Jill Elkins is the Director of MTC International Workforce Development programs. Ms. Elkins is a recognized leader in the field of workforce development with more than 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors. She provides technical assistance in all strategic and operational aspects of workforce development and technical and vocational training to government entities, donors, training deliverers, non-profit organizations, and the private sector in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the U.S.
Ms. Elkins collaborates with, and facilitates policy-makers, directors, instructors, and employers who reside in challenging post-conflict and emerging economy environments to evaluate, update, design, and implement workforce development systems. Ms. Elkins’ expertise includes innovative fee-for-service, and private sector match programs to augment existing funding; public-private partnerships; and human and organizational capacity assessments and the related design of appropriate, manageable interventions.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Elkins was the MTC director of a multi-site workforce development program in the U.S. and is known for her work on U.S. Department of Labor task groups to design policies and procedures for the Job Training Partnership Act and the Workforce Investment Act. In the U.S. and internationally, she is a speaker and author on a range of workforce development issues. Recent international research and projects have included work in China, Indonesia, Tunisia, Palestine, Iraq, South Sudan, Mongolia, Haiti, Jordan, Liberia, Pakistan, and Egypt..
Ms. Elkins has an Ed.M. in Adult Education and Organizational Development & Training from Oregon State University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland. Ms. Elkins is a PMD Pro1 certified project manager and is HICD certified in human capacity development.
Diane Crosby is the Director of International Business Development at MTC. Ms. Crosby is responsible for growing the MTC international portfolio through the strategic alignment MTC’s extensive workforce development expertise and resources with the current demands within the international development community. In this role, Ms. Crosby works with staff throughout the organization to expand and adapt MTC tools, curricula, and experience to the international arena.
Ms. Crosby is a senior international development professional with more than 20 years experience in the public policy, advocacy, education, governance, and international development fields. Ms. Crosby served as a long-term resident advisor, including chief of party, in Indonesia, Poland, and Ukraine and has worked short-term on projects in Sri Lanka, Croatia, and India. Ms. Crosby has managed global teams of program staff from the U.S. home office overseeing international grant/contract portfolio of more than 20 field programs representing approximately $21 million annual revenues.
Ms. Crosby is a creative senior manager with the ability to develop collaborative relationships in the legislative, corporate, non-profit and academic sectors. Her expertise includes program design, delivery, and management, organizational and human capacity building, and relationship management. Ms. Crosby has strong analytical skills especially tuned to the areas of knowledge management, program evaluation, advocacy, and policy analysis.
Ms. Crosby holds an MPA with a concentration in Public Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation & a BA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Chris Krzeminski is a Program Analyst in International Workforce Development at MTC. Mr. Krzeminski manages projects and prepares and facilitates marketing content and background materials. He also conducts research and analysis contributing to proposal, program, and business development.
Mr. Krzeminski has more than 10 years of experience in various leadership and community outreach roles. Mr. Krzeminski was part of a multi-cultural program of community outreach activities targeting at-risk and disadvantaged youth in South Africa, Mexico, and on the Native American reservations and villages of Arizona and Alaska. The outreach activities of this multi-cultural program were designed to encourage students to stay in school and to persevere in overcoming challenges.
Mr. Krzeminski provided management training to twelve non-governmental organizations in Ghana. As part of this effort, he assisted the Centre for Development Partnerships in preparing a grant application to acquire funding for their work. Mr. Krzeminski also coordinated volunteers, led outreach efforts, and worked to provide humanitarian services to local communities in Uruguay.In Jordan, he helped to conduct a forum with construction firms to assess current labor challenges and training needs in the construction and solar industries.
Mr. Krzeminski co-authored MTC white papers “Training and Mentoring TVET Staff: Lessons from the Field” and “Labor Market Analysis Leads to Demand-Driven TVET Programs.” He is fluent in Spanish and is currently working on a PhD in Public Administration at the University of Utah. Mr. Krzeminski has a Masters in Public Administration from Brigham Young University, an MA in Political Science from SUNY Albany, and a BS in Business from Brigham Young University.Mr. Krzeminski is a PMD Pro1 certified project manager.
Martin Kenisonis the Director of Career & Technical Training in Program Development at MTC. He has over 20 years of experience in career and technical training, business operations and human resources. Mr. Kenison focuses on all vocational programs and oversees more than 11 career paths at more than 20 Job Corps centers throughout the United States. He trains, mentors, and coaches staff and is experienced in training trainers.
Mr. Kenison is a certified Master Trainer for the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER), an organization made up of both international and U.S. companies that promote the standardization of skills in the construction trade and that provide international certification. Mr. Kenison’s international experience includes conducting assessments, providing technical assistance, overseeing processes and programs, and training construction instructors in the West Bank and certifying Palestinian teachers in NCCER standards. Mr. Kenison worked for an engineering firm that recruited for infrastructure and that was involved in oil and gas pipeline projects outside of the U.S.
Mr. Kenison is also a certified Career Technical Training Assessor for MTC. Mr. Kenison’s technical education experience includes curriculum development, program administration, instructor development, and industry certifications at multiple levels. Mr. Kenison has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration and certifications in construction education and human resources.
Carol Savageis Director of Development at MTC. She has over 20 years experience in workforce development creating and operating career development centers for Job Corps. She has extensive experience in program design, career counseling, curriculum development, training and technical assistance, program assessment, classroom management, and administration of TVET programs. She has participated on international study tours to Northern Ireland and worked on research and workforce development projects in Palestine and Egypt.
Mrs. Savage worked with universities in Palestine to develop strategic planning and implementation to meet training placement in the local workforce. She also trained educators in the West Bank in classroom management, strategic goal writing, workplace readiness evaluations, and gender equity. She conducted research and assessments of universities and local employers in Egypt in order to identify skill, training, and employment gaps and to assess their readiness to participate in career development centers.
Mrs. Savage has a Masters degree in Education, a Masters degree in Educational Psychology and a Bachelors of Science degree in Management.
Kenneth Willis is the Director of Contract Administration at MTC. He has over 35 years of experience in the banking industry, hardware wholesale industry and in government contract oversight and administration. His experience includes overseeing all contract administration activities for 9 Job Corps centers throughout the United States and overseeing all the financial aspects of a $10,000,000 annual contract for the operation of a Job Corps center. Oversight responsibilities of this annual contract and Job Corps center includes direct oversight of the accounting, procurement, facility maintenance, transportation, security, government property accountability, medical services, and records departments. Mr. Willis has considerable experience in contract operations, contract monitoring and assessments, financial management, accounting and budgeting, business operations and contract start-ups and transitions. Mr. Willis also trains, mentors, and coaches staff.
Mr. Willis’ international experience includes conducting skills gap assessments of vocational training institutions in Pakistan and providing technical assistance and training to construction contractors in Liberia. Mr. Willis also coordinated volunteers, led outreach efforts, and worked to provide humanitarian services to local communities in France and Switzerland.
Mr. Willis focuses on the domestic Job Corps program and international development programs of MTC and is a Certified Assessor for MTC. He is fluent in French, and has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration.
Andrew Natsios is an advisor to MTC’s International Development division, an MTC board member and a leading practitioner in the field of development.
Mr. Natsios is an Executive Professor at the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. He served as a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and Advisor on International Development in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has also recently served as the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan. From 2001 to 2006, he was the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which oversees U.S. international economic development and humanitarian assistance. As Administrator, he managed USAID’s reconstruction programs in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Sudan, which totaled more than $14 billion in four years.
He has also served as the director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and as Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Food and Humanitarian Assistance. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Natsios was vice president of World Vision US, the largest faith-based non-governmental organization in the world. He is the author of three books, U.S. Foreign Policy and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1997), The Great North Korean Famine (2001), and Sudan, South Sudan, and Darfur: What Everyone Needs to Know (2012) as well as numerous articles on foreign policy and humanitarian emergencies.