Ms. Deb Bomaster (2014–2017)
Current position adult education director at Lawrence Adult Education in Central Maine. Deb has worked in the adult education field in a variety of position for 16 + years. She currently lives in Augusta and enjoys helping her nephews navigate college. She is slowly checking off her bucket list of traveling around world.
Ms. Tracy Noles (2016–2019)
Tracy Noles is an adult education professional who excels at program and staff development, creates collaborative partnerships, connects adult learning theory with practice, and monitors opportunities for continuous program improvement. When Tracy graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in secondary English education she was already using her skills to tutor adult learners. She taught adult education in the Jessamine County Public Schools in Kentucky before moving to Nashville, Tennessee, where she served as an adult education instructor and administrative manager before moving to a coordinator position. Ms. Noles worked in Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky, for 10 years serving as program specialist, coordinator, and assistant director for adult education before joining the National Center for Families Learning in 2015. Ms. Noles is a past COABE Incentive Grant awardee, a COABE and KAACE Scholarship recipient, and currently serves as a KAACE adult education representative.
Dr. Danielle Miles (2014–2017)
Dr. Danielle Miles has served over ten years as an Adult Education and Workforce Development Instructor with Bevill State Community College in Fayette, Alabama. Danielle holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Bevill State Community College, a Bachelor in Business Administration and Masters in Business Management from Faulkner University, and a Ph.D. in Education and Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University. She currently serves as Treasurer and completed her second term as State-Wide District 3 Board Member for the Alabama Association of Public and Continuing Adult Education. She is an active member of the Campus Leadership Team, Delta Kappa Gamma Women’s Educator Society and Winfield Chamber of Commerce. Danielle is currently participating in the OER STEM Project Facilitators Training for Open Educational Resources to Support Adult STEM Teaching and Learning funded by the U.S. Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) and led by American Institutes for Research (AIR) held in Washington D.C. She is the 2013 recipient of the Delta Kappa Gamma Lucille Cornette Professional Development Award, COABE Scholarship Award and the 2014 Delta Kappa Gamma International Scholarship.
Ms. Sara Gutting (2016–2019)
Sara Gutting has served in Adult Education for 25 years. From High School Equivalency and ESL classroom teacher to adult education coordinator to professional development consultant, she has done it all even starting out as a volunteer. She has extensive experience and understanding of both Workforce Investment Act I and Workforce Investment Act II funding and policy. Sara has a master’s in adult education focusing on adult learning theory and is a nationally recognized consultant and speaker for adult education. She is a proven practitioner and continues to teach at the local county jail where she has taught for 21 years. Her focus on creative curriculum and active learning in the classroom has helped shape many adult education programs, teachers, and students. Sara owns her own education consulting company where over the past 20 years she has presented nationally to adult basic educators, correction educators, and post-secondary institutions.
Ms. Kim Olson (2014–2017)
Kim Olson has been the Executive Director for Cornerstones Career Learning Center, Inc. in South Dakota since 1994. Previous to that she spent times as an Instructor and Education Coordinator of the organization. She was the Missouri Valley Adult Educator and the South Dakota Adult Educator of the year in 2000. She is the longest continually active board member of the South Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning, filling every administrative position since 1995. Kim is a professional educator, administrator, GED Examiner, and trainer. She is a certified teacher with 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in adult education and business and industry training. She has been a Certified Manager in Program Improvement since 2011. She led an instructional team in the development of a successful managed enrollment program that she has administered since 2006.
In addition to her passion for providing avenues for community economic development and participant self-sufficiency and personal success, Kim’s other passion is a busy family that includes a patient, supportive husband; three energetic, young boys; two dogs, numerous fish, two lizards, and a horse. She enjoys camping, gardening, biking, and participating in the kid’s extracurricular activities.
Mr. Martin Loa (2016–2019)
Martin Loa serves as Houston Center for Literacy’s Vice President of Program Services(HCL). HCL supports literacy organizations, engages the community to join efforts in solving Houston’s low-literacy problem, and connects adult learners to literacy providers. Martin was born in Brownsville, Texas and raised near the Mexico border. His childhood experience as a migrant farm worker propelled him to be the first member in his family to graduate from high school and college, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas Pan American and his Master’s Degree in Education from Texas A&M University. He is an experienced educator, trainer and conference organizer. He has been instrumental in recruiting members and donors for statewide and national conferences, and has successfully managed the budget for the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) organization as the former treasurer. He currently serves as President-Elect for TALAE and is Co-Conference Chair for COABE 2016. Martin also has extensive experience collaborating with numerous educational programs and community organizations in order to provide access and quality services for diverse student populations. Martin has served as an instructor and an administrator in Adult Education and continues to work at developing and delivering trainings across the state to assist others in our field.
Ms. Rhea Watson (2015–2018)
Rhea M. Watson is an accomplished community activist and adult education advocate. She is a literacy trainer working with ELL, ABE, and HSE students under the auspice of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. Rhea serves approximately 400 students a year and is skilled in recruiting and retaining hard to reach populations among the Adult Education Community. Rhea has trained trainers on the local, state, and national levels and enjoys sharing strategies and tools that help others to reach challenged populations. As a 2013 COABE Scholarship and Mini Grant Winner, Rhea welcomes projects that require technical writing. She is hopeful that the position of Regional Representative for Region 7 will allow her to employ these techniques. Rhea has also received many accolades in the fields of psychology and librarianship. As a result, she is a recipient of multiple grant, scholarship, and leadership awards due to her dedication to underserved populations.
Ms. Branka Marceta (2015–2018)
First and foremost Branka Marceta has been and will be a lifelong learner and a teacher of English to speakers of other languages. Since 2006, Branka has held the position of Technology Projects Coordinator with the Outreach and Technical Assistance Network (OTAN), a leadership project funded by the California Department of Education to provide electronic collaboration, information and support for instructional technology and distance learning to literacy and adult education providers throughout the state. In this role Branka has been planning, delivering and facilitating professional development as well as supporting the process of technology and online delivery planning by adult education providers. Before coming to OTAN, she taught ESL, family literacy and CTE courses at Milpitas Adult Education Program. Branka enjoys the camaraderie and collegiality of professional organizations as proven by her decade-long active participation in California and Nevada Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages professional organization. In 2013, Branka co-chaired the state annual conference for California Council for Adult Education. She has presented over 70 times to over 1655 attendees at local, regional, statewide and national events and workshops within the adult education field. More recently, Branka has been a member of the COABE Technology Committee contributing to the efforts of like-minded edtech colleagues to provide more social media coverage for the field of adult education and literacy.