About the DET

The DET team is comprised of 19 full-time office staff and instructors and a network of over 45 part-time instructors.

Managing more than 130 sessions each year, the DET team is proud to welcome in excess of 10,000 UBC members and staff to the ITC annually (2017 was 13,743, 2018 is estimated to be 17,000.) The DET team works primarily out of the Las Vegas office, but hail from all across North America. Many of our instructors come from the trade and have been with the UBC for decades. Our commitment to improving the lives of working people is a passion each member of the DET team shares and we consider it a privilege to work for the UBC and to carry out the vision and mission of our general president.

To reach out to the Department of Education and Training, please email DET_info@carpenters.org.

Randy Eppard, PhD, Executive Director

Mr. Eppard has served as the executive director of the DET since 2011. Prior to joining the Department of Education and Training, Randy had an extensive professional career of more than fifteen years in the field of organizational development and training. He also previously served as the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council JATC program. Randy has earned a Ph.D. in adult learning/human resource development from Virginia Tech.  He completed a Master of Science in human resource development from James Madison University, with a minor in higher education, and a Bachelor of Science in occupational education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Randy has a family history including four generations of UBC membership. His father, Jim Eppard has been a UBC member for over fifty years, of which he served thirty years as a leader of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council. His brother, Rick Eppard is also a full-time member of the Department of Education and Training, formerly a leader at the Mid- Atlantic Regional Council. Randy resides in Virginia with his wife and two sons.

Bob Jacobson, Senior Program Director

Bob Jacobson has been a full-time member of the Department of Education and Training since 2012. Bob originally worked as the Lead Instructor for the department and has since moved into the role of Senior Program Director, managing a team of over 60 full and part-time instructors. Bob manages all aspects of program delivery and is integral in the development of new programs. Bob has been a member of Local 1889 for over thirty years, and previously worked as a business representative for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters. Bob currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife Teresa.

Amy McCarron, Program Director

Amy began her career with the DET in 2003. When she started with the department there was just one other employee and one program being offered (Delegate Training). Over the past fifteen years, she has contributed to many facets of the department’s growth. She has been involved in all aspects of our programs, from development to delivery, and has a true passion for Education and Training. Amy is responsible for overseeing the coordination and preparation of DET programs along with various tasks related to overall Department operations. Amy has managed the development of several integral systems within the department including the PMA (online registration system) and is currently working on development of the LMS and online Goal Setting Platform.  She also manages the DET’s full-time office staff.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Amy lived in Las Vegas for fouteen years before relocating to California where she resides with her husband and three daughters. In her off time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, camping, and spending time with her family.

Bryan Frise, ITC Instructor

Bryan Frise joined Local 388 (now 205) in Richmond, Virginia in 1981. In 1991, he was elected Vice President of Local 388, and then President in 2000, where he served until he became a full-time DET employee in 2014. Bryan was previously on the staff of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council, directing organizing efforts in Virginia. He is an avid outdoorsman. Brother Frise works primarily on the Journeyman, 3rd Year Apprentice, 3-Day Evaluation, Collaborative Leadership, Foreman Training, UBC Excellence, Delegate Training, Mentoring, and Communication Skills for Leaders programs.

Chip White, ITC Instructor

In April 2016, the Department of Education and Training welcomed Lloyd “Chip” White to our team of full-time instructors. Prior to joining the DET, Brother White was on staff as a Council Representative for the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council for eleven years. Chip worked non-union until the age of 28 when he was organized into the Brotherhood. Chip is an eighteen year UBC member of Carpenters Local 175 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Brother White assists the department with multiple programs, including both the 3rd Year Apprentice and Journeymen Leadership programs.

He is the father of five children and has been a foster parent to over 18 children. He now enjoys being a grandparent to five wonderful grandkids.

Hank Mroczkowski, ITC Instructor

Hank joined the Brotherhood in 1996 in Klamath Falls, OR. He became President of Local 190 in 1998 and held that office until 2000. In 1999, Brother Mroczkowski applied for and attended a 3-Day Evaluation and became an Organizer for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. In 2006, Hank was transferred to the Portland metro area where he became a Service Representative. Then in 2010, he was appointed steward coordinator/trainer and lead representative.

Hank has been appointed to several positions: National Forest Board for Winema-Fremont National Forest, Klamath Falls and Klamath County High School Advisory Boards, Klamath Community College Board member, and trustee on all Oregon SW Washington Carpenters trusts (fifteen years).

In 2013, Hank became a part-time instructor with the DET. He was hired as a full-time instructor in 2016 and has found working with the department to be the most “enjoyable, rewarding position and career he could ever wish for.” Hank is certified to facilitate Emotional Quotient (EQ) profiles through TTI Success Insights.

Janae Junior, Program Assistant

The Department of Education welcomed Janae Randolph as program assistant in July 2016. Janae is originally from Fontana, California and received her Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Cal State University, Northridge. She currently works on the UBC Excellence, Collaborative Leadership and 3rd Year Apprentice Programs. A recent newlywed, Janae enjoys traveling and adventure, and is a self-proclaimed foodie.

Jennie Donaldson, Program Coordinator

Jennie Donaldson has been with the Department of Education and Training since 2011.  She has worked in multiple roles within the department and is currently the Program Coordinator for Collaborative Leadership, 3rd Year Apprentice, 3-Day Evaluation, UBC Leadership, Public Speaking, Marketing, and the Resource Management programs. Now a resident of Las Vegas, Jennie grew up in upstate New York and then relocated to Chicago for fifteen years. Jennie has worked in various areas of construction for twenty-five years with Architects, General Contractors, and Developers prior to coming to the UBC.

Jennie is active in community service, specifically homeless community support and retired Greyhound pet adoption. She is interested in mid-century modern architecture and design and has a greeting card and invitation design business.

Jill Weaver, Program Assistant

Jill Weaver started as a Program Assistant with the DET in February of 2017. Originally from Mansfield, Ohio, Jill earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio State University. She currently works on the UBC Journeymen, Foreman Training, Delegate Training and Mentoring Training programs. Jill is married and has six children and many grandchildren. She enjoys travel and music.

Jim Leligdon, ITC Instructor

Jim Leligdon joined the DET team in 2016. He primarily works on the UBC Journeymen, UBC Excellence and Communication Skills for Instructors programs as well as the instructor development process. With a background in performance improvement, Jim assists in seeking and implementing new activities to achieve maximized learning transfer within our programs.  He has competencies in Coaching, Workshop Facilitation, Instructional Design, and Executive Coaching, all of which have been a great asset to the DET in building our instructor network. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Jim has a Bachelor’s Degree in communications from Bradley University, as well as numerous training industry certifications. He is a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), the Association for Talent Development (ATD), and the eLearning Guild.

Jim and his wife Barb have two adult children. When not working, Jim enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, writing music, and competing in poker tournaments.

Karl Andraschko, ITC Instructor

Karl Andraschko joined the UBC in 1999. He is a member of Interior Systems Local 68, St.Paul, Minnesota. Prior to working with the DET, Brother Andraschko was a Business Representative for the North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters in the St. Paul-Minneapolis metropolitan area for six years. He started working part-time with the DET in 2006 and became a full-time instructor in 2012. Karl primarily works on the Collaborative Leadership, UBC Journeymen, 3rd Year Apprentice, Foreman Training, UBC Excellence, Communication Skills, and New Staff Orientation programs. In addition to classroom facilitation, Brother Andraschko is also active in program development for the department, assisting in the development of the 3rd Year Apprentice Program and Sisters in the Brotherhood Mentoring Program.

Karl graduated from the College of St. Scholastica (Duluth, MN) with a BA in business management summa cum laude. He is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner.

Karl is a husband and father of two beautiful girls. He enjoys photography and traveling the U.S. in search of the nation’s best burgers.

Keith Westergaard, Accounting Coordinator

Keith Westergaard began as the Department of Education and Training’s Accounts payable coordinator in September of 2016. After his first career in customer service and restaurant management, he obtained a Master’s Degree in accounting from UNLV. He spent four years in public accounting, earning his CPA license, as a tax specialist. Keith is a member of both the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accounts as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Keith shares his Las Vegas home with his wife Erin, son Keith Jr., and mother Caryn. In his off-time, he enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and spending as much time as possible with family and friends.

Mark Brown, ITC Instructor

Mark M. Brown has worked full-time with the Department of Education and Training since 2015. Previously Mark worked as a Senior Business Representative with the Southeastern Carpenters Regional Council for fifteen years. While performing representational duties with the Council, Mark assisted the department on a part-time basis teaching the Third Year Apprentice Program and Journeyman Leadership Program. Now, in addition to those courses, Mark teaches Collaborative Leadership, Communication Skills, UBC Excellence, and assists with 3-Day Evaluations. Mark is certified to teach DiSC Profiles and Organizational Culture Inventory through Human Synergistics. Mark is a twenty-year member of the UBC and lives with his wife Wendy in Atlanta, Georgia.

Michele Klimek, Executive Assistant

Michele Klimek joined the DET Team in 2013 and has worked both as an Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Program Coordinator where she managed the UBC Journeymen, Special Sessions, Director/Coordinator Training, Customer Service and Tradeshow programs. As the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Michele is integral in managing special projects for the department including the design and development of the new Goal Setting online platform. Prior to joining the DET Team, Michele worked in the industrial real estate development industry for over twenty years, spending fifteen  with the same developer.

Originally from Northern California, Michele now resides in Las Vegas. She is married with two children and enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.

Odie Parkins, Instructor Resource Coordinator

Odie Parkins is a proud member of the Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council, Local 439 and finds his home in Ripley, WV. Beginning his career with the Brotherhood in 1996 as an apprentice carpenter in Charleston, West Virginia, he later worked as a journeyman carpenter in a variety of fields ranging from concrete and interior systems to trim and finish work. In 2002, he accepted the position of training director for the WV Carpenter Training Center and spent ten years working for the members of the WV District.

Odie joined the DET in 2012. His time with the DET has been the most rewarding period of his professional life. Odie works with his UBC Brothers and Sisters primarily in the 3rd Year Apprentice, Delegate Training, and UBC Journeyman programs. He supports UBC staff in programs such as UBC Leadership and Communication Skills for Leaders. Additionally, Odie strives to improve relationships with UBC partners while facilitating programs such as the UBC Customer Service for Trade Show Professionals and UBC Excellence.

When you don’t find Odie at the Carpenters International Training Center, he can be found in the mountains of West Virginia, where he calls home, with his amazing daughter Willa. Odie looks forward to every opportunity to work with UBC members, customers, staff, and partners as often as possible.

Rick Eppard, ITC Instructor

A member of Carpenters Local 205, Keystone+Mountain+Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters, Rick Eppard is a fourth generation, thirty-eight year UBC member from Richmond, Virginia. Rick spent the first fifteen years of his career in the field. He began as an apprentice, graduated to journeyman, eventually becoming a foreman, and finally a general foreman. Brother Eppard worked at most aspects of the carpentry trade including millwright and pile driving. He spent the next twenty-three years on staff. His first office was Treasurer of Carpenters Local 388 in 1985 until elected as the Financial Secretary/Business Agent in 1994. He was then elected as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Virginia State Carpenters Regional Council in 1996-2001. In 2001, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters was formed and he became an Assistant EST and Executive Committee member.

Rick started as a part-time instructor in 2012 and became a full-time member of the DET team at the beginning of 2014. He has worked on all the DET’s programs but primarily works on UBC Journeyman, Delegate Training, and Collaborative Leadership. Rick holds Instructor/Facilitator Certifications from Langevin Learning and ATD, and is also certified to facilitate DiSC and Emotional Quotient (EQ) profiles through Talent Smart and TTI Success Insights.

Steve Griffith, Instructor Development Coordinator

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Steve has been a UBC member since 1973 (currently forty-five years in UBC) and is a member of Local 2133. Steve has held many offices in his Local:  Warden, Conductor, Vice President and several terms as President. Prior to joining the DET full-time, Steve worked as an Organizer, Assistant to the EST of The Great Lakes Regional Council, Organizing Director of the Midwest Industrial Council and Director of Training for the Carpenters Industrial Council. Steve’s first twenty-three years in the union were spent working with his tools as a custom woodworker in Columbus, Ohio.

Steve started part-time with the DET in 2002 and was hired as a full-time instructor in 2012. Brother Griffith has worked on all programs offered by the DET, primarily UBC Journeyman, 3rd Year Apprentice, Communication Skills, New Staff Orientation, Communication Skills for Leaders, UBC Leadership, Delegate Training and the 3-Day Evaluation programs.  Steve has earned Instructor Certification from Langevin Learning, Myers-Briggs Certification, ATD Coaching Certification and Public Speaking.

Steve has seven children, twelve grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild all living in and around central Ohio. Hobbies include kayaking, hiking, fishing, and assisting in raising his grandchildren.

Tina Argenio, Program Coordinator

Tina Argenio has been with the DET since 2014. She began as a Program Assistant and was quickly promoted to Program Coordinator. Tina primarily works on the UBC Journeymen, Foreman Training, Delegate Training, UBC Staff and Mentoring programs. Tina is originally from Southern California and has lived in Las Vegas for twenty-one years. Prior to working with the UBC, she spent fourteen years working for the Las Vegas Valley Water District in their Education and Training Department. Tina enjoys spending time outside and cooking with her family.

Brent Jenkins, ITC Instructor

Brent Jenkins is a 4th generation Union Carpenter. Brent has been an active member of Local 1800 for fourteen years and has served in various positions on the board, most currently as Financial Secretary from 2012 – 2017. Brent joined the Department of Education and Training full time in October of 2017. Prior to joining the DET staff Brent worked as a Special Representative for the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters. During this time, he also worked as a part-time instructor for the DET, primarily facilitating the Journeyman Leadership program, Collaborative Leadership program, and 3rd Year Apprentice program. Brent has also worked as a Journeyman Carpenter, spending most of his career in Commercial Concrete and worked on many projects in Southern California primarily in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.

Brent currently resides in Nipomo, California with his wife and two children. He spends his time at home working on home renovation projects, playing men’s league softball, and spending quality time with his family.

Brett Michael, ITC Instructor

Brett Michael started as an apprentice with Raymond Interiors in 1989.  Following his apprenticeship, he quickly moved into the position of Foreman with the company. Brett held this position for ten years then moved into General Foreman/Superintendent for Raymond for twelve years, During this time, Brett joined Local 1506 with the Southwest Regional Council, in San Diego, California. Brother Michael was invited to attend Foreman meetings at the Local and saw this as a great opportunity to get more involved with the Brotherhood. In 2014, he became a part-time DET instructor at the ITC. Brett was hired as a full-time instructor with the DET in 2017. Brett works on various programs for the department including: UBC Journeymen: Building Leadership for a Strong Future, 3rd Year Apprentice Program, Collaborative Leadership, Foreman Training, and UBC Excellence.

In his free time, Brett enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, camping, doing water sports, motorcycle riding, and going to the beach.

Alysia Ashley, Instructor Support Coordinator

Alysia Ashley joined the Department of Education and Training as the Instructor Support Coordinator as well as the Assistant to the Senior Program Director in 2018.  With a background in customer service and administrative support, Alysia works with both the DET Instructor Team and DET Office to ensure clear communication and streamlined operations.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Alysia moved to Las Vegas in 2003.  Alysia has two daughters and one son.  During her time off. she enjoys creating memories with her children and seeking out new adrenaline pumping activities to try.  Alysia has a great deal of respect and excitement for the mission and vision of the UBC and DET and feels that joining our organization is one of the most impactful decisions of her professional career.