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.

  • Sandy Stowers
  • Cindy Bolan
  • Cory Sheridan
  • Elizabeth Savage
  • Elizabeth (Liz) Fuchs
  • Jeff Stapel
  • Jo Lee Loveland-Link
  • Meredith Mathis
  • Mary Staubus
  • Michael Crider
  • Steve Burnette
  • Victoria Zabala
  • Randy Doyle
  • Yolanda Shields
  • Debby Hopkins
  • Lorne Seay
  • John Albert
  • Courtney Thompson
  • Sharon Baroncelli
  • Kevin Hutton
  • John Rainone
  • Jeanian Clark
  • John Downey
  • Katy Parrish
  • Sharon Hetland
  • Jay Langston
  • John Jackson
  • Chris Hurley
  • Celest Williams
  • Robert (Bob) Huch

    SVWDB 2024 Board of Directors and Chief Elected Officials Consortium Joint Meeting Dates

    Thursday, February 15, 2024
    Thursday, May 16, 2024
    Thursday, August 15, 2024
    Thursday, November 21, 2024

    Meetings are held quarterly on the 3rd Thursday of the 2nd 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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