Hans K. Meeder
President & Founder
Hans Meeder is a recognized expert in Pathways for Career and Life Success, as well as Career Technical Education (CTE) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education. He has conducted original research on these topics, authored numerous reports, articles and books, including The Power and Promise of Pathways. Hans is also author of the cutting edge blog, The Pathways Sherpa. Hans is available to provide compelling keynote addresses, and to facilitate leadership forums among key education leaders and influencers.
Hans formed Meeder Consulting in 2005 and in 2012, co-founded the National Center for College and Career Transitions, in which he serves as President and CEO. Prior to his work with Meeder Consulting and NC3T, Hans served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education. In this role, he led the Department of Education’s High School Initiative, and also guided policy development for implementation of the Perkins Act and the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. Prior service includes roles with the U.S. House of Representatives, the 21st Century Workforce Commission, and the National Alliance of Business.
He earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland and also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland University College. He lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife, and is father of four adult children.
Executive Vice President
Brett is the co-founder of NC3T and Executive Vice President. He is published widely on the topic of business/ education engagement and has worked with businesses, nonprofits, and others on building effective education engagement programs.
He has also served as a visible advocate of partnerships, publishing extensively on the subject and hosting conferences, trainings, and webinars.
Pawlowski co-authored “Building Advisory Boards that Matter” (with Hans Meeder), a hands-on guide published by ACTE.
Director of Professional Learning and Presentation Services
Thom leads our effort to link expert presenters and workshop facilitators with the professional learning needs of our clients among state education associations and conferences, local education agencies, and business-led organizations. Thom has been involved with education for over fifteen years.
After a successful career in the construction industry as a business owner he transitioned into the consulting field as a trainer and consultant in the corporate sector. He has also trained educators in the Technical College System of Georgia, South Carolina Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Education and Georgia Department of Education, and worked closely with the Lt. Governor’s Office in Georgia, providing support for education initiatives. Thom holds a BBA in Business Management from Kennesaw State University.
Kathy contributes to several NC3T projects including the Pathways Innovation Network (PIN) and the Pennsylvania Best Practices. She has assisted clients with strategic planning, communications development, and college and career readiness initiatives including the systematic planning and implementation of career pathways. Kathy is a skilled facilitator and leads webinars and professional learning communities for NC3T and its clients. In addition to working with clients, Kathy contributes to the research and development of key NC3T documents and provides project management.
An experienced presenter and educator, Kathy has worked in elementary through high school as a classroom teacher, English as a Second Language teacher, reading specialist, and instructional coach. Most recently, Kathy worked in a large career and technical high school where she developed an understanding of programs of study, articulation agreements, work-based learning, business engagement, and the unique professional development needs of CTE teachers.
Administrative Services Manager
Kandice works to help all projects operate efficiently and to share learning among our team so we keep getting better at what we do. She contributes project and research support to many NC3T initiatives, maintains the NC3T website, coordinates our webinars, and handles logistical and administrative duties.
Formerly she worked as the Education Director for the National Child Support Enforcement Association serving to coordinate professional development efforts for their members and led various professional committees. She received her master’s in clinical psychology from Loyola College in Baltimore, MD and undergraduate degree from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Kandice also has a passion for educating the community about Lyme Disease and other tick-borne pathogens and is the founder of the Howard County Lyme Awareness group in Columbia, MD.
Cassandra supports the organization’s team leaders with general project management and coordination. She also supports social media marketing efforts and contributes to some individual projects like our Indiana Pathways Innovation Network (IN-PIN).
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Previously, she worked as Outreach & Engagement Specialist for IBSS Education leading social media marketing efforts that supported overall program and organizational objectives. Formerly a project assistant for Baltimore City Public Schools, Cassandra also provided administrative support to Executive Directors for Principal Support & Accountability in the Office of the Chief Academic Officer.She is a proud graduate of Morgan State University’s Earl G. Graves School of Business & Management in Baltimore, MD. Cassandra is passionate about mentoring and empowering undergraduate students as well workers in under-served populations. Respectively, she currently serves as a career mentor for The Morgan State University Alumni Mentoring Program and The Associated Black Charities’ More in the Middle Initiative in Baltimore, MD.
Meet Our Adjunct Staff
New Orleans Youthforce Initiative Project Lead
Cheryl provides support for the NC3T project with Educate Now, a non-profit organization dedicated to effective and sustainable reform of New Orleans public schools and the YouthForce NOLA Career Readiness Initiative which assists New Orleans public high schools looking to refine and expand their school models around career and technical education (CTE). Her efforts focus on providing workshop assistance, pathway development, and individual coaching for schools.
Cheryl retired from the Louisiana Community & Technical College System in 2014 with 30 years’ service in career and technical education. She first taught business education students at the high school level, then transitioned to postsecondary education. Most recently she was the Perkins Coordinator and College & Career Transitions Coordinator for the Central Louisiana Technical Community College. Her responsibilities included grant management (fiscal and programmatic), secondary to postsecondary career pathways (design and implementation), and data collection/program evaluation. She was a trailblazer in the development, training and implementation of the career coaching program model within the LCTCS. Cheryl also participated on state Perkins committees with specific job assignments such as developing the Louisiana State Plan for Perkins.
Cheryl has been an active member of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) for over 25 years, serving on state, regional and national committees and as president of the state association (Louisiana ACTE). Currently she is the Executive Director for Louisiana ACTE. She also has over 10 years membership and involvement with the National Career Pathways Network. Cheryl also was recently elected to her second term on the Concordia Parish School Board and serves as Vice-Chairman.
Cheryl earned her B.S. in Business Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Northwestern State University. She has been married for 43 years, has 3 children and 8 grandchildren, and resides in Vidalia, Louisiana.
Windsor Locks Initiative Project Lead
Maureen provides consultative coaching, communications, and organizational development services to organizations throughout the country. Ms. Mirabito is especially skilled at bringing alignment and cohesion to multiple initiatives and identifying new opportunities for growth and impact. She has published on change and innovation in education and is especially skilled in working with educators to build highly effective leadership teams at the state, district, and school levels that align to advance improvement.
Maureen is a technical advisor for the Center on Innovations in Learning, which focuses on cultures of learning and personalized education. She is the architect of Maryland State Department of Education’s The Breakthrough Center, recognized nationally as an innovative model for delivering, brokering, and aligning services and programs to low-achieving districts and schools. Prior to her work at the state, she served as the Special Assistant to the Superintendent of the Howard County Public School System, spearheading policy development, strategy, and communication planning around critical improvement areas. Ms. Mirabito led the district’s strategic planning efforts and was an integral member of the team charged with identifying innovative ways to provide support and services to low-achieving schools. In New York State, Maureen served as the Coordinator of Planning and Development at the Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego BOCES, securing resources and grant awards and creating powerful partnerships to provide critical programs for children, teachers, and families in rural communities. Prior to service in education, Maureen worked at IBM in human resources.
Ms. Mirabito holds a Masters Degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelors Degree from Binghamton University.
Jane Heiple, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania Pathways Innovation Network Coach
Jane focuses her efforts on coaching our Pennsylvania PIN schools, providing workshops and leadership academies. Dr. Heiple has extensive experience working with Pennsylvania higher education and K-12 public schools over more than 11 years.
Dr. Jane Heiple is the President/Owner of Lyceum Group LLC a Pennsylvania based certified woman owned workforce development and education consulting organization. Dr. Heiple has extensive experience working with Pennsylvania higher education and K-12 public schools across multiple projects. She also has completed projects for economic development organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations and private sector businesses. Her most recent project involved providing research and data analysis to support the Rural Regional College of Northern Pennsylvania’s application to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the establishment of a community college for the underserved areas in rural northern Pennsylvania. She previously led the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Common Sense Initiative, a large-scale project focused on identifying shared service opportunities for multiple districts ultimately decreasing administrative costs and driving the money to services aimed at enhancing student achievement. During her tenure at the Pittsburgh Technology Council and Catalyst Connection she served as the liaison to over 42 higher education institutions and let multiple projects across those entities. Dr. Heiple has 11 years experience in public schools and worked in administrative positions at several career and technical schools in Pennsylvania.
She holds her Pennsylvania Department of Education Administrative, Cooperative Education, and Instructor certifications. Dr. Heiple recently completed a 2-year temporary assignment at The Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor/instructor preparing individuals for Pennsylvania Department of Education Administrative Director certification. She previously served an instructor at Carnegie Mellon University in the Heinz College of Public Policy. Dr. Heiple is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Workforce Education and Development.