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

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
Director of Business Services

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 Manager to Director of Business Services in October 2017.

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.

Chris Pierson
Community Partnerships Manager

Chris has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including workforce development, philanthropy, youth development, and education. Chris holds a Master’s Degree of Public Administration from the University of Washington earned in 2008, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Ohio University earned in 2000. Prior to coming to AJAC, he was the Program Manager at SkillUp Washington, a workforce funder collaborative at the Seattle Foundation, where he led numerous strategic planning and partnership building efforts to expand economic opportunities in the Puget Sound region for low-income communities and opportunity youth in the manufacturing, aviation and retail industries. He was a Marano Fellow in the first Greater Seattle Sector Skills Academy in 2014 and ran the second Greater Seattle Sector Skills Academy in 2016 in partnership with the Aspen Institute. Chris entered the workforce development field managing youth employment programs at the YWCA of Seattle-King-Snohomish Counties, and a pre-employment internship program for homeless youth in the University District.

Danica Hendrickson
Director of Apprenticeship

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 as the Program Manager of Instruction. In 2018, she was promoted to Director of Apprenticeship.

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.

Lan was hired by AJAC in April 2017 to coordinate and administer inquiries from apprentices and outside entities regarding enrollment of new apprentices, tracking of hours and organization of AJAC’s Apprentice Tracking System.

Kristi Grassman, Pre-Apprenticeship & K-12 Manager for AJAC
Kristi Grassman
Director of Specialized Programs

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 130 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.

Heather Weeks
Apprenticeship Preparation Manager

Heather comes to AJAC with two decades of customer service, management, and experience with juvenile rehab and corrections. She has spent her most recent years building up career development programs for students in a local K-12 school district as a career specialist. Much of this work allowed her to focus on creating new opportunities for connecting young people to the trades, and to develop a passion for employment training and apprenticeships. In recent years, Heather has been part of many local workforce development and education committees that have been paving the way for career connected learning in Washington State. With a B.A. in Sociology of Crime & Deviance, Heather has a deep desire to continue to find new ways to keep people engaged, educated and trained to allow them to be the most successful they can be. We’re excited that these skills and experiences allow her to see a broad spectrum of possibilities when working with youth and adults in preparation for apprenticeship.

John Manning
Apprenticeship Navigator

John comes to AJAC with over 10 years vocational case management and other non- profit service experience.  John has sales, outreach, training, program management, and advocacy experience as well.  John earned his Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University located in Cleveland Ohio and has lived in the Puget Sound region since 2010.

Bri Durham | AJAC On-the-Job Training Advisor
Bri Durham
Director of Youth Apprenticeship

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 from Director of Specialized Programs to Director of Youth Apprenticeship in 2017.

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Roxane Jonson, AJAC Facilities & Equipment Manager
Roxane Jonson
Program Manager of Apprenticeship

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. Roxane was promoted from Facilities and Equipment Manager to Program Manager of Apprenticeship in 2018.

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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Eytan Raphaely
Communications & Outreach Intern

Eytan is a recent graduate from the University of Washington where he studied Communications with an emphasis on Digital Media. During his time at UW, Eytan developed a passion for writing and marketing and is looking forward to learning more about what it means to write and market in the professional world.

Eytan attended high school on Mercer Island and has grown up living around the Seattle area. He has spent the last few years working for Bonsai Media and Literally Media where he wrote blogs, edited and wrote scripts and ran various social media campaigns.

Eytan joined AJAC in 2019 as a Communications & Outreach Intern where he hopes to provide assistance and aid to the marketing team.

Derek Jones
Workforce Development Coordinator

Derek comes to AJAC with over five years of aerospace and advanced manufacturing experience – both at AIM Aerospace, Inc., and Boeing. After spending a couple of years at Microsoft as a Audio Visual Technician, Derek developed his passion for workforce development and worker retraining.

In February 2017, Derek was hired as an instructor for AJAC’s Manufacturing Academy pre-apprenticeship program at South Seattle College – Georgetown Campus. Through his leadership in the classroom, Derek was hired by AJAC to become the organization’s first Workforce Development Coordinator (WDC).

As the WDC, Derek is be responsible for coordinating and conducting focused advising and student support services to help students persist in AJAC programs. Derek works closely with AJAC’s Advanced Manufacturing Prep (AMP) Training Program and Manufacturing Academy in both Kent and Tacoma, Washington.

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Jason Meuli
Manufacturing Academy Instructor

Jason comes to AJAC with nearly 20 years of progressive hands-on experience in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. Jason, a Seattle native, is a second generation Machinist who graduated from a 4-year apprenticeship program through the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) in 2002. His knowledge of materials, engineering and manufacturing processes extends to both traditional and advanced technologies.

Jason has a long record of successfully managing Manufacturing Production and Machining. His experience comes from standard Machine Shops and DOD Contractors like Tri-Tec Manufacturing. His proven ability to instill creativity, greater participation, and problem-solving capabilities, while fostering a sense of community and respect in his employees have been attributed to the improvement of production efficiency and employee performance.

In the years to follow, Jason was hired by AJAC to teach evening classes to current apprentices. In February 2018, he was hired full time to serve as a lead instructor for AJAC’s pre-apprenticeship program, the Manufacturing Academy. Jason is certified by the Manufacturing Skills Standard Council as an Instructor & Expert in Manufacturing Process & Production, Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, & Maintenance Awareness.

Troy Ironmonger
Manufacturing Academy Instructor

Troy comes to AJAC with over 30 years of Journeyman Machinist experience.  His background includes using conventional lathes and mills, CNC lathes and mills, precision grinding equipment, welding, as well as precision inspection equipment, and many other general machine shop equipment.  Troy specializes in prototype parts, research and development, tooling, and numerous high tolerance repair situations, along with years of production experience.

Troy learned machining first-hand while working with his Dad and other peers at Precision Engineering Inc. for 7 years.  He then went to Flow International Inc. for 20 years and specialized in high-pressure waterjet systems and LEAN Manufacturing.  After that, Troy started a machine shop of his own making high quality, tight tolerance, precision parts for local companies which included Blue Origin, Flow International, Quest Integrated, and Glowforge, among many others.  He gained respect of many local companies and vendors, building solid relationships to exceed their expectations, delivering products on time, while learning to run his business successfully for over 7 years.

In January 2018, Troy was hired as an instructor for AJAC’s Manufacturing Academy Pre-Apprenticeship Program.  Troy simply has a passion to pass his knowledge on to others.  His experience by running his own business, working for others, and his ambitious drive, will make him successful in his endeavors to pass on all his skills.  Troy is also certified in CPR / First-Aid / AED, Community Emergency Response Team Training, and the Citizens Police Academy.

Alek Derlyuk
Manufacturing Academy Instructor

Alex comes to AJAC with nearly 10 years of manufacturing experience. His career started in a manual machine shop where he managed the shop floor and ran manual mills and lathes. The following years were spent in a highly competitive CNC shop, where he honed his skills in setup and operation across multiple machines, and specialized in difficult metals, troubleshooting, and program edits. While working as a machinist, Alex also completed the 4-year machinist apprenticeship through AJAC.

In 2018 Alex joined the AJAC team to teach evening classes for the Apprenticeship program. Later that year he was brought on as a full-time instructor for AJAC’s pre-apprenticeship program, the Manufacturing Academy. Alex is Certified as a Journeyman through the Washington State Apprenticeship Council (WSAC). He is also certified in CPR, First-Aid, AED, CPR, OSHA 10, and Manufacturing Skills Standard Council as an Instructor & Expert in Manufacturing Process & Production, Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, & Maintenance Awareness.