Presenters

Kevin Gecowets

The Power of Positive Influence


Kevin is a master educator, facilitator, and coach with expertise in leadership, organizational change, and conflict management. He has developed leaders and organizations for over 25 years in education, government, and private industry. He also brings experience in public speaking, strategic planning, process improvement, and operations management.

Kevin is the Director of the Center for University Learning at Kennesaw State University where he leads professional and organizational development for faculty and staff, and for the University System of Georgia’s Professional Development Consortium. He serves on the KSU Staff Senate, and as a USG Service Excellence Ambassador. He advises on conflict management coaching and training as a Senior Associate with Care Full Conflict, LLC.

Previously, he led statewide organizational change, training, and employee engagement efforts for the Georgia Governor’s Office of Customer Service. He also led training and organization development for Colony Homes, the Georgia-Pacific Corporation and as an independent consultant for a variety of private and public service organizations.

Cher Brister

​​Inclusion Matters in Continuing Education Too!


Cher is the Director of Green Technologies at Gwinnett Technical College. She has been at Gwinnett Tech since 2006 and has worked as an Instructor, Program Coordinator and Program Director. She not only manages the Building Operator Certification Program for the state of Georgia, but she is also responsible for Continuing Education and Business and Industry training in the North Fulton service area. In addition to her role on the Board of Directors for GAEA, she serves on the board for Amana Academy in Alpharetta and Atlanta Recycles.

Brooke Smith

Continuing Education as a Visible, Vibrant, & Valuable Asset

Brooke Smith is the Associate Director of Continuing Education at the University or North Georgia where she focuses on professional development and contract training. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of North Georgia along with a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University.  Brooke lives in Dahlonega with her husband Matthew and 2 sons. UNG’s Continuing Education serves 6,000 students a year and conducts approximately 600 courses.Type your paragraph here.

Kathleen Kosmoski

A Sector Partnership in Action

Creating a Pipeline of Talent Through Discovery


Kathleen is the Director for Continuing Education and Industry Training at Ogeechee Technical College. In this role, Ms. Kosmoski is responsible for all non-credit programs and training for the college including public classes as well as customized training with private entities. Over the past six years, she has worked with local businesses and industries to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate their training needs. Ms. Kosmoski has developed numerous partnerships throughout the region to maximize resources for developing the local workforce.
Ms Kosmoski has a bachelor’s degree and a Master’s of Science degree from Purdue University. She currently serves as the President for the Georgia Adult Education Association, which is tasked with promoting and developing adult and continuing education to create a more educated and trained workforce in Georgia.

Jackie Veuleman

Hot Topics Roundtable

Jackie Veuleman is the Director of Economic Development for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in Valdosta, GA.  In this capacity, she oversees the Continuing Education program for WGTC’s four campuses as well as contract training for the southern region of the school’s zone, while being the AHA Training Center Coordinator. Jackie builds and delivers several trainings in her purview from Lean Six Sigma to Leadership to ServSafe, and in between.

 After graduating from Western Illinois University, Jackie joined the Air Force to work in Mental Health, ultimately becoming a Mental Health Technician School Master Instructor. After leaving the Air Force, while raising her three kids, she went on to study Masters in Management and PhD studies in Industrial/Organizational Leadership. Before becoming the Director of Economic Development at Wiregrass, she was the Associate Dean for Business Education and Arts & Sciences departments. Type your paragraph here.

Shannon Chandler

Continuing Education as a Visable, Vibrant, & Valuable Asset

Shannon Chandler is a Program Coordinator at the University or North Georgia where she programs both professional development and personal enrichment courses for a 30 county service region. Shannon also facilitates community use of the University through facility rentals. With over 15 years in continuing education experience Shannon has seen the vast changes in courses and training needs within the region.  Shannon lives in Flowery Branch with her husband Chris and son Ian. Type your paragraph here.

Blake Crawford

Multi-Generational Marketing Lessons from Bob Dylan

5 Marketing Automation Strategies That Will Help You Close More Leads


Blake is the Creative Director at Greenstone Media. He helps companies tell the story their customers need to hear. When he isn't working, Blake enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and writing songs.

Juan Wilson

Inclusion Matters in Continuing Education Too!

Juan Wilson is the Coordinator of Support Services at Gwinnett Technical College. He has been with Gwinnett Tech since 2016 where he manages Disability Services; along with Special Population for the Alpharetta North-Fulton Campus. 

Prior to joining Gwinnett Technical College, Juan spent 13 years as a Special Education teacher for Los Angeles Unified School District.  After a successful career in education, Juan transitioned to the Non-Profit sector where he was Team Lead at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Los Angeles working in tandem with the VP of Programs to guide the African-American Mentoring initiatives. Juan serves on Gwinnett Tech’s Behavior Intervention team and is Board Chair for CamandMadisPromise, Inc.Type your paragraph here.

Rusty Denning

Latest Trends in Contract Training

​Non-Credit to Credit Pathways: Partnering to Grow Enrollment


Rusty began working at Piedmont Technical College on August 9, 2010 as Associate Vice President of Economic Development & Continuing Education. Since coming on board at Piedmont Tech, he has implemented several new programs in Continuing Education and expanded course offerings in the seven county service delivery area. His unique approach in the business and industry field has led to an increased awareness of business needs and opened the doors to innovative customized programs. Rusty took both his Bachelors and Masters Coursework at Georgia Southern University in Business Administration and Public Administration respectively. He also has a Masters in Leadership and Management from Western Governors University.

 Before coming to Piedmont Technical College, he served as Director of Business and Industry services at Ogeechee Technical College in Statesboro, Georgia. He has over 14 years of robust experience in the Technical College System of Georgia in the areas of continuing education, economic development, and customized business and industry training programs. 

Chase Highley

Creating a Brand Message and Story Your Customers Will Love

How to Market to Corporate Clients


Chase is a North Carolina native proud to call Asheville home. Chase works directly with clients to deliver premium products for their business needs. This includes innovative marketing and tech solutions, state-of-the-art websites and SEO marketing strategies. Chase enjoys meeting with new clients, carefully listening to their businesses needs and goals, and championing their vision. Since 2014, Chase has helped over a 100 businesses meet and surpass their web marketing goals, and redefine their social media and SEO initiatives. When he's not crushing it for his clients, he enjoys hiking with his wife, and golfing with his buddies. Chase attended Warner University under a Dean and Golf Scholarship and received a Business in Finance Degree.

Benji Bateman

​Lasting Trends in Digital Marketing

​5 Marketing Automation Strategies That Will Help You Close More Leads


Benji  is the Marketing Director at Greenstone Media. As a StoryBrand Certified Guide with five years of HubSpot experience, he’s successfully found ways to help clients expand their digital presence, improve their visitor-to-lead conversion rates, and drive more sales for their organizations. When away from his desk, you'll likely find him watching a Clemson football game or hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Julie Chance

Creating a Pipeline of Talent Through Discovery

Dr. Julie Chance is currently serving as the Executive Director of Program Improvement for Bulloch County Schools. Dr. Chance is responsible for overseeing federal programs, pre-kindergarten, gifted, literacy, STEM, Dual Enrollment, Career Counseling, and CTAE. She is proud to be a Georgia Southern University “Quad Eagle” receiving all four of her educational degrees from GSU.  In her current and past work, Dr. Chance developed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated local, state, and federally funded programs. Much of her work has focused on developing leaders through the implementation of distributed leadership models that allow her to mentor and coach new educational leaders.Type your paragraph here.

Dan Stotz

Building an Award Winning Hybrid Program

Stackable Credentials, Digital Badges, & Other Major Trends


Dan is the Assistant Dean for Strategic Partnerships and also an award-winning instructor for the College of Professional Education at Kennesaw State University. He has 35 years of experience researching, teaching, and designing professional development programs. Dan will share his insights on the major industry trends that will dramatically impact the future of professional and continuing education--and how we can do a better job helping people reach their full potential in both their professional life and their personal life.Type your paragraph here.

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