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
Bisness 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. After studying in Australia as a Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholar, 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.

Roger Peters, AJAC Program Developer (Employer Outreach)
Roger Peters
Program Developer (Employer Outreach)

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.

Kevin Quinn, Program Developer (Employer Outreach) for AJAC
Kevin Quinn
Program Developer (Employer Outreach)

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.

Heather Tychsen, AJAC Program Curriculum Coordinator
Heather Tychsen
Curriculum & Instruction Program Manager

Heather has over 20 years of experience in the software and semiconductor industries supporting salespeople and management. During that time, she was involved in the implementation and management of training programs for solution selling and leadership skills as well as an employee recognition program. In 2011, she entered the aerospace industry as a training coordinator and learning management system administrator. She has the ability to effectively organize and manage multiple tasks. Heather was promoted to Curriculum & Instruction Program Manager in March, 2016.

Bri Durham | AJAC On-the-Job Training Advisor
Bri Durham
On-the-Job Training Advisor

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.

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Trudy Poole | AJAC Apprenticeship Services Coordinator
Trudy Poole
Apprenticeship Services Coordinator

Trudy Poole comes to AJAC with 12 years experience in apprenticeship and workforce development, including work as a youth pre-apprenticeship coordinator and adult case manager. Trudy serves on the Local Employment & Apprenticeship Training Program advisory committee.
Ms. Poole has a Baccalaureate degree from Boise State University in Communication with an emphasis in mediation where she assisted as a small claims court mediator. Trudy also holds a Master of Science in Human Resources from Chapman University. Trudy has a long history of community service with Habitat for Humanity, feeding the hungry, and champions the power of pets as the co-founder of the Red Barn Dog Farm. When not at work or volunteering, you can find Trudy at home hosting dinner for family and friends with her husband Clay.

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.

Kristi Grassman, Pre-Apprenticeship & K-12 Manager for AJAC
Kristi Grassman
Director of Pre-Apprenticeship Manufacturing Academy & K-12

Kristi has over 15 years experience in program design relating to various workforce development initiatives to meet the needs of business. One of the initiatives she was responsible for as a partner of AJAC was the creation and implementation of the Manufacturing Academy. This program has successfully graduated over 300 entry level skilled workers that provide a pipeline for local employers. Over the past 7 years she has coordinated the largest career day in Washington for high school students, with an emphasis on careers in apprenticeship. Kristi is resourceful in helping the manufacturing industry to identify workforce needs and provide solutions. She has served on various advisory boards for K-12 as well as Higher Education and received recognition as Advisor of the Year from Bethel School District in 2010. She is an alum of Corban University and continued her studies in Organizational Leadership at Chapman University. Kristi is passionate about apprenticeship and creating a robust pipeline that will result in career growth and a well-trained workforce.

Tracey Turcotte | AJAC Pre-Apprenticeship Manager
Tracey Turcotte
Pre-Apprenticeship Program 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.

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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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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.