Ann MahRepresentative Ann Mah has been named as the 2011 state recipient of the Policymaker of the Year award from the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education (K-ACTE). The awards ceremony took place during the Summer Conference of the K-ACTE on Monday, August 1 at 6 p.m. in Overland Park, Kan.

Mah is a speaker, educator, and community leader.  She first worked as a high school science teacher in rural Kansas.  She later joined SBC Southwestern Bell in Topeka, Kan., and retired in 2000 after 21 years of service.

Mah was chosen as the national woman of the year of the American Business Women’s Association in 1997.  In that capacity, Mah traveled throughout the country addressing business and education groups on work-related issues. She was also elected the 2002 National President of ABWA.  She is an avid community volunteer.  She is president of the Lutheran Fine Arts Council of Topeka and a member of the Greater Topeka United Way board of directors and the Shawnee Heights Public Schools Foundation board of directors.

Mah also serves on the North Central Association Kansas State Committee and the Kansas Advisory Committee on Technical Education for the Kansas Department of Education.  Mah formerly served on the Kansas QPA Advisory Council and the NCA CASI Postsecondary Recognition Council.  She does speaking and training with her company, Discover! Strategies.

In 2004, Mah was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in the 53rd District.  During her service, she has sponsored over a dozen bills that have become law.  One bill allowed Kansas high school graduates who have left the state to return and be eligible for in-state tuition.  She also obtained more than $700,000 one session to improve technical education. In the 2007 session, Mah sponsored legislation establishing the Kansas Technical Education Authority.  She is an avid champion for workforce training and career technical education.

Mah was nominated for this award by the Kansas Association of Teachers of Family & Consumer Sciences (KATFACS), an affiliate association of K-ACTE.

This award is presented annually by the K-ACTE Board of Directors to a nationally recognized policymaker who has made a contribution of national significance to career and technical education.

K-ACTE is the voice for career and technical education in the state of Kansas.  Through a wide range of programs and events, K-ACTE serves as a resource to career and technical teachers, counselors, administrators, and teacher educators.  Learn more about K-ACTE at  For more information on the award winner or to request a photo, contact Mary Napier at