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National FFA names new staff INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The National FFA Organization recently announced two new staff members to join the executive team, Dixie Gray as executive director of the Commercial LifeKnowledge and Bill Hale as executive director of the Agricultural Education Learning Center. As executive director of the Commercial LifeKnowledge division, Dixie Gray will be responsible for licensing and customizing FFA’s LifeKnowledge and collateral materials for other national youth organizations. “Dixie joins FFA from Indianapolis-based Work Solutions, a consulting firm providing human resources and information technology solutions to the career development industry,” said Tom Kapostasy, senior director of business operations. Also, before joining National FFA, Gray worked in executive roles for Thomas P. Miller Associates, Abbott Labs, Tiburon and served as human resources director of Alverno Information Systems, a division of The Sisters of St. Francis Healthcare Services. In addition, National FFA named Bill Hale as the executive director of the Agricultural Education Learning Center (AELC). In his new role, Hale will be responsible for the overall strategic development, management and implementation of the center. The AELC is designed to centralize on-demand learning for agricultural educators and students. Hale joined FFA in April 2006, after spending more than a decade at Ford Motor Company, where he designed and implemented a training and assessment Web portal for automotive engineers. “During his time with FFA, Bill has been instrumental in managing the process of choosing a vendor for the AELC,” said William D. Waidelich, senior division director of Research, Development and Sponsored Programs for National FFA. ‘The combinations of skills that Bill po