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Traci Marques is the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, the American Job Center serving El Paso and Teller counties. In this capacity, she leads the Workforce Center in its mission to connect vital businesses with work-ready job seekers and employer-driven services. She provides leadership, direction and oversight and is responsible for long-range planning, development, direction, implementation and evaluation of programs supporting regional workforce development. She previously served as Deputy Director and prior to that served as Customer Service and Community Outreach Director, and as the Business Relations Group Team Lead. She serves as co-chair of the Military, Veterans and Spouses Coalition representing more than 25 community organizations with resources focused on helping transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. For these efforts, Ms. Marques has been recognized for excellence by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for contributions to improvement and modernization of veteran’s services. 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. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications Management from Indiana University, Bloomington, College of Arts and Sciences.

Picture of Debbie ShackelfordDebbie Shackelford is the Programs Manager. In this role, Ms. Shackelford is responsible for managing adult and young adult programs with a team of dedicated Career Coaches that provide high quality services for job seekers 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 the PPWFC young adult  services team and 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 First Impressions Manager. 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 Services 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 oversight of the Career Center, Educational Services, Volunteer Services, and Satellite Offices.

Consortium Executive Board
The functions of the Consortium Executive Board include responsibility for administrative matters, management and supervisory control over the Executive Director and his or her staff, nominations to the El Paso/Teller Counties Workforce Development Board (WDB) and to the Consortium, approval of plans and contracts developed in conjunction with the WDB, and audit compliance.

Consortium Executive Board Members:
Chair:  Stan VanderWerf, El Paso County Commissioner
Vice Chair:  Marc Dettenrieder, Teller County Commissioner
Secretary:  Mark Waller, El Paso County Commissioner
 Workforce Development Board
Workforce Development Board Mission, Vision and Values:
Our Mission: To proactively lead a business-driven workforce system that prepares our citizens for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
Our Vision: To make sure every local business has access to a skilled workforce and every citizen has access to meaningful employment, resulting in regional economic vitality.
Our Values: Cooperation, transparency, relevancy and providing timely solutions to workforce issues and opportunities.
Members of the Workforce Development Board:

Lynette Crow-Iverson
- CHAIRPERSON
President/CEO
Conspire!
Email: lcrow@conspire2hire.com

Renee Zentz - CHAIRPERSON ELECT
Chief Executive Officer
Housing & Building Association of Colorado Springs
Email: renee@cshba.com

Lisanne McNew - PAST CHAIRPERSON 
President & COO 
McNew & Associates, Inc
Email: lmcnew@mcnewassociates.com
 
Melissa Burkhardt-Shields - SECRETARY
Director, Adult and Family Education
Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus
Email:  burkhma@d11.org

Charlie Baughman 
Senior Site Leader
Progressive Insurance
Email:  charlie_baughman@progressive.com
 
Rob Buzogany 
Manager of Programs and Program Development
Colorado Department of Human Services
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Interim Supervisor II
Email:  Robert Buzogany@state.co.us
  
Dennis Casey
Executive Director
Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
E-mail: d.casey@coloradoptac.org

Ann Cesare
Director of Community Development
UC Health
Email: ann.cesare@uchealth.org
 
Dirk Draper
President and CEO
Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Organization
Email:  ddraper@springsbusinessalliance.com

Stephannie Finley Fortune
Executive Director of University Advocacy and Partnerships
Email: sfinley3@uccs.edu

Andy Gilliland
Training Coordinator
Colorado Sheet Metal Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Institute
Email: andrewgillilandjatc9@msn.com
 
Karla Grazier
President/CEO
Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado
Email: kgrazier@discovermygoodwill.org
 
Jeff Greene
Chief of Staff to Mayor John Suthers
City Colorado Springs
Email: jhgreene@springsgov.com
 
Mike Ham  
Business Manager
IBEW Local Union 113
Colorado Springs Electrical JATC
Email: mh-113@ibew113.com
 
Melissa Kellione 
General Manager, Human Resources
Colorado Springs Utilities
Email:  mkellione@csu.org 
 
Julie Krow
Executive Director
El Paso County Department of Human Services
E-mail: juliekrow@elpasoco.com

Jonathan Liebert
CEO/Executive Director
Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado
Email:  jonathanl@bbbsc.org 
 
Elise Lowe-Vaughn
Director of Workforce Programs,
Policy and Strategic Initiatives
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Email: elise.lowe-vaughn@state.co.us
 
Aikta Marcoulier
Executive Director
Small Business Development Center
Email:  amarcoul@uccs.edu
 
Kim Mauthe
Director, Department of Social Services
Teller County
Email: kim.mauthe@state.co.us
 
Bob McLaughlin
COO
Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence of Colorado
Email: bmclaughlin@mtcarmelcenter.org

Debbie Miller, IOM, ACE
President
Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce
Email: debmiller@gwpcc.biz

Tom Naughton
Regional President – Southern Colorado Region
US Bank
Email: thomas.naughton@usbank.com

Debbie Sagen 
Vice President, Workforce Development
Pikes Peak Community College
Email: mailto:debbie.sagen@ppcc.edu
 
Will Temby
Managing Partner
Apprentice Personnel
Email:  will.temby@apprenticepersonnel.com
 
Francis Vigil
Training Director
Electricians IBEW Local 113
Colorado Springs Electrical JATC
Email: Francis@csejatc.org
 
Henry Yankowski
County Administrator
El Paso County
Email:  henryyankowski@elpasoco.com
 WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
  
WDB Agenda
 
Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Citizens Service Center, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Room 1019/1020
1675 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
 
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Chairperson: Lynette Crow-Iverson           Chairperson Elect:  Renee Zentz          
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7:30 AM         Call to Order, Welcome                                                       Lynette Crow-Iverson
 
7:32 AM         Introduction of Guests                                                        Lynette Crow-Iverson
 
7:35 AM         Public Comment
 
7:36 AM         Approval of December 1, 2017 Meeting Minutes           Lynette Crow-Iverson
                       
7:37 AM         Sunshine Act Compliance                                     Steve Klaffky
 
7:40 AM         Testimonial                                                                           Becca Tonn
 
7:45 AM         Garner Report Presentation                                               Dirk Draper
 
8:05 AM         Group Discussion                                                                All
 
8:20 AM         TalentFOUND Workforce Action Team               Debbie Sagan
 
8:25 AM         Colorado Workforce Development Council                    Lisanne McNew
 
8:30 AM         Financial Update                                                                 Laurie Jervay
 
8:35 AM         PPWFC Operational Update                                             Traci Marques
 
8:40 AM         60 Second Round Table Discussion                               Board Members
 
8:55 AM         New Business                                                                      Lynette Crow-Iverson
 
9:00 AM         Adjourn 
 
 
Pikes Peak Workforce Center
Workforce Development Board Meeting
Pikes Peak Workforce Center
1675 Garden of the Gods Road
December 1, 2017
 
MINUTES
 
Attendees: Melissa Burkhardt-Shields (Secretary), Rob Buzogany, Ann Cesare, Lynette Crow-Iverson (Chair), Dirk Draper, Stephannie Finley-Fortune, Karla Grazier, Jeff Greene, Melissa Kellione, Julie Krow, Jonathan Liebert, Elise Lowe-Vaughn, Aikta Marcoulier, Kim Mauthe, Lisanne McNew (Past Chair), Tom Naughton, Debbie Sagen, Renee Zentz (Chair Elect), Matt Cornett, Michael Sullivan, Steve Klaffky, Tamara Moore, Bob McLaughlin, Debbie Miller, Will Temby, Henry Yankowski, Stan VanderWerf, Dave Jeffrey, Sharie Flanagan, Mark Waller
 
Members Absent:  Dennis Casey, Charlie Baughman, Andy Gilliland, Francis Vigil, Brian Bradley;
 
Staff in Attendance: Traci Marques, Kara Nina Fournier, Tiffany Clark-Trujillo, Debbie Shackelford, Tim Amthor, Jennifer Pierceall Herman, Robin Lovewell, Laurie Jervay, Becca Tonn
 
Lynette Crow-Iverson called meeting to order at 7:42 am.
 
Public Comments: There was no public comment.
 
PPWFC Leadership update provided by Henry Yankowski
 
Year End Presentations: 
Tiffany Clark-Trujillo – First Impressions
Debbie Shackelford – Young Adult and Adult Teams
Tim Amthor – Vet Team
Jennifer Pierceall Herman, Robin Lovewell – Industry Relations
Laurie Jervay – Finance
Traci Marques – Best Practices and Community Partners
 
Action Items:
 
October 6th WDB minutes were approved. Melissa Burkhardt-Shields moved, seconded by Aitka Marcoulier.  Motion passed unanimously.
 
Debbie Sagan proposed a Workforce Action Committee be created to convene in January to create a charter work plan.  Tom Naughton moved, seconded by Jonathan Liebert.  Motion passed unanimously.
 
Board Member Nomination
Review and approve nominations for PPWFC Board membership.
Ms. Rice reviewed the WIOA requirements for Board seats as well as credential review of nominees Sharie Flanagan and Brian Bradley.
 
A motion was made to approve the WDB nominees presented for full board approval by Jeff Greene, seconded by Stephannie Finley-Fortune.  Motion passed unanimously.
 
Information Item – Traci Marques:
 
PPWFC Update
Ms. Marques presented photos and reviewed the office redesign.
 
Attendees were given an opportunity of 60 roundtable discussions.
 
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:08 am.
 
Submitted by,                                                                            Reviewed by,
 
 
     {Signature on File}             12-1-2017                                               {Signature on File}                    12-1-2017                                                     
Kara Nina Fournier                 Date                                          Lynette Crow-Iverson               Date
   

Pikes Peak Workforce Center
Workforce Development Board Meeting

Garden of the Gods Country Club, 3320 Mesa Road
October 6, 2017
 MINUTES
 Attendees: Charlie Baughman, Melissa Burkhardt-Shields (Secretary), Rob Buzogany, Ann Cesare, Lynette Crow-Iverson (Chair), Dirk Draper, Stephannie Finley-Fortune, Andy Gilliland, Karla Grazier, Jeff Greene, Mike Ham, Melissa Kellione, Julie Krow, Jonathan Liebert, Elise Lowe-Vaughn, Aikta Marcoulier, Kim Mauthe, Lisanne McNew (Past Chair), Tom Naughton, Debbie Sagen, Francis Vigil, Renee Zentz (Chair Elect), James Newby, Matt Cornett, Michael Sullivan, Steve Klaffky, Brian Bradley
Members Absent:  Dennis Casey, Mike Ham, Bob McLaughlin, Debbie Miller, Will Temby, Henry Yankowski
 Staff in Attendance: Lisa Rice, Traci Marques, Kara Nina Fournier
 
Guests: Janet Suthers
 Lynette Crow-Iverson called meeting to order at 8:10am.
 Public Comments: There was no public comment.
 August 4th WDB minutes were approved - Jeff Greene moved, seconded by Stephanie Finley-Fortune.  Motion passed unanimously.
 Presentation:
Janet Suthers:  A history and future plans for Colorado Springs, Olympic City USA
 Action Items:
 Credential Opportunity
Ms. Rice reviewed the PPWFC Young Adult Services Team becoming a National Retail Federation “NRF” testing location.
 The National Retail Federation Foundation (NRFF), and over 30 leading retailers, have come together to launch RISE Up – a powerful program offering training and credentials that help entry-level job seekers develop meaningful careers. This credential opportunity was presented at the National Association of Workforce Boards. The essence of the program is that workforce boards become an NRFF testing location. There is a nominal one time set-up fee and then an exam fee for each customer going through the course and testing. Both items are eligible to be covered by our young adult program training funds.
 A motion was made to approve for full Board approval by Renee Zentz, seconded by Julie Krow.  Motion passed unanimously.
 Board Member Nomination
Review and approve nominations for PPWFC Board membership.
Ms. Rice reviewed the WIOA requirements for Board seats as well as credential review of nominees Sharie Flanagan and Brian Bradley.
 A motion was made to approve the WDB nominees presented for full board approval by Jeff Greene, seconded by Stephannie Finley-Fortune.  Motion passed unanimously.
 Information Items – Lisa Rice:
 Financial Report
Ms. Rice reviewed the financial reports that provided the status of PPWFC funding, budgets, and expenditures for the fiscal period beginning on July 1, 2017 and ending on September 30, 2017.
 There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:16am.
 Submitted by,                                                                            Reviewed by,
 
 
     {Signature on File}             10-6-2017                                               {Signature on File}                    10-6-2017                                                    
Kara Nina Fournier                 Date                                          Lynette Crow-Iverson               Date