Four professionals join MAMC team

The Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) has added four new professionals to its education, outreach and resource team as it continues expanding its mission and reach.

David Lucas of Hamlin has joined MAMC as technical trainer for Apprenticeship Works, the National Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship Partnership led by MAMC. Apprenticeship Works assists manufacturers across the United States in developing the skilled workers they need by establishing registered apprenticeships through the U.S. Department of Labor.

A native of Lincoln County, Lucas graduated from Lincoln County High School and studied history at Marshall University, where he currently is a senior pursuing a regents bachelor of arts degree. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1986 to 1998 as a combat engineer and achieved the rank of staff sergeant.

Lucas retired in January 2024 from Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, where he had worked since 1998. He put the first component on the first engine produced at the Putnam County Toyota plant, and became a Team Leader in 1999. He worked in production, training and development as well as quality control during his extensive career there.

Lucas is based at MAMC South Charleston.

Maria (Maja) Henkel of Huntington joined MAMC earlier this year as accounting and human resources specialist. A native of Vermont, Henkel earned a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and an MBA in 2022 from Marshall University, where she also performed extensive graduate work in Hispanic linguistics and literature.

Henkel has extensive experience in accounting and human resources and earned her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2023. She previous served as Lumenier (drones) product manager for GetFPV in Sarasota, FL, where she used her language skills in Spanish, Portuguese and English daily.

A U.S. Army veteran, Henkel is based at MAMC Huntington.

Greg Giompalo is MAMC’s newest machinist technology instructor. He teaches manual and CNC machining at MAMC’s newly established Advanced Manufacturing Education and Training Center in South Charleston.

A native of Barboursville, the Louisa, Ky., resident is a graduate of Barboursville High School and attended Marshall University, Big Sandy Community and Technical College and East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute. He earned level 2 credentials in CNC machining and programming from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills.

Giompalo previously worked as a locomotive engineer/conductor for ACE Industries and as a production supervisor for Constellium Rolled Products in Ravenswood.

Hannah Tomes is the newest member of the MAMC team, taking on duties as grant writer. She is responsible for researching and writing grant proposals and reporting to federal, state and private funders of MAMC. Tomes is a graduate of Cabell Midland High School and Marshall University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in professional writing.

Tomes serves on the board of directors of the Zoological Society of West Virginia and assists the wildlife organization with grant research and writing. The Cabell County native resides in Lesage. She is based at MAMC Huntington.




Other News

View All News

SBIR Road Tour to make May 17 stop in Huntington

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) America’s Seed Fund 2024 Road Tour is coming to Huntington May 17 as part of a southeastern swing to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding. Also known...

read more

New fiber laser takes cutting power to the next level

Ensuring access to the latest technology is a hallmark of what the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) does. With more than $22 million – and growing – in leading-edge equipment, MAMC provides entrepreneurs and manufacturers unparalleled access to...

read more

Learn to harness the power of 3D printers and lasers

The Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center (MAMC) is launching a series of low-cost Saturday workshops to inspire more making locally and demonstrate the versatility of the technology available in its community makerspace. First up is 3D Printing Essentials on...

read more

MAMC makerspace extends hours

To better accommodate the public and encourage more creativity and making, the Marshall Advanced Manufacturing Center’s (MAMC) Maker Vault, the university’s community makerspace, is expanding hours of operation. Beginning Feb. 5, the Vault’s array of tools and...

read more

Barrel maker infuses ancient art with high-tech

MAMC lends hand with workforce needs The first thing visitors notice on entering West Virginia Great Barrel Company in Caldwell is the aroma. The sweet smell of freshly hewn wood mingles with the smoky scent of toasting and charring white oak to waft throughout the...

read more