Board of Directors

Mike Lopez 2021Mike Lopez - Manufacturing Excellence Coordinator - Indorama Ventures LLC

Throughout his career, Mike Lopez has always advanced into positions with increased responsibilities mostly being in leadership roles. After excelling in his craft as a process operator, he was assigned the task of training new operators as well as revising and maintaining unit operating procedures. His first assignment in this Job Instruction Trainer (JIT) role was to revise and reissue the unit operating procedures to comply with Process Safety Management (PSM) standards and ISO 9000 Quality standards. He began to serve as an Internal ISO auditor to not only learn more about ISO standards but to share his experience and knowledge of best practices. During his time as JIT, he often worked as a temporary supervisor leading other operators during turnarounds as well as when the unit was in operation. After 13 years as JIT, Mike accepted the Production Specialist position. This role is defined as the unit Subject Matter Expert (SME). Some of his responsibilities were to monitor day to day operation of the unit and help to resolve any issues, serve as SME on project and improvement teams and serve as backup to the unit supervisor. He also made operator work schedules as well as ensured operators remained current with required training. Mike was a major contributor to ensuring that changes to the process or equipment were properly evaluated, documented, planned and implemented.
The Manufacturing Excellence group was created, and Mike was chosen to be the Manufacturing Excellence Specialist. There he utilized his knowledge and skills to coordinate and implement improvements across the site, as well as ensuring compliance to PSM and ISO standards. Additionally, serving as mentor to the site JIT’s. Mike has since been promoted to Manufacturing Excellence Coordinator with added responsibilities related to site document control and administration of work permit and operator rounds software and programs. He has revived the site operator co-op program and is championing process technology operations by serving on five area process technology advisory committees, the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) Endorsement Committee and coordinating improvements to onboarding and operator training.

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-Baton Rouge

Stephen M. Backman - DirectorSteve 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 34 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 is currently the president of SMB Enterprises.  Steve and Avy have three children, Robert, Corey, and Zach. He is also the proud grandparent of Ava, Del, and Emma.

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.

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.