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.

Lysa DeVinney

Office Manager

Lysa DeVinney is the Office Manager for the Akron Area Electrical JATC. She is a graduate of The University of Akron, with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Lysa has 15 years of office administration experience, with her previous background in retail store management. As the office manager, she organizes the administrative JATC staff with daily operation needs of the apprenticeship programs, as well as all financial matters, such as accounts payable and receivable, payroll and banking. Lysa uses her organizational skills to ensure smooth operations in a busy work environment. Lysa enjoys being a hobby seamstress and is actively involved in her church as a teacher and volunteer.

Amy Pendergrass

Receptionist

Amy Pendergrass 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. She is a wife and mom of 3 daughters. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and currently working on her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is very involved in her church’s Children’s and Youth ministries, where she is also the part-time Children’s Education Director. Fun fact about Amy is that her family has 9 egg-laying chickens.