Mark Thompson, Instructor

Mark Thompson, A certified journeyman electrician with 12 years of combined electrical professional experience in commercial and, residential electrical construction. This includes 3 years as an instructor and 2 years in a field-forman’s capacity. Mark, a product of the local 26 JATC, graduated outstanding apprentice of his class and holds a B.A in Political Science from Morgan State University. Mark was brought on as a full time instructor in June of 2012.


Roy Reeves, Instructor

Roy Reeves has been in the electrical trade since 1988. His experience is in residential and commercial construction and service with the last 12 years in the field as a fire alarm technician. After 8 years working as a night time instructor, Roy was brought on full time in November of 2012. Roy holds Journeyman licenses in Virginia and Montgomery County. Roy also holds OSHA 500 Trainer certifications as well as first aid / CPR trainer credentials. In 2014 Roy completed the four year Master Trainer program sponsored by the IBEW, NECA and electrical Training alliance at the University of Michigan.


Marty McRae, Instructor

Marty became a full time instructor at the JATC in November 2012. Prior to that, he spent the past 7 years as a part-time instructor at the JATC. Marty is a certified Bicsi Technician, he also holds certifications for installing Belden, Commscope, Corning, Amp, Ortronics and Zenitel products. Marty is also OSHA 30 certified.


Billy Triplett, Instructor   

Billy Triplett is a graduate of the apprenticeship program and a licensed journeyman in Virginia.  He teaches journeyman level classes, R to A Upgrade and in August 2015 joined the staff full time at the Manassas training facility.  Billy graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an Associates in Fine Arts and earned his B.A. in English from The University of Mary Washington. He began in the electrical trade in 1998.

Markco Yates, Instructor

Markco Yates is a graduate of the apprenticeship and holds Maryland, DC, and Virginia master electrical licenses. He is also First Aid/CPR certified, OSHA 30 certified, and holds a Nicet II certification. Prior to becoming a full time instructor in August 2016 he was in a foreman position. He also was a part time instructor for 5 years instructing Code and a Lutron Lighting Control classes.

Ina Smith, Instructor

Ina M.Smith has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers since 1994. She worked in the field as a journeyman electrician and taught residential wiring for 7 years. Ina has successfully completed the instructor training program, NTI, at the University of Michigan in 2012. She is a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and currently holds a Journeyman license in the District of Columbia.  Ina was brought on staff as a full time instructor in 2016.

Dan Brokaw, Instructor

Dan Brokaw graduated the apprenticeship in 1978 and worked in the field in different roles until 1993 when he accepted the position of Roanoke County Electrical Inspector, a position he held until retiring in 2015. Dan also served as adjunct professor at Virginia Western Community College from August 2010 until August 2016, as well as teaching elective classes for the NECA/IBEW Local 26 JATC from 2005 to present. Dan became the School Coordinator at the Roanoke JATC facility in August 2016.

Joe Jackson, Instructor

Joe Jackson is a graduate of the apprenticeship program. Prior to becoming a full time instructor in July of 2016, he worked almost 12 years with the same contractor where his work received 2 Craftsmanship Awards. Joe has been a part time instructor with the JATC for 6 years focusing on Programmable Logic Controllers. Joe is a 2014 graduate of NTI at the University of Michigan and also received a certificate in NFPA 70E.