Virginia Workforce Network

Who we Are


Nominations to the Board of Directors:

To nominate an individual use the official nomination form and submit it to the Western Virignia Workforce Development Board administrative office by mail:313 Luck Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
or fax: 540-343-4416.

Board of Directors

The Western Virginia Workforce Development Board is a partnership of public and private sector organizations dedicated to achieving regional workforce and economic development goals.

Board of Directors is appointed by the Chief Local Elected Officials Consortium (CLEO) from nominations received from board members, partner organizations or any member of the public residing in Area III. The board is made up of eight business sector members — one for each locality — and seven members from partner organizations. Directors must be residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each director serves for a three-year term and may be appointed for an additional three-year term. Directors receive training sessions related to board service and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Board of director bylaws require membership include at least 51 percent private sector members, who may represent the locality in which their organization is based or where the individual resides.

King Tower (2018) Chair
Woods Rogers, PLC
Roanoke, VA

Joyce Kessinger (2016) Immediate Past Chair
Human Resource Manager
Boxley Materials Company
Roanoke, VA

Shawn Hildebrand (2017) Vice-Chair
General Manager
Craig/Botetourt Electric Coop
New Castle, VA

William F. Jones, Jr. (2017) Treasurer
Senior Vice President
HomeTown Bank
Roanoke, VA

Carroll Gentry(2017) Immediate Past Treasurer
Owner, Tanglewood Estates
Roanoke, VA

Joseph Brinley (2016) Secretary
Instructor, Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 26
Roanoke, VA

Naomi Powers (2018)
Human Resource Consultant
Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital
Rocky Mount, VA

Katherine Holcomb (2018) 
Virginia Employment Commission
Roanoke, VA

Teresa Hammond (2017)
Executive Director
Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce
Covington, VA

Donnie Spangler (2016)
Region 5 ABE Program Manager
Salem City Public Schools
Salem, VA

Jill Loope (2016)
Director of Economic Development
Roanoke County
Roanoke, VA

Michelle Wells  (2017)
Human Services Manager
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Service
Roanoke, VA

Deborah Yancey (Interim)
Workforce Development Coordinator
Virginia Western Community College
Roanoke, VA

Crystal Hall (2017)
Resident Services Manager
Roanoke Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Roanoke, VA

John Weaver (2015)
Local Labor Union #980
Roanoke, VA

Jane Conlin (2017) Ex-Officio
Director, Departments of Social and Human Services
City of Roanoke
Roanoke, VA

Kathy Hodges (2017) 
The Franklin Center
Rocky Mount, VA

William D. Jones (2017) 
Two Boys, LLC
Salem, VA

Dr. John J. Rainone (2017) 
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Clifton Forge, VA

Phil Peters (2019) 
Vice President of Human Resources
Optical Cable Corporation

Roanoke, VA

Chalres Wayne Adkins (2018) 
Business Relationship Manager
Salem Tools, Inc.
Salem, VA

Todd Putney (2018) 
Vice President of Human Resources
Medical Facilities of America
Roanoke, VA

Casey Nicely (2018) 

First Citizens Bank
Botetourt, VA


Karen Michalski-Karney (2018)

Executive Director

Blue Ridge Independent Living Center

Roanoke, VA


David Olsen (2018)

Production Services Manager


Covington, VA


Timothy Gibson (2018)

JATC, Sheet Metal

Roanoke, VA