Apprenticeship Consultant Biographies
Maynard Stowe – Norfolk
Maynard Stowe has been with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry Registered Apprenticeship Department since November of 2015. He is currently a Registered Apprenticeship Consultant in their Tidewater Region. Mr. Stowe has a long career history focusing on Adult Education and Training providing adults with career and educational opportunities.
He, along with the Department of Labor and Industry will assure that companies seeking to develop career and training development for their employees through Registered Apprenticeship will have the highest quality of service and dedication. Combining both on the job training and related instruction, Mr. Stowe will assist companies in focusing specifically on how Registered Apprenticeship can meet their long term growth needs.
Localities served: Brunswick, Emporia, Franklin City, Greensville, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Nottoway, Smithfield, Southampton, Suffolk, Surry, Sussex, Wakefield, Waverly, Mecklenburg, Lunenburg
Delores Ferrell – Norfolk
Delores Ferrell is a Registered Apprenticeship Consultant in the Tidewater Regional Office. She has been employed with the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry since 1986 and working as a consultant with the Division of Registered Apprenticeship since 2004. She has extensive experience in providing employers with a proven strategy for employee training and development to include on-the-job training along with related technical instruction and quality customer service. She looks forward to discussing Registered Apprenticeship and how it may benefit your company with you.
Localities served: Gloucester, Hampton, James City, Mathews, Middlesex, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, York
Diana Lyons – Roanoke
Diana comes from a background in organizational and quality system management. Throughout her career, she has held several leadership positions centered on customer service, auditing and compliance; previously serving as the Operations Director for a local Chamber of Commerce, a licensed Realtor, Internal Auditor and Commercial Property Inspector. Guided by experience, Diana knows that a single approach to workforce training is not the right answer for every business and understands when it comes to hiring and retention, Registered Apprenticeship is not merely a program, but a workforce strategy. That is why she is excited to serve as a liaison to local businesses by helping address needs that will lead to building a stronger and more thriving local economy.
Localities served: Blacksburg, Bland, Buchanan, Christiansburg, Clifton Forge, Covington, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Galax, Giles, Montgomery, Norton, Pulaski, Radford, Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Rocky Mount, Tazwell, Wise, Wythe
Vacant – Roanoke
Please see Diana Lyons for assistance with the localities shown below.
Localities served: Abingdon, Bedford City, Bedford County, Botetourt, Bristol, Carroll, Fincastle, Franklin County, Galax, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Patrick, Rocky Mount, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Washington
Faith Clayton – Verona
Faith Clayton is a Registered Apprenticeship Consultant with the Department of Labor and Industry. She graduated from BRCC with a degree in Applied Science: Human Services. Her background has included social work, Human Recourses, and payroll. Faith is a product of Registered Apprenticeship, as she was an apprentice herself with the Department of Labor and Industry.
Localities served: Albemarle, Augusta, Charlottesville, Greene, Harrisonburg, Madison, Rockingham, Staunton, and Waynesboro
Travis Messick – Verona
Travis Messick is a Registered Apprenticeship Consultant with the Department of Labor and Industry in the Verona Regional Office. Having worked in many different fields from the trades to healthcare and higher education, Travis has a great appreciation for all occupations and the benefit that Registered Apprenticeship plays in an individual’s and company’s success. He attended Massanutten Technical Center in high school studying carpentry and electricity. After that, Travis graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with an Associates of Arts and Sciences, and then transferred to Mary Baldwin University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications and Management. Travis’s background includes marketing, sales, business development, and account management; most of which were acquired throughout the 10 years he spent in the long-term care industry. His recent experience working in higher education has instilled in him the importance of skilled training, and how Registered Apprenticeship plays a crucial role in today’s workforce.
Localities served: Amherst, Alleghany, Bath, Buena Vista, Highland County, Lexington, Rockbridge, Nelson
Marco Pineda – Manassas
Consultant /Regional Supervisor, Division of Registered Apprenticeship
Localities served: Clarke, Frederick, Loudoun, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, Warren, Winchester
Crystal Thrower – Manassas
Crystal Thrower has served the Commonwealth since 2006 as a Registered Apprenticeship Consultant. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where her family worked as Registered Apprentices and Journey workers, Crystal never realized the amount of commitment her family members put forth as they achieved their goals of completing their programs until she came to our office. Through her growth and knowledge of what makes a Registered Apprenticeship work, she has become extremely passionate about Registered Apprenticeship. Crystal received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from George Mason University in 2000 and she earned a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Business Administration in 2006 and 2007 from Strayer University.
Localities served: Alexandria, Arlington, Dumfries, Fairfax County (Annandale, Ft. Belvoir, Lorton, McLean, Mount Vernon, Springfield)
Rick Brooks – Norfolk
As a Registered Apprenticeship Consultant for the Division of Registered Apprenticeship, Rick serves as a principle advisor to government, employers, labor, education and civic organizations on the promotion, development and administration of Registered Apprenticeship. He assists and ensures that all the essentials of Registered Apprenticeship, including On-the-job learning and Related Technical Instruction, are in compliance with federal/state regulations to certify integrity and compliance. Rick has worked in a wide variety of professional capacities, namely as a Human Resources Representative, Youth Apprentice Coordinator, Diversity Team Leader/Mentoring Program Coordinator, Safety Coordinator, and a graduate apprentice as a Sheet-metal Fabricator during his tenure with Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY before coming to work for Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. With a broad wealth of experiences, skills, and knowledge in Organizational Leadership and training, he partners with other training programs administered by Workforce Development Boards. Rick develops and maintains apprenticeship training programs with employers within assigned geographical areas. He also serves a member of the Board of Directors for Hampton Roads Workforce Development. Rick is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and Robert Wesleyan College.
Localities served: Accomack, Chesapeake, Northampton, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach
Shannon Crooks – Richmond
After graduating from VCU with her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Shannon worked as a freelance photographer and at an art gallery in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. Both these professions solidified her love of working with people and her commitment to helping them fulfill their own visions and goals. A photographer by trade, Shannon understands the value of having a skill that will last a lifetime. As a Registered Apprenticeship Consultant she is an advocate for both the business and the individual and will work hard to provide the resources needed to create a well-rounded workforce.
Localities served: Amelia, Buckingham, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hopewell, New Kent, Nottoway, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, Richmond City
Donna Carvana – Richmond
Donna Carvana is a 10-year veteran Registered Apprenticeship Consultant for metropolitan Richmond and the counties of Hanover, Henrico, Powhatan, Orange, and Louisa. She completed a B.S. Degree at East Carolina University and obtained a Master Degree of Divinity from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Her duties as an Apprenticeship Consultant provide an opportunity to network in the public business arena providing customer service to existing and new sponsors and apprentices; marketing apprenticeship programs to potential companies for employment training and development; and developing apprenticeship program which area high schools through co-op efforts with guidance counselors.
During 2017, Donna developed and implemented a pilot youth apprenticeship program in Louisa County. Working with Louisa County High School Career and Technical Education staff, she assisted in creating a model for Youth Registered Apprenticeship programs, which can be duplicated across Virginia. Ms. Carvana continues her commitment to building strategic partnerships between local/state government agencies and commercial/private industries to build work force development opportunities for those seeking skilled employment opportunities.
Localities served: Hanover, Henrico, Louisa, Richmond City
Diana Levya – Richmond
My name is Diana Leyva, I am the bilingual Registered Apprenticeship Consultant in the Central Virginia Region. Coming from a background in customer service and management, I am dedicated to helping people find all the resources and information possible to achieve their goals. One of my passions is helping Hispanic Communities to obtain occupational training and assistance on workforce development opportunities. Registered Apprenticeship is a remarkable program that not only helps individuals but also strengthens communities and creates a pipeline for future workforce.
Localities served: Localities served: Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland, Louisa, Powhatan, Richmond City
Juanita Harrison – Richmond
Juanita Harrison is a Registered Apprenticeship Consultant in the Central Regional Office. Throughout her career she has been a champion for building a strong workforce; previously assisting persons with differing abilities to achieve their vocational goals. She began her employment at the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry in January of 2020. She looks forward to discussing Registered Apprenticeship and sharing how the program is of great benefit to employers.
Localities served: Localities served: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, Richmond City
Christopher Stanley – Lynchburg
Chris Stanley is the Registered Apprenticeship Consultant with the Department of Labor and Industry in the Lynchburg Field Office. He has held a wide range of service and technical occupations from an airport line technician to a production coffee roaster, and he most recently comes from management with the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Chris understands the needs of the changing workforce and has seen firsthand the value of on-hands training and apprenticeship style mentoring in a variety of technical industries. A believer of developing from within, Chris sees the value of the Registered Apprenticeship program as a way for employees and employers to rebuild and refresh their workforce from the ground up.
Localities served: Appomattox, Campbell, Charlotte, Danville, Halifax, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Pittsylvania, Prince Edward
Cetrel Coleman – Manassas
My name is Cetrel Coleman Jr., and I am a Virginia Apprenticeship Technical Specialist. My areas of service include City of Manassas, Prince William County, City of Manassas Park, City of Fairfax and towns that include Centreville, Chantilly, Burke, Clifton, Herndon, Reston, Vienna, Great Falls, Dunn Loring, Falls Church, and Annandale. I was born in South Boston, Virginia and graduated from Halifax County High School. I later attended Old Dominion University and graduated from Norfolk State University. I later married and moved to Culpeper, Virginia where I started my career with Rental Uniform Service. At Rental Uniform Service I learned the true value of quality work and salesmanship. The company gave me a route plus commission for sales on all new accounts.
In the 1980`s I moved to IBM where we made computer chips for the Orbital Space station.- still up there! During this time the Good Lord blessed me with 2 beautiful daughters. After my daughter’s young years when I was in IBM it was sold to Loral, then Lockheed Martin, then Micron. During that time I also worked for United Air Lines and Virginia ABC before coming to The Virginia Registered Apprentice Agency- better known as DOLI. Now with over 15 years of conducting quality selling and customer service I love talking about the benefits of a true Registered Apprenticeship program.
Localities served: Fairfax City, Falls Church, Prince William, Fairfax County (Burke,
Miguel Granillo-Córdova – Manassas
My name is Miguel Granillo-Córdova, I work out of the Manassas Office. I consider The Registered Apprenticeship Training Model to be a viable life changing opportunity. People will point to their lack of opportunities and say that they just didn’t get their fair share to succeed. The reality is that we create our own opportunities. Registered Apprenticeship is that, an exceptional opportunity, presented to you – employers and employees – to succeed.
Mi nombre es Miguel Granillo-Córdova, trabajo en la oficina de Manassas.Considero que el Modelo de Entrenamiento de Aprendizaje Registrado es una oportunidad de cambio de vida viable. Las personas señalarán las faltas de oportunidades y dirán que simplemente no tuvieron suficientes oportunidades para tener éxito. La realidad es que nosotros creamos nuestras propias oportunidades. Aprendizaje Registrado es eso, una oportunidad excepcional, presentada a usted – empleadores y empleados – para poder tener éxito.
Localities served: Caroline, Charles City, Culpeper, Essex, Fauquier, Fredericksburg, Lancaster, Manassas, Manassas Park, Northumberland, Orange, Richmond County, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Westmoreland