NAEP Business Policy Task Force
Mission Statement: The Task Force provides input and feedback to the National Assessment Governing Board in setting policy for NAEP and for increasing the reach of NAEP results to the business community.
The task force is composed of twelve business leaders representing industry sectors across the nation.
Lloyd G. Jackson II – Task Force Chair
Lloyd Jackson is the President of Jackson Gas Company. From 1995-2003, Mr. Jackson served as chair of the West Virginia Senate Education Committee, chair of the Finance Subcommittee on Education Funding and co-chair of the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability. He was an active member of the Southern Regional Education Board where he sat on both the Executive Committee and the Finance Committee, and Chaired the Legislative Advisory Council. In 2011, Mr. Jackson was appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to a nine-year term on the West Virginia Board of Education.
Mr. Jackson and his family have been involved in the natural gas industry for over a century. Jackson Gas Company is a natural gas production business started by Mr. Jackson’s father in the late 1940’s. Today Jackson Gas Company and its affiliates own or operate over 350 wells in southern West Virginia.
James E. Bostic, Jr. – Task Force Vice Chair
James Bostic is a retired Executive Vice President of the Georgia-Pacific Corporation where his work focused on environmental affairs, government affairs, communications, and administrative services. A 20-year veteran of the company, Mr. Bostic’s earlier roles included Group Vice President of the Communication Papers Division, General Manager of the Commercial Products & Systems Division, Director of Sales Operations for the Consumer Tissue Group. Mr. Bostic is a member of the Board of Directors for ACT, Inc., and a former member of the Georgia State Board of Education.
Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading manufacturers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. The company has approximately 300 manufacturing facilities across North America, South America and Europe.
Michael A. Bettersworth
Michael Bettersworth is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Technology Advancement at the Texas State Technical College where he provides leadership on relevant policy issues, emerging workforce trends and external relations. He has published numerous studies on emerging occupations and technical education. In 2007, he authored a Texas State Technical College Legislative Update paper called, "Looming Reduction in Texas Skilled Workforce Capacity." Mr. Bettersworth recently served on a review panel overseeing the rewrite of the Texas inventory of secondary career and technical courses.
The Texas State Technical System includes four colleges and more than 15,000 students. It is the only state-supported technical college system in Texas and is ranked number one in the nation for engineering graduates among two-year colleges. TSTC is helping Texas meet the high-tech challenges of today’s global economy, in partnership with business and industry, government agencies, and other educational institutions.
Norma B. Clayton
Norma Clayton is vice president for Learning, Training and Development at The Boeing Company. In this role, she partners with the businesses and functions to design and implement training and development programs that are world class, cost effective and aligned to business goals and objectives.
Prior to this assignment, she led the company’s global sourcing initiative, and held a number of leadership roles within Boeing Defense, Space and Security, including vice president of Supplier Management and Procurement. Ms. Clayton joined McDonnell Douglas in 1995 as director of the Machining Center, and later became division director of Fabrication in St. Louis. Before joining McDonnell Douglas, she held leadership roles in manufacturing, supply chain management, program management and plant operations at Lockheed Martin, General Electric, RCA and General Motors.
Norma holds a master’s degree in Business Management from Webster University, a master’s degree in HR Development from Webster University, a bachelor's degree in industrial administration from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and is pursuing a PhD. She is also a recent graduate of the Focus St. Louis Leadership Development Program. She is currently a board member of the St. Louis Academy of Science, Tuskegee University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the American Society of Training and Development. She is also a Boeing executive focal for Michigan State University, a member of Leadership America, and a member of the American Society of Industrial Engineers.
Tyler W. Cramer serves as an advisor to the Center for Education Policy and Law at the University of San Diego, San Diegans for Great Schools, Inc. and the San Diego Unified School District. He was the chair and acting chief executive officer of the San Diego Business Roundtable for Education Foundation and an initial appointee to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System Advisory Board. Mr. Cramer is the president and a principal attorney in CRAMER LAW, A Professional Corporation, and of counsel to HECHT SOLBERG ROBINSON GOLDBERG & BAGLEY LLP. His practice focuses on advising and representing regional and national clients in business, real estate and financing transactions.
Joseph E. Esposito
Joseph Esposito is a senior financial executive with a broad range of experience, especially in growing and developing businesses, strategic planning and managing business transitions. He currently works as a business advisor with Ascentage Group assisting small to mid-sized technology companies. He is also a member of the board of directors of Newforma, Inc., a software company. Formerly, Mr. Esposito served as the CFO and Treasurer for Solidworks Corporation, as the Financial Director of New Business Ventures for Polaroid Corporation, and as the CFO for Polaroid Medical Imaging Systems. Mr. Esposito is a board member on the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, and Chairman of the Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Board of Education for School & District Accountability & Assistance.
SolidWorks Corp. is the leader in 3D CAD technology. Since 1993, SolidWorks has been dedicated to providing engineers, designers and other creative professionals with the tools they need to design the world’s greatest products.
Norelie García serves as Associate Vice President of External Affairs for AT&T where she is responsible for executing national strategies for achieving corporate legislative objectives and presenting company positions to external stakeholders in key issues areas such as education, sustainability and consumer policy. Ms. García served previously as Managing Director at the DCI Group and was formerly an Associate to Mickey Ibarra and Associates providing public affairs support to a wide rage of clients such as the Alliance for Excellent Education, National Education Association and the National Council of La Raza. Ms. García is native of Puerto Rico and a Member of the Board of Directors for the National Puerto Rican Coalition.
For more than a century, AT&T has consistently provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services and excellent customer care. Today, the company’s mission is to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and do it better than anyone else.
Jon Eric Gustafson
Jon Eric Gustafson leads Workforce Partnerships and Incentives for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In Mr. Gustafson’s role, he led the Aerospace Manufacturing Training Program (AMTP) curriculum design team, including a team of industry experts and representatives from secondary, post-secondary, and higher education to define engineering and manufacturing entry-level workforce skills requirements. Mr. Gustafson has also served as an industry representative on the task forces for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Business and Education Coalition.
Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide, and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Drexel Harris — Dominion Transmission
Drexel Harris is a Human Resources Director at Dominion Virginia Power. He provides support for Dominion’s gas transmission, storage, and distribution systems in Ohio and West Virginia. In this capacity, he identifies business needs and provides solutions to meet those needs. In addition, he has served as a member on the Virginia State University’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities UP/S.T.E.M. Advisory Committee.
Mr. Harris has enjoyed several careers at Dominion, including nuclear training instructor, operations engineer, licensing engineer, HR recruiter, HR generalist, EEO/diversity consultant, Six Sigma training manager, HR manager, and HR director. Prior to joining Dominion, Drexel served eight years in the US Navy as a nuclear reactor operator on board nuclear powered submarines.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 28,200 megawatts of generation, 11,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline and 6,300 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves retail energy customers in 15 states.
Phyllis A. Hudecki
Dr. Hudecki was appointed in November, 2010, by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to serve in her cabinet as Secretary of Education. The Secretary advises the Governor on education policy from pre-K through higher education. Prior to her appointment to the Governor’s cabinet, Phyllis led the work of the Oklahoma Business and Education Coalition, OBEC, as the executive director. The coalition, founded in 2000 by business leaders from the state’s largest companies, promotes policies that would increase academic standards and strengthen public education in Oklahoma. She continues to work with business leaders and the Governor, linking education policy to the needs of the business community.
In addition to a bachelor of science degree, she also holds a doctorate in education from OSU, a master’s degree in education from the University of Connecticut, and an education specialist in administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Michele McGlinchey-Morrissey is the Human Resources Client Manager with Cargill, Inc. where she serves with the Energy, Industrial, and Metals businesses globally as a human resources business partner. In this role, Michele develops Cargill’s ability to attract, engage, and retain our employees by managing employee engagement programs, compensation/benefits, employee relations, talent development, and talent recruitment for a global workforce. Prior to Cargill, Michele served as a Sr. Human Resources Specialist with M.A. Mortenson Company, where she specialized in talent recruiting of entry-level college graduates, employee relations, and compliance programs.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services, employing 139,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to sharing our global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges.
Wendy Swisher is the Vice President of Human Resources and Leadership Development at Kindred Healthcare where she designs, develops, implements and directs strategic HR initiatives that support the business plans of the company and its divisions; as well as enterprise-wide business-related initiatives involving Organizational Development, Employee Relations, Recruiting and Affirmative Action. Prior to joining Kindred, Ms. Swisher served as an HR Manager at Kimball International, and as CEO at Charter Medical Corporation.
Kindred Healthcare, Inc. is a healthcare services company based in Louisville, KY, with annual revenues of over $4 billion and approximately 54,500 employees in 41 states. Kindred, through its subsidiaries, provides healthcare services in 653 locations, including long-term acute care hospitals, skilled nursing centers, and a contract rehabilitation services business called Peoplefirst. Kindred’s mission is to promote healing, provide hope, preserve dignity and produce value for each patient, resident, family member, customer, employee and shareholder we serve.