Department: 2019 Technical Expert

Ray Connolly

Ray Connolly has 22 years of experience in the field of welding in the aerospace, petrochemical, and power generation industries, and is now a welding engineer for a naval defense contractor. Ray also teaches part-time at Jefferson Community College in Missouri and is an active member of the American Welding Society. Ray’s success at the…
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Mark DuBois

Mark DuBois is the Executive Director of, a non-profit professional association providing community, education and certification for web professionals worldwide. He has also been an Adobe Education Leader since 2008, effectively using Adobe tools and applications to promote excellence in the classroom. “WorldSkills USA competitors exemplify our skilled work force. In many respects, these…
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Sheila Hyde

Sheila Hyde is a faculty member for the Food and Hospitality Institute at El Centro College in Dallas, Texas. She has been the Texas State Technical Chair for six years, a member of the SkillsUSA National Education Team for two years, and became the National Technical Co-Chair for Restaurant Service last year. “Competition breeds excellence.…
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David Hutchison

David Hutchison is a print production instructor at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center. Believing that education has lost focus on the skilled workforce, David thinks a collaborative approach must be taken to shift the focus to helping students develop a path of opportunities to serve individual career needs.

Robert Hahn

Currently the plumbing and heating instructor at Eastwick College, HoHokus School of Trades, Robert Hahn has been involved in the plumbing industry since the early 1970’s and has watched the industry grow tremendously over the years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Education from Kean University before later earning a Master’s degree…
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Joshua Whittington

Before becoming a professor, Joshua Whittington developed and co-authored the first Mechatronics program in the state of Georgia. After the success of this program, THINC College and Career Academy requested his expertise in their Mechatronics department. Currently, he works for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. “To be selected as an expert is an opportunity to give…
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Dan Wanink

Daniel Wanink first started learning about mechanical engineering when he was in high school. Today, he works as a professor of CAD Drafting and Tool Design Technology at Ferris State University. After 25 years in the industry, he’s seen a great number of changes – most notably how advancements in technology have played a major…
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Tom Wozniak

Tom Wozniak is an instructor at Madison Area Technical College. He was a SkillsUSA advisor before becoming a WorldSkills expert and is excited to continue to pay it forward and give students like Ryan Meppelink an opportunity to be successful in their careers. According to Tom, there are more career openings than students entering the…
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Linda Ward

Linda Ward is the Supervisor of Career and Technical Education Extension Services in the Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District, where she started as a Cosmetology instructor in 2001. In addition to focusing on her career in education, Linda was the owner of We Care Hair Salon for eight years, where she perfected her hairdressing skills.…
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