Our faculty

The Enzweiler Building Institute is staffed by awesome instructors who are all licensed, certified, and/or seasoned professionals in their field. Like our students, our instructors work full-time at their craft. This enables them to relate and communicate with our students about real workplace issues while teaching the content needed for success in the field.

Nate is a US Navy veteran with a diverse background in the construction industry. He has worked in a variety of capacities in both sales and project management and is currently a permit technician for the City of Cincinnati.  His HVAC expertise was honed at HELP Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. He has completed several industry certifications include NATE, OSHA and EPA-608.

Carpentry Program Instructors

William Salyers, Jr.

EGC Construction (Retired), High School Introduction to the Skilled Trades

Willy worked in the construction industry in Greater Cincinnati, Florida and Rhode Island for 30+ years, most recently as a Construction/Project Manager for EGC Construction in Newport. He is a carpenter by trade and also worked in masonry for many years. He’s active in the community and St. Barbara’s Church in Erlanger. Ask him about his days as a rock-and-roll musician. 

Jeffrey Shoemaker

Express Cabinets and Contracting, Carpentry 1 and 2

Jeff has been a small-business owner in the construction industry for nearly a quarter of a century. He is a carpenter by trade and a seasoned project manager. In addition to his own work in the industry, Jeff taught carpentry in the state of Indiana and is licensed as a vocation education instructor. 

Kevin McKnight

Lead instructor for the Enzweiler Building Institute

Kevin has been teaching at EBI since 2014 after working as a finish carpenter and cabinetry maker with Macy’s for many years. Kevin is the lead instructor for the school, teaching for both the daytime trades program and the evening adult program. Like Willy Salyers, Kevin is active in his church and is a musician. Kevin is currently on an extended leave. 

Electric Program Instructors

Brandt Manning

Certain-teed, Electric 3 and lead instructor for electric program

Brandt is an Enzweiler graduate and has taught in the program for nearly 20 years. He is a master electrician and currently works at Certain-Teed in Silver Grove, KY, after a long career with Arc Electric. 

Hank Sellmeyer

OKI Furniture, Electric4

Hank is master electrician and an electric contractor in the state of Kentucky. He is currently the construction foreman for OKI Furniture.  He is a Navy veteran and a graduate of the first electric class at EBI. He returned to teaching in 2019-20 by popular demand after having previously taught here for several years.

Geof Ball

Sanitation District 1, Electric 2

Geof is the Eastern Region Plant Administrator for Sanitation District 1 (SD1) in Northern Kentucky. He moved to SD1 as an electrician in 2016 after spending 16 years as an electrician at ARC Electric. Geof is returning to teach Electric 2 at EBI this year. He previously taught the course for many years. Geoff is a master electrician in the state of Kentucky.

Edgar McClanahan

KW Mechanical,electric 1

Edgar is excited to teach the first year of electric at EBI. He is committed to helping the next generation of electricians transition into the career field he has known and loved for more than 25 years. He has been an electric foreman for many years with a variety of companies and holds a masters electrician license in Kentucky. 

Facilities Maintenance Instructor

Gary Whittle

BRG Apartments

Gary graduated from the carpentry program at EBI in 2014 and has been working in the field of facilities maintenance for his entire career. His currently leads the construction service, maintenance, and remodeling team for BRG Apartments. Gary teaches a variety of courses related to maintenance through the National Apartment Association, where he holds the CAMT certification in maintenance.  In addition to teaching Facilities Maintenance at EBI, Gary also works with the carpentry instructors to help teach Carpentry I.

HVAC Program Instructors

Nate Mercer

City of cincinnati, HVAC-1

Nate is a US Navy veteran who has worked in a variety of construction-related positions. He works as a permit technician for the City of Cincinnati. His HVAC experience was honed at HELP Heating and Air Conditioning. He completed certifications in NATE and the EPA 608. 

Dennis Janson

KLH Engineers, HVAC-1

Dennis began his career as an HVAC installer at Tom Rechtin Heating and moved up to a division manager over his 32 year career there. He also worked as a controls engineer at the Habegger Corporation before taking his current position as commission agent at KLH Engineers. He is a frequent trainer in the HVAC industry.

Masonry Program Instructors

Scott Amann

Commonwealth of kentucky

Scott spent nearly 20 years as a mason and foreman with Miter Masonry in Cincinnati. He now teaches masonry at the NKY Youth Development Center. His associate degree is in construction technical education from Northern Kentucky University.

Ralph Risch

Risch Masonry

Ralph is a graduate of the Masonry Program at EBI. He worked for Krallman Masonry and Ollier Masonry for four years before opening is own masonry company in 2019. He holds an associate degree in business administration from Northern Kentucky University. 

Plumbing Program Instructor

Mike Blevins

Knochelmann HVAC and Plumbing, Plumbing 1 & 2

Mike is a licensed master plumber in Kentucky with an extensive background in plumbing at several firms in Greater Cincinnati. In addition, he brings experience teaching safety and student-success in a trade-school setting to his position. Mike teaches both the first and second years of plumbing at Enzweiler.

Welding Program Instructor

Rick Reiff, III

Welding alloys usa

Rick is the Research and Development Specialist and a Welder at Welding Alloys USA in Florence. He has been welding virtually all of his life and holds many certifications in welding.

Director of Professional Development

Vicki Berling

Building Industry association of nky

Vicki Berling is Director of Professional Development at the Building Industry Association of NKY (BIA-NKY). She came to the BIA-NKY in fall 2018 after spending 20+ years working with adult and online programs in education, first at Thomas More College (now University), then at Northern Kentucky University and more recently at Sullivan University. Dr. Berling earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Business Administration from Thomas More College. Her doctorate in higher education administration is from Indiana State University. If she’s not working, she’s likely at a jazzercise class or golfing, albeit poorly. Ask about her grandchildren – please!

Contact Enzweiler Building Institute Today

Are you a skilled craftsman or licensed professional who would be interested in teaching? We are always looking for additional teaching resources and guest speakers in our classrooms. Contact Vicki Berling to discuss.