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National Consultant Team
The National Consultant Team is a network of experienced, successful FCCLA advisers with expertise in chapter management, national programs and activities, co-curricular work, membership development, public policy, and visibility. The National Consultant Team serves as an extension of FCCLA national staff to provide training in national program areas. These advisers are trained at the national level and assist at nationally sponsored meetings.
Meet Your National Consultant Team
Stephanie Krupa joined the National Consultant Team in 2013. She is beginning her seventh year teaching Family and Consumer Sciences and advising FCCLA at Grandview High School. Stephanie is a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University and William Woods University. Stephanie's FCCLA chapter is involved in many national programs and is active on the local, regional, state and national levels. She enjoys meeting and talking with other advisers and helping them grow their chapters while learning from them as well! Stephanie has been happily married ot her husband Ben for nearly 10 years and they have two sons, Jackson, 2, and Mason, 1. In her spare time, Stephanie can be found playing with her boys, knitting, quilting, or reading. She is an avid football and baseball fan. Stephanie is excited to join the National Consultant Team and looks forward to meeting new advisers.
Cathe Felz joined the National Consultant Team in 2009 after serving as a National Executive Council Adviser for two years. She is currently serving on the Montana Advisory Board and as a chapter adviser. As the 2012 National Program Award winners for FACTS and Community Service, Three Forks FCCLA has planned and implemented several community service and service learning projects that promote safe driving and giving back on the global level. Cathe has worked with her students to develop workshops to assist chapters with writing and submitting grants and national program award applications. When Cathe is not working on FCCLA projects she enjoys quilting, golfing and spending time with her grandson, William.
Allison Kreifels joined the National Consultant Team in 2010. She is entering her 6th year of teaching and advising. Allison entered and exited college at Northwest Missouri State University with the same major, Family and Consumer Sciences Education. When she started college there was no question about what she wanted to do. FCCLA and Family and Consumer Sciences has been her passion since she entered high school. Allison lives and teaches in Wahoo, Nebraska. She lives with her husband of 5 years Cody, her 1 year old son Carter, and their dog Hurley. She's a huge sports fan and she enjoys reading, taking walks with her son in his wagon, and cooking. The Wahoo High School FCCLA chapter has 28 members and every year Allison is more impressed with the steps her students take in their personal growth and development as well as that of the chapter. It is beyond rewarding to her to see past members and students and their accomplishments because she feels honored that she got to be a small part of their life at some point of their journey. While Allison enjoys all of the aspects of FCCLA, she would say the ones she feels are the most important are service, leadership development, and public relations. Allison's favorite thing about being on the NCT is getting to meet and interact with advisers from across the country. She has heard so many good ideas from true experts! When she shares an idea that her students, colleagues, or administrators love, she feels very proud to say that she's part of a special group of men and women who have great ideas like these all the time!
Rachel VanPelt joined the National Consultant Team in 2012. Rachel's first goal as a new teacher in 2007 was to establish an FCCLA chapter at her school. By integrating FCCLA in the classroom through use of the Planning Process, Power of One, STAR Events, and national programs, she's been able to accomplish that goal and help many student members enhance their leadership abilities. She has served as adviser to a state president, a national Skill Demonstration Event winner, and multiple national STAR Event gold and silver medalists. In addition, Rachel has been involved in Virginia Alumni & Associates at the state level, as well as currently serving as the President-Elect to the Virginia FCCLA Board of Directors. Rachel has a Bachelor's degree in Family & Consumer Sciences Education and a Master's in Career and Technical Education from Virginia Tech, so in her spare time she enjoys watching Hokie football games. One of Rachel's favorite parts of being an FCCLA adviser is participating in state and national meetings because there's always something new to learn from other chapter advisers. She's excited about her new role as a National Consultant Team member and is looking forward to meeting you at future national meetings.