Chris works with local manufacturing and industrial businesses to provide training and resources to help them be as productive and effective as possible. He provides training solutions to assist with technical skill development, quality process improvements and production efficiencies.
Prior to joining the Meridian Technology Center BIS Team, Chris accumulated over 30 years of diversified manufacturing, technical, and management experience in the marine and boating industry. During that tenure, he became familiar with quality control processes that are required to achieve ISO Certification, as well as process control methods needed to maintain a productive work environment.
Chris holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration from Northern Oklahoma College.
Rebecca works with business and industry clients to identify training and development needs throughout their organizations and matches resources to assist in meeting those needs. She provides assistance in the areas of human resources, strategic planning, team building and organizational development.
Rebecca’s professional background includes 20 years in the hospitality industry in both human resources and operations. Her prior experience also includes full-time and adjunct instruction at Oklahoma State University and Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Spring, Colo. Rebecca holds a master’s degree in Human Relations with an emphasis in Employee Development from the University of Oklahoma.
Judi Leonard has been at Meridian Technology Center since June 2003. Her first eight years were spent in the Career Planning Center and Program Administration working with instructors, student enrollment, tuition calculations and high school procedures.
As support for the Computer Training Division, she works to facilitate industry computer training services as well as short-term professional and personal interest classes. Her professional background includes 17 years as a high school teacher, a secretary/bookkeeper in the oil and gas industry, and owner and manager in the restaurant field.
Marcy works with businesses and organizations of all kinds to meet their goals through training and other educational opportunities for their greatest asset … their human resources. Her areas of expertise include personal effectiveness and time management, playing to your strengths, communication skills and team dynamics.
Marcy holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications from Oklahoma State University, and she is a certified facilitator and trainer for FranklinCovey, Gallup’s StrengthsQuest assessment, Development Dimensions International, AchieveGlobal and Myers Briggs Type Indicator.
Kurt Mendel serves as the Coordinator for Safety and Environmental Health Training. He consults with business and industry clients to assist in the development of safety plans, training schedules and matrices, and programs to build and sustain a safety culture in the workplace.
Kurt’s professional background includes experience in safety management for oil and gas service companies for 8 years. Kurt has specialized knowledge in OSHA safety regulations including OSHA 300 logs and accident investigation. He is also well versed in root cause analysis, safety audits, drug and alcohol programs (DER), customer compliance websites (ISNetworld, PEC, PICS), radiation safety and controlling incident rates. Kurt holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.
As Training Contracts Specialist, Sherry assists industry clients with securing funding assistance for specialized training. Her responsibilities include the Training for Industry Program (TIP) and Existing Industry Funding (EIF) application and invoicing process, customized industry training contracts and invoicing procedures, providing assistance with the establishment and management of apprenticeship programs, as well as establishing and maintaining customer relations with district industry clients. She is also a Certified Facilitator for Real Colors.
Sherry has been affiliated with Meridian Technology Center’s Business and Industry Division for 10 years. Prior to joining Meridian she owned and operated her own entertainment business in Stillwater for 15 years.
Kim works with businesses and organizations in the district to understand how they utilize technology and identify the skills needed to maximize the use of the technology. She then designs and implements a customized training plan to enable them to develop those skills. She also manages the Computer Training Services team and provides assistance with scheduling of the computer courses available for professional interest enrollment.
Kim’s background includes 20 years in the software and application development industry. She has extensive experience in design, development, testing, implementation and end-user training. She holds a bachelor’s in Mathematics and a master's in Business Administration. She serves on the Board of Trustees and as Secretary for the Stillwater Public Education Foundation (SPEF) and is very active in the community.
Kerri provides administrative support for the Computer Training Services area of BIS. This includes support for all customized computer training for businesses and organizations as well as the short-term Professional and Personal Interest classes. Kerri also coordinates and maintains the social media sites for Business and Industry Services. She is involved as a volunteer on Meridian’s United Way team.
Prior to joining the Meridian team in April 2012, Kerri spent five years working in the field of corrections. She recently returned to the United States from Germany where she spent two years traveling Europe and volunteering as a historian with the 391st Combat Sustainment Support Battalion Family Readiness Group. She is the treasurer for her church.