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American Technical Education Association

Officers for 2021-2022

Dr. Jon Connolly,  President 

President, Sussex County Community College, Newton, New Jersey

Dr. Betty Reynard, 1st Vice President

President of Lamar State College Port Arthur Texas

Dr. Ann Bolman, 2nd Vice President

President of Western Dakota Technical College,  Rapid City, South Dakota

Ryan Purdy, 3rd Vice President

President, Mid-Plains Community College, North Platte, Nebraska

Sue Smith, Immediate Past President

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

Bob Wallace, Interim Treasurer

Retired Tennessee Board of Regents Finance Director 

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

 Past Presidents Council 

Dr Bryan Albrecht  ATEA President 2017-2019

Dr. Paul Young

ATEA President 2015-2017, Past President

President Northern Wyoming Community College District

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 2004-2010

Tennessee Board of Regents serving 34 years in technical education, including 3 campus directorships, and Vice Chancellor for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology.  He retired as the President of Northeast State College

Serving on the Executive Committee as Past President 2012-current


 Dr. Sandra Gehlen Krebsbach

Executive Director

Board of Trustees 

Dr. James Barrott

Executive Vice President

Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Chattanooga State Community College 

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Dr. James (Jim) Barrott currently serves as Executive Vice President, Technical College (TCAT) at Chattanooga State Community College. Jim started with Chattanooga State as a full-time faculty member teaching CAD/CAM and has served in various campus leadership roles over the last 33 years, with 14 years as Vice President. Known for his innovative approaches to program and workforce development, he is the founder of the Volkswagen Academy and the Wacker Institute concepts and programs. Jim has a fervent passion for technical and STEM education and the role they play in our society. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Design Graphics Technology from Brigham Young University, a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and a Doctorate of Education Degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. In the community, Jim currently serves on the Steering Committee for Chattanooga 2.0, as Chairman of the Board for the Cherokee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and as a Counselor in the Chattanooga Stake Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He and his wife Sue live in Lakesite, TN and are active in family, church, and civic responsibilities, and thus far, five of their eight children have graduated from college, all in STEM disciplines.


Ann Bolman

President of Western Dakota Technical College

Rapid City, South Dakota

Dr. Bolman has been the president of Western Dakota Technical College starting in 2017.  Her administrative career starting in Texas, first at Grayson College, Dennison, Texas as academic dean, then at Lone Star Community College, University  Park, Woodlands Texas as VP of Academic Services and Lone Star Community College, Montgomery, Texas as Vice President of Instruction.   She was faculty at Grayson in Rhetoric and ESOL.

She holds a Doctorate of Education from Texas A & M, Commerce, Texas and

a MA and BA from Texas A & M Kingsville Texas.

Dr. Brian Bontempo

 Superintendent Auburn Career Center and Ohio Technical Center

Dr. Bontempo joined the ATEA Board in 2021 because of his interest in ATEA's mission of technical education and his search for a group of leaders who were colleagues first and willing to share all they could to help fellow educators.   His first ATEA experience was at a Region 5 conference hosted by Dunwoody College of Technology.  With the 'light sharing' on pathways from K-12 to postsecondary, Dr. Bontempo, as an ATEA Board member, will contribute to the ecosystem of career development at the postsecondary level and K-12.

He holds a Ed.D. from Northcentral University, Prescott, AZ, M. Ed's from John Carroll University, Cleveland Ohio in School Leadership and Computer Education.  His bachelor of science in Business  Education is from Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio.

Victor Branch

Manager of Education Training & Digital Tools for Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering CAVS Extension in Canton Mississippi. He is the facility administrator over mechanical, environmental and building maintenance. He is a Master Technical Trainer with over 25 years of experience that includes stand up (classroom), Synchronous (e-learning is a virtual classroom), Asynchronous (e-learning online) in private industry, automotive and state school system. He received his B.S. in Computer Science from University of Arkansas in 1976. His passion has been in Technical Education and Skills Training from high school to the manufacturing factory floor and executive management. He is certified as a Master Trainer on several software Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages such as CATIA, SolidWorks and AutoCAD. He has written grants totaling over $750K and developed a successful high school program (Student Technology Exchange Program – STEP) and working on a middle school program that identifies potential engineering students


 Mr. Albert Bunshaft

Senior Vice President, Dassault  Systemes and President of DS Foundation

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. Alexander L. Clifford

Vice President for Academics and Student Services

Maine College of Healthcare


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.

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch

Economic Development Advisor to the President of Trident Technical College, Charleston, South Carolina

 Ms. Colbert-Busch is   the founder of  Colbert Busch LLC, a firm specializing in building sustainable workforce development ecosystems through academic and industry partnerships. She serves as economic development advisor to the President of Trident Technical College, which operates the SC Aeronautical Training Center.    She previously served as the Executive Director of Business Development and Community Engagement for the Clemson University Office of Academic Affairs in the Charleston area and from 2008-16 was Director of Business Development for the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI), also in Charleston.  Before her tenure with Clemson University, Elizabeth spent a 20-year career with Orient Overseas Container Line (USA), rising from  a customer service   representative to North America Regional Sales Director. She    has served in leadership capacities on more than a dozen boards and community organizations and has earned numerous awards and special recognitions throughout her career. Most recently, she received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the College of Charleston.  

Dr. Aaron Fichtner

President of the New Jersey County College Council

Aaron Fichtner, Ph.D. is the President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, a nonprofit organization, enshrined in state law, that supports and strengthens the state’s 19 community colleges.  The Council is currently working with stakeholders to develop a framework for the future, called Vision 2028, that will articulate a bold vision for New Jersey’s community colleges.  Fichtner served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development from September 2016 to January 2018. He joined the Department in 2010, serving as Assistant Commissioner for Labor Planning and Analysis and Deputy Commissioner.

Before joining state government, Fichtner was the Director of Research and Evaluation at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. Fichtner earned a Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in History from Vassar College.

Dr. Jimmy Hodges

Interim President, Calhoun Community College, Decatur, Alabama with a campus in Huntsville

Dr. Hodges was most recently the Director of  Northern Region of the Workforce Council for the Alabama Community College System.  Prior to that Dr. Hodges was the  Dean of Technical Programs at Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, Alabama. After completing the machining program at Wallace State Community College, Jimmy Hodges began his career as a machinist in 1981 in Cullman, Alabama at what was then known as Speeding Ultra-Precision machine shop.  He spent the next 19 years in a variety of manufacturing positions, primarily in the aero-space industry in the North Alabama region.  In 2000, Jimmy began his career as an educator teaching Drafting and Design at the Earnest Pruett Center for Technology and working as an adjunct drafting instructor at Northeast Alabama Community College.  He was hired at Wallace State Community College in June 2009 as the Drafting and Design department chair and accepted the position of Dean of Applied Technologies in November 2011.  Since that time, he has worked diligently to improve and expand the technical programs at Wallace State, working very closely with business and industry to ensure current and relevant program offerings.  Wallace State’s technical programs consistently rank among some of the best in Alabama and even the nation with regard to SkillsUSA competitions and nationally recognized certifications.  Jimmy and his wife of 35 years, Lynn, have three children, Matthew, Laura, and Ginny.  All three are educated and employed and have given Jimmy and Lynn six wonderful grandchildren, three girls and three boys, which are the center of Jimmy and Lynn’s world.  Jimmy is very excited about the future of career/technical education.

Anthony Landis

Senior Director, College and Career Access & Success at the Ohio Department of Higher Education 

Currently, he oversees Ohio’s Postsecondary Career and Technical Education portfolio, which includes oversight of Ohio’s 52 Ohio Technical Centers, management of various initiatives for the state’s community colleges and universities, as well as leadership for the Carl D. Perkins federal grant program, career pathways development, and postsecondary access and success.  He has been the state lead for various national and state initiatives like the Lumina Foundation’s  Credit When It’s Due “reverse-transfer”, Institute of Higher Education Policy’s Win-Win Project, National Governors Association’s Academy for Career Technical Education, and Ohio’s One-Year Option’s 900 clock hours to 30 credit hours initiative. He has served on national education organization boards, provided thought leadership as an education expert to community and national organizations, and has been a highlighted presenter, keynote speaker, and panelist at local, state and national meetings and conferences. 

He has over twenty-five years of experience in higher education administration and policy in the areas of workforce development, economic advancement, academic affairs, and student affairs. Previously, he held positions in student affairs at Central State University (Ohio) which is an Historically Black College and University, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Tony is also a published writer and holds a BA and MA in History from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. 

A native of Springfield, Illinois, he and his wife Kai have one son—Grant, and reside in the Columbus, Ohio area.  

Brooks Jacobsen--ATEA Outstanding Board Member 2020

Supervisor  Electrical Systems and Robotics Program

Lake Area Technical College,

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  retired from  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 ,is the Chair of the ATEA National Awards Committee where presides at the awards ceremony and is secretary for the ATEA Region 5 board, and helps with many local and state committees.


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.


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."    

Marie Price

Director for Training and Development

Idaho Forest Group 

Marie Price is the Director for Training and Development at Idaho Forest Group, one of the top 10 lumber producers in the U.S.  Prior to Idaho Forest Group, Marie held several leadership positions at North Idaho College, including the Director for Workforce Training & Community Education, Director for Workforce Development and Director for the Worker Retraining Program.  Marie holds an Education Specialist degree in Adult and Organizational Learning and Leadership from the University of Idaho, a Master’s degree in Recreation Management from the University of Montana  and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seattle University. She has completed coursework towards a doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration at Idaho State University. She holds multiple industry recognized certifications relating to continuing education and training, including an Idaho Career and Technical Education Administrator’s certificate. Marie serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of North Idaho and is a member of the Clearwater Economic Development Association’s Dream It Do It Council.


Ryan Purdy


Mid Plains Community College

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

Ryan Purdy was appointed President for the 18-county Mid-Plains Community College service area in May 2012 after serving the same position in the Interim Capacity since January 2012.  Prior to this appointment, Ryan had served as the Associate Vice President of Administrative Services since May 2003 and the Director of Accounting from March 2002 unitl May 2003.  The MPCC service area encompasses three major campuses, four community campuses, more than 30 learning sites and over 20,500 square miles of west-central and southwest Nebraska. 

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE.  He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Chadron State College in Chadron, NE.  


1st VP

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. 

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

Executive Director, SkillsUSA

Chelle has been active with ATEA for 20 years, having lead two national conference for ATEA in Chattanooga in 2013and Nashville 2017.    She was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Services adn Student Affairs for the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology for the Tennessee Board of Regents.  In that capacity she was the SkillsUSA state director for Tennessee Skills competitions.  Chelle most recently was the Senior Director of Workforce and Economic Development for Tennessee Higher Education Commission leading two initiatives, the Governor's Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) and Supporting Postsecondary Access in Rural Communities (SPARC).   GIVE provides community grants which aim to eliminate skills gaps across the state in a proactive, data-driven and coordinated manner by encouraging collaboration across education and industry.  SPARC will offer micro grant opportunities for Career and Technical Education equipment.  She holds a bachelors and a masters degree in business administration of Tennessee Middle States University.


Dr. Sheree Utash

President of Wichita State University campus of Applied  Sciences and Technology (WSU)

Sheree Utash has served as President of Wichita State University Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology (WSU Tech) since 2015. Prior to that, she served eight years at Wichita Area Technical College as vice president of academic affairs. With over 7,500 students, WSU Tech is the largest technical college in Kansas and acts as managing partner for the National Center for Aviation Training. Utash offers a unique blend of teaching, administrative and leadership experience in both higher education and private industry. She has provided administrative oversight for the College's academic programs, with emphases in manufacturing, aviation, design, IT, specialized trades, healthcare and general education. She has overseen faculty, grants management, adult literacy, and academic planning and resource management. Her role involved the formation and leadership of the lead institution for the National Aviation Consortium, a $15 million grant project with direct working relationships with two-year colleges in five states. Additionally, Utash managed and facilitated the recent affiliation of WATC with Wichita State University to create WSU Tech.

Barbara Walden

Dean of Technology Science

Truckee Meadows Community College

Reno, Nevada

Dean Barbara Walden Truckee Meadows Community College served as a project director for our TAACCCT grant.  She developed exceptionally innovative and flexible training programs utilizing the grant resources. She subsequently served as a director for CTE programs at Western Nevada College before returning to Truckee Meadows Community College as the Director of the Applied Industrial Technologies where she guided development of multiple flexible-entry, modular training programs for the emerging industries that have reshaped the economic foundation of Reno and northern Nevada. In 2020 she was selected as the Dean of Technical Science at the college. She is a true believer in the community college mission and the vital role that technical education plays in the nation's economic well-being. 

Dean Walden is no stranger to ATEA. She was a primary organizer on the ground for events hosted in Reno three years ago. She has also presented at other ATEA conferences

Cliff Wightman, President of TCAT-CrossvilleCliff Wightman


Tennessee College of Applied Science

Crossville Tennessee

Wightman began his career at the Crossville campus and with the TBR system in 2007 as a machine tool technology instructor, following an 18-year career as a machinist and engineering technician in the private sector, including 12 years at Delbar Products Inc. in Crossville. He served as TCAT-Crossville’s marketing and industrial training coordinator from 2012 to 2015, when he was elevated to assistant director.  He was appointed president in 2017.

 Wightman's  experience ranges from the teaching  to the finances and building projects. He maintains relationships with industry and the community to promote continuing education and partnerships with our community colleges. "I firmly feel that my entire life has evolved into where I am today because of the education I received as a student here, and I can convey to area residents the need for skilled training to change their lives for the better.”

After his high school graduation, Wightman continued his studies at TCAT-Crossville and graduated from the machine tool technology program. He later earned an Associate of Applied Science in general technologies at Roane State Community College, a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies at Tennessee Technological University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Bethel University. 

Wightman also attended the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Leadership Training Academy and has been a presenter at the Tennessee Board of Regents’ New Faculty Institute. He has attended team member training at the Council on Occupational Education, the national accreditation agency for technical colleges. Wightman also serves on the National Education Team for Skills USA.

TCAT Crossville's nomination for the ATEA and National Technical Honor Society LDB Logistics won in 2018 and are features in the ATEA Journal spring/summer 2018.

Dr. Jason Wood

President, Southwest Technical College

Fennimore, Wisconsin

Dr. Wood's academic career began with teaching Spanish and culture as he worked to complete an undergraduate degree. He taught high school Spanish and history while coaching basketball in rural north Idaho. Jason has experience in higher education as a recruitment coordinator, senior director of college preparation, branch campus dean, and as a chief student services officer at community colleges in Oregon. Jason came to Southwest Tech after serving as the Executive Vice President for Student and Academic Services at Central Wyoming College.  He has served as Dean for Student Services, Klamath Community College (Klamath Falls, OR); Senior Director for College Preparatory Programs including Adult Basic Education, GED Preparation, Adult High School Diploma, Corrections Education; English as a Second Language, and college developmental classes at Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton, OR); and High School Spanish and History Teacher (Rathdrum, ID)

Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University; a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Idaho; and a Bachelor of Art in Spanish with a minor in History from Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City, Utah.


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

Professional Engagement as the ATEA Journal Editor

American Technical Education Association Journal Editor

Dr. Nasser Razek, College Education and LeBron James Family Foundation

Student Association for Graduates In Education (SAGE)

University of Akron, Akron, Ohio

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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