Board of Trustees

Dr. Alysia Starkey is Vice Chair of the Board for 2020-2021. She is interim Dean and CEO at Kansas State Polytechnic in Salina.  She is a native of Colby, KS and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fort Hays State University.  Dr Starkey also holds a Master’s in Information Science from the University of North Texas and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University.  Her professional experience in higher education includes working in libraries, continuing education, instructional technology, faculty development, assessment, and preparation for accreditation and program reviews.

(Term expires June 30, 2021)

Dustin Pestinger is the President at Pestinger Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.  He is a native of Salina, graduating from Sacred Heart High School in 2003, and Fort Hays State University with a degree in Health and Human Performance in 2008.  Dustin moved to Boulder, CO, and graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2009.  He worked summers at Pestinger Heating & Air Conditioning in the electrical and sheet metal departments through his high school and college years, returning to Salina in 2011 to take over the Commercial side of the company.  Dustin is an active member of Ambucs, Rotary and the Salina Area Young Professionals.

(Term expires June 30, 2021)

Kristin Nulik is the Human Resources Manager at Bergkamp Inc. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emporia State University and her Master of Public Administration from Kansas State University. She has had the opportunity to participate in mock interview and career fairs here at Salina Tech and enjoys being a part of an organization that looks to assist students in the pursuit of their dreams. Her experience has given her the understanding of recruitment and retention, she has also been active in both the Salina Human Resources Association as well as the Kansas SHRM chapter.

(Term expires June 30, 2021)

Jeff Shamburg is Chair of the Board for 2020-2021, he is the Project Manager at Bartlett & West in Topeka, KS. He received a dual Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Civil Engineering and Geology. He is also an alum of Salina Area Technical College having received his EMT certificate in 2018, which he uses to be a volunteer EMT. He has had a chance to see firsthand the student experience here at SATC and has experienced the resources and the quality of instruction and commitment the college has to programs. He has also seen the limitations within the college and is excited about the opportunities for future growth and improvement that are available.

(Term expires June 30,2022)

Mike McCall is the principal owner and architect at M Squared Architects. He received his Associate in Architectural Drafting from the Denver Institute of Technology and his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. As a past technical student and a local architect in Salina he has a vast array of experience in what is needed in the continuing education sector for students in these fields. With this experience he can see how the experience and schooling can change a person’s outlook on life, he excited to take his knowledge and help serve on the board.

(Term expires June 30, 2023)

Jeff Montgomery is the Global System Controls Director at Coperion K-Tron in Salina. As a Salina native he attended our very own Salina South High and later received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University attending both the Salina and Manhattan campuses. He is committed to the Salina community and is excited to work alongside area professionals who are providing support and guidance within Salina Area Tech.

(Term Expires June 30, 2022)

Brian Blackwood graduated from North Central Technical School in Welding. He was a branch manager with Kanox until 2006 when Kanox was acquired by Airgas, he now remains with Airgas as the Area Vice President.

(Term expires June 30, 2022)

Darien E. Henderson is the Vice President at PKM Steel, he received his Bachelor’s Degree of Science from the University of Maryland Satellite Campus. He is involved in various advisory boards in the area and is excited about serving on the board and supporting his local community. As an employer in the area he understands the importance of educating and training skilled workers.

(Term expires June 30, 2023)

Serena Helvey holds a role at the Salina Surgical Hospital in risk management, quality and corporate compliance. As a long time resident of Saline County she feels it is important to give back to the community. With her experience and knowledge she is eager to learn and serve on the board.

(Term expires June 30, 2023)