Located at: TCAT Jackson
Lori is the Tennessee Pathways regional coordinator for the Southwest Region and is based at TCAT Jackson. Throughout her career, Lori has focused on connecting people to learning opportunities through adult education, higher education, economic development and workforce development. Her experience includes recruiting for The University of Memphis, employment services for a staffing agency, human resources and administration in healthcare and manufacturing, chamber development, and several positions with the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board. Prior to joining Pathways, she spent approximately 11 years implementing programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Her roles included coordinating a youth Peer Tutor program, employer engagement, public relations, and directing strategic planning activities for an eleven county workforce development area. Lori earned a bachelor’s degree in Sales and Marketing from The University of Memphis.
Located at: TCAT Newbern
Justin is the Tennessee Pathways regional coordinator for the Northwest region and is based at TCAT Newbern. Before joining the Tennessee Pathways team, Justin was employed as the regional coordinator for Pathways Tennessee at the University of Tennessee-Martin, where he facilitated the development of a three-year strategic plan around equitable postsecondary access, early postsecondary opportunities, and industry engagement. Justin also previously served at a Northwest Tennessee non-profit that services Dyer, Lake, and Obion counties with a food bank, senior services, and home rehabilitation. Additionally, he is experienced in municipal planning having worked in both Georgia and Kentucky. Justin earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Murray State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Kentucky University.
Region: Northern Middle
Located at: Nashville State Community College
Ellen Gomez is the Tennessee Pathways regional coordinator for the Northern Middle Region and is based at the Nashville State Community College - East Davidson campus. Her career has focused on supporting individuals, organizations and networks in reaching career and education objectives through employer and adult education initiatives, work-based learning, career and technical education, early college, dual enrollment, and online hybrid and competency-based education options. Her experiences include recruiting working adults returning to college through the Queens College Worker Education program, building an innovative hybrid engineering graduate program with a global reach at Stevens Institute of Technology, and launching a successful CTE high school with a college-prep focus in NYC. Prior to joining Pathways, she supported the development of the early college and career P-Tech model with the City University of New York and was part of the founding implementation team for College Now for Careers. Her strengths include partnership development, employer and university engagement, and communications, with a passion for authentic work-based learning experiences. Ellen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social and Historical Inquiry from Eugene Lang College at the New School, and a Master's in Public Communications from Fordham University. She holds an NCPN Career Pathways Leadership certification, completed the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation-sponsored College Advising Program at Columbia University, and is an Advance CTE Virtual Institute alumnus.
Region: Greater Memphis
Located at: Southwest Tennessee Community College
Kenderek is the Tennessee Pathways regional coordinator for the Greater Memphis region and is based at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Before joining the Tennessee Pathways team, Kenderek served as a program specialist at Southwest Tennessee Community College where he worked in the Dual Enrollment Program. He was able to grow the program by 31 percent by focusing on improving customer service and increasing partnerships throughout the Memphis area. Kenderek also worked as an admissions counselor/recruiter for Southwest Tennessee Community College for the greater Memphis area. Kenderek earned a master’s degree in liberal studies and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Memphis.
Located at: TCAT Elizabethton
Mary Beth is the Tennessee Pathways regional coordinator for the Northeast region and is based at TCAT Elizabethton. Mary Beth has built a career around strengthening the local workforce by helping countless individuals achieve their professional goals, while assisting employers with pipeline development. Before joining the Tennessee Pathways team, she spent seven years as the career development coordinator at Northeast State Community College. She offered her expertise to individuals, school systems, and community agencies to promote readiness for available career and training opportunities. Prior to working at Northeast State Community College, Mary Beth worked for approximately five years in the Tennessee Department of Labor Career Centers implementing training and pre-employment services through the Workforce Investment Act. Through these roles, Mary Beth has had an opportunity to collaborate with employers and community agencies on various workforce development projects and committees. As a result of Mary Beth’s dedication to her craft and community, she was honored as a 40 Under Forty Award recipient by The Business Journal of Tri-Cities, TN/Southwest VA in 2017. Mary Beth earned a bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in human resource development from Tusculum College. She holds credentials as a Global Career Development Facilitator and a Certified Professional Resume Writer.
Region: Upper Cumberland
Located at: Cookeville Higher Education Center
Amy Profant is the Tennessee Pathways regional coordinator for the Upper Cumberland region and is based at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus. Before joining the Tennessee Pathways team, she served as one of two Academic Career Coaches for the Putnam County School system, working with students in grades 4-12 in a variety of activities to explore postsecondary opportunities and develop plans for college and career. Her nine years of prior experience in both sales and management roles within Verizon Wireless, along with her ongoing partnership with her husband as co-owners of a small business, both contribute to her passion for working with students on their college and career plans. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Tennessee Tech University in 1999, and she is near completion of her master’s degree in school counseling at Tennessee Tech.
Located at: Pellissippi State Community College
Danny is the Tennessee Pathways regional coordinator for the East region and is based at Pellissippi State Community College. Before joining the Tennessee Pathways team, Danny was an educator at Union County High School. During his time there, he had the privilege to serve students by teaching biology, physics, physical science, and chemistry. He also worked as work-based learning coordinator, data leader, and career exploration teacher. Additionally, Danny coached football at Union County High School from 2001-2012, serving the last three years as head coach. Danny earned his bachelor's degree in education from Lincoln Memorial University and master’s degree in Theory and Practice of Science Education from the University of Tennessee. In 2018, Danny also earned an educational specialist degree in instructional leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
Located at: Chattanooga State Community College
Cydnie is the Tennessee Pathways regional coordinator for the Southeast region and is based at Chattanooga State Community College. Before joining the Tennessee Pathways team, Cydnie was the Advanced Manufacturing Skills Internship Program (AMSIP) manager, an installment of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant, where she promoted advanced manufacturing opportunities for students and connected business and industry to engineering and information technologies programs at Chattanooga State Community College. Prior to working with the LEAP grant, Cydnie was in the Early College office at Chattanooga State Community College where she worked with high school counselors to process dual enrollment requests. Cydnie earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and her master’s degree in education from East Tennessee State University.
Region: Southern Middle
Located at: Columbia State Community College
Tracy is the Tennessee Pathways regional coordinator for the Southern Middle region and is based at the Columbia campus of Columbia State Community College. Before joining the Tennessee Pathways team, Tracy was the state advisor of SkillsUSA and the Technology Student Association (TSA) for the Tennessee Department of Education. Prior to that, she was the technology foundations instructor at TCAT Hohenwald. Tracy earned a bachelor’s degree in art and mathematics at Troy State University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Middle Tennessee State University.