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2018 Candidates for Elected Board Positions
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The NCWE Board of Directors is pleased to present to our membership five candidates running for the three open Elected Board Member positions. These elected board members serve at the pleasure of the membership, making this voting process very important.

Please vote for your top three candidates. The elected individuals will serve on the board for two years and will be up for re-election in 2020.

Once you have reviewed all of the candidates' bios, please CLICK HERE to cast your ballot. You must vote by Thursday April 19, 2018 4p EDT

Paula Nissen, Education Program Consultant
Iowa Department of Education, IA

Paula serves as Education Program Consultant and Outreach Liaison for Iowa Department of Education’s Community College and Workforce Preparation Division specializing in data analysis and education outcomes research. She has been employed by the State of Iowa for the past 20 years, working 16 years as the Bureau Chief for Iowa Workforce Development’s Regional Research and Analysis Bureau and the past four at the Department of Education. In her position, she manages Workforce Training and Economic Development Fund for Iowa and conducts research in partnership with economic developers, local workforce officials, educators, and businesses across the state of Iowa to develop customized research.

"My current position allows me to work with all 15 community colleges in Iowa, bringing together and analyzing multiple data sources which require community and government partners working together toward a common set of goals and priorities. For the past two years, I have served on the Board as an Elected Member. I am running for re-election to assist in the support of workforce education initiatives that are of importance to the Council. The Vision and Mission of NCWE mirrors the work that I perform for the State of Iowa through research and connectivity. I truly believe these efforts make a difference through informing students about employer demand and the skills that workers need to link education and economic development efforts."

J.Kyle Dalpe, Ph.D., Interim Dean Technical Sciences
Government Relations Liaison
Truckee Meadows Community College, NV

Dr. J. Kyle Dalpe, currently serves Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) as the Interim Dean of Technical Sciences, heading the applied technology programs — robotics, advanced manufacturing, welding, machining, HVAC, unmanned aerial systems, diesel and automotive — and initiating industry partnerships including the Panasonic Preferred Pathway (P3) program. He regularly works with major companies to develop training options to meet the needs of the region. Dalpe helped initiate and implement a $25 million fundraising campaign to support college initiatives including a major renovation of the TMCC Applied Technology Center. He has also served as Associate Dean, Chief of Staff, and was appointed Acting President during a transitional period in college administration.

“I am interested in serving on the NCWE Board to continue to support high quality educational programs to maintain a pipeline of trained talent to emerging workforce careers. Working with NCWE members, businesses and elected officials to create and share exemplary programs will help to advance workforce education overall. I will bring a wealth of knowledge on community college engagement in workforce education, apprenticeship programs, business partnerships and legislative policy to the board.”

Christina Todd, Chief of Staff
Office of Workforce Education and Corporate Partnerships
Lone Star College, TX

As Chief of Staff for Workforce Operations at Lone Star College, Christina Todd guides a stellar team of workforce education professionals dedicated to helping students improve their career paths so that they can feed their children and put a roof over their heads. In her 20 years at Lone Star College, Christina has served in positions from labor market analyst, to program manager of dual credit/articulation/program research, to director of instructional support services, and to executive director of workforce program development. The breadth of that experience has led Christina to recognize that all higher education is workforce education.

“Being a student of workforce education and leadership, I want to serve the broader workforce education community. NCWE has provided me with opportunities to meet colleagues nationally, and I want to contribute my energies to helping others do the same. Additionally, I hope to apply my organizational skills to helping organize the professional development at NCWE conferences.”

Phyllis Cummins, Ph.D., Senior Research Scholar
Miami University, OH

Following completion of her undergraduate and master’s degrees, Dr. Cummins enjoyed a lengthy career with Prudential Financial in their investment department. She retired from Prudential and decided to return to college and completed a PhD in social gerontology at Miami University. Her research focus is the identification of strategies that will allow individuals to remain in the labor force at older ages, studying education and training programs that are structured to meet the needs of non-traditional age students, many of which take place at community colleges and career and technical centers. Dr. Cummins is currently the lead investigator on two research projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (U.S. Department of Education) focusing on education and employment for older learners.

“I have been an active NCWE member for several years, having presented at multiple conferences and was the 2012 recipient of the James Jacobs Scholarship Award. An important component of my research is dissemination of findings to practitioners and policy makers and NCWE has played an important role in those efforts. As per NCWE’s mission, as a board member, I will attempt to provide the important link between research and practice. Serving on the NCWE board would be an honor and provide me with the opportunity to give back to an organization that has given me so much. The many connections I have made at NCWE conferences have been important to my work and serving on the board would allow me to give back in some small way."

Joseph Roche, Dean of Instruction Business and Technology
Metropolitan Community College, MO

Recognized for his passion for workforce education, Joseph Roche was recently selected as Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development at Metropolitan Community College (MCC) in Kansas City, MO. His passion for creating educational opportunity started when he served a US Navy instructor at the Naval Submarine School in Groton, CT where he developed high tech, innovative training programs to meet the needs of the submarine community. He transitioned from military training to teaching at career and technical centers as a part time instructor. He taught electrical apprentices and customized training in electronics, electricity and automation. Joseph served as faculty for eleven years at MCC progressing from faculty to program coordinator to division chair and to dean of instruction for career and technical programs.

“My vision is grounded in experience, and I can share both with NCWE members. My passion is to provide growth opportunities for individuals by connecting them to relevant education experiences that fit the current economic climate of the challenges our nation faces in the workforce to compete in a global environment. My current organization recognizes me as someone who questions status quo and thinks outside the box on every problem I encounter. These qualities are increasingly valuable as we face challenges that demand more effectiveness from us than ever before.”

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