Executive Committee

The members of the Advance CTE Executive Committee are elected by the membership to serve one-year terms. The FY18 officers, who are listed below, will serve from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018

Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju,  President
Dr. Pradeep Kotamraju is currently the Bureau Chief, Career and Technical Education, Division of Community Colleges, Iowa Department of Education. As Iowa’s State Director for Career and Technical Education (CTE), he has leadership responsibility in managing those secondary and community college CTE programs that are funded through the Carl D. Perkins federal program.  Besides his CTE responsibilities, Dr. Kotamraju has supervisory responsibility over the National Crosswalk Center, dual enrollment program management, and Military and Veterans Education.   Dr. Kotamraju frequently advises staff across the Division on projects that interrelates community colleges’ curriculum, employment outcomes, and student success.  He is part of the senior management team within the overall Division of Community Colleges, as well as part of the Management Council for the entire Department of Education.  Dr. Kotamraju has worked on several research, policy, administrative projects in three states that not only involves secondary and postsecondary CTE but the broader K-16 sector, workforce development and adult education.   Before working in the public sector, Dr. Kotamraju taught college- and university-level Economics and Statistics at several higher education institutions in Minnesota and Kentucky. Dr. Kotamraju holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois.  He received his Master’s Degree in Economics from George Washington University, and his Bachelors in Economics from the University of Delhi, India.
Bernadette Howard, Vice President
Howard moved to the Pacific from Kentucky in 1975 and taught in Micronesia and Guam for 14 years before settling for the last 26 years in Hawaii. Twenty of those years were with the University of Hawaii (UH) Community Colleges and the last six as State Director for CTE.  In Guam and the Hawaii community colleges, Howard served in a variety of positions including as CTE faculty CTE Dean. Howard boasts a total of 16 years experience as a CTE administrator and has served as the Region IX representative on the Advance CTE Board of Directors for six years representing Hawaii, Guam, and Palau.  
Sarah Heath, Ph.D. , Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Sarah Heath is the State Director for Career and Technical Education for Colorado.  In Colorado, Career and Technical Education is managed by the Colorado Community College System and she serves as the Assistant Provost for the Colorado Community College System.  Dr. Heath has been in this position since July 2015.  Prior to her appointment as State CTE Director, Dr. Heath was the Director of Choice Programs for Jefferson County Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in Colorado, for four years.  In this role, she was responsible for Career and Technical Education, concurrent enrollment, business and industry partnerships, legislative implementation, and career development initiatives for the district.  Prior to this role in Jefferson County Schools, Dr. Heath served the State of Georgia as the Program Director for Business and Computer Science.  Georgia is a state driven education system and Dr. Heath was tasked with state wide curriculum and resource development, professional development, and support for teachers in every school district in Georgia.  She taught high school Business Education and served as her local FBLA chapter adviser.  In addition to her work experience, Dr. Heath served as the National President of the Association for Career and Technical Education as well as the Business Education Division Vice President which provided her opportunities to engage in the national CTE landscape.  She is a graduate of the University of Georgia from which she holds a PhD in Workforce and Economic Education, a MEd in Business Education, and a BBA in Management Information Systems. 
Mr. Rod Duckworth, Past President
Rod Duckworth joined the Florida Department of Education as the Chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education on March 12, 2012. He currently serves as the Advance CTE Past President. Mr. Duckworth has extensive state and national experience in Career Technical Education (CTE) having most recently served as the Interim Deputy Director for Career and Technical Education in the Arkansas Department of Career Education.

Beginning his career as a classroom teacher and student organization advisor, he managed several national programs for the National FFA Organization in Alexandria, Virginia. Mr. Duckworth served as the State Program Director for Agriculture Education in Washington State and was later appointed as State Director of Career Technical Education, a position he held until he returned to his home state of Arkansas in 2007 to serve in various roles in the Arkansas Department of Career Education.