Career Cluster Panels

2021 Panel Registration Opening Soon!

Check out this year's schedule and panelists:
Sept. 29th
Sept. 30th
Session 1

8:45-9:30am

Option A- Hospitality & Tourism

Panelists: John Clark, Up to Par Management; Patrick Dewberry, Best Western & Hampton Inn; Austin Scher, Danville Otterbots; and Sandra Tanner, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Moderator: Brandon Atkins, American National Bank & Trust

Option A- Human Services

Panelists: Jennifer Dowdy, Danville- Pittsylvania Community Services

 

 

 

Option B- Information Technology

Panelists: Phillip Hayes, Noblis; Tim Kruggel, the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research; Inez Rodenburg, City of Danville- IT Department; and Kelly Shotwell, SVHEC- IT Academy

Moderator: Anthony Putorek, Microsoft 

Option B- Architecture & Construction

Panelists: Jeff Bond, Solex Architecture**; Codie Cyrus, C&C Piping and Fabrication**; Dave Robson, Walbridge; and David Sage, Virginia Technical Institute

 

 

Session 2

9:45-10:30am

Option A- Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Panelists: Drew Arnn, Virginia Department of Forestry; Krista Hodges, Dan River Basin Association; and Laura Luffman, Animal Medical Center of Danville**

Moderator: Tia Yancey, Averett University's CCECC

Option A- Health Science

Panelists: Brian Bradley, Sovah Health; Marlo Burton, Community Health Workers- PATHS; and Karen Oaks, Averett University's School of Nursing

 

 

Option B- Business Management & Administration

Panelists: Amber Carroll, Southside Electric Cooperative and Lauren Mathena, Mid-Atlantic Broadband/ SOVA Innovation Hub/ Firefly**

Option B- Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

Panelists: Ed Anthony, DCC- Automotive Analysis & Repair; Tenika Valentine, First Piedmont Waste Solutions; and Greg Vest, UPS

Moderator: David Sage, Virginia Technical Institute

Session 3

10:45-11:30am

Option A- Energy

Panelists: Clint Card, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative; Jason Grey, Danville Utilities; Pam Taylor, SVCC's Power Line Worker Program; and Mark Thomas, Southside Electric Coopertive

Option A- Education & Training

Panelists: Traci Daniel, Danville Community College; Daniel Hale, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University- Virginia Cooperative Extension; and Scott Waller, Microsoft

Option B- Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security

Panelists: Tierra Dillard, Martinsville-Henry County 9-1-1; Kaitlyn Draper, Henry County Department of Public Safety; David Ferguson, Danville Police Department; and Mark Holland, Haymore & Holland**

Option B- Government & Public Administration

Panelists: Ben Bowman, Virginia Department for Blind and Vision Impaired; Dustin Dickens, Virginia Army National Guard; Earl Reynolds, City of Danville; and Taylor Roberts, Danville Parks & Recreation

Session 4

1:00-1:45pm

Option A- Manufactuing

Panelists: Terri Birkett, Ten Oaks; Philip Kauneckas, Intertape Polymer Group; Brian Pace, New College Institute; and Erin Packwood, Eastman

Option A- Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

Panelists: Richie Barker, Harlow Fastech; Dr. Scott Lowman, the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research; Leslie Mantiply, Dewberry; and Kimberly Moore, DanChem

Option B- Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications/ Marketing

Panelists: Madison Eades, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce; Kristen Gusler, KG Graphics**;  Natalie Hodge, Rudy's Girl Media**; and Chuck Vipperman, CVip Media Solutions, LLC**

Option B- Finance

Panelists: Michael Adkins, City of Danville; Brandon Atkins, American National Bank & Trust; Robert Bates, Benchmark Community Bank; and Rob Lainhart, Valleystar Credit Union

  

 

Check out last year's panel discussion recordings:

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

Panelists: Drew Arnn, Virginia Department of Forestry; Krista Hodges, Dan River Basin Association; Laura Luffman, Animal Medical Center; Isaac Hammock, Hammock Dairy (with Cobblestone Milk Cooperative)

Architecture & Construction

Panelists: David Sage, Virginia Technical Institute; Codie Cyrus, C & C Piping & Fabrication; Jeff Bond, Solex Architecture; John Daniel, Daniel Builders

Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications/ Marketing

Panelists: Hope Harris-Gayles, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center; Matt Doss, Smokestack Theatre Co.; Beth Deatherage, Momenta

Business Management & Administration/ Entrepreneurship

Panelists: Lin Hite, Longwood University's Small Business Development Center; Varun Sadana, The Launch Place; Lyndsey Dotterer, Robert Whitt Law; Christie Wall, Grizzly's Hatchet House & River City Escapes

Education & Training

Panelists: Traci Daniel, DCC- Early Childhood Education; Lisa Tuite, Pittsylvania County Public Library; Ryan Taube, Averett University's CCECC; Shep Critzer, Charlotte County Public Schools

Energy

Panelists: Mark Thomas, Southside Electric Cooperative; Philip Haley, Danville Utilities; Pam Taylor, SVCC's Power Line Worker Program; Clint Card, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative

Finance

Panelists: Brandon Atkins, American National Bank & Trust; Christina Reed, New College Institute; Stephanie Sullivan, Benchmark Community Bank; Leslie Rakes, Valley Star Credit Union

Government & Public Administration

Panelists: Dustin Dickens, Virginia Army National Guard; Sara Weller, City of Danville; Justin Price, Pittsylvania County Parks & Recreation; Susan McCulloch, Pittsylvania County- Economic Development

Health Science

Panelists: Brian Bradley, Sovah Health; Karen Oaks, Averett University's School of Nursing; Jennifer Canada, The Community Health Worker Program with Gateway Health

Hospitality & Tourism

Panelists: John Clark, Virginia International Raceway; Madi Eades, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce (formerly with the Virginian); Patrick Dewberry, Best Western & Hampton Inn; Adam Goebel, Danville Science Center

Human Services

Panelists: Traci Petty, United Way of Danville- Pittsylvania County; Jennifer Dowdy, Danville- Pittsylvania Community Services; Petrina Carter, Tri-County Community Action Agency; Jessica Testerman, Helping Hands Child Development Center

Information Technology

Panelists: Chase Weddle, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corp.; Inez Rodenburg, City of Danville- IT Department; Kelly Shotwell, SVHEC- IT Academy; Kristin Puleo, Microsoft Datacenter

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security

Panelists: Shannon Collins, Martinsville- Henry County 911;  David Ferguson, Danville Police Department; Eric Cronin, Danville Public Defender's Office

Manufacturing

Panelists: Mike Russell, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company; Randy Smith, PHCC- Welding Program; Bert Eades, Blue Ridge Fiber Board; Blain Mead, Master Gage & Tool

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

Panelists: Scott Lowman, the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research; Leslie Barksdale, Dewberry; Wayne Smith, DanChem Technologies; Jacob Taylor, GO TEC

Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

Panelists: Tenika Valentine, First Piedmont Waste Solutions; Greg Vest, UPS; Ed Anthony, DCC- Automotive Analysis & Repair