Board of Directors

Alisha Pierre Nash - U.S. Apprenticeship Program Leader-Dow ChemicalAlisha Pierre Nash Photo

Alisha is the Leader for the Dow U.S. Apprenticeship Program at the St. Charles Operations location in Hahnville, Louisiana.  She began her career at Dow in 1997 as a Process Technician and after working 14 years in that role, she held several other supporting roles in Operations with contributions in training, organizational effectiveness and work process discipline.  She is currently responsible for developing and managing the talent pipeline for Process Technicians as well as Maintenance Crafts through the Apprenticeship and Internship programs.  Alisha is a STEM Ambassador for Dow and is an active member of several college and state Advisory Panels.  Her professional and personal focus is to develop the workforce of tomorrow.  

Eric Newby – President/Executive Director, NAPTA

Eric Newby - President/Executive DirectorAs President and Executive Director of the North American Process Technology Alliance, NAPTA, Eric brings 35 years of Oil and Chemical Industry experience, working in a variety of positions ranging from Oilwell Services to Olefins Production Operations, and from Shift Supervisor to Learning & Development Coordinator. After serving as President of the alliance for eight years Eric retired from BASF Corporation in 2015 and took on the full-time role of leading the NAPTA in its mission to advance the Process Technology (PTEC) education and career through partnerships between industry, education, and related organizations.

Glenn Johnson – Manufacturing Workforce Development Leader, BASF

Glenn Johnson 2021With 20+ years of experience within Manufacturing Leadership and Organizational Development roles in Oil, Gas, and Chemical operations; Glenn began as a Plant Operator.  Today he is the Workforce Development Leader for BASF. Glenn is a published author in the Journal of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering, and has contributed content to 5 Process Technology text books used in 90 colleges across the United States.  He has a Master's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and is a certified Instructional Facilitator and Designer.  Glenn is; President of the Southeast Texas Education Foundation; CFO and Board Officer of the North American Process Technology Alliance; and Industry Representative for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Steve Backman – President (Retired), Remington College - Mobile & Baton Rouge

Stephen M. Backman - Director

Steve is originally from New York City but is now a displaced “damned Yankee.” He joined the Air Force after graduating from college and spent the first half of his 26-year career as a navigator and bombardier flying B-52D, F, G, and H model versions, and later as a navigation and bombing instructor in the T-43A aircraft. He flew 37 B-52 combat missions in support of operations in Southeast Asia. Steve retired as a Lt. Col. In 1995 and began a career in education as an Academic Dean and later as President of Colleges in Utah, Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana. He has a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University in New York, and masters’ degrees from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and The U.S. Air Force Air War College in Montgomery, AL.  Steve and Avy have three children, Robert, Corey, and Zach. He is also the proud grandparent of Ava, Del, and Emma, and great grandson, Victor.

Madonna Adams - Director, Center for Business/Industry Training, Brazosport College

Dr. Adams is a Louisiana native who has called Texas home for the last 8 years. She is currently serving as the Director of the Center formadonna adams 1Business/Industry Training (CBIT) at Brazosport College, where she is responsible for establishing corporate partnerships within the Gulf Coast area, initiating and finalizing business agreements, driving strategic learning initiatives, and leading a team of training professionals.  Dr. Adams has written and managed grants from various funding streams, including US Department of Education, US Department of Labor and Texas Workforce Commission throughout her 18 year career in the education and training field.  Prior to coming to Brazosport College, she taught and managed educational initiatives and programs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, The University of Phoenix, and NASA Johnson Space Center through San Jacinto College.    

Dr. Adams has earned a Master’s Degree from Louisiana State University in Public Administration and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Human Capital Development.

David Esquibel – Workforce Development Specialist Crafts & Operations, Shell Oil Company (ret'd)

David Esquibel - Chair/Chief Executive OfficerDavid is a member of Shell’s Workforce Community Strategic Initiative Team. He is responsible for Shell’s Associate & Technical Scholarship, Dual Credit and 2-year STEM career programs and manages more than 20 community colleges across the US. The management and execution of these programs strengthen Shell’s technical talent pipeline in Process Technology, Instrumentation and Maintenance Crafts. He is also responsible for developing workforce strategies for Shell’s Up and Downstream Businesses and additional responsibilities include, involvement in strategic external associations such as NAPTA, grant funding and program development to help attract females, military and pre-college students to the oil & gas and petrochemical industry.

Crystal Lovelady Jackson DirectorDavid Gosnay - Operations Manager, Channelview Training and Development - LyondellBasell

David Gosnay works for LyondellBasell and is responsible for training and leadership development for operations and maintenance at the Channelview location.  David joined LyondellBasell in 1978  and prior to his current position has held roles as an operations technician, First Line Supervisor, Superintendent, and Operations Manager.

During his nine years in training he has standardized the onboarding process, integrated cultural expectations for performance and behavior into the training process, implemented a Veterans Educational Benefits Program, and formally linked industry and education. 

sarah janesSarah Janes - Associate Vice Chancellor of Continuing and Professional Development, San Jacinto College

Dr. Janes is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) at San Jacinto College.  In this position, she provides oversight of the Division of Corporate Training and the Division of Community Education for the college district.    Prior to becoming Associate Vice Chancellor, she served as Dean of Instruction and Academic Dean at San Jacinto College North Campus. She has written and directed grants over the past 20 years with funding from a variety of sources, including the US Department of Labor, US Department of Education, Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  She has over 25 years of experience at the community college level and eighteen years in public education.  Under her leadership, San Jacinto College has established the first maritime program in a community college in Texas. Dr. Janes serves on the Houston Galveston Area Council – Workforce Board representing Education; and on the Port Houston Application Review Committee for the Houston Pilots.  She has served on various state committees including the Texas Common Course Numbering System Board and the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.

Dr. Janes received her baccalaureate degree in Mathematics Education, Recreation, Health and Physical Education from Louisiana State University.  She earned her Master of Arts degree in mathematics from that same institution.  Dr. Janes earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology from Texas A&M University. 

Crystal Lovelady-Jackson - Workforce Development Advisor - Shell Oil CompanyCrystal Lovelady Jackson Director

Crystal Lovelady-Jackson has a passion for working within the Community and providing the next generation the skills needed to be successful. With over 20 years of experience in Human Resources in the oil and gas industry, Crystal utilizes the skills and experiences gained in her current role as Workforce Development Advisor. Crystal supports workforce development strategies for upstream and downstream business operations. Crystal is also responsible for managing Shell’s Associate and Technical Scholarship program, Energy Venture camps, dual credit programs, and workshops for females and members of the military to attract operations and craft talent to Shell and the industry. In addition, Crystal collaborates with community colleges and K-12 programs across the U.S. where Shell has a major presence to raise awareness and attract students to the industry.

In the past, Crystal has volunteered for several community organization which includes Big Brothers Big Sisters and a guest speaker Houston Area Women’s Center. Currently, Crystal is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in foster care with a focus on the teen population. Crystal is also married and the proud mother of two beautiful daughters.

Stacy Putman - Manager of Advocacy, Workforce Development & Strategic Projects - INEOSStacy Putman Director

Stacy Putman is Manager of Advocacy, Workforce Development & Strategic Projects for INEOS covering assets in 6 US states. She maintains an office at INEOS’ North American HQ in League City, Texas, but is typically found in Community at the manufacturing sites or with other key stakeholders.

Stacy joined INEOS in 2005 where she began as Polymers Commercial Operations Manager. Subsequent roles were HSEQ Corporate Manager and Site Director for the Carson, CA location. Returning to Texas in late 2018, she has served as the Sr. Project Director on a $1b+ capital project expansion at the INEOS Brazoria County site.

Stacy has served on the EXCO advisory committee with AFPM since 2009 and in 2016, she was honored with the Manufacturing Institute’s (MI) Top 100 Women in Manufacturing award and has served in an advisory capacity to MI since 2016. Stacy earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas Tech University and she and her husband reside in Galveston, TX.