Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Board

The Greater Peninsula Workforce Development Board is responsible for overseeing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funding, which serves the Greater Peninsula’s local employers and job seekers with employment and training services through its network of “one-stop” career centers. In addition to its mandated WIOA duties, this Board holds the central role in providing leadership and direction on local strategic workforce issues, identifying local needs and developing strategies to address those needs. Its purpose in this regard is to ensure that local employers can become and remain competitive by having access to a highly skilled and well educated labor pool and that, individual job seekers and workers can attain the skills necessary for employment or better employment.

Board Membership includes a majority private sector and other strategic partners. Staff members ensure compliance with the Board’s mission statement and service standards, and works hand-in-hand with the Council to leverage and maximize resources.

Private Sector Representatives (Voting)

Joseph C. “Joe” Barto, III


Hon. Melanie Rapp Beale

External Affairs Manager – Easter Region
Dominion Energy

Rhonda Bunn

HR & PR Manager
Canon Virginia, Inc.

John Chenevert

Store Manager
Home Depot

Jeff Clemons

Sr. Vice President/Sr. Relationship Manager
Old Point National Bank

Andrea Arnett

Human Resources
Sentara Healthcare System

Gerald Dix

Sales Manager
York River Electric, Inc.

Dr. Rob Fleishauer

Vice President & STARSS II Program Manager
Science Systems and Applications, Inc.

Greg Garrett

Greg Garrett Realty


Human Resource Manager
Howmet Castings

Josie Pearson

Human Resource Manager

Mike Kuhns

Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Whitney Lester

Director of Business Development
VersAbility Resources, Inc.

Dr. Robin Nelhuebel

System Director, Education
Riverside College of Health Careers

Dr. John Olson

Campus President
ECPI University

Karen Riordan

President & CEO
Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance

Mark Stefanick

Director – Total Rewards
Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.

Dale Stone

Operations Manager
Walmart Distribution Center

Ken Taylor

Executive Vice President
W. M. Jordan Company, Inc.

Thomas G. Tingle

Guernsey Tingle Architects

Tina Vick

Tina L. Vick Realty & Development


Mary Williams

Vice President of Human Resources
1st Advantage Federal Credit Union

Labor Representatives (Voting)

Mike Briley

Vice President-at-Large
Virginia Peninsula Central Labor Council

Verna Chamberliss

United Steelworkers of America Local 8888

Dr. Rex Evans

Project Director
AARP Foundation

Ronald Jackson

Executive Director
Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Joseph Johnson

Executive Director
New Horizons Regional Education Center

Dr. Vince Warren (interim)

Manager, Craft Training
Newport News Shipbuilding

Whitney Lester

Director of Business Development
VersAbility Resources, Inc.

Steve Hagwood

Community Resources Officer
Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority

Albert D. Welcher

Point Transitions LLC

Mandated Partner Representatives (Voting)

Donna Crittenden-Barton

Virginia Employment Commission

Dr. John T. Dever

Thomas Nelson Community College

Joseph Johnson

Executive Director
New Horizons Regional Education Center

Kim H. Shepard

Hampton Roads District Manager
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Rick Weddle

President & CEO
Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance

Other Representatives – Local Elected Officials (Voting)

The Honorable Phillip N. Bazzani

Gloucester County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Benny Zhang

Councilman, City of Williamsburg

The Honorable Herbert R. Green, Jr.

Councilman, City of Poquoson

The Honorable Jeffrey Wassmer

York County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable James “Jimmy” Gray

Councilman, City of Hampton

The Honorable Tina Vick

Vice Mayor, City of Newport News

The Honorable James Icenhour

James City County Board of Supervisors

LEO Staff Representatives (Non-Voting)

Alan K. Archer

Assistant City Manager
City of Newport News

Peter P. Walentisch

Human Services Director
City of Williamsburg

Sheri Newcomb

Acting Deputy Community Services Director
County of York

Barbara Watson

Assistant Manager of Community Services
James City County

Sherry Spring

Director of Economic Development
Gloucester County

James “Randy” Wheeler

City Manager
City of Poquoson

Pete Peterson

Assistant City Manager
City of Hampton