Delaware Department of Education
Career and Technical Education

401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, Delaware 19901
(302) 735-4015


State Officer Team

Umar Khan, President |

 George Machael Grimes, Vice President |

 Isaac Paddy, Secretary |

Rinal Ratel, Treasurer |

Shivam Pathak, Historian |

Vasmi Patel, Parliamentarian |



BPA State Staff

Lisa Wilson, State Advisor |

Cheryl Calicott-Trawick, Executive Associate |

Robert Shumacher, CEAC Representative (SL) |

Eric McGuire, CEAC Representative (ML) |

Matt Biggs, BPA/ DECA State Staff |

 Eunique Lawrence, BPA/ DECA State Staff |

Carmen Strollo, CTSO Administrative Assistant |


2017-2018 Delaware BPA Board of Directors

NameA little about me...
Richard Jester
(At-Large – 2019)
Mr. Jester has spent the past 10 years working in Banking & Finance Technology. Throughout his career, he worked at global brands such as Old Navy, GAP Inc, Walt Disney, and Citigroup.
Now a Vice President at JP Morgan Chase, Mr. Jester’s primary role is deconstructing financial regulations and analyzing data from legal documentation to recommend enhancements to technology platforms to maintain compliance with federal and international laws.
Mr. Jester holds two Masters Degrees from Goldey-Beacom College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Penn State University.
Mr. Jester and his wife Katie, reside in the neighborhood of Beech Hill in Newark. Mr. Jester is a science enthusiast, avid comic book reader, and vocal advocate for public education, digitization, social justice reform, and the arts.
Mr. Jester refers to “being a nerd” as his superpower. Mr. Jester encourages young minds to never apologize for being nerdy, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world ar usually the ones who do.
Eric McGuire, (Sussex Country – 2019)
I am currently a Digital Design teacher at Georgetown Middle School. I have been involved in BPA for four years now. I hold a Bachelors of Science degree in Sports Management from Wesley College and a Master of Arts in Secondary education from Wilmington University. I am married to my wonderful wife, Alta and have a 1 year old daughter, Brooklyn. I enjoy sports and the outdoors.
Holly Strickland, Secretary
(Kent County – 2019)
I currently teach Digital Business at Caesar Rodney High School and Exploring Business at Dover Air Force Base Middle School. I have taught in the Caesar Rodney School district for ten years. My undergraduate degree is in Finance from Goldey Beacom College, and my master’s degree is in Educational Technology from University of Delaware. Prior to teaching, I worked in Credit, Marketing, and Finance for Discover Bank and Bank of America. This is my seventh year serving as BPA Advisor at CRHS. I have had a passion for Business since taking classes at the same high school in which I currently teach.
Jamaal Cubbage, (At-Large – 2017)
Kathy Taylor, (New Castle County – 2016)
Lisa Wilson, State Advisor

As a life-long learner and teacher at heart, I am passionate about developing programming that will inspire and activate the gifts and talents in each student. I have worked in the private sector for more than a decade. Upon discovering my “calling” in life, I was able to teach business at the secondary level for more than 16 years. I currently serve at Delaware Department of Education and provide state leadership for business, finance, and marketing programs. In addition, I am the State Advisor for Business Professionals of America. My educational background includes a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Delaware State University. I am currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Educational Technology at the University of Delaware.
Mary Zober (Kent County – 2017)
Robert Schumacher
CEAC Representative (SL)
This is my 13th year as an advisor for BPA and my 5th at Seaford High School. I live in Smyrna, Del with my wife of 24 years, Christine, my daughter, Danielle, who has entered her Junior Year at Smyrna High School and our three dogd. My son, Ryan, currently is a Sophomore at Wesley College majoring in Music Industry. BPA has been a large part of my life over the past 12 years as I am truly enjoying my time serving as our Secondary CEAC representative and working along side folks from other states to continue to move BPA forward. The students each year continue to amaze me with their passion for community service and ability to continually leave our chapter in a better spot than when they joined. I look forward to the 2017-2018 school year as we all Dream Bigger!
Rose Parker, Chair (Kent County – 2018)
Sandy Fritzler, Treasurer
(New Castle – 2017)
This is my 24th year teaching Business Education. Currently I teach at Glasgow High School in the Christina School District. I have been at Glasgow for 20 years. Prior to that I taught five years in the Red Clay Consolidated School District at John Dickinson High School and H.B. DuPont Middle School.
I have been BPA Advisor at Glasgow High School for 20 years. This is my second time on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. I was also nominated BPA Advisor of the Year in 2015. I am also a Certified BPA Advisor.
I have a B.S. in Business Education from Goldey-Beacom College and a M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education from Wilmington University.
I worked for five years at Mellon Bank as a secretary in the Credit Card Customer Service Department. In addition, I worked five years at DuPont as a cost accountant in Atomic Energy Division (AED) and in Consulting Engineering.

Stephanie Wilkinson
(Sussex County – 2018)
Prior to working in the field of education, I owned and operated my own business, All Out Sports, for thirteen years located in Bethany Beach, Delaware. I earned a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, as well as, a Masters of Education in School Counseling. My teaching career began at Millsboro Middle School, where I established the Exploring Business curriculum, as well as the school’s first BPA chapter. I then had the opportunity to transfer to Indian River High School as a Marketing teacher. While at IR, I assisted in reinvigorating the BPA program, I developed the State approved Marketing IV course of Hospitality and Tourism, I am currently a member of the Instructional Leadership Team, and teach Entrepreneurship part of the day while having the opportunity to be a counselor the remainder of the day. In my free time, I reside in Ocean View with my husband Jeff, and I enjoy relaxing at the beach and playing golf.
Umar Khan, President
My name is Umar Khan and I am your 2017 – 2018 BPA State President. I am currently a senior at William Penn High School where I am a Financial Services Major. I am very active in my local community and school; I take part in multiple clubs such The Sports Analytics Club, Relay for Life and recently Student Council. When I am not focusing on BPA I am taking part in something else related to business, from research to trading stocks I do it. I am very excited about the future and what it holds, and as always it is a privilege to serve Delaware BPA.
Vacancy (New Castle County – 2018)
Vacancy, (At-Large – 2017)
Vacancy, (At-Large – 2019)
Vacancy, (Sussex County – 2019)