I am the Deputy Director of the Weld County Department of Human Services with direct oversight of Employment Services (ES), the local American Job Network/Workforce Center. Prior Workforce experience includes Director of an AJC, Treasure of RMWDA & Chair of CO Directors group. A 20+ Workforce career includes experience with WIOA, WP, AmeriCorps, TANF, SNAP, Chafee, Child Welfare, Child Care, Child Support & Child Welfare. ESWC has earned a solid reputation in CO & works in great collaboration.
What is your vision for the workforce development profession?
Increase awareness, strengthen the perception and support the elevation of professionals in Workforce. With my support and direction, all ES employees working with WIOA are Certified Workforce Development Professionals or are currently pending cert. This is in direct support of my vision in alignment with NAWDP. My vision includes providing access to training and resources to ensure workforce professionals succeed in all types of economic climates to pivot and respond with ease.
Do you have a particular interest area or passion in workforce development?
A significant portion of my career has been related to youth programs and is a passion of mine. Innovative strategies to service delivery is imperative. Placing the customer at the center of each strategy has led to local initiatives to include but not limited to: Launching Career Bootcamps (2003); Operating AmeriCorps Grants (1990’s), 2Gen TANF summer youth (2000), Chafee & Pillars for Successful Independence for Foster Youth.
Why do you want to serve on the Board?
I would like to serve on the NAWDP Board because I had the privilege of being appointed to the board in August of 2019. Attending 100% of the meetings since being appointed has allowed me to begin to learn about the history, existing strategies as well as vision to move forward. I have established relationships and am fully invested in serving. I have a distinct advantage after having the opportunity to fill a vacant position for CO and am strategically positioned to support Team NAWDP.
|What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the profession today and how can NAWDP address that challenge?|
There are many challenges that profession faces. Entering a new world of recovery following a pandemic will create new opportunities for workforce support. As a result of COVID-19, the workforce itself has changed. Entire industries have been forced to transition; some may entirely dissolve. Record number of unemployed Americans will require assistance from workforce professionals. It’s imperative that NAWDP provide the support necessary to effectively lead those effected now more than ever.