Meet Our Team

Brian E. Fox

President & Chief Executive Officer

Brian Fox co-founded Education and Training Resources in 1991. Brian is responsible for providing leadership, management, and oversight for all ETR operations, which include: directing ETR’s corporate support team and resources; establishing policies and procedures that ensure quality assurance, compliance, and performance outcomes; coordinating technical assistance and resources; and promoting and modeling ETR’s Core Values and Operating Principles. Brian’s favorite part about working for ETR is “the company’s mission and vision statements!”

Gary E. (Rett) Dallas

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Rett Dallas began working at Education and Training Resources in 2004. Rett is responsible for both Corporate Financial and Administrative Services Oversight and his favorite part about working for ETR is “changing students’ lives with ETR’s efforts to improve their opportunities.”

Howard S. Harmon

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

Howard Harmon began working for Education and Training Resources in 1997. He is responsible for the oversight of Corporate Operations including, but not limited to: human resources, employee benefits, legal matters, contract compliance, business development, IT, and staff training & development. Howard’s favorite part about working for ETR is the fact that “every day is like playing BINGO–you never know the next ball that will be called, but it could be a winner.”

Scott Dunham

Vice President of Center Operations & Support

Scott Dunham began working for Education and Training Resources in 2009. Scott is responsible for providing support, technical assistance, training, and compliance oversight to all ETR center program operations. His favorite part about working for ETR is “contributing to the education and training of thousands of young people.”

Kathy Higgins

Executive Director of Administrative Services & Support

Kathy Higgins began working for Education and Training Resources in 2013. Kathy is responsible for the oversight and technical support of all administrative services and functions at ETR Job Corps center operations. Her favorite part about working for ETR is the fact that “the company is a team company.”

Keith White

Executive Director of Center Operations & Support

Keith White began working for Education and Training Resources in 2009. Keith is responsible for providing operational support, technical assistance, and corporate oversight for ETR’s Job Corps center operations, as well as participating in proposal development, quality assurance, staff training, DOL special projects & initiatives, and a variety of other corporate functions. Keith’s favorite part about working for ETR is “the company’s genuine effort to create a team culture where staff feel valued and contributions are encouraged, leadership is approachable, and maintaining a healthy work/life balance is a priority.”

Jennifer Simpson, CPA

Director of Finance and Administration-Compliance

Jennifer Simpson began working for Education and Training Resources in 2000. Jennifer is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is responsible for overseeing accounting activities, auditing and internal controls, tax reporting and compliance, FAR related contract administration & compliance, development of cost proposals for business development, staff training, as well as assisting in overall corporate and center level finance and accounting systems, policies and procedures. Her favorite parts about working for ETR are “getting to work with great people, knowing that students are being helped by the services and training that we provide, and that there is always something new to learn.”

Mischelle Parnell 

Director of Finance and Administration-Cash Management

Mischelle Parnell began working for Education and Training Resources in 2003. Mischelle is responsible for overseeing accounting activities, financial systems, internal controls, financial reporting compliance, and staff training, as well as assisting in ETR’s personnel administration systems and reporting activities. Her favorite part about working for ETR is that “there is always something new to learn.”

Mark Tupper

Director of Quality Assurance & Technology Support

Mark Tupper began working for Education and Training Resources in 2009. He is responsible for corporate IT administration, systems support, compliance management, and document management, as well as additional technical assistance for center operations. Mark’s favorite part about working for ETR is “the really great people that [he has] the pleasure to work for and with – and the common goal of making better lives for the young people we support.”

Sue Clark

Director of OA/CTS Support

Sue Clark began working for Education and Training Resources in 2018. Sue is responsible for providing oversight, support, staff training, and technical assistance to all Outreach, Admissions (OA) and Career Transition Services (CTS) under ETR’s center operation contracts. Her favorite part about working for ETR is “the people [she gets] to work with every day!”

Bobby Sheets

Director of Operations & Support

Bobby Sheets began working for Education and Training Resources in 2021. She serves as the Director of Operations & Support. Bobby is responsible for providing support, specialized staff training & development, and an array of technical assistance to all ETR center operations. Her favorite part about working for ETR is “the culture.”

Brooke Dunn

Director of Staff Development & Training

Brooke Dunn began working for Education and Training Resources in 2018. She is responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and providing support for staff development and training programs at the corporate and center level. Brooke’s favorite part about working for ETR is “the collaboration and dedication, by all employees, to our mission of serving youth and supporting each other in achieving this mission.”

Carin Jeffers

Employee Benefits Coordinator

Carin Jeffers began working for Education and Training Resources in 1993. Carin is responsible for coordinating benefits for all ETR employees, collaborating with insurance brokers and insurance carriers, organizing, attending, and assisting with Open Enrollment at all ETR centers, providing operational and administrative support to HR departments for all ETR centers, overseeing Workers Compensation, Short-Term, and Long-Term Disability. Carin’s favorite part about working for ETR is the ability to “[provide] educational, vocational training and job placement for the disadvantaged population.”

Beckie Petty

Accounts Payable Supervisor

Beckie Petty began working for Education and Training Resources in 2007. She serves as Accounts Payable Supervisor, where she is responsible for the oversight of accounts payable and supports ETR’s center operations in purchasing, property, and finance.  Beckie’s favorite part of working for ETR is the chance to “[be] a part of something larger that makes a life-changing difference for our young people.”

Laura Reels

Finance Specialist

Laura Reels began working for Education and Training Resources in 2013. She is responsible for assisting in multiple areas of finance and cost accounting, including, but not limited to: account receivables, cash management, invoicing and vouchering, bookkeeping, contract modifications and reconciliations, petty cash, CRA financial management, and CRA quarterly reports. Laura’s favorite part about working for ETR is “the family atmosphere!”

Nick Orberson

Payroll and Finance Specialist

Nick Orberson began working for Education and Training Resources in 2012. Nick provides oversight and support to ETR center operations and payroll administration systems by ensuring all employees are paid timely, accurately, and in compliance with all federal, state and local wage and hour laws and regulations. Nick’s favorite part about working for ETR is the company’s “cohesive yet flexible work environment.”

Merle L. (Skip) Draper

Corporate Business Engagement Specialist & Government Affairs Officer

Skip Draper began working for Education and Training Resources in 2005. Within this role, Merle is responsible for providing outreach to Members of Congress, Job Corps stakeholders, and all ETR community and Center partners. His favorite part about working for ETR is “the family working environment.”

Phyllis Kavanaugh

OA/CTS Support Specialist

Phyllis Kavanaugh began working for Education and Training Resources in 2021. Phyllis is responsible for providing corporate support and technical assistance for all OA/CTS functions at ETR center operations. Her favorite part about working for ETR is “the fact that each and every employee [shares] the same vision and are all working together towards the same mission.”

Vailiida (Vai) Niifa

NCCER Master Trainer & Center Support Specialist

Vai Niifa began working for Education and Training Resources in 2004. Vai is responsible for supporting the career technical training and residential living/social development components of center life; as well as, serving as ETR’s Sponsor Representative for NCCER. Her favorite part about working for ETR is the fact that “They accept [her] with all [her] quirks, as well as the opportunity to work with awesome senior management individuals who have actually worked on a center and demonstrate compassion and understanding for the students we serve.”

Mae Heins

Administrative Support Supervisor

Mae Heins began working for Education and Training Resources in 2021. Mae is responsible for providing technical support to all administrative services and functions at ETR Job Corps center operations. Her favorite part about working for ETR is the fact that “ETR consists of individuals who are approachable and supportive of one another and work as a team in achieving the company’s mission.”

Anjel Petty

Accounts Payable Specialist

Anjel Petty began working for Education and Training Resources in 2016. She supports ETR’s center operations in supplier/vendor accounts payables, purchasing, property, and finance. Anjel’s favorite part of working for ETR is the team atmosphere and sense of belonging.

Kathy Thornton

Accounts Payable Specialist

Kathy Thornton began working for Education and Training Resources in 2009. She supports ETR’s center operations in supplier/vendor accounts payables, corporate travel, and finance. 

Branden Fox

Accounts Payable Specialist

Branden Fox began working for Education and Training Resources in 2021. He supports ETR’s center operations in supplier/vendor accounts payables, purchasing, property, and finance.  Branden’s favorite part of working for ETR is helping all the corporate and center staff support the Job Corps mission.

Viki Morgan

Accounts Payable Specialist

Viki Morgan began working for Education and Training Resources in 2021. She supports ETR’s center operations in supplier/vendor accounts payables, purchasing, property, and finance.  Viki’s favorite part of working for ETR is knowing that every day I am contributing to help students further their education, advance in their trade skills, and fulfill their career goals to become the professionals they know they can be, and want to be.

Rose Tomasov

Finance Specialist

Rose Tomasov began working for Education and Training Resources in 2015. She supports ETR’s center operations in finance, accounting, purchasing, and property. Rose’s favorite part of working with ETR is her love for meeting and working with center staff on all the ETR Job Corps Centers as well as all corporate staff. I have made great friendships through my years at Job Corps and never have a boring day as there is always something to do by helping or supporting others.”

Patti Bartlum

Corporate Procurement Support Specialist

Patti Bartlum began working for Education and Training Resources in 2014. She assists ETR’s center operations in finance, purchasing, and property; and, provides temporary on-center staff support during regular staff leaves, vacancies and transitions. Patti’s favorite part of working for ETR is traveling and spending time on centers and helping staff and students.”