Workforce Development


Kathy Barber : Economic Development Specialist, CIS

Kathy Barber

Economic Development Specialist, CIS

(865) 974-6621 | 1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921

Kathy Barber joined UT CIS as an Economic Development Specialist in October 2017.  Her primary focus is to manage the Asset Based Planning initiative, working with rural communities across the state to leverage community assets for economic development.

Kathy gained her experience and passion for economic development while serving six years at the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership as Existing Industry Manager and Economic Development Project Manager for the Oak Ridge, TN community.  She was also actively involved in workforce development, tech-led economic development, and promoting entrepreneurship, as part of the regional initiative – Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley.

Kathy grew up in the metro area of Denver, CO and earned her BS degree in Business Administration – Marketing from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Oak Ridge.


Jen Dangelo : APEX Specialist

Jen Dangelo

APEX Specialist

(615) 532-8657 | 193 C Polk Ave., Nashville, TN 37210
Misty DePriest : Resource Program Manager, CIS

Misty DePriest

Resource Program Manager, CIS

931.626.5321 | 193 Polk Ave., Suite C, Nashville, TN 37210
Dwaine Raper : Solutions Consultant Team Leader, CIS

Dwaine Raper

Solutions Consultant Team Leader, CIS

423.741.4898 | 2112 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601

Dwaine Raper leads the Solutions Consultant Team at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services(CIS).  CIS is an agency of the Institute for Public Service, and the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partner Center serving the state of TN.  The CIS Solutions Consultant Team provides industrial extension services throughout the state of TN, working with manufacturers and industry partners, helping them improve performance and profitability, and to grow.  Before joining CIS in 2007, Dwaine gained 15 years of manufacturing operations and supply chain management experience with manufacturing companies in the automotive and electronics industries.  Dwaine holds two business degrees from East Tennessee State University (MBA and BBA).  He also maintains supply chain management related professional certifications; Certified Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), both from APICS – The Association for Operations Management.

Gordon Reed : Solutions Consultant, CIS

Gordon Reed

Solutions Consultant, CIS

423.426.2606 | 104 Peace Pipe Bend, Crossville, TN 38572

UT-CIS Responsibilities:

Gordon is the Solutions Consultant for the Upper Cumberland Region. He helps companies and communities succeed, grow and create high quality jobs.

Career Overview:

Gordon is a senior level manager with experience managing and growing customer relationships, leading project teams to exceed customer, contractual, and corporate requirements, and creating and managing project schedules, resources, and financials. He has 5 years of Supply Chain Management experience coupled with 24 years of Project and Program Management. He has experience across a variety of industries, Automotive, Medical, Aerospace, Defense, Consumer and Industrial Elecronics.


            Areas of Expertise:

·         Operations Management

·         Supply Chain Management

·         Project/Program Management

·         Account Management/Business Development

·         Product Development/Design Management

Education / Credentials:

  • (BSBA) Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Production and Operations Management – Tennessee Technological University
Andre Temple : Solutions Consultant, CIS

Andre Temple

Solutions Consultant, CIS

731.425.4740 | 605 Airways Boulevard, Suite 109, Jackson, TN 38301

Doctor of Education

Master of Business Administration

BS Public Administration

Certificate in Community College Teaching & Leadership

Jackson Housing Authority Commissioner

Member American Institute for Certified Planners

Adjunct College Professor

Tim Waldo : Workforce Development Consultant, CIS

Tim Waldo

Workforce Development Consultant, CIS

865.974.3185 | 1610 University Ave., Knoxville, TN 37921

Tim’s passion for helping people discover their potential has been a primary motivator over a career that includes 17 years in manufacturing and 10 years focusing exclusively on workforce and workplace development. Five years were spent in the nonprofit sector helping establish new development programs for marginalized audiences and studying the complexities of the greater workforce development system. In 2017, Tim joined UTCIS to assist Tennessee manufacturers with workplace development strategies. In support of these efforts, he facilitates training in problem solving, leadership development, and continuous improvement activities for internal workforce development systems. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tusculum College and from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in Educational Psychology focused on adult education.

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