IBEA is pleased to announce the candidates for the Spring 2017 Election. IBEA members will be notified by e-mail in the spring when voting is available online. In order to vote in the election, you will need to be an IBEA member at the time the notification is sent out. To read the profiles of the candidates, please click the "Read More" link.

Second Vice-President, Dr. Patrice Boyles, Chicago State University

Dr. Patrice C. Boyles received her doctorate in Adult, Counseling, and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University.  She also earned a MS in Occupational Education (Technology Education) and a BA in Business Administration from Chicago State University (CSU).  She is an Associate Professor at Chicago State University, with the responsibility as College of Education Assessment Coordinator; Program Coordinator for Career and Technical Education Programs; teaching courses related to Technology and Education, Special Education, Introduction to Teaching and Educational Leadership.  Dr. Boyles has been in the teaching sector for over 17 years and is committed to helping students achieve their academic goals.

Dr. Boyles began her teaching career while pursuing her graduate degree at CSU.  Her leadership qualities and passion for learning were recognized, and she accepted a position as a Graduate Assistant.  As a Graduate Assistant, she was responsible for developing, presenting technology workshops, and assisting her peers.  As her career evolved, she has held positions as Lecturer, Acting Chairperson, and Assistant Professor respectfully.

Dr. Boyles is committed to her profession and has received many honors which include:  CSU Alumni Service Award, the North Central Business Association University Business Teacher Distinguished Service Award, Illinois Business Education Association Collegiate Teacher of the Year, Distinguished Educator Award, and the Scholar of Illinois Career and Technical Education Leadership Institute Award. She was the recipient of the Dean's Professional Initiative and the Co-Recipient of the Illinois University Council of Funded grant, both honors totaling ten thousand dollars.  Dr. Boyles enjoys mentoring students and helping them navigate through the educational system.  She encourages them to tap into the resources that are available to them and to seek the assistance they need to help them succeed.

 

 Secretary, Betsy Mehlberg, Flanagan-Cornell High School

 

Ms. Mehlberg graduated from Illinois State University with a BS Degree in Business Education. She has taught a variety of business and computer classes at Flanagan-Cornell High School for eight years.  She also is the school webmaster and student council advisor at FCHS.  Two years ago, Betsy began teaching business technology classes at Heartland Community College.  Also, she has written numerous lessons for MyCaert.  Since she was a junior in high school, Betsy has tutored at the A.C.H.I.E.V.E. Center, a non-profit organization that provides educational assistance to Livingston County area students. Betsy has served in many capacities on the Board of Directors for eight years, including Student Representative while attending Illinois State University, Membership Development Coordinator, CIBEA Representative, and currently Secretary.  She has lived in Pontiac for eight years and her hobbies include spending time with family, boating, attending church functions, and participating in various community service projects.

Ms. Mehlberg graduated from Illinois State University with a BS Degree in Business Education. She has taught a variety of business and computer classes at Flanagan-Cornell High School for eight years.  She also is the school webmaster and student council advisor at FCHS.  Two years ago, Betsy began teaching business technology classes at Heartland Community College.  Also, she has written numerous lessons for MyCaert.  Since she was a junior in high school, Betsy has tutored at the A.C.H.I.E.V.E. Center, a non-profit organization that provides educational assistance to Livingston County area students. Betsy has served in many capacities on the Board of Directors for eight years, including Student Representative while attending Illinois State University, Membership Development Coordinator, CIBEA Representative, and currently Secretary.  She has lived in Pontiac for eight years and her hobbies include spending time with family, boating, attending church functions, and participating in various community service projects.

 

Board Member-at-Large, Harriet Happel, Elgin Community College

Specializing in project management before transitioning to higher education, Ms. Happel developed transition plans for family-owned businesses and became the managing business partner for Management Resource Group, a performance consulting firm, in California where she collaborated with such firms as Ernst & Young LLP and Northern Trust Bank of California.  After relocating to the Midwest, Ms. Happel entered the manufacturing industry as a dedicated project manager specializing in new product introduction in the second tier automotive industry.  With the advent of the financial crisis in 2008, Ms. Happel transitioned into higher education where she currently serves as the Director of Perkins Grant Operations for career technical education programs at Elgin Community College in Illinois.  Additionally, Ms. Happel also teaches as an adjunct instructor in several of the career technical programs at the college.

 

Board Member-at-Large, Deena Powell, Rochester High School

Ms. Powell earned her BS in Education in 1987 from Eastern Illinois University.  While a student at Eastern, she was a member of Pi Omega Pi and Kappa Delta Pi.  She began her teaching career at Jacksonville High School.  Upon the completion of two years of teaching, she worked for the Secretary of State’s Driver Services for two years.  While an employee there, Ms. Powell administered computer training to employee and assisted in the compilation of DUI statistics.  

Ms. Powell has been teaching at Rochester High School since 1994.  She has taught several elective classes in the junior high and high schools.  She has taught Microsoft Word/Keyboarding, Microsoft Excel/Access/PowerPoint, Adobe InDesign/Desktop Publishing, Adobe Dreamweaver/Web Page, Entrepreneurship, Sport and Entertainment Marketing, Introduction to Business I and II, Business Law, Record Keeping, and Consumer Education.  In addition, she currently serves as the Club U Sponsor (student community service club).  

Ms. Powell has been married for 27 years; she and her husband, Randy, have two sons.  Also, Ms. Powell has three grandchildren.

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