Committees

The Workforce Development Board of Northwest New Jersey (WDB NNJ) has established several committees comprised of dedicated professionals from different industry sectors collaborating to identify and implement strategies to address challenges that individuals and businesses face in the local workforce system. These committees convene quarterly to discuss current and future workforce needs. By partnering with local entities that make up the workforce systems such as businesses, educational institutions, industry associations, and community organizations, these committees leverage their collective expertise and resources to enhance the workforce's capabilities. The WDB NNJ committees are vital for specialized focus, collaboration, and efficient decision-making, ensuring comprehensive strategies and effective implementation for workforce advancement.

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Disability Committee

Matthew Putts,
Chair

2024 Meeting Dates
9:30 a.m. February 7, May 1, August 7, November 6

The Disability Committee seeks to ensure that persons with disabilities have access to the full range of One-Stop Career Center services. The Committee researches and identifies new services and programs that can benefit persons with disabilities and recommends ways to incorporate the programs and services into the One-Stop system. The Committee advocates for individuals with disabilities and communicates their goals and needs for consideration in One-Stop planning and program delivery. In addition to members, the committee welcomes interested participants from organizations who can contribute to sharing information pertaining to advocacy for individuals with disabilities.

Members

  • Victoria Bollhardt,  Morris-Sussex-Warren Employment & Training Services
  • Ann Marie Plesnik,  Saint Clare’s Health system
  • Amira Hassan, The Family Resource Network
  • Scott McGill, NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Samantha Oras, New Horizons
  • Matthew Putts, Kincaid Wolstein Vocational and Rehabilitation Services
  • Qadriyyah Sakhu, People Helping People in Need
  • Marc Schweitzer, NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Carmela Slivinski,  DAWN Center for Independent Living, Inc.
  • Susan Zukoski,  Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.

One-Stop Career Center/Business Engagement
Committee

Tammy Case,
Chair

2024 Meeting Dates
9:30 a.m. January 09, April 09, July 09, October 08

The One-Stop Career Center/Business Engagement Committee ensures that the interests of job seekers and employers are equally represented in the One-Stop system. The One-Stop system provides comprehensive services in a seamless, integrated, effective and efficient manner. Knowledgeable, skilled One-Stop system staff delivers high quality services, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction, and the One-Stop system meets or exceeds performance standards for placement, retention, earnings and job seeker and employer customer satisfaction.

The One-Stop Career Center Committee also serves as the One-Stop Implementation Team, which insures the continuing implementation of One-Stop system activities.  It identifies and monitors the flow of One-Stop services and implements team management of the One-Stop system.  It guides and directs One-Stop operations to enhance the quality of customer services and ensures continuous improvement of the One-Stop system.  It defines and approves One-Stop protocols and criteria.

Members

  • Eve Azar, Warren County Community College
  • Victoria Bollhardt, Morris/Sussex/Warren Employment & Training Services
  • Daniel Callas, TransOptions
  • Tammy Case, Fulton Bank of New Jersey
  • Stacy Crosson, Sussex County Technical School
  • Leslie Drew, Randolph One-Stop Career Center
  • Eva Fernandez, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Ray Gara, Warren County Technical School
  • Jawana Hardwick, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Sean Hendricks, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Meghan Hunscher, Morris County Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Ortega, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Marc Schweitzer, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Susan Zukoski, Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.

Literacy Committee

OPEN,
Chair

2024 Meeting Dates
9:30 a.m. February15, May 16, August 15, November 14

The Literacy Committee was established for the purpose of consolidating and coordinating literacy resources and developing new strategies in support of enhancing literacy skills of the workforce in the Workforce Development Board of Northwest New Jersey’s area.  The Committee is responsible for the development of a Literacy Plan, the analysis of youth and adult basic skills and literacy needs, the identification of barriers to and gaps in services and programs, and the coordination of literacy service providers and programs.  The Committee ensures that information on literacy programs is available to job seekers and employers in the workforce development system.  The Committee works to assist the WDB NNJ in the policy formation and facilitation of the delivery of literacy services and the integration of adult literacy into the workforce development system to the retention of long-term competitive employment.

Members

  • Eve Azar Warren County Community College
  • Victoria Bollhardt, Morris/Sussex/Warren Employment & Training Services
  • Daniel Callas, TransOptions
  • Tammy Case, Fulton Bank of New Jersey
  • Stacy Crosson, Sussex County Technical School
  • Leslie Drew, Randolph One-Stop Career Center
  • Eva Fernandez, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Ray Gara, Warren County Technical School
  • Jawana Hardwick, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Sean Hendricks, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Meghan Hunscher, Morris County Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Ortega, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Marc Schweitzer, NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
  • Susan Zukoski, Abilities of Northwest Jersey, Inc.

Youth Investment Council Committee

OPEN,
Chair

2024 Meeting Dates
10:00 a.m. February 5, May 6, August 5, November 4

The Youth Investment Council (YIC) is responsible for developing a strategic plan for tri-county youth, recommending youth programs for funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, monitoring those programs approved by the Workforce Development Board of Northwest New Jersey, and creating a Youth One-Stop Career Center system that links to the larger One-Stop Career Center system.

Members

  • Michelle Borden, NewBridge Services, Inc.
  • Nicholas Burdick, US Department of Labor, ETA
  • Jennifer Colville, Sussex County Community and Youth Services
  • Stacy Crosson, Sussex County Technical School
  • Ray Gara, Warren County Technical School
  • Kyersten Gieger, Project Self-Sufficiency
  • Rosalie Lamonte, Sussex and Warren County Schools
  • Terry Schweon, Morris County School of Technology
  • Scott Moffitt, Morris County School of Technology
  • Dianna Morrison, Center for Prevention and Counseling
  • Michael Muckle, NJ Youth Corps of Phillipsburg
  • Robert Parker, NewBridge Services, Inc.
  • April Poretta, Phillipsburg School Based Youth Services

Apprenticeship Committee

Bill DeBoer, Jr,
Chair

2024 Meeting Dates

12:00 pm January 22, April 15, July 15, October 21

The Apprenticeship Committee is a new committee that is currently being formed. The Apprenticeship Committee is a group of businesses who oversee the development and implementation of apprenticeship programs in various sectors. The committee's role is to ensure that the programs meet the needs of employers, workers, and learners, and that they comply with the standards and regulations of the relevant authorities. The committee also provides guidance and support to the apprenticeship providers, mentors, and assessors, and monitors the quality and outcomes of the programs. The committee meets regularly to review the progress and challenges of the apprenticeship programs, and to identify opportunities for improvement and innovation.

Members

  • TO BE DETERMINED