Board Governance


Napa, Marin, Mendocino and Lake counties have pooled their job-growth efforts to form the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay. 

Workforce Alliance of the North Bay: History

The Napa-Lake Workforce Investment Board, formed in 2011, combined with the Employment and Training Branch of Social Services in the county of Marin’s Department of Health & Human Services in 2017. Later that year the County of Mendocino joined the Alliance. The counties decided to merge for various regions including common industries, labor pool and workforce and a desire to consolidate both the administrative and the planning functions from the three counties into a single governance structure.

Pursuant to a Joint Powers Agreement, the Counties, through their respective Board of Supervisors, agreed to the establishment of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay (WANB), consisting of representatives from each geographical area. The Joint Powers of Agreement specifies the roles and responsibilities of each party.  The Board of Supervisors appoints members to the Alliance for two-year terms. The majority of members are from the business sector in each county. Other represents economic development, education, labor, government and community-based organizations.

The role of the Advisory Committees is to over see Workforce Investment Act funds that support the programs and services provided through a partnership of public agencies whose customers are businesses requiring support around workforce issues and job seekers requiring job search services and/or education and training.

The County Advisory Committees make recommendations to the Regional Workforce Development Board. The Regional Board approves and sends to the Governing Board for final approval.

Workforce Alliance of the North Bay is grateful to the following individuals who have volunteered their time and talents to serve on our Boards and Advisory Subcommittees. If you are interested in joining one of our boards, please complete the Membership Application.

Governing Board Members

Supervisor Damon Connolly, Chair of the Board, Marin County

Supervisor Eddie “EJ” Crandell, Lake County

Supervisor Dan Gjerde, Mendocino County

Supervisor John Haschak, Mendocino County

Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza, Napa County

Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, Marin County

Supervisor Moke Simon, Lake County

Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, Napa County

Regional Workforce Development Board Executive Committee

Jeri Hansen, Chair
CEO
Sustainable Napa County

Suzie Byrne, Marin Advisory Subcommittee Chair
Area Quality Leader
Kaiser Permanente

Amar Inalsingh, Policy & Oversight Subcommittee Chair
CEO
AIS Group

Mary Ann Mancuso, Napa Advisory Subcommittee Chair
President
Napa Valley Hire Resources

Monica Rosenthal, Lake Advisory Subcommittee Chair
Owner
R Vineyards

Lene Vinding, Mendocino Advisory Subcommittee Chair
Accounting Manager
Pamela’s Products

Regional Workforce Development Board Members

Emilia Bartolomeu
Deputy Division Chief
California Employment Development Department

Mark Bontrager
Director of Regulatory Affairs & Program Development
Partnership HealthPlan of CA

Tony Castillo
Director of Pre-Apprenticeship
Northern California Laborers Union

Paul Castro
Director
California Human Development

Frank Cuneo
Acting Director
North Bay TIP

Robert Eyler
Dean, School of Extended & International Education
Sonoma State University
Chief Economist, Marin Economic Forum

Kelley Hartman
Senior Vice President
Nelson Staffing

Paul Hicks
Vice President
Payroll Masters

Annette Lee
Executive Dean
Woodland Community College Lake and Colusa Campuses

Ken Lippi
Assistant Superintendent
Marin County Office of Education

Maureen Mulheren
Owner
Ukiah Valley Networking Agency

Christy Pedroncelli-Smith
Principal
Ukiah Adult School

Bill Scott
Business Manager
Marin Building & Construction Trades Council

Hunter Stern
Labor Union Representative
IBEW 1245

David Wayte
District Administrator
Department of Rehabilitation

Joanne Webster
President & CEO
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce

Rick Wells
CEO
Marin Builders Association

Cecilia Zamora
Executive Director
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin County

Lake Advisory Subcommittee Members

Kelly Cox
Retired County Administrator / Committee Member
Lake County Regional Economic Development Committee

Judith Kanavle
Director
Mendocino College

Michelle Scully
Deputy CAO Economic Development
County of Lake

Mary Sharlow
Student Engagement and Outreach
Woodland Community College Lake and Colusa Campuses

Wilda Shock
Consultant; Economic Development Specialist
City of Lakeport

Margaret Silveira
City Manager
City of Lakeport

Rebecca Southwick
Mortgage Loan Officer
Community First Credit Union

Marin Advisory Subcommittee Members

Jack Buckhorn
Executive Director
North Bay Labor Council AFL-CIO

Melissa Cadet
Executive Director
Marin City Community Development Corp.

Keith Dias
Business Representative
SMART Local #104

Matt Egan
Business Representative
District Council 16

Jason Henderson
District Manager
Wells Fargo

Katheryn Horton
Director of Workforce Programs
College of Marin

Andrea Lackey
Manager
Employment Development Department

Jaemi Naish
Director
Tamalpais Adult School

MaryAnn Perrine
Office Manager
Department of Rehabilitation

MaryKay Sweeney
Executive Director
Homeward Bound of Marin

Mendocino Advisory Subcommittee Members

Megan Barber-Allende
President
Community Foundation of Mendocino County

Jesse Damian
Director of District Programs & Support
Mendocino County Office of Education

William Feather
Inmate Services Coordinator
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department

Heather Gurewitz
Executive Director
Economic Development and Financing Corporation

Pamela Jensen
Executive Director
Ukiah Valley Association for Habilitation

Napa Advisory Subcommittee Members

Dianna Chiabotti
Dean, Career Education & Workforce Development
Napa Valley College

Myles Davis
President
Myles Davis Electrical

Amar Inalsingh
CEO
AIS Group

Ronald Kraft
Superintendent/President
Napa Valley College

Mandy Le
President/CEO
American Canyon Chamber of Commerce

Mark Leonardi
General Manager
Napa Valley Wine Trolley

Paula McCray
Employment Program Manager I
Employment Development Department

Christine Meehan
Recruiting Manager
Auberge Resorts

Tami Pacho
HR Director
Meritage Resort

G. Anthony Phillips
Stage Technician
IATSE Local 16

Elena Toscano
Program Manager, Adult Education Programs
Napa Valley Unified School District

Mark Van Gorder
Public Affairs
Pacific Gas & Electric

Policy & Oversight Subcommittee Members

Amar Inalsingh
CEO
AIS Group

Heather Gurewitz
Executive Director
Economic Development and Financing Corporation

Paul Castro
Director
California Human Development


 

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Workforce Alliance of the North Bay’s network of career centers, employment and training initiatives, and programs result in a regional talent pool that drives economic growth for businesses and social mobility for workers and career seekers in the North Bay.