Rusty Hensley - Past President

For the past 21 years Rusty has served as an administrator.   The last 18 years he has been Director of the Richmond Area Career Center. He has been Director of Adult Education for 7 years. He was named Administrator of the year in 2018 for Richmond Community Schools. Rusty has planned and directed programs that have enjoyed fully 2/3 of the Richmond schools enrolled in the programs. He has served on the IACTED Executive Board for many years and represented IACTED at the National Seminar multiple years. He has been married to his lovely wife Erin for 24 years. Rusty says that his twin sons take after their mother. Both of his boys have completed their second year at IU and will be returning this Fall for their junior year. In his spare time Rusty spends quality time with his family.

Dr. Patrick Biggerstaff - Tom Paul Outstanding Director

Dr. Patrick Biggerstaff serves as the director at Area 31 Career Center at MSD of Wayne Township.  Patrick spends much of his time building pipelines
between quality school programs and post-secondary opportunities. He believes very strongly that all students should be prepared for post-secondary
learning as well as employment that aligns with their unique interests and skillsets.

Under his leadership, Area 31 has been recognized as the first Early College Career Center, a STEM-certified school, and recognized as a “Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) school.  He and his team lead the development and operation of Indiana’s first associate degree-granting Early College Career Center in partnership with Vincennes University, local high schools, and several local businesses. Patrick is wholly committed to supporting the development of students, teachers, partnerships, and high quality CTE programming.

Dr. Biggerstaff shares his knowledge and experience through several outlets, including serving on the Purdue University
Leadership Development Program Advisory Committee, serving as a
mentor for ACTE Fellows and CTE Director Candidates to advocate
best practices in the field. He has served as Past President of the Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education, a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education Region III Policy Committee, and the Legislative Chair for the Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education Directors Division. He currently serves as Vice President representing the Administration Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education and Treasurer of the Indiana Association for Career and Technical Education Districts.

Patrick received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Dallas Baptist University, an MBA from Texas Christian University, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Indianapolis, a CTE endorsement from Indiana State, a K-12 Administrator license through IU, a CTE Director License through Ball State University, an Education Specialist degree from Ball State, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from
Ball State University.

Laura Showalter - Outstanding Administrator

Laura has worked in a variety of important capacities at Central Nine career Center for over 27 years. She has been our benefits coordinator/ HR administrator for the last five years. In her role she has demonstrated diligence, work ethic, model professional behavior, passion for CTE, high level of understanding for all things INTers, and is a leader in developing and maintaining a positive culture in our school. She has endured directors like Nick Banos, Steve Hagen, Nicole Otte, and now Bill Kovach. She always takes on any and all challenges, puts the students of Central Nine first, and does so with a good attitude and unmatched drive. In my two years at C9 I have learned more from Laura regarding what buttons to push, whose buttons not to push, and when and how to push, pull, and nudge. Laura is the heart and soul of Central Nine. Her passion to make decisions that keep C9’s best interest at heart is like no other. Laura is one of the most talented, focused, and committed CTE administrators I have ever worked with, and I believe she does all of this without any thought of recognition. Laura deserves the CTE administrator of the year in Indiana.

Matt Fleck - Meredith Thompson Statewide Service to Career and Technical Education

Matt Fleck has helped the entire state of CTE in a variety of ways. Matt served CTE in his counselor role in Lawrence Township as he advised students about the options available to them in CTE. He then moved on to serve in the Indiana Department of Education, first, as a State School Counselor specialist where he worked in the state’s Career and Technical Education division organizing and presenting an annual series of highly rated professional development workshops for more than 800 secondary School Counselors in 12 regions around the state. Ater almost four years in that position, Matt became the State Director of Career and Technical Education where he managed the state’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, College and Career Pathways initiative, federal Perkins Basic and Tech Prep Grants, and collaborated with the state’s area CTE directors. With his work as the State Director, Matt became highly respected as a leader and colleague. He then moved on to start his own business to support educators and has kept CTE and counseling as a focus of his services. Most recently, he has supported directors with ideas, services and a supporting spirit that helps all directors and many teachers serve students better equipped with best practices.

Congratulations to our retirees!

  • Alan Taylor – Prosser Career Education Center
  • Pam Rager – Wildcat Creek Career Cooperative
  • Brad Street – North Lawrence Career Center
  • Jon Groth – Porter County Career Center
  • Kevin Keller – Area 18 CTE Cooperative
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