Career Pathways and innovative delivery models in postsecondary education

Thursday, Dec. 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST
For more information, contact Debra Miller, director of health policy, at (859) 244-8241 or This session is open to all CSG National Conference attendees, please RSVP upon registration for the conference.
Aligning jobs with workers who possess the skills to succeed is a challenge that calls for solutions from K-12 and postsecondary systems and employers. Join policymakers, education experts and industry leaders as we discuss emerging innovations in postsecondary education and its successful alignment with workforce development. Specific policy areas addressed will include personalized learning, competency-based education, career pathways and flexible routes to college completion. Attendees will come together for a dialogue on best practice strategies and exemplary policy opportunities at the state and institutional levels.



Nick D’Andrea
Director of State Government Affairs, UPS Air Group
D’Andrea has responsibility for public policy that affects all UPS entities in Kentucky, including UPS Airlines and Worldport. He also advocates for issues related to the company’s alternative fuels and sustainability strategy. He joined UPS in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience in government relations and public affairs to his role. He previously served as assistant director of governmental affairs for the University of Louisville, where he helped formulate the legislative agenda for the university. D’Andrea also worked as director of government affairs for the state’s Passport Health Plan, where he directed government relations, communications and media relations, focusing on brand and image.


Rep. John DeBerry Jr.
Rep. DeBerry represents Tennessee’s 90th District, which encompasses part of Shelby County and the Greater Memphis area. DeBerry has represented District 90 since January 1995. He is a member of the House Education, Administration and Planning Committee. DeBerry graduated from Freed-Hardeman University and the University of Memphis.  


Wilson Finch
Senior Consultant, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
Finch’s primary focus is on statewide and system-wide approaches to prior learning assessments. Prior to joining the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Finch was the assistant director for postsecondary completion initiatives for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. His main responsibilities were to direct and coordinate grant-funded policy and program initiatives related to completion efforts.


Amy Loyd
Director of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Jobs for the Future
As program director of the Pathways to Prosperity Network, Loyd supports educators, employers and government leaders in nine states to develop and implement STEM career pathways. For over a decade, Loyd has presented and consulted on education strategy, leadership and policy, and conducted extensive research into the evolving role of state education agencies. Prior to joining Jobs for the Future, she directed the start-up of a residential education and training program for ex-convicts, ex-addicts and the homeless.


Scot McLemore
Technical Workforce Development Manager, Honda North America, Inc.
McLemore is responsible for strategy development of Honda’s future technical workforce. Prior to this assignment, he served as the unit manager of Corporate Technical Development for Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. McLemore’s career at Honda spans 25 years, including both engineering and human resource functions focusing on technical development. He began his career with Honda in 1990 as a manufacturing engineer in the welding department of the Marysville Auto Plant in Marysville, Ohio.


Thomas J. Plath
Vice President, HR Global Businesses, International Paper
Plath joined International Paper in 1991 as a human resources associate at the Thilmany Mill in Kaukauna, Wis.  From 1997 to 2001, he worked for International Paper in Europe. In 2001, Plath returned  from Brussels and held a variety of positions in xpedx in operations,  marketing and general management.  He assumed  his current role in November 2014. Tom received a bachelor’s degree in education from Martin Luther College and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.


Scott Sloan
General Counsel and Associate Executive Director for Legal & Regulatory Affairs
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
As the chief legal officer of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, or THEC, Sloan is responsible for managing the agency’s legal and contracting functions, and he also represents THEC during the legislative session. He has worked closely with the legislature in developing several key higher education initiatives, including the Labor and Education Alignment Program, also known as LEAP, as well as the Tennessee VETS Act.  He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Nashville School of Law.


Rep. Jacqueline Sly
South Dakota

Rep. Sly, a retired school teacher, has represented South Dakota’s 33rd District since January 2009. She currently chairs the House Education Committee. Sly earned her B.A. in elementary and special education from Northern State University and an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Black Hills State University.


Brian A. Sponsler
Director for the Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute
Education Commission of the States (ECS)
Sponsler oversees the strategic direction of the Postsecondary and Workforce Development Institute’s policy-research portfolio. Prior to joining ECS, Sponsler served as the vice president for research and policy at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the leading professional association for student affairs. Additionally, he was associate director for research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy. His research interests include college access for disenfranchised student populations, student development and success, and structural/geographic impediments to college-going.


Sean Tierney
Strategy officer, Lumina Foundation
Tierney’s work at Lumina focuses on helping to design and build high-quality education to increase the higher education system's capacity and create savings for students and the public. He specializes in performance- and outcomes-based funding. Through his earlier work at the higher education commissions in Maryland and Tennessee, Tierney brings experience such as development of performance-based funding, supervising grant project work and public outreach. 


Stephen Tremaine
Vice President for Early Colleges, Bard College
In 2008, Tremaine founded the Bard Early College in his native New Orleans. Bard, a liberal arts college in New York, provides a network of tuition-free college campuses in public school systems for high-risk high school students in low-income city neighborhoods. In addition to the New Orleans campus, Tremaine has developed Bard Early College campuses in Cleveland and Baltimore. Bard currently enrolls more than 2,000 high school-aged students in early colleges across the country.