Charlie Whelan, CEO, is an accomplished executive with more than 25 years of leadership and managerial experience in food processing, hospitality, manufacturing and supply chain companies. He takes pride in building and retaining inspired management teams and a well-equipped and highly-valued workforce. Charlie has led the transformation of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center to become recognized as one of the premier workforce centers in Colorado. He places a high priority on using technology to provide the best resources to job seekers and his staff. In addition, he is passionate about serving our veterans and transitioning military members as they seek civilian careers.
Charlie always focuses on collaboration as a way to bring together those people and organizations that can make a difference in the Pikes Peak Region. He has forged strong relationships with the Regional Business Alliance, Southern Colorado Business Partnership, SBDC, Discover Goodwill, UCCS, PPCC, PTAC, the Colorado Workforce Development Council and others.
In the coming year, Charlie plans to continue to raise the awareness of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, its value to, and economic impact on El Paso and Teller Counties. He will continue to prioritize the use of technology to deliver services to those who face challenges in visiting the center. He will work closely with employers and organizations that strive to bring new and better jobs to our area.
Charlie received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts and he holds a Master Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Charlie proudly served in the U.S. Navy.
Dana Barton is Director of Business Relations and Employment Development. Ms. Barton is responsible for business services, adult programs and youth programs at the center and leads a staff of over 20 case managers, business services representatives and training facilitators. She has held increasingly responsible positions with the workforce center including membership on the Workforce Investment Board from 2009 to 2012 and the Youth Council from 2006 to 2012. She also chaired the Youth Council and served as secretary of the Workforce Development Board from 2011 to 2012. Ms. Barton has held director-level talent recruitment roles for a national-level information technology recruiter, a 5-star hospitality industry leader and a collegiate-level athletic department. She served as Senior Technical Recruiter with Robert Half Technology specializing in placement of technical consultants; served as Director of Recruitment for The Broadmoor with responsibility for developing and implementing recruitment programs for 43 departments and up to 2,100 employees. She also served as the Recruiting and Operations Assistant for the University of Colorado Football Program. Ms. Barton’s leadership extends beyond the workplace. Highly involved in workforce development, Ms. Barton was a member of the 2014 inaugural class of the National Workforce Development Professionals New and Emerging Leader Initiative, collaborating with emerging leaders across the country to bring the voice of a generation to the forefront of workforce efforts. She has served on the Board of Directors for Launch High School since 2013, a charter school employing entrepreneurship and innovation framework to develop young talent and ambitions. She is a trained facilitator of The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program. In 2014, Ms. Barton was recognized as a Rising Star through the Colorado Springs Business Journal and received the Young Professional of the Year award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland, Ms. Barton grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in food industry management from the College of Agriculture, Michigan State University.
Traci Marques is Director of Customer Service and Community Outreach for the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, a federally-funded organization that connects work-ready job seekers to vital employers within El Paso and Teller Counties. Ms. Marques is responsible for customer relations, community relations, grants administration, volunteer programs, information technology and financial administrative services supporting a regional office and eight satellite facilities. She leads a staff of over 20 across the Customer Service, Support and Financial Services teams and serves as liaison to the military community. She has held increasingly responsible positions with the workforce center including Team Lead with the Business Relations Group from 2012 to 2014. In this position she brought a strategic redesign to regional job fairs and introduced customized hiring events and virtual job fairs at the height of a regional economic downturn. These innovations were enacted as Workforce Center best practices. Ms. Marques previously led regional talent recruitment and sales for a national financial services organization. She served as Recruiting Coordinator with First Command Financial Services with responsibility for key recruiting areas including North Carolina, Colorado Springs and the U.S. northeast corridor. Ms. Marques’ leadership extends beyond the workplace. She serves as a board member of the Military and Veterans Employment Expo and is co-chair of the Military, Veteran and Spouse Coalition. These two organizations represent teams of more than 25 community partner organizations that focus resources to help transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Ms. Marques completed The Grantsmanship Center’s Basic Grantsmanship and Social Enterprise Courses, the Center for Creative Leadership’s Community Leadership Program and the Leadership Pikes Peak Signature Program. Ms. Marques has been recognized for excellence by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for lasting contributions to improvement and modernization of veteran’s services. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Ms. Marques grew up in Goshen, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications Management from Indiana University, Bloomington, College of Arts and Sciences.
Rhonda Miller, serves as the Business Services Team Lead. In this position, Ms. Miller and her team connect local and regional businesses with qualified job seekers. She previously led teams at two national publishing agencies, developed local and regional community and business partnerships, and served as director of advertising for several regional publications. Ms. Miller has extensive experience in sales and sales management in a variety of industries, including advertising, professional services, information technology solutions, and publishing serving both the commercial and federal government markets. Her professional experience spans business-to-business, business-to-government, education, travel, consumer, technology, and special interest categories.
Clinton Cooper, “Cooper” has served in the trenches of social services and the mental health fields since 2000 as a Teacher’s Aide Coordinator with the Griffith Centers for Children, Multi-Systemic Therapy Therapist (MST) and Family Preservation Therapist for Chins-Up Youth and Family services. Cooper, has owned his own group home through Youth Ventures and was the Program Manager for the Supervised Exchange Parenting Time (SEPT) program at CASA of the Pikes Peak Region. Currently, Cooper is the Adult Team Lead for the Pikes Peak Workforce Center where he believes fulfillment of life lies in what you were purposed to do. As a motivational speaker, life coach and Social Worker, Cooper has a passion for people and for those who desire to transcend the ties which bind them; using hope as a catalyst and change as an opportunity to be more than your past choices by maximizing your today while being liberated from yesterday.
Debbie Shackelford is the Young Adult Services Team Leader. In this role, Ms. Shackelford is responsible for leading a team dedicated to providing high quality services for young adults beginning with career exploration and guidance, continued support for educational attainment, opportunities for skills training in in-demand industries and occupations, and culminating with a good job along a career pathway or enrollment in post-secondary education. She previously led teams in the banking industry and has extensive experience in leadership and business coaching. She is a trained facilitator with certifications from The Center for Work Ethic Development and in the aha! Process: Getting Ahead While Getting Out. She is a recipient of the Accolades Award: Business Leader of the Year from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Tiffany Clark-Trujillo serves as the Customer Service Team Leader. Prior to joining the Workforce Center in September of 2014 as a Workforce Development Specialist, Tiffany served as the Program Manager, Volunteer Liaison and the Administrative Assistant for the Supervised Exchange Parenting Time (SEPT) program at CASA of the Pikes Peak Region. Tiffany earned her Bachelor's degree in Human and Social Administration from Bellevue University. Tiffany is passionate about helping people to get where they want to go; while also assisting them in becoming more resourceful. Her responsibilities include leadership of the Career Center, Educational Services and the Satellite Offices.
Dean Miller, Public Information Officer. Mr. Miller leads public information efforts representing the people, programs and impact of the Workforce Center to all audiences through media campaigns, community engagement, special events and overall responsibility for strategic communications. Dean believes telling an organization’s story effectively promotes the honor, dignity and accomplishments of team members and clients. Prior to joining the Workforce Center, he served in the United States Air Force as a Public Affairs leader for 26 years at locations in Colorado and around the globe. Dean earned his bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College.