About

Workforce Partnership

A Stronger Workforce
For A Stronger Economy

WHO WE ARE...

Workforce Partnership is committed to building a workforce development system that meets the needs of both job seekers and employers throughout the Kansas City area. We operate a network of career centers in Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties offering professional expertise and funding resources to employers and eligible job seekers.

Chief Elected Officials Board

Workforce Partnership is a 501(c)(3) organization, whose Board of Directors serves as the Local Workforce Development Board for our three county area. The members of this Local Board are business and community leaders dedicated to bettering lives in the KC metro area. They serve two-year terms and are appointed by designated elected officials serving our three counties.


Michael Brown, Commissioner
Johnson County


Robert Holland, Commissioner
Leavenworth County


Harold Johnson, Commissioner
Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS


Brian McKiernan, Commissioner
Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS


Jason Osterhaus, Commissioner
Johnson County


Dr. Jane Winkler Philbrook, Commissioner
Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS
Board Chair


Donald Roberts, Mayor
City of Edgerton, KS

Local Workforce Development Board

  • Trudi Andernacht, HR Business Partner, Farmers Insurance
  • Melissa Bennett, Director, HR Consulting, Cerner
  • Janice Blansit, Director of Adult Education, Johnson County Community College
  • Sean Callahan Sr., CIO, Sumner One
  • Brian Cavataio, President, BWC Executive Group
  • Michael Donnelly, Director, Kansas Rehabilitation Services, Kansas Dept. for Children & Families
  • Celeste Gruhin, Area Human Resources Representative, UPS
  • David Huston, Independent Sales Representative, Midland Plastics
  • Steve Jack, Executive Director, Leavenworth County Development Corporation
  • Brenda Jones, Vice President, Communication Workers of America Local 6450
  • Todd Jordan, Director of Community Impact, United Way of Wyandotte County
  • Greg Kindle, President, Wyandotte Economic Development Council
  • Alise Martiny, Business Manager, Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Derrick Nelson, Corporate Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Commerce Bank
  • Mike Potorti, Manufacturing Manager, RBC Medical Innovations
  • Michele Roberts-Bauer, President, ABC Heart of America Chapter
  • Cheryl Runnebaum, Dean of Technology and Workforce, Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Gail A. Schuetz, Director of Maternal Child Services, The University of Kansas Hospital

Board Staff

The Chief Elected Officials Board and the Local Workforce Development Board are served by professional board staff with expertise in non-profit leadership, grant funding and accounting, IT systems, HR recruitment and retention, case management and WIOA-specific operations and performance.


Jo Adams
Chief Fiscal Officer


Sloane Gage
Director of Program and Resource Development


Lars Leininger
Director of Business Services


Emily McGrew
Director of System Performance


Roberta Rowland
Business Services Representative


Keely J. Schneider
Executive Director


Tom Wilhauk
Executive Assistant


Candis Yarsulik
Chief Technology Officer

Workforce Center Management


Erich Ulmer
Local Area Project Director


Wallace Vaughn
Regional Operations Manager, KS Department of Commerce


Teresa Clardy
Site Director – Johnson County


Shanda Cooper
Site Director – Leavenworth County


Molly Turney
Site Director – Wyandotte County

Meeting Dates

Our meetings are posted here and always open to the public. If you wish to receive copies of board meeting minutes or board policies, please contact the Board Staff Administrator at 913-577-5900 or email tomw@workforcepartnership.com.

*NOTE:  The December Executive Committee Meeting has been changed to Friday, December 14 at 8:00 a.m.

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