Staff

Andrew Kupser, MSF

Andrew Kupser, MSF

Director

After thirty years working for Wall Street firms (e.g. American Express Financial Advisers, JP Morgan Securities) and a successful US Army/Army Reserve career (Lieutenant Colonel), Andrew’s desire to update his education lead him to a Masters of Finance at Colorado State University with a specialization in Data Analytics.

Through his military background, Andrew had been exposed to autonomous vehicles and the various tasks AV can perform. The ability to perform remote sensing and data collection leads to a very exciting future for UAVs and the people entering the industry.

The promise of UAV and the opportunities for the K-12 and workforce development opportunities in Washington State are the reasons he has undertaken this position with the Center of Excellence for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems. His office will be centrally located in Washington in Sunnyside.

Sue Bradshaw

Sue Bradshaw

Project Director, COE Aerospace

Sue Bradshaw is currently Project Director for WISE (Washington Integrated Sector Employment), a DOL Round 4 TAACCCT grant. Sue has been with the Center of Excellence since 2009, and has taken on several instrumental roles in the leadership of many Aerospace Special Project grants through the SBCTC.

Additionally, Sue managed the NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology) grant, the first grant nationally awarded to a community and technical college. Working closely with Switch Up Consulting, our communications consultant, Sue is responsible for the development of several key marketing pieces for the COE.

Kelsey Sanderson

Kelsey Sanderson

Executive Assistant

Kelsey Sanderson is the Executive Assistant for Executive Director Mary Kaye Bredeson and has worked at the Center of Excellence since November 2013. She also supports the Center of Excellence for Unmanned & Autonomous Systems.

Kelsey provides administrative support to the Executive Director.

Prior to coming to the COE, Kelsey worked for several years at Integrated Technologies as a technical aide, a position which piqued her interest in the aerospace field.

Kelsey assists with the Center’s travel plans, event coordination, and budget management and is key in communication between college staff, external partners, and other COE staff.

Consultants/Contractors

Ryan Davis

Ryan Davis

Consultant

Ryan Davis is the President and CEO of the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, a non-profit policy institute catalyzing transformative change in education, economic, and workforce development through research and action. Prior to joining CSW, Ryan served as Dean of Business and Applied Technology at Everett Community College. During his tenure he led the integration of industry credentials into for credit curriculum, served as Chair of the Washington Workforce Education Council, and Vice-Chair of Workforce Snohomish. Additionally, he has extensive private sector experience in management consulting and leading operations for an international healthcare recruitment agency. Ryan is a Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.

Jennifer Ferrero, APR, ALB, ACB

Jennifer Ferrero, APR, ALB, ACB

Marketing Communications

Jennifer Ferrero’s role is to handle marketing, communications and public relations for the Center of Excellence. She owns Switch Up Consulting, a public relations and communications consultancy. She has over 16 years of experience in marketing, website development, public relations and communications across Washington. Jennifer is Accredited in Public Relations (APR) through the Public Relations Society of America. She is also an Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB) and Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) with Toastmasters International.

In her role with the COE, Jennifer works with staff to communicate, market and promote activities, programs and partnerships developed by the Center of Excellence.