Meet the Staff

Glenn Arvin:

Glenn Arvin is a senior Journeyman Upgrade Instructor for San Mateo County Electrical JATC.  His career in the electrical industry began as an apprentice in Local #617 on October 1, 1984, with the oldest electrical contractor in San Mateo County, Atlas Electric.  In 1988, Glenn “turned out” as a Journeyman Electrician, working for the now merged company of Atlas Pellizzari, in Redwood City.

Glenn’s career has encompassed being an Apprentice, Journeyman Wireman, Foreman, General Foreman, Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager, and Upgrade Instructor. Glenn also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.  With this formidable background Glenn is now giving back “to the industry that has been so good to me.”  Glenn has been an upgrade instructor since 1993.  Glenn currently instructs in Foremanship, Solar Installation, and Preparation for the State of California Electrical Certification. 

Kathleen A. Barber:

Kathleen is a proud member of Local Union #617 IBEW Inside Journey Wireman, is a Certified Master Instructor of Education for the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), holds an Associate’s degree in Electrical Technology from the College of San Mateo, a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource/Counseling from the University of Notre Dame de Namur, a Masters degree in Organizations and Leadership from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

Since taking the position of Training Director in December 2002, Kathleen has automated the database of the apprentice records, developed a website for registration of classes and information regarding the apprenticeship, implemented year-end hands on skill assessment for each apprentice year, developed a monthly schedule for apprentice/instructor hands on training,  increased the apprentice numbers by 17%, initiated placement testing and placement of non-union electricians within the apprenticeship in accordance with the Standards filed with the State of California, and established Journeyman upgrade classes in preparation of the State of California’s Electrical Certification.

Dave Huston:

Traditionally the training of apprentices has been done by the Journeyman on the job.   For years Dave has been teaching Journeyman and apprentices alike what being an electrician means in today’s business market.   The San Mateo County Electrical JATC is indeed fortunate to have Dave Huston as a third year instructor; Dave’s entire family is made up of electricians.  Dave’s son is a Local Union #617 apprentice, his father in law is a retired Local Union #617 electrician and Dave is General Foreman for Liberty Electric.  In Dave's words, "There is nothing more rewarding then knowing I have given these guys the skills necessary to do a good job and be productive.”

John Robins:

For more than a decade John Robins has been guiding second year apprentices through the web of electrical theory, transformer theory, and codeology, with his quiet, impeccable approach.  One of the most fundamental aspects of electricity is the relationship between what is theoretical and practical application.  John has developed a multitude of methods to demonstrate the everyday use of combination RLC circuits, transformer windings that result different voltages, and the value of understanding the National Electrical Code.  John holds a Bachelor Degree from San Francisco State and was the first San Mateo County Electrical JATC instructor to become a Certified Master Instructor of Education for the NJATC.

Douglas Goldman:

Doug is a Local Union #617 Journey Wireman for Decker Electric. Doug instructs the second year apprenticeship class. Prior to his appointment as a second year instructor, Doug volunteered as the shop instructor assisting the Apprentice instructors in hands-on labs. Doug brings to the JATC an extensive knowledge in the field of electronics.

D. J. Siegman:

D.J. Siegman brings a well rounded field experience to the SMJATC. D.J. started her electrical apprenticeship in 1993 in local union #617. Soon after her initiation into the local union she started to attend the monthly union meetings. She has always considered the meetings an important way to be connected to the Local. But she clearly sees the meetings as only ONE way to be connected.

In 2003, D.J. became involved with the SMJATC as a tutor/lab assistant. This brought her back to the apprenticeship from a different perspective. For D.J. it offered an opportunity for her to help others through a program that taught her so much.

In 2004, D. J. was elected to the Executive Board for Local #617. When asked how it feels to be on the board, D.J. responds with her usual grace, “It is truly an honor to serve the Local in this capacity. I continue to have faith that through involvement all problems can be resolved.” In 2007, DJ was elected Recording Secretary/Financial Secretary, which still holds.

D.J. holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology /Social Work. 

Dan Pasini :

Dan Pasini, IBEW President for Local 617, is a third year instructor for the SMJATC five-year program.  Dan holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Career Counseling.  He brings to this position a strong background in student services.  Dan, for fourteen years, was a teacher and counselor at Mercy High School in San Francisco, California.  In 1995, he entered the electrical industry as a non-union apprentice at Tandem Electric.  In 1997, Dan was selected and completed his five-year apprenticeship with Local 617.  The SMJATC is fortunate to have him as an accomplished instructor.  

Long Nguyen:

Long has been instructing in the apprenticeship since 2010, first starting as a Journeyman upgrade instructor and then moving to the 2nd year of apprenticeship.

Matt Schlecht:

Matt is currently an Electrical Inspector for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to this position Matt was a Foreman for a variety of electrical contractors. Matt has been a member of Local 617 since March 1999. Matt brings to the apprenticeship a vast background in the electrical industry.


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