3 professionals joins growing MAMC team

As part of an ongoing expansion, the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) recently welcomed three new employees to its workforce development, quality services and business outreach team.

Jonathan Day of Prestonsburg, Ky., joined MAMC as advanced manufacturing industrial instructor. He is an instructor for SMART (Systems Maintenance, Automation and Robotics Technology), MAMC’s new enhanced industrial maintenance career skills program launching this fall in Huntington and Point Pleasant.

A native of Wayne County, Ky., Day is a graduate of Monticello Independent High School and Big Sandy Community & Technical College in Pikeville, where he earned an associate of applied science degree in industrial maintenance technology.

Day previously worked at UNG Inc. as an industrial maintenance technician and at Nestle as an electrical and automation technician.

James Ferguson of Hurricane has joined MAMC as business outreach specialist for the Center’s Apprenticeship Works, a nationwide advanced manufacturing apprenticeship partnership. He is responsible for educating employers and industry partners about manufacturing apprenticeship opportunities and helping companies adopt and implement those training models.

A native of Wayne County, Ferguson is a graduate of Buffalo High School and West Virginia State College, where he earned an associate degree in occupational and organizational development. He went on to earn a regent’s bachelor’s degree from Marshall University.

Ferguson began his 26-year manufacturing career as a chemical operator at Union Carbide and then Bayer Crop Science. He also has worked as environmental services supervisor at Cabell Huntington Hospital and district sales manager at Dixie Beverage.

Diana Starkweather of Huntington has joined the MAMC Quality Services department as quality management systems specialist. She is responsible for assisting companies by providing training and consulting in quality and environmental management systems, continuous improvement and implementing modern management practices.

A native of Proctorville, Ohio, Starkweather is a graduate of Fairland High School and Marshall University, which she earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.

While attending Marshall, Starkweather worked at Triad Environmental as an environmental technician, conducting industrial hygiene tests and monitoring for asbestos and other heavy particulates. Upon graduation in 2011, she went to work for Triad Engineering conducting environmental assessments at Brownfield and Superfund sites.

Most recently, Starkweather spent 10 years at SunCoke Energy in a variety of positions, from environmental engineer to regional environmental health and safety manager, performing duties that included overseeing permitting processes, health and safety programs and environmental testing, among may others.

April 30, 2024

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