I have 26+ years of workforce development experience ranging from local area monitor to GA Dept. of Labor Assistant Commissioner, and university public service faculty . I am an active NAWDP member, currently serving on the Certification Committee and as a CWDP credential reviewer. I received NAWDP’s 2018 Tom Alhers System Building Award. I am also a member of the National Career Development Association and the Southeastern Employment and Training Association.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
As the field of workforce development becomes more complex, the role of workforce professionals is expanding. My vision for the workforce development profession is to have a strong widely recognized professional certification, an association which upholds strong professional standards, a centralized source that provides progressive professional development opportunities, and an entity which creates opportunities for workforce development professionals to collaborate and share best practices.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
My passion for strengthening workforce development systems runs deep and is longstanding. I have committed my 26+ year career to this effort. Specifically, I have a passion for strengthening the standards of and professional development opportunities for the workforce development profession as demonstrated by work on the NAWDP Credential Committee and service as a CWDP credential reviewer.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I believe that association membership requires active and meaningful service to the organization. I currently serve on NAWDP Credential Committee and as a CWDP reviewer. I desire to work with and learn from Board members who will work to see our profession standardized and elevated. Serving on the Board will provide me the opportunity make a difference in the field of workforce development, work with thought leaders in our profession, and expand active NAWDP membership in my region.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
The biggest challenge facing the workforce development profession today is overcoming an outdated workforce system that is siloed and fragmented. NAWDP has made great efforts to overcome these silos by recognizing professionals across multiple systems and sectors (e.g., WIOA, education, non-profit, and for profit). I believe that NAWDP can further address this challenge by creating professional standards, a rigorous credentialing process, and a strong professional development system.