Our Team

Scott Shelar

President & CEO

Scott has held many different jobs throughout his life, including paper boy on the icy roads of Washington D.C.; lifeguard on the sunny beaches of St. Augustine, Florida; sports writer under the bright lights of high school football in South Georgia; and communications manager for the Atlanta Paralympic Games.

But in 1996, Scott found his calling. That year, Scott was hired as Director of Education and Safety for the Georgia Branch, Associated General Contractors (AGC). There, he learned about the construction industry’s need for motivated, trained, quality workers.

Scott joined CEFGA in 1998. Under his leadership, CEFGA has received national recognition for its annual CareerExpo and SkillsUSA State Championships, which draws more than 7,000 attendees annually; and its Construction Ready Program, which has trained and placed more than 500 residents in the construction industry since 2014.

A Florida native, Scott moved to Statesboro, Georgia in 1989 to attend Georgia Southern University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He also met his wife there. While working out at Gold’s Gym, Scott spotted Kara Martin on a StairMaster. Scott and Kara celebrated their 28th anniversary in 2023. Today, they live in Decatur, Georgia and have two beautiful children, Martin (age 16) and Sophie (age 13).

Scott’s favorite quote is one by Walt Disney: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

John Wilhoite

Senior Vice President

Zach Fields

Vice President, K12

Johnny Hughes

Vice President, Training Development

Luke Fletcher

Senior Director, Recruitment & Placement

Sandra Mathis

Executive Program Manager

Cortland Good

Executive Assistant

Veda White

Director, Admissions & Community Impact

Ash Mangham

Director, Program Support

Dean Cutler

Director, Program Support

Clint Pruitt

Director, Program Development
Lorraine Davis

Lorraine Davis

Admissions Recruiter

Roy Rucks

CTAE Senior Advisor
Anthony Welch

Anthony Welch

Associate Director, Training and Site Management

Jessie Sadlowsky

Associate Director, Training and Site Management

Daniel Jean-Baptiste


Nick Bruno

Admission & Retention Manager

Clayton Koffman

Digital Media Specialist

Board of Directors


Will Etheredge

JE Dunn Construction Board Chair

Brad Hutto

Holder Construction; Board Chair-Elect

Dave Tzimenatos

McKenney’s, Inc. Immediate Past Chair

Bryson Barnes

Bryson Constructors

Andrea “Angie” Barnett

360 Specialties

Eddie Barnett

E.A. Barnett Group

Chris Bontrager


Paul Bryant

H.J. Russell & Company

Mike Dunham

AGC Georgia

Michael Hatcher

Sovereign Construction & Development

Elliot Hunt

Maren Construction

Jamal Jessie

Georgia Power

Jody Klodner

Marek Interior Systems

Scott Lawrence

McCarthy Building Companies

Coralys Rodriguez

Winter Construction

Blake Riedling

Brasfield & Gorrie

Alberto Peluzzo


Cordell Carter

Atlanta Gas Light

Daniel Maxson

New South Construction Company

Rashad Morton


Construction Ready Supporters

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