Betsy Picciano, director of secondary relations at Central Lakes College, has been elected president of the Minnesota Association of Developmental Education and will assume her leadership duties in 2012. MNADE is the state affiliate of a national organization dedicated to helping learners at all levels of preparedness realize their full academic potential. The purpose of MNADE is to promote the effective practice of post-secondary developmental education. This is done by helping underprepared students prepare, prepared students advance, and advanced students excel. Picciano, who has been a member of the organization since 1995, was named president-elect at the annual fall conference in Grand Rapids. She has served on the MNADE board of directors and been a presenter at conferences sponsored by the organization. The purpose of MNADE is to promote the effective practice of post-secondary developmental education. It is affiliated with the National Association for Developmental Education. The organization has connections to the College Reading and Learning Association and the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Picciano will attend NADE’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. Feb. 22-26, where the focus will be on educational, social, economic, and civic enrichment which developmental education contributes to the lives of students and toward the strength of our nation.