTE since 1982, during her senior year at Colorado State University. 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, hike, scrapbook, travel the globe, read and spend time with her nieces/nephews. Debbie has been CACTE ED since 2017.  You may contact Debbie at cacte@cacte.org.

Summit Assistant

Janet Brophy is a High School of Business teacher from Idalia High School in Idalia, CO. Janet earned her BA from the University of Wyoming and her MBA from University of Phoenix. Prior to teaching high school, Janet worked in human resources and then support staff for an education consortium before completing the alternative licensure program. Janet has taught in a high school classroom for eight years as well as 10 years as an adjunct professor for a community college. Janet is also the Idalia FBLA Adviser, active CBAM/CACTE member, chairperson of the HSB Teacher Advisory Committee, member of the MBA Research Teacher Advisory Network, a trainer for High School of Business, CBE treasurer, and the membership director for Colorado for M-PBEA. You can contact Janet at summit@cacte.org.

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. You may contact Christina at membership@cacte.org.

CACTE Staff - All Part Time! 

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!  Note that the Assistants are paid only a small stipend - it's a glorified volunteer job! :-)