Volunteer Leadership:
Strategically Guiding FBLA-PBL

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.

VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP

Volunteers and subject matter experts are the engine that drives FBLA-PBL’s capacity to develop content and support student members.

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.

Each program year, a Call for Volunteers will be made. The National Center staff, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, will review and recommend volunteers to certain committees or task forces based on expertise and need. For more information about volunteer leadership at FBLA-PBL, please contact Elena Daly at edaly@fbla.org.

FBLA is grateful for the following volunteer leadership groups that help guide the organization in alignment with its strategic plan.

2021-22 Committees and Task Forces

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

Members:
Sarah Williams, Director of CTE (TN); Chair
Dr. Larina Warnock, Roseburg HS (OR)
Michele Sites, ML State Coordinator (PA)
Korrie Pucell, FBLA Chapter Adviser (KY)
Doug Moesel, PBL Chapter Adviser (MO)
Jen Staley, FBLA-ML, FBLA, PBL State Adviser (CO)
Dave Thomas, FBLA-ML and FBLA State Adviser (WI)
Allison Doe, FBLA Adviser (CO)
Kristen Di Stefano*, FBLA Adviser (UT)
Nico Valencia, Business/Industry Representative

Staff Liaison:
Carla Boulton, Director of Education Programs

The Election 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:
This committee is currently being established for 2021-22.

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-PBL’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:
This committee is currently being established for 2021-22.

Staff Liaisons:
Doreen Mugure, Director of Finance & Operations
Elena Daly, Executive Assistant to CEO

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:
This committee is currently being established for 2021-22.

Staff Liaison:
Elena Daly, Executive Assistant to CEO

The National Awards Program Committee shall:

  • Review competitive event proposals and make recommendations for additions/changes to competitive events program.
  • Develop, write, and edit competitive event guidelines.
  • Review competitive event content, focus, and procedures; modify as appropriate.
  • Assist in securing test writers and validators for national exams.
  • Assist in securing case study writers and validate case studies.
  • Conduct adviser and/or member workshops related to competitive events at National Fall Leadership Conference, National Leadership Conference, or as needed.
  • Provide general oversight of competitive event management at the National Leadership Conference
  • Instruct and manage competitive event judges and administrators at National Leadership Conference.
  • Staff a competitive events desk and answer questions at the National Leadership Conference.
  • Determine on eligibility and procedural concerns at the National Leadership Conference.

Members:
Nick Western, Thomas Edison High School (VA): Chair
Jennifer Claus, Nebraska PBL (NE)
Jamie Connor, Aberdeen High School, (MD)
Vicky Crane, Saraland High School (AL)
Jessica DeVaal, North Dakota FBLA-PBL (ND)
Julie Ellis, Arizona FBLA (AZ)
Thomas Fortenberry, Mississippi PBL (MS)
Jacqui Garrison, Nebraska FBLA (NE)
Linda Lambert, Heartland Community College (IL)
Kristy McAuliffe, San Jacinto College (TX)
Kent Seuferer, Iowa FBLA-PBL (IA)

Staff Liaisons:
Kelly Scholl, Director of Awards & Recognition
Aric Mills, Coordinator of Awards & Recognition

The Membership Task Force will prepare recommendations to the board of directors regarding membership, including but not limited to:

  • FBLA-PBL membership model (individual vs chapter/organizational, division differentiation, evolving student member needs such as “early college,” etc.)
  • Chapter retention program for FBLA high school division
  • Chapter development plan for FBLA-Middle Level division
  • Adviser engagement and support
  • Under-served communities including independent schools, charter schools, and schools serving students in urban, rural,
    and Native American environments.
  • Non-United States jurisdictions seeking chapter affiliation and participation in FBLA-PBL programs including competitive events.

Members:
This task force is currently being established for 2021-22.

Staff Liaison:
Lisa Smothers, Director of Membership

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-PBL 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:
This committee is currently being established for 2021-22.

Staff Liaison:
Kelly Scholl, Director of Awards & Recognition
Aric Mills, Coordinator of Awards & Recognition

*indicates a current member of the FBLA-PBL Board of Directors