Foundation

About the NWPA NTMA Education Foundation

The Education Foundation is a Non-Profit 501c3 organization that offers a number of scholarships to students who are interested in post-secondary training to prepare for a career in the tool, die and manufacturing industry.

The Foundation also promotes workforce development through K to 12th grade programming such as Robobots, Career Exploration Opportunities, and New Equipment and Software for technical education classes.  NWPA NTMA Education Foundation is an approved Educational Improvement Organization and may accept contributions through Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)!  Link to More About EITC


Board of Directors

The NWPA NTMA Education Foundation Board is comprised of members who are dedicated to the educational outreach of students interested in the tool, die and manufacturing industry. 

President - Chris Minnis, Laser Tool.  A Meadville resident, Chris is President/Owner of Laser Tool & Plastics and also serves on the Board of Directors of the NWPA NTMA.

Vice-President – Tim Barickman, NuTec Tooling.  A Meadville native, serving as Estimating Manager for NuTec Tooling Systems, Inc. for over 25 years.  Tim volunteers for the Crawford County Career and Technical Center, Precision Machining Advisory Committee, and helps with organizing RoboBOTS.

Treasurer – Stephen Lewis, Hill, Barth & King LLC.  A Meadville native, serving as an Associate for Hill, Barth & King LLC.  Stephen has worked in public accounting since 1997, currently as a member of the HBK corporate tax specialist team.

Secretary – Joshua Beerbower, McGill, Power, Bell & Associates LLP.  A Meadville native, serving as a Staff Accountant for McGill, Power, Bell & Associates, LLP.  Joshua is a graduate of Penn State University with a BS in accounting, minor in Legal Environment of Business and specializes in for-profit tax preparation. 

Mark Evans, Highpoint Tool & Machine.  A Conneautville native, serving as Sales/Estimating for Highpoint Tool & Machine.  Mark has worked in the industry since 1973 and volunteers time to the Ken Kull Scholarship Foundation.

Len Armel, Phipac Corporation.  Currently residing in Saegertown, serving as a Sales Consultant  Len has over 25 years’ experience in the industry.

Chris Yost, Cochranton Junior Senior High School.  A Meadville resident, serving as a Teacher of Technology & Engineering at Cochranton Junior Senior High School.  Chris has been a teacher for 8 years.  He also serves as Robotics Advisor. 

Bonnie Stein, Crawford County Career and Technical Center.  Currently residing in Meadville, serving as Cooperative Education Coordinator. Bonnie has been at the CCCTC since 2002.

Mark Smith, Northwest Savings Bank.  A Meadville native, serving as a Commercial Loan Officer for Northwest Savings Bank, Mark has worked in the industry since 2003.  He is a graduate of Gannon University with a Bachelor of
Science in Business Administration.

Randy Jones, Marlan Tool.  A Meadville native, serving as a Plant Manager for Marlan Tool, Randy has worked in the industry for 33 years.

Doug Nelson, Precision Manufacturing Institute.  A Meadville native, serving as an Admissions Director for Precision Manufacturing Institute (PMI). Doug has over 37 years’ experience in the industry.

Daniel Walsh, First National Bank. Currently residing in Edinboro, serving as a Commercial Lender for First National Bank, Dan has worked in the industry since 2008.  He is a graduate of Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Penn State with an MBA.