Team Info


Vic Hockett

Director, Talent Ready Utah, Governor's Office of Economic Development

Vic Hockett is the director of Talent Ready. He has over 17 years of operations and leadership experience in the manufacturing sector and more than eight years of experience in executive-level leadership and instruction in higher education. His previous professional roles include director of operations, quality manager, plant manager, and executive vice president.


Scott Romney

Program Manager, Talent Ready Utah, Governor's Office of Economic Development

Scott Romney is the program manager of Talent Ready. He oversees Utah’s Career Pathways programs focusing on six Utah industries including aerospace manufacturing, diesel technology, medical innovation, construction, technology and aviation. Romney also manages the Talent Ready Apprenticeship Connection program, the state’s youth apprenticeship program. He helped develop workforce programs for targeted industries from the ground up. Romney uses his educational background in public administration to build strong connections between government, industry and education partners.


Rachelle Ackley

Program Specialist, Talent Ready Utah, Governor's Office of Economic Development

Rachelle Ackley is a University of Utah alumni where she received her bachelor’s degree in English. As part of her professional development, Ackley’s time has been spent as an office coordinator and insurance producer for a local Salt Lake City brokerage and includes experience supporting office management for KPMG International Cooperative.

Ackley assists in sustaining and developing Utah’s Career Pathways programs within the six Utah industries, where she supports work-based learning programs and seeks to develop greater partnerships between industry and education to serve Utah students. In her role, Ackley convenes with industry and education in an effort to fill the talent pipeline for industries that have an economic impact throughout the state.


Deneise Coughlin

Utah Works Program Specialist, Talent Ready Utah, Governor's Office of Economic Development

Deneise Coughlin has more than 17 years of experience in human resources. Her previous roles include human resources manager at Haemonetics and Boeing. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and a Cross-Cultural Language and Diversity secondary teaching credential. Additionally, she has a Master of Business Administration and a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. She was previously an industry chair for Career and Technical Education, a member of the Executive Board for the Utah Foundation and a member of the Utah Manufacturers Association. Deneise currently oversees the Utah Works program on behalf of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.