Board & Committees

The Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board (FRWDB) takes very seriously the responsibility of serving as a steward of public funds and deploying federal, state and local resources into workforce development programs that will have the greatest impact on our region.

Board of Directors & Committees

Oversight and funding direction is provided by the FRWDB Executive Committee. Additionally, two councils and one committee report to the FRWDB and make program and funding recommendations: the Adult Council, Youth Council and the Business and Industry Committee.

Our board and committee members are community leaders and include City and County elected officials, as well as representatives from business, organized labor, education, economic development, community organizations and other entities.

Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board

Overview

  • Receive input and recommendations from the Adult Council, Youth Council, Business and Industry Committee, and Executive Committee.
  • Members represent our entire region: businesses, organized labor, education, community based organizations, economic development, One-Stop partners, Board of Supervisors, City of Fresno and leaders/advocates for workforce development.
  • Strengthen our partnership with all stakeholders to address the workforce needs of our region.

Board Chair and Vice Chair

  • Paul Bauer, Sagaser, Watkins & Wieland PC
  • Jeffrey Hensley, Owner, Hensley Associates

Board Members

  • Lenora Lacy Barnes, State Center of Federation of Teachers
  • Raine Bumatay, Principal, Fresno Adult School, Cesar E. Chavez Adult Education Center
  • Tony Canales, United Brotherhood of Carpenters
  • Lee Ann Eager, President/CEO, Economic Development Corporation
  • Fely Guzman, Vice President/CFO, LifeBRIDGE International
  • Ron Hicks, Owner, Soltek Pacific Construction Company
  • Araceli Holland, District Administrator, State of California Department of Rehabilitation
  • Richard Keyes, Retired, Richard Health & Associates
  • David Mercer, District Representative, Operating Engineers
  • Scott Miller, Owner/CEO, Gazebo Gardens, Inc.
  • Dennis Montalbano, Owner/CEO, German Auto Repair
  • Delfino Neira, Director, County of Fresno Department of Social Services
  • Tommie Nellon, Inventor/CRO, Kool Breeze Solar Hats
  • Joe Olivares, Marketing Director, TransAmerica
  • Chuck Riojas, Business Agent, IBEW Local 100
  • Esmeralda Soria, Councilmember, Fresno City Council
  • Vasili Sotiropulos, Hyatt Real Estate
  • Shelly Tarver, Deputy Division Chief, State of California Employment Development Department
  • Stuart Van Horn, Chancellor, West Hills Community College District
  • Lydia Zabrycki, Director, Pensionmark

Executive Committee

Overview

  • As a Joint Powers Authority between the City of Fresno and the County of Fresno this board is a community partnership.
  • Members include the FRWDB Chair and Vice Chair, one County Supervisor, one City Council member, one at-large member from Fresno City appointees, one at-large member from Fresno County appointees, and the appointed Chairs of the Adult Council, Youth Council, and Business and Industry Committee.
  • In collaboration with the FRWDB, decides on funding decisions and programmatic priority.
  • Determines workforce strategy, objectives and priorities based upon regional needs and impact.
  • Meetings are open to the public.

Committee Chair and Vice Chair

  • Paul Bauer, Sagaser, Watkins & Wieland PC
  • Jeffrey Hensley, Owner, Hensley Associates

Committee Members

  • Esmeralda Soria, Council President, Fresno City Council
  • Dennis Montalbano, Owner, German Auto Repair
  • Lydia Zabrycki, Director, Pensionmark
  • Chuck Riojas, Business Agent, IBEW Local 100
  • Scott Miller, Owner/CEO, Gazebo Gardens, Inc.
  • Ken Price (Counsel)

Adult Council

Overview

The Adult Council provides governance to WIOA-funded Adult Programs that includes system design, procurement and oversight of contracted providers of adult services and to ensure that the One-Stop system leverages and coordinates all available resources to focus on the needs of job seekers and employers. The Adult Council reports to the FRWDB.

Objectives/Roles

  • Serve as a subcommittee to the FRWDB, the Adult Council forwards for approval program funding and policy recommendations;
  • Review and assess performance and activities of the local workforce system including oversight of the One-Stop system;
  • Review and approves eligible providers of WIOA funded training services;
  • Support and provides oversight of all local and regional workforce investment initiatives.

Council Chair and Vice Chair

  • Jeffrey Hensley, Owner, Hensley Associates

Council Members

  • Raine Bumatay, Principal, Fresno Adult School, Cesar E. Chavez Adult Education Center
  • David Mercer, District Representative, Operating Engineers Local 3
  • Tom Richards, CEO, The Penstar Group
  • Stuart Van Horn, Chancellor, West Hills Community College District
  • Sherri Watkins, Executive Director, State Center Adult Education Consortium

Youth Council

Overview

The Youth Council is the primary body addressing youth concerns under the WIOA that includes system design, procurement and oversight of contracted providers of youth services, and ensures that the system leverages, coordinates and integrates all available resources to effectively focus on the needs of youth in Fresno County.

The Youth Council reports to the FRWDB.

Objectives

  • Utilize our “Academic Excellence” model to equip youth with the necessary tools to compete in the job market.
  • Engage local employers committed to preparing our future workforce.
  • Develop partnerships and leverage resources for programming that includes a career pathway strategy to improve youth career and academic readiness.

Council Chair and Vice Chair

  • Dennis Montalbano, Owner/CEO, German Auto Repair

Council Members

  • Paul Bauer, Sagaser, Watkins & Wieland PC
  • Brian Chambers, State Services Manager, State of California Department of Rehabilitation
  • Araceli Holland, District Administrator, State of California Department of Rehabilitation
  • Katherine Martindale, Program Manager, Department of Social Services, Child Welfare
  • Michelle Tutunijian, Sanctuary Director, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission Sanctuary
  • Valerie Vuicich, Administrator, CTE/RDP, Fresno County Office Education
  • Rick Watson, Dean of Curriculum & Instruction, CART

Business and Industry Committee

Overview

The Business and Industry Committee (B&I) is the primary body addressing sector business issues and opportunities under the WIOA. This committee is responsible for engaging the Fresno business community to ensure that the system leverages, coordinates and integrates all available resources to effectively focus on the needs of businesses in Fresno County.  The B&I reports to the FRWDB.

Goals/Objectives

  • Partner with sector businesses to identify their needs and develop industry/sector strategies that address future workforce shortages.
  • Facilitate timely and relevant dialogue with industry, FRWDB staff, education and stakeholders to assess business trends, threats and opportunities in the local economy and how to best position our services to provide solutions.
  • Develop partnerships and leverage resources for programs that improve job growth, upskilling, business assistance and avert layoffs.

Committee Chair and Vice Chair

  • Lydia Zabrycki, Director, Pensionmark

Committee Members

  • Lee Ann Eager, President/CEO, Economic Development Corporation
  • Fely Guzman, Vice President/CFO, LifeBRIDGE International
  • Ron Hicks, Owner, Soltek Pacific Construction Company
  • Richard Keyes, Retired, Richard Heath & Associates
  • Scott Miller, Owner/CEO, Gazebo Gardens, Inc.
  • Tommie Nellon
  • Corinna Pereira, Workplace Learning Liaison, West Hills Community College District

 

This WIOA, Title 1-financially assisted program/service is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to people with disabilities and/or limited English.