CEA Elections


Returned ballots must be postmarked by March 9, 2015.

President Elect – Peggy Meyers
peg  Peggy Meyers has been a member of CEA since 1996. She has been on the Wisconsin State Chapter Board since 1998 holding the office of State Chapter President from 2002 – 2005 and CEA Region III Director/Assistant Director from 2007- 2012.  Peggy is currently the CEA Vice President, chairperson for the national membership committee, and editor for the CEA newsletter, News and Notes.


Vice President – Betty Abbott            
betty Mrs. Abbott has a BA in General and Special Education and an MA in Educational Administration. She started her career teaching special education and moved into program development. She started in corrections in NM in 1997 and moved on to WY.   She has been with the Wyoming DOC since 2002 as the Correctional Education Programs Manager and oversees all academic, vocational, college, apprentice and prerelease programs and coordinates with Workforce, employers and many other state agencies.


Vice President – Toni Bechtold          
toni Toni is passionate about correctional education, having once been an "at-risk" learner herself. She came from a violent background, where one was more likely to end up in prison than in college. During her 24 years in corrections, she has been an officer, a teacher, a principal, and now serves as a regional academic specialist for the Windham School District. Toni also serves as the director of Region 5 of the Correctional Education Association.

Vice President – Mary Feeney-Wilfer
mary  I am the Education Coordinator at Anamosa State Penitentiary in Iowa.  I became a CEA member in 1998 during my first year in corrections.  I have held the offices of Treasurer, President-Elect, and President for the Iowa State Chapter and am currently the Region IV Director until May 2015. I have served on conference committees for Region IV.  My time as regional director has shown me the importance of working with dedicated, committed correctional educators.


Treasurer – Vanessa Bright        
vanessa Vanessa Bright is an Educator for the University of Maryland Extension dedicated to educating adults and youth on the basic principles of financial literacy and providing them with the skills to become financially free and fiscally responsible adults.  She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Georgia, and her Masters of Business Administration from Howard University.  She is also the author of Dollars and Sense for Parents and Children available on Amazon.




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