Charles (Charlie) Crumb
Charlie has been a lifelong CTE advocate, beginning as a CTE student in High School through his 38 years working for BOCES as a Teacher and Administrator. He holds a Master’s degree in Education Administration and Administrative Certification from New York State University College of Oswego, and Bachelors of Science degree - Vocational Technical Education from SUNY Oswego. He attended Cornell University for his Diversified Cooperative Work Experience Coordinator Certification. He also attended Hudson Valley Community College for his degree in Automotive Technology after attending BOCES as an Automotive student in High School. He worked for many years as an Automotive Technician prior to his BOCES experience which includes work at the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES, Norwich, NY and Masonville, NY as Director of Career and Technical Education, Building Principal, Director of Adult and Continuing Education, Work Experience and Placement Coordinator, and Automotive Technology Instructor. After retiring with the DCMO BOCES as CTE Director, Charlie worked for the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, Syracuse and Cortland NY as Interim CTE Director and Interim CTE Principal at the Cortland CTE campus. For the last Six years, he has served as the Western NY Field Team Associate for the NYS CTE Technical Assistance Center.
Charlie and his wife Susan moved to Western NY about a five years ago from his home town in the Central Southern Tier to be closer to the grandchildren in Williamsville and Rochester.
New York City and Yonkers
Marsha Wilsker Iverson was a Business Educator, Curriculum Coordinator, and Administrator in the Valley Stream High School District. She retired from Valley Stream after 37 years.
She is the co-author of three published textbooks and numerous professional publications in various areas of Career and Technical Education. In addition, Marsha was the President of the Business Teachers Association on New York State and continues to serve on their Board. She was a recipient of the Clinton A. Reed Award.
After retiring from Valley Stream, Marsha was an interim administrator in three school districts. In addition, she was Director of Adult and Continuing Education and Test Preparation for SCOPE Education Services on Long Island.
In addition to her work as a Field Associate for the CTE Technical Assistance Center, she is an Associate Professor and Program Director at Hofstra University. Marsha directs the Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Work Based Learning programs. Supervising prospective teachers enables her to continue to make a difference in many classrooms.
Marsha provides professional development throughout the country and has written many courses for the Teacher Education Institute. The courses are all taught in both classroom and online formats.
Marsha enjoys sharing her passion for Career and Technical Education with educators across New York State.
Ellen Palazzo has been a CTE advocate throughout her career, in the Valley Stream Central High School District on Long Island and beyond. Upon graduating from the newly reorganized School of Human Ecology at Cornell University Ellen understood the potential of her role as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and the power of applied academics. She developed many courses and programs, integrating the curriculum and expectations to the goals and objectives of the entire educational program of the district and assisted other districts in this as well.
In her years at Valley Stream she served as a teacher, mentor, department head, district curriculum specialist, staff developer, Career Internship/Work Experience district coordinator, Nassau BOCES Perkins Consortium liaison, business advisory board director and district coordinator of CTE. She developed programs in CTE for special populations including special education students and English language learners. She directed a disabilities awareness program, Kids on the Block, which performed at schools and colleges throughout the NY/Metropolitan area. Ellen was selected to pilot the first distance learning classes on Long Island and was honored by Hofstra University, Long Island University, Long Island FACS Educators and Planned Parenthood of Long Island as an outstanding educator.
She was a NYSED in-service trainer for NYSFACS on Long Island and an adjunct lecturer in the Adelphi University High School Program. Ellen is the Coordinator of the Long Island Region for Virtual Enterprises International. In her community, she is a committee chairperson for the Cornell Alumni Ambassadors Network and serves on the board of Rosa Lee Young Childhood Center.
Bernard P. Pierorazio, retired in June 2014, after a forty year career in public education. His career as a teacher, dean and principal, culminated as Superintendent of the Yonkers Public Schools for the past nine years. In 2011, he was honored by NYSCOSS, naming him New York State Superintendent of the Year.
As Superintendent, he increased the number of district high schools to provide smaller learning communities that enhanced student achievement by concentrating on the relevance of CTE programs and earning two NYS P-Tech Grants. This strategy has led to marked increases in high school graduation rates, college acceptances and post secondary scholarships. In 2012, the College Board recognized him by awarding him the national William U. Harris Award of Excellence for increasing minority student participation in the College Board’s national assessments.
Prior to becoming Superintendent, Bernard held the positions of Deputy Superintendent, where he restructured the adult education program and created the very successful Pathways to Success which has earned three NYS Literacy Zone grants for the District. As Principal of Saunders Trades and Technical High School, Saunders became a USDOE Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a New American High School and was later recognized as a Model School by the Successful Practices Network.
Bernard earned a BS in History from Central Connecticut State University and a MS from Iona College, where he also received his SAS and SDA. He also has earned a concentration in Learning Disabilities from the College of New Rochelle. In May 2013, Manhattan College awarded him the prestigious honorary Doctor of Pedagogy for his commitment to improvement and innovation in urban education.
Pierorazio is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions that include NYS Association for Women in Administration Maxine Giacobbe Award, New York Association for Continuing Community Education Lawrence Levin Professional Award, Fulbright Association Leadership Award, NCC Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award, and Westchester Association of Hispanic Professionals Award for Leadership.
Michael K. Woods
Central and Northern NYS
Michael K. Woods, a product of Career and Technical Education, has been working professionally in the CTE field since 2009, but attributes much of his success to Agricultural Science Education courses and FFA membership which formed the foundation of his passion for CTE as a freshman in high school. Mike earned his B.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education from The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences in 2009 and his M.S. in Agricultural and Extension Education from North Carolina University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 2013.
After teaching Agricultural Science and advising an FFA program in south-central Pennsylvania, Mike explored new professional opportunities within CTE through writing course assessments and participating in train-the-trainer events for Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Shortly thereafter, Mike transitioned into his latest professional role with the Association for Career and Technical Education® (ACTE) as the State Association Liaison for Region I. Since November 2014, he has dedicated himself to strengthening ACTE State Associations and CTE leadership teams throughout the fifteen (15) state territory, on behalf of the Association, in addition to growing membership within the Region – which includes New York.
At the core of his professional concentration, Mike has provided professional development workshops, seminars, and talks across the Nation with a focus on developing effective leaders and implementing dynamic leadership strategies for emerging leaders.
Woods has received many accolades throughout his professional history as a Career and Technical Education instructor and leader. Most-recently, he was honored with the Harold L. Pride Award by the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) and the Jim Hanneman Memorial Award presented by Region I of ACTE.
Mike has a true inborn fondness and passion for Career and Technical Education, which he is enthusiastic to share throughout the CTE community in New York.