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Missouri State Representative Nominee Dana Keller
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Nominee Bio-
I joined Gamm, Incorporated in the fall of 2015, after an 18-year career with the Missouri Department of Corrections. My career has focused on building education and vocational training skills for hard to serve individuals. I hold a BS Degree in Business Education and a MA Degree in Administration of Secondary Education. I am a lifetime member of NAWDP, currently representing Missouri, Region 7 on the Board of Directors. I am also a lifetime member for MAWD serving as President-Elect.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
To continue increasing access to and opportunities for employment, education, training, and support services for those individuals with barriers to quality employment.

 

Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
My interest and passion have always been educational training. Although I believe and support post-secondary universities, I have always had a passion for the trades. I had the opportunity to work in the construction field for 4 years while working on Whiteman AirForce Base in mid-Missouri. The satisfaction to use my knowledge and my hands to serve the needs of the workforce was very rewarding. Northeast Missouri has a high demand for vocational trade occupations.

 

Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I have had the privilege of serving on the board for the past year. I love being able to collaborate with others throughout the states and see the dedication and passion come together to help develop training and professional development opportunities for all of the workforce.

 

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
The challenges 30 days ago have drastically changed and I am not sure any of us know what is yet to come. With the COVID-19 impact on our nation, the workforce has been devastated and until businesses are able to return to normal operations we won't know the full impact and challenges that lie ahead. There may be businesses that are unable to survive the economic impact, there may be businesses who downsize and do not return all employees to work, and yet there may be business expansions.