BOARD OF TRUSTEES
American Technical Education Association
Officers for 2019-2021
Sue Smith, President
Vice President, Ivy Tech Community College, School of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Indiana
Sue G. Smith is the Vice President for the Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering & Applied Science Division at Ivy Tech Community College. Ms. Smith has worked at Ivy Tech for over 25 years in various roles including Corporate College, Workforce Development, and now in the academic division. Smith began as a manager at Ivy Tech's Columbus campus in 1990, where she developed two new apprenticeship programs that grew to include over 800 participants, including local companies. In 1994, Smith became Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development, where she grew sales from an average of $150,000 to an average of $1.8 million. Smith held this position until 2010, when she became the Corporate Executive for Advanced Manufacturing for Ivy Tech statewide. In the last few years, she has worked with all 14 Ivy Tech regions to improve sales and delivery functions to manufacturing industries.
Smith has also represented Ivy Tech in state, national, and international manufacturing organizations. She participates in numerous national and international partnerships, serving as both a speaker and host.
Increasing international partnerships and relationships is one of her passions and she has developed two sister college partnerships in Wuxi, China and Huzhou, China. Currently as vice president, Smith has statewide responsibility for and oversight of all Ivy Tech’s technology and applied science degree programs.
Smith graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and associate degree in business. She later earned her master’s degree in creative writing from Antioch University in 2007.
Announcing Dr. Jon Connolly is ATEA 1st Vice President
Dr. Jon Connolly,Vice President and President Elect
President, Sussex County Community College, Newton, New Jersey
Mary Kaye Bredeson, Vice President for Strategy
Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing , Everett,Washington
Dr. Bryan Albrecht,Past President
President and CEO, Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Dr. Scott Mickelsen, Treasurer
President, Dawson Community College, Glendive, Montana
Memory of Trustee Dr. Harry Bowman
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
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
Board of Trustees
2019 New members Dr. Aaron Fichtner, Dr. Scott Mickelson, and Marie Price are pictures on the ATEA home page. Please return for their biographies.
Dr. James Barrott
Executive Vice President
Technical College, TCAT, Chattanooga State Community College
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.
Dr. Ann Bolman
Western Dakota Technical Institute
Rapid City, South Dakota
Dr. Bolman has been president of Western Dakota Tech since 2015. Her career in higher education includes faculty member at Grayson County College, dean, at McLennon Coommunity College, and vice president at Lone Star College-Montgomery, all Texas higher education institutions. Dr. Bolman served on Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board committees. Her LSC-Montgomery team was nominated for a Bellwether Award for the faculty professional development program called “THE Initiatives.” Ann holds an Ed.D. from Texas A&M University--Commerce in the College Teaching of English, where she specialized in teaching composition and rhetoric to underprepared college students. She has an M.A. and a B.A. in English from Texas A&I University (now TAMU-Kingsville), where she started her higher education career as a T.A.
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 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 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.
Mr. Albert Bunshaft
Senior Vice President, Global Affairs
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. Aaron Fichtner
President of the New Jersey County College Council
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.
Mr. Jimmy Hodges
Dean of Technical Programs
Wallace State College
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 Speedring 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.
Dr. Alexander L. Clifford
Vice President for Academics and Student Services
Maine College of Health Science Professions
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.
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.
Shawn Mackey, Ed.D.
Deputy Executive Director for Programs and Accountability for the Mississippi State Community College Board,
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.
Dr. Scott Mickelsen-Interim Treasurer
President Dawson Community College
Dr. Scott R. Mickelsen serves as President of Dawson Community College (DCC) since July 2016. Prior to his current appointment, he held the position of Vice President of Academics at DCC. Dr. Mickelsen is a member of AACC’s Commission of Small and Rural Colleges and was recently appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to the advisory council of Get Outdoors Montana. Locally, he serves on the boards of Dawson County Economic Development Council and Makoshika Wellness. Previously, Dr. Mickelsen served as Associate Dean and Interim President at University of Nebraska’s College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska. He has also held positions at North Central Technical College in Wausau, Wisconsin, and at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa. Dr. Mickelsen received his doctorate in Agriculture Education from Iowa State University; both his MSAdult Education and BS-Agriculture Education from Utah State University and an associate’s degree from Ricks College. He feels fortunate to have worked with some of the best minds in education. Says Mickelsen, “I’ve just had a great career and I feel blessed for that and blessed to be in Glendive.
Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services
Truckee Meadows Community College
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).
Deputy Executive Director
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."
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.
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.
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 and Workforce Development for Career and Technical Education
State of Idaho
appointed March 21, 2018
Adrian San Miguel is the Director of Postsecondary Education & Workforce Training for Idaho Career & Technical Education in Boise. Originally from Texas, he received his degrees from Baylor University and has spent the last 14 years working in higher education in Texas, Indiana, and Idaho. His career and passion have focused on serving special populations, nontraditional students, and diversity-related initiatives. He provides state leadership for Federal Perkins and Adult Education programs at the postsecondary level. He also provides oversight of programs that are designed to create awareness and a vision of equity for special populations and nontraditional occupations through Idaho’s Centers for New Directions. He also supports and provides technical assistance to Idaho’s six technical colleges for degree & certificate career & technical education programs and non-credit workforce training center programs.
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.
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.
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 Tennesee Colleges of Applied Technology for the Tennessee Board of Regents. In that capacity she was the SkillsUSA state director for Tennessee Skills competitons. 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.
Tennessee College of Applied Science
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.
Lin Zhou, Ph.D.
President, Bates Technical College
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
President of Regions Councils
President Region 5
Financial Services Instructor, Southeast Tech
Sioux Falls, South Dakota