Serving this region through the alignment of industry, educational and community

The Workforce Development Board of West Central Wisconsin is led by a board of directors, chosen to represent the diverse groups involved with workforce and economic development issues and challenges. Our leadership team is comprised of experts in workforce development, economic development, training, education, public policy, human resources, business management and strategic development. The Board brings their expertise and targets investments to effectively align the needs of job seekers and employers. Our focus on collaboration drives well-rounded, strategic solutions for a better local economy.

Board Members

  • VACANT – Barron County Business
  • VACANT - Chippewa County
  • Patti Audorff, Walmart Transportation
  • Erin Benson, Western Wisconsin Health
  • Jessica Bierman, Realityworks, Inc.
  • Christian Blaisdell, Workforce Resource, Inc. (Ex-Offico) 
  • Steve Blodgett, Job Service – Eau Claire
  • Russell Boos, United Association Local 434
  • Thomas Draghi, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Lisa Fiore, ManPower
  • Joni Geroux, Chippewa Valley Technical College
  • Elizabeth Hart, Chippewa Valley Literacy Volunteers
  • Scott Hodek, DWD Economist (Ex-Offico)
  • Peter Kaz, MayRay App(First Chair)
  • Peter Kilde, WestCAP
  • Kevin Larson, Spring Valley Senior Living & Health Care 
  • Lynn Nelson, West Central WI Regional Planning
  • Britt Nordquist, HR Manager 3M
  • Steve Osero, Amery Technical Products (AmTec) (Past-Chair)
  • Claudia Pecha, Unemployment Insurance
  • Jesse Singerhouse, Dunn Energy Cooperative (Chair)
  • Jake Steivang, Real Property Health Facilities, Corp.
  • Kathy Sweeney, Heritage Woods, LLC
  • John Walsh, IBEW Local 14
  • John Will, WI Indianhead Technical College (Secretary/Treasurer)

West Central Wisconsin County Boards’ Consortium

The West Central Wisconsin County Boards’ Consortium appoints the Workforce Development Board and has responsibility for program planning and oversight.

  • John C. Andrews, Pepin County Appointee
  • Missy Christopherson, Eau Claire County
  • Dean Gullickson, Chippewa County
  • Kelly Mccullough, Dunn County
  • Louie Okey, Barron County Chair
  • Dave Ostness, St. Croix County
  • Ben Plunkett, Pierce County Appointee
  • Joe Waichulis, Clark County Appointee, (First Chair)
  • Ryan Wood, Polk County