SkillsUSA Foundation

The SkillsUSA Foundation is SkillsUSA’s philanthropic arm. The foundation is comprised of representatives from business, industry, organized labor and other interested parties.

A committee of key business leaders from corporate America assists in fundraising and offers expert advice and counsel. The foundation raises approximately 25 percent of SkillsUSA’s overall operating budget each year. In addition to this operating support, funds raised support SkillsUSA’s mission-related programs and events, including the WorldSkills Competition.

Committee Members:


Laurie Hackett
Manager, Philanthropy and Community Relations
Air Products


Wanzel Jessie
Director, Client Services

John Colborn
The Aspen Institute

Larry Teverbaugh
President and CEO
CareerSafe LLC

Tim Humes
Sponsorship Marketing Manager
Carhartt Inc.

Mike Miller
Manager, Global Service Training
Caterpillar Inc.

Taryn McKenzie
Director, Building Trades and Transportation Training
Cengage Learning

Pam Evans
Community Relations
GE Appliances

Cheri Judkins
Business Unit, Learning Operations Manager, Harley-Davidson University
Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Inc.

John Kett
President and CEO
Insurance Auto Auctions Inc.

Joe Morgan
Chair, SkillsUSA Championships Executive Committee
Kentucky Department of Education

Nick Peterson
Welding Engineer/Curriculum Developer
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. Inc.

Steve Greene
Vice President, Workforce Development
NCCER/Build Your Future

Tim Zilke
President and CEO
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Kaye Morgan-Curtis
Manager, Corporate Community Relations
Newell Rubbermaid

Greg Rintala
National Sales Manager, North America, Education
Snap-on Industrial

Jim Bohn
Director of Product Management — Bosch North America, Robert Bosch Tool Corp.
Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

Beverly Reid
Director, Learning and Development Department
State Farm Insurance Companies

David Zellers
V.P. Customer Services New Business Integration
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.