About Us

NCPN Staff


Debbie Mills was named Director of the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) in May 2013 and also serves as Vice President-Partnerships of the Center for Occupational Research and Development (CORD), NCPN’s parent organization.

Mills focuses on transitions between secondary and postsecondary experiences and community engagement for the success of adult learners. Mills has expertise in curriculum development, staff development, linkages between secondary and postsecondary institutions, community engagement, and partnerships with business, industry and labor.

Mills is a subject matter expert for the U.S. Department of Education’s Designing Programs of Instruction for Career Pathways “Communities of Practice” and serves on the National Advisory Group for the Alliance for Quality Career Pathways initiative. Previously Mills was a subject-matter expert for the DOLETA/OVAE Career Pathways Technical Assistance Initiative (2011), OVAE Rigorous Programs of Study project (2011) and the College & Career Transition Leadership Team (OVAE Project 2007).

Prior to joining CORD, Mills was a workforce development grant administrator at the postsecondary level. She has written or contributed to numerous publications and articles and has delivered several keynote speeches at the state level. Mills’ awards include the American Association of Community College’s Dale Parnell Tech Prep Award and the U.S. Department of Education’s Excellence in Tech Prep Award.

Mills completed her undergraduate degree in Career Occupations and a Masters in Technology from Eastern Illinois University.

Mills and her husband Don have a daughter and two grandchildren, and live on a farm.

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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: or 254-741-8329

Linda Locke has been with CORD since 1989, and she currently serves as Office Manager and the Executive Assistant to Richard C. Hinckley, President and CEO. Linda was involved with the first National Career Pathways Network Conference. Linda has served in many positions with the conference since its beginning, and she currently serves as the Registrar and the Exhibit Coordinator for both the National Career Pathways Network and the HI-TEC Conferences. Linda also maintains and updates all of the information in the very large National Career Pathways Network Membership Database to keep it current.

Contact: or 254-741-8337


Teemus Warner is the Marketing Coordinator for the National Career Pathways Network 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: or 254-741-8337