2016 Southwest Pathways Conference Speakers

Monday, May 2, 2016

Opening Session

William Symonds

Bill Symonds is Director of the Global Pathways Institute (GPI) and Professor of Practice at Arizona State University. Previously he served as Director of the Pathways to Prosperity Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2008- 2013. Prior to that, he spent nearly 25 years as a senior correspondent and bureau chief for Business Week Magazine. During his career at Business Week, he covered business in the U.S. and abroad, and led bureaus in Pittsburgh, Denver, Boston, Toronto and Rome, Italy. He also served as Business Week’s chief education correspondent for many years, and wrote extensively about the role of U.S. business in school reform.

Maria Harper-Marinick

Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick is currently serving as Interim Chancellor for the Maricopa Community College District.  Dr. Harper-Marinick had served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost since 2010. She worked with the Chancellor to develop and implement the District’s strategic plan and lead initiatives to enhance access and increase student success.

Senator Carlyle Begay

Arizona State Senator Carlyle Begay serves in the Arizona legislature, where he serves on the Senate Education; Commerce & Workforce Development; Transportation, Health and Human Services; Native American Caucus and Senate Ad­Hoc Committee on Indian Affairs. He received a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Health Sector Management from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Plenary Sessions

Keynote Remarks

Katherine Leung

Katherine is a senior at Paradise Valley High School.  She is currently the National High School President of SkillsUSA, a national CTSO that focuses on preparing students to be leaders and professionals in their careers.  She plans to attend Princeton University in the fall and study public policy.

Glenn Hamer

Glenn Hamer has been president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006. He has overseen the organization’s development into one of the most respected pro-business public policy entities in the state. Glenn currently represents the Arizona Chamber on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee and Committee of 100, and is a member of the board for the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Council on Economic Education.

Governor Doug Ducey

Governor Doug Ducey is the 23rd governor of the state of Arizona. Prior to taking his oath, Governor Ducey served as Arizona’s state treasurer, a position he held since his oath of office in January 2011. As Arizona’s chief banker and investment officer, Governor Ducey managed more than $13 billion in state assets and served as an investment manager for local governments. He also served as chairman of Arizona’s State Board of Investment and State Loan Commission, as Arizona’s Surveyor General and was a member of the State Land Selection Board.

Nick Pinchuk

Nick Pinchuk is chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Incorporated, and serves on its board of directors.Mr. Pinchuk was named president and chief operating officer in April 2007, when he was also appointed to Snap-on’s board.  He was elected chief executive officer in December 2007 and subsequently chairman in April 2009.  He joined Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on’s Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group. Mr. Pinchuk received an M.B.A. from Harvard, and master and bachelor of science degrees in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Why We Are Here

Carolyn Warner

Carolyn Warner served from 1974 to 1986 as Arizona’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  In 1986, after narrowly losing in a now-famous three-way general election for governor, she formed Corporate Education Consulting, a national-scope firm.  Warner holds leadership positions in national and state-level workforce/workplace initiatives, has served on the National Skill Standards Board, is national treasurer of Jobs For America’s Graduates, and is co-chair of the Arizona Career and Technical Education Quality Skills Commission.

Melanie Anderson

Melanie Anderson is the Director of Government Affairs at Opportunity Nation, leading on Opportunity Nation’s bipartisan federal policy efforts that advance the goals of the organization. Prior to joining Opportunity Nation in 2013, Melanie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. She also held senior-level government affairs positions with the American Library Association and Educational Testing Service where she developed strategy on a wide variety of federal and state education issues.

Jim Larimore

Jim Larimore is Chief Officer for the Advancement of Underserved Learners at ACT, where he leads development of programs and partnerships to improve college and career readiness for underserved learners. Jim’s career in higher education focused on college access and student success. He served as deputy director for student success at the Gates Foundation, and as a student affairs leader at campuses including Stanford, Dartmouth, and NYU Abu Dhabi. Jim has served on the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council, and now serves on the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions Advisory Council, and as an Affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.

William Mendoza

William (Bill) Mendoza was appointed as Executive Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education in December 2011. Bill, Oglala-Sicangu Lakota, grew up on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux reservations in South Dakota. In addition to being a teacher and principal, Bill has worked at the school, professional and community level to help foster leadership development and civic engagement among American Indians. Bill previously served as the Deputy Director and Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges.

Dr. Edward Lee Vargas

Dr. Edward Lee Vargas just recently joined the AVID Center as Executive Vice President for National and International Programs in 2015.  He brings a wealth of highly successful multi-state and international leadership experiences and accolades as Superintendent of Schools in multiple states. Dr. Vargas is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership for creating high performing school systems grounded in equity and excellence for all, and Distinguished Lecturer on “School System Readiness to Transform”, keynoting numerous state and national conferences.

Championing Career Readiness: Policies and Programs that Promote Success

Richard Crandall

Richard Crandall, the single finalist for Colorado’s commissioner of education was officially appointed Jan. 4, 2016 in a 7-0 vote by the Colorado State Board of Education. Crandall started his role as commissioner on Jan. 19, 2016. A former senator, Crandall served in the Arizona Legislature from 2007-2013 as both the house education chair and then later as the senate education chair. He resigned his senate seat when he was appointed by Governor Matt Mead to head up the Wyoming Department of Education.He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

Scott Solberg

Scott Solberg, PhD is Associate Dean for Research at Boston University’s School of Education and Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development.  Past experiences include development of Success Highways, a resiliency curriculum used in schools throughout the country, directing an online career information system (WisCareers) and leading an effort to localize it for Singapore (ecgcareers).  In collaboration with the Rennie Center on Education Research and Policy, MassINC, and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Solberg has launched the Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Science.  Dr. Solberg is leads a range of college and career readiness research, practice and policy efforts in collaboration with the National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability for Youth that is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Jennifer Zinth

Jennifer Zinth serves as Director, High School and STEM, for the Education Commission of the States. In this role, she researches, writes and presents extensively, providing policy research and analysis to state education leaders and their staffs, the media and the general public. Zinth has received national recognition for her work on issues related to career/technical education and STEM, including improving transitions from high school to postsecondary and the workforce.

Terry Holliday

Terry Holliday, served as the Commissioner of Education for the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 2009-2015. During his tenure, the state was recognized as a leader in implementing college and career ready standards, assessments, and accountability. Holliday was recognized by the National Association of State Boards of Education as the 2014 Policy Leader of the Year, by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as the 2015 James Kelly award recipient, and by the Association of Career and Technical Educators as the 2015 National Champion of the Year.

Steve DeWitt

Stephen DeWitt is the Deputy Executive Director for the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). His role includes developing strategic partnerships to advance the association’s mission, and oversight of policy development, advocacy, media relations and research activities. A primary focus of his work at ACTE has been promoting career and technical education’s value related to school improvement and student career readiness. He has 20+ years in the public policy arena.

Visionary Business Leaders

Sandra Watson

Sandra Watson is the President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority and brings more than 20 years of economic development leadership experience to Arizona. She and her teams have successfully attracted hundreds of companies to Arizona that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 75,000 quality jobs.  Under her direction, the ACA leads statewide efforts assisting companies to locate, expand and grow – bringing high-wage jobs and capital investment to Arizona. Ms. Watson holds an Honors Bachelor of Commerce degree, and completed the Global Leadership Certification program at the Thunderbird School of Management.

John Graham

John Graham joined Sunbelt Holdings in 1982 and became President in 1990. John’s background in asset management, development and real estate investment provides a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in the real estate field. Under John’s direction Sunbelt has become a dominant force, in both community affairs and real estate activities. John’s prior experience included The Koll Company in asset management and development from 1980- 1982 and Coldwell Banker in asset management and sales from 1978-1980.

Delia Garcia

Delia Garcia is Director of Communications for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. She has spent more than 12 years with Walmart, also serving as the senior manager of public affairs and government relations for Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah and as manager of the Walmart Foundation. Her professional career includes serving as president and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1993 with a degree in political science and Spanish and a minor in French. She earned a master’s degree in public policy, housing, and urban development from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1996.

Robert Meyer

Robert L. “Bob” Meyer serves as Chief Executive Officer for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, recognized as a leading children’s hospital for its high volume and quality care. Meyer joined Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2003. During a tenure as interim CEO, Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of the hospital’s finances and operations, and in the permanent role he has been heralded for his strong operational and financial management skills, ability to unify diverse constituencies, and his strategic focus to realize the vision and mission of the hospital and advance pediatric health care in Arizona.

Erica Kashiri

Erica Kashiri is director of policy and programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s (USCCF) Center for Education and Workforce. Kashiri leads USCCF’s youth employment programs to ensure that businesses have the talent necessary to strengthen America’s long-term competitiveness.

Curtis Reed

Curtis Reed is the region manager for Nevada and Arizona for JPMorgan Chase and has 20 years of experience in the banking industry. In addition Curtis chairs the Arizona and Nevada market leadership teams representing all lines of business.  In 2015 JPMorgan Chase donated a total of $3 million to Arizona and Nevada nonprofits, including organizations that provide workforce readiness programs.

Student Voices Panel

John Mulcahy

John Mulcahy is the Administrator for Professional Development for West-MEC, the joint technical education district serving western Maricopa County in Arizona.  Prior to his work at West-MEC John was a long time teacher and administrator in the Peoria Unified School District. John is married to southwestern artist, Eto, and has two sons, Peter and Sean.

Elizabeth Carnesi

Elizabeth Carnesi is a freshman at ASU in the Barrett Honors College studying Psychology and Justice Studies. Her Career and Technical Education journey began her freshman year of high school when she joined the Bioscience Program at Paradise Valley High School’s CREST Program. She joined HOSA – Future Health Professionals her sophomore year and has served as a local officer as well as the Arizona Historian/Reporter. She is excited to be serving over 200,000 members internationally as the current President-Elect for HOSA.

Janneth Fuerte

Janneth Fuerte is an AVID graduate of Ramona High School, Hispanic Scholarship Fund recipient, and UC Riverside Alum. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 2014 and now works for Disney in project management. She comes from an immigrant family and is a proud first generation college graduate who has paved the way for her younger brother and cousins who are now in the midst of their college careers.

Maryah Gowan

Maryah Gowan is a senior at Monument Valley High School in the town of Kayenta on the Navajo Nation. Maryah joined the veterinary science CTE program there her freshman year of high school and found a passion for helping animals. After having her daughter Adrianna her Sophomore year of high school, Maryah continued to be active in the program as well as FAA, where she was elected Sentinel her Junior year. Maryah plans to attend Northern Arizona University in the fall and go on to obtain a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Maryah hopes to open a private practice on her family’s land to bring affordable veterinary care to the reservation.

Brianna Koch

Brianna Koch is Respiratory Therapy student at Carrington College. After becoming pregnant in her freshman year of high school, Brianna started online high school. She also joined the MCAP program at Family and Child Resources in Tucson, Arizona. MCAP provided her with the resources to enable her to continue her education while having her daughter in the next room. Through MCAP, she was introduced to a scholarship to attend Rio Salado Community College. Brianna looks forward to a stable career as a respiratory therapist. Her daughter is now four years old.

Breakout Sessions A

Work-Based Learning

Jane Oates

Jane Oates is the Vice President of External Affairs for Apollo Education Group. Prior to this role, Oates was nominated by President Barack Obama as the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Oates served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and Senior Advisor to Governor Jon S. Corzine. Ms. Oates served for nearly a decade as Senior Policy Advisor for Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Ms. Oates began her career as a teacher in the Boston and Philadelphia public schools and later as a field researcher at Temple University’s Center for Research in Human Development and Education. She received her BA in Education from Boston College, and an M.Ed in Reading from Arcadia University.

Jeannie Bowden

Jeannie serves as the Business & Industry Specialist for the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation in Oklahoma. In her role she acts as a liaison between business and education/training through teacher tours, student tours, engineering camps/contests to fulfill students and enhance our workforce pipeline for local industries.

Fenton Broadhead

Dr. Fenton L. Broadhead recently retired as the academic vice president at Brigham Young University–Idaho. He came to the campus in 1987 and in March of 2008, he began serving as academic vice president at BYU–Idaho. Dr. Broadhead’s areas of focus are Educational Strategy, Leadership Strategy, and Capital Development. He served in various community service positions at the state and local level in Utah and Idaho. He has received recognition for his teaching and community service.

Shauna Goodman

Shauna Goodman serves as the Director of Employer Engagement for San Antonio Works in San Antonio, Texas. After 20 years in the Advertising and Marketing industry, Shauna found her calling helping students and industry create a workforce pipeline!  Shauna has been married for 16 years and has 3 amazing children.

Laura Winters

Laura Winters has worked in education and training, career services and workforce development for nearly 30 years. Currently she works primarily with CAEL’s corporate clients and oversees CAEL’s career services area.  Over her career, Winters has consulted with and designed and delivered products and services for business and industry, higher education and public workforce organizations. She has also managed large scale government- and industry-funded initiatives within and across these sectors.

Opportunity Youth and Collective Action

Melanie Anderson

Melanie Anderson is the Director of Government Affairs at Opportunity Nation, leading on Opportunity Nation’s bipartisan federal policy efforts that advance the goals of the organization. Prior to joining Opportunity Nation in 2013, Melanie served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Education. She also held senior-level government affairs positions with the American Library Association and Educational Testing Service where she developed strategy on a wide variety of federal and state education issues.

Frank Britt

Frank Britt is the Chief Executive Officer of Penn Foster, the leading provider of ed-tech enabled workforce solutions for students and employers in training and selection of frontline workers. At Penn Foster, Frank strives to create a national movement to better connect education, career pathways, and job creation, while also promoting affordable learning. He previously served as an Operating Partner at Bain Capital Ventures and served as president and CEO of Pri-Med, a leading medical education and media provider. Prior to joining Pri-Med, Frank had 20 years of experience focused on helping lead solutions-based business services and technology firms in the education, media, technology, industrial, and consumer goods industries.

Don Covey

Dr. Don Covey is the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools and, as such, leads the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA). Over the past eight years Covey has led MCESA in bringing over 120 million dollars to Maricopa County schools to increase STEM education, educator performance pay, and Opportunity Youth engagement initiatives.

Amanda Kucich

Currently the Cradle to Career Partnership Senior Director for United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Amanda has 12 years of management experience in the non-profit sector, specifically with youth-serving organizations. At United Way she directs the Cradle to Career Partnership, a cross-sector collective impact collaborative working to make dramatic improvements in educational outcomes for children, youth and young adults across Pima County. She received her Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Grand Valley State University and her Masters of Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

Kim Owens

Kim Owens is Executive Director of Year Up Arizona, which launched in January 2015 in partnership with Maricopa Community Colleges. Prior to joining Year UP, Kim served as Vice President of Workforce Solutions at the University of Phoenix’s Community College Center of Excellence. There, she formed collaborative partnerships with more than 500 community colleges across the country to help fulfill their shared mission of building a globally competitive workforce. She brings more than twenty years of leadership experience in higher education, technology recruiting, hospitality and sales. Kim lives in Phoenix with her husband, Dan, and has long enjoyed serving her community on such missions as homelessness, education and literacy, and workforce development.

Career Literacy

Scott Solberg

Scott Solberg, PhD is Associate Dean for Research at Boston University’s School of Education and Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development.  Past experiences include development of Success Highways, a resiliency curriculum used in schools throughout the country, directing an online career information system (WisCareers) and leading an effort to localize it for Singapore (ecgcareers).  In collaboration with the Rennie Center on Education Research and Policy, MassINC, and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Dr. Solberg has launched the Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Science.  Dr. Solberg is leads a range of college and career readiness research, practice and policy efforts in collaboration with the National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability for Youth that is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Karen Alexander

Karen L. Alexander, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences Education at Texas Tech University.  In addition to being a teacher educator, she serves as the AchieveTexas College and Career Initiative Coordinator. Her research interests include development and implementation of career clusters and programs of study as well as professional development needs of secondary CTE teachers and school counselors.

Todd Bloom

Todd Bloom, Ph.D. is Chief Academic Officer at the Jefferson Education Accelerator (JEA) and Associate Research Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.  Todd leads JEA’s education investments and research services.  He also advises UVA’s Licensure and Ventures Group on commercialization opportunities for Curry School of Education projects. Todd earned his Ph.D. in education leadership and policy studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Jeannine Kunz

Jeannine Kunz is the Director of Tooling U-SME, where she leads a team dedicated to the ongoing enhancement of manufacturing personnel. Kunz focuses on workforce training and development to directly address new industry dynamics related to people’s knowledge and skills in manufacturing. She led SME’s acquisition of Tooling U, the leading provider of online training classes for manufacturing. Kunz earned a B.A. in Business and Marketing with a concentration in Economics from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan and currently sits on Pittsburg State University College of Technology Board of Directors.

Robin Russel

As a member of the Innovation and Pathways unit at CDE, Robin supports districts and schools as they implement Colorado Graduation Guidelines and the Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) process.  Robin has previously been a lead college advisor with the Denver Scholarship Foundation, a manger of community partnerships and multi-million dollar capital campaigns, and a French teacher.  Robin has BA in French from the University of Virginia, and an MBA in marketing from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Credentials that Count

Jan Bray

Janet Bray is the Chief Strategist and founder of Bray Strategies and brings a unique perspective and vision to best practices for connecting education and industry for a relevant, skilled workforce.  For more than eleven years, Janet served as the Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education, a not-for-profit association representing over 30,000 professionals across the United States.  As Executive Director, Janet managed the staff and oversaw the development of program services for the members of the association and the CTE profession.  She provided leadership on a broad spectrum of education and workforce issues and directed the strategic public policy and public awareness efforts of the association.

Leo Reddy

Mr. Reddy is the Chairman and CEO of the nationwide Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) that offers two leading industry training and certification programs:  Certified Production Technician (CPT) and the Certified Logistics Technician (CLT).  MSSC and SME co-published a White Paper, “Transforming Career Counseling,” in June 2015 and Mr. Reddy co-chairs a Working Group on building a new cohort of NCDA-certified Career Development Advisors in every high school.

David Wilcox

Dave Wilcox co-founded GSX to focus on the deployment and implementation of industry practices to develop strategies and provide tools to support the development of a high quality workforce. Currently, he is working with an array of public and private organizations to achieve this objective. Dave was the former Executive Deputy Director of the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) in Washington, DC. In this role, he was responsible for developing strategies for infusing industry skill standards and certifications in the Workforce Development and Educational Systems of the United States.

Jennifer Zinth

Jennifer Zinth serves as Director, High School and STEM, for the Education Commission of the States. In this role, she researches, writes and presents extensively, providing policy research and analysis to state education leaders and their staffs, the media and the general public. Zinth has received national recognition for her work on issues related to career/technical education and STEM, including improving transitions from high school to postsecondary and the workforce.

Innovative Career Readiness Networks

Diane McCarthy

Diane B. McCarthy  has been Director of Government & Business Partnerships for West-MEC (Western Maricopa Education Center) since 2007. Diane received her B.A. in Political Science from ASU. Her career includes the AZ House of Representatives and the AZ Corporation Commission. She was acting President of Phoenix Children’s Hospital, founding President of WESTMARC (Western Maricopa Coalition), Senior VP of the ASU Foundation, and a founding member of Leadership West, Fighter Country Partnership & Friends of the West Valley Recreation Corridor. Diane remains active in many civic organizations and is currently chair of Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Aaron Ball

Aaron Ball started his career as an Agriscience High School Teacher.  After five years of teaching he moved to school administration and spent two years as a high school assistant principal and two years as an elementary principal. Ball was the Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer for nearly seven years with the Pima County Joint Technical Education District.  In that role, he worked to build partnerships with business, K-12, postsecondary institutions and community based organizations. He currently leads the Arizona Pathways to Prosperity Initiative with goal of building 9-14+ early college career pathways in partnership with business and education.

Susan Castillo

Since July 2012, Susan Castillo has served as Vice President, West Region, for Project Lead The Way. Prior to being part of the PLTW team, Susan served as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Oregon for 9 and a half years. She was the first Hispanic woman to serve in the Oregon Legislature when she became state senator in 1997 and served in that role for six years. Before serving in public office, she was an award winning television journalist.

Patricia Hibbeler

Patricia K. Hibbeler, ABD, MA is the Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Indian Center, Inc., an organization with a 64-year history and the first urban based Indian Center in the Nation. She raises funds for the Center and provides direction in operations and evaluation of the non-profit organization, specializing in workforce development, educational programming, social services and language and culture revitalization.

Caroline VanIngen-Dunn

Caroline VanIngen-Dunn brings 23 years of research, development and program management experience in industry and in STEM education to her 5 years at Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) where she is the Senior Manager of STEM Pathways. She joined SFAz in 2008, playing an integral role in setting the stage for what is now the Arizona STEM Network, led by SFAz.

Innovative Postsecondary Pathways

Dave Hoverman

David is a Managing Director at Parthenon-EY, the firm’s San Francisco Office Head and a member of the education and private equity practice areas. David focuses on M&A and growth strategy across the education landscape, spanning pre-K, K-12 and post-secondary schools; educational publishing, assessment and service provision; corporate training; educational technology; and consumer education products and services. He received his AB with honors from Dartmouth College and earned his MBA at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Michael Bettersworth

Michael Bettersworth is vice chancellor for policy at Texas State Technical College and executive director of the Center for Employability Outcomes. Michael has dedicated his career to aligning skills among businesses, educators, and individuals. He is now leading the development of SkillsEngine, a suite of new web tools and data services that use artificial intelligence to analyze and align curriculum, resumes, and job postings. Michael is also a principal designer of the nation’s first education funding model based entirely on student earnings outcomes. Bettersworth holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Baylor University.

Fred Corey

Frederick C. Corey, PhD, is Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Arizona State University. He focuses on undergraduate student success through academic advising, degree planning, and major and career exploration.

Phil Doolittle

Phillip L. Doolittle serves as the Executive Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer for Brandman University, a member of the Chapman University System. Mr. Doolittle’s oversight responsibilities include financial operations, integrated technology and information systems, human resources, administrative services, facilities management, and project management. Prior to joining Brandman University, Mr. Doolittle served for twenty two years as a vice president at the University of Redlands.

Randy Kimmens

Randall Kimmens has over 30 years of higher education administration and teaching experience primarily in the community college administration. He has a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  Currently as Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce Development at Maricopa County Community College District he is responsible for workforce development efforts at ten colleges, and two Skill Centers with a total enrollment of over 240,000 students. He is a board member of several workforce and economic development boards and has presented workforce development and occupational education seminars at national conferences and has won awards for his work in workforce development initiatives.

Tools for Creating Powerful Pathways Systems

Sheila Arredondo

Sheila Arredondo is a senior program associate with the Policy Center and West Comprehensive Center (WCC) at WestEd. She has extensive experience in cross-sector collaboration, strategic planning, program design, project management, process improvement, research, and policy analysis. Arredondo leads the WCC work on rigorous pathways to college and career success. Arredondo earned an AB from Occidental College, a MBS from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in higher education with an emphasis in public policy from the University of Denver.

Lana Chanda

Ms. Chanda currently serves as vice chair of the Nineteen Tribal Nations Workforce Development Board (NTNWDB) and chairs the Arizona Tribal WIOA Directors. She has 35 years of experience in the field of workforce, training, and development. She began as a CSE participant and then became a youth counselor for five years at the United Way in Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in psychology and a MA in student personnel.

GeMar Neloms

GeMar Neloms is a Senior Technical Assistance Consultant with the American Institutes for Research. In her role with the College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) she provides technical assistance, training and content expertise to support the capacity building of State Educational Agencies and Regional Comprehensive Centers. Her primary roles are in product development and technical assistance across all focus areas for the CCRS Center.  GeMar earned her Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College.

Renise Walker

Renise Walker serves as the Education Liaison for the State of Colorado. Her role is shared between the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The position was created by Colorado HB-1170 to increase postsecondary workforce readiness for Colorado students by helping to advance collaboration and alignment among state and local agencies working in business, education and workforce.

Breakout Sessions B

Construction

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson is the founder, owner, and President of The TJC Group. Tim is the leading national consultant for the creation, management, and facilitation of CAPs having created over 30 panels in seven states and facilitated over 1,500 individual CAP meetings.  The TJC Group currently manages / facilitates 18 individual CAPs which represent more than 50 industrial plant sites.Tim’s background includes six years as a lead committee staffer for the Louisiana State Senate and five years as the Director of Business Development for the Construction and Maintenance Division of the Shaw Group.

Ryan Abbott

As Senior Vice President, Ryan Abbott leads Sundt Construction Inc.’s Southwest Building Division.  Under his leadership Sundt builds solutions to some of our communities’ grand challenges.  Every project has a challenge, Ryan celebrates solving them.

Steve Greene

Steve currently serves as vice president of NCCER. He has over 35 years of construction management experience with three major international contractors. Steve has been the COO and owner of an industrial construction services company and has been the vice president of operations with two post-secondary career college systems. Steve’s diverse background encompassing both industry and education has made him a valuable source of information for many boards and committees.

Guy Martin

Guy Martin has built a 30-year career at Martin-Harris through an intense passion for construction.  Currently, Guy serves as Sr. Vice President of Martin-Harris.  He has been an active participant in industry organizations including serving in leadership positions such as President of the AGC Las Vegas Chapter in 2014 and Director on the AGC National Committee in 2015.  Guy and his wife, Trish, are devout Christians with two children.  As a family, they enjoy clay shooting competitions, traveling and outdoor activities.

Brian Turmail

As Senior Executive Director of Public Affairs, Brian Turmail’s role is to develop and oversee all public, member and chapter communications activities for the 26,000 member construction trade association.  He works directly with national, regional and local media to generate coverage of the construction industry and AGC’s major policy priorities. He also plays a lead role in getting local, state and federal officials to act on the measures outlined in the association’s Workforce Development Plan.  And he is a member of the board of directors of AGC Charities Inc, the association’s charitable arm, where he oversees Operation Opening Doors projects that get volunteer contractors to renovate facilities for disabled people.

Energy & Manufacturing

Michael O’Connor

Michael O’Connor was named SRP’s Associate General Manager and Chief Legal Executive Law and Human Resources in 2011. Prior to joining SRP, Michael was a partner at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon and practiced law at the firm in the areas of utilities and energy companies, products liability, complex commercial litigation, insurance coverage and bad  faith, and professional malpractice defense. Michael earned his B.A. degree in Political economy from the Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the George Washington University National Law Center.”

Joanne Kingman

As a program manager, Joanne, worked to establish industry partnerships and create educational pathways for the “Get into Energy” program in Arizona. Joanne has extensive experience in education, training and grant administration. Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Arizona, and a  Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.  Joanne has over 20 years of experience working with students and faculty.

 

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Leah Palmer

As the Executive Director of the Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Mesa Community College (MCC), Leah is responsible for increasing the capacity at MCC to better serve the Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace industry. AzAMI is a sector driven, comprehensive strategy for growing a manufacturing workforce in welding, machining, automation, additive manufacturing and electronics.  Creating competency based academic pathways, customized boot camps for industry certifications and providing navigation resources helping students from enrollment to employment effectively connect the job seeker with industry opportunities. Leah brings to this position over 25 years of hands-on experience forging workforce, education, and community partnerships.

Vic Settergren

Dr. Victor Settergren, holds a Ph.D. in Organization Development and Change from Benedictine University, and serves as the Director of Global Talent Development for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ.  He and his team are responsible for the design and implementation of comprehensive business talent and development strategies. He currently holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, SHRM Senior Credentialed Professional, Professional Certified Coach, and Board Certified Corporate Coach. Vic currently serves on the board of Greater Tucson Leadership and is involved in numerous community endeavors.

Healthcare

Robert Meyer

Robert L. “Bob” Meyer serves as Chief Executive Officer for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, recognized as a leading children’s hospital for its high volume and quality care. Meyer joined Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2003. During a tenure as interim CEO, Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of the hospital’s finances and operations, and in the permanent role he has been heralded for his strong operational and financial management skills, ability to unify diverse constituencies, and his strategic focus to realize the vision and mission of the hospital and advance pediatric health care in Arizona.

Joe Gaudio

Joseph is the Chief Operating Officer of UnitedHealthcare Plan of Arizona, the Medicaid division of UnitedHealthcare within UnitedHealth Group. Prior to this role, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Central Region of UnitedHealthcare Community & State. Joseph has a long history with UnitedHealthcare, having joined the company in 1999 as the Chief Financial Officer in Arizona. He also served as Vice President of Affordability for the South Region and as Chief Financial Officer for the West Region/Public Sector. He has over 20 years of diverse experience in senior leadership positions, with strong expertise in strategic financial management, reporting, budgeting, acquisition due diligence, capital financing, cash management, receivables management and healthcare benefit consulting.

Becky Holton

Becky Holton serves as the Director of Development for the AHIMA Foundation and is responsible for the international fundraising and marketing/communications program. She helped author and launch a statewide kinship navigator program for informal family caregivers of foster care children.  In addition, Holton helped fund and engage community organizations in strategic partnership discussions, resulting in the three programmatic acquisitions and mergers.  Over the course of her career, Holton has championed more than $30 million in the fundraised dollars and managed more than $25 million in Federal/State contracts.

Steve Purves

Steve Purves became President & Chief Executive Officer of MIHS in September 2013. MIHS is Arizona’s only public healthcare system and Maricopa County’s largest training center of physicians and other healthcare professionals. MIHS includes the Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, the Arizona Children’s Center, a Level I Trauma Center, two behavioral health centers and a network of 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers that serve the entire county. Purves works with the publicly elected five-member Board of Directors who represent the Maricopa County Special Health Care District, to plan, direct and manage the current operations, future growth and program development for MIHS.

Garry Pezzano

Garry Pezzano has served as Vice President of Clinical Practice for Genesis Rehab Services since 1997, and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2011. Under his leadership, the Clinical Practice department has taken a significant role in supporting the company’s operations and driving the way clinical care is delivered. As a licensed speech-language pathologist, Garry brings more than 25 years of clinical and management experience to Genesis. He has held a number of leadership positions with national rehabilitation providers, always maintaining a clear clinical focus.

 

Jane Shovlin

A BSN graduate of Hahnemann University MCP, Jane worked in acute care in Pennsylvania for 20 years.  In 1997, she transitioned to teaching a Career and Technical Education program in Pennsylvania and then in Plano, Texas.   After moving to Arizona, in 2005, she was hired through a HRSA grant at the Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association to develop HOSA in Arizona. She served on the HOSA, Inc. Board of Directors for two terms (6 years) and for three years as a member of the Executive Committee as Chair-Elect, Chair and Immediate Past Chair; serves as a mentor for new HOSA State Advisors; Jane was honored by the national organization with a HOSA Honorary Lifetime Membership. In the Arizona Department of Education, Jane is a CTE Grant Specialist working with local school districts in administering grants to operate CTE programs

Hospitality

Kim Sabow

Kim joined the AzLTA team in November, 2015. She previously served as Director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, as well as the Governor’s Director of International Affairs and Strategic Initiatives. Prior to joining the Ducey administration, she served as Assistant VP of State Relations for the University of Arizona and has also served under three previous gubernatorial administrations. Kim earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Arts and double minors in Communications and Spanish from the University of Arizona. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Scott Chapman

Scott Chapman, Vice President of Research and Development is responsible for building and sustaining a center of excellence to support the learning and development needs of AHLA’s clients and partners. He guides a team that provides advanced expertise to help develop and implement key learning and development solutions. Scott brings more than 20 years of hotel industry experience to his position.He also currently an adjunct professor in the Rosen School of Hospitality at the University of Central Florida.

Steve Chucri

For the past 15 years, Steve has served as the President and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association (ARA). In 2012, Steve was elected to serve as Maricopa County Supervisor for District 2 and has been proudly serving his constituents since he took office in January 2013. Steve works with his County colleagues to eliminate excess regulations and create an environment that invites innovation and sustains entrepreneurial growth with a Best in Class mindset. Steve remains focused on adopting policies that enhance the business cache of the County, eliminating unnecessary burdens, and implementing strategies that make it more affordable and attractive to operate a business in Maricopa County.

Wanda Costen

Wanda M. Costen earned her Ph. D. in sociology from Washington State University.  She also has an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University and her undergraduate degree is from the United States Military Academy at West Point.  She is currently the Executive Director of the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University.  Dr. Costen’s research interests include racial and gender inequality in organizations, women and leadership, strategic human resources, and educational technology.  Dr. Costen also has 10 years of business experience in sales, operations, and human resources.  She has consulted with Wynn Las Vegas, the Lower Colorado Region of the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Visage Group of Knoxville, TN.

Steve Kramer

Steve joined the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) in July 2013, charged with leading communications and strategic partnerships to advance the Foundation’s programming. Steve previously served for 10 years as senior vice president with Home Builders Institute (HBI), a national leader for career training in the residential construction sector. Steve developed HBI’s industry training and certification programs utilized by secondary and post-secondary institutions nationwide. He also served in leadership positions for 15 years at international public relations/public affairs consultancies including Burson-Marsteller, Ketchum, Weber Shandwick and Hill+Knowlton Strategies in New York, Atlanta and Washington, DC, representing corporate and industry interests.

Information Technology

Scott Fast

Scott serves as Innovate+Educate’s National and State Strategist, focusing on the development of the Skills to Jobs model and the implementation of the model in multiple locations across multiple industries.  He leads the identification of critical local demand needs, quantification of the case for change, definition of job competencies by employers, identification of career pathways and skill up options for talent, connection of employers and talent, and tracking/reporting of impact and Return on Investment outcomes.  Prior to his current role, Scott was the Executive Director of the Accenture Foundation.

Renee Levin

Renee joined Intel Corporation in 1995 and serves as the Education and Community Affairs Manager in Chandler, AZ. Her responsibilities include managing Intel’s grants and strategic relationships as well as K-20 education and neighbor relations for Arizona.

Joeselito Lualhati

Dr. Joe Lualhati co-founded GSX and serves as the organization’s Executive Vice-President for Design and lead psychometrician. He oversees the design, development, validation and implementation of both educational and psychological measurement tools and protocols in support of Human Capital and Educational System/Program development projects and initiatives for a variety of clients such as the Department of Defense and secondary and postsecondary educational institutions.

Alan Rowland

Alan Rowland is the Business Development Director for the CompTIA Academy program that serves the academic and not for profit communities.  He works directly with schools and teachers to assist them with utilizing CompTIA member benefits and services and building successful education and certification programs. Alan joined CompTIA in 2003 after a 17 year career at Ivy Tech State College in Indianapolis.  At Ivy Tech he served as a computer technology instructor for 13 years, primarily teaching certification curriculum from Cisco, Novell and Microsoft.  He was also the director of the Ivy Tech Workforce Certification program for over 3 years.

Retail

Sybil Francis

Sybil Francis is the Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Arizona which is helping define and shape Arizona’s future through an action-oriented agenda that focuses on issues critical to the state. More than a think tank, CFA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “do tank” that combines research with collaborative partnerships and initiatives that serve the common good and drive the state’s economic prosperity, quality of life and civic health. Dr. Francis is part of CFA’s founding team and focuses on CFA’s education and workforce initiatives.

Danielle Goonan

Danielle Goonan is a Senior Manager II on the Opportunity team at the Walmart Foundation where she is responsible for investments in retail training worldwide. Most recently, Danielle was an appointee of the Obama Administration where she led strategic partnerships for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.  Previously, Danielle led the Clinton Global Initiative’s domestic education and skills development team with responsibilities that included managing the CGI U.S. Youth Employment Action Network in partnership with the Office of Secretary Clinton’s JobOne program, overseeing the strategy of CGI America’s education and skills Working Groups, and leading the growth of the workforce development portfolio of Commitments to Action. Prior to this position, Danielle worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in Member and Corporate Relations.

Scott Hessell

Scott Hessell is director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, a division of the University of Arizona’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. He is also a PetSmart professor of practice. ver the past twenty years, Hessell has undertaken both operational and consulting roles in a variety of inter-related industries.  Since 2004, Hessell has been the managing partner of Hessell Ventures.  In this role, he has been a founding member of five startup companies as well as working in a consultative capacity with a variety of companies in the consumer products, pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology industries.

Jennifer Kaufman Fourness

Jennifer Kaufman Fourness, Associate Director of Workforce Development, Maricopa Community Colleges has more than 15 years of experience in higher education and workforce development. In her role, Jennifer works closely with regional high school partners and business leaders to streamline programs that lead to college and career.

Ake Satia

Aké Satia is the leader of University Recruiting for Starbucks Coffee Company. In this capacity, she is responsible for growing the footprint and evolving the program to meet the early in career talent needs and strategic initiatives of the company. Prior to being at Starbucks, Aké was at Microsoft for almost 10 years where she held a variety of positions including strategic roles in University Recruiting as well as Human Resources Manager roles in the  Public Sector Services and IT organizations. In  addition, she served as the Project Manager for the design and implementation of a new performance review framework for the Microsoft Sales, Marketing, and Services group, a global organization with over 50,000 employees.

Transportation

Mike Romano

Mike Romano is the campus president for Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Avondale, Ariz. campus, (NYSE: UTI), the nation’s leading provider of training for auto, motorcycle, diesel, marine and collision repair technicians. Prior to joining UTI, Romano was product manager for The Ridge Tool Company RIDGID, and held various positions in engineering, sales and marketing for companies including US Cycle, Mr. Coffee, Kirby (a Scott Fetzer company) and various entrepreneurial ventures in the motorcycle industry. Romano received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the Fenn College of Engineering at Cleveland State University and his MBA from Baldwin Wallace College. He is also a graduate of the Harley-Davidson program from Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, Ariz.

Walt Langley

Walt Langley is Vice President of Industry Alliance at the Universal Technical Institute, headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. He develops partnerships in the automotive industry to create effective solutions for their training needs. Before joining UTI, Walt was an executive at Volvo. He received an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA from Northwood University.

Rick Lester

Mr Lester is a  thirty-six year veteran of the automotive service industry, the last thirty years with the leading automotive manufacturer in the world, Toyota.  He began his career as a Service Technician before joining Toyota where he has held numerous service support positions.  Mr Lester is currently the leader of Toyota’s career entry programs supporting 1500 new car dealerships nationwide.  He also is responsible for representing Toyota with a wide variety of workforce and career and technical education associations.  He is currently serving as a Trustee for the National  Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

Deborah Owens

Deborah Owens, MBA, CPLP, is Vice President of Human Resources at Swift Transportation. Prior to that, she was a Senior Coordinator in Leadership Development at Arizona State University. She has an MBA and a BA from Northern Arizona University.

Kimberlee Carlile

Kimberlee Carlile is a Marketing and Communications Specialist at the Governors Office of Economic Development (GOED). She is responsible for the marketing of workforce pathways programs and oversees the marketing of other programs within GOED. Prior to her position, she worked as a college recruiter at Utah Valley University where she presented and met with high school students across Utah. Kimberlee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Utah Valley University.

Duane Davis

After spending 10 years building the solid rocket boosters used in NASA’s Space Shuttle program Duane was asked to take a “temporary” training position in the company.  20 years later this “temporary” job is still going. Duane now coordinates the technical training for the Aerospace Structures Division of the Orbital ATK.  This division builds many of the composite structures for the AirBus A350, Boeing 787, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  While Duane now spends the majority of his time teaching classes his current position still allows him time to work with the manufacturing people who, in his opinion, are the heart of the company.

Wednesday, May 4

Plenary Panel

How Cities are Addressing the Pathways Challenge

Scott Smith

Scott Smith, a private sector CEO, accountant and attorney, was elected as Mayor of the City of Mesa in 2008. He used his business experience to reorganize the city and reduce the city’s budget by nearly 20 percent. Smith spearheaded efforts to attract new and small businesses to the area, create economic activity with spring training facility investments and a thriving East Valley airport and leverage grassroots, community support for parks and other city enhancements. Additionally, he was successful in recruiting five liberal arts colleges to Mesa, complementing the recent light rail expansion into the downtown area. Smith left office in spring 2014 to run for state elected office. Most recently, Smith served as a Resident Fellow in the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Sarah Roberts

Sarah Roberts has worked for more than 20 years in private, public and community education. An advocate for equity and access, Sarah was recognized by the Utah Chapter of the National Association of Multicultural Education as the Diversity Educator of the Year. She taught English as a Second Language and has worked with youth in custody, youth in care, and other historically underrepresented and vulnerable populations. Sarah has been honored to work in the Ogden School District as a teacher, grant writer, principal, and now, Executive Director, to implement college and career readiness, MESA, Title VII and other programs with the goal of closing opportunity gaps and ending intergenerational poverty. Currently her focus is on developing systems of support to close the school to prison pipeline. Sarah is a member of the Ogden United Promise Neighborhood committee, providing expertise on the early childhood subcommittee.

Paul Koehler

Paul Koehler is the Director of the Policy Center at WestEd, the West Comprehensive Center,  and a respected voice among the state, both regional and national levels, members of the U.S. Congress and other policy leaders including leading  the Arizona Mayor’s Education Roundtable. Following his years as an Associate Superintendant of the Arizona Department of Education, a District Superintendent, as well as, a classroom teacher for 10 years,  he proudly served as an advisor to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. Koehler received a BS in business management from C.W. Post College, an MS in elementary education from Brooklyn College, and a PhD in elementary education and curriculum development from Arizona State University.

Neil Giuliano

Currently President & CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Neil Giuliano previously served as mayor of Tempe, AZ from 1994-2004 and as CEO of large national advocacy and non-profit organizations. He is the author of “The Campaign Within: A Mayor’s Private Journey to Public Leadership”.

Breakout Session C

Entrepreneurship: The Formula for Developing High-Potential youth

Erika Feinburg

Erika Feinberg is Entrepreneur in Residence for Arizona State University; helping students develop their ideation, business planning and decision making skills, and is also Chief Marketing and Chief Operations Officer of a business accelerator that serves large, established organizations, and is a Public Speaker.  After graduating from Boston University, over the past 25 years, Erika has been an investor and CEO of 3 businesses in which she ran like living MBA’s. She drove each of the businesses, at very fast rates of speed, into being national market leaders; in the technology sector, multi-channel merchant sector, and the healthcare sector.

Patrick Armstrong

Patrick Armstrong is a Partner of Canal Partners, and is responsible for investment decision making, and providing additional support for internal operations and portfolio companies. Mr. Armstrong was Vice President and Co-Founder of JDA Investments (US), Inc., which was formed in 2008 to manage his family’s partnership. Prior to his role at JDA Investments, he founded and operated Armstrong IT Services; focused on IT infrastructure solutions for health-care, digital media, accounting and education organizations. Mr. Armstrong earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Additionally, he received a certificate from the Venture Capital Executive Program at the University of California at Berkeley.

Vivek Kopparthi

Vivek Kopparthi is a Co-founder of NeoLight, LLC and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Neolight is a student-founded venture that has won multiple awards and grants.  Under Vivek’s leadership NeoLight has developed the world’s fastest and the most powerful treatment for Jaundice in newborn infants. Mr. Kopparthi is an Electronics Engineer, and has a Master of Science and Management from Arizona State University.  Vivek has a background in diverse fields like auditing, electronics, telecommunications, and quality.

Charlie Lewis

Charlie Lewis is currently the Vice President of Venture Development for Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the technology transfer arm for Arizona State University. For the past twelve years, he has managed the creation and growth of more than 80 new ASU spin-out companies  of which 8 companies have been acquired, merged or became publicly traded. Charlie has 25 years of entrepreneurial and private equity experience.  Prior to joining AzTE, he served as general partner for two Arizona venture capital funds, Arris Ventures and Paradise ’94

Cutting-Edge CTE

Jan Bray

Janet Bray is the Chief Strategist and founder of Bray Strategies and brings a unique perspective and vision to best practices for connecting education and industry for a relevant, skilled workforce.  For more than eleven years, Janet served as the Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education, a not-for-profit association representing over 30,000 professionals across the United States.  As Executive Director, Janet managed the staff and oversaw the development of program services for the members of the association and the CTE profession.  She provided leadership on a broad spectrum of education and workforce issues and directed the strategic public policy and public awareness efforts of the association.

Sherry Adrian

Sherry Adrian is the Information Technology Services Director at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  She joined the Oklahoma CareerTech system in 1996 and has twenty years of experience in teaching, program development, instructional support, and administration. Sherry holds a BBA in Management, an MBA in Management Information Systems, and an MEd in Educational Administration.

Noel Crum

Noel Crum is the CTE Director and Innovation Coordinator for Johnson County Schools in Kentucky. During his 21-year career, he has served as a teacher, curriculum director, CTE principal, and high school principal before becoming a district level administrator. His work with designing new career pathways led to the creation f the JOhnson Central Career and Technical Center which currently serves approximately 900 students today and offers 27 different career majors.

Jon Quatman

Jon Quatman is Vice President at Great Oaks, the career-technical school district serving 60,000 youth and adults at four campuses in southwestern Ohio.After earning his BA at Thomas More College and his Masters from Xavier University, he held administrative positions in a large Cincinnati suburb, Forest Hills. When Jon came to Great Oaks in 1996 as Director of the largest Great Oaks campus, he was immediately charged with restructuring the school into professional academies.  After successfully completing this challenge, and serving six years as a Dean/Director for two campuses he was promoted to the vice presidency position in which he has served fifteen years.

Skillful: A Skills-Based Labor Market that Provides More Opportunity for Colorado and Phoenix

Steve Krafft

Steve Krafft joined the FOX 10 News reporting team in February of 1985. He arrived in Phoenix from WMAQ-TV in Chicago, where he worked as a researcher. A native of Evanston, Illinois, Krafft began his broadcasting career while a freshman at Brown University. He worked at the school’s radio station, WBRU-FM, until graduation. In 1977, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree. Krafft continued his education and attained a law degree from Boston College in 1981. He spent the next two years as an attorney for a Chicago law firm. Steve went on to pursue his broadcasting career at WFYR-FM in Chicago as a talk show host.

Wan-Lae Cheng

As Senior Director at Markle, Wan-Lae leads the Foundation’s Skillful initiative, a new skills-based labor market platform built in partnership with LinkedIn, ASU, edX, the state of Colorado and the city of Phoenix. She also led work with national educational organizations and State Education Departments on topics related to Common Core assessments and implementation. Wan-Lae holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs, and an MBA from the Columbia Business School.

Alison Dorsey

Alison Dorsey leads LinkedIn’s workforce development partnerships in Colorado and Phoenix through Skillful and LinkedIn’s joint efforts in those regions.  As part of the Economic Graph vision of the company, Alison works to bring together employers, educators, government agencies and job seekers to better connect local communities and advance their economic opportunity. Prior to joining these public policy efforts, she focused on products and programs for veteran job seekers and nonprofits in the “LinkedIn for Good” team.

Michael Meaney

Mike Meaney is a Project Manager and former University Innovation Fellow in the Office of University Initiatives at Arizona State University. He manages a portfolio of strategic projects and partnerships focused on the intersection of education and workforce innovation, including overseeing ASU’s contribution to the Markle Foundation’s “Skillful” initiative, which aims to build a virtual workforce development hub in order to help more Americans succeed in the networked economy. Mike earned a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from ASU. He is a 2012 graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

Russ Yelton

Russ Yelton is CEO of Pinnacle Transplant Technologies a rapidly expanding tissue bank and medical device company located in Phoenix. Russ also serves as Chairman of the Arizona Bioindustry Association, Chair of the Flinn Foundation Bioscience Entrepreneurship Program Review Committee, as a member of the Flinn BioScience Roadmap Steering Committee, Board Member New College Dean’s Advisory Board, ASU and as a Board Member at the National Business Incubation Association.  Russ was the former President/CEO of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, founding President of the Arizona Business Incubation Association and founding member of the Mountain South Incubation Alliance.

Exemplary Business-Education Partnerships

Wanda Monthey

Wanda Monthey is a consultant. Previously, she was the Senior Director, Career Readiness at the College Board, providing leadership and counsel in promoting college and career readiness for all students, especially those in career and technical education programs. Prior to that, she was Team Leader and Policy Director at the Maine Department of Education and was responsible for policy development and implementation at state level and supported local districts in the implementation of state and national policies, including grant development, drafting legislation and providing legislative testimony, fiscal management of state and federal programs, and data analysis and reporting

Blair Carruth

Dr. Blair K. Carruth currently serves as Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs with the Utah System of Higher Education.  Since 1982, Blair has devoted most of his career to higher education performing a variety of professional assignments in administrative and teaching capacities.  In conjunction with his work in education, he has performed a number of consulting and training assignments for private industry, has served on several local and national boards, and has presented at a number of regional and national conferences.

Melisa Stark

Melisa Stark has been with the Utah Department of Workforce Services for 20 years. She is currently the Program Manager for the Employer Initiatives Division and manages the Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership program and grants. She is a member of the Career and Technical Education Advisory Board for Salt Lake Community College and has previously served on the Utah Registered Apprenticeship Steering Committee and various other Program Advisory Boards. Melisa has also been the recipient of the Carl Perkins Humanitarian Award from the Utah Association of Career and Technical Education and the Utah Work-based Learning Association, and received Letters of Recognition from both Governor Jon Huntsman and Governor Gary Herbert for coordination and involvement in Career Day Events for students.

Shauna Goodman

Shauna Goodman serves as the Director of Employer Engagement for San Antonio Works in San Antonio, Texas. After 20 years in the Advertising and Marketing industry, Shauna found her calling helping students and industry create a workforce pipeline!  Shauna has been married for 16 years and has 3 amazing children.

Ravae Schaeffer
Sarah Sebaly

Sarah Sebaly is a Senior Program Manager at the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN), responsible for managing efforts related to the portfolio of youth and career pathway development including the MI Bright Future program. Sarah works to create a highly collaborative environment with all stakeholders of the talent pipeline to include: K-12 education partners, community colleges, universities, workforce development, and employers. Sarah attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, for both her bachelor’s in Psychology and her master’s in Social Work.

Karin Smith

After twelve years as a school counselor at an urban high school, Smith created Community Career Connections, Inc.  Her mission is to create programs that build a bridge between schools, the community and the workplace such as Lead to Succeed (Lead-to-Succeed.com), My Life! My Plan! (mylifemyplanwi.com) and Inspire Southeast Wisconsin (inspiresoutheastwisconsin.com).   Currently she serves on the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment – Partnership Development and Resource Alignment Subcommittee as well as on the MKE Fellows Advisory Board and the Career Committee for Food and Beverage Wisconsin. She has volunteered on committees for the Water Council, FUEL Milwaukee, United Performing Arts Fund, and Milwaukee Public Theater.  She is proud to call the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee her alma mater

Preparing Effective Pathways Teachers: Addressing the CTE Teacher Shortage

Dick Foreman

Dick Foreman brings 37 years of public policy experience and a passion for public education to his role as President and CEO of the Arizona Business & Education Coalition. Prior to ABEC, Dick was the Director of Corporate Public Affairs at Southwest Gas Corporation where he was responsible for state and federal legislative affairs, special corporate and regulatory initiatives, franchise negotiations, state and municipal relations, and consumer and community affairs.  Prior to Southwest Gas, he led the state legislative affairs for Salt River Project and also served as a research analyst for the Arizona House of Representatives, where he began his career in public policy.

Aaron Ball

Aaron Ball started his career as an Agriscience High School Teacher.  After five years of teaching he moved to school administration and spent two years as a high school assistant principal and two years as an elementary principal. Ball was the Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer for nearly seven years with the Pima County Joint Technical Education District.  In that role, he worked to build partnerships with business, K-12, postsecondary institutions and community based organizations. He currently leads the Arizona Pathways to Prosperity Initiative with goal of building 9-14+ early college career pathways in partnership with business and education.

Curt Bertelsen

Curt Bertelsen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Arizona. He is currently the Director of Professional Development for the Pima County Joint Technical Education District Tucson, Arizona. He has worked with Dr. John Mulcahy and Mary Anne Berens to develop the “Premier Program Series”, a comprehensive series of courses for high school CTE teachers to become outstanding educators while meeting the certification requirements of the state. He is married and has three grown children.

Doug Coleman

Doug Coleman is a member of the Arizona House of Representatives. He serves on the education, higher education and workforce and government committees. Doug currently teaches Constitutional Law at Apache Junction High School, where he has taught for 31 years. He has also taught Business, Accounting, Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship. He serves as a faculty advisor to the high school’s branch of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) organization.He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Office, and Distributive Education from Arizona State University in 1981 and a Master’s degree in Vocational Education from Northern Arizona University in 1989. Doug has also served as the Mayor of Apache Junction.

Julian Easter

Julian Easter is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Curriculum & Academic Services, Pima Community College. Previously, he was Dean of Health Careers & Sciences at Central Arizona College and was the Director of Education and Kaplan College in Milwaukee and Dean of Health Sciences at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, Wis. Julian received his bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Notre Dame, and has a master’s degree in Community College Education from Pittsburg State University. He is completing coursework at Northern Arizona University for a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership for Community Colleges.

Providing High-Quality Career Development: the Role of Counselors and Technology

Kay Schreiber

Kay Schreiber works for the Arizona Department of Education in the capacity of College and Career Ready contact, Arizona School Counselors Coordinator, and the Director of the online AzCIS planning resource. She works with Arizona educators to prepare Arizona students for college to careers and the implementation of the student (ECAP) Education Career Planning process. Kay’s work supports educators so that all students can be successful in their educational journey.

Todd Bloom

Todd Bloom, Ph.D. is Chief Academic Officer at the Jefferson Education Accelerator (JEA) and Associate Research Professor at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.  Todd leads JEA’s education investments and research services.  He also advises UVA’s Licensure and Ventures Group on commercialization opportunities for Curry School of Education projects. Todd earned his Ph.D. in education leadership and policy studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Tiffany Chow

Tiffany Chow is the Director of New Partnerships at Roadtrip Nation. She works with new and existing partners to brainstorm collaboration opportunities, ultimately growing the impact of Roadtrip Nation to more and more people. Before coming to Roadtrip Nation, Tiffany worked as a Project Manager for a space policy foundation in Washington, DC. She holds a Master’s in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Bachelor’s in Political Science and European Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Colin Mathews

Colin Mathews is founder and president of Merit, whose software allows institutions to “connect the dots” between high school, college and career in real time. Since launching in 2013, more than 250 colleges and universities have signed onto Merit to share the outcomes of every one of their students with a network of millions of engaged stakeholders. Before founding Merit, Colin held senior roles at two Boston-based technology companies and began his career as an early employee of Morningstar.

Katherine Pastor

Katherine Pastor began serving as the Flagstaff High School (FHS) Counseling Department Chair in the 2008-2009 school year and has been an Arizona School Counselors Association(AzSCA) board member since 2007.  She was recognized as the 2010 Arizona School Counselor of the Year. Her roles with AzSCA have included the vice president for Secondary Counselors in 2008-2011 and the conference director since 2012. Before coming to FHS, Katherine worked at Northern Arizona University as a Financial Aid Counselor and Coordinator of Student Employment, and in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Athletic Department.

Lillian Tsosie-Jensen

Lillian Tsosie-Jensen has served on the Utah State Education Task Force of Native American/Alaska Native Education, the Governor’s Native American Summit, and the Governor’s Task for Women in Education. Lillian’s past experience and service included Board Member of Coalition of Minority Advisory Committee for Utah State Office of Education, Board of Directors, Indian Walk-In Center; Board of Directors, Utah Mental Health Counseling Association; Board of Directors, Utah School Counseling Association; Board of Directors and past President, Utah Education Association Children At-Risk Foundation; Lillian has been honored by Murray Education Foundation with the Pinnacle Award and Utah Technology Council with Educator of the Year. Lillian currently is the School Counseling, Equity, Prevention Coordinator at Utah State Office of Education.

Tribal Alignments for Career Pathways

Marcelino C. Flores

Marcelino Flores is a council member of the Qascua Yaqui Tribe. He also manage and supervises the day-to-day operations, staff, and projects within the Community Development Department, which serves the reservation and seven satellite communities throughout Arizona. Additionally, he serves as a liaison to local and regional planning and development authorities, departments, and organizations. Marcelino has degrees from the University of Ariona and University of Oklahoma.

Cheryl Bakari
Lana Chanda

Ms. Chanda currently serves as vice chair of the Nineteen Tribal Nations Workforce Development Board (NTNWDB) and chairs the Arizona Tribal WIOA Directors. She has 35 years of experience in the field of workforce, training, and development. She began as a CSE participant and then became a youth counselor for five years at the United Way in Pennsylvania. She holds a BA in psychology and a MA in student personnel.

Marissa Duarte

Marisa Duarte is an assistant professor with the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on Native and Indigenous uses of digital technologies towards endurance and resistance. She began her academic trajectory with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, and went on to become a librarian, obtaining an MLIS and working in public and academic libraries. In 2013, she completed a PhD in Information Science from the University of Washington, Seattle, and subsequently completed a postdoctorate in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her new book Network Sovereignty: Building the Internet Across Indian Country, is forthcoming through the University of Washington Press.

Greg Madril
Jacob C. Moore

Jacob Moore is the Assistant Vice President of Tribal Relations for ASU. He is responsible for enhancing and developing collaborative relationships and partnerships between Arizona State University and tribal nations and communities. Mr. Moore recently completed eight years as a member of the Arizona State Board of Education and is currently on the board of directors for the Arizona Community Foundation, the ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy, WestEd, the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC) and the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise. Jacob previously served as an Economic Development Analyst and Special Assistant on Congressional and Legislative for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and as the managing partner of Generation Seven Strategic Partners, LLC. Jacob is an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and resides with his wife and granddaughter in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Closing Plenary Sessions

Moving to Scale: The Role of Partnerships and Collaboration

Ron Painter

Mr. Painter assumed his role at National Association of Workforce Boards in July of 2009.  In his capacity as CEO of NAWB, Painter has traveled the country meeting with State and Local workforce leaders in an effort to identify cutting-edge practices and programs and understand how best to spread innovative trends in human capital development throughout the nation-wide job training system. Painter was the founding CEO of the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board in Pittsburgh, where under his leadership the organization focused on producing labor market research, working with public educators on improved student career information, supporting community leaders in the development of regional benchmarks, and establishing the Regional Workforce Collaborative with a membership of community colleges, WIBs, employers, labor, and economic development professionals.

Jamai Blivin

Jamai Blivin is the founder and CEO of Innovate+Educate, an organization she founded after returning to the Southwest in 2008. The organization was launched to place industry as a key driver in promoting and implementing systemic change in education and workforce. Since that time, Innovate+Educate has become a leading voice for education to employment strategies with a focus on new employment pathways in high demand fields. Jamai holds a BSBA and MBA in Finance from the University of Arkansas. She and her husband share their lives with seven children (five currently in college on their own education to employment journeys) and two still at home (ages 16 and 11). They reside in Santa Fe, NM.

Laurie Larrea

Laurie Larrea is the President of the Dallas County Workforce Development Board – Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas. Laurie has served the Board as the chief executive since 1996, and served as Executive Director of the preceding organization, the Private Industry Council of Dallas, Inc. beginning in 1989. Ms. Larrea has served three dynamic boards in Texas including Director of Programs for the Houston Job Training Partnership Council and Director of the Southeast Texas Employment and Training Program/PIC in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area. As a private employment and training consultant, Laurie’s work included conference planning; procurement, negotiation and contract training; and planning for various councils and contractors – the Texas Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Labor. An alumnus of Lamar University in Beaumont, Laurie earned a B.S. in Psychology with emphasis in Industrial Psychology.

F. Ann Millner

Dr F. Ann Millner serves as the State Senator for District 18. She is Chair of the Education Standing Committee and serves on the Economic Development & Workforce Services Committee as well as the Higher Education and the Business, Economic Development & Workforce Services Appropriations Committees. She is a Regents Professor of Health Administration and Former President at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Dr. Millner currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Intermountain Healthcare, the Board of Directors for Merit Medical and the Advisory Board for Zion’s Bank.

Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer, Deputy Director, Postsecondary Success leads the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s efforts in online and blended learning solutions, digital courseware, student coaching and advising, competency-based learning, credit transfer, financial aid and employer pathways.Jason holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and has also served on the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation Board since 2005.

Patricia Wallace

Patricia Wallace is currently the Director of Workforce Development for Maricopa County, the 4th largest County in the nation. Ms. Wallace has over 18 years of experience in education, government and economic development. This background has enabled her to lead transformative changes in today’s workforce industry. She avidly practices evidence based process improvement, intentional professional development and strategic fiscal planning. Ms. Wallace earned her undergraduate degree in Family Development and Social Sciences from Purdue University as well as her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She resides in the Phoenix, AZ suburbs with her husband and three children.

Keynote Remarks on Opportunity and Equity

Governor Stephen Roe Lewis

Governor Stephen Roe Lewis was raised in Sacaton, “Gu-u-Ki”, on the Gila River Indian Community. Governor Lewis graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science and pursued graduate studies at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Governor Lewis was selected to serve as a Board member for the National Indian Education Association (NIEA), and Delegate to the White House Conference on Indian Education. He has served the Community as a Gaming Commissioner for the Gila River Gaming Commission, as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Gila River Healthcare Corporation. Currently Governor Lewis serves on the Board of Directors for the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), the Executive Board for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and the Board of Trustee for the Heard Museum of Phoenix.

Deon Clark

Mr. Deon Clark is the owner and CEO of TCI Solutions, LLC. He is also Chairman of the Board for The Legacy Initiative, a nonprofit organization whose student development programs have assisted over 5,000 students across 5 states with personal and academic excellence. Deon served over 8 years in the United States Navy training military members in Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Power Operations. After his service, he went on to obtain his Senior Nuclear Reactor Operator Instructor Certification, and trained hundreds of professionals in commercial nuclear power operations. Deon went on to teach in higher education and served as a residential professor and Program Director of the Energy Institute at Estrella Mountain Community College.