The Nevadaworks Board decides policy and sets the direction for workforce efforts throughout Northern Nevada. The Board is comprised of the Nevadaworks Council and the Nevadaworks Local Elected Officials. Each group has its own bylaws, and each group is independent of the other. When meeting together, the two groups form the Nevadaworks Board and operate under the Board’s by-laws.
Per the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Section 107 (2), the Council membership is comprised of members representing labor, apprenticeship programs, adult literacy, higher education, economic development, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. Other members may represent community-based organizations, youth, local education, transportation, housing, public assistance, or philanthropic organizations. Business members must make up the majority of the total Council membership.
All Council members are appointed to terms of up to three years by the Local Elected Officials. Terms run from July 1 through June 30. Members may represent more than one category and may seek re-appointment when their current term expires.
Kevin Landry – Chair – New Horizons Learning Group
Thoran Towler – Chair Elect – Nevada Association of Employers
Alan Darney – Northern Nevada Electrical Apprenticeship
Cheri Hill – Sage International, Inc.
Chuck Sweeney – Chuck Sweeney Associates
Dr. Dana Ryan – Western Nevada College
Dr. Jeffery Alexander – Truckee Meadows Community College
Harry Mowrey– International Painters and Allied Trades, Local Union 567
Kara Harris – First Independent Bank
Karlene Johnson – Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
Ken Pierson – Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
Leslie Mix – Sierra Nevada Job Corps Center
Mechelle Merrill – Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
Phil Sunseri – Desert Diamonds Realty
Scott Jolcover – American Battery Metals
Suzanne Oetjen – Renown Health
Theresa Auld – Haws Corporation
Nevadaworks Local Elected Officials
The Nevadaworks Local Elected Officials are either elected to a county office or represent such an official. Their terms on the Nevadaworks Board are determined by their respective county commissions.
Michael Sharkozy – Chair – Eureka County Commissioner
Dave Mendiola – Vice Chair – Humboldt County Commissioner Representative
Amanda Osborne – Elko County Commissioner Representative
Bus Scharmann – Churchill County Commissioner
Curtis Schlepp – Mineral County Commissioner
Jeanne Herman – Washoe County Commissioner
Walt Nowosad – Douglas County Commissioner
JR Thomas – Lander County Commissioner
Lara Mather – Storey County Commissioner Representative
Maurice White – Carson City Supervisor Ward 2
Richard Howe – White Pine County Commissioner
Shayla Hudson– Pershing County Commissioner
Unassigned – Lyon County Commissioner
Nevadaworks Youth Council
The goal of the Nevadaworks Youth Council is to ensure the broadest range of services available to Northern Nevada youth while minimizing duplication. Nevadaworks has contracted with premier youth agencies to coordinate this function for the best interests of the communities involved.