The Education Council is composed of nationally-recognized education leaders representing K-12, community/technical colleges, and four year institutions. Council members and the institutions they represent are committed to delivering high-quality manufacturing education and training programs designed to meet the skill requirements of our nation's manufacturers. Council members play an active role at the local, state and/or national level in shaping and promoting policies designed to promote career and technical education, competency-based education, industry credentials, innovation and applied research. The Manufacturing Institute leverages the expertise of Council members to expand and enhance our broad network of education-business partnerships across the county.


Dr. Bryan Albrecht
Gateway Technical College
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Ms. Tracy A. Ariel
Director, Advanced Manufacturing Centers
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities
East Hartford, Connecticut

Dr. Marilyn Barger
P.I. and Executive Director
Florida Advanced Technological Education Center
Tampa, Florida

Dr. Cynthia A. Bioteau
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Jacksonville, FL

Dr. Roy Church
Lorain County Community College
Elyria, Ohio

Ms. Sherry Coker
Center for Workforce Development
Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield, Missouri

Dr. Sally Downey
East Valley Institute of Technology
Mesa, Arizona

Dr. Thomas Eckert
Blackhawk Technical College
Janesville, Wisconsin

Dr. Kenneth L. Ender
William Rainey Harper College
Palatine, Illinois

Dr. Blake Flanders
Vice President
Workforce Development
Kansas Board of Regents
Topeka, Kansas

Dr. Timothy V. Franklin
Associate Vice-President for Business & Economic
   Development and Special Advisor to the President
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Office of Research and Development
Newark, New Jersey

Dr. Tom Friedmann
Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer
Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Dr. Gary M. Green
Forsyth Technical Community College
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Dr. Richard E. Helton
Vincennes University
Vincennes, Indiana

Dr. Deneece Huftalin
Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. James B. Jacobs
Macomb Community College
Warren, Michigan

Dr. Para M. Jones
Stark State College
North Canton, Ohio

Dr. Lee Lambert
Pima Community College District
Tucson, AZ



Dr. Dawn Lindsay
Anne Arundel Community College
Arnold, Maryland

Mr. Carlos L. Margo
Interim Executive Director
South Texas College
McAllen, TX

Dr. Patricia L. McKeown
Bellingham Technical College
Bellingham, Washington

Dr. David R. McKinnis
Director and Associate Vice Provost for Engagement
Technical Assistance Program
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Dr. Roderick Nunn
Interim President
St. Louis Community College at Forest Park
St. Louis, Missouri

Ms. Susan Palisano
Director of Education Initiative
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology
East Hartford, Connecticut

Dr. Annette Parker
South Central College
Faribault, MN

Mr. Frank Pugh
Board of Directors - California School Boards Association
Board of Directors - National School Boards Association
Faculty Member - Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, California

Dr. Teresa A. Helmlinger Ratcliff
Assistant Vice Chancellor OEED, Executive Director,
Industrial Extension
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Carmel Ruffolo
Corporate Engagement & Regional Development
University of Wisconsin
Kenosha, WI

Dr. Mel Schiavelli
Interim President
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale, Virginia

Dr. Thomas J. Snyder
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr. James G. Vaughan
Center for Manufacturing Excellence
F.A.P. Barnard Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering
The University of Mississippi
University, Mississippi

Dr. Promod Vohra
Dean, College of Engineering & Engineering Technology
Northern Illinois University
De Kalb, Illinois

Dr. Penny S. Westerfeld
Interim President
Lone Star College - North Harris
The Woodlands, TX

Dr. Federico Zaragoza
Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development
Alamo Colleges
San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Tony Zeiss
Central Piedmont Community College
Charlotte, North Carolina







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