President of the Board
Zach graduated Hodgdon high school in Maine in 1991. He started a construction business in 1992 in Boulder City, Nevada and is still in business 30 years later. He joined the carpenters union in 1995 and was a Journeyman Carpenter until 2003. He is now helping his son Lucas at S.E.C.T.A. as a teacher's aid in shop class.
Richard Mitchell graduated from Hodgdon High, he attended Ohio Auto Diesel Technical College. Afterwards he started his own automotive business. Richard Mitchell started instructing the welding program at Region Two in 2007 and has been instructing for over 15 years enabling him to prepare his welding students to become AWS certified welders, earn college credits for welding, as well as their OSHA 30 and other industry-recognized credentials.
Lucas graduated from the Construction Program at South East Career Technical Academy in 2016. He Joined the carpenters union after high school and worked his way up to being a Journeyman carpenter. He is now the new shop teacher of S.E.C.T.A. by recommendation of the previous shop teacher.
Secretary & IT
JJ graduated from the Animation for Film and Games Program at Southeast Career Technical Academy in 2016. He worked in the DeLaMare library during his year at UNR teaching laser cutting, 3D Printing, and design to students and faculty. He has worked with maintenance at Tesla, and returned to SECTA in 2019 to be a volunteer Robotics teacher. He now assists us with a variety of skills from simple computer fixes to website design.
Cheryll Acevedo has been in the financial industry for 40 years as a senior mortgage loan officer. She brings her expertise to our foundation as the treasurer on our board of directors. Trust, honesty and integrity are the core of her personal and professional life and her relationships have spanned over many decades which is a testament to her commitment to excellence.
Kenneth "Stu" McConnell
Kenneth “Stu” McConnell graduated Heritage High School in Maryville, TN in 1996. He served
in the Marine Corps as an Aviation Ordnance Technician in Twentynine Palms, California from
1996-2000. He joined the US Coast Guard in 2002 and graduated Helicopter Rescue Swimmer
School in 2005 and is still serving in that role today. He is OSHA 30 certified, a nationally
registered EMT, and he is passionate about helping Veterans and is
eager to spread awareness about opportunities available to them outside of military service.