The Board of Directors serve as the leadership of TACTE and includes the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Immediate Past President, Executive Director and nine Directors. Board of Directors serve in office for three years while officers serve for two. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with TACTE, feel free to contact any of these members.
Dr. Laura Sanchez, Curriculum and Accreditation Officer
Laura currently serves as the Curriculum and Accreditation Officer at South Texas College leading the department that coordinates all new program development, curriculum revisions, course scheduling, instructional program review, and student evaluations of faculty. She is responsible for all regional accreditation initiatives at the College, and serves as the Accreditation Liaison with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Laura also teaches as an adjunct instructor for the College Success department at South Texas College.
Shana Drury serves as the Associate Dean of Instructional Services for Vernon College. Vernon College is located in Vernon, Texas with three additional centers in Wichita Falls, Texas and one in Seymour, Texas. Shana serves as the Perkins Coordinator, updates THECB curriculum, oversees career & technical education rules and regulations, plus supervises the Continuing Education department.
Terri Nix has served in higher education for over 20 years, serving in roles of staff, then a faculty member in business and accounting. Terri is currently the Dean of Workforce for Howard College, San Angelo. She oversees programs and curriculum development for CTE and Health Professions and serves on the accreditation committee for her district. “Taking on administrative duties is a great part of my job, but I still love being in the classroom and having interaction with students.”
Terri holds a Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accountancy from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. In addition, Terri has a certification in Organizational Management from the University of Arizona. Terri serves as a member of the WECM Leadership Committee, Programs of Study, and Texas Community College Teachers Association.
Charlotte Speegle has served in higher education for forty years. She currently serves as Executive Dean of Workforce and Economic Development at Cisco College at both the Cisco campus and Abilene Educational Center. She also serves as Division Chair of Biotechnology, Fire Academy, Fast Track Training, and Continuing Education. In addition, Charlotte is responsible for writing and managing grants. She also teaches as an adjunct instructor for the Business Management program. Charlotte serves on the Big Country Health Education Center and the Big Country Training Coalition.
Lindle has been with the Dallas County Community College District for thirty-two years, serving as the Dean of Career, Workforce, Contract Instruction, and Technical Dean at three of the Districts Colleges – North Lake, Brookhaven, and Eastfield. He served as the President of TACTE from 2003-2005, and in 2007 became, on a volunteer basis, the Executive Director of TACTE in working with the Board.
Lindle received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Abilene Christian University and his Doctorate from the University of North Texas. His doctorate studies were in Adult Education/Community College Administration with a minor in Gerontology. Over the years he has served on numerous committees with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Education Agency, as a reader for the U. S. Department of Education, and committees and councils in the Dallas County Community College District. He currently serves as the Chair of the Administrators Council for the DCCCD.
Dr. Cissy Matthews is the Vice President of Instruction for Galveston College. She has been involved with Workforce Education since 1997 when she started working as an adjunct faculty. Cissy has served on the TACTE board since 2008 and has served as the Treasurer, the President and currently serves as the Past-President.
Rafael Brisita serves as an associate professor and division chair at St. Philip’s College a part of the Alamo Colleges. He serves and is the current past chair of the State of Texas Higher Workforce Education Leadership Committee. Mr. Brisita has been involved with Workforce Education for over 25 years – teaching and developing programs for just-in-time operations to assist in the opening and operations of plants such as the Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, Caterpillar, and consulting with the Department of Defense. He also served on the City of San Antonio transition team that converted the old Kelly Air Force Base to a nationally recognized aerospace and manufacturing hub. Mr. Brisita was one of the team members that started the nationally recognized dual credit Alamo Academies that recently received the 2012 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the National Bellwether 2014 award. His credentials include the FAA A&P license, Bachelor and Master science in education.
Sharon Carson (Chair of Marketing for TACTE) is the Director of Workforce Programs Development and Performance for Palo Alto College. She has been in community college education since 1987. Sharon started as an adjunct instructor in the Business Management area and has taught classes in Business Support Technology as well. Her experience extends to working with curriculum across the campus and administering the Perkins Basic grant for Palo Alto under the direction of the Dean of Career and Technical Education. She has also worked with a number of other grants over the years including various Perkins Leadership grants, TAA, and WIA. She has also served on the WECM Leadership Committee and is a facilitator for the WECM project. Among her other duties, Sharon serves a co-editor of the college’s electronic catalog.
Ronda Dozier is currently serving as the Dean of Workforce and Continuing Education at Texarkana College. She oversees 12 certificate programs and the Continuing Education Department that also provides industry training. In addition to the credit programs in her division, the non-credit programs include Professional Driving Academy, EMT Academy, Fire Academy, and a variety of Allied Health certificates.
Ronda received the Distinguished Excellence in Leadership award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development. She earned her MBA from WGU, Texas, and was recently selected to serve as a member of the WGU Texas Chancellor’s Club. Ronda is currently enrolled in a doctoral program for higher education leadership with plans to graduate in 2018. “The most exciting part of serving in my current role at Texarkana College is watching the students succeed and enter the workforce that will lead them to a better quality of life.”
Megan Eikner has been with Amarillo College for 6 years currently serving as the Director of Continuing Education. She is involved with many workforce boards, associations, committees, and companies throughout the Texas Panhandle area. She currently serves on the WECM Executive Leadership Committee, and State Program of Study Advisory Committee. Megan holds a Master’s of Science degree in Agriculture and is a certified NCCER Trainer. Her experience in personal and professional life revolve regularly around technical trades and agriculture.
Dr. Lesley Keeling-Olson first came to Temple College as the Department Chair of Criminal Justice and currently serves as the Division Director of Business and Career Professions. She has been involved in Career and Technical Education (CTE) since 1989 as a practitioner and in CTE education for 15 years. Lesley first completed a Bachelor’s from Baylor University before coming back to Temple College to obtain two Associates in Criminal Justice. She later completed a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
David McAnally is currently serving as the Associate Vice President for Workforce Education at Trinity Valley Community College (TVCC) located in Athens, Texas. David has also served as the Dean of Applied Technologies, Chair of the Business division and computer science instructor at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. David has chaired and served on numerous local and state committees and is the coordinator for the Perkins Basic grant on the TVCC campus. In addition to serving on the TACTE board, David serves on the Advanced Technical Credit (ATC), state leadership committee, has been the past president of the Association for Computer Educators in Texas (ACET), past member of the Rural Community College Alliance (RCCA) and past president of the Texas Technical Society (TTS). David was also awarded the Paris Junior College Master Teacher Award. David completed his Associate of Arts degree at Henderson County Junior College (now Trinity Valley Community College) and his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce).
Curt Pervier has served education for 38 years as a faculty member in Computer Graphics and a community college dean. Curt has 18 years as full time faculty and 20 years as Dean of Applied Technology for Midland College. Curt holds a Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of North Texas. He currently serves as facilitator for the Workforce Education Course Manual, board member of the Texas Association of College Technical Educators, board member of the Midland Airport Economic Development board and the Permian Basin Workforce Development board.
Dr. Ben Stafford began working with Lamar State College Port Arthur in 2010 as a business consultant. Since joining the college, he has also served as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and the Department Chair for Allied Health. He currently offers consulting services in the field of early childhood education, serves as a business consultant to the City of Port Arthur, and serves as the Dean of Technical Programs for the College.
Ben Stafford completed an Associate of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Lamar in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He later completed a Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Houston’s Graduate School of Social Work. Ben also holds a master’s degree in public health from and a Doctorate in Public Health Administration from University of Texas’ School of Public Health.
Louise Wiley is the Dean of Math, Science and Health Sciences at Kilgore College. With 22 years of education experience, she has previously served as instructor, clinical coordinator and program director of the Radiologic Technology program. Louise has served on numerous boards, including the East Texas Mammographer’s Society, Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists and East Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists. She has served on the Texas Workforce Education WECM Maintenance Project, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists focus groups and health occupation advisory boards for local high schools. She represents Kilgore College as the THECB College Readiness Special Advisor (P-16) and is a member of numerous committees on campus. Louise has been a member of the Texas Association of College Technical Educators for 10 years and recently joined the Board of Directors.
Louise holds an Associate of Applied Science in Radiologic Technology from Kilgore College, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from LeTourneau University and a Master of Science in Professional Technology from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists in both Radiography and Mammography.