Tyler Richardson is the Chief Business Services Officer for Opportunity Stanislaus, the leading economic development organization in Stanislaus County. In his role, Tyler oversees all Economic Development Programs, as well as the organization's management of VOLT Institute.
In his role at VOLT, Tyler works with local industry to ensure that the programs offered at VOLT Institute are meeting the needs of the manufacturing sector in the Nothern San Joaquin Valley.
Tyler joined Opportunity Stanislaus in 2015 and has held various positions. Tyler graduated from California State University, Stanislaus with a BS in Business Administration and also holds an M.B.A from Western Governor's University.
Kevin is excited to be a part of the VOLT team. He is passionate about Central Valley Communities and the people who live here. His professional background includes experience in agriculture, construction, photography, filmmaking, radio, and marketing communications.
Dr. Raymond Cawthorne is a Lead Instructor who works with Volt Institute in Modesto, CA to help instill confidence in future generation mechanics through his combined experience in education and involvement within Fortune 500 manufacturing companies.
Dr. Ray, as the students call him, first became a helicopter mechanic (Crew Chief) in the Army. Later securing a job with Ford Aerospace he became Head Mechanic on the DIVAD Project, Sgt. York military tank. He later worked for Parker Hannifin as an Assembler, Tester, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer, MRB Engineer, and Reliability Engineer. Dr. Ray has also gained experience in the food industry and mining as a Production Manager and Maintenance Manager.
Dr. Ray believes in continuous education and has an Instructor Certification from MSSC (Manufacturing Skill Standard Council) as well as a Doctorate in Engineering & Management, MBA, BSME, and is a CMfgE (Certified Manufacturing Engineer).
For over 46 years with Tri-Valley Growers, Signature Fruits, and Seneca Foods, Chad held various roles including: Machine Operator, Fork Lift Driver, Sub & Area Department Supervisor and Plant Maintenance Supervisor. Chad holds various industry certificates and distinctions in areas of focus such as: Microbiology, Acidified foods, Thermal processing, Records, Over Pressure, Glass/Rigid containers, Instruments & Sanitation.
As an instructor, Tommy has worked with the junior college machine tool technology night classes during the 1979-1981 curriculum. His work experience has been being employed by the top tier machine shops in the local areas. His specialty has been in design, engineering, machining, and fabrication of complex mechanical parts. He has worked in the field for the past 39 years supplying parts for structural fabrication, machine parts, general machining and welding, and high tech industries.
At present, he owns and operates a machining and fabricating company based in Lathrop.
Rob was recently hired as an instructor for Volt Institute and has a background in Electrical / Mechanical industry. He retired from the City of Turlock in August 2020 as the E/M Supervisor with 31 years. He was responsible for maintaining the city’s wastewater treatment plant equipment along with the water wells, storm /sewer stations. Also maintained the street lighting and traffic signals, compressed natural gas fueling stations. (Sounds like he was a busy guy! )
Rob has a passion to pass on his past experiences and knowledge to others that want a career in the E/M industry. He also served in the US NAVY, stationed in Pearl Harbor Hawaii as a Hull Maintenance Technician retrofitting Submarines. (Must have been nice duty in Hawaii).
In his spare time Rob enjoys spending time with his wife going on Road trips, hiking, and sightseeing .
Deborah Rowe is a Director III for Stanislaus County Office of Education and Educational Consultant for VOLT Institute. Before joining SCOE and the VOLT, Deb spent 10-years as Principal & Assistant Principal at James C. Enochs High School, 5-years as a CTE teacher at Downey HS, 8-years as a special education nurse at Beyer HS and 8-years in nursing at Memorial Hospital. Deb holds degrees in Nursing, MJC; Bachelors in Vocational Ed., CSU, Sacramento and Masters in Administration, CSU, Stanislaus.