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American Technical Education Officers for 2019-2021

Sue Smith,  President 

Vice President, Ivy Tech Community College, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Indiana

Mary Kaye Bredeson, 1st Vice President

Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing , Everett,Washington

Dr. Jon Connolly, 2nd Vice President

President, Sussex County Community College, Newton, New Jersey

Dr. Bryan Albrecht, Past President
President and CEO, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Installation will be April 5, 2019 at the close of the ATEA National Conference, Indianapolis IN

Memory of Trustee Dr. Harry Bowman
Harry Bowman Ed.D. 1938- 2018


ATEA President (2017-2019)

Dr. Bryan Albrecht, Ed. D.

President and Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Technical College


It is a privilege and honor to serve as the President of the American Technical Education Association. An organization deeply committed to the value and dignity of technical education and training.  From its early beginning in 1928 ATEA has been recognized as a solution for addressing America's workforce and talent development needs. A foundation rich with history and innovation, ATEA has met some of our nation's most difficult challenges. Providing education and training that brought us through the industrial revolution to today and the technologies that drive the embedded revolution known as the Internet of Things. Through education reform initiatives, economic bubbles, legislative policy and wars that threaten our national security. Through it all ATEA continues to provide high quality professional development and leadership for the technical educator. 

As President, I am confident that our association is positioned at the center of this new economy. We have the knowledge, experience and army of dedicated educators that are ready to take on new challenges presented to us. ATEA will celebrate our 90th anniversary in 2018 and yet we are just beginning. 

I invite all technical educators, administrators, and business partners to join us at our national conference March 21-23, 2018 in Kenosha, WI, as we strengthen the foundation for technical education. As a member of ATEA you qualify for student, faculty and industry partners’ recognition Awards, ATEA publications and spotlight videos, access to conference presentations and much more. I hope to visit with you more about your program successes at one of our events or conferences. 

Thank you for your support for ATEA and most importantly for your continued dedicated service to the men and women that make America work.

Bryan D. Albrecht, Ed.D

ATEA Executive Committee 2017-2019


ATEA 1st Vice President 

Vice President ,Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana, School of Advanced Manufacturing , Engineering and Applied Sciences, Office of the President Ivy Tech Community Colleges, Indiana

Member of US Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships appointed 2017

Vice President Smith has 25 years’ experience in Ivy Tech Community College both academic and workforce development.  She leads a team of deans and associate vice presidents overseeing the entire technical and applied science division with 15,000 students.  Vice President Smith has worked nationally and internationally.  She worked with Cummins VP’s in China to extend standardized training and developed credit and non-credit education options for 7 Cummins international pilot sites.  She serves as ambassador to other counties on behalf of Ivy Tech through economic development delegations to UK, Germany, China and Canada.  She has extensive experience in developing and/or implementing quality standards in postsecondary education and industry.  She is a Six Sigma Green Belt and holds multiple certifications in other related areas.  Her degrees are an associate in business from Indiana University, bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Antioch, Yellow  Springs, Ohio.

Mary Kaye Bredeson

ATEA 2nd Vice President 

Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, Everett, Washington

Mary Kaye Bredeson is the Executive Director for the Center of Excellence (COE) of Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing at Everett College, Everett Washington.  She was appointed in 2003.  Mary Kaye focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state’s economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible, quality education and training programs. The COE provides a central point of contact for industry employers to share their workforce needs with all 34 community and technical colleges within Washington state as well as other education and training providers. The COE for Aerospace has been very successful in implementing numerous state and federal Department of Labor grants focusing on building training capacity and transitioning students into high demand aerospace and advanced manufacturing jobs.

Through her travels to Dubai, Farnborough and the Paris Air Show with the governor’s delegation, Mary Kaye has made vital connections that have furthered her work within the state.  Most recently, Mary Kaye was awarded the Dr. Idahlynn Kane Exemplary Leadership Award at the 2013 Chair Academy Annual Conference in Mesa, Arizona.  

Dr. Paul Young

ATEA President 2015-2017, Past President

President Northern Wyoming Community College District


Director of Finance

Tennessee Board of Regents for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology

Past Presidents Council

Dr. Rich Wagner

ATEA President 2013-2015

President of Dunwoody College of Technology

Serving on the Executive Committee as Past President 2015-2017

James King

ATEA President 2008-2011

President of Northeast State College

Executive Vice Chancellor of the Tennessee
Colleges of Applied Technology
Serving on the Executive Committee as Past President 2012-2017


 Dr. Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach

Executive Director

Board of Trustees 

Dr. Ann Bolman


Western Dakota Technical Institute

Rapid City, South Dakota

Victor Branch

Manager Education, Training & Digital Tools at Mississippi State University 

 CAVS Extension, Canton, Mississippi

Trustee Branch's work focuses on partnerships and the interface with K-12 and postsecondary education on behalf of the Center, Nissan and the automotive industry in Mississippi.  Victor has been an ATEA breakout presenters at national conferences. Victor is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, computer science and business program.


 Mr. Albert Bunshaft

Senior Vice President, Global Affairs

Dassault  Systemes

Al Bunshaft is the Senior Vice President of Global Affairs, North America, for Dassault Systemes Americas Corporation. From 2010 until 2013 Bunshaft was Managing Director of Dassault Systèmes Americas. From 2013 to 2016 he was President and CEO of DS Government Solutions, the US subsidiary he led the creation of, focused on serving the United States Government. Prior to this he had a 25-year career at IBM holding various executive roles in R&D, strategic initiatives, and general management.

In his role as SVP of Global Affairs Mr. Bunshaft is responsible leading and marshaling the company’s influence in the industrial, corporate, scientific, educational and cultural spheres.

A common thread in Mr. Bunshaft’s career has been his expertise in visualization, computer graphics and engineering-related software tools. Since doing his post-graduate work at the National Science Foundation’s Center for Interactive Computer Graphics he has led efforts to introduce new processes into far ranging industries.

Bunshaft is Dassault Systèmes’ leading voice in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and was named one of the 100 top CEO leaders in STEM. Bunshaft is the co-chair of the STEM Innovation Task Force and is a member of multiple university advisory boards and industry organizations. He regularly writes and speaks about STEM topics. He is a member of the Council on Competitiveness and was recently appointed to a National Academy of Engineering committee on the integration of STEM, humanities and arts. He also serves on the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. He is a board member of the Mass High Tech Council and a Board of Trustees member at the New York Hall of Science.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from University at Albany, State University of New York and has a Master of Science in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was a researcher at RPI’s Center for Interactive Computer Graphics, a National Science Foundation-Industry Research.


Dr. Jon Connolly

President Sussex County Community College

Newton, New Jersey

Jon Connolly, PhD. is the president of Sussex County Community College, Newton, New Jersey.  Prior to this appointment to the presidency in 2015, he served in multiple administrative roles in institutions in Maine and Wyoming.   He is a graduate of Colby College, Waterville, Maine, with majors in Biology and Geology-Biology; holds a masters of Forest Science from Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a PhD. in Biological Science from the University of Maine.  He has published many peer-reviewed research articles, and has presented at numerous conferences to international audiences and at many higher education leadership seminars.

Dr. Alexander L. Clifford

Vice President for Academics and Student Services

Maine College of Health Science Professions

Lewiston, Maine

Dr. Alexander L. Clifford is a native of both Deer Isle and Newport, Maine.  In 1993, he graduated with honors from Kennebec Valley Community College with an Associates Degree in Accounting and an Associates Degree in Marketing/Management. He then graduated with honors from Thomas College in 1995 with a degree in Professional Business Studies, concentrating in Accounting and Computers, and in 1996 graduated from Thomas College with honors with a Master’s in Business Administration. In January 2017 Alex earned his PhD in Leadership and Organizational Change at Walden University.

 Alex has been in the Maine Army National Guard since 1989 where he has served in a variety of assignments to include Tuba Player, Postal Clerk, Officer Candidate Tactics NCO, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant for three separate companies, Operations Sergeant Major for the 120th Regional Support Group, Command Sergeant Major of the 286th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, and is currently assigned as the Command Sergeant Major of the 240th Regional Training Institute in Bangor Maine. 

Alex is employed by the Maine College of Health Professions as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. He and his wife Tina own and operate a laundromat, self-storage building, and rental properties.  He currently lives in Benton, Maine with his wife Tina and son Richard, has three children Brittany, Courtney and Richard, and two grandsons.

Mark Englert, Ph.D.

Vice President and CEO Gillette College

Gillette, Wyoming

Mark Englert has served the Northern Wyoming Community College District for the last 30 years. He first moved to Wyoming in 1980 when he became a teacher and coach in a small rural town, Midwest, Wyoming. He served the students there for five years before joining the ranks at Sheridan College. Mark’s life ambition had always been to teach and coach and he found his niche teaching Health and Wellness and coaching the women’s basketball team in Sheridan. After nine seasons Mark decided to pursue other interests in the world of community college education and expanded his horizons to include new administrative duties. He is devoted to the access mission of the community college and firmly believes every student deserves to succeed. During his tenure, he has become a strong advocate for career and technical education and the important influence such programs have on students, the work force, and economic development. During the course of his career he has enjoyed opportunities to take on new responsibilities that have included being a Division Chair, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Acting Chief Academic Officer, Chief Student Affairs Officer, and since 2010,  the Vice President/CEO of Gillette College. In each aspect of his career journey he has remained committed to student 

Brooks Jacobsen

Supervisor Robotics Program

Lake Area Technical Institute,

Watertown, South Dakota


Brooks graduated from LATI’s robotics program in 2006 and has been instructor since March 2006. Prior to attending school at LATI, Brooks worked as a MLRS systems repairer, from 1999-present, in the military. Brooks has also worked with Dakota Automation, Daktronics, and Automation Technology. He is currently enlisted in the South Dakota Army National Guard, has an AAS in Robotic, AAS in Electronic Systems Technology, BS in Engineering, and is currently finishing a MS in Information Management-Project Management. He also sits on the ATEA National Board of Trustees, is secretary for the ATEA Region 5 board, and helps with many local and state committees.

Dr. John Ronald Langrell, University Place, Washington


Shawn Mackey, Ed.D. 

 Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Accountability for the Mississippi State Community College Board, 

Jackson, Mississippi

Dr. Shawn Mackey, Sr. currently, serves as the Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Accountability at the Mississippi Community College Board, a position which has afforded him the opportunity to expand and utilize his knowledge of the intricate operations of the divisions within the MCCB, which include Academic and Student Affairs; Workforce, Career and Technical Education; Information Services; Research and Effectiveness; and Resource Development.   He has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years and in higher education for 16 years as an instructor, Assistant Dean of Career Technical Education at Coahoma Community College, and Associate Executive Director for Workforce, Career and Technical Education for the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB).  In these positions, Dr. Mackey has championed efforts to promote and market community college workforce training and development, increase technology usage and growth in daily education, and explore “best practices” across the country that can be used to strengthen current programs at Mississippi Community Colleges.  In 2013 he established a new office within the Workforce, Career and Technical Education Division, which is responsible for creating statewide curriculum content that equips students to be successful in Mississippi’s growing and expanding economy. 

He is a three time graduate of Delta State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (1997), a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1997), and a Master’s Degree in Social Science Education (2000).  Dr. Mackey received his Doctorate of Education Degree from the University of Memphis in the area of Higher Education Administration (2008).  He completed the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy (MCCLA), and in 2009, had the opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom to study and evaluate the community college system in London and Wales.


Jim New

Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services

Truckee Meadows Community College

Reno, Nevada

Paul Perkins,

President of Amatrol, Jeffersonville Indiana

Paul is president and co-founder of Amatrol, Inc., a Jeffersonville, Indiana-based manufacturer of technical learning systems and online interactive multimedia software for colleges, industry and high schools. Personal accomplishments include authorship of over 20 books on industrial controls and automation, design of numerous training systems for teaching engineering and technical skills, and consulting on training program development for major organizations such as Caterpillar, Ford, GM, Motorola, Cummins and Siemens. 

Education includes B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Summa Cum Laude with Co-op. Current and past community service activities include serving as member of numerous national, state and local education advisory committees: Indiana State Workforce Investment Board (Chair), Indiana State Chamber of Commerce (Executive Committee and Committee Chair), Ivy Tech Community College Regional Board of Trustees (Chair) and Foundation Board, Kentucky Community and Technical College Foundation, One Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce (Chair), Indiana Youth Institute (Committee Chair), Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Leadership Council, Indiana Governor’s Region 10 Works Council (Chair), Indiana Career Council, Clark Memorial Hospital Foundation, and National Association of State Investment Workforce Board Chairs (Chair).


Ken Potthoff

Deputy Executive Director


Atlanta, Georgia 

I have worked in education for the past 20 years, which includes leadership in standards and assessment, curriculum development, project management, and the teaching of writing, literature, and film studies at the university level in the United States and in Shanghai, China.  After serving as an instructional designer with the Career and Technical Education Consortium of States (CTECS) for 10 years, I became the Deputy Executive Director of CTECS in 2012.  One key leadership skill I greatly value is building new partnerships that are mutually beneficial and that focus on program improvement in the ultimate interest of students and educators.

Since 1973, CTECS has had the pleasure of doing business with 45 states and other strategic partners.  Our connections are expansive, ranging from large-scale postsecondary systems such as the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), to active new members, such as the State of California's Division of CTE, to vibrant business associations like the Florida Automotive Dealer's Association (FADA).

I whole-heartedly support the mission of ATEA and will do my best to enhance the mission of ATEA, ensuring that the "practical teaching ideas and best practices" of postsecondary education are upheld.  ATEA's goals and values are shared and reflected by CTECS, which include the promise to "advocate the value of technical education to society."    

Ryan Purdy


Mid Plains Community College

North Platte, McCook, Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala, and Valentine, Nebraska


Betty Reynard Ed. D.

President Lamar State College Port Arthur

Port Arthur, Texas

Dr. Betty Reynard has over thirty years of experience in higher education. She began her career in 1979 as a faculty member at Lamar University and moved to Lamar Institute of Technology as a program director and assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In 2007, she became Lamar Institute of Technology’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

In September 2014 Dr. Reynard was selected to serve as President of Lamar State College Port Arthur. As president she is responsible for providing overall leadership to the college. The major areas of responsibility include academic programs, athletics, finance, library services, student services, physical plant, and workforce training.

Dr. Reynard earned an associate of applied science degree in dental hygiene, a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a master’s degree in educational administration from Lamar University. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Houston. She has received numerous honors and awards during her tenure in education. She volunteers numerous organizations and is a member of several professional organizations. Dr. Reynard was appointed to the Board of Trustees for the American Technical Education Association in 2011.

Dr. Reynard was born in Thunder Bay, Canada. She completed the first 7 years of her education in Canada when her family moved to the United States. She has lived in California, however, most of her adult life was spent living in Texas. 

Adrian San Miguel

Director of Postsecondary Education

Career and Technical Education

State of Idaho

appointed March 21, 2018

Adrian San Miguel is the Director of Postsecondary Education for Idaho Career & Technical Education in Boise. Originally from Texas, he received his degrees from Baylor University and has spent the last 10 years working in higher education in Texas, Indiana, and Idaho. His career and passion has been focused on serving nontraditional students and diversity related initiatives. The value of technical education is an important initiative our agency has embarked upon to improve the understanding of CTE with counselors, students and parents in Idaho. Creating a strong student pipeline with student interest in CTE early on, and access to multiple pathways to their careers, is an important part of my role with the State of Idaho.


James Sherrard Ph.D.

Chair of Nuclear Programs

Three Rivers Community College, Norwich CT

Jim Sherrard has been a Professor and the Chairman of Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics Technologies Programs at Three Rivers Community College (formally Thames Valley State Technical College) in Norwich, CT for the past 32 years. Dr. Sherrard also has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Catholic University of America, and the University of Connecticut and is a registered professional engineer (PE). He has served on the Standing Advisory Committee to the Board of Governors for Higher Education in Connecticut and has been its chairman since 1998. He is also a longtime member of the Governor’s Nuclear Energy Advisory Council (NEAC) for the state of Connecticut. He is a retired officer from the US Coast Guard with his background primarily in the higher education, engineering, and research & development fields. Jim received his BS in General Engineering from the US Coast Guard Academy, and has graduate degrees in Nuclear Engineering, Naval Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture, and Health Physics from MIT, the University of Connecticut, and the Catholic University of America. He has authored two college textbooks and over 185 technical papers. He has been heavily involved in accreditation and assessment with ABET, ACE (both military and credit), COE, NEASC, DEAC, and NCCRS. He has been a Trustee for ATEA since 2009.

Cliff Smith

Associate Chief of Facilities Services

Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City Kansas

Cliff Smith, Associate Chief of Facilities Services with Kansas City Kansas Community College, earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts degree from University of Nebraska at Kearney and his Master’s degree in Technical Education from Pittsburg State University.

As a 1987 graduate from Nebraska (Go Big Red!), Cliff came directly to what was then the Area Vocational Technical School (AVTS) in Kansas City, Kansas, as an instructor in auto mechanics and industrial arts for special needs students.  He then taught two years of industrial technology at Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools USD 500 and then spent two years as the Job Placement Coordinator at USD 500’s Career Learning Center.  He eventually returned to AVTS, serving as Job Placement Coordinator for a year before assuming the position of Director of Budget and Finance.  In 2010, Cliff took the position of Interim Dean and became the Dean of the Technical Education Center in July 2011.  On July 1, 2018, Cliff accepted the promotion to Associate Chief of Facilities Services at KCKCC.

Roger Tadajewski 

Executive Director, 

National Coalition of Certification Centers, NC3

Currently, Mr. Tadajewski is the Executive Director of NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers. This organization target’s the advancement of standardized certifications developed in partnership with industry and educational leaders in the transportation, aviation, manufacturing, and energy sectors.

Mr. Tadajewski received his degree in Business at Pepperdine University, The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management in 1995. 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). In 2007 he began work on forming the current NC3 model to bring business, industry and education across multiple sectors to collectively work together. To attract, train and retain current and the emerging workforce in the aviation/aerospace, energy, manufacturing, and transportation industries. These efforts lead to the founding of NC3 in 2009.

Mr. Tadajewski currently resides in Edmond, OK and is currently serving as a board member for the American Technical Education Association (ATEA), US FAB LAB Network, Real World Design Challenge, Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA), and NC3-National Coalition of Certification Centers.


Chelle Travis

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Services and Student Affairs, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology

Tennessee Board of Regents



Lin Zhou, Ph.D.

President, Bates Technical College

Tacoma, Washington 

Dr. Zhou served as Bates Technical College vice president beginning in 2016.  She was hired at Bates as the dean of continuing education, apprenticeship and child studies in 2013. Since then, she has served as dean of instruction and executive dean.  Prior to Bates, she worked as associate dean of extended learning and director of branch campus and continuing education at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.   She holds a Ph.D. in education from Oregon State University, a master’s in business administration from City University in Seattle and an associate degree in computer science and networking technology from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. In 2017, Zhou participated in the Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, administered by the university’s Graduate School of Education.

President of Regional Councils and  ATEA Board Member 


Dana Wolff

President of Regions Councils

President Region 5

Financial Services Instructor, Southeast Tech

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

American Technical Education Association

premier association for the post secondary technical educator, with emphasis on professional development.

Dunwoody College of Technology
818 Dunwoody Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dr. Sandra Krebsbach, Executive Director

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