The MEP at Columbus State Team

Jeff Spain, Director

Jeff has spent over two decades at Columbus State Community College, working with Central Ohio employers to plan, develop, and manage hundreds of strategic initiatives, workforce, and economic development projects. In addition to his work with industry, Jeff serves as an adjunct instructor at the College, where his research and practice has focused on applied customer service, leadership, and personal productivity training.

Chaylee Liberator, Supervisor of Finance & Operation

Chaylee manages the budget, accounts payable, and accounts receivable for both Columbus State’s Department of Workforce Innovation and MEP at Columbus State, as well as manages operations and logistics for several noncredit programs. She has served Columbus State since 2015. Chaylee earned a B.S. in Life Science Education from Shawnee State University and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communication from West Virginia University. Before coming to Columbus State, she was the Assistant Director of Admission at Shawnee State University.

Brent Maurer, Consultant

Brent launched Maurer Solutions – a full-service consulting firm focused on talent acquisition, marketing and communications, and strategy – in 2019. He currently works with Columbus State Community College and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, as well as The Greater Oh-Penn Manufacturing Apprenticeship Network grant program in Northeast Ohio. Previously, Brent was instrumental in the development of a Talent Acquisition Service incentive for JobsOhio.

David Stein, Senior Analyst

David has developed new products for the energy storage and superhard abrasive materials industries. He now applies his experience to translating the engineering challenges that small manufacturers face into projects that satisfy their requirements. David earned his bachelor’s degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, followed by his Ph.D in the same from the University of Pennsylvania. David prides himself on being willing to get his hands dirty to understand how a piece of equipment or process works.

Greg McMahon, Senior Analyst

Greg joined Columbus State in early 2020 and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Greg’s 35-year career has given him extensive experience in a wide range of engineering disciplines including mechanical, electrical, controls, pneumatics, hydraulics, and automation systems. His experience includes manufacturing environments at large companies like DuPont as well as at his own 100-employee manufacturing company here in Columbus. His objective is to help his clients improve their efficiencies, yields, productivity, quality, and cost performance with reduced waste.

Virginie Donoghue, Program Manager & Instructor

Virginie previously served as a project manager leading the development of education programs for Ohio manufacturers with PolymerOhio, a nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate growth, competitiveness, and innovation in Ohio’s polymer industry. Now with the MEP at Columbus State, Virginie works with Central Ohio manufacturers to develop targeted classes and educational opportunities, and serves as an instructor for those programs.

Maria Santiago, Program Coordinator

Maria specializes in client relations, with experience in a wide range of industries and roles. She came to Columbus State in 2018, facilitating noncredit programs for Central Ohio employers. Now Maria oversees and coordinates the delivery of technical and leadership training to MEP client organizations.

Steven Owens, Coordinator

Steven’s worked as a Technical Instructor in Automotive and Industrial Training for Ford, GM, and Honda. With Columbus State since 2012, Steven has recently returned after a 6-year assignment at Honda’s version of Columbus State’s IST lab. At Honda’s Technical Development Department, Steven instructed Honda’s equipment service technicians, engineers, and others on the fundamentals through the advanced aspects of mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics, and more, including his primary role as the welding instructor for the TDD. Back at Columbus State, Steven is instructing in the IST Lab and working for the MEP at Columbus State.

Karen Kyle, Project Manager

Karen serves as the Project Manager for the MEP at Columbus State and oversees all grants in the manufacturing portfolio at the college.  Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal and Public Communication and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs, both from Bowling Green State University. For more than 20 years, she was the Director of the Student Advocacy Center at The Ohio State University.

Emily Thompson, Program Coordinator

Emily specializes in marketing, communications, and outreach for grant-funded initiatives. She studied journalism at Ball State University, earning her bachelor’s degree. Previously, Emily worked for media outlets including magazines, digital publications, and TV and radio stations.

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