Our Team

The Akron Area Electrical JATC delivers the highest quality of training through the combined efforts of our membership and contractors. The JATC committee, full-time staff, and the instructors commit hundreds of hours administrating the apprenticeship programs to meet the training standards set forth by the Ohio State Apprentice Council and the Department of Labor. With out the unselfish efforts of all of these participants, the JATC would not be able to train the labor force of tomorrow.

Martin Helms

Training Director

Martin Helms is the Training Director for the Akron Area Electrical JATC in which he administers registered electrical apprenticeships and continuous education for journey level workers for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 306. He has over 20 years of experience in the electrical and construction field and has fulfilled this capacity as a student worker, apprentice, journeyman, foreman, military, engineer, and instructor. Martin's current educational credentials include being a nineteen-year veteran of the Ohio Army National Guard as a Chief Warrant Officer Two, an associate degree in Applied Science in Electrical Maintenance from Stark State College in 2014 and an Akron Area Electrical JATC apprentice graduate of the Inside Electrical Program in 2010. His drive and accomplishments would not be possible without the support of his awesome wife and their four children.

Steve Mangus

Training & Education Coordinator

Steve Mangus is the Training and Education Coordinator for the Akron Area Electrical JATC. Steve is an instructor for both apprentices and journeyman, helps design and build new hands-on labs, and develops new curriculum. Steve graduated from the Akron Area JATC apprenticeship program in 1994 and has been a Foreman on many jobs in Akron and surrounding areas. Before he started the apprenticeship, Steve graduated with a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology from the National Institute of Technology. After graduation from NIT, he was hired as an Electronics Technician for Revco Drug Stores where he traveled to many states installing and repairing pharmacy computers and cash registers. Steve has been married for thirty-two years and enjoys life with his wife and three children.

Matti-Lynn Chrisman

Indentured Operations Administrative Assistant

Matti-Lynn is the Indentured Operations Administrative Assistant at the Akron Area Electrical JATC where she keeps record of each apprentice’s progress, journeymen training, and other data related to the success of our organization. Matti is a two-time graduate of Kent State University with a BA in Public Communication and a BFA in Musical Theatre. She spends most of her time adventuring outdoors or participating in theatre events/shows. Fun fact about Matti: she has two cats she rescued from a local shelter. One of them is a blind cat who loves to cuddle, and the other is a shy girl who loves to hide.

Barb Schaible

Pre-Indentured Operations Administrative Assistant

Barb Schaible is currently the part-time receptionist for the Akron Area Electrical JATC where she speaks to customers, takes applications, answers phone calls and keeps up on day to day tasks in the office. Barb has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and comes to us from Virginia where she worked at the University of Richmond. Barb and her husband are avid bicyclists and enjoy spending weekends exploring the local bike trails. She also enjoys knitting and spoiling her two dogs, Chip & Bruno.