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Subject Matter Experts

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Denise Mitchell

Executive Director, Washington, DC Chapter of NECA

Mitchell has experience both in the labor sector and association industry. She began her career in human resources working as an HR director in the hospitality industry and benefits manager for the College of William and Mary. After earning her law degree, she worked for Howard University, first in alumni affairs focusing on planned giving and fundraising and later being promoted to executive director of the Howard University Medical Alumni Association.

After a successful career as a principal consultant to small businesses, Mitchell accepted a position in labor relations at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). After being promoted three times, she concluded her nearly 12-year career at Metro as a senior labor relations officer. There she performed a wide array of duties including negotiating collective bargaining agreements as well as litigating highly complex final and binding contract interpretation and disciplinary cases before tri-partite arbitration boards as first chair.

At NECA, Mitchell works to improve employee communications, build relationships with NECA members and IBEW leadership as well as participates in trust funds operations and more.

Mitchell earned her law degree in Employment and Labor Law from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. and an undergraduate degree in Education and Industrial Psychology from the State University of New York–New Paltz. She is a certified Human Resources Professional having earned the designation of SPHR from the Society of Human Resource Management and is a Certified Public Manager through the Metropolitan Council of Governments Executive Leadership Program at George Washington University. Mitchell is also a certified EEO investigator.


Chris Cash

Director of Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee

Cash started his career in electrical construction nearly 27 years ago. After attending college for two years, Cash switched gears; applied for the apprenticeship and was accepted into the 5-year program. He graduated from the Washington, D.C. JATC Inside Wireman Apprenticeship in 1995. He had tried out the profession by working as a summer helper prior to applying, a strategy he highly recommends to others considering a career in the field.

After graduating as a journeyman electrician, he spent 12 years as a foreman or subforeman on dozens of projects out in the field around the Washington, D.C. metro region. In 2003, he started teaching at night for the JATC’s Manassas training center. In 2007, he accepted a full time day teaching position in Manassas, and by 2014 had become the school coordinator in Manassas. In the fall of 2016, Cash was appointed JATC director.

As JATC director, Cash maintains a program that provides tuition-free electrical training to hundreds of apprentices. The program graduates more than 100 highly-trained apprentices into the region’s electrical construction field each year. The graduates have studied the core tenants of electrical construction as well as cutting-edge energy efficiency and green technologies. Cash’s primary focus is on keeping Washington, D.C.’s JATC program among the best in the country.

Cash holds Virginia and Charles County (MD) Journeyman’s licenses.


Tom Myers

Director of Joint President of IBEW Local 26

Tom Myers began his electrical construction career upon graduation from the Washington, D.C. JATC apprenticeship in 2004. He spent years working for several of the region’s top electrical contractors including Power Services, J.E. Richards and Kelly Electric. Myers has worked on important projects around the region including Smithsonian Castle, University of Maryland College Park Campus and the U.S. Commerce Department. After several years working in the field, he became a night instructor at the JATC and eventually full time instructor, positions he has held for the past 10 years. Myers taught motor control, OSHA and renewable energy classes, among others.

As president of Local 26 he appoints trustees and committee members; runs IBEW’s meetings; is responsible for funds; and ensures a strict adherence to constitution bylaws and contracts.

He holds a DC Journeyman’s license as well as Maryland Master Electrician and Anne Arundel County Master Electrician licenses. His areas of expertise include power distribution, switch gear and motors.


Electrical Contractors/Small Business Owner/Transportation Electrical Work

Joey Tominovich

President & CEO, Chesapeake Electrical Systems

Joey Tominovich is the President and CEO at Chesapeake Electrical Systems, a full service electrical contractor that services the Washington, DC area. Tominovich graduated from the Washington, DC JATC s apprenticeship program in 1982 and worked his way up through the ranks of the trade.

In 1993, he started Chesapeake Electrical Systems with a partner and then became the firm s sole owner in 2002. At CES, Tominovich focuses his electrical expertise on transportation infrastructure electrical work at airports, highways and bridges, and mass transit. His firm has worked at Dulles as the electrical contractor on the new fourth runway completed in 2008; on Frederick Douglas Bridge in Washington, D.C. in 2007; and is currently completing I-495 Capital Beltway HOT lanes in Northern Virginia. The Frederick Douglas Bridge project was named Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine Project of the Year in 2007.

Tominovich serves on the Local 70 Street Light and Traffic Signal Committee since 2007. The Committee develops journeyman traffic signal technicians that serve the entire DC metropolitan area. In 2010, he joined the Labor Management Cooperative Committee, an agreement between the Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA and IBEW, Local 26 known as the Electrical Alliance.

He is a Master Electrician in the state of Maryland.


Safety

Jerry Rivera

Safety Director of Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA

Jerry Rivera is safety director for the Washington, D.C. Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Rivera has worked in the field of electrical safety for more than 15 years. He formerly led safety efforts at NECA National where he oversaw the development of its safety resources and served as a liaison between member contractors and regulatory agencies to improve safety practices. Most recently, Rivera served as regional safety director for a large electrical contractor where he was responsible for the development of safety related work practices for its Mid-Atlantic division.

As safety director, he conducts continuing education trainings for employees of NECA contractors. Training focus on Electrical Safe Work Practices based on NFPA 70E; Confined Space Training for Entry, Attendant and Supervisory Personnel; Aerial Lift, Scissor Life and Forklift; Fall Protection and OSHA 10 and OSHA 30. He also authors articles and blog posts and oversees messages related to electrical safety for the association.

Rivera holds a masters of engineering, advanced safety engineering management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Interamerican University.