Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

  • Future 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 experience.
    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
    Southern Garrett Careers Coordinator: 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 goals.”
    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.
    Northern Garrett Coordinator: 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.