Speakers

Bill Anderson was named executive director of MeckEd in December 2010. Prior to that he was the executive director of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Inc. (CIS) from 2006 – 2010. MeckEd is committed to quality public education for all students and is also an independent voice for public education that is trusted in all corners of the community.
Vince Bonfiglio serves as the shop foreman for Hendrick BMW Northlake. He has been with the Hendrick organization for 14 years. In addition to his current assignment at the Northlake location, he has served in the capacity of master mechanic and shop foreman at both the Hendrick BMW main store on Independence Boulevard, and Hendrick Mini Cooper. Vince is an ASE Certified technician and serves on the advisory board for the BMW Associate Degree program at Central Piedmont Community College.

Debbie Bouton currently serves as associate vice president for learning and workforce development at Central Piedmont Community College. In that role she oversees Professional Development and eLearning, monitors the quality learning initiatives at the college, and coordinates the hiring and onboarding of new faculty. She also served for several years as associate dean for Professional Development. Debbie has more than 10 years of experience in career services at both CPCC and Queens University of Charlotte. Debbie completed her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration at N.C. State University in 2007.

Dawn Braswell is the training manager for Siemens Energy, Inc. in Charlotte. She has worked with the facility’s training department since March 2011. As the training manager, she oversees all learning and development for the more than 1,500 employees in this advanced manufacturing environment.  Prior to Siemens, Dawn spent 10 years in highr education, specifically serving as an associate dean in the N.C. Community College System.
Kathryn Castelloes is the bureau chief for apprenticeship and training within the N.C. Department of Commerce. Kathryn began her career with the N.C. Department of Labor in 1994 in the Pre-Apprenticeship Division, and has held positions of increasing responsibility since then. In January 2014 the Apprenticeship and Training Bureau was transferred to the Department of Commerce and is now located within the Division of Workforce Solutions.
Will Collins is the executive director of NCWorks, a new collaboration between the N.C. Community College System and the Department of Commerce to ensure our workforce development system is working for the people and businesses of North Carolina. Since December 2013, Will has served as assistant secretary of commerce, responsible for the division of workforce solutions. He has more than 30 years of experience in human resources and economic development, including serving on boards for the Durham Chamber of Commerce, the N.C. Japan Center, the Durham Workforce Development Board, and the N.C. Community College System State Board of Directors.
Ray Fairman currently serves as an apprenticeship training advisor for Central Piedmont Community College. A doctoral candidate at Grand Canyon University, with a master’s degree in Organizational Management, a master's degree in Human Resources Leadership and undergraduate work from Pennsylvania State University, Ray has achieved recognition as an operations manager, Six Sigma Black elt and an ISO 9000 Certified Auditor in several prominent companies. Furthermore, Ray has expanded his skill set by successfully acquiring professional SHRM membership, business analyst training and a certificate from the prestigious IPA management consulting firm

Mike Hogan is the associate dean of STEM at Central Piedmont Community College, with responsibility for Engineering Technologies and Information Technologies. He is a graduate of East Carolina University, where he received a master’s degree in Technology Systems and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology.  Mike is a 16-year veteran of the community college system and has spent much of his time working with business and industry to establish various workplace learning opportunities. Mike is a proud product of the N.C. Community College System, earning an associate degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology, an educational experience that was greatly enhanced by workplace learning.

Michael Horrigan, SPHR is a consultant with E4 Carolinas energy consortium, plus is the principal of M/H/R Services LLC, providing HR consulting services to companies such as STEAG Energy Services and KSM Castings. He is also serving as an organizer of the CEO Roundtable for Advanced Manufacturing Companies and a contributor to the Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG) Regional Advanced Manufacturing Coalition. During the last 10 years, he has enjoyed a long corporate career, holding positions at General Electric, Schaeffler Group USA and for Cone Mills.

Charles Keller Jr. serves as the community access and outreach administrator for the 26th Judicial District of North Carolina. He has worked for the Trial Court Administrator’s office since 2000. In his role, Charles is responsible for supporting the Trial Court Administrator in the development, implementation and administration of services that improve access to the court system. Additionally, Charles coordinates the internship program for several departments within the Mecklenburg County courthouse.

Jill Lutz is the interim associate dean for workplace learning, with responsibility for Apprenticeship Charlotte, Cooperative Education (Co-op) and internship. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied business administration and psychology. Jill also has a master's from SUNY at Stony Brook.

Michael Manis is director of community and economic development for the Greater Charlotte nine-county Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG). He provides more than 36 years of experience in management and coordination on federal, state and local levels in a variety of municipal and private development arenas. As CED director, Michael facilitates access and support of multiple federal agencies and State of North Carolina funding opportunities, grants and administrative resources for the regional units of government and economic agencies.

Dana McDonald currently serves as the director of Goodwill University at Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont. Previously, Dana served as an associate dean for Central Piedmont Community College, leading re-careering services and workplace learning. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and holds a Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Maryland.

Pamela McGimpsey is an apprenticeship consultant with the N.C. Department of Commerce Apprenticeship and Training Bureau. She graduated from East Carolina University with an undergraduate degree in Communications, holds a Master of Science in Health Sciences degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and is a N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal. Under her professional alias “Pamela Spears,” she enjoyed a successful broadcasting career as a radio and television personality in Columbia, S.C., and in Charlotte with WPEG-FM and WCCB-TV.

Michelle Miller is the human resources manager at Bosch Rexroth Corporation. She has extensive HR experience in recruiting, training, wage and salary administration, employee relations, and establishing HR policies and procedures. Michelle is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte with a degree in Management, concentrating in Human Resources.
Linda Moorer is the senior workplace learning coordinator for Central Piedmont Community College, where she has worked since 2000. Linda has an extensive background in industry and education. Previously she was the training manager at TJ Maxx and Family Dollar Distribution Centers in Charlotte; a training coordinator at Allied-Signal Aerospace Company in Los Angeles; owned her own consulting company; and worked with various colleges and companies as a certified facilitator for DDI and Achieve Global.

Gracie Myers has more than 18 years of experience in human resource functions and currently serves as the human resources manager for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS). She is responsible for all HR related services to division mangers, with operations management on all aspects of HR policies and procedures for multiple key business units. Gracie is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, holding degrees in both English and Communication Arts.

Jeff Parsons serves as the associate vice president of the School of Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technology at Stanly Community College (SCC) in Albemarle, N.C. He has previously served as a math instructor and the director of development math at the college. Prior to joining SCC, Jeff worked as an automation engineer at Corning Cable Systems, LLC in Hickory N.C.
Chris Paynter is the dean of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Central Piedmont Community College. In that role, Chris is responsible for the leadership and operations of general education and technical instruction in the College’s 21 STEM-related degree programs. Before joining CPCC, he was a geographic information systems (GIS) and earth sciences teaching assistant at UNC Charlotte. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in political science at N.C. State University and a master’s degree in geography at UNC Charlotte.
Chuck Session is the director, Lab Services for Duke Energy. He is responsible for the Meter Test and repair, Rubber Goods, testing and Small Tool Repair across six states. Previously, Session served as manager metering services, where he led the Meter Reading effort for 1.4 million gas and electric customers in the Midwest. Chuck has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry.
Andreas Thurner is the apprenticeship manager at Blum, Inc., where he has managed the Apprenticeship 2000 partnership since 2004. Originally from Austria, Thurner was an apprentice himself and became a master craftsman. He began working for Blum, Inc. as a CNC machinist in the mid-1980s and is currently responsible for all continuing education and apprentice training at the U.S. subsidiary in Charlotte.