SkillsUSA Foundation

The SkillsUSA Foundation is SkillsUSA’s philanthropic arm. The Foundation seeks to involve representatives of business, industry, organized labor, SkillsUSA alumni and other interested parties in the active financial and volunteer support of the programs and activities of SkillsUSA.

A committee of key business leaders from corporate America assists in fund raising; offers expert advice and counsel; oversees SkillsUSA’s programs, activities and events; and approves all financial contributions. The Foundation raises approximately 25 percent of SkillsUSA’s overall operating budget each year. In addition to this operating support, funds are raised for travel scholarships for students and instructors to the SkillsUSA Championships and the WorldSkills Competition; inner city programs; chapter management and leadership institutes; scholarships to College/Postsecondary institutions; and special projects that benefit SkillsUSA members.

Committee Members:


Laurie Hackett
Manager, Philanthropy and Community Relations
Air Products


Larry Teverbaugh
President and CEO
CareerSafe LLC

Tim Humes
Sponsorship Marketing Manager
Carhartt, Inc.

Cameron Ferguson
Manager, Dealer Capability Department
Caterpillar Inc.

Taryn McKenzie
Director, Building Trades and Transportation Training
Cengage Learning

Cheri Judkins
Business Unit, Learning Operations Manager, Harley-Davidson University
Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc.

John Kett
President and CFO
Insurance Auto Auctions Inc.

Paul Cleveland
Manager, Distributor Training
Miller Electric Mfg. Co., Inc.

Wanzel Jessie
Director, Client Services

Ed Prevatt
Director, Instructor Certification Program/Strategic Outreach

Kaye Morgan-Curtis
Manager, Corporate Community Relations
Newell Rubbermaid

Alicia Smales
Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer
Snap-on Incorporated

Jim Bohn
Director, Product Development
Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Beverly Reid
Director, Learning and Development Department
State Farm Insurance Companies

David Zellers
V.P. Customer Services New Business Integration
Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

Joe Morgan
Chair, SkillsUSA Championships Executive Committee
Kentucky Department of Education