2019 CTE Summit Presenters

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Dr. James R Stone III

Dr. James R. Stone III

Director, National Research Center for Career & Technical Education

Keynote Presentation:  Moving Toward High Quality CTE: A Systems Approach

Dr. James R. Stone III Biography

Dr. James Stone is a native of Washington D.C. He earned his B.S. and Ed. D. degrees at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master’s in School Administration at George Mason University. Stone has held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Minnesota (Professor Emeritus) and Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville (retired). Stone has served as director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) since 2002 which is now part of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).

Dr. Stone has maintained an active program of research over the past thirty-five years. He has been responsible for more than $40 million in external grants focusing primarily on the role of schools in linking youth and adults to the workplace. He was the lead researcher on the Math-in-CTE study of contextualizing math in occupational curricula and co-lead researcher on several studies of career pathways. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 reports of research, journal articles, or books. His most recent book is entitled, College and Career Ready in the 21st Century: Making High School Matter (Teacher’s College Press, 2012). Twelve of his studies received awards for outstanding research. More recently, Stone has written on high-quality CTE and published in the American Educator Magazine and the Journal of School and Society. He served as the guest editor for the Peabody Journal of Education special issue on CTE. He has presented more than 350 papers, speeches and workshops including invited presentations in Belarus, China, England, Japan and Taiwan. Previously he served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Vocational Education Research and as Editor.

Alisha Hyslop

Alisha Hyslop

Director of Public Policy, Association for Career and Technical Education

Presentation: 12 Elements of High Quality CTE: Moving Toward Implementation

Alisha Hyslop Biography

Alisha Hyslop has spent over 15 years working with career and technical education and is currently the Director of Public Policy at the Association for Career and Technical Education. At ACTE, Alisha leads the organizations’ legislative, advocacy and research efforts that cover both secondary and postsecondary policy issues, and is particularly involved in efforts related to the Perkins Act. Previously she worked with the Florida House of Representatives and with career and technical student organizations on a local, state and national level. Alisha received her Bachelor’s in Public Relations and Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Florida State University, and her Master’s in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech University. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Career and Workforce Education at the University of South Florida.


Timm Boettcher

Timmothy A. Boettcher

President and Chief Executive Officer/Board of Directors, Realityworks

Timmothy A. Boettcher Biography

Business Career

Originally recruited in 1998 as a software engineer to design and develop cutting edge technology for new products, Mr. Boettcher assumed leadership for Research and Development and then Engineering before being named President of Realityworks in 2005. Responsible for total operations, he has driven significant understanding of market opportunities, gatekeepers, and funding in education, healthcare, and public service markets; bolstered production and supply chain efficiencies; acquired and launched new age technology; rebuilt leadership competencies; led growth into the Company’s 62% US school system and over 90 country presence; and led the implementation of the Company’s ESOP to build on the societal mission of the Company and further the family oriented culture to reward employees for their success in achieving the mission and efforts to drive growth. Focused on high market growth, he has led the Company’s turnaround and achieved double-digit top line growth simultaneously with dramatic profit and cash flow improvement.

Mr. Boettcher brings more than 20 years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries. Prior to joining Realityworks, he held positions at Cray Research, a leading manufacturer of the world’s fastest supercomputers and Wal-Mart Distribution, the world’s leader in distribution and logistics.

Professional & Community Activities

Mr. Boettcher strives to promote and change the perceptions about career opportunities in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) field. He is passionate about building effective connections between our countries workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure. A solid connection between these systems is needed to ensure our youth and workforce are prepared to be globally competitive and ready to take on the challenges and needs faced by industry. In delivering on this passion Mr. Boettcher:

  • served as Advisory Board member for the EdNET 2015 Advisory Board, a community of professionals within the education market who are focused on being informed and staying connected to the industry in order to share ideas about K-12 education.
  • has become a thought leader in the field of education with the opportunity of providing articles for multiple industry publications.
  • has presented workforce development strategies on the national level for Harvard’s Pathway’s to Prosperity, U.S. Department of Labor, and at many CTE events.
  • established the Industry Workforce Needs Council (IWNC), a national level group of industry leaders that works directly with education to increase support for CTE Education in the country in alignment with industry needs.
  • served on the Board of Directors for the ACTE.
  • chaired the Western Wisconsin Workforce Development Board to help establish and lead regional workforce development initiatives.
  • established and led the Innovation Foundation of Western Wisconsin (Chair) to help bring critical C-level talent to start-ups and small to mid-sized companies to help them grow.
  • served on the Board for the Eau Claire Economic Development Corporation (President).
  • provides guidance to institutions like the International Business Programs Advisory Council of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

In reward for his work to his passion for education and for his personal contributions to improving the CTE field Mr. Boettcher was chosen as the 2015 Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Business Leader of the Year.

Mr. Boettcher currently holds multiple U.S. and foreign patents, as well as a number of pending applications. He has also has been named inventor on a pending patent application for his latest product development.

Chris Stratton

Chris Stratton

Former District Administrator for the Menomonie School District.

Chris Stratton Biography

Christine Stratton served as the District Administrator for the School District Administrator. She has more than 45 years of experience in education. She spent 25 years as a Family and Consumer education teacher and 16 years in administrator serving in the positions of CTE Coordinator, Principal, Director of Instruction, culminating her career as a School District Administrator. Chris retired in 2014 and has most recently continued to work with many area school districts in her role as a part-time educational consultant with Cesa 11. She currently works primarily in the areas of strategic planning, data analysis, school improvement strategies, DPI accountability training, and curriculum and instruction processes. She has a B.S and M.S from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and an Ed.S in Educational Leadership from the University of St.Thomas. She is a former WFCE Distinguished Teacher Award recipient, Wisconsin Family and Consumer Teacher of the Year (National Finalist), ASFCS and UW-Stout CTE Educator in Residence 2012. She has remained active in Menomonie community activities and non-profit initiatives.

Lisa Maas

Lisa M. Maas

Vice President, Human Resources, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Lisa M. Maas Biography

Lisa Maas is an experienced leader with proven success in the development of critical relationships to support change at all levels in an organization.  She is respected by peers for demonstrating personal integrity while serving as a role model and while coaching and developing leaders.  She has over 30 years of human resources leadership experience in non-profit and public organizations.   

After spending over 23 years in health care human resources, Lisa joined Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to oversee the Human Resource Services team and to support the transition from collective bargaining agreements to standard operating procedures.  She currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources and strives to create a positive work environment throughout the employee life cycle, from application to retirement!

Lisa earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from UW – Eau Claire and her Master’s in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.   Her Capstone Research Product, Leadership Development Plan, A CQI Approach to Management Performance Appraisals was published in Health Progress.

Dr. Laura Reisinger

Dr. Laura Reisinger

UW-STOUT Faculty Member, Lead Instructor for ICT103 (Information & Communication Technology)

Presentation: Leading With Strategic Foresight

Dr. Laura Reisinger Biography

Dr. Laura Reisinger’s association with UW-Stout is deep and diverse. Technically, she has been coming to Stout since she was 4 years old, when her parents enrolled her in Stout’s daycare program. It has culminated in earning her doctorate in CTE with the Inaugural Cohort in 2016. Along the way, she has earned a BA in Psychology; BS in Child Development & Family Life; and a MS in Vocational Education. In addition to her connections with UW-Stout, Laura has been the Executive Director of the Mabel Tainter Theater, a database consultant, and a Correctional Educator in three local jails.

Currently, Laura is the Lead Instructor for ICT103 (Information & Communication Technology) and teaching several graduate-level classes: Technology Futures and Technology Adoption & Implications. These courses in future studies actually take her full circle because it was her father (Dr. Lee Smalley) and Dr. Ray Barlow who started a Center for Future Studies at Stout in the 1980s. She remembers working with them on a non-traditional course (The Future of Work) delivered via the radio with assignments snail-mailed in for grading. Her most recent learning happened in January of 2018, when she earned a Certificate of Achievement in Strategic Foresight from the University of Houston.

Hope Cotner

Hope Cotner

President & CEO, Center for Occupational Research and Development

Keynote Presentation: Partnerships for the Future

Hope Cotner Biography

Hope Cotner has nearly 30 years of experience leading a broad range of state and federal-level program improvement initiatives in career-technical and workforce education, particularly those devoted to faculty development, curriculum integration, and career pathways technical assistance. She has authored more than 20 professional development courses, toolkits, and guides and co-authored two books on career pathways.

Hope is passionate about helping communities strengthen business-education partnerships and ensuring today’s students are armed with the academic, technical, and employability skills they need to be successful in an ever-evolving global economy. She continuously pursues strategies to strengthen CORD’s mission of providing innovations that prepare students for success in careers and higher education through collaboration with partners across the country and internationally.

Cotner currently leads initiatives supporting community and technical colleges, including Advancing Credentials through Career Pathways, funded by the ECMC Foundation, and Necessary Skills Now, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers, was a subject matter expert for the President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Steering Committee’s workgroup on career pathways, and is a certified facilitator for Leadership Plenty, a community development program of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change.

Daniel Miller

Daniel W. Miller

Regional Director, DPI, Indianhead Region

Presentation: Pathways Wisconsin; It's a Team Effort

Daniel Miller Biography

Daniel was formerly the Career Specialist/Recruiter for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and has been building relationships with area school districts to promote technical education for the past six years. He is an entrepreneurial background and has expertise in sales and marketing.

Jenny Wagner

Jenny Wagner

Regional Director, DPI, Moraine Park Region

Jenny Wagner Biography

Jennifer (Jenny) Wagner was formerly a Learning Design Consultant at the Wisconsin Technical College System Foundation, Worldwide Instructional Design (WIDS) and prior to that served as the K-12 Partnership Coordinator at Moraine Park Technical College. She has experience managing career pathway development and curriculum revision and alignment with K-12 partners.

Kristin Long

Kristin Long

Regional Director, DPI, Madison Region

Kristin Long Biography

Kristin was formerly the Career Education Coordinator for the Madison    Metropolitan School District and prior to that served as the Career Pathways Coordinator for Madison College in the Center for College and Career Transitions.  She has a background in school counseling and has expertise in youth apprenticeships

Carolynn Friesch

Carolynn Friesch

Manager, Employer and Education Partnership Development, Higher Expectations for Racine County

Presentation: Academies of Racine; Partnership Development at the Forefront of High School Transformation

Carolynn Friesch Biography

Carolynn serves as the Manager of Employer and Education Partnerships for Higher Expectations, an organization focused on improving systems for students and families in Racine County. Carolynn leads Higher Expectations' work with the Academies of Racine in partnership with Racine Unified School District (RUSD).

Carolynn ensures that students in the Academies of Racine have access to work-based learning opportunities by identifying and developing partnerships with local employers and community partners on behalf of the Academies program. In preparation for the 2017-18 school year, Carolynn helped to develop and launch the Academies of Racine Steering Committee, which she now supports as the Secretary. She has also implemented the use of Salesforce to track the Academies' partnerships and volunteer hours.

Carolynn brings a history of experience in business relationship development, higher education, and career counseling to this work. Prior to joining Higher Expectations, she served as the Director of Internships and Employer Relations for Carthage College in Kenosha, WI. Carolynn received her Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University and her Master of Higher Education from Kaplan University.


Bill Maki Biography

Bill Maki has served in his role as President of the Northeast Higher Education District since July 2015.  The Northeast Higher Education District, a unique governance structure for five, autonomous yet interdependent, two-year colleges in Northeast Minnesota. These colleges include: Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College and Vermilion Community College. Our colleges were among the first two-year institutions of higher education to be located in northern Minnesota, with Hibbing founded in 1916, Itasca in 1922, Mesabi Range in 1918 (Eveleth Junior College) and 1921 (Virginia Junior College), Rainy River in 1967 and Vermilion in 1922

Previous to his current role, he had been vice president of finance and administration at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College since 2004.  He started his career in higher education in northeastern Minnesota where he served at NHED as the chief financial and facilities officer (2003-2004), and at Itasca Community College as dean of student and administrative services (2000-2003), director of finance and facilities (1997-2000), and business manager/business officer (1995-1997).

He holds an associate degree from Vermilion Community College, and bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also attended the Harvard Graduate School Institute for Educational Management in 2012.


Roy Smith

Director of Talent Development, DIRRR, & Minnesota State's Northeast Higher Education District

Roy Smith Biography

Roy Smith serves in a joint position as the Director of Talent Development at the Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation (DIRRR), a state economic development agency and Minnesota State’s Northeast Higher Education District (NHED). Together these organizations have focused their attention and resources on “education-based economic development” to ensure the Iron Range continues to produce a highly skilled, technologically advanced talent base by partnering with businesses and industry to create training programs at regional high schools and the colleges of the Northeast Higher Education District that meet the demands of the regional economy. He also serves as the Director of the Applied Learning Institute, an organization charged with renewing technical education in northeastern Minnesota and as the Interim Director of Advanced Minnesota which provides customized training and workplace solutions for business and industry. Roy serves on the northeast Minnesota Workforce Investment Board and is currently serving his second term as Governor Dayton’s appointee to the statewide Governor’s Workforce Development Board. Prior to his role at DIRRR/NHED, he was a school administrator and classroom teacher for over 20 years. Roy has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bemidji State University, a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from St. Cloud State University and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from the Fischler Center of Graduate Studies at Nova Southeastern University.

Mike Beighley

Mike Beighley

Superintendent, Whitehall School District

Presentation: Rural Career Pathways and Partnerships




Mike Beighley Biography

Mike Beighley has been Superintendent of the Whitehall School District since 2003. He previously served as superintendent in the Greenwood and Gilmanton school districts.