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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

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Brenda Moore


Brenda has been a cosmetology teacher at Orange/Ulster BOCES for 24 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 continues to work in her own salon. Brenda is a former examiner/assistant supervisor for the NYS Cosmetology & Nail Specialty Practical Licensing examinations.  She has also mentored new teachers, and has served as a master teacher for student teachers.

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Theresa Calabrese

Vice President

Theresa has been serving as a Cosmetology Instructor at the Syracuse City School District for past 18 years.  Theresa completed her BS in Vocational Teacher Preparation from SUNY Oswego, and has been a New York State Cosmetology State Board Examiner for 30 years. In total, she has over 38 years as a New York State Licensed Cosmetologist.


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

Big Five Representative

Cynthia is a Cosmetology Instructor at the Syracuse City School District, and is currently taking on the role of teaching CTE at the Middle Level for the district.  She is also a Cosmetology Examiner for the NY Department of State, Division of Licensing.  Cynthia studied at SUNY Oswego in the Career and Technical Educator Preparation program, and lives in Syracuse, New York


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.

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Seeking Representative

Zone 3 Representative

Thanks to Pete Desmond for his service in Zone 3. 


We are currently looking for a replacement and one alternate representative.  Please contact us if you are interested at


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.

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Seeking Representative

Zone 6 Representative

Thanks to Isabella Mancini for her support over the past several years


Don Entwistle

CJS/TECI Representative

Don has been the Criminal Justice Teacher at Broome-Tioga BOCES for the past 16 years.  He was previously a Teaching Assistant with Herkimer BOCES.  He has spent many years in the law enforcement field as a police officer, and completed his educational requirements for teacher certification at SUNY Oswego.  Don has over twenty years experience in Career and Technical Education and serves as liaison to NYSTTTA for Criminal Justice Studies Technical Education Career Instructors of NY State (CJS/TECI )


David Stayton

ACTEA Representative

Mr. Stayton is the Principal of the Career and Technical Education Center at Oneida-Herkimer BOCES.  His dedication to CTE has been demonstrated by the tremendous growth of the programs offered in his service area, and his membership in the Association of Career and Technical Education Administrators serving on the Board of Directors and as the State Treasurer since 2013.  His leadership and knowledge have helped make CTE a recognized first choice for students in Central NY.

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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