- Professional Development
- Our Partners
Robin Painovich, CAE, Executive Director
Robin is fortunate to work with talented staff members and dedicated volunteers, has oversight of association programs including member services, conferences, communications, financials, awards and student scholarships. She leads state advocacy efforts related to CTE, provides guidance to the Board of Directors and Committees and serves as a liaison to state agencies and organizations with related interests. Robin was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in 2016 to chair the Pathways in Technology early college high school council, resulting in legislation to establish the model for Texas. She also chaired the CTE Review Panel established an HB 3485 by the 80th Texas Legislature. Robin joined CTAT in 2005 as its first executive director after four years planning the professional development offerings for CTAT. Prior to joining CTAT, she managed international events for IBM's Tivoli Division, managed the customer briefing center for VTEL and worked in the semiconductor industry for Millipore Corporation, Span and Tylan General. Robin holds a Bachelor's of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She attended Sharpstown High School in Houston where she served as an officer in the local chapter of Business Professionals of America, participated in competitive events, won first place in state and national competitions and earned the Torch Award.
Lindsey Jost, CAE, Associate Director
Lindsey leads marketing and communication efforts for the association and professional development conferences. She oversees an integrated communication plan to increase awareness about CTE and provide members with valuable CTE resources. Prior to joining CTAT, she coordinated the marketing and advertising campaigns for Covenant Health System, one of the largest healthcare systems in Texas. Lindsey graduated with honors with a B.A. in Public Relations from Texas Tech University. She graduated from Lake View High School in San Angelo, TX.
Kay Irlas, Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Kay develops and manages programs including consulting services, mentoring, professional development and training, technical assistance and resources to support the work of CTE professionals and counselors. She has just retired after 35 years in education. Kay graduated from “NTSU”, now UNT, with a degree in Vocational Home Economics. She has a Biology certification from TWU and has her master’s in Education Administration from Concordia. She has worked for Lake Dallas ISD, Prosper ISD, Region 10 ESC and Wylie ISD. She was a classroom teacher for 28 years, an administrator for 3 years and a consultant for 4 years. Her teaching career has been diverse. She has taught everything from cooking pork to dissecting pigs!
Marty DeLeon, Government Relations
Marty De Leon joined the Escamilla & Poneck law firm in August 2008. Mr. De Leon's practice focuses primarily on governmental relations. A former 5th grade teacher at Edgewood ISD, Marty has been a lobbyist for public education for the past 14 years. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Marty resides in Austin with his family. He has been married to Thelma, an attorney, for the past 17 years and they have two daughters, Sophia, age 12 and Ava, age 9. When not at the Capitol working on education policy, Marty volunteers on the budget/bond committees at Austin ISD and he is president for his kids' swim club even though he is a terrible swimmer.
Leslie Froeschle, Conference and Events Manager
Leslie plans professional development and training events and works closely with exhibitors and sponsors to showcase resources available for CTE programs and educators. Prior to joining CTAT she served as VP of Human Resources for TMF Health Quality Institute in Austin, TX. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Austin College in Sherman, TX and is originally from Dallas.
Jami Gigliotti, Administration and Member Services
Jami provides support to members, facilitates work of committees and manages finances for the association. Jami's background includes several year's experience working in the association field. Prior to working at CTAT, she worked as office manager for Keep Texas Beautiful and was executive assistant for the Texas Motor Transportation Association and the Texas Propane Gas Association.