Ohio ACTE Executive Board 2022-2023
Ohio ACTE's leaders are elected by the membership and serve as the governing board for Ohio ACTE. The foundation of Ohio ACTE is its leadership. If you are interested in serving in a leadership position, please contact Christine Gardner, Ohio ACTE Executive Director for information.
Jon Graft - President, Butler Tech, Superintendent/CEO
Jon Graft is the Superintendent/CEO of Butler Tech, one of Ohio’s largest providers of career technical education. Jon has forged unique business and industry partnerships to create opportunity for students and spur economic development in the region. With the Fifth Day Experience and Student Showcases launching in the 2019-2020 school year, Butler Tech is at the forefront of the Education Revolution. Butler Tech serves more than 17,000 secondary students each day and more than 2,000 adult students annually.
Prior to joining Butler Tech, Jon was Superintendent of the Butler County Educational Service Center. During his tenure, the agency doubled educational programming and staffing for its partner school districts, while growing professional development, special education, and multi-faceted family services from prenatal through high school.
Jon’s roots are in education, having held leadership roles in the Middletown City School District and Madison Local Schools. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Dayton.
Jon is a member of the National and State Association of Career Technical Education, Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, the Greater Cincinnati Public School Advocacy Network, Middletown Chamber Executive Board, Southwest Ohio Computer Association Executive Committee, and the Miami University College Access Partnership.
Michael Parry - President-Elect (Office of President- Elect, for a one year term beginning Sept. 1, 2022 followed by a one year term as Ohio ACTE President and one year as Past President) U.S. Grant Career Center, Superintendent
Mike Parry is the Superintendent of U.S. Grant Career Center in Bethel. Mike has spent his career in Career Technical Education. Prior to serving as the Grant Career Center Superintendent, Mike served as the Superintendent of Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center. As a Superintendent, he has a proven track-record of being a visionary and innovative leader who builds strong relationships with stakeholders – both internal and external – as well as a strong, highly focused team.
Before moving into the Chief Executive role, Mike served as the Executive Director of Secondary Education for Butler Technology and Career Development Schools. Prior to taking on the executive role at Butler Tech, Mike worked with the development and administration of programs for at-risk youth, online learning, and transitions programs for individuals with special needs.
Before joining the Butler Tech team, Mike was a Social Studies and English Language Arts Instructor for at-risk youth with Miami Valley Career Technology Center. Before that he was a Theology teacher on the mid-Pacific Island, Saipan. Originally, Mike hales from Western Pennsylvania, growing up outside of Pittsburgh.
Mike’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. He is a member of National and State Association of Career Technical Education, National Council of Local Administrators, Ohio Association of Career Technical Superintendents, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and the Board of Advisors for the Clermont Chamber of Commerce.
Bill DiMascio - Past President, West Shore Career-Technical District/Lakewood City Schools
For the past six years, William (Bill) DiMascio has served as the Coordinator of Career-Technical Education for the West Shore Career-Technical District/Lakewood City Schools. In 2018-2019, he served as the President of the Ohio Association of Comprehensive and Compact Career Technical Schools (CCS). He completed the Byrl. R. Shoemaker Institute in 2016 and is a graduate of the Greater Cleveland First Ring Leadership Academy Class of 2014. In addition, he serves on the Executive Board for Ohio Career-Technical Administrators (OCTA). Locally, Bill is a Board Member for the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Lakewood Cleveland Clinic Community Advisory Council.
In 2012, he joined the Lakewood City Schools as Lakewood High's House 1 Principal. Prior to 2012, Bill served in the Akron Public Schools for 12 years in the following roles: Program/Manager of the Akron Alternative Academy, a high school Social Studies teacher, and Career Based Intervention (CBI) instructor. He holds a BA in Geography with certification in Cartography and a MS in Education focusing on Secondary Education--both degrees from the University of Akron. His principal licensure was obtained via Ashland University and he completed his Superintendent licensure from Cleveland State University in 2020. Before entering the field of education, Bill was a cartographer for the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, at the National Imagery & Mapping Agency, Bethesda, Maryland.
Brian Bontempo - Treasurer, Auburn Career Center, Superintendent
As the Superintendent of Auburn Career Center, Brian has implemented many positive changes in his five years. He has led the District through staffing reorganization, addition or reorganization of Criminal Justice, Dental Assistant programs, Technology & Engineering and Design, Computer Networking Technology and Cyber Security, and Pro Web and Game Design, a marketing rebranding process, the start of the Auburn Education Foundation, a facilities renovation plan and the resurgence of enrollment to the highest it has been in years.
The growth includes the start-up of summer boot camp skills program for High School & Adults, as well as leading the major “growth” of the adult programming at Auburn Career Center thru creative customized models and modifying existing models. In addition, he has led workforce and skills training committees that have launched initiatives in Manufacturing, Healthcare and Technology. Most recently Auburn Career Center has expanded offerings in micro credentials to middle schools and a regional Certified Production Tech initiative thru Career Based Intervention.
Christine Boucher - Secretary, Eastland-Fairfield Career and Technical Schools
For the last eleven years, Christine has been involved with workforce and career development. She served as Workforce Development Coordinator with the Central Ohio ESC and the Groveport Madison schools Cruiser Academy, a credit recovery high school for students 16-21 year olds. Seven years ago, Christine joined Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools as their Career Development Coordinator, focusing on grades K-8 with events and activities for career awareness and exploration. Three years ago, Christine became the district's Business Partnership Coordinator, furthering her role and responsibility with central Ohio business partners and their engagement with the career tech ed programs at Eastland-Fairfield. Christine is in the final stages of her masters in Educational Leadership at Ashland University with plans to complete in the summer of 2021.
Christine Gardner - Ohio ACTE Executive Director (non-voting)
Christine is the executive director of the Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education (Ohio ACTE), a non-profit organization with almost 6,000 members statewide. Ohio ACTE represents the interests of teachers, administrators, support staff and school board members who work to provide career-tech opportunities for students through career-technical education programs for high school students and adults. Prior to joining Ohio ACTE in the Fall of 2006, she worked for statewide and national associations.
Christine was one of the “20 People to Know in Education” list compiled by Columbus Business First in 2013. She was a part time adult instructor, both in-person and online, for more than 10 years, facilitating marketing, communication and other classes. She also conducted resume writing, interview skills and job search strategy workshops. Christine has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on how to teach essential job skills and promoting career-technical education opportunities.
Christine graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and received her Master of Business Administration from Franklin University, in Columbus.
To contact the executive board, email Christine Gardner at email@example.com or call Ohio ACTE at (614)890-2283.