NCPN Advisory Board Members


Libby Livings-Eassa

President, NCPN
Vero Beach, FL



Libby Livings-Eassa is the President of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN). A 20 year education veteran, she has trained 1000’s of practitioners in all areas of career pathways systems from contextual teaching to programs of study enabling practitioners to assist students in meeting more rigorous competencies. She has developed 500+ programs of study, articulation and dual enrollment agreements for over 50 schools, which provided opportunities for thousands of students to receive advanced standing credits.

She is Founder and CEO of Divergent Consulting - an open-source consulting firm founded on a passion to build capacity in educational systems across our nation.

In 2011, Libby received an appointment to the U.S. Department of Education to work with the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE). Her responsibilities included serving as Senior Program Lead for the broad scale dissemination of OVAE's Programs of Study framework, Program Director for the Rigorous Programs of Study National Initiative, one of OVAE’s leads and subject matter experts for the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Adult Career Pathways Institute Initiative, and on the Perkins monitoring team.

She is a contributing author in the 2012 publication “The Career Pathways Effect: Linking Education and Economic Prosperity” and to the publication “Career Pathways: Education With a Purpose.




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.



Anthony "Tony" Landis

Senior Director, College and Career Access & Success at the Ohio Board of Regents

Workforce Development Committee Chair


Dr. Anthony M. Landis (Tony) is Senior Director of College and Career Access & Success at the Ohio Board of Regents where he manages federal and state legislative compliance, oversees performance accountability for continuous improvement, monitors over $30 million in funding, provides technical assistance to Adult career centers, community colleges, universities, and serves as agency lead on career-technical education matters with the United States Department of Education, national education organizations, Ohio Department of Education, and State of Ohio’s legislative initiatives.

More specifically, Tony oversees Ohio’s Postsecondary Career-Technical Education portfolio, which includes the Carl D. Perkins federal grant program, as well as other initiatives related to career pathways development, career-technical education credit transfer initiatives, and postsecondary access and success. His responsibilities range from providing vision and direction for Ohio’s six economic development regions specific to connecting education and workforce to supervising staff that provide technical assistance, compliance, accountability oversight, program development, and support services implementation to approximately 90 participating Adult career centers, colleges, and universities serving over 400,000 students. This includes Ohio’s College Tech Prep program, Lumina’s “reverse-transfer” initiative focused on awarding two-year college degrees, the Institute for Higher Education Policy’s Project Win-Win two-year college completion initiative, and Ohio’s One-Year Option credit transfer initiative.

Tony serves on the boards of national education organizations and community organizations, and has been a highlighted presenter at national and state conferences. Previously, he has held administrative positions at Central State University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has over nineteen years of experience in higher education administration in the areas of workforce development, economic advancement, academic affairs, and student affairs.

Tony is a published writer and holds a BA and MA in History from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. A native of Springfield, Illinois, he and his wife Kai have one son, Grant, and reside in the Columbus, Ohio, area.

 


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


Teemus Warner

Exhibit Coordinator, NCPN
Waco, TX


Teemus Warner is the Exhibit Coordinator for the National Career Pathways Network Conference and HI-TEC Conference. She is also the coordinator of Professional Development for NCPN and CORD. Prior to joining CORD in 1995, Teemus served as the executive director of Keep Waco Beautiful. A graduate of Texas Tech University, Teemus taught mathematics and business education at the high school level in Houston, Lubbock, and Waco. Her three grandchildren, Asa, Emma, and Noble are the joy of her life.

Contact: twarner@cord.org or 254-741-8337