As Executive Director of Kansas WorkforceONE, I lead workforce services in a 62 county area in Western Kansas. Prior to this, I served as the Program Director and Chief Fiscal Officer in Local Area I. I started in workforce development in 1999 as a Case Manager, One-Stop Operator and Rapid Response Coordinator. I have a BA in Finance and Business from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, KS.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
My overarching vision for the workforce development profession is to develop staff who are focused and passionate about providing services and support to our customers that empowers them to transform there lives, businesses and communities.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
I have spent much of my career focusing on developing staff and systems that are prepared and passionate about serving customers with disabilities and ex-offenders.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I would like to serve on the NAWDP Board because I believe that I can bring a unique perspective to the Board and as a way to give back to the profession that I have dedicated my life to. I also believe that I will gain a great deal of knowledge from other board members that can help strengthen our Local Area.
|What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?|
It is becoming increasingly hard to truly meet the needs of our customers with the consistent decrease in funding.