Board & Committees


Our business-led workforce board represents private businesses, education, organized labor, local governments, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state agencies and economic development councils.

The board provides strategic direction and oversight for the local area’s workforce plan; defines policies, goals and objectives that meet the workforce needs of business and individuals; and evaluates the workforce system that serves Southwest Washington. Investments are made based on the strategic direction set by the Board and in keeping with the guidelines of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

Workforce Southwest Washington’s board meets quarterly in March, June, September and December. Meetings are open to the public.

2017 Board Meetings

March 8, 2017 4-6 p.m.
Cowlitz County Administrative Building
207 Fourth Avenue North, Kelso, WA 98626
General Meeting Room, 3rd Floor

June 14, 2017 4-6 p.m.
Partners in Careers (PIC)
3210 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
Main Conference Room

September 13, 2017 4-6 p.m.
Cowlitz County Administrative Building
207 Fourth Avenue North, Kelso, WA 98626
General Meeting Room, 3rd Floor

December 13, 2017 4-6 p.m.
Partners in Careers (PIC)
3210 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver, WA 98663
Main Conference Room

Local Workforce Development Board Members as of July 2016

Tina Ailinger Vocational Rehabilitation Department of Social and Health Services
Clark County WorkSource Partner (DVR)
Ben Bagherpour Vice President of Operations SEH America
Clark County Private Sector
Christopher Bailey, JD President Lower Columbia College
Cowlitz County Secondary Education
Mike Bomar President Columbia River Economic Development Council
Clark County Economic Development Sector
Mike Bridges Organized Labor Representative Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Central Labor Council
Cowlitz County Organized Labor Sector
Bob Carroll Business Representative IBEW Local Union 48
Clark County Organized Labor Sector
Renny Christopher Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Washington State University Vancouver
Clark County Post-Secondary Education
Kelley Foy HR Manager Columbia Machine, Inc.
Clark County Private Sector
Robert Gaffney Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Gaffney Counseling and Consulting
Clark County Private Sector
Anne Goranson Southwest Regional Director Employment Security Department
WorkSource Centers
Kristine Hammond Community Service Office Department of Social and Health Services
Clark County Division of Vocational Rehab Sector
Keath Huff Systems Engineer/Account Manager Utilize I.T., Inc.
Cowlitz County Private Sector
Kathy Jennings Organized Labor Representative Washington Federation of State Employees
Clark County Organized Labor Sector
Ilona Kerby Executive Director Lower Columbia CAP
Cowlitz County Community-Based Organization Sector
Bob Knight President Clark College
Clark County Post-Secondary Education
Jim Lucey Controller
WSW Treasurer
Linear Technology
Clark County Private Sector
Eddie Martin Human Resources NORPAC/Weyerhaeuser
Cowlitz County Private Sector
Keith McPhun Vice President of Operations Cornell Pump
Clark County Private Sector
Diane McWithey Executive Director Share Vancouver
Clark County Community-Based Organization
Angela Simmons Owner Aligned Lifestyle Concierge
Clark County Private Sector
Bill Skidmore Senior Account Executive
WSW Board Vice-Chair
General Sheet Metal
Clark County Private Sector
Denise Smith Chief Operating Officer Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery
Clark County Private Sector
Ted Sprague President Cowlitz Economic Development Council
Cowlitz County Economic Development Sector
Paige Spratt Attorney at Law Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Clark County Private Sector
John Vanderkin President
WSW Board Chair
Employers Overload
Clark County Private Sector
Darcy Altizer Executive Director SW WA Contractors Association
Clark County Private Sector
Paige Lake Executive Director Wahkiakum Chamber of Commerce
Wahkiakum Private Sector
Bob Gustainis District Manager Walgreens Tacoma-Vancouver
Cowlitz County Private Sector
Frank Hurtarte Vice President, Human Resources, NW Region Kaiser Permanente
Clark County Private Sector
Shannon Stull Business Manager LiUNA 335
Cowlitz County Organized Labor Sector

Learn more


The Executive Board appoints members to the Local Workforce Development Board and provides oversight of the Workforce Board’s policies, procedures and budget.

Executive Board of County Commissioners as of July 2016

Clark County – Councilor Julie Olson (Chief Elected Official for WSW)

Cowlitz County – Commissioner Dennis Weber (WSW Executive Board Member)

Wahkiakum County – Commissioner Mike Backman


Community Workforce Partnership (CWP): The CWP assures the appropriate return on investment of public funds through our regional WorkSource centers and establishes innovative and strategic partnerships that support job seekers and employers throughout Southwest Washington.

The CWP meets quarterly on the second Monday of the selected month from 9-10:30 a.m.

As of September 1, 2016

Robert Gaffney Committee Chair
Gaffney Consulting
Anne Goranson Employment Security Department, Regional Director
Chelsea Chunn Workforce Southwest Washington
Eka Frimpong WorkSource Clark County
Dave Cole WorkSource
Noel Woods WorkSource
Diane McWithey SHARE Vancouver
John Vanderkin Employers Overload
Nona Mallicoat WorkSource Cowlitz-Wahkiakum
Cass Parker Workforce Southwest Washington
Meredith Harding Dept. of Services for the Blind
Kristine Hammond Dept. Social & Health Services
Monica Wilson Clark College
Paige Spratt Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt
Priscilla Benavides-Campos Employment Security Department
Renny Christopher WSU Vancouver
Savannah Patton Vancouver Housing Authority
Tamara Bell Lower Columbia College
Tina Ailinger Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Emerging Workforce Committee (EW): Representing the private sector, workforce, nonprofits, and education, the committee advocates for and supports youth services in alignment with WSW’s strategic plan and reviews the performance of WSW’s youth services contractors.

The EW committee meets quarterly on the third Tuesday of the month from 3-4:30 p.m.

Kristi Akers Cowlitz Indian Tribe
Christine Katon ESD112
Bob Dingethal WorkSource Vancouver
Katie Miles Goodwill Columbia Rainier
Eric Kindvall Employment Security Department
Carl Cecka Goodwill Columbia Rainier
Katie Siewert Vancouver School District
Mark Wreath Vancouver School District
Mike Bridges Union-IBEW #48
Miriam Martin Workforce Southwest Washington
Hahli Clark Lower Columbia College
Laray Crittendon YouthBuild
Heather Ficht Worksystems
Kelley Foy Columbia Machine
Lindsay Herling Washington State University Vancouver
Dennis Kampe Clark County Skills Center Foundation
Rosie Leno Lower Columbia College
Jim Lucey Linear Technology Corporation
Miriam Martin Workforce Southwest Washington
Teresa McMahon Clark County Juvenile Court
Kelly McNutt Kiewit Corporation
DaVonne Mixon Department of Social & Health Services
Rebecca Royce Clark County Community Services Dept.
Angela Simmons Aligned Lifestyle Concierge
Bill Skidmore General Sheet Metal
Denise Smith Rebound Orthopedics & Neurosurgery
Nicole Wetherington Job Corps
Mike Zahnizer LaborWorks Inc.
Katie Miles Longview Goodwill
Joseph Matter Innovative Services NW
Cass Parker Workforce Southwest Washington
Morgan Parker Partners In Careers

To learn more about our committees, contact Chelsea Chunn at or 360.567.1066.