These are Capital Area’s champions for workforce and economic development. Private sector members that represent employers must be appointed from among individuals nominated by local business organizations and business trade associations.
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Valerie Sachariat is a Senior Talent Leader and serves as Capital Area Workforce Development Board Chairman. She also serves on the National Association of Workforce Boards. She has worked for Time Warner Cable and Corning, Inc. in Raleigh and Wilmington. Her roles have allowed her to be involved with local colleges, universities and community organizations to recruit and provide
employment to citizens in these communities.
She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Women in Cable Telecommunications, and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications.
Valerie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at
Wilmington. She resides in Wake Forest, NC.
Stephen joined Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical Industries, LP (NNPILP) in 2008. Novo Nordisk is an international, focused healthcare/pharmaceutical company with over 47,000 employees worldwide & over $17 billion in annual revenues. NNPILP is A Novo Nordisk’s only North American manufacturing site and is currently engaged in doubling production capacity which will include a new Diabetes API (DAPI) plant on its campus in Clayton, NC.
Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, Stephen held positions as the Director of Training & Organizational Development for ATC Panels & as the National Manager of Technical Training & Knowledge Management at Qualex, Inc. (an Eastman Kodak subsidiary}. He is also a retired US Air Force veteran. Stephen holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at Troy University in Montgomery, AL; a Bachelor of Professional Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL; and two Associates in Applied Sciences degrees (Instructional Technology & Air Traffic Control) from the Community College of the Air Force at Maxwell AFB, AL.
Stephen and his wife, Angela, live in Apex, NC. Their two children John Paul & Rebekah Jo are pursuing careers in Marketing and Civil Engineering respectively.
Wake Technical Comm. College
Anthony Caison has over 20 years of administrative experience in education and training. He a has worked at Wake Technical Community College since 1997 in several leadership positions:
- Assistant Site Director (1997)
- Instructional Supervisor (1998- 2001)
- Director - Business and Industry Division (2001-2003)
- Dean - Public Safety Training division (2003-2010)
- Associate Vice President in Continuing Education (2010 - 2013)
- Vice President of Workforce Continuing Education (2013-present)
Anthony is passionate about workforce education and feels it is a vital part of Wake County economic development. He has been directly involved in several workforce initiatives to provide trained workers for area employers.
In years 2004 and 2010, Mr. Caison was awarded the Excellence in Service award from Wake Tech, and also received the College-wide Staff Member of the Year award.
Anthony is originally from Southern Illinois where he served six years in the Army National Guard and graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio-Television and a Master of Business Administration Degree.
Johnston Community College
Joy Callahan is the Dean of Economic and Workforce Development at Johnston Community College. Prior to joining Johnston Community College in 1999, she ¥ worked as the Associate Director of Cooperative Education at North Carolina State University. She holds a Masters of Education from East Carolina University.
Joy is a graduate of Leadership North Carolina, the North Carolina Community id College Leadership Program and Leadership Johnston County and was a co-founder of Junior Leadership Johnston County, a leadership program for rising high school juniors. She has also served as the president of the North Carolina Community College Adult Educators Association She was instrumental in the design and construction of the Johnston County Workforce Development Center in Clayton, a 30,000 square foot facility designed to train and educate the workforce predominately in the biotechnical field, and is responsible for the daily operations of the Center.
Joy is the Past President of the Rotary Club of Central Johnston County, where she has been a member since 2000. She currently serves as the Membership Chair. She is married to Jon and they have two daughters.
Brian Holland joined Global Knowledge as Secretary and General Counsel in 4 February 2003. Prior to Global Knowledge, Brian served as General Counsel to The Dialog Corporation, a publicly-held electronic information publisher with shares - traded on the London Stock Exchange. Brian has also held the General Counsel position for both publicly- and privately-held software companies; and was a a litigator with firms in Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors from California State University, Fullerton and a
Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University.
Heidi Kimbel is the HR Generalist for Bavarian Nordic, Inc., located in Morrisville, NC.
In this role, Heidi is responsible for planning, managing and executing the human resource strategy for the U.S. site, as well as other HR related activities, including id succession planning, performance management, employee development, and policy/program development. Heidi has more than 15 years of experience in Human . Resources in the Construction Management, Pharmaceutical and Consumer Goods Industries.
Heidi attended Meredith College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in Human Resources Management and a minor in Accounting.
Heidi was born in Newport, Rhode Island, but she has lived in North Carolina for more than 30 years. She currently lives in Fuquay-Varina with her husband and three children, and she enjoys sailing, swimming, and traveling in her free time.
Innovative Systems Group
Tony Marshall is President and CEO of Innovative Systems Group (ISG). ISG is a to provider of cybersecurity services. The company is credited with developing one of the first cybersecurity-focused apprenticeship programs in the country. Throughout his career, Tony has differentiated himself by focusing on the hard to solve business problems and designed technology-based solutions to resolve them.
While his professional life has focused on solving business-related problems, his extracurricular focus has been firmly focused on youth education. Tony has been involved with community outreach efforts involving youth education for his entire adult life. From mentoring programs in the Washington, DC inner city schools to Chairing the Business Alliance in a Raleigh area high school.
Tony resides in Raleigh, NC.
Well Care Health
Susan is the Chief People Officer with Well Care Health, a North Carolina based home health agency serving patients across North and South Carolina. She leads Well Care’s talent acquisition, culture and retention strategies, employee and leadership development programming efforts, and organizational design focused on organizational performance, scalability, and sustainable growth.
An accomplished healthcare executive, she has extensive experience driving strategic imperatives, launching start-up initiatives and performance programs, and leading organizational transformation. After over two decades as a healthcare leader, working in a large hospital system, health plan, healthcare start-up and now home health company, Susan has a unique perspective on healthcare delivery and innovation. She understands the complexities of the healthcare system but has also proven that patient experience, profitability, and affordability are not mutually exclusive in healthcare settings. Known for establishing and leveraging key internal and external relationships to create and sustain culture aligned with performance expectations, Susan is a highly respected leader in the healthcare community.
Susan holds an M.A. in Health Science from East Carolina University, and has actively served community organizations focused on workforce development for more than twenty years. She serves on the NC Works Commission, the NC Community College Foundation and served as the Chair of the Capital Area Workforce Development Board for twelve years.
NC Assn. of Educators
Mark Jewell is a 26-year veteran educator, with the majority of his teaching career occurring at the elementary level as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher.
During his tenure, Mark has been a strong advocate for children, young adults and educators. He spent 10 years as a classroom teacher in West Virginia, and the last 16 years with Guilford County Schools, serving at Oak Hill Elementary in High Point and Murphey Traditional Academy in Greensboro. He was honored to receive the the Teacher of the Year at both schools.
Most recently, Mark served as a lateral-entry specialist for the Guilford County Schools’ Human Resources Department, providing support for new teachers entering the profession through alternative licensure pathways. In addition, he has also contributed to many local and community boards: the Guilford County Council of PTAs, the Guilford Education Alliance, the Guilford Education Committee, the Guilford County Schools United Way Campaign, the High Point Student Human Relations Committee, Safe Schools NC Board of Directors, The NC Public School Forum, and the Burroughs Wellcome Science, Math and Technology Council.
He is a respected voice on public education policy, and a champion for all stakeholders at the local, state and national levels. Mark is the former president of the Guilford County Association of Educators, and served on the board of directors for both the North Carolina Association of Educators and the National Education Association. In April 2012, Mark was elected as NCAE vice president, representing nearly 60,000 educators.
Mark received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Marshall University.
NCWorks Career Center - Raleigh
Chet Mottershead was raised in Rocky Mount, North Carolina and earned his BA in History from Warren Wilson College in Asheville NC, and his MPA from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC.
After working in Human Resources in the private sector, Chet served as Director of Human Resources for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, a post he held for 15 years. Chet currently serves as the NC Division of Workforce Solutions Manager for the NCWorks Career Center in Raleigh. He is a member of Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh and is active in the Boy Scouts.
Johnston County Youth Services
Deborah Bolin has served as the Executive Director of Johnston County Youth Services since 2002. She began her career with the agency in 2001 as the teacher in the Structured Day (Suspension) Program. Ms. Bolin graduated from North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 1984 with a B.S. degree in Mathematics. In 2000, she received an additional B.S. degree from NCSU in Secondary Mathematics Vi Education. While she attended NCSU, Ms. Bolin was awarded the “Outstanding Senior in High School Mathematics Education” award and the “Outstanding Mathematics Education Student” award.
Since 1992, Ms. Bolin has been involved in community-based programming which includes the development and supervision of elementary tutorial and adult literacy programs in low-income neighborhoods. Ms. Bolin has also served as a Guardian ad-Litem volunteer and is currently a member of the South Campus Advisory and Community Councils, the School Health Advisory Council, the NC Association of Community Restitution Programs, and the Capital Area Youth Council.
Cindy Waite is the President / CEO of Accentuate Staffing, a local staffing firm that maintains a 515 person workforce across 220 local Triangle employers. Cindy has over 20 years experience in both staffing agency and corporate recruitment experience. A Garner native, Cindy earned her Master's in Accounting and Bachelors in Business from UNC-Chapel Hill. She started her career in public accounting with the now Pricewaterhouse Coopers where she earned her CPA designation.
Her recruiting knowledge was gained through experiences at Robert Half International, IBM and for the past 18 years with Accentuate Staffing. Cindy has been recognized with a 40 under 40 Award and Business Impact recognition. Accentuate Staffing has been recognized with a #222 ranking on the Inc500 list along with four Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Pinnacle Awards and six consecutive Triangle Fast 50 Awards.
NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Stephanie Vinson is currently employed with The North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation as the Manager for the Raleigh Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Program. Some of the programs managed by the Raleigh office serve clients in Johnston, Franklin, Vance, Warren and Person counties. The VR program assists individuals with disabilities with obtaining and maintaining employment. Prior to her role as manager, Stephanie worked in the VR State Office as the Program Specialist for Business Services. In that role she was responsible for creating and implementing comprehensive statewide employment initiatives designed to promote partnerships between NCDVR and business customers.
She continues to provide leadership, direction and policy consultation on issues related to employment for the division. Stephanie has represented the Division as the liaison for Workforce Development/WIA, OFCCP, Counsel of State Administrators for Vocational Rehabilitation (Employment Committee), Region IV Employment Partners Team, and the National Employment Team for Vocational Rehabilitation. In addition to representing the agency on the national level, she continues to provide training and consultation for her staff.
Stephanie has been in the field of rehabilitation for 22 years working on the behalf of individuals with disabilities. Stephanie has also worked in the private sector in management. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Certified Public Manager. She is also an active member of the National Rehabilitation Association.
North Carolina State University
Tom White is the Director of the Economic Development Partnership (EDP) with the Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development at NC State University. The Partnership is strategically designed to promote and enhance Entrepreneurship and Cluster-Based Regional Economic Development, and interacts closely with the Wake County Economic Development Program, the Research Triangle Regional Partnership and the NC Department of Commerce. The Partnership interacts with corporate recruiters and site selection consultants to help produce capital investment, tax base expansion and job creation throughout North Carolina’s seven Economic Development Regions by effectively linking University resources with key economic development officials at the local, regional and state levels.
As former president of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, White served as the chief executive officer of a 1500-member nonprofit business organization. He is a graduate of Duke University (BA, English) with a Master of Public Affairs graduate degree from N.C. State University.
White has been active as a volunteer in the Durham and Research Triangle community, having served as president of the Durham Day Care Council, the Durham Literacy Council, chairman of the Durham United Way Campaign and chairman of its board of directors, and a member of the executive committees and boards of both the Durham Workforce Development Board and the Research Triangle Regional Partnership.
He serves on the board of directors for LC Industries as their Secretary-Treasurer, and also is a board member for the Research Triangle Foreign Trade Zone and the Durham Nativity School. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Emily Krzyzewski Center, and was a charter board member and founding vice chairman of the Center to chairman Duke University Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Melissa Short leads Transitions LifeCare’s talent strategy efforts. Transitions LifeCare is a not-for-profit provider of hospice, home health, and palliative care services in seven NC counties. The organization employees about 480 compassionate and dedicated people and served over 7500 patients in 2018.
A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Melissa first came to North Carolina to attend North Carolina State University where she graduated cum laude in political science. She later continued her education at East Carolina University where she obtained her Master's degree in business administration. Melissa has spent the bulk of her career in the for-profit healthcare sector but aiso has direct experience with non-profit and pharmaceutical organizations. She holds two senior level certifications from both the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. As an experienced professional, her passion is helping organizations become an excellent place to work. When she’s not working for Transitions, Melissa is spending time with her husband, Brian, a Raleigh native, and their young daughter.
Wake County Public Schools
Joy Frankoff is currently the School-To-Career Coordinator for Wake County Public School System. Her role is to facilitate the School-To-Career initiatives which also include coordinating the Business Alliance Leadership Team of Wake County for middle and high schools and working with all of the high school Career Academies in Wake County Public School System.
Joy has returned to WCPSS after serving as the Human Resource Director for the past twelve years for Piedmont Air Conditioning in Raleigh. Before working at Piedmont, Joy worked for sixteen years with WCPSS as the Industry Education Coordinator and also formerly as a teacher. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree from NC State University. Joy also has her Principal's Certification and SPHR Certification (Senior Professional of Human Resources).
D. Ross Yeager
Wake County Northern Regional Center
D. Ross Yeager
Mr. D. Ross Yeager is a 25-year veteran of Wake County, NC government. He has served as the Director of Wake County’s Northern Regional Center in Wake Forest, NC since 2007. He is a member of the Human Services Senior Leadership Team, County Extended Leadership Team, and serves on various boards and committees A in the course of his work. Ross has dedicated his professional life to public service. Prior to being name Director, he worked in a number of other capacities including as a Program Manager with Wake County Human Services and as a Personnel Consultant with the Human Resources Office.
Mr. Yeager, who hails from Franklin, Pennsylvania, received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Edinboro University in 1987. Ross is also a graduate of the University of Virginia Senior Leadership course as well as the University of North Carolina’s applied leadership program.
He enjoys volunteering his time as past president of the St. Thomas More Academy HSA, a facilitator of Leadership Wake Forest, past President of his community's HOA, member and frequent speaker at the Wake Forest and Rolesville Chambers of Commerce, volunteer reading coach with Wake County Public Schools, and dedicates many hours annually at the Eastern & Central NC Food Bank, Community Connections sustainable garden, and Habitat for Humanity. He has been recognized with numerous county and professional achievement awards. He takes pride in his willingness to help every individual reach his or her highest personal and professional potential.
Mr. Yeager is married with one son, and in his spare time enjoys home improvement projects, 5Ks and Sprint Triathlons, spending quality time with family and friends, pursuing his passion for finding the best hamburger in the area, and following his favorite football team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Robert Earnhardt is President and Owner of Superior Tooling Inc. He has worked in this trade for over 40 years. He is chairman of NCTAP, an apprenticeship program designed to develop experts needed in the modern workforce. Robert is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Mold Builders Association.
Mr. Earnhardt resides in Wake Forest, NC.
Focus Design Builders
Jonathan Williams comes to the Capital Area Work Force Development Board as a 29-year resident of Wake County. The majority of Jonathan’s work experience is within the construction and landscaping industries. Jonathan first began working in construction at age 13 for his brother David Williams, Jr. at Williams Custom Building in Wake Forest, North Carolina. At Williams Custom Building Jonathan of worked part-time as a general laborer throughout high school and college. Upon graduating high school in 2005, Jonathan enrolled in Vance-Granville Community College’s two-year College Transfer program. In 2007 Jonathan earned his Associates in Arts degree from Vance-Granville Community College and transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jonathan graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009 with a Bachelor's in Arts degree in Management and Society.
After struggling to find work in a dismal job market, Jonathan accepted a 90-day temporary position with a landscaping supplies manufacturing firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. Within three years Jonathan was named Chief Operating Officer of the firm and assisted the firm in navigating through The Great Recession. In his two years as COO, Jonathan’s team set company records in revenue, profit, return on assets, and net profit margin. Following the two-year stint as COO, Jonathan moved on to become a small business strategist working for mentor and friend Fred Lilley at Business Lab, Inc. Jonathan returned to the construction industry in 2015 and now holds the position of Project Developer for Focus Design Builders, LLC, a regional commercial construction firm headquartered in Wake Forest, NC.
Jonathan currently resides in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he grew up. In addition to his role with Focus Design Builders, Jonathan also serves as Vice President of the Koinonia Foundation of Wake Forest. He is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin County Committee of 100, and the NAIOP Raleigh-Durham Chapter. Jonathan is a licensed General Contractor and Real Estate Broker in the state of North Carolina.
Howard Manning is the Executive Director of Dorcas Ministries, an organization whose mission is to provide compassionate assistance to area residents in need through emergency financial assistance, training, scholarships, food assistance and an affordable thrift shop. Dorcas’s goal is to help people become stable and self-sufficient. They have found that unemployment or underemployment is the root cause of economic instability for most of their clients. Howard’s participation on the CAWD Board is a natural link to his daily responsibilities at Dorcas Ministries. Mr. Manning received his Bachelor degree in Chemistry from St. Augustine’s University. He is married with three adult children and eight grandchildren. He currently resides in Willow Spring, NC.
Lori Waters is a multi-site Human Resources Manager with Eaton, a global leader in power management technologies and services. With over 12 years of human resources experience, Lori’s expertise includes talent management, employee engagement, training and development, leadership coaching, community outreach and workers compensation. In addition to her experience with Eaton, she has also held roles with UTC Aerospace Systems and Genworth Financial.
Lori is passionate about developing successful strategies to help organizations and individuals realize their short and long-term goals and is very excited to have the opportunity to expand this passion in achieving the goals of the Capital Area Workforce Development Board.
Lori holds a Master of Human Resources from the University of South Carolina, a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Indiana University, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Rodney is the Principle Engagement Manager at SAS, Inc., where his role is be to act as the primary customer liaison for large-scale fraud and security aa intelligence solution initiatives with state and local government clients. His workforce board experience includes his current membership on the Capital Area Workforce Development Board and his previous membership on the 4 Polk County, Florida Workforce Development Board from November 2007 to December 2010. Rodney has nearly 25 years of experience in several roles revolving around economic development strategic development, organizational/departmental development and/or restructuring, and strategic partnership development in non-profit, government and Fortune 50 corporations. Rodney is also an accomplished entrepreneur having started and sold several small businesses including a dive shop in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Rodney holds a double major in International Business and Business Finance from the University of Hawaii — Manoa and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill. Additionally, he holds certifications in economic development and international marketing from the International Economic Development Council and Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Charlie Bell started Studio TK, a division of Teknion, in 2012. Studio TK collaborates with international designers to create seating and table product solutions for evolving social work environments. Studio TK serves corporate clients throughout the world.
Prior to joining Studio TK, Charlie was with HBF, a manufacturer of office seating and wood products, for over 20 years. He held various positions including President and Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Mr. Bell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University and a MBA from UNC Chapel Hill.
Brendan Attoh is the Human Resources Manager for Global Skyware; a satellite communications manufacturing company with over 200 employees. Not only does - Brendan’s career in Human Resources encompass responsibilities with employee Wf relations, retirement accounts, leadership coaching, benefits, and compensation, but his passion for recruiting the right employees for Skyware has helped earn the business its most successful year in almost a decade.
Brendan is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served 6 years in the reserves and 14 years active duty where he began his administrative career in 1997. It was then, he realized he had a knack for helping people take care of their important personal and professional affairs enabling them to focus on their professions. Brendan has accomplished his Human Resources and Project Management Certification as well as his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with the University of Phoenix. Brendan is a true “Phoenix” and is always interested in the next challenge and is ready for the journey life takes him on next!
Brendan and his wife Shameka Attoh have 3 children and reside in Clayton, NC.