Meet Our Staff

Deborah Rowe, Executive Director


Deborah Rowe is a Director II for Stanislaus County Office of Education and Executive Director of 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.

Kevin Fox, Director of Marketing and Student Engagement



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.

Ray Cawthorne, Lead Instructor


   "I believe in a future which grasps innovation through technology and places less impact on the environment,"​ Raymond Cawthorne, PhD.  Ray's 35 years of Experience includes: Helicopter Crew Chief and NBC (Nuclear, Biological, & Chemical) Officer in the U.S. Army, Manufacturing Engineer, Reliability Engineer, Operations Management, and Supervision in industries including Aviation, Transportation, Equipment, Architecture, Engineering, Research, and Food Products. 

Chad Prasad, Instructor


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.

Tommy Narayan, Instructor



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.

Gary Beaudette, Instructor


Gary Beaudette, is the owner of Beaudette Consulting Inc. a firm that specializes in corporate training, curriculum design and implementation of communication, lean principles, operational excellence, performance teams, problem solving, and project management. BCI designed the curriculum for the VOLT Institute Career Accelerator Program, and various CTE programs in the Central Valley. Gary holds a Master of Business Administration from Chapman University. Gary started BCI in 2013 in Modesto.

Chris Eddings, Instructor


Chris is a credentialed instructor who has worked in education for the past 7 years. He is also a certified Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional (LBBP). His  professional background includes experience in education, environmental health & safety, and sales.