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Wisconsin State Representative Nominee Celestine Koehn
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Nominee Bio-
UMOS, Chief Operating Officer
Cardinal Stritch University, Assistant Professor
Concordia University, Adjunct Professor
Milwaukee WIB, Contract Administrator

In 1996, joined UMOS, Inc. as the Chief Operating Officer. Served consistently as UMOS’ lead executive for workforce development and welfare-to-work policy and implementation.

Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment
NAWDP Board Member

BA in Business Management
Executive MBA
Ph.D., Leadership 

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
For workforce development is to have the industry/profession recognized as a major contributor to the economy and the social fabric,
To see members and other workforce development professionals experience career advancement by linking and leveraging information and resources,
We need a stronger voice as it pertains to creating institutional change through advocacy and education.
I see NAWDP as the vehicle needed to provide leadership, and meet the demands of the future.


Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
To help advance the workforce development profession. Look at ways to promote collaboration between Workforce Development entities and those related to the industry.


Why do you want to serve on the Board?
Over the past 25 years I have had the pleasure of serving in a variety of roles in the workforce development profession. I feel the industry and profession are key in creating a vibrant social and economic climate. It is also important that the profession remain strong and visible and NAWDP members have access to information and tools needed to facilitate professional growth. I believe the members of the NAWDP Board are intelligent, passionate servant leaders and I am proud to serve.


What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
I think Workforce Development needs to be recognized as a key contribute to economic and social success. The role of the Workforce Development profession is not widely known. NAWDP through its Board and membership have the ability to reach the key stakeholders through its conferences, training, events and social media.