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.
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.
Tracy supports the NC3T staff by providing administrative help for various projects, product fulfillment and logistics, some web assistance, manages our supplies, and coordinates specific scheduling for the team.
Formally Tracy worked as an Office Manager at Grace Community Church in Fulton, MD where she spent 12 years coordinating events, developing staff, and keeping order! She has a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Business Administration and volunteers her time with orphans in China through One Orphan and baking cakes for Icing Smiles. She has two awesome daughters who keep her busy and young!
Meet Our Adjunct Staff
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.
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.
Joann M. Hudak, Ed.D.
Joann is an educational consultant with 35 years of experience in public education. She has been at the forefront of engaging school, workforce, and economic development leaders in creating effective partnerships to enhance student career readiness across Northeast Pennsylvania.
Joann is the co-lead in the development of a Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership (PIL) online course designed to increase school leader’s knowledge related to student career readiness. In addition, she is conducting Work-Based Learning Workshops and Career Pathway Leadership Forums across the Commonwealth to increase and improve communication between career and technical leaders and school district and community partners.
Joann is an educational consultant who recently retired as the Assistant Superintendent for the Wallenpaupack Area School District. With 35 years of experience in education, Joann has served as high school and middle school principal at Wallenpaupack Area and taught Spanish for 12 years in the Pocono Mountain School District. She is an adjunct professor for Wilkes University teaching in the Educational Leadership Program and a Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership Facilitator.
Joann is also deeply involved in regional workforce and economic development. She serves as the chairperson of the Wayne/Pike Workforce Alliance, a member of Wayne County’s Wayne Tomorrow! strategic planning initiative and is an advisory board member of the Stourbridge Project, the county’s technology incubator and accelerator. In addition, she is a member of the Wayne Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, and numerous other regional boards and committees.
Joann completed her Doctorate in Educational Administration at Widener University, received a Master’s in Educational Administration from East Stroudsburg University, a Master of Arts in Spanish from Montclair State University, a Bachelor of Science in Spanish and Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University and Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Union College.
Niki provides research and analysis for various NC3T projects. These projects focus on a range of issues including apprenticeships, standards development, policy research and pathway implementation.
Niki has been involved with education issues for over fifteen years. Formerly, Niki was the Director of Government Relations at the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education where she covered secondary and postsecondary policy issues, including high school reform, the Perkins Act, the Higher Education Act, and the Workforce Investment Act.
Most recently, Niki has provided client services in the areas of curriculum development, program standards development, policy research/analysis, and highlighting best CTE practices. She received a B.S. in Mass Communication with minor in English from the University of Charleston. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and three boys.
Michelle conducts research, writing and analysis for various NC3T projects. Her work includes organizing and writing Pennsylvania Best Practices profiles and creating asset inventory reports for the Central Pennsylvania Career Pathways Partnership. She also has organized professional learning communities for administrators and educators and written case studies on innovative practices.
Michelle has experience as an educator and legislative analyst. She was an elementary school teacher in Virginia. She also worked as a policy analyst for the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission, which conducts evaluation and analysis for the Virginia General Assembly.
Michelle holds an undergraduate degree, Master of Teaching degree and a Master of Education from the University of Virginia. She and her family reside in Annandale, Virginia.
Connie supports NC3T’s work in Pennsylvania by providing technical assistance to regions wishing to design and implement K-12 Career Pathways, Career Ready Skills, and other projects related to career readiness. She specializes in workforce and career development and instituting systematic approaches to design and implementation of regional career pathways programs. She is recognized locally, regionally and throughout Pennsylvania for her leadership in convening business, community, workforce development, educational, and post-secondary stakeholders to create processes that ensure K-12 students are prepared for post-graduation success.
Connie recently retired after serving 29 as a public educator in Pennsylvania. Most recently she served as the Assistant Director of Professional Development and Curriculum at Berks County Intermediate Unit. In that role, she supported 18 districts in the design of career pathways models and assisted the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the design of Career Readiness Indicator guidance and also by supporting professional development.