Staff

Demetria “Lynn” Strickland
Executive Director

Demetria “Lynn” Strickland has over 22 years of management experience in the for-profit, military, non-profit, and state sectors. Lynn is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army where she served nine years domestically and abroad.Lynn earned several awards during her time in the military including the John L. Woodward Leadership Award and the 43rd Signal Battalion Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the service, Lynn started her career in apprenticeship and education in 2004 at Skookum Education Services where she worked as a Human Relations Generalist, Apprenticeship Coordinator and Operations Manager. In 2007, Strickland was hired by Bates Technical College to serve as Associate Dean of Apprenticeship, Continuing Education, and Boiler Certification. Strickland was promoted in 2011 to Dean of Instruction for the Construction and Manufacturing careers.

In February of 2012, Lynn joined AJAC’s team as Aviation Maintenance Program Manager to manage the Part147 Aviation Maintenance Technician schools Fighting 147 group, AJAC’s Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU), and the Manufacturing Academy. Lynn was promoted to Deputy Director in July 2012 and Executive Director in August 2014.

Lynn’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, and a Graduate Human Relations Certificate.

Shannon Matson, MPA - Deputy Director of AJAC
Shannon Matson, MPA
Deputy Director

Shannon comes to AJAC with 15 years of project management experience spanning direct service educational programming, resource development, organizational management, business intelligence, internal/external program evaluation, and public policy research.  Shannon is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington and an Institute of Education Sciences Research Fellow through the US Department of Education.   She also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Washington earned in 2002.  Prior to joining AJAC, Shannon notably served as Director of Evergreen Evaluation Services, Continuing Education Specialist at the University of Washington, Program Director at Washington Business Week, Evaluation Specialist at Solid Ground (Formerly the Fremont Public Association), and Research Assistant at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy.   Shannon’s professional and research interests include workforce development, higher education policy, labor economics, and regional economic development. Shannon was promoted from Business Planning and Learning Manager to Deputy Director in December 2014.

Elizabeth Slaughter, AJAC Office Manager
Elizabeth Slaughter
Business Services Manager

Elizabeth has over 30 years of experience in management and business administration relating to human resources, labor relations, organizational improvements, system upgrades and customer service. She has been a Trustee or Member of several Committees, Executive Boards and Apprenticeship Programs. She has been a member of the International Federation of Employee Benefits & Pension (IFEBP) organization for over 12 years and has a Wharton School, 2011 Executive Certificate in International Investing and Emerging Markets. Elizabeth was promoted from Business Services Assistant to Business Services Manager in October 2014.

Devin So, AJAC Office Assistant
Devin So
Business Services Coordinator

Devin comes to AJAC with 3 years of previous administrative experience working with Professional Benefit Services Inc., UW Medical, and Big 5 Sporting Goods Store. Prior to joining AJAC, Devin worked in the insurance industry for Professional Benefit Services, Inc. as a licensed insurance agent for the state of Washington. Her professional interests include broadening the role and presence of sociological perspectives within all industries including aerospace, advanced manufacturing and apprenticeship. Devin’s goal is to further her career in administration by providing excellent organizational support for AMJTC and AJAC. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Devin resides in Seattle, Washington where she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband Victor. Devin was promoted from Business Services Assistant to Business Services Coordinator in August 2016.

Joe Hauth, AJAC Director of Program Development
Joe Hauth, MPA
Director of Apprenticeship

Joe has more than 20 years of strategic planning and workforce development experience serving the private sector and higher education. Joe earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington while working at Battelle Seattle Research Center in organizational effectiveness and program evaluation. He served as a policy and fiscal analyst for the Washington State Legislature and later joined the Seattle Community Colleges as Director of Research and Strategic Planning. At South Seattle Community College Joe led new workforce education initiatives with industry, labor, government and community partners at the Georgetown Campus in support of the skilled trades and Seattle’s industrial and manufacturing sectors.

Joe joined AJAC in 2012 as a business developer. Joe was later promoted to Director of Program Development and then promoted to serve as Director of Apprenticeship in April 2016 to lead the business development and apprenticeship team.

Roger Peters, AJAC Program Developer (Employer Outreach)
Roger Peters
Business Developer (Western Washington)

Roger is a retired veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as an Air Traffic Controller. He worked his way through on-the-job training from apprentice to facility manager, spending the last three years as the Training Program Manager. Along the way he managed his numerous entrepreneurial ventures and partnered in others. He brings exceptional interpersonal communication skills, with a strong ability to effectively organize, prioritize and manage multiple tasks. He is motivated towards achieving team goals and dedicated to helping others realize their full potential through apprenticeship.

Erin Williams
Business Developer (Western Washington)

Erin joins AJAC with ten years of non-profit experience including global healthcare and WA State policy. She earned her degree in Communications and Public Relations from the University of San Francisco. After teaching 4th grade in an orphanage in Ghana for a year, she returned to the workforce with a continued passion in helping others. Prior to AJAC Erin was Membership & Events Manager for Washington Business Alliance. During this time Erin focused on advocating for Career and Technical Education and promoting Career Pathways for WA State trades. She facilitated a number of panel discussions in 2016 to bring attention to this important topic. Erin currently serves on the WA State Rehabilitation Council, a Governor-appointed advisory board under the Dept. of Vocational Rehabilitation. She is a Seattle native.

Kevin Quinn, Program Developer (Employer Outreach) for AJAC
Kevin Quinn
Business Developer (Eastern Washington)

Kevin Quinn has 20 years of leadership experience working in both manufacturing environments and with not for profit educational associations focused on industry best practice training and career development. A native of Eastern Washington with a degree in Organizational Management, Kevin launched the opening of the eastern Washington office at the Spokane Apprenticeship Training Center in September 2009.

Danica Hendrickson
Program Manager of Instruction

Danica is an educator with over a decade of experience in teaching, curriculum, and training. She has taught middle school science and math for almost a decade, co-authored interdisciplinary curricular units for Facing the Future, and facilitated teacher trainings focused on sustainable energy and biofuels. Danica served as Facing the Future’s project manager for the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a USDA-NIFA-funded aviation biofuels project. As a member of the NARA Education team, her primary focus was the development and dissemination of educational resources that foster energy and bioenergy literacy. Danica has a B.S. in General Science from Seattle University and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she focused on misconceptions and metacognition in science education. Danica joined AJAC in 2016.

Lan West
Apprenticeship Services Coordinator

Lan comes to AJAC with two years of coordinator and manager assistant experience in the non-profit industry after spending seven years in the telecommunication industry as a project coordinator. In 2011, Lan went back to school in Louisiana to earn her Masters in Business Administration.

Bri Durham | AJAC On-the-Job Training Advisor
Bri Durham
Director of Special Programs

Briana comes to AJAC with in-depth teaching experience in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry. She started her journey as a site manager and manufacturing instructor on a federal grant teaching incarcerated juveniles aerospace manufacturing skills before they were released. During her time teaching, Briana discovered her passion for technical training and making curriculum fun, engaging, and relevant. Over the years, Briana has been certified to train DACUM, LEAN, OSHA, CPR, and Forklift Operation. She also facilitated numerous professional workshops including The Pacific Institutes: Thought Patterns for High Performance, resume and interviewing workshops, financial budgeting, and soft/hard skills training.

She also worked as an employment specialist, talking to employers about their needs and advocating second chances for individuals with criminal backgrounds. Briana has extensive experience managing crews and coordinating multi-million dollar projects. She has had professional involvement with The Pacific Institute, JRA, The If Project, Alaska Airlines and Vulcan Inc. Briana’s true passion resided in helping others grow and develop in their career and life journey. Bri was promoted to Director of Special Programs in June 2017.

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Roxane Jonson, AJAC Facilities & Equipment Manager
Roxane Jonson
Facilities & Equipment Manager

Roxane is a born and raised Seattleite who comes to AJAC with over two decades of valuable hands-on work experience. After graduating from college, she spent seven years in Alaska working for the International Shipping Services/Ocean Transportation Company. During her time in the fishing industry she handled the different responsibilities required for efficient loading and shipping of Alaska products including communicating with U.S., Japanese, Russian and European contracts. Roxane moved back to the Seattle full-time and started a new career at Martin Signs & Fabrication, a local sign development company where she specialized in the fabrication and installation of signs as well as provide quotes, proposals and project management for clients. Roxane joined the AJAC team after being a contract Project Specialist in 2012 where she assisted the apprenticeship team with various tasks including On-The-Job Training, mentoring and best practices for OJT. She is incredibly passionate about the Pre-Apprenticeship Manufacturing Academy program and the opportunities available to its participants in the manufacturing industry.

Tracey Turcotte
Youth Apprenticeship Manager

Tracey comes to AJAC with over 15 years of K-12 and workforce development education experience. She has a robust background as an educator, recruiter, speaker and career counselor. For seven years, Tracey was the Program Director for Washington Business Week (WBW) programs. Through WBW, she ran high school leadership programs in communities around Washington State as well as major colleges. With her time at WBW, she also helped to start the inaugural Alaska Business Week Youth Program in conjunction with the Alaska State Chamber and The University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Tracey has been a featured speaker at high school conferences and classrooms on “How to Get Hired”. Tracey has past facilitating/professional involvement with Washington DECA, FBLA, The Pacific Institute, Cispus Learning Centers, Gene Juarez and Skills Inc. Tracey is very passionate in helping others succeed in career and life. When not at work, you can find her exploring the Pacific Northwest or catching up on movies.

Tracey was promoted to Youth Apprenticeship Manager in April, 2017. Connect with Tracey on LinkedIn

Rose Makasini
K-12/Youth Apprenticeship Office Assistant

Rose is a born and raised Seattleite and comes to AJAC with a background in human resources, administration and health care. She started working in healthcare in 2009 after enrolling in an accelerated Medical Assistant Certificate program. A year later, she started her HR career at Pioneer Human Services as a part-time intern. She was promoted to a full-time Admin Support role for her commitment and perseverance at Pioneer. Two years later, she transitioned to a Production Coordinator.

Rose is known as “the redeemer” from her previous employers Because of her dedication and compassion expressed in the task at hand. Aside from striving for perfection, she is always willing and ready to learn something new. Rose’s goal with AJAC, is to further her career and skill set towards management by learning and participating in various roles and responsibilities within the company.

Aaron Ferrell, Marketing Communications Coordinator for AJAC
Aaron Ferrell
Marketing Communications Manager

Aaron has over seven years of communication experience in various industries including radio broadcasting, promotions, website development, editorial writing, blogging, advertising, social media, public relations and marketing. He has a diverse skill set in several key areas of communications including broadcasting, new communication technologies, organizational communications, English and digital marketing. Aaron completed a marketing internship at Nyhus Communications in June 2013 and a promotions internship at Sinclair Radio Seattle (formerly Fisher Communications) in August 2012 where he worked hands-on with account executives, client leads and managers to ensure all deliverables and marketing initiatives were completed effectively and on-time. Aside from his marketing communication endeavors, Aaron also works as the programming coordinator for Talk Radio 570 KVI. He graduated from Washington State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with an emphasis in organizational communications.

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Jim Johnson
Apprenticeship Preparation Manager

Jim comes to AJAC with over 20 years experience as a union sheet metal worker for Local 66, doing both residential and commercial layout, fabrication, assembly and installation. He also worked in the construction field as part of a framing crew – building single and multi-family housing. Jim went back to college in 2012 and earned an Associate of Technical Science degree in Aerospace Electronics in 2014 from Wenatchee Valley College. Shortly thereafter, Jim was hired by Omak Wood Products as a maintenance electrician for 1 1/2 years.

In 2015, Jim started as a Manufacturing Academy instructor for AJAC’s apprenticeship preparation program in Auburn, Washington. He transferred to the South Seattle College campus and was promoted to the lead instructor position. In April 2017, Jim was promoted to the Program Manager of Apprenticeship Preparation. Learn more about Jim Johnson in our ‘5 Questions’ series.

Terry Hegel, AJAC Technical Specialist
Teri Hegel
Technical Specialist

Teri has over 30 years of aerospace experience in Washington State. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Professional Technical Education & Instructional Design.  Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the University of Washington Washington State teaching certificate in precision metals, manufacturing technology, material engineering and applied math. Teri’s career in machining started at the age of 16 when he worked after school sweeping floors in a local machine shop. His experience includes all aspects of machining and manufacturing from research and development prototyping to the high speed cell system used in the modern job shop environment. While working in the machining industry, Teri and a co-worker developed a modular system of holding raw material for machining and transition into the Techni-Grip work holding systems. Teri left the aerospace industry in 2005 to pursue his passion for teaching at the high school level where he taught students, ages 15-21, how to design, build and fabricate as well as operate equipment used in the machining and manufacturing industry. In 2010, Teri started teaching an evening Apprenticeship class for AJAC and in 2011 was hired on full-time by AJAC as the Program Specialist for AJAC’s Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU) Program. Teri oversees the program and serves as a subject matter expert for curriculum development.