Levi Valdois
Executive Director, Workforce and Economic Development

405.377.3333 ext. 310

With first-hand experience from his work with the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech and the business and industry sector, Levi understands the interplay between a highly-trained workforce and a thriving economy.

Before leading Meridian’s Workforce and Economic Development team, Levi worked at Ditch Witch, where he was most recently employed as manager of international sales. He previously served as product manager for the Ditch Witch’s Subsite Electronics brand and later as manager of product marketing for products from the Ditch Witch, Subsite Electronics and HammerHead Trenchless product lines. Prior to working at Ditch Witch, Levi held several positions at CareerTech, including serving as product manager for career and academic systems, the statewide coordinator for military initiatives as the military liaison, the coordinator for innovative programs and continuous improvement, and a regional coordinator.

Levi is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and a United States Marine Corps veteran.


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.


Holly Ellis
Administrative Professional, Workforce and Economic Development

405.377.3333 ext. 0260

Holly provides support for technical and apprenticeship training as well as executive leadership within the Workforce & Economic Development Team by managing registrations, materials and reporting. She provides exceptional communication and organization skills and is passionate about identifying fresh new approaches to traditional training challenges. Holly’s background includes 17 years of experience at Stillwater Public Schools, and she is excited to bring her enthusiasm and attention to detail to the business clients at Meridian Technology Center.


Julie Griffin
Project Manager, Workforce and Economic Development

405.377.3333 ext. 0251

Julie works with local manufacturing and industrial businesses to provide technical training. She provides training solutions to assist with technical skill development, quality process improvements and production efficiencies. Julie also leads efforts for Lunchtime Learning events on Meridian’s South Campus in Guthrie and is a liaison for Meridian to the agricultural business community in the Meridian district.

Prior to joining the Meridian Technology Center WED team, Julie spent time managing her own consulting business as well as 13 years in the CareerTech system in roles related to marketing, public relations, agri-business, training coordination and entrepreneurial services.

Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Oklahoma State University as well as an MBA with a marketing emphasis from Oklahoma Christian University.


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
Administrative Professional, 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.


Joe Steele
Apprenticeship Coordinator

405.377.3333 ext. 315

Joe leads the apprenticeship training efforts for Meridian’s district and serves as a liaison between full-time training programs and industry apprenticeship opportunities in the Meridian district. Joe believes that the key to successful apprenticeship experiences is a mutually beneficial opportunity for apprentices, employers and educators.

Before joining the Workforce and Economic Development team, Joe served as a welding instructor for 13 years. His professional background includes over 25 years of owning and managing a manufacturing business and welding inspection services, as well as managing their family beef cow/calf operations.

Joe holds a bachelor’s and master’s in animal science from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and Oklahoma State University respectively. Additionally, he acquired a master’s in Education Leadership from East Central University and holds a principal certification through the Oklahoma Department of Education. Joe holds industry certifications for welder, educator and inspector through the Oklahoma Department of Labor and the American Welding Society.


Shaylee Sumner
Administrative Professional, Workforce and Economic Development

405.377.3333 ext. 0270

A graduate of both the Business Technology and Digital Media programs at Meridian Technology Center, Shaylee brings skills in organization and technology to the Workforce and Economic Development Team. As an administrative professional for the division, she assists clients with enrollments, invoicing and reporting. Her computer skills and strong communication skills have proved vital to ensuring instructors have the tools and technology they need to deliver customized workforce training to clients across the district. Her positive attitude combined with her attention to detail make her an irreplaceable member of the team.

Shaylee has an associate’s degree from Heartland Bible College in Oklahoma City.