Lakeshore Technical College District Board Welcomes New Members and Elects Officers



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The Lakeshore Technical College District Board of Trustees welcomed one new member and reappointed two members at the board’s annual organizational meeting July 8. It also elected officers for the next term.

LTC is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the county board chairs of the counties making up the Lakeshore district: Calumet, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan. It consists of two employer members, two employee members, three additional members, one elected official member who holds a state or local office, and one school district administrator. Board members meet monthly and serve staggered three-year terms.

Roy Kluss has been reappointed as an employee member. As the alternatives to incarceration coordinator for the Sheboygan County Detention Center, he administers the inmate work release, day reporting, and electronic monitoring programs. He has been recognized for his work in the community with the Sheboygan County Award of Excellence, Curtis and Associate's Project Excellence award, and LTC's Community Service award. He is a board member of Simplify, City of Sheboygan Transit Commission, Sheboygan Area Credit Union, and Tee-Box. He is also a member of the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute. Kluss has served on the LTC board since 1997.

John Lukas has been reappointed as an employer member. He is retired from his role as vice president of LDI Industries, Inc., and is currently the owner/manager of JSL Real Estate, LLC and Abbey Ridge, LLC. In recognition of his commitment to technical education, he has been the recipient of several honors including Youth Apprentice Business Partner of the Year for Manitowoc County award, Governor’s Exemplary Employer award, LTC’s Apprenticeship Medallion award, and LTC’s Educational Leadership award. He is the only three-time winner of the District Board Association’s Board Member of the Year award. Lukas is also an active member on program advisory committees, the Lakeshore Area School to Work Consortium, and the Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee. He currently serves on the board of directors and Bylaws Committee for the Association of Community College Trustees. Lukas has served on the LTC Board since 2001.

Monica Nichter has been appointed as an additional member. Nichter has held numerous roles in healthcare throughout her career, most recently as the director of managed care and fund development at Holy Family Memorial, Inc. She has a Master of Science in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Nichter is a Rotarian for Manitowoc’s Sun Rise Rotary, and a member of the board of directors and finance committee at Shady Lane, Inc.

Board officers elected for the next term were Kluss, chair, Lois Vasquez, vice chair, and Don Pohlman, secretary/treasurer.

Lois Vasquez is a production technician at Kaysun Corporation. She holds an associate degree in applied science, IT network specialist, from Lakeshore Technical College. While earning her degree, Vasquez served as Student Government Association secretary, Phi Theta Kappa secretary, and Wisconsin Student Government representative. She volunteers with Green Acres Boxer Rescue. Vasquez has served on the LTC Board since 2015.

Don Pohlman is mayor of Plymouth. He holds an accounting and business administration degree from Concordia University. Pohlman served in the U.S. Army as a medic during the Vietnam Era. He is a life member of the VFW Post 5612 Plymouth and a 38-year member of American Legion Post 243 Plymouth. He is also a 40-year member of the Plymouth Rotary Club, a Boy Scout merit badge counselor, and serves on the board of directors for his church. Pohlman has served on the LTC Board since 2015.

About Lakeshore Technical College

Each year more than 10,000 people enroll in courses at Lakeshore Technical College. They rely on LTC for job preparation, to earn a degree, upgrade a specialized skill, train as an apprentice, or seek a high school equivalency. LTC faculty and staff meet students where they are in life and help them get one step closer to achieving their goals.

LTC is a nationally recognized technical college. The college was ranked the #2 two-year college in the nation for adult learners by Washington Monthly, the #17 trade school in the nation by Forbes, #11 in the nation for two-year college educational outcomes by, a top-150 two-year college for the fifth consecutive time by the Aspen Institute, and a top 10 Bellwether Award finalist.

Approximately 800 students graduate from LTC each year, and LTC’s associate degree graduates earn a median salary of $47,800* per year. In addition to the Cleveland campus, LTC serves students in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, and offers classes at additional sites throughout the district. Visit LTC at

*Source: 2019 LTC Graduate Outcomes report, 795 graduates contacted to complete the survey; 508 graduates or 64% completed the survey.

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