Virginia Advisory Committee for Career & Technical Education
The purpose of the Virginia Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to advise, assist and provide support and advocacy for high quality programs that prepare middle and high school students for successful transition to further education and careers.
Committee MeetingsMeetings of the Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education are held quarterly.
Next Committee Meeting: January 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., CTE Resource Center, Henrico.
See committee meeting schedule, agendas and minutes.
Committee Work & Accomplishments
- Top Tips – Engage Local Employers and Strengthen CTE Programs and Recommendations for Aligning Secondary CTE Programs with Virginia’s Labor Market Needs
- The Top 15 Businesses in Virginia – by School Division, Region, and Local Workforce Investment Area
- CTE Local Advisory Committees – The Key to Strong, Successful Business/Industry Partnerships (PDF)
- U. S. Department of Education College Scorecard
- Living Wage Calculator
- Tips for Engaging Local Employers to Strengthen Career Preparation Programs
The advisory committee consists of members who volunteer their time, talents and knowledge to help strengthen career and technical education programs. Members are appointed by the Virginia Board of Education to serve up to two consecutive three-year terms of service.
Daniel R. Woodley, Chair
Senior Leasing Associate
A. J. Dwoskin & Associates, Inc.
3201 Jermantown Road, Suite 700
Fairfax, VA 24060
Daniel Woodley has served the restaurant and hospitality industry for over 35 years. Mr. Woodley graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Institutional Management.
Mr. Woodley formed Commercial Kitchen in Washington D. C. and soon had customers as diverse as the White House and the (former) Soviet Embassy and several school systems. The firm served all the major hotels, hospitals, and school districts in the Washington metropolitan area. He has served as a Director Emeritus of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington for over 20 years and won the RAMMY Award twice, which is the restaurant industries highest award for service.
Mr. Woodley currently serves the Northern Virginia business industry as the Commercial Leasing Agent for A. J. Dwoskin and Associates in Fairfax Virginia leasing retail space to over 500 small and medium businesses of all types.
Dr. Robert Mayfield, Vice Chair
Tenaska Virginia Generating Station
2300 Branch Road
Scottsville, VA 24590
Dr. Robert Mayfield received his Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University, MBA from Florida Institute of Technology and Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership. He is a retired submarine commander who served on four nuclear submarines and is the plant manager for an 885MW combined cycle natural gas power plant near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Dr. Mayfield was the Chairman on the Virginia Department of Education Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee. He is a steering committee member for Piedmont Virginia Community College Youth Advisory Committee, Henrico Business Council Education Committee and Vice-chairman on the Virginia Career Education Foundation.
Dr. Mayfield’s Actionable Intelligence book was published in January 2010.
Karen DeRoche Black
Technology Academy Coordinator
Grassfield High School
2007 Grizzly Trail
Chesapeake, VA 23323
Karen DeRoche Black has a Bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University in Business, with a concentration in Accounting. While in college, Ms. DeRoche participated in many internship programs and developed a software program for a business to calculate inventory needs and cost allocation. She also worked at IBM in Research Triangle Park as a financial analyst.
Ms. DeRoche began a career at a local accounting firm as a staff accountant. While there, she began to pursue her endorsement for teaching secondary education in the area of Business. One year later, she began teaching full-time for the city of Chesapeake and assisted as sponsor for Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Ms. DeRoche obtained her Master’s degree in Education at Old Dominion University and is presently the Technology Academy Coordinator for Chesapeake Public Schools. She recruits students from across the city to take core academic courses as well as technology elective courses from one or more of the three strands offered at the academy. She has organized, researched, prepared, and presented information throughout the city to build awareness of the newest STEM program and has continued to research best practices for implementation of the program.
Morris E. Dews, Jr.
Director of CTE Programs for
Virginia Department of Corrections
6900 Atmore Drive
Richmond, VA 23225
Morris Dews, Jr. joined the Virginia Correctional Education (DCE), now the Virginia Department of Corrections/Division of Education, in 1985 as an Auto CAD/Drafting instructor. In 2004, Morris moved to DCE central office as an Assistant State Supervisor for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and currently is Director of CTE adult programs.
Morris graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Criminal Justice, a post graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Administration, a Master of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, a Post Master’s Certificate for Principals and Supervisors and has completed courses for certification in Special Education at Virginia State University.
Mr. Morris is a past Region II Correctional Education Association (CEA) Regional Director, CEA International Treasurer, Vice President and currently CFA president elect, and is a Vietnam veteran and a retired First Sergeant Virginia National Guard.
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
85501 Magellan Parkway, Suite 1100
Richmond, VA 23227
Tomeka Dowling obtained a Masters in Science degree from Hampton University’s School of Nursing with a focus on community health nursing and nursing education role development. She is enrolled at The George Washington University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with an expected graduation date of May 2016.
Over the past 15 years, she served in many roles that provided the necessary skills to meet the challenges facing nursing practice and nursing education. She has worked with pre-licensure associate and baccalaureate nursing programs and post-licensure baccalaureate nursing programs within the state of Virginia. Ms. Dowling has experience in delivering instruction face-to-face and online. As a faculty member, she has served on several committees proposed to standardize, enhance, and expand the college/university’s nursing education programs.
As the previous Nursing Education Consultant for the Virginia Board of Nursing, Ms. Dowling ensured the practical and registered nursing education programs compiled with state laws, regulations, and standards, as well as produce competent and safe graduates who protect the health and welfare of the state’s citizens. Additionally, her responsibilities included management of nursing education program approval, responding to program non-compliance issues, serving as a consultant on nursing education and nursing practice issues, and supervising on-site reviews.
Vivian Seay Giles
County Attorney – Cumberland
1 Courthouse Circle
P.O. Box 110
Cumberland, VA 23040
Vivian Giles received a B. S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (concentration in accounting) followed by a JD degree (Juris Doctor) from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. She specialized with a LL.M (Master of Laws) in Taxation from New York University. Following graduation, Ms. Giles worked for a small law firm in Lynchburg, Virginia and in the tax department of Coopers & Lybrand, now Price Waterhouse Coopers.
A successful career in private law practice for 12 years and in the Office of the Attorney General for three years led her to county government. She currently serves as county attorney and county administrator for Cumberland County, Virginia, a rural central Virginia locality of approximately 10,000 residents where she manages the county’s $28.5 million budget and all legal matters before the county.
Ronnie G. Gill
Executive Vice President
Branch and Country Mortgage Operations
Colonial Farm Credit
7104 Mechanicsville Turnpike
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Ronnie Gill is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Agronomy. He has been employed by Colonial Farm Credit for 27 years. He presently serves as the Vice President/Regional Lending Manager of the Tappahannock, Virginia and the Hughesville Maryland offices.
Mr. Gill serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Grain Producers Association and the Northern Neck Farm Museum. He served as President of the Virginia FFA Foundation and Chairman of the Essex School Board of which he has been a member of for 13 years. He is Past President of the Essex-Tappahannock Chamber of Commerce, served on the Summer Residential Governor’s School for Agriculture CTE Advisory Council, and was a member of the 2009 Legislative Study Group for CTE.
Madison County High School
68 Mountaineer Lane
Madison, VA 22727
Alecia Hamm has been involved in Fire and EMS services in Virginia since 2003. After obtaining entry-level fire and EMS certification in college, she continued her education and became a paramedic in 2007. After working as a career firefighter paramedic for five years, she transitioned into full time teaching while obtaining a Masters of Education with a concentration in Environment Based Learning and Gifted Studies. In addition to a health and medical sciences endorsement, she holds endorsements in biology, earth science, gifted education, and middle school science.
Through her science teaching, Ms. Hamm has experience working with students with disabilities and teaches two inclusion courses per year. She currently teaches the Emergency Medical Technician program to high schools students in Madison County and continues to volunteer as a firefighter/paramedic as she sits on several committees related to EMS education, training, and operations.
Drexel N. Harris
Project Director, Educational Institutions Strategic Programs
701 E. Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Drexel Harris holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Haven and a Master’s of Science degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus University. He joined Dominion in 1989 as a Senior Instructor at the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut. Currently, he is the HR Project Director and oversees Dominion’s educational outreach efforts to identify workforce needs and provide solutions to meet those needs.
Mr. Harris has enjoyed several careers at Dominion, including nuclear training instructor, operations engineer, licensing engineer, HR recruiter, HR generalist, EEO/diversity consultant, Six Sigma training manager, HR manager, and HR director. He has over thirty years of nuclear and electric utility experience, and over 15 years of human resources experience.
Prior to joining Dominion, Drexel served eight years in the US Navy as a nuclear reactor operator and electronics technician onboard nuclear powered submarines. He was also a nuclear training instructor for the US Nuclear Navy, General Electric Company, and Long Island Lighting Company.
S. Stewart Harris, Jr.
Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM)
Thomas Nelson Community College
99 Thomas Nelson Drive
Hampton, VA 23666
Stewart Harris, Jr. leads the development of the Advanced Integrated Manufacturing strategy at Thomas Nelson Community College. His leadership includes establishing partnerships with industry, development of curricula, coordination of grants, and site location of a Center for a comprehensive program in education and workforce development to provide multi-skilled technicians for advanced integrated manufacturing in the region.
While at NASA, he reestablished the cooperative education program for technicians, developing a partnership with Thomas Nelson that provided tuition and work experience for students in engineering technology programs, national certification as aerospace technicians and a career pathway to apprenticeship at NASA Langley. Mr.Harris is NSF’s Visiting Committee Chair for SpaceTEC, a National Resource Center that promotes technical education for aerospace technicians, provides the only FAA-recognized national performance-based certifications available for aerospace technicians in the United States, and with its partner colleges offers aerospace curricula for two-year degree programs.
Mr. Harris retired from NASA Langley Research Center in 2013, with over 40 years of service. He began his career as an electronics technician apprentice, served in numerous management positions, and retired as the Deputy Director for Technical Services in the Engineering Directorate. He provided strategic and visionary leadership for the design, development, and innovative fabrication of high quality research hardware for aerospace and scientific programs.
Pamela V. Heath
Martinsville City Public Schools
P. O. Box 5548
Martinsville, VA 24115
In 2010, Pamela Heath became Superintendent of Martinsville City Public Schools. She has led the Martinsville school division’s vision and mission in partnership with the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, the New College Institute, and Patrick-Henry Community College to develop STEM/21st Century Skills programs and structures to ensure that the area’s preK-16 educational institutions provide a seamless pipeline to local employment. Ms. Heath led the efforts of Martinsville City Public Schools to develop it MCPS STEM Pipeline and was successful in having it recognized as an Innovative Program by the Virginia Board of Educations in the spring of 2014.
Through Heath’s outreach efforts, Martinsville High School’s students have been among those enrolled in the inaugural cohort of the Center of Advanced Film Manufacturing developed through a partnership with Eastman Chemical, Patrick-Henry Community College, the New College Institute, and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation. During the 2012-2013 school year, Ms. Heath and her staff forged a partnership with the New College Institute to pilot the Academy for Engineering and Technology (AET).
Prior to becoming Superintendent of Martinsville City Public Schools, Heath served the school division as Executive Director of Accreditation, Human Resources, and Policy Development; and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Policy Development.
Before joining Martinsville City Public Schools, Ms. Heath was employed by the Virginia Department of Education as a Curriculum and Instruction Specialist with the Governor’s Best Practice Center for Region VI. Ms. Heath also has education experience with the Chesapeake Public Schools, Franklin County Schools, and as an adjunct instructor at Patrick Henry Community College.
Ms. Heath has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Music from Wichita State University, a Master’s Degree from Norfolk State University in Early Childhood Education, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Radford University. She has taken doctoral level coursework at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Northcentral University.
Community Partnerships Manager
612 East Grace Street, Suite 401
Richmond, VA 23219
Suzanne Mallory-Parker has a degree in Music Education and a Masters of Education (Administration and Supervision) from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has over 25 years of experience in the field of fine arts and arts education as a choral director, clinician, arts advocate, and instructional leader with extensive knowledge in performing arts curriculum development, fine arts curriculum standards, arts administration, professional development and training, strategic planning, and curriculum alignment. Prior to her retirement from public education in 2010, she served as Instructional Specialist for Performing Arts in Chesterfield County Public Schools, providing comprehensive and instructional leadership to the preforming arts program K-12. She has served as a project consultant with the Virginia Department of Education - Fine Arts, in the development and revision of Standards of Learning in Music and as an Instructional Program Endorsement Reviewer for the Virginia Department of Education – Teacher Licensure Division.
Currently, Ms. Mallory-Parker is employed with Richmond CenterStage and serves as the Associate Director of Education and is responsible for the overall implementation and management of specific components of the arts in education initiative at the Genworth BrightLights Education Center within Richmond CenterStage. She is an active member of the Board of Directors for City Singers Youth Choir and serves on the Richmond Symphony Orchestra’s Diversity Inclusion committee.
Suzanne R. Robinson, MSN, RN
Chippenham and Johnston Willis Hospitals
1403 Johnston Willis Drive
Richmond, VA 23235
Following her graduation from the Medical College of Virginia School of Nursing, Suzanne Robinson started her nursing career at Chippenham Hospital on the BYN surgery – Oncology unit later moving to critical care. After enhancing her critical care skills, she moved to the main PACU and served as preceptor for both new staff and for precepted nursing students. Ms. Robinson served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses and later served as an ad hoc member of the American Society of Peri-Anesthesia Nurses where certification in peri-anesthesia and ambulatory surgery was developed.
Ms. Robinson has completed a Master of Science in Nursing and is currently the Education Coordinator with Chippenham and Johnston Willis Hospitals where she has developed a team that has created a successful model for a Nurse Residency program.
Jane G. Watkins
Virginia Credit Union
P. O. Box 90010
Richmond, VA 23225-9010
Following a successful career as a staff auditor, financial analyst, accounting manager, chief financial officer, and vice president of finance, Jane Watkins was named President/CEO of Virginia Credit Union in 2000 and holds that position today. She is a licensed Certified Accountant and an active member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Ms. Watkins is affiliated with numerous local, state, and national professional associations as a member and officer. She serves on the Board of Directors of several financial services groups as well as the VCU Foundation, Garland & Agnes Gray Foundation, The 100 Club, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, Community Foundation of Richmond and Central Virginia, and the Virginia Council of Economic Education.
Paul Adams Willard, II
Air Force JROTC Instructor
King William High School
80 Cavalier Drive
King William, VA 23140
With 10 years of experience, Paul Willard, II serves as the Air Force JROTC Instructor at King William High School. He has been recognized as an outstanding JROTC instructor and selected as the 3rd place recipient of the national Christa McAuliffe Award for Teacher of the Year. Mr. Willard has also taught elementary and middle school levels.
Mr. Willard served on the steering committee for incorporating the JROTC program into the Career and Technical Education division at the Virginia Department of Education. He is adjunct instructor with Park University.
In addition to his career in the Air Force, he has worked in heavy industry, professional business, and the federal government. Mr. Willard holds professional designations as a Certified Professional Contracts Manager and in Logistics Management and has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Virginia Western Community College, a Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science from the University of Arkansas, and a Master of Arts from Webster University and is currently working on doctoral classes for a degree in Education Administration.
Dr. Brenda Long
420 Stonegate Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Dr. Brenda Long earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in Career and Technical Education (CTE) from Virginia Tech before serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and local CTE director in Tazewell and Stafford counties.
Dr. Long’s commitment to CTE has led to promoting and implementing rigorous CTE programs and ensuring that all students benefit from these programs regardless of their career goals. In this effort, she has worked with policymakers and stakeholders at local, state, and national levels and continues to identify avenues to enhance the visibility of CTE.
Brenda has served as president of the Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE), Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education Administrators (VACTEA), and Virginia Association for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (VATFACS). She has held leadership positions with the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) as a regional policy member and as chair of various committees.
Most recently, Dr. Long has provided public policy leadership as a board member of both Virginia ACTE and VACTEA. She now serves as executive director of Virginia ACTE.