Chris Allen
Project Manager, Workforce and Economic Development

405.377.3333 ext. 251

Chris works with local manufacturing and industrial businesses to provide training and resources to help them be as productive and effective as possible. He provides training solutions to assist with technical skill development, quality process improvements and production efficiencies.

Prior to joining the Meridian Technology Center BIS Team, Chris gained over 30 years of diversified manufacturing, technical and management experience in the marine and boating industry. During that tenure, he became familiar with quality control processes that are required to achieve ISO certification, as well as process control methods needed to maintain a productive work environment.

Chris holds an associate of applied science in business administration from Northern Oklahoma College.

Chance Brentlinger
Safety Training Specialist

405.377.3333 ext. 274

Chance conducts safety trainings for employees of various companies throughout Meridian’s district. He believes that safety should not be overlooked, and his goal is to make safety principles second nature for those he trains.

Before coming to Meridian, Chance served nine years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he worked in law enforcement. He was an instructor for most of those years, and his specialty is active shooter/workplace violence preparation.

Chance’s certifications also include OSHA 10-30hr General Industry, Hearing Conservation (COHC) and ETC Safeland Trainer.

Pat Crane
Consultant, Business Services

405.377.3333 ext. 271

Pat works with business and industry clients to identify potential tax incentives, grants, engineering support, supplier scouting, international trade assistance, government contracting, quality management system implementation as well as training and development needs throughout their organizations. The primary focus is to assist businesses with their growth.

Pat’s professional background includes over 33 years of experience in a variety of senior-level engineering projects, strategic product planning, new product development processes and procedures, quality control and manufacturing roles in the aerospace, defense, and marine and boating industries. Pat holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and a master of science in engineering mechanics from The University of Alabama. Additionally, Pat is a certified green belt in lean six sigma, a black belt in innovation engineering and a technical expert in Theory of Constraints Project Management.

Marcy Luter
Project Manager, Workforce and Economic Development

405.377.3333 ext. 297

Marcy works with businesses and organizations of all kinds to meet their goals through training and other educational opportunities for their greatest asset … their human resources. Her areas of expertise include personal effectiveness and time management, playing to your strengths, communication skills and team dynamics.

Marcy holds a bachelor’s in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University, and she is a certified facilitator and trainer for FranklinCovey, Gallup’s StrengthsQuest assessment, Development Dimensions International, AchieveGlobal and Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Kurt Mendel
Project Manager, Workforce and Economic Development

405.377.3333 ext. 247

Kurt serves as the Coordinator for Safety and Environmental Health Training. He consults with business and industry clients to assist in the development of safety plans, training schedules and matrices, and programs to build and sustain a safety culture in the workplace.

Kurt’s professional background includes experience in safety management for oil and gas service companies for 8 years. Kurt has specialized knowledge in OSHA safety regulations including OSHA 300 logs and accident investigation. He is also trained in root cause analysis, safety audits, drug and alcohol programs (DER), customer compliance websites (ISNetworld, PEC, PICS), radiation safety and controlling incident rates. Kurt holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Nathan Mullins
Safety Training Specialist

405.377.3333 ext. 217

Nathan helps industry by training and informing employees about safety and health on and off the job. He has 19 years of safety experience in retail, heavy equipment, light and heavy manufacturing, and the oil and gas industries.

Nathan’s credentials include Certified Safety and Health Official (CSHO) in General Industry and Construction, ETC Safeland Trainer, Specialist in Safety and Health (SSH) in General Industry and Construction Industry and Hearing Conservation (COHC).

With both his personal and professional experience, he is able to help businesses integrate a safety culture into normal day-to-day operations. He is passionate about helping all employees return home safely to their families at the end of a day’s work.

Debbra Murray
Secretary, Workforce and Economic Development

405.377.3333 ext. 208

Debbra supports the Business and Industry Services team through her management of enrollments, instructional materials, contracts and reporting. Her contributions are critical to the success of the team as she equips instructors, students and staff with the information and resources necessary to provide efficient, successful training.

Debbra’s background includes experience in the legal field as well as spending 12 years with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. Her strengths in relationship building and executing play a pivotal role in the success of day-to-day operations.

Sherry Perrin
Training Contracts Specialist

405.377.3333 ext. 260

As Training Contracts Specialist, Sherry assists industry clients with securing funding assistance for specialized training. Her responsibilities include the Training for Industry Program (TIP) application and invoicing processes, customized industry training contracts and invoicing procedures, providing assistance with the establishment and management of apprenticeship programs, as well as establishing and maintaining strong customer relations with district industry clients. Sherry is also a certified facilitator for Real Colors.

Sherry has been affiliated with Meridian Technology Center’s Business and Industry Services division since 2000. Prior to joining Meridian she owned and operated her own entertainment business in Stillwater for 15 years.

Justin Smola
Project Manager, Workforce and Economic Development

405.377.3333 ext. 265

Justin works with schools, businesses and organizations to develop and deliver quality training programs on the latest technology. He helps organizations improve the technical skills of their employees through the delivery of training on Microsoft products, Adobe products, Google products, QuickBooks, social media, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Learning Management Systems (LMS), IT systems, and many more.

Justin’s background includes experience in IT, app development, video production, storyboarding, as well as blended and online training with a variety of Learning Management Systems. He holds a bachelor’s in management information systems from Oklahoma State University where he also worked for 13 years as an Electronic Products Manager.