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.  Among other work, we serve as the local workforce development board and 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. 

Because we are a local workforce development board funded in part by federal and state dollars, we are required to comply with the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and the Kansas Open Records Act (KORA).  KOMA is a law that guarantees anyone the right to observe governmental policy makers, such as your local school board, city council, county commissioners, local workforce boards or most functions of the state legislature, that make the decisions affecting your life.  KORA is a law that permits the public to review or get copies of public records. There are two parts of the law. One part governs the procedure that public agencies must follow when someone requests a public record. The other part categorizes public records and, under certain circumstances, permits an agency to withhold public records.  If you wish to join any of our public meetings (listed below) or would like copies of certain records like board meeting minutes, our local area plan, etc., please contact our Board Administrator at 913-577-5946 or at wib@workforcepartnership.com so that we may assist you with your request.  A citizen's guide to KOMA and KORA may be found here.

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

Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, Workforce Partnership will be holding its public board meetings in a virtual format and through conference calls.  Some meetings may transition to a hybrid of Zoom and in-person options. These meetings, whether in-person or virtual, remain open to the public as always.  If you wish to join our 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. 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 wib@workforcepartnership.com. We will provide you with electronic copies within 48 hours.