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Gov. Ivey Appoints New Members to State Workforce Development Board

MONTGOMERY, Ala – Gov. Kay Ivey has appointed eight new members to serve on the Alabama Workforce Development Board which oversees the state’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) initiatives.

“It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of this slate of leaders from a cross-section of Alabama’s business, industry, and non-profit sectors to our state’s workforce investment board”, said George Clark, Chairman of Alabama’s Workforce Development Board. “Each individual brings great talent and knowledge to the table, and I look forward to working closely with each of them.”

WIOA, a federal law passed in 2014, provides funding to help adults, youth and dislocated workers access assistance through Alabama Career Centers, Adult Education programs and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to obtain full-time employment on a career pathway.

Board members represent a cross-section of industry and business leaders, labor officials, education leaders, economic development specialists, community-based organizations and local officials. The diversity of its members provides the knowledge and expertise needed to offer a comprehensive 21st Century perspective for innovative and creative solutions to Alabama’s current and future workforce needs.

New members of the WIOA Workforce Board are:

  • Myriam Aerts – Chief People Officer at AM/NS in Calvert
  • Dr. Phillip Cleveland – Owner of Cleveland Senior Living in Altoona
  • Laura Kappler-Roberts – President of Kappler Manufacturing in Guntersville
  • Chrystal Morgan –Director of State and Local Government Relations at the United Launch Alliance in Decatur
  • Julie Kornegay – Senior Outreach Advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Birmingham Branch
  • Margaret Morton – Executive Director of the Sylacauga Alliance for Family Enhancement, Inc.
  • Mike Petrus –Vice President of Manufacturing at American Cast Iron Pipe Company located in Birmingham
  • Peggy Sease-Fain – Vice President Human Resources at DCH Healthcare System in Tuscaloosa.

The State Workforce Development Board is a unique public/private partnership representing the State of Alabama on all statewide workforce development issues and solutions. The Board exists with a purpose to assist the Governor in the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of the WIOA, and related programs, in order to ensure alignment with the Alabama workforce development system as well as a properly prepared workforce.

For more information on the WIOA Workforce Board and its activities, visit the link below.

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