Board members and Workforce Center partners actively participate in strategic planning and implementation of local Workforce initiatives through their involvement in the Board and its committees.

The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board is a partnership of public and private sector organizations dedicated to achieving regional workforce and economic development goals.

Board of Directors is appointed by the Chief Local Elected Officials Consortium (CLEO) from nominations received from board members, partner organizations or any member of the public residing in Area III. The board is made up of eight business sector members — one for each locality — and seven members from partner organizations. Directors must be residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each director serves for a three-year term and may be appointed for an additional three-year term. Directors receive training sessions related to board service and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Board of director bylaws require membership include at least 51 percent private sector members, who may represent the locality in which their organization is based or where the individual resides.

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Shawn Hildebrand (2020) Chair    
General Manager
Craig/Botetourt Electric Coop
New Castle, VA

Phil Peters (2018) Vice Chair
Vice President of Human Resources
Optical Cable Corporation
Roanoke, VA

Joseph Brinley (2019) Treasurer
Instructor, Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 26
Roanoke, VA

Todd Putney (2018)  Secretary
Vice President of Human Resources
Medical Facilities of America
Roanoke, VA

King Tower (2018) Immediate Past Chair
Attorney, Woods Rogers, PLC
Roanoke, VA

Joyce Kessinger (2019)
Botetourt County Economic Development Authority
Fincastle, VA

William F. Jones, Jr. (2020)
Senior Vice President
HomeTown Bank
Roanoke, VA

Katherine Holcomb (2018)
Virginia Employment Commission
Roanoke, VA

Teresa Hammond (2020)
Executive Director
Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce
Covington, VA

Jill Loope (2019)
Director of Economic Development
Roanoke County
Roanoke, VA

Michelle Wells  (2017)
Human Services Manager
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Service
Roanoke, VA

Milan Hayward (2020)
Workforce Development Coordinator
Virginia Western Community College
Roanoke, VA

Crystal Hall (2020)
Resident Services Manager
Roanoke Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Roanoke, VA

Kathy Hodges (2020)
The Franklin Center
Rocky Mount, VA

Dr. John J. Rainone (2020)
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Clifton Forge, VA

Casey Nicely (2018)
First Citizens Bank
Botetourt, VA

Karen Michalski-Karney (2018)
Executive Director
Blue Ridge Independent Living Center
Roanoke, VA

David Olsen (2018)
Production Services Manager
Covington, VA

Timothy GIbson (2018)
JATC, Sheet Metal
Roanoke, VA

Amanda Rogers (2020)
Human Resources Manager
Wabtec Graham White Manufacturing Co.
Salem, VA

Naomi Powers (2018)
Human Resource Consultant
Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital
Rocky Mount, VA

Donnie Spangler (2019)
Region 5 ABE Program Manager
Salem City Public Schools
Salem, VA

Steve S. Martin (2020)
Business Manager
JATC-Plumbers & Steamfitters LU#10
Roanoke, VA

Steven Martin (2020)
Director, Departments of Social and Human Services
City of Roanoke
Roanoke, VA

Charles Wayne Adkins (2018)
Business Relationship Manager
Salem Tools, Inc.
Salem, VA

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