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NCPN Advisory Board Members


Debra Mills

Director, NCPN
Vice President of Partnerships, CORD



Debra Mills focuses on transitions between secondary and postsecondary experiences. Mills has expertise in curriculum development, staff development, facilitation of linkages between secondary and postsecondary institutions and partnership building with business, industry and labor.

She has developed standards-based curriculum frameworks in manufacturing, construction, and transportation career clusters at a state level; assisted community colleges with strategic professional development plans; developed state and local-level partnership structures to support career pathways; and given numerous keynote speeches for state education conferences. Mills is an experienced classroom teacher and former workforce development grant administrator.

Her awards include the American Association of Community College’s Dale Parnell Tech Prep Award and the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Excellence in Tech Prep Award. She has written or contributed to several books including Tech Prep: The Next Generation Planning Guide, Career Pathways: Education with a Purpose, and Adult Career Pathways: Providing a Second Chance in Public Education. She is the lead trainer for and developer of the NCPN Career Pathways Leadership Certification.



Scott Hess

Senior Vice President, Divergent

Regional Issues & Membership Chair

Scott Hess leads Divergent’s team of trainers and consultants as Senior Vice President of Project Development.  Hess served as the Chief of the College and Career Transitions Branch of the US Department of Education. Scott’s responsibilities at the federal level included management and oversight of the Career Clusters development projects, the College and Career Transitions Initiative, the Rigorous Program of Study through Statewide Articulation Project, and the Rigorous Program of Study through implementation of OVAE’s Program of Study Design Framework.



Ann Westrich

Career Prep and Career Transition Education Director with the Wisconsin Technical College System

Ann Westrich has been a part of Career and Technical Education for over 20 years. Ann started her career as a Secondary Marketing Educator then worked 11 years as an Education Consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The work Ann does to strengthen the connections for students from secondary to post-secondary education, as well as her extensive work on Career Clusters and Pathways has given her the opportunity to share her passion at many state and national conferences. Ann was part of Wisconsin’s Rigorous Programs of Study grant team and served as a co-lead for that project. Ann serves on a variety of councils in Wisconsin, including the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, the Rural Advisory Council, the University of Wisconsin Center on Education and Work Advisory Council and the Department of Public Instruction Academic and Career Planning state-wide team. Ann resides near Madison Wisconsin, is married and has two teenage boys. In her free time she loves to travel with her family and watch her boys play hockey.

 


Jeraline M. Johnson

Lead Career Education Specialist
Department of Choice and Career Options
School District of Palm Beach County, FL

Leadership Development Committee Chair


Dr. Jeraline M. Johnson is a 20-year veteran with the Palm Beach County School District having served as a high school business teacher and high school counselor. Currently she serves as the Lead Career Education Specialist within the Department of Choice and Career Options, overseeing district Career Pathways initiatives, Criminal Justice Academies, Fire Academy, and work-based learning programs.

Dr. Johnson graduated from Alabama State University with a B.S. degree in Business Education in 1993, M.S. from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Counseling Psychology in 1997, and received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Fischler School of Education and Human Services of Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Johnson is an adjunct professor with Palm Beach Atlantic University’s graduate Counseling Psychology program.

She is Chair of NCPN’s new Leadership Development Committee serves on numerous boards related to career and technical education throughout the state and nation.

Jeraline is the proud mother of a son and two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys mentoring, conducting community service projects through her sorority, watching the Food Network, and Zumba!




Mark N. Turner

Employee Development Specialist, Learning, Training and Development
The Boeing Company

Employee Committee Chair


Mark Turner, MSOD, is a learning strategist, performance consultant, and employee development expert with 20 years of program creation, implementation and facilitation experience. Mark is a social media expert, leading Communities of Practice (CoP’s) in performance consulting, employee development and enterprise learning strategy. He is a Birkman, Harrison & “How to Fascinate” certified coach. A world traveler and adventurer Mark has co-created collaboration and engagement workshops in Russia, France, Costa Rica and China. Mark holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and is active with his lovely bride of 20 years in community-based educational programs.

Mission: Make Boeing the world leader in applying behavioral science to organizational aspirations, just as it is the world leader in applying physical science to technical aspirations.

Vision: Co-create BEST OF BOEING learning, training and performance solutions that ensure all employees have an opportunity to be exceptional contributors to the Boeing legacy.




Sheila Wilson

Conference Manager, NCPN
Waco, TX

Conference Committee Chair


Sheila Wilson joined the National Tech Prep Network team in 1993 and has served as Conference Coordinator since 2001. Since then she has become Conference Manager of the NCPN conference as well as the HI-TEC Conference, sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Centers.

Prior to joining CORD, Sheila was the conference coordinator for Engineering Technology Institute, an organization that hosted advanced technology short courses across the United States. An accomplished pianist and organist, Sheila holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Baylor University.

Contact: swilson@cord.org or 254-741-8329