SkillsUSA Kansas Board of Directors

I am a Fort Hays State University graduate with a BS degree in Industrial Education, minor in math and a master’s degree in Education Administration.  I am also certified to teach Geometry in the classroom.

Lead Advisor for SkillsUSA as well as the Engineering Technology Advisor for our Winfield high school.

Cassandra Puletapuai

Alumni Representative

Cassandra serves as an Alumni Representative for SkillsUSA Kansas.

Craig Bennington

Business and Industry Representative

Craig serves as an Business and Industry Representative for SkillsUSA Kansas.

Crystal Roberts is an Education Program Consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education on
the Career, Standards and Assessments Services team.

Dr. Johnson currently serves as University Professor in Technology and Workforce Learning in
the College of Technology at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS. He resides in Pittsburg
with his wife Jacki.

Crystal Roberts is an Education Program Consultant for the Kansas State Department of Education on
the Career, Standards and Assessments Services team.

Deb Hargrove

Alumni Representative

For the past three years,

Deb Hargrove has been working with the Kansas State Officer team as their Trainer.

Eric Tincher

Corporate Representative

Eric serves as a Corporate Representative for SkillsUSA Kansas.

Frank Avila

Postsecondary Representative

Frank serves as a Postsecondary Representative for

SkillsUSA Kansas.

Denver Mishler

Business and Industry Representative

Denver serves as an Business and Industry Representative for SkillsUSA Kansas.

James Wilson

Business and Industry Representative, Past President

James serves as an Business and Industry Representative, as well as the Board President for SkillsUSA Kansas.

Masters of Science from Pittsburg State University in Career and Technical Education, Licensed Master Mechanic, Vocational and Technical Education Kansas State Licensure. 

Kent R. Thomas is a native of Manhattan, Kansas, completing his K-12 schooling there. After four years in the US Navy
(1968-1972), where he served in the medical fleet as a hospital corpsman/neuropsychiatric technician...

Earned my Bachelors of Science in Technology Education Spring of 1998 at Fort Hays State University and my Masters of Science degree in Education Administration also from Fort Hays State University in 2011.

Currently, PJ serves as the Kansas Administrator Representative and the
SkillsUSA Kansas BOD treasurer.

Rod Murphy is the President of DEPCO Enterprises, LLC located in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Associates in Electronics Technology from NCK Tech in Beloit, KS, Bachelors in Social Work from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. 

Steve Polley

Postsecondary Representative

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Steve Polley is an Associate Automotive Professor at Pittsburg State University. He currently teaches in the Associates Degree Automotive Program...

Dr. Vera Brown

Corporate Representative

David serves as a Middle School Representative for SkillsUSA Kansas.

2020 - 2021
Kansas Board of Directors

Business and Industry Representative

 Zach Zimmerman was named Director, Machine Fabrication May 2017. In this role he oversees growth and strategy for Machine Fabrication Operations.  

Becky Warren

District 1 (NW)

Crystal Roberts, Kansas Board of Education

Eric Tincher, Kansas Board of Regents

Dr. Vera Brown, Kansas Board of Regents


District 2 (NC), Frank Avila, Manhattan Area Technical College

District 3 (NE), Kevin Bronson, Paola High School, President

District 4 (W), Jeremy King, WSU Tech

District 5 (SW), Butch Garst, Seward County Community College

District 6 (SC), Alan Beck, Hutchinson Career Ed Academy &        District 6 (SC), Carey Keller, Winfield High School

District 7 (SE) Steve Polley, Pittsburg State University

PJ Reilly, Wichita Public Schools Districts, Treasurer

Cassandra Puletapuai, Alumni

Deb Hargrove, Alumni

Kent Thomas, Alumni

Tori Magnett, Alumni, Financial Officer

Becky Warren, Director

Jillene Cunningham, HCC Facilities Host Rep
Travis Riebel, HCTEA Facilities Host Rep

Nathan McClanahan, Kansas State Fairgrounds

Craig Bennington, Textron Aviation

Denver Mishler, Textron Aviation

Rod Murphy, DEPCO, LLC

James Wilson, ICS Collision Center, Past President

Zach Zimmerman, Spirit AeroSystems

Kansas State Director

Becky Warren is a Public Service Executive serving as the SkillsUSA Kansas State Advisor since 2013.
Her role is to support the integration of Career Technical Student Organizations within the classroom, to provide teaching and learning through innovative programs, business and industry and community partnerships and leadership experiences at the school, state and national levels. Becky supports Career Technical Educators as together they strive to support the Kansas Vision in leading the world in the success of each student.

Mrs. Warren earned an Associate in Arts in Elementary Education, then went on for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master Degree in Business Administration at Friends University. 

Prior to working for the Kansas Department of Education, Becky spent thirteen years at Labette Community College serving in many roles such as, Adjunct Instructor, Perkins Coordinator, Research Specialist, and Project Assistant serving Business and Industry Partners. Before working at Labette Community College, Becky owned and ran her own business, “Country Cakes” for fifteen years.

The 2021 SkillsUSA Kansas Theme

The SkillsUSA Kansas Board of Directors is a select group of individuals, dedicated to making a different in the lives of students. 
Our Goal is to ensure that every student can end 2021 "Empowered"
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