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        The National Staff of Business Professionals of America operates within three service areas:

        • Administrative Services
        • Program Services
        • Communication Services

        Working mostly out of BPA's National Center located in Columbus, OH, the National Staff is made up of a diverse group of professionals with a wide range of expertise in nonprofit and association management, member services management, program development and evaluation, partnership development, financial management, communications strategies, event management, organizational strategy and more. Together, we aim to provide responsive programs and services of the highest quality to the internal and external partners of Business Professionals of America.

        BPA National Staff and Functions

        Executive Director
        Dr. LouAnn Ross

        Overall Association Management 614-895-7277 x7476

        Director of Education

        Dustin Devers

        Workplace Skills Assessment Program (Competitive Events) 614-895-7277 x7480

        Associate Director of Education (Part Time)

        Vickie Thomas

        Virtual Events
        Pre-submitted Events
        614-895-7277 x7482 

        Director of Finance, CFO

        Ric Cowles

        Accounting & Financial Services 614-895-7277 x7477

        Director of Marketing & Stakeholder Engagement

        Heather L. Bunning

        Marketing Communications
        Public Relations
        Stakeholder Engagement (internal & external)
        Brand Management
        Publications, support matierlals & marketing resources
        Social Media
        Alumni Division Liaison
        614-895-7277 x7478 

        Director of Member Services and Events
        Jonathan Smith 

        Conference & Event Management
        Webinar Management
        Membership Services
        Online Application Services
        Membership Materials
        Online Membership Registration System
        614-895-7277 x. 7483

        Executive Staff Assistant

        Michele Gordon

        Accounts Payable & Receivables 614-895-7277 x7479

        Web Development/IT Specialist (Part-Time)


        Technology Initiatives
        614-895-7277 x7481 

        National Officer Coordinator

        Sherrell Wheeler

        Coordination of National Officer responsibilities
        Supervision of National Officers for conferences and meetings
        Training of National Officers
        Oversight of National Officer Elections



        To contact the National Center or send a message, go to the contact page 


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        Are you someone who is dedicated and passionate about the education of young professionals?  Then, consider joining our team.
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