Workforce Partnership

A Stronger WorkforceFor A Stronger Economy


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. Dynamic Workforce Solutions serves as our One Stop Operator.

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.


Jeff Meyers, Commissioner

Johnson County

Vicky Kaaz, Commissioner

Leavenworth, KS

Ed Eilert, Commissioner

Johnson County

Harold Johnson, Commissioner

Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS

David Alvey, Mayor

Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS

Donald Roberts, Mayor

City of Edgerton, KS

Dr. Jane Winkler Philbrook, Commissioner

Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, KS

Local Workforce Development Board

  • Melissa Bennett, Sr. Director, Workforce Strategy, Netsmart, Treasurer
  • Janice Blansit, Director of Adult Education, Johnson County Community College, Secretary
  • Brian Cavataio, President, BWC Executive Group, Vice Chair
  • Daniel Decker, Assistant Director of Employment Services, Kansas Dept. for Children & Families
  • Molly Dodson, AVP, Armed Forces Insurance
  • David Elliott, President, Construction and Planning Services, Inc.
  • Tony Goodson, Logistics and Project Manager, Nazdar Ink Technologies
  • Tim Holverson, Director of Workforce and Business Growth, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce
  • John Hutzenbuher, Director, HR Business Partner, Quest Diagnostics
  • Todd Jordan, CEO, United Way of Wyandotte County
  • Greg Kindle, President, Wyandotte Economic Development Council
  • Emily Kovacs, Talent Acquisition Coordinator, FedEx Ground
  • Alise Martiny, Business Manager, Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Rodney Pattison, Sr. Security Manager, Capgemini/Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
  • Mike Potorti, Manufacturing Manager, RBC Medical Innovations, Board Chair
  • 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
  • Wallace Vaughn, Regional Operations Manager, Kansas Department of Commerce

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 System Performance

Chad Johnson
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Roberta Rowland
Manager of Business Services

Devin Banks
Business Services Representative


Keely J. Schneider
Executive Director


Dausha Erickson
Administrative and Fiscal Assistant

Candis Yarsulik
Chief Technology Officer

Forrest Bowmaker
Systems Technician

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

Posted March 17, 2020 - Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, Workforce Partnership will be holding its public board meetings in March via virtual meetings and conference calls.  These meetings remain open to the public as always.  If you wish to join either of our March board meetings, please contact our Board Staff Administrator at 913-577-5900 or email wib@workforcepartnership.com for instructions on how best to connect.  We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we deal with limited access to our workforce centers during this time. Our meetings are posted here and always open to the public. If you wish to receive electronic copies of board meeting minutes, board policies, bylaws or our Local Area Plan, please contact the Board Staff Administrator at 913-577-5900 or email tomw@workforcepartnership.com. We will provide you with electronic copies within 48 hours.