Board of Directors

Driving Success: SkillsUSA‘s Board of Directors

Board Overview

SkillsUSA’s board of directors is a group of highly accomplished and dedicated individuals who committed to SkillsUSA’s mission. They bring a wealth of experience and expertise from business and industry, education and government.

The board is elected by SkillsUSA corporate members who represent their respective state associations. One corporate member from each of the five SkillsUSA regions is elected to the board. In addition, four ex-officio members serve: a representative of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), the chair of the SkillsUSA State Directors Association and a representative from Advance CTE.

These leaders work tirelessly to guide the direction of our organization, ensure its financial stability and provide support and resources to our members. They play a critical role in shaping futures for both SkillsUSA and the students we serve.

Board Photos

Chelle Travis

Executive Director

Sarah Heath, Ph.D.

President/Advance CTE Liaison


Leigh Creech

Vice President/Business and Industry Representative

Lowe’s Companies Inc.

David “DJ” Jordan

Secretary/Business and Industry Representative


Timothy Elliott

Parliamentarian and Region 3 Representative

West Virginia

Maureen Tholen

Immediate Past President/Business and Industry Representative

3M Company

Richard Kincaid

Region 1 Representative


Tjazha Mazhani, Ed.D.

Region 2 Representative

Georgia (College/Postsecondary)

Tracy Becker

Region 4 Representative

North Dakota

Julie Ellis

Region 5 Representative


Brittany Brady

Equity Representative

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

Dr. Bart Taylor

ACTE Liaison

Jackie Walker

SkillsUSA State Directors Association Chair


Holly M. Dieterle

Business and Industry Representative

Toyota USA

Mark Helvenston

Business and Industry Representative

IAA, an RB Global company

Andy Lobo

Business and Industry Representative

Snap-on Incorporated

Mary Hope “MH” McQuiston

Business and Industry Representative


Charman Meador

Business and Industry Representative


Cheryl Schaefer

Business and Industry Representative

State Farm

Kira Zdunek

Business and Industry Representative