Eric Burkland, President, The Ohio Manufacturers' Association
Eric L. Burkland has been the president of The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association since 1989. Previously, he held positions of: Vice President, Legislative Relations, Community Mutual Insurance Company; Director of the Department of State Legislation, Ohio State Medical Association; Research Assistant, Ohio Legislative Service Commission; and staff writer for the Wheeling News-Register. Eric is a 1974 honors graduate of Miami University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. During 1972 and 1973 he studied at the European Study Center in Luxembourg. He also pursued post-graduate work in political science at Miami University while holding a position as a teaching assistant in the department of political science.
Mona Babury, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Pfizer Global
Mona Babury is the Global Diversity & Inclusion Leader at Pfizer, leading diversity, equity and inclusion strategy for the Pfizer Global Supply and Finance and Business Operations Organization. Mona joined Pfizer in 2007 as a specialist in the counterfeit drug and serialization PMO. In the 13-year career span at Pfizer, she has had opportunities to develop a diverse background in Supply Chain, Technology, Data Analytics, Project Management and Capital Portfolio Management. In 2017, Mona led a program called Business Technology for Girls, giving young women, from inner city schools in middle school and high school, an opportunity to learn about careers in STEM. Mona has also led local internship programs and serves as a mentor to young women in STEM. As Global D&I lead, Mona is responsible for building relationships with external organizations aligned to the Pfizer Equity value and helping the business advance D&I strategy around talent acquisition, talent management and talent retention so that every colleague has an opportunity to develop, grow and succeed. Mona has a BSBA in HR Management and a Master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Lynnette Boggs, Supervisor of Career & Technical Education, Wayne County Schools Career Center
Lynette Boggs currently serves as Supervisor of Career & Technical Education for both secondary and post-secondary programs at the Wayne County Schools Career Center in Smithville, Ohio.  Lynette began her journey as a high school student in the drafting program at that same school over 37 years ago.   She began her career in industry where she honed her skills and continued her education.  Later, she returned to the Wayne County Schools Career Center as its Engineering Technologies instructor.  She then moved into the Dean of Students position and progressed further in administration to her present position.  Lynette holds undergraduate degrees from The University of Akron and Malone University and a Master’s degree from Kent State University.  She has pursued further course work at Ashland University and holds a Superintendent’s License with the State of Ohio.  Lynette has channeled her passion for Career & Technical Education and workforce development by developing creative partnerships that have resulted in positive results for students and industry.
Jessica A. Borza, Executive Director, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition

Jessica A. Borza, Executive Director, Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition (MVMC), an industry sector partnership focused on critical workforce issues.

Since its inception in 2011, Jessica has led MVMC in its effort to convene and mobilize the region's key stakeholders around a common set of priorities in order to recruit, prepare, and retain a workforce qualified for the specific needs of the manufacturing industry. Nearly 100 members strong, MVMC aligns partners across education, workforce development, economic development, and community-based organizations and serves Trumbull, Mahoning, and Columbiana Counties.

Jessica also serves as an advisor to the Ohio Manufacturers Association on their workforce agenda, which positions industry sector partnerships like MVMC at the core of their statewide strategy.

She was recognized as the Business Advocate of the Year by the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and received the OESCA Outstanding Leadership Award for Community Service in 2018.

Jessica earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Journalism from the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism and an MBA from Kent State University. She and her husband, Matt, also own Pondi’s Restaurant in Lisbon, Ohio.

Jim Bowman, President/Owner, Noble Tool
Jim Bowman is the President / Owner of Noble Tool in Dayton, OH, a manufacturer of high precision fixtures and gauges for the medical, physical fitness, aerospace, and defense industries. Jim has been a senior executive in manufacturing organizations for over 30 years with a focus on lean manufacturing and strategic planning.  He is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Dayton and has achieved his MBA with a concentration in Operational Management from there as well.  He is past chairman of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association and serves on several of its workforce development committees and is a supporter of the DRMA 501(c)(3) Foundation for Manufacturing Career Awareness. Jim has served on the board of the Dayton Region Manufacturing Workforce Partnership (DRMWP) since 2017. He is a UD Flyer basketball fan and enjoys cycling on the weekends. 
Frank Brickner, Deputy Director/CFO, Ohio Means Jobs Cuyahoga County

Frank Brickner, Interim CEO, CFO, Ohio Means Jobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County (OMJ|CC)

Frank Brickner has been serving as Interim CEO of OMJ|CC since September 2019. In this role, Frank looks to develop and implement innovative partnerships and services that meet businesses needs for qualified talent and provide residents access to careers and economic mobility. He is supportive of innovation and continuous improvement in workforce system operations and service delivery. He has over twenty years of service in the public workforce system. His previous experiences include financial leadership positions at the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, and the Cuyahoga County Departments of Children and Family Services and Juvenile Court. Frank has a bachelor's degree from Cleveland State University, and he is a licensed CPA through the State of Ohio.

Marzell Brown, Talent Management Lead, Rockwell Automation

Marzell Brown is a native Clevelander and a product of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), graduating from Glenville High School.

Marzell holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and has worked in the engineering-related industry for Verizon Wireless, Motorola, and Rockwell Automation.

In his current role as talent management lead for Rockwell, Marzell focuses on developing relationships with colleges and universities, building pipelines on employment opportunities, developing training for new talent coming into the organization, and establishing alternative methods to recruiting engineers.

Marzell has been involved in several community projects, including helping design and develop STEM programs for CMSD schools. He has helped with exhibit builds at The Children's Museum of Cleveland, Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC), and Lake Farm Parks using Rockwell products and partnerships with Case Western Reserve University.

Gardner Carrick, Vice President, The Manufacturing Institute

Gardner Carrick is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for The Manufacturing Institute at the National Association of Manufacturers.  Mr. Carrick leads the Institute’s workforce portfolio which includes the nationally recognized FAME program, the NAM-Endorsed Skills Certification System, and series of projects supporting manufacturers and educators as they prepare the next generation manufacturing workforce.  He is also leading the development of a national data system that will integrate education, certification, and labor market data to deliver outcome information on credentialing programs.

Previously, Mr. Carrick led the Institute’s research activities including partnerships with internationally recognized consulting firms to produce a regular series of reports on the U.S. manufacturing sector.  Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. Carrick worked at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration as the Communications and Special Projects Director.

Kristi Clouse, Senior Managing Director of Talent Acquisition Services, JobsOhio
Kristi serves as the senior managing director of Talent Acquisition Services for JobsOhio. She oversees the collaboration between the talent team and JobsOhio project companies to develop their workforce capacity through marketing to as well as screening and training candidates to match the right talent with the company. Kristi has served as the executive director of operations and the director of project management forJobsOhio. Before joining JobsOhio, Kristi held various positions in economic development, including roles with the Ohio Department of Development’s Strategic Business Investment Division and Allen Economic Development Group in Allen County, Ohio. Kristi, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and Ohio’s Basic Economic Development Course, earned her bachelor's degree in communication and business from Bluffton University.
David Cofer, Project Manager of Employer Engagement and Experiential Learning, Columbus State Community College
David Cofer brings nearly 25 years of private sector, consulting and non-profit leadership experience to his role of Project Manager, Employer Engagement and Experiential Learning at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, Dave is responsible for the day-to-day program management of two earn-and-learn programs: the IT Flexible Apprenticeship Program and the Modern Manufacturing Work Study Program. Dave earned a B.S. in Business (Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior) from Miami University (Ohio) and an M.A. in Education (Workforce Development Education; concentration in Human Resource Development) from The Ohio State University.
Angelia Erbaugh, President, Dayton Region Manufacturers Association

Angelia Erbaugh is the president of the Dayton Region Manufacturers Association, a 400-member company trade association serving manufacturers in west-central Ohio. DRMA has been one of the leading regional manufacturing trade associations in the nation since 1934.

Angelia serves on Montgomery County’s Workforce Investment Board and its Employers Advisory Committee; on manufacturing program advisory committees at Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Upper Valley Career Center, Greene County Career Center, Sinclair Community College, Clark State Community College, and Wright State University; and on business advisory councils for the Montgomery, Greene, Miami, and Preble County educational service centers. She was named a Power 50 Most Influential Women of the Miami Valley by the Dayton Business Journal in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019; and named a Top 25 Woman to Watch by Women in Business Networking, class of 2018.

Prior to DRMA, Angelia held various administrative and project management positions in the banking and software development industries. She holds two associate degrees from Sinclair Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Capital University.

Kristy Fredmonsky, Manager of Human Resources, Ferroit

Kristi Fredmonsky has a wealth of knowledge within business and human resources. She started her career more than 5 years in operations management before she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Developing people has always been a passion for her so she advanced into Human Resources after receiving her degree. Her expertise includes branding, development, strategy, benefit design and compliance. Kristi believes in building a genuine partnership with her client groups. She sees HR’s role as critical to helping drive the overall business strategy. Transparency and focused attention are engrained in her approach.

Kristi has worked in both union and nonunion environments. She is currently the Manager of Human Resources for Ferriot, Inc. in Akron, Ohio.

Kyle Fulton, Instructor/Developer Adult Education & Industry Training, C-TEC of Licking County

Mr. Fulton is the coordinator of manufacturing and workforce programs at C-TEC adult education where he has served since 2016. His background includes more than 15 years of experience in the manufacturing sector specializing in CNC programming, tool and die, injection molding, robotics, and automation. Professionally, Mr. Fulton has completed an 8,000 hour tool and die apprenticeship program. He also holds certifications from MSSC including CPT+, CLA/CLT, Green Production Certification, and is a certified Fanuc robotics instructor. He is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Science degree from The Ohio State University. He is a member of Ohio ACTE, HTEC Educator’s Network, HRMA, and Young Leaders of Licking County. Within these organizations, he serves on multiple committees, and is a 2019 graduate of the Young Leaders of Licking County’s mentorship program.

Bernie Gosky, Ohio TechNet Project Manager, Lorain County Community College

In her role at Lorain County Community College, Bernie Gosky manages Ohio TechNet, a DOL-funded consortium that launched in 2014 as a consortium of 11 community colleges whose strategic partnerships with educators and industry are recognized as key to solving the manufacturing workforce challenges in Ohio while advancing collaborative, system-level solutions. The consortium has grown to include all 23 of Ohio’s community colleges and seven universities. Gosky's leadership of Ohio TechNet supports the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, a collaboration of Ohio TechNet and The Ohio Manufacturers' Association.

With prior roles as Executive Director for Intern in Ohio and for Summer on the Cuyahoga, Gosky’s career has focused on addressing talent issues to ensure that Ohio remains a leader in the global economy. Gosky has a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Jon Husted, Ohio Lt. Governor

Lt. Governor Jon Husted oversees the Ohio Common Sense Initiative (CSI) and serves as the director of both the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and InnovateOhio.

Jon was raised in Northwest Ohio’s Williams County. The small community instilled in him the importance of faith, family, and hard work that serve as the foundation of his public service. He graduated from Montpelier High School and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Dayton (UD).

Jon was an All-American defensive back for the Dayton Flyers and a member of UD’s 1989 Division III national championship football team. After receiving his master’s degree, he remained in the Miami Valley and served as the vice president for economic development at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce.

As an elected official, Jon has served as Ohio as secretary of state, speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, and in the Ohio Senate. He was elected lieutenant governor on November 6, 2018.

Jon considers his most important role as that of be a loving husband to his wife Tina, and father to Alex, Katie and Kylie.

Andrew Jackson, Owner, Elson's International

Andrew Jackson is President/CEO of Elsons International, a full service manufacturer and distributor of corrugated packaging. Jackson also is Owner/CFO of MAC Installations & Consulting LLC, a Low Voltage Telecommunications company; Owner/Operator of AJ Automotive Group; Do-All Landscaping/Snow Plowing; and Forest Glen Properties.

Prior to his entrepreneurial engagements, Jackson spent over 30 years in Corporate America as a Partner with the global consulting firm, Accenture.

He also served for seven years as the Senior Vice President for the Greater Cleveland Partnership (The Chamber of Commerce for Northeast Ohio).

A product of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Jackson graduated from John Adams High School.  He earned a degree in accounting from Cleveland State University.  By training, he is a Certified Public Accountant having passed the CPA exam in 1983.

In addition to his business interests, Andrew serves on several Boards in Cleveland, including The Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging (WRAAA), The Cleveland State University Business School - Visiting Committee, among others.   As a community leader, he has been recognized by a number of organizations and featured locally and nationally in various publications.

Ethan Karp, President and CEO, MAGNET
Dr. Ethan Karp is an expert in transforming companies and communities. As President and CEO of the non-profit consulting group MAGNET, he has helped hundreds of manufacturing companies grow through technology, innovation, and talent. He is passionate about driving economic prosperity in his home region of Northeast Ohio. He’s a committed change-maker and community builder. He serves as Board Chair of Cleveland/Cuyahoga County Workforce Development and as a Director on the boards of the following organizations: American Small Manufacturers Coalition, Cleveland Leadership Center, MidTown Cleveland, Inc., Cleveland Jewish Publication Company, and the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland. Dr. Karp is a recognized thought leader and a frequent national media commentator on the future of manufacturing in America, including a regular column in Forbes. Prior to joining MAGNET in 2013, Dr. Karp worked with Fortune 500 companies at McKinsey & Co. He received undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and physics from Miami University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from Harvard University. Dr. Karp lives in Cleveland with his wife and three young girls.
Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, The Manufacturing Institute

Carolyn Lee is the executive director of The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the nation’s largest industrial trade association.

In her role, Ms. Lee leads the Institute in its goal of supporting the manufacturing workforce of today and growing the manufacturing workforce of tomorrow. The Institute does so through a variety of programs designed to excite, educate and empower—with a particular focus in four key areas: women, veterans, youth and lifelong learning.

Ms. Lee was raised in a manufacturing family. She saw from a young age the transformative impact manufacturing can have on communities, families and the men and women who build the world around us. Now it’s what drives her every day as she works to bring manufacturing’s powerful potential to more Americans.

Cathy Lyttle, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Worthington Industries, Inc.

Cathy Lyttle is a seasoned leader and communicator with more than 35 years of professional experience. She has been recognized for her expertise and leadership in the fields of public relations, non-profit leadership, political strategies, social media, executive communications, employee communications, workplace culture, and strategic philanthropy.

In 1999, she joined Worthington Industries, a leading diversified metals manufacturer with annual sales of approximately $3 billion and more than 11,000 employees working in nearly 100 facilities in 11 countries.

Lyttle was named senior vice president and chief human resources officer of the company in 2018.

During her two decades at the company, she has led internal and external communications, corporate philanthropy through the Worthington Industries Foundation, government relations, marketing, and investor relations. With a strong mentoring mindset, Lyttle created the WI Women Network.

Prior to joining Worthington Industries, Lyttle was vice president of JMAC Hockey LLC, supporting the establishment of the National Hockey League expansion franchise Columbus Blue Jackets. Lyttle also spent a decade at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce as vice president of marketing.

A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Lyttle has received a number of honors for her work as a professional and community trustee.

Dieter Moeller, President and CEO, Rhinestahl AMG

President & CEO, Rhinestahl Corporation

Dieter leads the Rhinestahl customer tooling solutions and advanced manufacturing business units. He has more than 30 years of experience in high-tech companies.

In 1990, Dieter returned to Cincinnati to join his father as the general manager for Rhinestahl, developing new business opportunities. In 2006, with his father's retirement, he became president and CEO. He quickly led Rhinestahl to be the largest global supplier of GE turbine engine tooling.

In 2009, Dieter led the company’s successful effort to acquire GE’s customer tooling solutions (CTS) business. Since the acquisition, the company has achieved double digit growth of the CTS business. In 2016, CTS became a preferred supplier for Rolls-Royce engine tooling.

Rhinestahl has been named to the Deloitte Cincinnati USA 100 largest, privately held companies, and has been recognized by the Cincinnati Business Courier as a Fast 55 highest growing company.

Dieter attended Case Western Reserve University, earning a BS degree in physics and a BS in computer engineering, as well as an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Cincinnati. Dieter was awarded the 2019 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award for the east central division. Dieter is a member of the REDI Cincinnati Executive Committee.

Scot McLemore, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Mobility, American Honda Motor, Inc.

Scot McLemore, manager at American Honda Motor Company, leads the development and execution of talent acquisition and mobility strategies. He is also responsible for strategy development of Honda’s future technical workforce focusing on creating a pipeline of technical talent from middle school through college and into Honda manufacturing roles. 

McLemore’s career at Honda spans thirty years including both engineering and human resource functions focusing on technical development and acquisition.  He began his career with Honda in 1990 as a manufacturing engineer in the welding department of Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant, Marysville, Ohio. He served as the manager of corporate technical development for Honda of America Mfg., Inc., leading engineering development as well as an extensive technical training program providing skill enhancement for equipment technicians, engineers and production associates. 

McLemore serves as an appointed member of Governor DeWine’s Ohio Executive Workforce Board, Chairman of the Ohio Manufacturing Association’s Manufacturing Sector Partnership Leadership Council, Vice-President of the Central Ohio Manufacturing Partnership, member of the Higher Learning Advocates Network of Champions as well as a member of several advisory committees for regional career/technical centers and workforce development organizations. 

McLemore earned his Bachelor of Science in Computer Integrated Manufacturing Technology from Purdue University. 

Chris Nance, Vice President, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Christopher B. Nance, a native Clevelander, has served in the private, non-profit, and public sectors in Ohio, Connecticut, and New York. Nance served as Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones and Assistant Secretary of State to Ohio’s Secretary of State. Currently, Chris serves as Vice President Construction & Inclusive Talent Initiatives, which includes efforts to connect underrepresented individuals - across multiple sectors - to jobs and business opportunities. Nance earned a Bachelors degree from Boston College and a Masters in Business Administration from Cleveland State University.
JP Nauseef, President and Chief Investment Officer, JobsOhio

J.P. is president and CEO of JobsOhio, Ohio’s private economic development corporation, a position he has held since March 2019. JobsOhio is unique amongst state-wide economic development organizations, due to its private structure; stable, non-governmental funding; and statewide coverage through six regional network partners.

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, J.P. served as an officer managing space and technology development programs. After the military, J.P. joined Deloitte and Touche as a management consultant prior to his beginning his first foray into economic development with the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC).

After his time with the DDC, he went on to lead a privately held investment portfolio focused on early-stage, media-tech, and he co-founded the Krush Media group and served as its executive chairman prior to his current role with JobsOhio.

J.P. is passionate about supporting military families and veterans, co-founding Hometown Heroes and the Big Hoopla -- community-based initiatives that honor military members, families and veterans.

J.P. earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, and his Air Force commission
through Wright State University’s ROTC program. He earned his master’s degree from the
University of Southern California.

Jane Neal, Senior Vice President, OMA Chair and AMG Vanadium LLC
Mrs. Jane Neal is the Senior Vice President of AMG Vanadium and leads the Environmental, Health and Safety, Quality, Continuous Improvement, and Vanadium Sourcing teams. Mrs. Neal has over 20 years of experience in quality, process control, and operational leadership and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. Prior to joining AMG Vanadium, Mrs. Neal held technical and operational leadership roles at Weirton Steel, Roll Coater in Weirton, WV, and Nucor’s Crawfordsville, Indiana Plant. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from The Ohio State University and an MBA from West Virginia University. Mrs. Neal currently serves as Chair of The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Board of Directors.
Debbi Perkul, Executive Director, Workforce Partnerships, MAGNET
Debbi Perkul, Executive Director of Workforce Partnerships, MAGNET. Debbi is a workforce development strategist with experience in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds. Debbi co-leads Workforce Connect, the Manufacturing Sector Partnership for Cuyahoga County. In this role, she is builds collaboration among industry, nonprofits, and education to close the talent gap in manufacturing. Prior to MAGNET, Debbi spent over eight years at University Hospitals in Cleveland where she developed, designed, and implemented a system-wide workforce development strategy. She has also worked as executive director for a small workforce development nonprofit. She holds a master’s degree in education and is an alumnus of Leadership Cleveland.
Jill Rizika, Executive Director, Toward Employment
Jill Rizika is Executive Director of Towards Employment, a community-based nonprofit which delivers quality workforce services for low-income Greater Clevelanders, and helps local businesses fill their staffing needs. The agency helps over 2,000 individuals every year prepare for a job, find a job, keep a job and advance in a career. She transformed an innovative job retention program into a revenue-generating stream for the agency, and strengthened programming to meet the employment needs of individuals with a criminal background, doubling the number of people placed in jobs on an annual basis. She oversaw implementation of a national demonstration grant, WorkAdvance, that resulted in higher earnings for low-income participants relative to a control group. In 2014, Ms. Rizika was recognized as a White House “Champion of Change” for her work on creating employment opportunities for individuals involved in the criminal justice system and received the Pillar Award for non-profit Executive Director of the year. She was named a Northeast Ohio “Smart 50” executive by Smart Business magazine (2016) and a Crain’s Business Magazine Woman of Note (2019). She has a B.A. from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.
Ted Rozier, Director of Engineering, Festo Didactic North America

Ted Rozier is the Director Of Engineering for Festo Didactic Solution Center North America, headquartered in Eatontown, NJ (since 2014).

Before joining Festo Didactic, Ted had 18 years experience leading the Automation Engineering Department for Doosan Infracore Machine Tool Corporation. He specialized in the design and development of robotics and machine tool turnkey systems for the automotive, aerospace and pharmaceutical industries.

Ted has managed the development of several user-friendly automation control turnkey systems on a global scale.

As Director of Engineering  of Festo Didactic, Ted is passionately looking to advance Festo Didactic as a global leader in designing and implementing Industry 4.0  learning factories and training programs with a view to systematically prepare individuals to excel in dynamic and complex industrial automation environments.

Volunteer experience:

  • ARM (Advanced Robotic Manufacturing) Technical Advisory Committee
  • RIA (Robot Industries Association) Robotics Safety Committee
  • AMT (Association for Manufacturing Technology) Technical Service Committee
  • OMA (The Ohio Manufacturers' Association) - Chief Technology Advisor (Robotics and Automation)
Terri Burgess Sandu, Director, Talent and Business Innovation, Lorain County Community College

Terri Burgess Sandu is Director of Talent and Business Innovation for Lorain County Community College (LCCC). Sandu leads a team of professionals whose work advances the College’s commitment to student success and business growth. Named to the position in January 2012, Sandu leverages 30+ years of experience in workforce, community and economic development.

Sandu co-directs the Ohio Manufacturing Workforce Partnership, a collaboration between Ohio TechNet, which represents Ohio community colleges and universities, and the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, designed to meet manufacturer’s talent needs. Sandu’s work has fostered in-depth partnerships with regional, state and national organizations to advance shared goals for manufacturing competitiveness. Since 2014, these collaborative efforts have been instrumental in generating over $33 million of investment in LCCC’s and Ohio’s manufacturing innovation initiatives.

In 2018, Sandu was recognized as a NextFlex Fellow and in 2019, she was elected to serve as a Board member of the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers.

Before joining LCCC, Sandu served as Executive Director of HHW Ohio, an organization dedicated to accelerating women’s success in high demand careers, with a focus on trade and technical fields. Sandu is a recipient of the Excellence in Workforce Development Innovation Award from the Ohio Economic Development Association, and a proud alumna of Oberlin College, Leadership Lorain County and the YWCA of Cleveland Executive Leadership program.

Brianna Schultz, Vice President Workforce Development, Manufacturing Works

A Cleveland transplant from Michigan, Brianna’s passion in life is helping children and adults become the best version of themselves through education, learning, and development. Currently, she is able to fulfill that passion through her daily work as the Vice President of Workforce Development with Manufacturing Works ( In this work she helps youth and adults connect with and prepare for careers in manufacturing. Prior to working at Manufacturing Works, Brianna served as the Program and Service Director for City Year Cleveland for 10 years where she was part of a team that improved the organization’s ability to help students stay on track to high school graduation.

Brianna earned her Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University and her Master of Business Administration with a Human Resources Specialization from Ashland University. She volunteers her time with the Learning and Development Committee through the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management (CSHRM) and is a facilitator for the New Politics Leadership Academy. She is also an alumnus of the 2011 class of Cleveland Bridge Builders.

Adam Snyder, Managing Director / Sector Partnerships, MAGNET
Adam Snyder, Managing Director, Workforce Connect Manufacturing Sector Partnership. Adam joined MAGNET in 2019 to lead Workforce Connect, the Manufacturing Sector Partnership for Cuyahoga County. Adam came to the team from his role as president of Artwall, a local manufacturer of art for major ecommerce retailers. Since graduating from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) with a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering degree in 2002 and Master of Engineering Management degree in 2003, Adam has managed a plastics manufacturing site, a regional consulting firm, and a marketing firm/contact center. Adam serves on a number of boards including CWRU, privately held manufacturing companies in Northeast Ohio, and ACCESS – a homeless shelter for women and children in Akron.
Steve Staub, President, Staub Manufacturing Solutions

Steve Staub is President of Staub Manufacturing Solutions, a contract manufacturing company specializing in metal fabrication located in Dayton, Ohio. Steve and his sister Sandy Keplinger founded the company with the help of their father in April 1997. Steve is heavily involved in the advancement of the manufacturing industry and tirelessly works to solve the workforce development crises.· Serves on the Board of Directors and is on the Executive Committee for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

  • - Serves on the Board of Directors for The Ohio Manufacturers Association (OMA).
  • - Founding member and serves on the Board of Directors for XtremeSTEM (a hands on workforce development program to get kids interested in the manufacturing industry).
  • - Testified in front of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee about workforce development in March 2018.
  • - He has served and does serve on several Boards of Advisors for privately owned companies.
  • - Steve also serves on several workforce development boards for higher education / training.
  • - In November 2018 Staub Manufacturing Solutions was named Manufacturing Business of The Year by the Dayton Business Journal.

Along with his wife Erin, their daughters Madeline and Amelia, Steve lives in Tipp City Ohio in an 1830’s farm house they restored.

Justin Stimac, Business Development, Machining Training Solutions
For over four years, Justin Stimac has been working with Machining Training Solutions (MTS) to provide custom tailored manufacturing training programs for both industry and education using MTS’s simulation software and curricula. Justin, however, is by no means new to manufacturing; he grew up in a contract manufacturing company started by his parents in 1986 and he is involved in the day to day operations of Metal Essence, Inc. Because of this, Justin understands the many needs that most manufacturers have when looking to hire new employees or train their incumbent workforce. Justin graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Studies. After deciding not to pursue a career in politics, Justin has dedicated his time to promoting manufacturing as a career and developing the necessary tools, curricula, and knowledge to create successful training programs. Justin focuses on providing exceptional customer support for both the companies he works with as well as the students and does everything he can to help students and employees grow and further their career in manufacturing.
Chuck Stout, President, Extruded Products, Pennex Aluminum Co.

Chuck Stout is the President of Pennex Aluminum Extruded Products Division. Chuck joined Pennex in 2016 as General Manager of the Leetonia facility. Prior to Pennex, Chuck spent over 20 years in manufacturing leadership roles focused on the aerospace, defense, and automotive industries. Chuck is also a veteran of the United States Navy nuclear power program where he was responsible for both operations and educational instruction.

Chuck holds a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Thomas Edison State University and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.

He is an active member of the AEC Academic Engagement committee and the Mahoning Valley Manufacturer’s Coalition. Chuck’s efforts have been focused on developing the best pathway for success in hiring and developing new and existing employees to meet the demands of the changing manufacturing environment.

Karen Wright, CEO, Ariel Corporation

KAREN BUCHWALD WRIGHT has served as chairman, president and CEO of Ariel Corporation since 2001. Founded in 1966, by Ms. Wright’s father, Ariel manufactures natural gas compressors for the global oil and gas industry, with 2016 marking Ariel's fiftieth anniversary. Ariel is the world’s largest manufacturer of gas compressors and is one of Ohio’s largest capital goods manufacturers. Under Ms. Wright’s leadership, the company has grown fivefold and greatly increased its international footprint. Ms. Wright is chairman and founder of the Ariel Foundation, which is directed toward quality of life (education, arts, parks, historic building renovations, family/youth support groups, private-public partnerships) and the revitalization of Ariel’s hometown of Mount Vernon, Ohio, which has resulted in a vibrant and growing small, mid-western town. Additionally, she supports many organizations directed toward freedom and liberty, from The Heritage Foundation, Media Research Center and the National Review Institute to CFACT, CEI, AER and IER, GM Institute for Humane Studies, and the Philanthropy Roundtable. Ms. Wright was awarded the William F. Buckley, Jr. Prize for Leadership In Supporting Liberty in October of 2018. Additionally, Ms. Wright is very fond of George Washington’s Mount Vernon and has supported the GW Library and renovation of the iconic Mount Vernon mansion.