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NYSTTTA is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization registered with the Attorney General's Office in the State of New York to provide support for CTE Teachers who are certified to teach Trade and Technical subjects.  The organization is governed by a Board of Directors that includes elected officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary), Zone Representatives (two) from each of the ACTEA Zones 1-6 identified in the map above and one representative from the "Big Five" City Schools.  Also included as members of the Board of Directors will be one special representative each from NYSACTE and ACTEA to provide continuity and direction for our work as an organization. 


The purposes of the organization are to:

  • stimulate professional growth for Trade and Technical Teachers

  • protect the interests of Trade and Technical Teachers in New York State

  • provide an opportunity for collaboration and attention to program development

  • provide an opportunity for addressing and supporting common interests of New York State Trade and Technical Teachers

  • provide the organization with support from business and industry to remain current with the trends in workforce needs

  • provide support for public relations initiatives related to Trade and Technical Education

  • promote and foster partnerships with others interested in working with Trade and Technical Teachers

NYSTTTA Board of Directors


Brenda Moore


Brenda has been a cosmetology teacher at Orange/Ulster BOCES for 26 years.  She is an alumni of the program, earned her AAS in Business from SUNY Delhi, her BS in Vocational Technical Education from SUNY Oswego, and has worked in several salons throughout her career.  In addition to teaching, she is the Team Leader for her academy, and continues to work in her own salon. Brenda is a former examiner/assistant supervisor for the NYS Cosmetology & Nail Specialty Practical Licensing examinations.  Brenda has a Youtube channel, where she helps to prepare future licensed cosmetologists for their practical examinations.  She has also mentored new teachers and has served as a master teacher for student teachers.


Theresa Calabrese

Vice President

Theresa has been serving as a Cosmetology Instructor at the Syracuse City School District for past 22 years.  Theresa completed her BS in Vocational Teacher Preparation from SUNY Oswego. She has been a New York State Cosmetology State Board Licensing Examiner for 35 years. In total, she has over 40 years as a New York State Licensed Cosmetologist. Theresa is also a member of her school Leadership Team. She has also been a mentor for new CTE teachers within her building, as well as a master teacher for student teachers.


Ines Rovito


Ines is a recently retired CTE Cosmetology Instructor from CiTi BOCES in Mexico, New York after serving in that role for over 20 years in Oswego County





Dave Arntsen


Dave is a retired CTE Administrator, starting his career as a CTE teacher in the Carpentry program at Madison-Oneida BOCES.  Dave holds a BS in Vocational Education and a MSEd in Education Administration from SUNY Oswego.  He previously served on the Board of Directors for ACTEA, and is now serving on the NYSACTE Board of Directors for NYSTTTA


Cynthia Bruton-Thomas

Post Secondary Representative

 Cynthia Thomas serves as an Assistant Professor for the Career and Technical Educator Preparation Department at her Alma Mater SUNY Oswego. She is a EdD student at the University of Buffalo and works to provide instructional, and professional support to future CTE professionals while staying dedicated to advancing the CTE industry through innovation and educational support. Prior to her transition to secondary education, she spent 7 years as a secondary CTE educator, instructional coach, and curriculum writer. She also facilitates the NYSACTE Fellowship and oversees the Region 1 policy. 


Anne Carnahan

Zone 1 Representative

Anne Carnahan is a New York State Certified Cosmetology Instructor at Orleans Career and Technical School in Medina. She has over 35 years of industry experience and began her CTE career as an aide for 4 years at OCTEC and has now been teaching for 8 years. She has a BS degree in CTE and Vocational Education through Buffalo State College and along with teaching she continues to work part time at Logics Hair Salon in Amherst, NY.


Karen Riche

Zone 2 Representative

Karen is a New York State Certified Cosmetology Instructor at Syracuse City School District. She has 15 years of industry experience ranging from beauty services provider, private Cosmetology school educator, and independent business owner. Karen has earned her BS in Career and Technical Teacher Preparation and MSEd in Career & Technical education, both from SUNY Oswego.


Lisa Baron

Zone 3 Representative

Lisa currently teaches at the Robert H. Gibson Technical School in Troy, New York. She has been a cosmetology teacher at Questar III BOCES, serving Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties for over 25 years. Prior to that she taught at the F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs, New York and the Orlo School of Hair Design in Albany, New York. Lisa completed her education requirements for teacher certification at SUNY Oswego and the University at Albany.  In addition to teaching Lisa has designed and published a PowerPoint series for Milady (a division of Cengage Learning). Lisa has vast experience as a private contractor in both salons and spas as a hairstylist and skin care specialist. She served as a New York State examiner for many years and is a union representative for New York State United Teachers.  


Sharon Myers

Zone 4 Representative

Sharon graduated from Dutchess BOCES 35 years ago and has been in the Beauty industry as a stylist, colorist and salon owner and continues  today as a lifelong learner. Sharon has been a Cosmetology teacher at Dutchess BOCES Career and Technical Institute since 2007 and also at Putnam Northern Westchester in 2004. She has an A.S. in Business Management from DCC and a B.S. in Vocational Technical Education from SUNY Oswego. She continues to work in the industry and is an examiner for NYS Cosmetology Licensing Division. She is also a lead advisor in SkillsUSA and uses the Framework to empower her students to become professional, self-motivated leaders and to excel in their futures.


Lorraine Knoblauch

Zone 6 Representative

Lorraine is a Cosmetology Teacher at Islip High School in Long Island. She graduated from St. John's University with a BS in Criminal Justice, from Adelphi University with a degree in Art Education, and from Dowling College with her SDA & SAS. Lorraine attended Long Island Beauty School, where she received her NYS Cosmetology License. She has been a teacher for 25 years and aspires to lead the way in CTE in her district. Lorraine is also a NYS Cosmetology State Board Examiner.

NYSTTTA Zone Representative Roles and Responsibilities


  1. Attend quarterly NYSTTTA Board meetings and participate in scheduled conference calls when necessary between board meetings

  2. Organize and hold individual Zone meetings to share information with other NYSTTTA members in your region and to elicit input on issues and membership needs

  3. Provide an opportunity for collaboration events and workshops to be held in your region, and to promote collaboration with other NYSTTTA Zones in the state­­

  4. Attend the NYSACTE Joint Conference every other year if time and schedule allow

  5. Be an active member of NYSTTTA through membership application process

  6. Promote NYSTTTA membership within your region

  7. Identify ideas for workshops and professional development opportunities through your Zone membership and share at NYSTTTA Board meetings

  8. Support sharing of best practice by contributing articles for inclusion in the newsletter and/or website

  9. Work with your ACTEA Zone Representative to identify common issues and to develop ways we can effectively address the needs of CTE Teachers locally and regionally.

10. Remain current with National and State initiatives that impact your membership

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