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The WVMA Educational Fund’s (WVMAEF) mission is  to link industry and education through its Explore the New Manufacturing Program which  consists of presentations, academies, and video contests.  The goal of these programs, targeting middle school students across West Virginia, is to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, as well as the subsequent educational and training pathways through manufacturer-student engagement. The WVMAEF is continually building networks and seeking collaborative opportunities with organizations to more effectively and efficiently create a workforce and provide avenues for our young folks to stay in their home state.

Tom Reed, Program Consultant

Tom works to expand activities for the Explore the New Manufacturing program across the state of West Virginia. These activities engage students in middle and high school with careers at local manufacturing companies. Tom manages similar programs as the Director of Communications and Community Outreach for Catalyst Connection, an economic development agency, in the greater Pittsburgh area. Prior to starting at Catalyst Connection in 2007, he was a Sr. Client Relations Manager at TeleTech in Moundsville, WV.  

Tom is a graduate of West Liberty University with a BSBA in Marketing and Computer Information Systems and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with an MBA in Marketing.

Monica Cross, Program Director

Cross serves as Program Director for the WVMA Educational Fund, Inc. Explore the New Manufacturing Program. Prior to joining the WVMAEF in 2018 she was Principal and CEO of TwoPointO LLC, a process improvement and innovation organization. Before founding TwoPointO LLC, she was the Chief Financial Officer and Business Manager at Country Roads Physical Therapy LLC.

Cross began her career as an educator, teaching middle school math and science in North Carolina and West Virginia.
She is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.