Volunteer Leadership:
Strategically Guiding FBLA

Standing Committees are established in the bylaws of the organization. Typical standing committees include a Finance (audit, budget, investments/reserves) Committee and a Governance Committee (nominations, organizational policies, and bylaws). Advisory Committees and Task Forces are established by the board and must be approved by board action in the form of a motion.

Alumni & Professional Network Advisory Council

The council will make recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the utilization and support of alumni and businesspersons and provide non-binding strategic advice for association advancement. This will include recommendations for cultivating partnerships or sponsorships with businesses that result in tailored training to members with input and feedback from respective businesses and industries, on-site experiences for members within the industry or business they are pursuing, greater awareness of FBLA within the business community, and sponsorships, scholarships, and other funding opportunities.

Members:

  1. Brandon Griffin, Chair *
  2. Beau Cobb
  3. Ed Wilkins*
  4. Ellie Murphy
  5. Jaya Singh
  6. Niel Patel
  7. Ryan Paul, Executive Committee Liaison*
  8. Sameer Somal*

Staff Liaison:
Elena Daly, Manager of Governance & Affiliate Relations

*indicates a current member of the FBLA Board of Directors

Collegiate Strategy Council

The task force will develop highly innovative proposals for the Board of Directors regarding the complete reimagination of the division to roll out beginning in the 2022-2023 membership year. This will result in developing structure, programming, and delivery that is appealing, leading-edge, challenging, relevant to collegiate coursework and industry standards, and tied to measurable results (including membership increases, greater retention from high school division, increased revenue, and internship and job procurement). Utilizing the work of previous task forces, existing research, membership trends, competitive analysis, input from business and industry representatives and alumni, and other data collection methods, the task force is empowered to submit feasible proposals that would vastly transform the division from its current offering.

The Collegiate Strategy Council will develop recommendations to be prioritized and implemented over a three-year period.

Members:

  1. Eric McGarvey, Chair
  2. Bob Kollar, Board Liaison*
  3. Danielle Tolentino Tuason
  4. Ed Wilkins*
  5. Jennifer Claus, Executive Committee Liaison*
  6. Madison Kraemer*
  7. Megan Bergman
  8. Peter Frantz

Staff Liaison:
Lisa Smothers, Director of Membership

*indicates a current member of the FBLA Board of Directors

The task force is established to engage FBLA stakeholders to ensure we are addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of the organization including governance, student member experience, content, and staff. In line with Element 5.1 of the National FBLA Strategic Plan, the task force is charged with several deliverables from November 2021 motion. 

Deliverables

  • Assess DEI within the FBLA community using NPHR model. (Fall 2022) 
  • Develop DEI-related data collection and analysis for student members and chapter advisers in collaboration with state key contacts, to include recommendations for data collection in the new National membership database. (Winter 2022) 
  • Recommend revision of core documents—Values, Code of Ethics, Creed, and Pledge. (Fall 2022) 
  • Establish a draft statement about FBLA DEI—anchored in mission, vision, core values.  The statement should demonstrate a commitment and define the culture of embracing and celebrating DEI that FBLA seeks to develop. (Winter 2022) 
  • Prepare recommendations to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the FBLA and Collegiate National Officer Program. (Fall 2022) 
  • Governance Committee, in consultation with the DEI Task Force, external consultant, and legal counsel, will update the volunteer management recruitment process and procedures to address DEI including the board of directors and committees. (Spring 2023) 
  • Implement staff support to establish a culture of DEI through engagement activities, learning, and a review of human resource policies and procedures that foster a diverse staff with policies and procedures that ensure an inclusive and equitable work environment.  (Spring 2023) 
  • Education Programs Committee, working with the DEI Task Force and the national student officers, to develop program content and materials addressing DEI as part of the FBLA membership experience.  (Winter 2022) 

Members: 

  1. Shayla Davidson, Chair*
  2. Aarav Dagar*
  3. Brandon Griffin*
  4. Caitlyn O’Neill
  5. Chris Dzurick, Executive Committee Liaison*
  6. Erin Sherman*
  7. Jody Jones
  8. Robert Fauver
  9. Wendy Mills*

Staff Liaison: 

Elena Daly, Manager of Governance & Affiliate Relations

The Education Programs Committee will develop and implement programs, policies, and procedures that support student members of FBLA with Educational Programs including in-person and online conferences, workshops, asynchronous offerings, and division specific programs such as the FBLA High School Business Achievement Awards, FBLA Collegiate Excellence Award, and Middle School LEAD Award. The committee will ensure that FBLA programming is aligned with national business education standards. The committee will work in collaboration with FBLA’s National Competitive Events Committee as needed to ensure consistency and strategic goals are met.

Members:

  1. Kristen Di Stefano; Chair
  2. Christina Perez, Board of Directors Liaison*
  3. Colleen Gialanella
  4. Doug Moesel
  5. Dr. Larina Warnock
  6. Erin Sherman, Executive Committee Liaison*
  7. Jen Staley*
  8. Kent Seuferer
  9. Korrie Purcell
  10. Laural Mullen
  11. Michele Sites
  12. Noreen Templin
  13. Susan Seuferer
  14. Tammy Cyrus

Staff Liaison:
Gayle Robinson, Acting Director of Education Programs

The Elections Committee will establish and provide oversight on policies and procedures that support the annual election of national student officers by division. In addition, committee members will support the National Center staff in conducting the elections including reviewing applications, establishing guidelines for campaign materials, and ensuring compliance with all policies and procedures by candidates, local chapters, and state affiliates.

Members:

  1. Dan Hazlett, Chair *
  2. Corbin Robinson
  3. Duke Di Stefano
  4. Lyria Zhu
  5. Ryan Paul, Executive Committee Liaison*
  6. Toby Neal

Staff Liaison:
Lisa Smothers, Director of Membership

The Finance Committee shall:

  • Review annual budget prepared by the President/CEO and present the reviewed budget to the board for approval.
  • Review all other financial matters or commitments prior to the presentation to the board, such as significant contracts, etc.
  • Review both short- and long-range goals included in the adopted strategic plan to assist in budget projection.
  • Review investment policy and make recommendations to the board as needed.
  • Conduct a review of investment performance annually with external investment advisors.
  • Make recommendations to the board of directors concerning financial policies of the association.
  • Review the results of the annual audit of FBLA’s financial statements with the CPA firm and report any significant findings to the board. Additionally, the committee shall review the draft of the organization’s Form 990 before it is filed with the IRS and have the opportunity to ask questions of the CPA firm.

Members:

  1. Jennifer Claus, Chair*
  2. Alex Graham, President & CEO*
  3. Bob Kollar, Board Liaison*
  4. Caitlyn O’Neal
  5. Dr. Joanne Muñiz
  6. Ed Wilkins*
  7. Evan Lemoine
  8. Kent Seuferer

Staff Liaison: Robert Holst, Director of Finance & Operations

The Governance Committee will be charged with the nominating process for individuals to serve on the National Board of Directors as well as advise on matters of the organization’s bylaws and policies. Each year the Governance Committee will lead the process of recruiting and nominating candidates for election to the National Board of Directors. In addition, the Governance Committee will annually review the policies and bylaws for approval by the board of directors.

Members:

  1. Ryan Paul, Chair/Executive Committee Liaison*
  2. Aarav Dagar*
  3. Bruce Boncal
  4. Erin Sherman*
  5. Ted Harshbarger

Staff Liaison:
Elena Daly, Manager of Governance & Affiliate Relations

High School and Middle School Division Membership Committee

The committee will prepare recommendations to address membership recruitment & retention and support for advisers in FBLA high school and middle school divisions, with an emphasis on:

  • Revised website process/flow for new chapter/new member
  • Three-year development plan for FBLA-Middle School division
  • 2022 new program year membership kit
  • Membership collateral (students, parents, FAQ)
  • New chapter onboarding materials (for local and state advisers)
  • Underserved and special population strategies
  • Membership, program, and competitive event materials in Spanish
  • Retention strategy coordinated with state affiliates
  • Promotional video with a two-year life span (English & Spanish) to recruit advisers and members
  • FBLA to FBLA Collegiate membership transition campaign
  • MS to FBLA membership transition campaign
  • Prepare a recommendation concerning FBLA-FBLA Collegiate role in terms of international chapters

Members:

  1. Jan Imhoff, Chair *
  2. Alexandria Torbert
  3. Chris Dzurick, Executive Committee Liaison
  4. Dylan Kennedy
  5. Kimberly Speece
  6. Sameer Somal
  7. Sandy Mills
  8. Wendy Mills

Staff Liaison:
Lisa Smothers, Director of Membership

*indicates a current member of the FBLA Board of Directors

The Membership Committee’s charge is to prepare recommendations to address membership recruitment & retention and support for advisers in the FBLA middle school divisions, with an emphasis on:

  • Three-year development plan for FBLA Middle School division
  • Curricular experiences and programs that engage both students and parents/guardians
  • Opportunities for leadership at the National level
  • Expansion of competitive events to meet middle school curriculum needs in business and computer science
  • FBLA Middle School programming at National conferences
  • Virtual engagement opportunities with National Officers

The council will work in collaboration with the Membership Committee.

Members:

  1. Christina Perez, Chair*
  2. Cayley Newell
  3. Chris Dzurick, Executive Committee Liaison*
  4. Corbin Robinson
  5. Jen Staley*
  6. Laural Mullen
  7. Lingling Xu
  8. Luciana Green
  9. Wendy Mills*

Staff Liaison:

Lisa Smothers, Director of Membership

The National Competitive Events Committee shall:

  • The National Competitive Events Committee shall:
    1. Develop and maintain the long-term vision for FBLA-FBLA Collegiate’s competitive events program to guide tactical, data-driven decisions about future offerings.
    2. Align competitive events to evidence-based career and technical education standards and workforce development needs.
    3. Collaborate with the Education Programs Committee for competitive events preparation resources, including integration into individual and/or chapter programs.
    4. Review competitive event proposals and make recommendations for additions/changes to the competitive events program.
    5. Develop, write, and edit competitive event guidelines.
    6. Review competitive event content, focus, and procedures; modify as appropriate.
    7. Assist in securing test writers and validators for national exams.
    8. Assist in securing case study writers and validate case studies.
    9. Develop yearly topics for appropriate competitive events.
    10. Conduct adviser and/or member workshops related to competitive events at National Fall Leadership Conference, National Leadership Conference, or as needed.
    11. Provide general oversight of competitive event management at the National Leadership Conference.
    12. Instruct and manage competitive event judges and administrators at the National Leadership Conference.
    13. Staff a competitive events desk and answer questions at the National Leadership Conference.
    14. Rule on eligibility and procedural concerns at the National Leadership Conference.

     

Members:

High School Division:

  1. Nick Western, Chair
  2. Denise Losh
  3. Jacqui Garrison
  4. Jamie Connor                                   
  5. Karthik Krishnan  

Middle School Division:

  1. Julie Ellis
  2. Kristen Di Stefano
  3. Mike Oechsner

Collegiate Division:

  1. Crystal Waye
  2. Jeannette Milius
  3. Jennifer Claus*
  4. Jessica Devaal
  5. Thomas Fortenberry

Staff Liaisons:

Kelly Scholl, Director of Awards & Recognition

Aric Mills, Coordinator of Awards & Recognition                                   

Jen Staley, FBLA Board of Directors Liaison    

 

The Scholarship & Financial Aid Committee advises on policies and procedures for supporting student members and chapters with scholarship programs and financial aid. The committee will also review applications for aid using a criteria/rubric for each aid/scholarship program to identify recipients. FBLA and FBLA Collegiate aid programs include: National Leadership Conference Registration Scholarship Program and the National Uniform Challenge.

In addition to direct student funding, the committee shall support specific aid programs such as disaster relief.

Members:

  1. Wendy Mills, Chair*
  2. Brenda Merkel
  3. Drew Lojewski
  4. Gladys Pemberton
  5. Kel Vrana
  6. Sandon Williams
  7. Shayla Davidson*

 

Staff Liaison:

Kelly Scholl, Director of Awards & Recognition

Aric Mills, Awards & Recognition Coordinator

 

*indicates a current member of the FBLA Board of Directors