Dale Phillips ~
has been a Welder Instructor at Laney Community College in Oakland, CA for over 20 years. He also instructs Welding courses at Chabot CC in Hayward, Ca. More than once, Dale has been awarded as the "Teacher of the Year". In addition to teaching, he has been a Certified Welding Inspector in the Bay Area for the past 15 years. As an Inspector, Dale's task was to grant Welding professionals a "Certification" in their trade if their welds passed his examination. Dale earned a Bachelors degree in both Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering from San Jose State University. Dale has been an active member of the American Welding Society sinc 1989 and has often held seats on the local AWS Chapter 007. Dale has enjoyed living in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.
Day" is Deborah Pollini ~
Day is the Founder and driving force behind the Young Sparks Foundation. She is a freelance Metal Artist and a Welding instructor at YSF. Day has been working as a Metal Artist & Creative Fabricator since 2006. As the daughter of two Professional Artists, Day picked up a wide variety of skills and creative talents which has her often deemed a "Jane-Of-All Trades". In addition to her creative side, Day has over 15+ years experience in Small Business Admin/Bookkeeping and Real Estate Management. Day has been involved in designing and building many large-scale metal sculptures in the Bay Area with prominent local artists such as Karen Cusolito or with collectives such as the Flaming Lotus Girls. Working on these large-scale projects gave Day the opportunity to teach adults basics in welding & metal fabrication. Day realized she felt most passionate about empowering others. Aware of the struggles low-income youth face, Day realized, by offering Metal Art Apprenticeships, she could improve the lives of young people not just with a highly employable skill but, inspire them to become a designer, creative fabricator, architect or an engineer. Which in turn, will benefit our society as a whole.
Day has been a member of the American Welding Society local AWS Chapter 007, since 2008.
She adores working and playing in the Bay Area with her 6 year old daughter.
Louis Quindlen ~
Louis is the Department Chair of the Machine Technology division at Laney Community College in Oakland, CA. He has been an Instructor of Machine Technology for over 10 years. He has been a Machinist since 1981 and his prior experience was primarily work on large scale custom turbine submarine engines and other related machine parts for employers such as Mare Island Naval Shipyard and, the turbines at the Hoover Damin Las Vegas, NV. Being a specialist in his field, Louis worked primarily in Research and Development of the Machining industry. Louis is the driving force behind the mission to return Welding & Machine Technology back in to the High Schools. Louis also dedicates part of his time to managing an Apprentice Program for Women in the Machine Trade collaborating with Laney CC. Louis has enjoyed living in the Bay Area since 1977.