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Kansas State Representative Nominee Leanne Kehres
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Nominee Bio-
I have served as the Executive Director of the local workforce board for the last 6 1/2 years. My primary background is in Human Resources in both the private/public sector. I served in the military for 31 years (17 active duty/14 National Guard) and have a diverse background in training. I have a very strong work ethic and like to be challenged. I am an honest, ethical person and very passionate about workforce development and finding new and innovative ways to meet our customers needs.

What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
To continue investing in education and workforce development to better support current and future economic needs as well as improve job opportunities for job seekers. Continue to expand our understanding of employer needs and requirements. Provide appropriate and relevant training opportunities for both customers and staff.


Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
One area that is of particular interest and that I feel passionate about is training development. We are in the business of helping our customers obtain credentials and certification in a specific field. We need to do the same for our employees to show that we value them and have a vested interest in their professional growth. I also think it is important to have a consistent workforce development training program so all employees have a higher level of similar skills and knowledge.


Why do you want to serve on the Board?
Serving on the board would give me the opportunity to share my passion and advocate for the current/future of the workforce system. It would allow me the opportunity to gain new perspectives into workforce development and allow me to share that insight with others. I believe having a shared vision, collaboration and developing relationships is key to the future of workforce development. This role would allow me the opportunity to work on increasing Kansas memberships and certifications.


What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?
Consistent funding and ongoing training to enhance the knowledge of workforce development staff is the biggest challenge facing the profession today. NAWDP is a strong credible organization, with a large membership that has the ability to advocate and market for the workforce system, to share our message with the key decisions makers in the funding arena. NAWDP needs to find ways to further utilize technology to expand training opportunities that would allow for more attendance.