Administrative Staff

Dennis Underwood - Executive Director

LIUNA member since 1975. Instructor since 2002. He took on the roll of Training Director in 2013. Dennis has taught the A classes, Blue prints, Advanced Instruments, Advanced Grade Checking, Environmental classes as well as the Safety classes and several other classes at the Training Center. Dennis is a member of Local #265 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

John C. Hughes, Jr. - Training Director

John is a second generation Laborer. He began his career, in 1989, working on pipeline projects. In 1990, he started working for The Shelly Company. He specialized in traffic control even though he was involved in every aspect of road work. He continued to work for them until 2005. He became an instructor here at the Training Center in October 1998. He taught the "B" and "C" series as well as various safety and environmental classes. 2005 brought another opportunity. John was asked to be the Statewide Apprenticeship Coordinator. He oversaw the implementation of the Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program. He was offered and accepted the position of Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) Executive Director in September 2009. With the retirement of Executive Director Robert Chatterson at the Training Center, John returned as the Training Director.

Ginny Cochran - Educational Secretary

Ginny is the Educational secretary. Her responsibilities include preparing all the instructional material needed for every class we offer, both here at the training center and the classes held at Union Local halls. Ginny also makes all the certification cards that are issued upon successful completion of the training courses. She has been with the Drexel J. Thrash Training Center since 2006.

Chris Wolford - Administrative Secretary

Chris is the Administrative Secretary of the Drexel J. Thrash Training Center. Her main responsibilities are taking care of the payroll and procurement. Chris has been with the training center since 2010.

Jill Burson - Scheduling Secretary

Jill was hired in the fall of 2017. She will be taking care of scheduling students for classes. When she is not busy with that, she will also assist Ginny and Chris with preparing instructional material for classes and also payroll.