speakers

meet our 2022 speakers

Neil Ashbaugh

Neil Ashbaugh

President & CEO, New Century Careers

Neil Ashbaugh has over 30 years in the advanced manufacturing industry, serving 2 registered apprenticeships and a variety of roles in production and administration…

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Nate Broadus

Nate Broadus

Workforce Specialist, Catalyst Connection

In his position as Workforce Specialist, Nate engages local job seekers, community organizations and employers via the REAL Jobs Initiative to create new employment pathways…

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Michel Conklin

Michel Conklin

Executive Director, BotsIQ

Michel Conklin, Executive Director, leads the development and expansion of the BotsIQ’s manufacturing workforce development initiatives…

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Josh Cramer

Josh Cramer

Education and Workforce Director, Organizational Development, America Makes

Josh Cramer joined NCDMM in 2018 as the Education and Workforce Director for America Makes, providing overall program leadership responsibility for all America Makes’ Education and Workforce initiatives…

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Scott Dietz

Scott Dietz

Director of Workforce Education Initiatives, Catalyst Connection

Scott is responsible for the program development and delivery of Catalyst Connection’s STEM initiatives. These include an in-school project based program called Adventures in Technology and two…

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Erica Frischmann

Erica Frischmann

Senior Consultant, Organizational Development, Catalyst Connection

In her position as Senior Consultant, Erica specializes in helping manufacturers assess their business strategies and achieve their growth goals through innovation, operational excellence and organizational development.

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Stephen Leonard

Stephen Leonard

Operations/Program Manager, Digital Foundry

Over 35 years experience product design, development engineering, manufacturing and education…

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Gina Masciola

Gina Masciola

Managing Director of Education, WQED

Gina began her career as a classroom teacher/early learning consultant for Head Start. Gina served with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit for 15 years and as an early learning consultant…

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Petra Mitchell

Petra Mitchell

President & CEO, Catalyst Connection

Petra Mitchell is the President and CEO of Catalyst Connection, a private, nonprofit economic development organization dedicated to helping manufacturers with management consulting…

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Sam Moore

Sam Moore

Executive Director, Moonshot Museum

Sam leads operational buildup, a multimillion dollar funding campaign, exhibition design, and program development for the world’s first museum focused on career and community…

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Sabrina Saunders Mosby

Sabrina Saunders Mosby

President & Chief Executive Officer, Vibrant Pittsburgh

Sabrina Saunders Mosby currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Vibrant Pittsburgh, a premier economic development organization working to attract, retain, and elevate a diverse regional workforce…

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Reggie Overton

Reggie Overton

Account Executive/Director, Community College of Allegheny County

In 2004, Reginald Overton joined CCAC as executive/college director of the college’s workforce training division…

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David Rea

David Rea

Managing Director of Human Capital Team, Catalyst Connection

In his position as an Organizational Development Consultant, David specializes in helping manufacturers optimize employees through hiring, development and retention best practices.

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Shaun Reddick

Shaun Reddick

Teacher, Burrell High School

I was a middle school physical science teacher for 25 years. I have always considered myself someone that likes a new challenge and I enjoy technology…

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Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds

Director of Techworks, Commonwealth Charter Academy

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Emily Siegel

Emily Siegel

Workforce Consultant, Catalyst Connection

Emily Siegel joined Catalyst Connection in October of 2021 after working as an intern with the Human Capital team…

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Govardhan Singh

Govardhan Singh

Site Head, Bayer US LLC

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Sharon Steele

Sharon Steele

Managing Director of Corporate Support, WQED

Sharon initiated WQED’s multifaceted Future Jobs initiative in 2018, and continues to be involved in this project in collaboration with WQED TV Production…

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John Skelley

John Skelley

Retired Vice President – Human Resources, JWF Industries

John recently retired after 13 years as the vice president – Human Resources for JWF Industries in Johnstown…

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Todd Tommaney

Todd Tommaney

Senior Organization Excellence Consultant, Catalyst Connection

Todd Tommaney joined Catalyst Connection in August of 2018 as an Operational Excellence Consultant. Prior to joining Catalyst, Todd has had over 12 years of experience in leadership positions…

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Nathan Wadding

Nathan Wadding

Co-Founder & CEO, Skinny Tie Media

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Linda Wood

Linda Wood

Senior Certification Manager, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute

Linda Wood joined the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute in 2019 and is currently serving as the Senior Certification Manager…

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