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2021-22 Chair

2021-22 Executive Committee


Gabrielle Buchanan

Human Resource Director

Cooper Standard

377 Phipps Bend Road

Surgoinsville, TN  37873

Past-NETWDB Chair

Jay Richardson

Owner & Chief Executive Officer

Master Model Craft. Inc

431 Industrial Drive

Bristol, TN 37620

Vice Chair:



Martin Frye

United Health Care

2033 Meadowview Ln

Kingsport, TN  37662




Operations  & Planning Committee

Amanda Boyer,

Training Specialist/HR Supervisor

AO Smith

1100 East Fairview Ave

Johnson City, TN 37601


Youth & Young Adult Committee

Gabrielle Buchanan

Human Resource Director

Cooper Standard

377 Phipps Bend Road

Surgoinsville, TN  37873



Targeted Populations Committee

Brain Wilhoit

Vice President

Amsee, Ltd.

1915 Snapps Ferry Road

Greeneville, TN 37745

NETLWDB Board Members
  1. Dean Blevins, TN Center for Applied Technology at Elizabethton

  2. Amanda Boyer, AO Smith

  3. Brian Wilhoit, Amsee

  4. Gabrielle Buchanan, Cooper Standard

  5. Traci Ellenburg, Ceradyne, Inc/3M

  6. Dr. Connie Marshall, Northeast State Community College

  7. Debbie Fillers, Adult Education, Northeast State Community College

  8. Martin Frye, United Health Care

  9. Krystal Holder, Bell Textron, Inc.

  10. David Hutton, Upper East TN Central Labor Council

  11. Tim Jaynes, UETHDA

  12. Sonya Sanders, Nuclear Fuel Services

  13. Bob Canter, Johnson City Chamber of Commerce

  14. Andrew McKeehan, Carter County Bank

  15. Jeff Frazier, Eastman Chemical

  16. James Osborne, JA Street & Associates

  17. Daronda Patterson, ZF TRW

  18. Robin Pritchard, Snap On Tools

  19. Jay Richardson, Master Model Craft, Inc.

  20. Lottie Ryans, FTDD

  21. Donna Tate, Seaman Corporation

  22. Kenneth Osborne, TN AFL-CIO

  23. Lynn Tully,  Northeast TN Region Economic & Community Development

  24. Jonathan Van Bremen, Tri Cities Electrical JATC

  25. Dennis Vaught, Jacobs Creek Job Corp

  26. Brian Decker, TN Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development

  27. Hamlin Wilson, Ballad Health

  28. Paul Sajdak, High Country Imaging

  29. Henry Wynn, Hackney Furniture

* Denotes Executive Committee

Workforce Board Responsibilities

· Develop and submit a 4-year local plan for the workforce area

· Conduct workforce research and regional labor market analysis

· Convene area workforce development system stakeholders

· Lead efforts to engage with a diverse range of employers and other entities

· Develop effective linkages with employers

· Ensure that workforce investment activities meet the needs of employers and support economic growth

· Develop and implement proven or promising strategies for meeting the employment and skill needs of workers and employers

· With representatives of secondary and postsecondary education programs, lead efforts to develop and implement career pathways

· Lead efforts in the local area to identify and promote proven and promising strategies and initiatives for meeting the needs of employers, workers and job seekers.

· Develop strategies for using technology to maximize the accessibility and effectiveness of the local workforce development system for employers, and workers and job seekers/

· Identifying strategies for better meeting the needs of individuals with barriers to employment.

· Conduct oversight and Ensure the appropriate use and management of the funds provided under WIOA

· Negotiate and reach agreement on local performance indicators with the chief elected official and the Governor;

· Negotiate with CEO and required partners on the methods for funding the infrastructure costs of one-stop centers in the local area

· Select the providers in the local area, and where appropriate terminate such providers of Youth workforce activities, training services consistent with the criteria and information requirements established by the Governor and WIOA

· Select One-stop operators

· Coordinate activities with education and training providers in the local area

· Develop a budget for the activities of the Local WDB,

· Assess, on an annual basis, the physical and programmatic accessibility of all one-stop centers in the local area

· Certification of one-stop centers

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