Career and Technology Education


Future Business Leaders of America FBLA

FBLAFuture Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest business Career and Technical Student Organization in the world.

Each year, FBLA advisors, teachers, students and business leaders help over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.

FBLA inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.

Success Starts Here

FBLA Students Tour FSU Campus and Business Department

Southern and Northern Garrett High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and business students recently attended a field trip to Frostburg State University. Forty two students attended and were able to take a tour of the entire campus, and participate in round table discussions with FSU’s College of Business Department Chairs, Faculty, and Students where they learned about the various academic programs that Frostburg State offers. Students were able to ask questions and share their plans following high school. FSU offered students many student-friendly dining experiences, and students enjoyed choosing their lunch from one of the many options available in the LFBLA at FSUane Center. Jason VanSickle of First United Bank & Trust assisted with coordinating the trip and graciously covered the cost of lunch for students and staff attending the field trip. The day ended with a visit to the University’s Planetarium. Career Coaches Mary Keller and Jon Hinebaugh, and Southern Business Teacher Maria Zumpano accompanied the students on the trip. Northern and Southern staff and students are grateful to the Frostburg State College of Business for hosting such an informative trip, and to First United Bank & Trust for the assistance in coordinating the event as well as covering the lunch cost.








FBLA Students Attend POP Conference

Southern and Northern Garrett High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and business students recently attended the Power of Possibilities conference at Garrett College’s main campus. The event was held on April 7th to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit in Garrett County as well as to promote leadership, positivity and self-motivation. Students heard from keynote speaker Master Rick Rando on the hard work FBLA POPand effort it takes to become an entrepreneur. Master Rando shared his accomplishments through his work as an author, CEO, empowerment speaker, philanthropist, martial arts master, and leadership mentor. Students also were able to experience a presentation from Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacation & Sales co-owner Jodi Refosco, who shared the business’s journey and lessons learned since their inception in 2008, leading all the way up to their company winning the distinguish 2021 Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Heise Entrepreneurial Spirit Award. The conference also showcased up and coming entrepreneurs who shared their business plans with the audience and a grand prize winner was chosen. The students appreciated the opportunity this event gave them to learn about entrepreneurship, to hear directly from local business owners, and to enjoy the delicious catered lunch that was provided. Students were accompanied by career coaches Mary Keller from Southern HS and Jon Hinebaugh from Northern HS and Southern HS business teacher Maria Zumpano.

Garrett County Future Business Leaders of America Members

Alex Durst--SHS
Alexis Meyers--NHS
Allie Newman--SHS
Alyssa Sweitzer--SHS
Amariah Skipper--SHS
Ava Rankin--NHS
Ayden Horvath--SHS
Brennen Ashley--NHS
Cameron Brown--SHS
Colten Bachtel, Treasurer--SHS
Danielle Brobst--SHS
Darien Hammers--SHS
Jaden Spak--SHS
Jaiden McKenzie, Vice President--NHS
Jesse James--SHS
Jordyn Mullins, President--SHS
Josie Henderson--SHS
Koley Richard--SHS
Kyle Rhodes--SHS
Kylea Beitzel, Historian--NHS
Maddy Greene, Secretary--SHS
Madilyn Easterday--SHS
Nadia Ward--SHS
Paige Smith--NHS
Quentin Wood--SHS
Reagan Emory--NHS
Reece Reckart--SHS
Sara Huelskamp-NHS
Uriah Brobst--SHS
Zoie Beckman--SHS
FBLA Members
Northern HS FBLA Members
FBLA Officers
Northern HS FBLA Officers
Southern FBLA Members
Southern HS FBLA Members
Southern Officers
Southern HS FBLA Officers

Advisors and Coordinators:

Southern Garrett Advisor: Mrs. Athena Wilson:
Southern Garrett Advisor: Ms. Maria Zumpano
Ms. Zumpano has been teaching for 25 years. Twenty-three of them have been in Garrett County.
Ms. Zumpano was a member of FBLA during her high school career and served her organization as treasurer her junior and senior year. During high school, she attended 2 regional and state conferences and attended multiple local events planned by her FBLA advisor. Her junior year she placed 3rd in job interview competition at the regional level.
At Southern, Ms. Zumpano served as FBLA advisor for 5 years from 2004-2009 where she had multiple students compete and place at local, state and national competitions. Besides competitions she assisted and was instrumental in planning and implementing trips to businesses and organizations.
"I'm excited to get FBLA active again at Southern. It is a great experience for all students not just those in business classes. It's beneficial for students to network with other students and local business leaders. FBLA will also help students with improve their leadership and business knowledge. For years Southern business and FBLA students have had the opportunity to visit and explore places they probably would not have otherwise. Being a former FBLA student myself in high school I know how much I loved being involved with this organization and club." --Ms. Zumpano
Northern Garrett Advisor: Mr. Dan Willaman
Mr. Daniel Willaman is the Business Education teacher at Northern High School.
He graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Comprehensive Business Administration. He continued his education at Ohio University and earned his M.S. in Athletic Administration.
After working in several business fields, Mr. Willaman returned to Ohio University to earn his teaching credentials. He has 25 years teaching experience in a wide variety of subjects in multiple settings.
Southern Garrett Career Coach: Mrs. Mary Keller
Mrs. Mary Keller is the Career Coach for Southern Garrett County K-12 schools. Mrs. Keller has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources from Geneva College and is a Certified Career Services Provider and a Certified Global Career Development Facilitator through the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
Her primary goal is to assist students of all grade levels to understand the importance of being college and career ready. Some of the services Mrs. Keller provides to students include assistance with obtaining and monitoring their service learning hours, career counseling, and work based learning placements for seniors. She also coordinates the Work Ethic Diploma and Virtual Job Shadow programs through the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce.
She is also very excited to be coordinating the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter this year along with Advisers Ms.
Maria Zumpano and Mrs. Athena Wilson. “I am looking forward to re-establishing our chapter of the FBLA and working with the student members this school year to help them learn and grow in areas of business and leadership. I feel that the skills and knowledge that they obtain by being a member will be very valuable to them as they work towards high school graduation and their future college and career
Northern Garrett Career Coach: Mr. Jonathan Hinebaugh
Mr. Jonathan Hinebaugh is the Career Coach for the Northern Garrett region. He graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in English literature and subsequently completed a Masters in Education program at West Virginia University. Mr. Hinebaugh has taught in both private and public schools and at all secondary levels over the course of his educational career.
In his present position, Mr. Hinebaugh is responsible for coordinating the state’s Student Service Learning program, promoting the county’s Work Ethic Diploma, providing students with work-based learning and school-to-careers opportunities, planning and teaching career lessons, providing career counseling to middle and high school students, arranging school visits from career and technical colleges and various branches of the military, maintaining a social media platform for college and career information and local job postings, and supporting school clubs and programs such as FBLA.