Speaker Biographies


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Welcoming Remarks

William Symonds: William 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.

Keynote Session

Doug Ducey: Governor Doug Ducey was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, becoming Arizona’s 23rd Governor. As governor, Ducey’s priorities are growing the economy, creating jobs, improving outcomes in K-12 education and balancing the budget. A champion of limited government, economic development and Arizona businesses and families, Governor Ducey has pledged to work every day to ensure “Opportunity for All.” Prior to taking his oath as governor, Ducey served as Arizona’s 32nd state treasurer, 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. Before his career in public service, Ducey was chief executive officer of Cold Stone Creamery, which he expanded from a handful of locations to more than 1,400 worldwide under Ducey’s management.

Jamie Casap: Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. Jaime works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities. In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Science Foundation, New Global Citizens, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education and access. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes and guest lectures.

Gayatri Agnew: Gayatri serves as the Director of Career Opportunity for the Walmart Foundation. She manages the strategy and grant making for the opportunity portfolio including Walmart Foundation’s investments in global workforce development and retail training, veteran’s programs and small business support. She is the former Director for the Wadhwani Foundation‘s US Office, where she helped lead an initiative to integrate new and innovative technology into the delivery of vocational education programs through US Community Colleges. She has also worked in the Office of the Adviser to the Prime Minister of India for National Skills Development while serving as a fellow with the American India Foundation. She has worked for the College Success Foundation, Seattle University, City Year Seattle, and as special assistant for boards and commissions for Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire.

Tracy Bame: Tracy Bame leads Freeport-McMoRan’s social responsibility and compliance programs in the Americas, including the company’s operating portfolio in the United States, Chile, and Peru. Bame sets strategic direction and provides oversight for the function, including stakeholder engagement, social investment, risk management, and other sustainable development initiatives. She is a member of the Environmental Services and Sustainable Development leadership team and serves as President of the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation, the company’s primary philanthropic arm. The foundation provides grants for programs that promote education, economic development, environment, and health and wellness, with the goal of facilitating local capacity and sustainable development in the company’s operating communities.

The Challenge Facing Young Adults in the Southwest

Thom Reilly: Thom Reilly is director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy and professor in the School of Public Affairs. Reilly joined ASU from San Diego State University where he was professor and director of the School of Social Work. Previously, Reilly served as the county manager/CEO for Clark County, Nevada providing both regional and municipal-type services. Reilly also has extensive experience in the private sector serving as managing principal of The Reilly Group, a management consulting firm and is former vice president of social responsibility at Caesars Entertainment, Inc. Reilly received his master’s and doctorate of public administration from the University of Southern California (USC). He earned his master of social work at ASU.

Ken Smith: Mr. Kenneth M. Smith serves as President and CEO of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc. (JAG), the nation’s largest, most consistently applied model of dropout prevention and school-to-career transition for at-risk and disadvantaged young people. In recognition of his knowledge of national employment and training issues, three Presidents have appointed Mr. Smith to national commissions. Mr. Smith is also Chairman and Chief Executive of Strategic Partnerships LLC, a leading domestic and international solutions practice that helps companies, universities, and major non-profit organizations solve education, workforce development, and communications issues.

Russell Krumnow: Russell Krumnow is the Managing Director of Opportunity Nation, a national, bipartisan, cross-sector campaign aimed at expanding economic opportunity and upward mobility for Americans regardless of the zip code of their birth. He guides the strategy for Opportunity Nation’s diverse mix of initiatives including coalition engagement, events, policy advocacy, and grassroots initiatives. He also leads the campaign’s work on the Opportunity Index, a tool used to drive positive change in communities and serve as an innovative frame for the opportunity movement in America. He has been interviewed by NPR, CNN Money, and the Washington Post. Prior to joining Opportunity Nation, Russell designed professional and leadership development programs with a consulting firm, worked with the non-profit Partnership for Public Service, planned and implemented student civic education programs with the National Young Leaders Conference and wrote curriculum for a voter education effort during the 2008 presidential campaign.

General Bill Lennox: LTG(R) Bill Lennox is President of Saint Leo University in Tampa, the third largest Catholic University by student count. Until recently Lennox chaired Lennox Strategies LLC, a small business consulting firm focusing on defense, energy, healthcare and IT. In 2012, he retired from his position as Senior Vice President, Washington, for Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 aerospace firm. General Lennox left active service in 2006 after a 35-year Army career. He retired as the 56th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy. His staff positions, among others, included tours as a White House Fellow and as the Army’s Chief of Legislative Liaison. General Lennox has received numerous awards, including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. He serves on the board of Universal Technical Institute and two private companies.

Paul Luna: Paul Luna is President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation. Mr. Luna is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organization, cultivating strong community relationships and initiating strategic partnerships in Arizona and Florida for the Foundation. He brings more than 25 years of public and private professional experience to his leadership role with the Foundation. Prior to his role at Helios, Mr. Luna served as President of Valley of the Sun United Way, where he led a community-wide fundraising effort approaching $50 million. In addition to his role at Helios, he currently serves as a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, the National College Access Network Board of Directors, America’s Promise Alliance Board of Directors, the Center for the Future of Arizona Board of Directors, and the Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors, and Mr. Luna is immediate past chair of the Expect More Arizona Board of Directors.

Jacob Moore: Jacob Moore is the Assistant Vice President of Tribal Relations for ASU. Heis 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.

Promising Pathways in Industries Driving Growth and Jobs in the Southwest

Chris Camacho: Chris Camacho is President & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, one of the longest standing public private partnerships for economic development across the country. He is a proven leader with over ten years in executive management roles and serves on the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Board of Directors. He has particular expertise in emerging technology, tax policy and international economic development. Prior to GPEC, Camacho served as president & CEO of the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation and as a research analyst at The Alliance, a regional economic development firm in Greater St. Louis.

Steven G. Zylstra: Steven G. Zylstra Sc.D. (Hon.) serves as president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council, a role he assumed in December of 2007. He is responsible for strategy, operations, all financial matters and accomplishment of policy development for the Council. Zylstra is a vocal spokesman for the value technology can provide in raising social and economic standards in Arizona. He has served in numerous technology leadership and advisory roles to the Governor and currently serves on several association, industry and community boards. In August 2013 he was named Chairman of the global organization Technology Councils of North America (TECNA).

Vicki Mora: Vicki has been the AGC – New Mexico CEO since 1996 and with the organization since 1976. She manages the chapter’s strategic direction and directs all association staff and initiatives. She also serves as executive liaison for the AGC Board of Directors, AGC N.M. Public Works Pension Plan Trust, AGC Self-Insured Workers’ Comp Program, AGC/UNM Endowment Committee, and AGC’s New Mexico Education Foundation, NMBEF. Vicki is a founding Board Member of the Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Leadership High School. ACE is not an updated vo-tech school. It represents a complete rethinking of the industry’s educational philosophy—a school for the future. She has received many awards for her performance as an exemplary CEO and Executive.

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. Previously, Meyer served as Vice President and National Director for Health Strategy Practice for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, based in Irvine, Calif. As a consultant, he was tapped by Phoenix Children’s to stabilize the organization and cast a vision for future growth following a challenging chapter in the hospital’s history. 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.

Mike Madsen: Mike Madsen was named president of Honeywell Aerospace Defense & Space business in October 2010. This $5.1 billion business serves OEM, aftermarket, military, government agency and commercial helicopter segments internationally. Previously Madsen was vice president of the Airlines Customer Business team within the Air Transport & Regional (AT&R) business. Madsen began his career at Honeywell more than 25 years ago as an engine performance engineer in the Systems Analysis and Performance group. After that, he held a series of positions of increasing leadership responsibility in program management within Honeywell Engines Systems and Accessories organization. Madsen led development activities on a wide range of products ranging from solar dynamic power systems to cryogenic valves launch vehicle actuation systems and aircraft pneumatic components.

Michael Montelongo: The Honorable Michael Montelongo, a former presidential appointee and Senate-confirmed official, is chief administrative officer and senior vice president, public policy and corporate affairs for Sodexo, Inc. He has led for-profit, public sector, and non-profit organizations and brings a unique and broad service industry skill set. A public policy expert, Mr. Montelongo is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, Mr. Montelongo was a Pentagon appointee in the Bush White House and the most senior-ranking Hispanic American in the Air Force, serving as both the CFO and the acting secretary. He has served as an executive with a global management consulting firm, an assistant professor at West Point, and is extremely active in civic leadership. Mr. Montelongo has received multiple military and civilian awards, including being twice listed in Hispanic Business Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics.

Creating More Effective Pathway Systems

Debbie Mills: Debbie Mills is a founding partner at The Divergent Group and the Director of the National Career Pathways Network. Mills has expertise in career pathways systems, curriculum development, staff development, linkages between secondary and postsecondary institutions, community engagement, and partnerships with business, industry and labor. She is also an experienced classroom teacher (secondary & postsecondary) and a former workforce development grant administrator at the postsecondary level. ” Mills’ awards include the American Association of Community College’s Dale Parnell Tech Prep Award and the U.S. Department of Education’s Excellence in Tech Prep Award.

Helge Jordan: Helge Jordan is the Honorary Consul of Germany for the state of Arizona. In his consular role Dr. Jordan focuses on serving the German community in AZ as well as fostering business and cultural relationships between Germany and Arizona. He is also an ex-officio member of the International Leadership Council at GPEC, and the Director of the Phoenix chapter of the American Council on Germany. Being himself a chemist by training, Dr. Jordan has a key interest in advancing sustainable business practices. Helge is a seasoned purchasing professional with an exceptional blend of consulting and managerial experience and broad international experience. He has a distinguished track record of achieving high-impact performance improvements for companies worldwide. Previously, he worked as Associate Partner at Theron Advisory Group, as VP of Purchasing at Henkel of America, Inc., and an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, Inc.

Jason A. Tyszko: Jason A. Tyszko is senior director of education and workforce policy and programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation where he advances policies and programs that preserve America’s competitiveness and enhance the career readiness of youth and adult learners. This includes launching the Talent Pipeline Management initiative, the Foundation’s signature workforce development strategy. Tyszko’s prior experience focused on coordinating interagency education, workforce, and economic development initiatives. In 2009, he served as a policy adviser to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. In addition, Tyszko was deputy chief of staff and senior policy adviser to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Kimberly A. Green: As the executive director for the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, Kimberly Green represents the interests of and seeks support for CTE in Congress, the Administration, and with a broad range of stakeholders. She has helped establish, implement and grow the national Career Cluster® Initiative, the Common Career Technical Core, the CTE: Learning that Works for America Campaign and the Career Readiness Partner Council. She is an accomplished speaker, having presented in all 50 states and is considered a nationally recognized expert in CTE.

Amy Loyd: Dr. Loyd is the executive director of the Pathways to Prosperity Network. In this role, Dr. Loyd supports states and regions in developing and scaling sustainable policies, infrastructure, and practices to build sustainable systems of career pathways aligned with regional labor markets. Prior to joining JFF, Dr. Loyd led a public-private partnership network of K-12 schools providing culturally responsive education and wraparound services to Alaska Native and American Indian students and their families. She has worked with the US Department of Education on policy and state capacity-building, and continues to serve as a consultant to ED. Dr. Loyd has also led the start-up of a prisoner reentry residential education and workforce development social enterprise.

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.

Breakout Session Round 1

High-Quality CTE // SYNERGY

John Mulcahy: John Mulcahy is the Administrator for Professional Development and Adult Education with West-MEC, the joint technical education district serving western Maricopa County in Arizona. Prior to joining West-MEC John was a long time teacher and administrator in the Peoria Unified School District in Peoria, Arizona. John holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

Sue Cleveland: Dr. Sue Cleveland has been Superintendent of the Rio Rancho Public School District since its creation in 1994. The district has been recognized for the quality of its instructional programs, facilities, and outstanding staff, as well as unique partnerships with the New Mexico business community. Dr. Cleveland is a Past President of New Mexico Superintendent’s Association and the New Mexico Activities Association and currently represents New Mexico on the American Association of School Administrators Governing Board. She serves on the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors and was one of the judges for the most recent New Mexico Quality Awards. She has served on many state educational committees and task forces. Recognitions include, among others: 20 Women to Watch in the New Millennium (Sage Magazine) in 2000 and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Woman in 2001. Dr. Cleveland is a former state superintendent of the year.

Kimberly A. Green: As the executive director for the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, Kimberly Green represents the interests of and seeks support for CTE in Congress, the Administration, and with a broad range of stakeholders. She has helped establish, implement and grow the national Career Cluster® Initiative, the Common Career Technical Core, the CTE: Learning that Works for America Campaign and the Career Readiness Partner Council. She is an accomplished speaker, having presented in all 50 states and is considered a nationally recognized expert in CTE.

Michael Raponi: Mike Raponi has worked in technical education for over twenty-seven years as a teacher and program administrator, including his current position as director for the Office of Career Readiness, Adult Learning and Education Options at the Nevada Department of Education. His primary focus for CTE programs in Nevada under this office has been the development of common state standards, common course names and sequences, end-of-program assessments, curriculum frameworks and programs of study for all of CTE. This work is to provide the infrastructure to support state-level priorities for economic and workforce development. Mike’s background includes time spent in the grocery and construction industries, and service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras.

Greg Donovan: Gregory J. Donovan serves as the Superintendent of Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) public school district #402, the Joint Technological Education District (JTED) currently serving twelve school districts primarily in Western Maricopa County. Donovan has served as Superintendent for thirteen years, the entire history of the JTED. Ten years prior to that position, he was with Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Future Workforce Development developing and implementing statewide Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and facilitating teacher development. He also worked at the Arizona Department of Education in the CTE division and was a teacher and program director in local school districts. Overall, Donovan has thirty-four years of educational experience, including eight years of service on the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board.

Ernesto Moreno: Ernesto Moreno is a senior at Desert View High School. As a child, he enjoyed playing with toy airplanes and intended to join the military upon his graduation. In a school district with a nearly 90% poverty level, he had the opportunity to take Mechanical Drafting and Precision Machining Career and Technical Education PCJTED Satellite classes. Instead of spending his senior year preparing to enter the military as he had planned, Ernesto is already working after school as an intern in the aerospace industry for Abrams. He has designed an airplane bolt now in production and use, forever bearing his name as designer. Ernesto currently holds both SolidWorks CSWA and CSWP certifications, as well as the NIMS Level I Materials, Measurement and Safety certification and he will be testing for the NIMS Level I Layout and CNC Operator certifications in the coming weeks. Ernesto has also inspired his academic teachers by bringing his skills in 3-D design into the classroom. In his Senior English class, he produced a video using SolidWorks software depicting a moving chessboard game with the various chess pieces representing the characters in Othello, which he was studying. His project was a transformational blend of technical skill and higher level literary analysis and represents career and technical education academic integration at its finest. Ernesto has earned substantial scholarships and plans a career in Aerospace Engineering, but only after he collects a series of awards and accolades this spring including the highest level AFJROTC medal, Cox Broadcasting Connect2STEM Student Techie award, and more.

Sapna Gupta: Sapna is a Senior Policy Analyst at Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Her research interests include education, economic development and demographics. She authored On the Rise – 21st Century Career and Technical Education Pathways, a report examining career and technical education’s potential to engage students and addressing the barriers that CTE faces in Arizona. Previously, Sapna was a consultant and researcher for civic organizations, nonprofits and universities. She has worked as an investment banker in public finance at J.P. Morgan, as an economist and consultant at the World Bank’s West Africa Infrastructure Division and for a policy and management consulting firm in Washington D.C.

Career Literacy // IMAGINATION

V. Scott Solberg: V. Scott Solberg, PhD is Associate Dean of Research at Boston University. Dr. Solberg is an active member in the Society for Vocational Psychology, a Section in Division 17 (Society for Counseling Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He is also a member of International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance, National Career Development Association and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Career Development Quarterly and an ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Vocational Behavior and Journal of Career Development. Dr. Solberg has published more than 40 professional articles, chapters, monographs and technical reports that focus on career development for youth including how to promote optimal youth development and college and career readiness through the use of individualized learning plans and resiliency-based curriculum. He has served in leadership roles with the Milwaukee Partnership Academy and Milwaukee Public Schools Small Schools reform movement and is author of Success Highways, a proven resiliency development curriculum for middle and high school students.

Robin Russel: Robin Russel is the Graduation Guidelines Manager at the Colorado Department of Education. In addition to working with school districts to align state graduation guidelines with local graduation requirements, Robin coordinated the reframing of ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) for a statewide Summit in December 2014 and in the online ICAP Implementation Toolkit. Before Robin joined CDE, in July 2014, she was a lead college advisor for the Denver Scholarship Foundation. She has also managed community partnerships and project-based learning programs, directed multi-million dollar endowment and capital campaigns, and taught French to middle and high school students.

Lillian Tsosie-Jensen: Lillian Tsosie-Jensen has a background in education that includes teaching art, photography, and math at a secondary level; teaching guidance curriculum at South Park Academy (Dept. of Corrections); and counselor education & clinical counseling practices at the University of Phoenix. Lillian is currently the Utah State Office of Education Comprehensive Counseling and Guidance Program Specialist. She has written several curricula for counselors, including group counseling and multicultural issues. Lillian serves 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. She has served on many boards and associations and has been honored by Murray Education Foundation with the Pinnacle Award and Utah Technology Council with Educator of the Year.

Tiffany Chow: Tiffany Chow is Partnership Strategist 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 an international 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).

Brian Walker: Brian is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Business and School of Law. He is an entrepreneur, multi-platform content producer, and business development professional. In addition to working at a variety of industry leading organizations, Brian is also known for his work as the Executive Producer of the hit web series ‘Black Actress’ and ‘Jabari Presents,’ and for his role as the co-founder of the international student filmmaker program, The Creative Mind Group. Currently in his role at Participant Media, Brian oversees business development and digital strategy for TEACH, the documentary and social action campaign to reframe and elevate the teaching profession and encourage the next generation to teach.

Mindy Willard: Mindy Willard is a Professional School Counselor in Glendale, Arizona. As an elementary school counselor she supports 700 students through classroom lessons, small groups and individual counseling focusing on the areas of academic, social/emotional and career development. She received her Master’s Degree from Ball State University in Indiana. Mrs. Willard is the current President of the Arizona School Counselors Association. In 2008 she was named Multi-Level School Counselor of the Year by AzSCA and in 2013 was named National School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor’s Association

Ellen Cushing: Ellen Cushing is a Senior Research and Policy Analyst at the American Institute for Research and serves as the Deputy Director for the College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center). Most recently, the CCRS Center, in partnership with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL) and RTI International, developed the Employability Skills professional learning training module designed to support state education agencies, local education agencies, and individual teachers in integrating employability skills into everyday day instruction. Ms. Cushing also serves as the Deputy Director for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation College Ready Integration Portfolio Evaluation which is a formative evaluation of state policies and practices related to integrating Common Core State Standards and teacher evaluation.

Promising Post-Secondary Pathway Initiatives // INGENUITY

Robert Lytle: Robert is a partner and co-head of Parthenon’s Education Practice. For more than 15 years, he has led client engagements on general strategy, performance improvement, and investment due diligence across a broad spectrum educational organizations. His clients include high-growth companies, publicly listed Global 100 companies, non-profit institutions, financial investors, and international governments. In addition, Robert has participated in numerous high-profile corporate turnarounds, mergers, divestitures, and privatizations in Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. Robert is a frequent speaker at leading global forums in the education sector. Prior to joining Parthenon, Robert was with Bain & Company and served as a U.S. Army aviator.

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan: Panch is the Senior Vice President for the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, the Director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing, and Foundation Chair in Computing and Informatics at ASU. Panch has published over 400 papers in refereed journals and conferences and has mentored over 100 graduate students, post-docs, research engineers and research scientists. He has been a chair and program committee member of numerous conferences. Panch was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and in 2014 President Obama appointed him to the US National Science Board.

Fenton Broadhead: Dr. Fenton L. Broadhead is the academic vice president at Brigham Young University–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. Dr. Broadhead has been involved in consulting, writing and training in human capital, leadership and management, culture, learning and teaching, and educational strategy. Dr. Broadhead attended Brigham Young University earning a bachelor degree in economics and a master’s degree in educational leadership. He holds a doctorate degree in education administration with a cognate in economics from the University of Idaho.

Lynn Vosler: Lynn is the Director of Workforce Solutions for Front Range Community College. Lynn manages Corporate Solutions which provides continuing education classes and customized training for businesses throughout Northern Colorado. She also manages two Department of Labor grants. She has served on advisory boards for state Energy Sector Partnership Grant and the Colorado HIB Technical Grant. In her position, Lynn also works with industry to inform college programming, both credit and noncredit. Lynn was on the convener team to launch NoCo Manufacturing Partnership, which, in addition to many other activities, partners with over 150 manufacturers to provide students from around the state with tours of their facilities.

Amy Loyd: Dr. Loyd is the executive director of the Pathways to Prosperity Network. In this role, Dr. Loyd supports states and regions in developing and scaling sustainable policies, infrastructure, and practices to build sustainable systems of career pathways aligned with regional labor markets. Prior to joining JFF, Dr. Loyd led a public-private partnership network of K-12 schools providing culturally responsive education and wraparound services to Alaska Native and American Indian students and their families. She has worked with the US Department of Education on policy and state capacity-building, and continues to serve as a consultant to ED. Dr. Loyd has also led the start-up of a prisoner reentry residential education and workforce development social enterprise.

Angelo J. Gonzalez: Angelo J. Gonzales is Executive Director of Mission: Graduate, a cradle-to-career education partnership in Central New Mexico, which is committed to producing 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates by 2020. Dr. Gonzales is also a Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Center for Education Policy Research; past chair of the New Mexico After School Alliance Leadership Council; president of the board of the Albuquerque Teacher Federation’s Teacher Leadership Foundation; and board chair of the New Mexico Learning Alliance. Gonzalez has also worked as a field representative and legislative assistant for Senator Jeff Bingaman and at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Jennifer Zinth: Jennifer Zinth serves as Director of the High School Policy Center and STEM Policy Center at Education Commission of the States, a 50-state nonprofit, nonpartisan education policy organization based in Denver, Colorado. In this role, Zinth researches, writes and presents extensively on an array of topics related to high school, college- and career-readiness, transitions to postsecondary, and STEM, providing policy research and analysis to state education leaders and their staffs, the media and the general public. Her research has been cited by numerous media outlets, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Business/Education Partnerships that Produce Results // INNOVATION

Timmothy A. Boettcher: Timm Boettcher is the President, CEO, and serves on the Board of Directors for Realityworks, a company that develops interactive, experiential learning technology. Boettcher strives to promote and change the perceptions about career opportunities in the CTE field and brings more than 20 years of engineering, product development, and global operations experience in education, advanced technology, manufacturing, and distribution industries to his position. He is passionate about building effective connections between our country’s workforce development system, economic development programs, and education infrastructure.

David Wilcox: Dave is the President of Global Skills X-Change (GSX). Dave co-founded GSX to focus on the deployment and implementation of industry practices for using validated Skill and Knowledge information to provide tools to support the development of a high quality workforce. Dave was the former Executive Deputy Director of the National Skill Standards Board (NSSB) in Washington, DC. Experienced in management skills and business leadership development, Dave created Wilcox Performance Systems and partnered with Executive Effectiveness Inc. prior to his associations with the NSSB. In these roles, he provided quality leadership and strategic management services for major corporations, the Department of Defense, and many public agencies. He serves on numerous national committees and has been recognized in many publications including “Who’s Who in America.”

Clay Goodman: Dr. Clay Goodman brings over 23 years of higher education experience to his role as Vice President of Learning at Estrella Mountain Community College. He currently provides instructional leadership for several academic divisions that provide both credit and noncredit instruction. In addition, his work includes an active role with the United States Departments of Labor and Education on their Registered Apprenticeship to College Degree pathway; the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program; and the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s Get Into Energy Pathway Program. He is also the Director for the Arizona Sun Corridor- Get Into Energy Consortium – a TAACCCT Round II grant.

Jason A. Tyszko: Jason A. Tyszko is senior director of education and workforce policy and programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation where he advances policies and programs that preserve America’s competitiveness and enhance the career readiness of youth and adult learners. This includes launching the Talent Pipeline Management initiative, the Foundation’s signature workforce development strategy. Tyszko’s prior experience focused on coordinating interagency education, workforce, and economic development initiatives. In 2009, he served as a policy adviser to Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. In addition, Tyszko was deputy chief of staff and senior policy adviser to the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Noel Ginsburg: Noel Ginsburg is Chairman and CEO of Intertech Plastics, Inc., which he founded while still in his senior year at the University of Denver in 1980. Throughout his career Ginsburg has been active in many community organizations, and was the founding chair of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and currently serves on CAMA’s board and executive committee. In addition, Ginsburg is a member of the State Economic Development board, a board member of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of The Leadership Initiative, chair of the Denver Public Schools College and Career Pathways council, member of the US Youth Employment Action Network at the Clinton the Global Initiative in New York and appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to lead key workforce initiatives in the State of Colorado including BASIC of which Mr. Ginsburg is founder. Ginsburg has received multiple awards, including the 2001 Leadership Denver Outstanding Alumnus Award and the 2012 Goodwill Community Leader Award.

Steve Greene: Steve Greene currently serves as vice president of NCCER (originally known as the National Center for Construction Education and Research). He has over 35 years of construction management experience with three major international contractors and has been the COO and owner of an industrial construction services company and 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 the many boards and committees he has served on.

Jerry Ellner: Jerry Ellner is the national director of high school development at Universal Technical Institute, the nation’s leading provider of training for aspiring auto, motorcycle, diesel, marine and collision repair technicians. Ellner has been instrumental in the development of UTI’s successful STEM workshop programs for high school students and counselors – helping to further broaden their perspective on STEM careers. Ellner serves on the STEM Education Coalition Board of Directors in Washington, D.C. and is also a member of the Industry Workforce Needs Coalition (IWNC) and the Opportunity Nation Coalition. He is an involved contributor to countless other organizations and strongly supports the effort to make a UTI education accessible to everyone. He was the recipient of the 2015 New York Auto Dealers Association Educator of the Year Award. Ellner is a Vietnam-era veteran and served as a combat intelligence specialist in the United States Army.

Promising Practices for Expanding the Pipeline for Under-Served Populations // GLOBAL

Dan Jesse: Dr. Jesse is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research and has 29 years of professional experience as an educational researcher and evaluator. His current interests include closing the achievement gap for Native American students, measurement of teacher effectiveness, data-based decision making, turning around low performing schools, and interventions for assisting struggling learners meet challenging academic standards. He is the Principal Investigator of the Native American Education Research Alliance at REL Central and for the RMC Denver subcontract with the West Comprehensive Center at WestEd, where he co-directs the Indian Education Initiative. He was a Monitoring Team leader for the U.S. Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Program and the served as the co-director of the New Mexico Reading Excellence Act evaluation. Dr. Jesse is the former Chair of the Rocky Mountain Center for Health Education and Promotion, and has served in numerous leadership positions in the Colorado PTA.

Verlyn Fick: Dr. Verlyn Fick is the Vice President for Instruction and Provost at Cochise College in southeastern Arizona. He was a principle investigator collaborating with Science Foundation Arizona for a National Science Foundation project entitled: Engineering Pathways Partnership Project (EP3): A Rural Model for a Modern World. This project built ties with industry, provided student internships in STEM positions and worked with district engineering and mathematics educators to improve student success. He also oversaw another grant from Science Foundation Arizona entitled: STEM Outreach Programs Leading to STEM Pathways. Previously he served as a vice president at two community colleges in Iowa and was a faculty member and administrator at a community college in North Dakota.

Clyde McBride: Being raised on a cattle ranch in Duncan, Arizona, Clyde McBride developed a love for animals and Agriculture. After graduating from the University of Arizona he started his career in teaching Agriculture Education in Kayenta, Arizona. He took a declining program to one of the best in the nation. Along with his wife Elissa, they have developed a Veterinary program that has been headlined in many media outlets including TIME Magazine. This past November in Nashville, Tennessee, he was honored by the Association of Career and Technical Education as the “2015 National CTE Teacher of the YEAR”.

Noel Crum: Noel Crum is a 20-year veteran of the Johnson County School District, in Paintsville, KY with 13 years of experience as a school administrator and a recognized leader in career pathways education. He now serves as the Innovation Coordinator and on the Executive Leadership Cabinet for Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative. Currently, Noel serves as an Advisory Member of the Leadership Development & Youth Engagement Working Group for the Shaping Our Appalachian Region Initiative (SOAR) and on the Board of Directors for Forward in the Fifth, a non-profit organization created to work with businesses, schools and community leaders, to improve education levels in Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

Lisa Zimble: Lisa produced the Davis Guggenheim documentary TEACH and now works at Participant Media directing the TEACH campaign. She collaborated with the Roadtrip Nation team as one of the producers of The Road To TEACH.

Joe Saboe: Joe Saboe serves as Director of Career Pathways for Denver Public Schools. He is part of the Broad Residency in Urban Education, a highly selective national program designed to recruit top talent to executive roles in public school systems. Joe is responsible for leading the redesign and growth of career pathways, which currently serve over 5,000 DPS students. Joe’s team recently won a $7 million Youth Career Connect grant, funded through a major White House initiative that will allow DPS to scale cutting-edge, innovative STEM career pathways for thousands of 9th through 12th grade students. Previously, Joe was an Infantry Captain in the United States Army, where he led soldiers in combat and civil-military operations overseas.

Creating Pathways to High-Demand Jobs in Technology // DISCOVERY

Stephen Lynch: Stephen Lynch is Director of Workforce & Economic Development Services for Burning Glass International. As Director, Steve designs solutions that enable clients to implement data-driven decision making processes, and promotes business development for Burning Glass’ Applied Research Team. Steve’s career spans law, workforce development, finance, education, and public service. Prior to joining Burning Glass, Steve was a Program Director at Jobs for the Future (JFF,) and has helped to lead a number of initiatives focused on promoting career pathways and skills training for America’s low- and mid-skilled workers—and preparing these workers to succeed in traditional and emerging sectors of the U.S. economy.

Richard Nelson: Richard R. Nelson is President and CEO of the Utah Technology Council (since 1999). Under his leadership, the Council’s industry-driven agenda has created the $300M Utah Fund of Funds, helped pass USTAR and the Engineering Initiative, raised rigor in high school requirements, and merged the life science and high-tech organizations. He served as Chairman/CEO (2007-2009) of Technology Councils of North American (TECNA) representing 20,000 technology-related companies and championed the exclusive alignment with TechAmerica. Current boards include: Governor’s Economic Development Board (2001-2009), Utah Fund of Funds Board, national PKD Foundation Board, Kevin and Debra Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (BYU) and others. Honors include “CEO of the Year” from Utah’s technology industry and the “Distinguished Service Award” from the UofU College of Engineering.

Wendy Nkomo: Wendy serves as the COO at the Colorado Technology Association, as well as the executive director for the Colorado Technology Foundation. In this role, she excels at identifying the critical path and gaining commitment from diverse constituents across organizational boundaries to connect teams, drive accountability and achieve results. Prior to joining the association, Nkomo worked as the director of business operations at Sun Microsystems and as the director of IT for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She also assisted with the launch of the McKinsey Global Institute in Washington, DC.

Ken Quartermain: Ken Quartermain serves as director of the Arizona STEM Network, a collaboration among businesses, educators, government and philanthropy, led by Science Foundation Arizona, with a common agenda to prepare Arizona students for the global economy through STEM education. Previously, Quartermain was government affairs lobbyist for Public Policy Partners, which represents the Arizona Technology Council and its member companies. He is recognized as an authoritative source for analysis on complex legislative and regulatory issues for industry CEO’s and business leaders. In his work with the Arizona Technology Council, Quartermain was responsible for the creation and expansion of tax policy, capital formation and economic development initiatives, in addition to his work with school districts. He has also had a successful career in real estate and was president and CEO of the Arizona Rock Products Association representing the state’s aggregate mining, concrete and asphalt producers and heavy highway contractors.

Mike Frechette: Mike’s distinguished career includes 22 years of active duty experience leading technology efforts in the US Air Force. Following his military career, he was responsible for the leadership and management of DoD business development and professional services to some of America’s top corporations. The expertise that Mike brings to the team includes: long haul communications, enterprise management, telecommunications planning, air traffic control systems, unmanned aircraft support and data center build out. Additionally, Mike serves as Chairman of Nevada’s Workforce Investment Board, Information Technology Sector Council.

Breakout Session Round 2

Pathways to Employment for Opportunity Youth // INGENUITY

Elyse Rosenblum: Elyse is the Executive Director of the Employment Pathways Project, which works with employers to help create opportunities for low-income and disconnected young adults to develop the skills and connections needed to make successful transitions to career path employment and/or postsecondary education. In partnership with Year Up, Elyse also conceptualized and developed the Grads of Life campaign, the first of its kind employer-focused web platform to achieve scale around employer engagement and replicate employer best-practice pathways nationwide. Previously, Elyse worked in education law and as an education policy consultant. She has a longtime commitment to women’s leadership, equity and issues affecting working families.

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.

Don Covey: Dr. Don Covey is currently serving his seventh year as the Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools. His work with participatory school-level site-based management earned him the National School Administrator of the Year and in 2011, Don received the Raymond Sterling Kellis Education Leadership award. He is a national and international consultant for private and public sectors in strategic and tactical planning for developing new paradigms to increase productivity, achievement and profitability. He currently sits on many state and national boards dedicated to educational reform and accountability.

Ben Olsen: Ben Olsen is the Director of Arizona Serve, a national service program at Prescott College. With Arizona Serve, Ben manages a 29 member AmeriCorps VISTA team working on a variety of anti-poverty initiatives. Ben served on the Tucson Mayor’s Commission on Poverty, which identified the community school program model as a strategy to improve educational outcomes and break the cycle of poverty. Arizona Serve has partnered with the Tucson Mayor’s Office, three Tucson school districts, and the Southern Arizona Community Schools Alliance to develop a community schools initiative focused on creating pathways for students to successfully transition from high school to higher education or employment. In April, this coalition was awarded a $1.4 million federal grant to implement this initiative.

Phil Cofield: Phil Cofield has been President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Utah since 1985. Under his leadership, annual student participation has increased from 800 to approximately 80,000 Utah young people. He collaborated with the Children’s Museum to build Discovery Gateway, home of Junior Achievement City, described by many educators as “Utah’s Greatest Out-of-Class Experience for Our Youth.” He has served on numerous educational boards throughout Utah, strongly advocating greater involvement by the business community in empowering young people to own their economic success. In 1991, Phil created the Utah Business Hall of Fame which currently has 36 inductees. Located in Junior Achievement City, it’s designed to serve as an inspiration for all who visit.

Kristin Swenson: Kristin Swenson received her PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah in 2008. She is currently employed as the lead statistician at the Utah Education Policy Center and as an adjunct associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Utah. Kristin has expert level knowledge in multivariate analysis and multilevel modeling and has experience with quasi-experimental designs, random and fixed effects models, and methods of longitudinal analysis. She has published in peer reviewed journals and has presented at national conferences on a variety of topics from the fields of both education and psychology. Her current research focuses on chronic absenteeism, high school dropout, and on the re-engagement of students with public education after students drop out of high school.

The Power of Work-Based Learning // SYNERGY

Jane Oates: Jane Oates is VP for External Affairs at the Apollo Education Group. She served as the Assistant Secretary for ETA at the U.S.DOL for the Obama Administration and prior to that led the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education under Governor Corzine. She was senior advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on research, education, and national service. She led numerous legislative efforts during her ten year engagement. Earlier in her career Ms. Oates was the Director of Field Services at Temple University’s CRHDE where she engaged in research on K-12 innovation. She began as a special education teacher in the Boston and Philadelphia public schools. She holds a BA from Boston College and an M.ED from Arcadia University.

Willie Higgins: Willie Higgins is the Arizona State Apprenticeship Program Lead, where he oversees over 100 apprenticeship programs throughout the state. He started his career in N. Ireland as a Bricklayer in a registered apprenticeship program and served as a journeyman bricklayer for over 32 years in the US. He was promoted to a management position within the Bricklayer’s organization, where he served as an instructor, graduating to apprenticeship coordinator for 9 years. Mr. Higgins is a member of (NASTAD) National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors and has served on various committees related to apprenticeship such as (SSTA) Southwest Safety Training Alliance, President and Recording Secretary for (WACA) Western Apprenticeship Coordinators Association, and the (AAAC) Arizona Apprenticeship Advisory Committee.

Fenton Broadhead: Dr. Fenton L. Broadhead is the academic vice president at Brigham Young University–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. Dr. Broadhead has been involved in consulting, writing and training in human capital, leadership and management, culture, learning and teaching, and educational strategy. Dr. Broadhead attended Brigham Young University earning a bachelor degree in economics and a master’s degree in educational leadership. He holds a doctorate degree in education administration with a cognate in economics from the University of Idaho.

Lauren Trent: Lauren Trent serves as the Manager of Strategic Partnerships in the Office of College & Career Readiness at Denver Public schools, where she is responsible for forging new partnerships with companies, higher education institutions, and community partners to support the expansion of career pathways programs in schools across the district. Lauren also leads the design and scaling of major DPS-housed partnership initiatives, such as work-based learning (job shadow, mentoring and internship programs) and district-wide career pathways advisory boards. Lauren is part of the Broad Residency in Urban Education and was previously a management consultant, specializing in strategy development and operational redesign for universities.

Rene Cantu: Dr. Cantú is the Executive Director of Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates Inc. (JAG Nevada), a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to helping youth of promise who face obstacles to complete high school and find meaningful work through education and training. JAG Nevada helps young people of promise to fulfill their fullest potential. Dr. Cantú served as a Clark County School District Trustee for District E in 2012 without the opportunity to retain the seat permanently in order to ensure representation of the District E community in school district business at a time when the district faced budget shortfalls, labor challenges and myriad other troubles. Previously, Dr. Cantú was Executive Director of the Latin Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation (2010-2014), and the Vice President for Multicultural Affairs at Nevada State College where he worked from 2003-2009.

Competency-Based Pathways to Education and Employment // GLOBAL

Amy Bond: As the Chief Strategy Officer for Innovate+Educate, Amy manages the overall strategic direction of the organization and its multiple initiatives including their annual national event, The Close It Summit. Amy has worked in marketing and communications for social ventures since 2005 including being the founding Communications Director for a company eventually acquired by eBay. Her background also includes video production where she has produced and directed several short documentaries for eBay. Amy relocated to Santa Fe in 2010 and began working for Innovate+Educate in 2011. She has a bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Dayton and a master’s in Animal Behavior from the University of California at Davis where she studied primate conservation and ecology.

Steve Florence: Steve joined State Farm in 1992 as a Fire Claim Representative in Corpus Christi, Texas. In 2005, Steve moved to Dallas, Texas where he served as a Team Manager in both Personal Lines and Business Lines Underwriting. Steve moved to Bloomington, Illinois in 2008 where he joined P&C Underwriting as an Underwriting Analyst on the Personal Lines Homeowners team. In 2010 Steve moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he served as the Fire Personal Lines Underwriting Section Manager for Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. In 2012, Steve assumed his current role as Director – Customer Care Center Sales in Tempe, Arizona. He has also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 8 years as an Armor Officer.

Amanda Burke: Dr. Amanda Burke is the Director of Education Strategy and Innovation at the Center for the Future of Arizona, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. Dr. Burke is responsible for the development and implementation of the Center’s education innovation portfolio, which is designed to inform and advance solutions to strengthen public education in Arizona. One of the major efforts she leads is Move On When Ready, a statewide initiative to establish new performance-based pathways to high school graduation aligned to college readiness. Prior to joining the Center in 2009, Dr. Burke served as the Director of Education Innovation and Policy at Arizona State University. Dr. Burke began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member and has also worked as consultant with Accenture, a global management consulting company.

Kevin Corcoran: Kevin Corcoran is a strategy director at Lumina Foundation who leads the foundation’s work promoting development of new higher education business and finance models, including competency-based programs. Lumina focuses on models with potential to help move the United States toward 60 percent of working-age Americans having high-quality degrees, credentials or certificates by 2025. He received a master of business administration degree in corporate finance from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2007 and a bachelor of arts in journalism from the Indiana University School of Journalism in 1988.

Joshua Cramer: Joshua Cramer is the Director of School Engagement at Project Lead the Way. He began his career as a teacher known as a modernizer in the field of technology education and made great strides in completely transforming South Park Middle School’s traditional woodshop program to a contemporary Applied Engineering and Technology Program in his eight years of teaching. While there, he coordinated and instructed three summer engineering academies (Gateway/STEPS Camps) to bring fun, hands-on, engineering activities to students and to increase the awareness to advanced manufacturing and engineering fields. Josh has been nominated for several awards and was the recipient of the Building the Future Award, presented by 3M and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. Following his time as a teacher, Josh joined the national team for Project Lead the Way as a Director of School Engagement. He works with schools, industry/business partners, postsecondary institutions, and STEM advocates across the mid-east with a focus on Pennsylvania.

Kathleen Merget: Dr. Kathleen Merget is the Dean of Liberal Arts and Business Management at the Culinary Institute of America. She has also taught at Fordham and Marist Universities.

Meriah Heredia-Griego: Dr. Meriah E. Heredia-Griego currently serves as the Associate Director for Administration and Higher Education and Workforce Research at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR). Dr. Heredia-Griego works closely with the Division of Equity and Inclusion and is a senior fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at UNM. She has over ten years of experience working on college readiness, access, persistence, and graduation issues with students, families, leaders, and policy-makers. During the legislative session, Dr. Heredia-Griego serves as the University Legislative Bill Tracker. She was elected to the Advisory Council for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and is also a part-time instructor at UNM’s College of Education. Her scholarly interests include education policy, narrative inquiry, construction of student identities in policy discourse, Hispanic Serving Institution leadership, and government relations and lobbying in higher education.

Credentials that Count // DISCOVERY

Janet 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, where 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. During her 40-year tenure in the association management profession, she has provided leadership to a variety of associations in strategic planning, education program development, outreach to related professions and publics and creation of innovative programs and services. Janet has authored and co-authored several articles and is an active participant in the association community.

Roger Tadajewski: Roger Tadajewski has dedicated his professional life to the advancement of education and workforce development in the transportation, aerospace, energy and manufacturing industries. Currently Mr. Tadajewski is the Executive Director of NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers. This organization targets the advancement of standardized certifications developed in partnership with industry and educational leaders in the transportation, aviation, and energy sectors. His professional experience includes 14 years in metallurgical engineering research and development in both the energy and aerospace industries. He continued on to develop the most comprehensive automotive educational youth program in America -Automotive Youth Educations Systems (AYES). Mr. Tadajewski is currently serving as a board member for the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute, PAMA (Professional Aviation Maintenance Association) Real World Design Challenge, Skills USA, and NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers.

Leo Reddy: Mr. Reddy is the Chairman and CEO of the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)–an industry-led, non-profit training, assessment and certification organization focused on the core technical competencies needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. Prior to becoming MSSC CEO, Mr. Reddy was the Founder and CEO of the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM) in 1989. Mr. Reddy entered the private sector after a highly successful, 28-year Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State. A specialist in NATO and arms control affairs, he served on U.S. Delegations to NATO, the Helsinki Conference, the Conventional Force Reductions in Europe, and the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev. Mr. Reddy also served as an ASW and Gunnery Officer in the U.S. Navy and as a CIA Analyst in the Soviet Affairs Office.

Tyra Crockett: Tyra Crockett is a senior marketing manager with the Oracle Academy. The Oracle Academy falls under Oracle’s corporate social and responsibility initiatives. The Oracle Academy advances computer science education, making it accessible globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. Tyra has been with the Oracle Academy for Oracle for 13 years. She spent 11 years in Oracle development first as a curriculum developer and then as a product manager with the Oracle Inventory and Warehouse Management product teams.

Trish Serratore: Trish Serratore is the President of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES), a role she assumed in 2012. She works closely with all of the organizations within the Automotive Service Excellence Industry (ASE)/Education initiative to help provide the qualified automotive professionals the industry needs today and tomorrow. Before joining ASE, Trish was an account executive for Target Communications, a public relations/advertising agency in the Philadelphia area and the Business Editor for Motor Age Magazine.

Using WIOA to Drive State Pathways Strategies // IMAGINATION

Ron Painter: Ron Painter is the CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards Association (NAWB), which represents approximately 600 Workforce Investment Boards that coordinate and leverage workforce strategies with education and economic development stakeholders within their local communities, to ensure that state and local workforce development and job training programs meet the needs of employers. Prior to his role at NAWB, Ron 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. Before joining the Three Rivers Workforce Board, he worked in Washington, DC, first on loan to the U.S. Department of Labor for the Enterprise Project, and then for the National Alliance of Business.

Joel E. Millman: Joel E. Millman is currently serving as the Administrator for the DES Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) Employment Administration. In this capacity he oversees a diverse combination of employment and training programs that support employment goals for Arizona’s citizens and employers. Joel joined the Department in August 1993. Prior to this current assignment, he served as the Mature Worker Program Coordinator for the Senior Community Service Employment Program (state grant) and has served in several capacities in the Employment Administration. In 1997, Joel became the first in Arizona to attain the “Master” level of the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security’s (IAPES) Professional Development Program.

Policies that Promote Pathways // INNOVATION

Paul H. Koehler: As Director of the Policy Center at WestEd, Dr. Koehler provides analyses, research and assistance to policymakers, policy-focused organizations, and the media on current education issues. He also serves as the Director of the West Comprehensive Center and is responsible for the Center’s direction and oversight, its personnel and operations. Previously, Koehler served as Education Advisor to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano (from 2003–2009), a consultant to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer during the state’s work on the Race to the Top competition, and is a former district superintendent. Koehler is responsible for numerous WestEd publications on topics such as improving the graduation rate, effects of full-day kindergarten, reforming teacher pay, and school leadership.

Emily Templin Lesh: Emily Templin Lesh has dedicated her career to being a social entrepreneur focused on bettering the communities she lives in. She brings thirteen years of professional experience in public sector to her current position as the Assistant Director of the Colorado Workforce Development Council, a dynamic partnership between workforce development, economic development, education, business and government. She has successfully built alignment across diverse constituents and entities, analyzed complex policy issues, and researched and authored publications. She has worked for various non-profits, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and was point for ensuring alignment between the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Edward Lee Vargas: Dr. Edward Lee Vargas just recently joined the AVID Center as Executive Vice President in December 2014. He brings a wealth of highly successful experience and accolades as Superintendent of Schools in various states, as evidenced by being named State Superintendent of the Year in California in 2006 and State Superintendent of the Year for Washington in 2014. Dr. Vargas is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership for creating high performing school systems grounded in equity and excellence for all. He currently serves as President of ALAS, (the National Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents with almost 5,000 members) based in Washington, DC.

Russell Krumnow: Russell Krumnow is the Managing Director of Opportunity Nation, a national, bipartisan, cross-sector campaign aimed at expanding economic opportunity and upward mobility for Americans regardless of the zip code of their birth. He guides the strategy for Opportunity Nation’s diverse mix of initiatives including coalition engagement, events, policy advocacy, and grassroots initiatives. He also leads the campaign’s work on the Opportunity Index, a tool used to drive positive change in communities and serve as an innovative frame for the opportunity movement in America. He has been interviewed by NPR, CNN Money, and the Washington Post. Prior to joining Opportunity Nation, Russell designed professional and leadership development programs with a consulting firm, worked with the non-profit Partnership for Public Service, planned and implemented student civic education programs with the National Young Leaders Conference and wrote curriculum for a voter education effort during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Tamar Jacoby: Tamar Jacoby is president of Opportunity America, a Washington-based nonprofit working to promote economic mobility. A former journalist and author, from 1989 to 2007, she was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Before that, she was a senior writer and justice editor at Newsweek. From 1981 to 1987, she was the deputy editor of The New York Times op-ed page. Her articles have appeared in many newspaper publications and academic journals. She is the author of Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration, and editor of Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means to Be American. Since 2008, she has been president of ImmigrationWorks USA.

Kristen Swanson: Kristen Swanson is Senior Educational Research Leader at BrightBytes, a company that strives to improve the way schools learn through individualized, research-based analysis. An educational leader and curriculum writer, Kristen is a renowned teacher, professional developer, writer, speaker, and consultant on impactful learning designs. She has worked directly under the tutelage of Dr. Grant Wiggins and authored Professional Learning in the Digital Age (2013), Teaching the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards (2013) and Unleashing Student Superpowers (2014). A founder of the Edcamp movement, Kristen is also passionate about effective teacher education. Kristen currently leads all of the professional learning at BrightBytes. Kristen has a doctorate from Widener University in Educational Leadership

Jennifer Zinth: Jennifer Zinth serves as Director of the High School Policy Center and STEM Policy Center at Education Commission of the States, a 50-state nonprofit, nonpartisan education policy organization based in Denver, Colorado. In this role, Zinth researches, writes and presents extensively on an array of topics related to high school, college- and career-readiness, transitions to postsecondary, and STEM, providing policy research and analysis to state education leaders and their staffs, the media and the general public. Her research has been cited by numerous media outlets, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

Evening Reception

Jared Veldheer: Jared Veldheer is an offensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals. He previously played four seasons for the Oakland Raiders after receiving All-America honors at Hillsdale College. Veldheer was born in Grand Rapids, MI and played football and basketball at Forest Hills Northern High School. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Lineman and received all-conference honors as a senior. Following the guidance of his high school football coach, Veldheer opted to play college football at Hillsdale College. He became a starter at tackle right away, earning Offensive Freshman of the Year honors.By his junior season, he was named team captain and received First-Team All-GLIAC recognition. He ended his college career as an AFCA First-Team All-America selection and also was picked first-team all-conference for a second consecutive season. Despite coming from a Division II school, this nontraditional pathway to success served Jared well; he was the 69th overall selection to the Oakland Raiders in the 2010 NFL draft.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Keynote Session

Michael M. Crow: As the 16th president of Arizona State University, Michael M. Crow is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution that combines the highest levels of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic, and maximum societal impact—a model he terms the “New American University.” During his tenure the university has tripled research expenditures and completed an unprecedented infrastructure expansion. Prior to ASU, he served as the executive vice provost of Columbia University, where he was also a professor of science and technology policy in the School of International and Public Affairs. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Academy of Public Administration, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and U.S. Department of Commerce National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and has written books and articles analyzing science and technology policy and the design of knowledge enterprises.

Rufus Glasper: Rufus Glasper, Ph.D., a leader in Arizona higher education, is Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the nation’s largest multi-college community college systems. He has served in that role since 2003 and previously held District leadership positions for more than two decades. As Chancellor, Dr. Glasper is the Chief Executive Officer of the 10-college District known commonly as The Maricopa Community Colleges, overseeing all educational and administrative operations. Previously, Dr. Glasper served as the Committee co-chair for the Lumina Foundation on Education’s “Getting AHEAD” Initiative and as co-chair to former governor Janet Napolitano’s P-20 (Pre-kindergarten through graduate school) Council. Dr. Glasper has served, and is currently serving, on multiple national and regional boards and is extremely active in local non-profit foundations.

Ellen Golombek: In 2011 Governor Hickenlooper appointed Ellen Golombek as the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, where she brings more than 18 years of leadership and management experience. Ellen has led reorganization and restructuring efforts and developed public policy through grassroots, legislative and electoral networks. Her previous experience includes state director for America Votes in Colorado and vice president for External Affairs for Planned Parenthood. She was also the first woman elected as president of the Colorado AFL-CIO. Ellen is currently president for the National Association of State Workforce Agencies and serves on multiple boards and councils relating to workforce development, labor, and education.

Young Leaders

Maria Harper-Marinick: Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D., is Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for the Maricopa County Community College District. She works closely with the Chancellor to develop and implement the District’s strategic plan; lead initiatives to enhance access and increase student success; and build the stature and recognition of the District and its ten colleges locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Harper-Marinick serves on over fifteen boards and councils including the federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance (Chair) by appointment of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. From the Dominican Republic, Dr. Harper-Marinick came to Arizona State University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1982. She has authored scholarly articles and chapters and presented at national conferences. Dr. Harper-Marinick has been the recipient of awards and recognition, including the 2012 Victoria Foundation’s Alfredo G. de los Santos Jr. Service in Higher Education Award.

Faridodin “Fredi” Lajvardi: Coach Fredi is the program director for the Marine Science Magnet Program at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix, AZ. He has been teaching at Carl Hayden for 26 years and leads the Falcon Robotics Team, An extracurricular STEM program that has received national and worldwide recognition. In 2004, the Falcons had its breakout moment when four students from the robotics team went to the MATE National ROV Championships and came back as national champions in a competition that included competitors such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The team has been featured in Wired magazine, Reader’s Digest, ABC Nightline, and CNN’s Soledad O’Brian’s “In America” series. The 2014 documentary called Underwater DREAMS and a Hollywood feature film coming out next January also feature the team. Mr. Lajvardi believes that every high school should have an extracurricular STEM program to help show the youth of today that hard work and determination in STEM fields can be fun, exciting and rewarding.

Trent Buckhanon: Trent Buckhanon was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He started the AVID program at Powell Junior High school in 2003 and continued with AVID through 2008. Trent graduated from Westwood High school with his Scholastic Diploma in 2008, and started that fall at Arizona State University with four different scholarships.Trent grew up in a low income household and was the first college graduate in his family. In 2012, Trent graduated from ASU with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Family and Human Development. Soon after Trent graduated, he got a job as an Enrollment Representative at the University of Phoenix in 2013 and has been there ever since. He is currently taking prerequisites and plans on applying for Optometry school at the end of 2016.

Stephanie Ly: Stephanie began the CNA JTED class in the Fall of 2009, she was an incredible young person who worked hard to be successful in her passion to care for others. Because of her wonderful accomplishments and her desire to be a nurse she applied for the GO! Program at Tucson Medical Center where she learned to be a Patient Care Technician. After successfully achieving her Certified Nursing Assistant and completing the internship, she practiced as a PCT and began her nursing education at Grand Canyon University. During her post secondary academic journey she returned to JTED to mentor her younger peers with their CNA pathway. Stephanie achieved her BSN degree last year while continuing to work at TMC on a medical unit. She is now employed as a BSN at TMC on her same unit. She is an inspiration to our future health care professionals and an incredible addition to our nursing profession. Stephanie is model young leader who represents the finest in Arizona’s health care future.

De-Aire Wright: While attending Cesar Chavez High School, De’Aire Wright did not apply himself in traditional classroom settings and called himself “an average student.” After enrolling in Universal Technical Institute, De’Aire found his passion in the constantly evolving automotive world and thrived with a hands on teaching model. He is the first in his family to receive a degree and now works as a Mercedes-Benz dealer–which he loves! De’Aire is currently enrolled in a mechanical engineering program at South Mountain Community College and will be transferring to ASU once he completes his prerequisites. He looks forward to learning as muc as he can about the automotive industry.

Veronica Sandoval: Veronica Sandoval received her GED diploma in October 2009 after overcoming many obstacles throughout her life. She completed the Adult Achieving a College Education (AACE) program in Fall 2011 and has recently graduated with a certificate in Communications from Rio Salado College. This resilient young woman is currently a full-time MCCCD employee as an office coordinator at the Life Long Learning Center.

How Effective Pathways Can Drive Economic Development

Ron Painter: Ron Painter is the CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards Association (NAWB), which represents approximately 600 Workforce Investment Boards that coordinate and leverage workforce strategies with education and economic development stakeholders within their local communities, to ensure that state and local workforce development and job training programs meet the needs of employers. Prior to his role at NAWB, Ron 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. Before joining the Three Rivers Workforce Board, he worked in Washington, DC, first on loan to the U.S. Department of Labor for the Enterprise Project, and then for the National Alliance of Business.

Celina Bussey: Celina Bussey serves as the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions where she began her career in state government. Ms. Bussey served as the Executive Director for the Northern New Mexico Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) from 2006 to 2011. Prior to her opportunity with the contractors’ association, she was the State Director of Apprenticeship with the then New Mexico Department of Labor. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Ms. Bussey received a bachelor of arts in political science and communications from the University of New Mexico. The Secretary’s vision for the department is to become more engaged with the business community and to promote the vast array of employment-related services and resources.

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. Hamer also has significant experience in energy policy and served as executive director for the Solar Energy Industries Association, as well as the director of business development and government relations for First Solar. Hamer acted as Chief of Staff to former Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party during a winning U.S. Senate race and as a legislative assistant to Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl.

Benjamin Hart: Benjamin Hart is the Managing Director for Urban and Rural Business Services for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development. His responsibilities include overseeing the GOED programs that help Utah businesses to grow. Hart is directly involved in facilitating coordination between programs and partners to help support the many businesses across the State. Prior to his position at GOED, Hart served as the director of employer initiatives for the Department of Workforce Services. During his career, Hart worked for Zions Bank, Layton City, and has served in several statewide positions with industry organizations including the Utah Redevelopment Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is also an active member in several national trade associations affiliated with the aerospace and defense industries.

The Power of Collective Action

Carolyn Warner: Carolyn Warner is co-founder and Chairman of Corporate// Education Consulting, Inc. (C//ECI), a national-scope consulting firm based in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been active for more than three decades on state and national levels as a respected and effective educational advocate and public policy leader. An acclaimed speaker and best-selling author, Warner has led U.S. delegations all over the world and conducted on-site studies of European Union vocational and technical training programs. Warner served for twelve years as Arizona’s elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Warner received Congressional and Presidential appointments to the National Skill Standards Board and the White House Conference on Small Business, and was a Presidential appointee to the National Commission on the Public Service. She currently serves on multiple boards and commissions and is the recipient of numerous awards.

Linda Childears: Linda Childears joined the Daniels Fund in July 2005. Bill Daniels appointed her a trustee of his estate and named her to the original Daniels Fund Board of Directors. Linda implements the Board’s strategic direction and leads all programs and operations of the Daniels Fund. Previously, Linda was the President of Equitable Bank of Littleton and Vice President of First National Bancorporation. Linda has been involved as a member and a chairperson of many boards, and currently serves on Mayor Hancock’s Denver Education Compact, the Public Policy Committees of Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Roundtable, among others. Holding honorary doctorates from Johnson & Wales University and the University of Denver, Linda has received multiple honors and awards, including National Philanthropy Day’s Outstanding Professional in Philanthropy 2010.

Paul N. Markham: Paul N. Markham is Program Officer for Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of his team is to strengthen American higher education’s ability to both offer accessible, high quality, and affordable postsecondary education and to provide the necessary supports to ensure that students complete their programs of study on time. Before joining the Foundation, Paul’s primary work in higher education involved building public engagement infrastructures to strengthen student learning and to address shared economic and social problems. Before joining the Gates team, he was Associate Professor of Education and Director of Community Partnerships & Engagement at the University of Washington Bothell.

Alvin Warren: Alvin Warren is an enrolled member and resident of Santa Clara Pueblo. His wife Pamela, an enrolled member of Isleta Pueblo, and he have three children. He works for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as program officer for New Mexico Programs and focuses on Family Economic Security, impact investing, dual language education, policy, Native American initiatives and food systems. Alvin has previously served as the cabinet secretary of Indian Affairs for the State of New Mexico, lieutenant governor of Santa Clara Pueblo, executive vice president of Blue Stone Strategy Group, director of The Trust for Public Land’s national Tribal Lands Program, associate director of the Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative and land claims / water rights coordinator for Santa Clara Pueblo. During his career, Alvin has worked to ensure effective and collaborative state-tribal governmental relations. He also serves on the Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council and the Native American Visiting Committee for Dartmouth College.

Jack Grayson: Dr. Grayson is the founder and chairman of the American Productivity & Quality Center. For the past 35 years, APQC has been working with business, healthcare, and government to help these sectors re-structure and improve in areas such as productivity, quality, benchmarking, measurement, employee involvement, knowledge management and others. His academic career has included professorships at Harvard, Stanford, Tulane, and SMU, and he has taught in business schools in France and Switzerland. He has also been a Dean of two business schools. Dr. Grayson is a CPA and has been a member of the Board of Directors of eight major U.S. corporations. His career has included being a newspaper reporter, a Special Agent of the FBI, a manager of a cotton farm, a member of an export-import firm, and an owner of race horses. He is an author of about 50 articles in magazines and newspapers and also is an author of four books, the latest being with Carla O’Dell, entitled “If Only We Knew What We Know”, a book about knowledge management.

Lorenzo Esters: Lorenzo Smith is the Senior Program Director for National Engagement and Philanthropy at USA Funds, an organization focused on building a more purposeful path for students to, and through, college and on to rewarding careers. Prior to joining USA Funds, Lorenzo Esters served as vice president for student success and enrollment management at Kentucky State University. He previously served as vice president for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ Office for Access and the Advancement of Public Black Universities and as management and program analyst in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education.