Vermont FBLA Names SJA Faculty Member Executive Director

Sarah Emery

The Vermont Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America recently named St. Johnsbury Academy faculty member Sarah Emery as their 2015-2016 executive director. In this position, Emery will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the members of the FBLA across the state. She will also plan the annual Vermont Leadership Conference. Emery has advised the St. Johnsbury Academy FBLA club for the last three years.

Sarah Emery currently teaches business courses at SJA and has been a longstanding supporter of various career and technical student organizations. As the startup coordinator of SJA's Operation Creation, she helped establish the school's youth entrepreneurship program. Previously, she was an entrepreneur in the St. Johnsbury area. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1991.

Emery said, "I have long been impressed with the dedication of the volunteer advisors who mentor their students in the FBLA organization. It is an honor to serve both the three hundred high school members of the Vermont FBLA organization and their fifteen teacher advisors. I have never before, in either my teaching or business life, met such a group of dedicated professionals. I look forward to serving this well- established organization and hope to provide the leadership and dedication it so deserves."

Susan Ladd, coordinator of the Vermont Career and Technical Student Organizations, said, "Sarah's business background, enthusiasm, and energy provide a great combination needed to keep the Vermont FBLA moving forward."

SJA Headmaster Tom Lovett said, "When I appointed Sarah as the first director of the Summer Youth Corps, I knew she had great organizational skills, a love of young people, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Combined with her impressive business background, these skills made her a great leader of this program. I'm happy to see that FBLA has recognized these same traits, and I'm excited to see how that organization flourishes under Sarah's leadership."

The Future Business Leaders of America organization was established in 1940, and is located in Reston, Va. According to their website, the organization "primarily helps students transition to the business world. FBLA-PBL is the largest student-run organization in the United States of America, with 253,365 members, and one of the largest business-related organizations in the world."

The Vermont FBLA organization has active chapters in the following high schools: Champlain Valley Union High School, Lake Region Union High School, Green Mountain Technology and Career Center, Windham Regional Career Center, Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, Spaulding High School, North Country Career Center, Southwest Vermont Career Development Center, St. Johnsbury Academy, and Southern Vermont Career Development Center. For further information about the Vermont Chapter of the FBLA, contact Sarah Emery at (802) 745-9868 or at semery.vtfbla@gmail.com.

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