Congratulations to the 2013 Advancing the Profession Award Winners!
Jodie Spiegel Enhancement of Customer Service Award
Ms. Tiffany Haynes serves as the Instructor Supervisor for the KRA/VIEW Job Readiness Program (JRP), serving TANF recipients in Norfolk, Virginia. She has exhibited distinct customer-service skills and abilities, building relationships that reflect a true advocacy for the workforce development profession.
Under Ms. Haynes’ leadership, the JRP’s reputation as a rather formal job-skills training program has been transformed and reborn as a holistic learning experience, fueled by Ms. Haynes’ positive synergy, superb customer service, and engaging instructional style.
Ms. Haynes exhibits leadership qualities in managing the classroom environment, coalescing community resources, and creating innovative instructional programs. She has often stated, “Your words and actions can be damaging to yourself and others.”
Dr. Stephanie Deese, CWDP
North Carolina Community College System Office (Retired)
Dr. Stephanie Deese has provided outstanding service to the North Carolina Community College System and has been actively involved in providing workforce development opportunities . Throughout her career, Stephanie has consistently demonstrated strong communication, coordination, and self-motivation skills a long with a great deal of vision and collaboration among various partnerships and agencies.
Stephanie has served as president of the Southeastern Employment and Training Association and currently serves as North Carolina’s representative on the Executive Board. She also serves on the NC Employment and Training Association executive board.
Stephanie has been a long standing member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), is a past NAWDP Board Member, and holds a Certified Workforce Development Professional Credential.
Professional Development Award
Beth McCabe, CWDP
Ms. Beth McCabe is the Coordinator of Staff Development and Core Services for CTWorks, the North Central Connecticut Region’s One Stop/WIA Core Services Program. In this role, she oversees the successful operations of four busy offices, the performance of 20 direct-staff, and the professional development and training of 70+ team members who serve more than 30,000 jobseeker-customers annually.
On a daily basis, Beth’s professional accomplishments…and personal demeanor…inspire all who work with her. She proudly obtained her CWDP credential and graciously encourages and supports everyone on her team to obtain theirs. She actively researches, develops, and participates in staff training and development, planning and implementing learning opportunities that improve the overall quality of services.
With demonstrated conviction, dedication, and enthusiasm, Beth not only “hears”, but “listens” to the voices of CTWorks ever-evolving family…staff and the One-Stop/WIA and TANF customers they serve.
Tom Ahlers Systems Building Award
David Straka, CWDP
Ferndale Career Center
David Straka has been a dedicated advocate, highly involved planner, implementer and driving force in the Workforce Development system for almost 20 years. His experience ranges from the depth and breadth of training and counseling to supervision and management within the workforce system in Missouri, Florida, and Michigan.
During the building of the workforce system in northwest Missouri, David was actively involved in the creation of the first full service One-Stop in St. Joseph, MO and assisted in the development of other centers across the state.While managing one-stops in Florida, David was involved in presenting a lay-off aversion program in the local area and nationally. David put his skills to work when he moved to Michigan and became a WIA Case Manager for the Ferndale Career Center.
David’s passion for continually building the workforce system at all levels and promoting the profession has had a major impact on many areas and many people throughout his career. David has been a long standing member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP), is a past NAWDP Board Member, and holds a Certified Workforce Development Professional Credential.