James. R. Stone III, Ed.D., is the director of the NRCCTE at SREB. His research focuses on strategies to increase the capacity of CTE programs to improve the engagement, achievement, and transition of secondary and postsecondary CTE participants, including longitudinal studies of the effects of work-based learning and CTE-based school reforms on the educational outcomes of at-risk youth.

Donna Pearson is the associate director of the NRCCTE at SREB. She served as a co-PI on the original Math-in-CTE study and has been key in providing professional development and technical assistance in the implementation of Math-in-CTE nationally.



Mary Fudge, Professional Development Specialist

Mary Fudge is the lead national facilitator of the NRCCTE's Math-in-CTE curriculum integration professional development model.




Kirsten Sundell, Communications Director

Kirsten Sundell is the communications director of the NRCCTE at SREB. She served as co-PI of the NRCCTE's three-state longitudinal study of career pathways / programs of study.


Vickie Tencer, business manager, oversees the financial administration of the NRCCTE at SREB. She has extensive experience in the management and administration of grants and contracts, having previously served as a management services officer and a business operations manager at UC-San Diego.

Marisa Castellano

Marisa Castellano is the co-lead of the NRCCTE’s longitudinal random assignment study of student outcomes in high school programs of study. She has directed or co-directed multi-method projects related to career-based education reforms, state secondary CTE standards, and community college access, affordability, and retention.