NWPA Job Connect Standing Committees 


Executive Committee

Responsibility/Authority: Act on behalf of the full Workforce Development Board, when necessary, due to timing, with ratification by the full board at the next full Workforce Development Board Meeting; To delegate to the board's committees and review findings and recommendations by the committees

Jim Decker, Chair

Dr. Aldo Jackson, Vice Chair

Jill Foys, Second Vice

Laura Hyde, Secretary

Dr. Ray Feroz, Treasurer

Staff Contact: Janet Anderson


Business Solutions Committee

Responsibility/Authority: To identify and address common skill gaps, education and credential needs, and workforce requirements in high priority occupations within targeted industry sectors. Committee identifies those industry-specific workforce issues and needs that must be addressed to sustain a robust economy in the Northwest WDA by working with education and economic development to develop an action plan

Laura Hyde, Chair

Dr. Aldo Jackson

Caryl Unseld

Joy Sherry

Gary Shaw

Staff Contact: Janet Anderson


Communications Committee

Responsibility/Authority: Develop regional outreach and communication plan

Tyrone Clark, Chair

Laura Hyde

Mike Chevalier

Staff Contact: Jackie Hamilton


Fiscal/Monitoring Committee

Responsibility/Authority: Ensure system accountability and transparency through fiscal oversight, audit, and program system monitoring, including performance measures, metrics that matter, and certification of the one-stop centers

Jim Decker, Chair

Rich Krankota

Gary Shaw

Commissioner Robert Snyder

Commissioner Chip Abramovic

Staff Contact: Erin Shaffer


Governance Committee

Responsibility/Authority: Ensure compliance to WDB Bylaws and other governing documents from US DoL and the PA Department of Labor & Industry. This includes the review and updating of policies. Further, the committee is responsibile to oversee the nominations process of the WDB, including recommendations for appointments, removals, and nominations of members and partners.

Dr. Ray Feroz, Chair

Rich Krankota

Bob Cardamone

Brad Tisdale

Staff Contact: Deb O'Neil


Workforce Solutions Committee

Responsibility/Authority: Continuously review and improve the one-stop and mobile system to eliminate barriers that inhibit job-seekers from attaining the education/training needed to be employable at family sustaining wages

Caryl Unseld, Co-Chair

Brad Tisdale, Co-Chair

Jack Hewitt

Frank Staszko

Tyrone Clark

Joy Sherry

Bill Clark

Staff Contact: Erin Shaffer


Youth Committee

Responsibility/Authority: Supports/advises the WDB in the establishment and delivery of youth services; promotes career pathways and tangible opportunities for youth

Mike Chevalier, Chair

Laura Hyde

Jill Foys

+many area youth partners

Staff Contact: Deb O'Neil


updated 08/13/18


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