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State Team Partners

James Jacobs

President
Macomb Community College
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Daw Alwerfal

Professor
Lawrence Technological University

Dennis Arouca

VP of Operations
Manufacturing Renaissance

Marcia Black-Watson

Industry Talent Director
Michigan Workforce Development Agency

Kelly Burr

Executive Director
The Shop Rats Foundation

Ida Byrd-Hill

Uplift, Inc.

Britany Caine

Program Manager
University Research Cooridor

Michael Coast

Director
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

Tom Crampton

Executive Dean
Mott Community College

Ashish Dasgupta

Program Manager
Focus: HOPE

Russ Davis

Apprenticeship Director
US Department of Labor

Samantha Farr

Director
Women Who Weld

Elliot Forsyth

Vice President of Business Operations
MMTC

Dan Gilbertson

Director of Innovative Education Program/Strategic Partnerships
Madison Public Schools

Dana Hughes

Michigan Department of Education

Lisa Katz

Executive Director
Workforce Intelligence Network

Sridhar Kota

Institute for Manufacturing Leadership
University of Michigan

Ghassan Kridli

University of Michigan - Dearborn

Kathy Laird

VP of Automotive Operations
Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit

Rob Leadley

Dean of Occupational Programs & Economic Development
Schoolcraft College

Alan Lecz

Director of Advanced Transportation
Washtenaw Community College

Jason Lee

CEO
Focus:HOPE

Gene Liao

Professor, Engineering Technology, Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering
Wayne State University

Deb Lyzenga

Michigan Works! Kent, Allegan & Barry Counties

Joanne Mahony

Michigan Department of Education

Donald Malen

Integrative Systems + Design (ISD), University of Michigan

Lawrence Molnar

Associate Director
Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy

Ben Morin

Oakland County CTE

Golam Newaz

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Wayne State University

David Palmer

Workforce Intelligence Network

Julie Parks

Executive Director of Workforce Training  
Grand Rapids Community College

Joe Petrosky

Dean of Technology
Macomb Community College

Monica Pfarr

AWS

Bill Pink

VP & Dean for Workforce Development
Grand Rapids Community College

Gregory Pitoniak

Southeast Michigan Community Alliance Michigan Works!

Mark Pogliano

Principal
Jackson Area Career Center

Bill Rayl

Executive Director
Jackson Area Manufacturers Association

Paul Riser

Director
Technology-based Economic Development @ TechTown Detroit

Philip Rufe

Interim School Director
Eastern Michigan University
Product Design and Development and Applied Technology

Cynthia Scherphorn

Oakland County CTE

Meghan Shea-Keenan

SME

Albert Shih

Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Univeristy of Michigan

Shawn Simone

Education Coordinator
TechShop

William Sleight

Director
Livingston County Michigan Works!

Dan Speck

Superintendent
Madison Public Schools

Patty Vanaman

Michigan Workforce Development Agency

Xin Wu

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Wayne State University

CP Yeh

Chair, Engineering Technology Division
Wayne State University

Thressa Young

SSD Senior Product Engineer - Fasteners
Lear Corporation