Getting to Know Our Staff

Keith Ledbetter
President and CEO

Time Since Hired: 2 ½ years
Schooling: Michigan State University
Major(s): Political Science Pre Law (BA)
Originally From: Knoxville, TN
Hobbies: Collecting sports memorabilia, driving golf carts around the neighborhood, and boating
Fun Fact: “I have launched two charter schools.”
Favorite Part of Job: “Having the ability to connect young people to good paying careers that can transform their lives.”

Grace Bonventre
Education Services Coordinator

Time Since Hired: 3 ½ years
Schooling: Macomb Community College (AA)
Major(s): Business Mgmt and Marketing
Originally From: Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Hobbies: Maintaining my vegetable garden, walking my dog,
and crafting
Fun Fact: “I have one son who is a fire fighter and another son who plays college baseball.”
Favorite Part of Job: “I like interacting with our students and helping them succeed.”

Mickey Mortimer
Vice President of Workforce Development & External Affairs

Time Since Hired: 2 years
Schooling: Ferris State University (BS)
Major(s): Business
Originally From: Grass Lake, MI
Hobbies: Politics, all sports, and collecting bourbon
Fun Fact: “For 20 years I was a competitive sailboat racer.”
Favorite Part of Job: “Helping people, and a great deal of that is about developing partnerships between SEMCA/ABC SEMI and schools, organizations and individuals that other need skilled trades training or workers.”

Ashley Weaver
Communications Specialist

Time Since Hired: 2 years
Schooling: Central Michigan University (BAA)
Major(s): Integrated Public Relations
Originally From: Fowlerville, MI
Hobbies: Singing in my Jeep, traveling, collecting rock band t-shirts, and hanging out on the farm
Fun Fact: “This year I am celebrating 10 years of coaching gymnastics.”
Favorite Part of Job: “Getting to know our members and how they’ve earned and built their success.”

John Manor
Director of Membership and Safety

Time Since Hired: 1 ½ years
Schooling: Michigan State University (BA)
Major(s): Communications
Originally From: Monroe, MI
Hobbies: Hunting, reading, and camping
Fun Fact: “I lived in Japan for four months.”
Favorite Part of Job: “The diversity of the job, no one day is ever the same as the last.”


Deanna Schafer
Operations Manager

Time Since Hired: 8 months
Schooling: Michigan State University (BA) Walsh College (MBA)
Major(s): Comparative Cultures & Politics
Originally From: Shelby Township, MI
Hobbies: Pure Barre, jet skiing, and wedding planning
Fun Fact: “My fiancé and I just recently bought our first house.”
Favorite Part of Job: “I like having the
opportunity to get involved in advocacy work.”

Diane Baldwin
Director of Education

Time Since Hired: 1 year
Schooling: Oakland University (BA) and University of Michigan (MA)
Major(s): Linguistics; Educational Studies with focus on Policy, Leadership & Administration
Originally From: Lake Orion, MI
Hobbies: Kayaking, reading, and baking
Fun Fact: “Someday, I plan to have a cockatoo and train it to say cool phrases.”
Favorite Part of Job: “Training SEMCA instructors and interacting w/students.”