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 (WIB) was formed in 2011. In 2017, the WIB combined with the Employment and Training Branch of Social Services in the county of Marin’s Department of Health & Human Services. Later that year the County of Mendocino joined the Alliance. The counties decided to merge for various reasons 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 Agreement specifies the roles and responsibilities for 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. Economic development, education, labor, government and community-based organizations are also represented.

The role of the Advisory Committees is to oversee the Workforce Investment and Opportunity 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 the recommendations 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
Sustainable Napa County

Maureen Mulheren, Vice Chair
Ukiah Valley Networking Agency

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

Amar Inalsingh, Policy & Oversight Subcommittee Chair, Napa Advisory Subcommittee Chair
AIS Group

Monica Rosenthal, Lake Advisory Subcommittee Chair
R Vineyards

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

Regional Workforce Development Board Members

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

Paul Castro
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

Geovanni Flores
Apprentice Coordinator
Northern California Laborers Training Center

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

Christy Pedroncelli-Smith
Ukiah Adult School

Bill Scott
Business Manager
Marin Building & Construction Trades Council

David Tam
Cluster Manager
California Employment Development Department

David Wayte
District Administrator
Department of Rehabilitation

Joanne Webster
President & CEO
San Rafael Chamber of Commerce

Rick Wells
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

Alan Flora
City Manager
City of Clearlake

Judith Kanavle
Mendocino College

Susan Parker
Assistant County Admin. Officer 
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

Jason Henderson
District Manager
Wells Fargo

Katheryn Horton
Director of Workforce Programs
College of Marin

Andrea Lackey
Employment Development Department

Jaemi Naish
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
Community Foundation of Mendocino County

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

Aimee Swearengin
Team Manager
Department of Rehabilitation


Napa Advisory Subcommittee Members

Myles Davis
Myles Davis Electrical

Mandy Le
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

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, Chair
AIS Group

Paul Castro
California Human Development

Heather Gurewitz
Executive Director
Economic Development and Financing Corporation

Cecilia Zamora
Executive Director
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce



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.