Sue was just recently promoted to the position Interim Director for the Center of Excellence for Unmanned & Autonomous Systems. Her focus will be to provide leadership assistance in promoting and establishing this center as a recognizable and highly valuable component in Washington’s economic and workforce development initiatives by working with business and industry, K-12 public education, Washington State’s community and technical colleges and economic and the workforce development systems.
Sue has been with the Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing since 2009, and has taken the leadership on several instrumental projects for that center including WISE, a DOL Round 4 TAACCCT grant, Workforce Development Grant with four consortium colleges that focuses on mechatronics and robotics and several DACUM’s for various colleges focusing on machining and semi-conductors. Additionally, Sue managed the NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) grant, the first grant nationally awarded to a community and technical college. She also managed the COE’s work in the Air Washington grant and AAI grant centered around apprenticeship. Working closely with Switch Up Consulting, our communications consultant, Sue has been responsible for the development of several key marketing pieces for the COE.
Kelsey Sanderson is the Executive Assistant for Executive Director Mary Kaye Bredeson and has worked at the Center of Excellence since November 2013. She also supports the Center of Excellence for Unmanned & Autonomous Systems.
Kelsey provides administrative support to the Executive Director.
Prior to coming to the COE, Kelsey worked for several years at Integrated Technologies as a technical aide, a position which piqued her interest in the aerospace field.
Kelsey assists with the Center’s travel plans, event coordination, and budget management and is key in communication between college staff, external partners, and other COE staff.
Ryan Davis is the President and CEO of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, a non-profit policy institute catalyzing transformative change in education, economic, and workforce development through research and action. Prior to joining CSW, Ryan served as Dean of Business and Applied Technology at Everett Community College. During his tenure he led the integration of industry credentials into for credit curriculum, served as Chair of the Washington Workforce Education Council, and Vice-Chair of Workforce Snohomish. Additionally, he has extensive private sector experience in management consulting and leading operations for an international healthcare recruitment agency. Ryan is a Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.
Jennifer Ferrero, APR, ALB, ACB
Jennifer Ferrero’s role is to handle marketing, communications and public relations for the Center of Excellence. She owns Switch Up Consulting, a public relations and communications consultancy. She has over 16 years of experience in marketing, website development, public relations and communications across Washington. Jennifer is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) through the Public Relations Society of America. She is also an Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) and Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) with Toastmasters International.
In her role with the COE, Jennifer works with staff to communicate, market and promote activities, programs and partnerships developed by the Center of Excellence.