Rita Cameron Wedding, Ph.D.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Rita Cameron Wedding, Ph.D. is a professor of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies at Sacramento State University (California). Dr. Cameron Wedding’s curriculum Implicit Bias: Impact on Decision-Making, has been used to train judges, public defenders, practitioners in child welfare, juvenile justice, law enforcement and education in jurisdictions throughout the country since 2005.

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Ken Coates

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Ken Coates is a rare public commentator who brings deep understanding of past and present realities together with compelling ideas about Canada’s future. His passionate and highly engaging talks have captivated diverse audiences across the country, from college administrators and economic development officers to Aboriginal entrepreneurs and community activists.

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Brad Avakian

Special Guest

Brad Avakian serves as the commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) where he works for strong and fair enforcement of Oregon’s civil rights laws and wage and hour protections. With emphasis on apprenticeships and the return of career and technical education, Avakian has led efforts to ensure that employers have access to a skilled, competitive workforce.

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Shelley Gray

Special Guest

Shelley Gray is Interim Chief Executive Officer for the Industry Training Authority. Shelley is responsible for ITA’s overall operational strategy related to customer service, industry relations, training delivery, program standards activities, and Indigenous Initiatives.

Shelley joined ITA in 2013 as the Director of Customer Experience and led the successful launch of the Apprenticeship Advisors program, allocating 15 Apprenticeship Advisors across the province to ensure ITA continues to provide regional support for the trades in BC.

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Suzan "Suzi" LeVine

Special Guest

Suzan “Suzi” LeVine was appointed by Governor Inslee as Commissioner for the Employment Security Department (ESD) on July 9, 2018. At a time when society is experiencing massive technological and demographic shifts, she brings relevant leadership experience and expertise from the public, private, and non-profit sectors to help people navigate their paths forward to be lifelong career ready.

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Shana Peschek - Conference Co-Producer

As director of the Construction Center of Excellence, Shana links industry to the community college system in Washington State for the purpose of coordinating education and training efforts to build a competitive workforce in a global economy.   

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Chris Reykdal

Special Guest

Chris Reykdal was born and raised in Snohomish, Washington as the youngest of eight children. He has served as a high school history teacher, local school board member, state legislator, and budget and policy executive for our state’s community and technical college system. Chris has dedicated his entire career to public education, and he is currently serving in his first term as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two children, Carter and Kennedy.

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Jody Robbins - Emcee, Conference Producer

Jody Robbins, Apprenticeship Program Manager for the Department of Labor & Industries got his start as an apprentice sheet metal worker.  Jody worked in a number of different roles in the sheet metal industry training apprentices in the field as a journeyman, teaching apprentices in the classroom as an instructor and counseling apprentices as a training coordinator

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Joel Sacks

Special Guest

Joel Sacks was appointed Director of the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) in January, 2013 by Governor Jay Inslee, making him one of three ex-officio members serving on the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB). L&I’s mission is to “keep Washington safe and working.” The agency administers a number of critical programs including the state’s workers’ compensation system and its occupational safety and health program.

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Frosti Adams

  I am a licensed secondary English teacher, and I have a certificate in College and Career Counseling from UCSD.  I received my BA from Linfield College, and my M. Ed. from George Fox University.  In addition to my role as one of two Workforce Development Program Managers at AGC, I am an adjunct professor at Warner Pacific University in their Adult Degree Program.

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Michelle Anderlini

Michelle Anderlini, ITA’s Manager of Apprenticeship Completions, is responsible for supporting and advancing apprenticeship completion in BC. Twenty five years ago Michelle was first introduced to the trades, working closely with apprentices and employers to identify skilled trades training opportunities. 

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Stacey Anderson

Stacey Anderson is the Program Manager for Youth and Specialized Populations at Pacific Mountain WDC.  She began her career in Workforce Development in 1986 under the JTPA Legislation. She began her career at VADIS offering workforce development services to individuals with disabilities. She has been with Pacific Mountain since 2010 providing workforce development services for the Heroes at Home 2 and Camo2Commerce programs on JBLM and recently managed the Journey2Jobs Program.

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Salvador Arellanes

Sellen Project Engineer Salvador Arellanes takes pride in his ability to get along with just about anybody. If you’ve ever crossed paths with Salvador, who joined Sellen as an intern in 2015 on the Pike Place MarketFront project, you’d probably agree.

“We deal with a lot of different personalities at work on a daily basis,” Salvador said. “Ultimately, we’re here to help others realize their vision and dreams.”

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Connie Ashbrook

Connie Ashbrook, of Ashbrook Consulting LLC., was founder and Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. for 21 years, (now retired.) She worked in the construction trades for 17 years, primarily as an Elevator Constructor.

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Art Bailly

Art Bailly is the Program Administrator and training Coordinator for Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB). He currently has 6 apprentice occupations that he runs for NBBB - Marine Painters, Production Welders, Machinery Assemblers, Ship Fitters, Pipe Fitters and Marine Quality Assurance Testers.

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Megan Quint
Jon Bersche

For 31 years, Jon Bersche has brought great passion, and results-oriented success to his work ranging from youth and young adult education, program development; general contracting/carpentry, pre-apprenticeship training and program management; and workforce development.

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Rod Bianchini

Rod Bianchini is the Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Industry Training Authority. Rod joined ITA in 2013 as the Manger of Apprenticeship Advisors where he played a key role in the introduction of Apprenticeship Advisors to the BC trades training system.

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Aaron Bouchane

For the last ten years, Aaron Bouchane has developed and managed innovative workforce development programs both domestically and internationally. As a former business owner, he understands the difficulty in identifying and retaining quality employees.

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Hali Boyd

Hali Boyd is the Program Director of Sea School Northwest, a new maritime workforce training program. Hali began her career on the water as a deckhand for the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport tall ships on the US West Coast. She continued her professional development on traditional vessels by traveling to the East Coast and Great Lakes to work as a bosun and mate before earning her USCG 100 tonne Inland Captain’s license and AB Special.  She returned to the Pacific Northwest to serve as Captain of the Portland Spirit, and work as a Columbia River tugboat Deckhand/Engineer for Shaver Transportation.

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Kelly Boykin

Kelly Boykin is the supervisor of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Coaching/Mentoring unit. She has worked with our apprenticeship program as a Coach/Mentor and now the supervisor since 2011.

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