Committed to Student Success

Staff Overview

Members of SkillsUSA’s national staff showcase a wide variety of talents, but they all have at least two things in common: a passion for SkillsUSA’s mission and a commitment to its success. This dedicated and dynamic group of professionals works closely with all our stakeholders to ensure that SkillsUSA is providing the best possible services, resources and experiences. We’re here for you!

Staff Structure

Office of the Executive Director

Chelle Travis

Executive Director

Gayle Silvey

Chief of Staff

Jason Scales, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer

Missy Wilson

Executive Office Liaison

Lolita Johnson

Human Resources Manager

Ricardo Romanillos, Ed.D.

Chief Diversity Officer

Dawn Murphy

Chief Financial Officer

Office of Administration and Finance

Kim Graham

Director, Administration and Finance

Roxanne Hodge

Senior Customer Service Representative

Sandy Mueller

Accounting Manager

Office of Business Partnerships and Development

Cathy Arrington


Julie Dufour

Associate Director,
TECHSPO and Development

Jody Felski

Development Manager

Hilary Legge

Data Stewardship Manager

Office of Communications

Thomas Kercheval


Karen Kitzel

Associate Director, Communications

Jane DeShong Short

Senior Manager,
Public Relations/Communications

Craig Moore

Senior Manager,
Web and Technology

Scott Price

Design and Digital Communications Manager

Devin Goodman

Program Manager,
Digital Experience

Brooke Gatchell

Social Media Specialist

Office of Conference, Meeting and Event Management

Courtney Ferrell


Office of Member and Chapter Development

Ashley Brown


Taryn Erminio

Associate Director,
Leadership Initiatives

Michelle Martinez

Senior Manager of State Association Professional Development

Karolina Belen

Senior Manager,
Professional Development

Sara Cobb

Program Manager,
Student Leadership Initiatives

Laura Rauch

Program Specialist

Office of Membership and State Support

Marcia Strickland


Darren Gibson

Program Director,
State Association Support

Patty Duncan

Senior Manager, Member Services

Megan Flinn

Program Manager,
Member Engagement

Lauri Domer

Program Manager,
Customer Care Team

Payten Gallatin

Program Manager,
Customer Care Team

Chelsea Robinson

Program Specialist, Customer Care Team

Taylor Weaver

Program Specialist, Customer Care Team

Office of the SkillsUSA Championships

Brandon Hudson, Ed.D.


Dennis Peaton

Associate Director

Pamela Sieffert

Program Director, Workplace Learning Experiences

Tracy Whitehead

Program Manager