P.O. Box 241, 20902 Washington Avenue, Onaway MI 49765




Mark Dombroski

Executive Director

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.

Tammi Ward

Institute Operations Manager & Student Services Department

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.

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Cary Thompson

Development Director

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.

Keith Raymond

corporate & basic Welding Instructor

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.


Cody Tohm

Certified Welding Inspector & Welding Engineer

Cody grew up in Cheboygan and is a graduate of Cheboygan High School. He attended Ferris State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Welding Engineering Technology.
During his time at Ferris State University he had the opportunity to internship with large manufactures in various welding fields including welding application engineering as well as motorsports.

Upon graduation from Ferris State University he took a full time opportunity at Lincoln Electric in Cleveland, OH. He graduated the Lincoln Electric Engineering Trainee program in June of 2017 and then went on to work in the Machine Research and Development division for two more years. This opportunity allowed him to learn cutting edge welding technology, as well as welding automation, and current industry trends by assisting customers around the country. After Three years in northeast Ohio he was ready to return to Northern Michigan and Join the team at the Industrial Arts Institute in May of 2019. He is currently a credentialed instructor with his Certified Welding Inspector (CWI) qualifications.

Stephanie Gillett

Marketing Coordinator & Office Manager

Stephanie is a former Detroiter who only recently made northeast Michigan her home.  Now that she’s here, she’s tapping into her passion for education and the trades to help IAI build awareness and recruit students interested in building a better future for themselves.  

In her spare time, she likes to leverage her 30+ years of corporate and Fortune 500 experience to optimize the productivity of a husband and two dogs.


Ann Gildner

Ornamental Welding Instructor & Metal Artist-in-Residence

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 Rocheleau

Welding Lab Assistant / Institute Maintenance

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.