The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board (Board) is part of a statewide workforce system which is business-driven, customer-centric, streamlined, and outcome-oriented. The Board carries out strategies and policies that support both the economic development mission(s) for the local area and the Virginia Board of Workforce Development’s (VBWD) goals. The Board sets policy for the local area, in compliance with broader state policy, and is the regional strategic convener of workforce stakeholders to address workforce development issues, including but not limited to Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) activities.

The Board is led by committed business leaders who can ensure that the local workforce system is responsive to current and projected labor market demand, contains a broad range of partners needed to develop a comprehensive vision for the local workforce system, and focuses on strategic decisions, not operational management.

The Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board has responsibility for making the following critical decisions:

  • How best to organize the regional workforce system to most effectively serve the needs of current and emerging private sector employers and job seekers;

  • How best to provide comprehensive services to regional private sector employers;

  • How best to deploy available resources to achieve negotiated local performance accountability measures and build capacity for continuous improvement; and

  • How to expand the resource base and service capability through the development of strategic partnerships, an integrated service delivery system, and generation of additional public and private funding.

  • John Albert, IBEW Local 50/VaAFL-CIO, Labor/CBO/Apprenticeship Sector
  • Patrick Barker, Frederick County Economic Development, Public Sector
  • Sharon Baroncelli, Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce, Community Based Organization
  • Corey Berkstresser, Lee Hi Vesuvius, Inc, Private Sector
  • Andrew Breeding, Sysco, Private Sector
  • Barton B. Brown, II, Lexington Solutions Group, Private Sector
  • Steven Burnette, Hollister, Inc., Private Sector
  • Walter Carter, Virtex, Private Sector
  • Carolyn Clark, Berry Plastics Corporation, Private Sector
  • Jeanian Clark, Lord Fairfax Community College, Public Sector
  • Benjamin Craig, WayToGo, Public Sector
  • Michael Crider, F R Drake, Private Sector
  • Kai Degner, JMU Outreach and Engagement, Public Sector
  • John Downey, Blue Ridge Community College, Public Sector
  • Randall Doyle, Holtzman Corporation, Private Sector
  • Rob Goldsmith, People Incorporated of Virginia, Labor/CBO/Apprenticeship Sector
  • Lisa Grant, Mohawk Industries, Inc. Private Sector (pending reappointment)
  • Howard Feldstein, NW Works, Labor/CBO/Apprenticeship Sector
  • Kevin Hutton, Massanutten Technical Center, Public Sector
  • John Jackson, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Public Sector
  • Amy Judd, Lord Fairfax Community College, Public Sector
  • Gary Keener, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Public Sector
  • Jay Langston, Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Public Sector
  • Jo Lee Loveland-Link, Volvox, Inc., Private Sector, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jason Miller, Bath County, Public Sector
  • Roy Norville, Shenandoah Valley Organic, Private Sector
  • Katharine Parrish, Waynesboro City Public Schools, Public Sector
  • T. Christopher Pope, Virginia Employment Commission, Public Sector
  • Lorne Seay, IBEW Local 26, Labor/CBO/Apprenticeship Sector
  • Cindy Bolan, Comsonics, Inc., Private Sector
  • Jeff Stapel, Shickel Corporation, Private Sector, Chair
  • Mary Staubus, Montebello Packaging, Private Sector
  • Elizabeth Savage, Valley Health System, Private Sector
  • Yolanda Shields, YES Builds Coaching & Consulting, Private Sector
  • Courtney Thompson, Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, Private Sector
  • Celest Williams, Virginia Department of Social Services, Public Sector
  • Robert Huch, Southern Virginia University, Private Sector

SVWDB 2022 Board of Directors and Chief Elected Officials Consortium Joint Meeting Dates

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Thursday, April 7, 2022 (rescheduled from April 14 due to Easter Holiday)
Thursday, July 14, 2022
Thursday, October 13, 2022

Meetings are held quarterly on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Meeting locations to be announced.  Most meetings are held in Harrisonburg which is a central point in the service region.  All SVWDB Board and Consortium meetings are open to the public.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

If workforce issues are on your mind, we want you!

Seeking business leaders to serve on our Workforce Board.

The Chief Elected Officials Consortium of the Shenandoah Valley accepts nominations for business member representation on the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Development Board (SVWDB).  Information about the SVWDB, business membership criteria, nomination process and nomination form are available at the following links.

We are currently seeking nominations for private sector business representatives to fill workforce board vacancies.

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