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Bray Strategies is a partner in a consortium of skilled consultants whose backgrounds reflect a unique understanding of, and engagement in, the education and workforce area. Consortium members include individuals with strong expertise and experience of strategically addressing issues and creatively implementing programs and assessing outcomes.

Janet B. Bray is the Chief Strategist and founder of Bray Strategies. She brings a unique perspective and vision to best practices for connecting education and industry for a relevant, skilled workforce. For more than eleven years, Janet served as the Executive Director of the Association for Career and Technical Education, a not-for-profit association representing over 30,000 professionals across the United States. As Executive Director, Janet managed the staff and oversaw the development of program services for the members of the association and the CTE profession. She provided leadership on a broad spectrum of education and workforce issues and directed the strategic public policy and public awareness efforts of the association.

Wanda Monthey has extensive experience in state, regional and national experience in leading and managing multiple program areas and projects. These include career and technical education, adult education, ESEA, higher education, standards and assessment. As part of the leadership team in one state department of education, Wanda was responsible for providing leadership for these existing programs and also new and innovative programs and practices that created new opportunities to increase collaboration across programs. In another state department of education, Wanda led the curriculum development of technical standards in multiple occupational areas, including retail areas, and the academic content standards in general education. Working closely with local administrators, teachers, business and legislators, Wanda worked to create system-wide acceptance of competency based programs in career technical areas/academic areas and innovative ideas while continuing effective practices at both the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Steve Kramer has extensive background in industry and workforce communications. For the last 14 years as a member of the leadership team for both the Home Builders Institute and the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, affiliates of two of the largest trade associations in the U.S., Steve has led efforts to build and orchestrate communications that have resulted in consistently garnering local and national media exposure for the organizations’ national workforce development initiatives. Steve also developed the Institute’s industry-recognized training and certification programs utilized by secondary and post-secondary educational intuitions nationwide. He has also served in leadership positions for 15 years representing corporate and industry-wide interests at international public relations/public affairs consultancies including Burson-Marsteller, Ketchum, Weber Shandwick and Hill+Knowlton Strategies in New York, Atlanta and Washington, DC, where he worked directly with large-scale industry sectors and local and national employers, leading and devising marketing strategies.

Mitch Rosin has worked in workforce/education field for more than 30 years. After careers as a social worker and classroom teacher, he managed operations for two divisions of McGraw-Hill Education in the United States and lead Adult Education/Workforce/Training initiatives globally, including in China, Europe and Australia. Additionally, he managed all workforce training initiatives for Tata/McGraw-Hill Education Services in India. He has consulted for several companies including the Educational Testing Service (ETS), HCL Technologies, and USGradPath. Currently, he consultants for several companies both in the United States and internationally including Aztec Software, CASAS, and several Consortia of Colleges and Adult Schools in California. He also volunteers his services to several NGOs, and in 2014 started a workforce services company in Chennai, India. Mr. Rosin holds a Master of Arts in Education, a Master of Science in Curriculum Design and Development, and a Master of Science in International Public Policy.

G. Thomas Schultz has worked in the secondary/post-secondary field for over 38 years. He was superintendent of one of the highest performing and internationally recognized regional career technical centers in the United States. Tom has served as a U.S. Delegate to the International Technical Committee for ISO232 Educational Services for the Development of International Standards for Technical Education. Tom is a recognized leader in strategic planning and strategic implementation of organizational change and cultural transformation. He has presented at more than 100 national and state events on topics including career-technical education, educational leadership, STEM education, 21st Century Skills, educational technology and online learning.

Dr. Joseph Goins career began as a Vocational Educator in the state of Tennessee, where he had the opportunity to develop the foundational skills for learners with the Tennessee Board of Regents System. Additionally,Joseph had the opportunity to develop a statewide basic skills/mathematics curriculum and worked in the classroom changing the lives of learners focused on career pathways. He received a BA in Math Education from Berea College in Kentucky and earned a Masters of Science Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee. Joseph Goins completed his Ed D. from Vanderbilt University in Educational Leadership and Policy in May 2016. For much of Joseph’s 20+-year career, he has focused on ED TECH solutions and custom solutions in the ED TECH industry. His career has brought him to have a deep understanding of the integration of technology into the classroom through resources that promote student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and leadership strategies for administrators. He has led sales, marketing, and professional development efforts in all markets across the U.S. and international markets. Joseph has developed a stellar track record of increasing market share, profitability, and the development of product offerings while at the same time focusing on the needs of learners and educators. Currently, Joseph Goins is founding principal of NS4ED, LLC and an INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT working with companies, schools, teachers, and educators alike to understand the ED TECH industry. He works with schools across the country helping them to identify the best solution that fits their culture, needs, and ultimately ones that allow learners to be successful.

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