Mark has been in public education for the last 35 years and brings a well-known reputation for student advocacy and a fond appreciation for professional trades. During this time, he has held positions of classroom aide, classroom teacher, Assistant Junior High Principal, Junior High and Middle School Principal and most recently, the Superintendent of Cheboygan Area Schools.
Mark received his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University, his Master’s degree and an Administrative Certification from Grand Valley State University. While a classroom teacher, Mark focused on students with learning disabilities. When he became a building level administrator, he concentrated on providing career opportunities for students.
As Superintendent, his goal was to provide a broad spectrum of programing to meet the needs of all learners in the K-12 setting. These programs included college prep classes and career and technology education offerings. Mark understands the importance of offering a broad-spectrum approach, providing several opportunities for all learners. He realizes that the four-year university degree is not necessary, or affordable, for all learners. He believes that Career and Technology Education is as important as college prep classes for many students.
Mark is excited to join the Industrial Art Institute Team! He brings his energy and knowledge to the table, to join forces with the dedicated and proven individuals currently at IAI. Together, everyone at IAI will provide educational, career and skill building opportunities to meet the immediate and continuously changing demands of today’s and tomorrow’s workforce.
As the most credentialed team member, Mike Mehan started his career with MIW in 1991. His position on the fabrication floor is Director of Quality and he serves as a Vice President on the Board of Directors.
Mike’s distinctions include; Certified Welding Inspector (CWI), Certified Welding Educator (CWE), Certified Welding Supervisor (CWS), Canadian Welding Bureau (CWB) supervisor certified , Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) certified with multiple certifications in various welding processes. He is a Level II NDT Technician for Mt, PT, UT and Visual, and certified in CPR and First Aid by the American Red Cross.
Mike’s attention to detail and determination to provide highest quality product to the customer has set the bar in the industry.
A native of Indian River, Tammi, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business and Communications from Saginaw Valley State University in 1993. Tammi joined the Industrial Arts Institute team in May of 2014 and brings a variety of Management and Student Services skills to her current role with her 15+ years of experience in Economic and Workforce Development.
Cary Thompson has played key fund development and board leadership roles in the community development sector throughout his career. He has fifteen years of experience in fundraising and grant writing. As the Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s grant consultant, he was instrumental in helping the City of Detroit's Police and Fire Departments secure millions in government grants. He has worked with government agencies and non-profits across the country to help them obtain the funding that they need. He also teaches organizational development and grant writing for government agencies. Cary is very passionate about raising funds for Industrial Arts Institute, as he feels that it is the premier comprehensive welding program in the country. He has been tied to welding throughout his life, as his family has generations of steel workers. In fact, his dad earned a living as a welder. If you or your company are interested in contributing to Industrial Arts Institute, he would love to talk to you. Please consider donating to Industrial Arts Institute today. Your contributions will help our students prepare for successful and rewarding careers in the professional trades industry. The State of Michigan has predicted a massive shortage of welders in the coming years, and Industrial Arts Institute stands ready to help fill the professional skills gap.
After leaving the U.S. Navy in 1978, Keith completed a Welding Apprenticeship Program at Lansing Community College. He is both a Maintenance Mechanic and a Certified Welder Journeyman. Keith Spent 17 years with the Board of Water & Light in Lansing, MI. While working at the Moran Iron Works, he completed his CWI/CWE Certified Welding Education/Inspector qualification in 2014. Keith enjoys kayaking, fishing and hunting.
Tim is a lifelong resident of Cheboygan. He has enjoyed 30 years of teaching welding technology and metal fabrication at the Cheboygan High School in two different capacities. The first 11 years he assisted students with learning disabilities as a paraprofessional in the welding shop. The last 19 years he ran the welding technology program as the instructor. Tim has also taught adult welding education classes for both Cheboygan Area Schools and Alpena Community College at Moran Iron Works.
Tim received his Associate of applied science degree in welding technology and his Bachelor of Science degree in technical Education both from Ferris State University. He holds a Michigan Occupational Education certificate in welding as well as American Welding Society structural welding certifications. Tim enjoys fishing, farming and traveling with his wife.
Ann enjoys art as much as learning. She holds a BFA from Siena Heights University and Certificates in Iron One Welding from Alpena Community College, Master Floral Design, Michigan Floral Designer and University of Michigan Master Gardener.
Ann’s 35 plus years in the art world brought her to Onaway to learn welding to create her ideas in large scale metal art. Tom Moran became her metal art mentor. She now exhibits her metal art throughout Michigan and has received several awards for her metal art works.
Her community involvement was recognized by the State of Michigan and the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce with the Francis and Gordon Spies Award for her involvement and direction in public art in Cheboygan, MI.
She was selected to be the Artist in Residence for the Iron One Studio and teaches Ornamental Welding Courses at the Industrial Arts Institute.
Michael began his machining career in 1988 when he enlisted in the United States Navy. He served for four years during the Persian Gulf War in Machine Repairing. Following completion of our Comprehensive Industrial Welding Program in August 2015, Michael has become IAI’s paraprofessional for all Youth Camps and High School Work Based Learning classes. In 2016 he became our Manual Machining Instructor and completed a NIMS workshop in Georgia and has since received 8 NIMS credentials.
Born and raised in Onaway, MI, Abby joined the Industrial Arts Institute team in January 2016.
With her, she brings years of experience as an office assistant, along with quality customer service skills. Here at IAI, her goals and responsibilities will be focused on social media advertising, along with working beside the faculty and staff to provide administrative support.
Feel free to reach out to one of team members with any of your questions or comments.