Matt graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007 with a degree in Marketing and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis on Workforce Education and Development. Prior to attending SIU Carbondale, Matt served in the United States Air Force for 6 years, serving in the Kosovo Conflict, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Beginning in 2007, he worked in the Registrar’s Office at SIU Carbondale. He most recently served as the Director of Secondary and Post-Secondary Programming with the South Central Workforce Development Board, bridging the gap between students and training, educational, and career opportunities across the Commonwealth. Regional Director, James Hughes stated, “We are excited about the ‘out of the box’ thinking Matt will bring to the region to provide robust pathways for job seekers.” Outside of work, Matt’s time is spent with his family, wife Summer, daughters Emmalea and Grace, sons Lukas and Jack and coaching youth baseball and basketball year-round.