Staff Biography

Kaitlin Salyer
Director, Workforce Development & Education

Kaitlin Salyer joined the Highlands Economic Partnership team in 2017 serving as the Coordinator of Workforce Development and Education before her promotion to Director in January 2020.

In this role, her responsibilities include building partnerships with education institutions and area employers to increase college and career awareness and preparedness and build a pipeline of students entering education programs that lead to high demand jobs in the region and build a stronger workforce.

Prior to her time with the HEP, Kaitlin served a one-year term as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) to address food insecurity among Tennessee Tech students and establish a campus-based food pantry and outreach center. Following this, she worked in the Student Affairs department for 3.5 years as a Service-Learning Coordinator advising students on meeting the community service requirements of their scholarships, which directly increased support to local non-profits.

Salyer serves as a member of the Upper Cumberland Labor and Workforce Development Board; Tennessee Department of Education’s College, Career, and Technical Education Leadership Council; and Ambassador to the IMPACT Cookeville Board.

An Upper Cumberland native, Kaitlin has called Cookeville home since 2008. She loves to spend her free time travelling and doing anything outdoors.

Salyer graduated Tennessee Tech in December 2012, earning her bachelor's degree in sociology with a concentration in social work.