Biographies of the President-Elect Nominees

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Biographies of the President-Elect Nominees


You will be receiving a ballot for the 2018 PACE Officer Election in your email. Information on the ballot is limited to 150 words. Below is the full biography that the nominee submitted. Your PACE Executive Committee appreciates your time and effort in voting for your next PACE President-Elect!

Rana McVay

Leadership is a reflection of your personality and your work ethic.  As a PACE officer, I will bring a strong belief in hard work, positive representation, belief in the organizations overall goals while adding a sense of humor.

During my work within the classroom and while working for the 2 largest school districts of Oklahoma, I have served in various leadership positions and I?ve been involved in various activities associated with Career & Technology education. I have served as secretary, and president for OAMCTE (Oklahoma Association of Minorities in Career & Technology Education); because of my belief in what this organization represents and the desire to see its legacy to continue, I?m currently serving a second term as President.   I?ve attended national BPA competitions with students, as well as several ACTE conferences.  In 2015, I was given the opportunity to present at the annual High Schools That Work Conference, where a colleague and I presented over:   Leveraging Business, Industry & Community Partners to Provide Unique Student Opportunities

I have spent the last 21 years in the Oklahoma educational system. 15 years of those years were in the classroom as a comprehensive BITE (Business and Information Technology Education) instructor.  After leaving the classroom I served 4 years as an administrator for the Career and Technology office for Tulsa Public Schools.  For the past 2 years I have been a member of the BIS department at Tulsa Technology Center.  Within my current role, I serve as a Project Coordinator.

I have been married to Marcus McVay, Sr. for the past 15 years and I am a proud parent of two sons, Marselle and Marcus, Jr.

I would appreciate your vote as I bring, enthusiasm, innovation, progressive ideas, dedication and a sense of humor to the PACE division.


Jason Phipps

Jason Phipps began his career with the CareerTech system at Southern Tech in 2006. After four years as working as an Industrial Coordinator, Jason was promoted to BIS Director. With an attitude of “great can always be better”, Jason helped drive the initiative to combine all BIS and ACD personnel under the same umbrella so that everyone would better understand that most adults need and want the opportunity to increase their skills through short‐term training no matter what the program type is. Through many incremental changes, the BIS and ACD teams are now working together as Corporate and Career Development, serving all adults whether they are through open enrollments or employees of corporate training partners.

He strives to continue learning to be the best leader and person he can possibly be. In 2007, he achieved the Certified Program Planner designation and attended the Business and Industry Services Certification Program, in 2010 he completed the OG&E Economic Development Leadership Program, in 2012 he completed the Greater Ardmore Leadership Program, and in 2013 he completed Lean Facilitator Training. He served two years in 2014 and 2015 as on the Board of Examiners for the Oklahoma Quality Foundation, and in 2017 as an ODCTE Accreditation Examiner.

Jason has a servant’s heart and has served on several CareerTech committees such as the PACE Conference Planning and BIS Advisory Committee and was elected to serve as the OKACTE PACE Representative on the Career Tech Administrative Council (CTAC) for one term. Jason has also received the 2010 PACE Outstanding New Professional Award and 2016 PACE Award of Excellence.

Over the years, Jason has learned so much from the PACE presidents, board and committee members that he has come to know not only as colleagues, but as friends. If you choose to elect him as President‐ Elect, he will do his best to keep the momentum, that was started by so many excellent leaders before him, moving forward.