Board Member and Officer Appointments
At the June SAWDC board meeting, Machelle Johnson, Human Resources Director for Pearson Packaging Systems, was elected to a two-year term as chair of the board. An active member of the SAWDC since 2009, most recently Machelle served as chair of the Youth Employment and Career Readiness Network (YECRN). The entire board and staff are grateful for her advocacy and leadership in our organization. Rob Goranson, Chief Financial Officer at Hotstart, is immediate past chair. Dan Evans, Senior Vice President and Client Manager of Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, was elected to serve as Vice Chair. Staci Franz, Human Resources Director of Inland Northwest Health Services, has been elected to serve as the new chair of the Youth Employment and Career Readiness Network.
The following SAWDC board members were also re-elected to serve new three-year terms:
Luis Licea, Site Coordinator and Apprenticeship Coordinator for Northwest Laborers Employers Training Trust;
Nancy Nelson, President of Humanix Staffing Services;
Hugh Severs, Manager of Mission Delivery at the American Cancer Society, Great West Division; and
Robin Toth, Vice President of Business Development at Greater Spokane Incorporated.
The Board also recognized and thanked the following retiring members for their terms of service: Joe Tortorelli, Jeff Benesch, and Craig Dias, business representatives who all served in leadership roles during their terms; and Will Sarett and Dr. Ryan Carstens, both representing education, K-12 and postsecondary, respectively.
Journal of Business Rising Stars
Spokane County Commissioner and SAWDC board member Josh Kerns was named as one of ten up-and-coming Spokane-area business leaders to the Journal of Business 2017 Rising Star list. See the list here
National Workforce Development Month
On September 25, the US Senate passed Senate Resolution 267, designating September 2017 National Workforce Development Month. Although it was not official until near the end of the month, there was local support from Mayor Condon and Commissioner Kerns in recognizing the professionals at WorkSource for their hard work and dedication in the field of workforce development. WorkSource held a staff recognition event on September 29, at which Commissioner Kerns spoke and a resolution from Mayor Condon was presented by Jonathan Mallahan, City of Spokane Director of Community & Neighborhood Services Division, on behalf of the Mayor.
Earlier this month, CEO Mark Mattke attended a convening at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. sponsored by Google and the National Association of Workforce Boards to identify challenges and share promising approaches to lifelong skill-building. Participants included representatives from Google, Accenture, the Aspen Institute, Jobs for the Future, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as leaders of local workforce boards from seven U.S. metro areas who each led teams to explore collaborative public/private solutions that leverage technology and meet the needs of our fast-changing economy.