Board Members

The members are appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and serve on multiple committees including:

  • Executive Committee
  • Economic Development and Employer Services (EDES) Committee
  • Workforce Systems Committee
  • Youth Policy Council

For current board and committee items, go to the “Info & Research” section in Board Items.

Board Members

NAME ORGANIZATION EMAIL
James Paxson, Chair Hacienda
Dan Walters, Vice-Chair Copper Harbor Company, Inc.
Kenneth Baker Technology Consultant
Darlene Besst National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
Jeff Bowser Creative Solutions Consulting
Sherry Chapin Operating Engineers Local 3
Estelle Clemons Oakland/Alameda County Community Action Agency
Andreas Cluver Alameda County Building Trades
Stephanie Couch CSU East Bay
Linda Evans Housing Authority of the Co of Ala
Sally Gallegos United Indian Nations
Joe Goitiandia WyoTech
Dollie Hamilton Employment Development Dept
Thomas Hanson Mission Valley ROP
Nima Jafarian Phillips NumiLEDs
Dan Kennerk SEIU Local 1000
Brett Knight Kaiser Permanente
Darien Louie East Bay EDA
Bethany McCormick Lawrence Livermore Lab
Kathy Mello TGIF Auto Body Shop, Inc.
Jennifer Ong Family Eye Care drjenniferong@gmail.com
Trina Ostrander Bayer Health Care
Susan Passseggi Castro Valley Adult School & Career Education
Ellouise Patton United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 5
Grant Pinkston A C Transit
Debbie Potter City of Alameda – Community Dev
DeVonn Powers Goodwill Industries
Chris Rochette Bay Ship & Yachet
Lisa Shell PG&E
Ashton Simmons Rouse Properties
Len Turner Turner Group Construction
Robert Wilkins YMCA of the East Bay
Theresa Woo California State Dept of Rehab

 

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is led by the Workforce Investment Board Chair and Vice Chair as well as the Chair of each of the other committees. Primary responsibilities are coordination of other committees’ work, administrative issues, budget review and approval, and management of personnel matters. The Executive Committee may also perform special assignments as needed.

NAME/POSITION   ORGANIZATION EMAIL
James Paxson, Chair Hacienda
Dan Walters, Vice-Chair Copper Harbor Company
Ellouise Patton, Workforce Sys Committee Chair Ella Baker for Human Rights
Darlene Besst, EDES Committee Chair National Electrical Contractors Assoc (NECA)
Gana Eason, YPC Chair Alameda County Social Services Agency

 

Economic Development and Employer Services (EDES) Committee

EDES committee develops strategies to identify emerging market trends, provide guidance for training programs and assist employer services. EDES Chair member is a representative from a private business or local economic development agency.

NAME ORGANIZATION EMAIL
Darlene Besst, Committee Chair National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
Susan Passeggi, Committee Vice-Chair Castro Valley Adult School & Career Education
Andreas Cluver Alameda County Building Trades
Joe Goitiandia WyoTech
Dan Kennerk SEIU Local 1000
Brett Knight Kaiser Permanente
Darien Louie East Bay EDA
Jennifer Ong Family Eye Care
Susan Passeggi Castro Valley Adult School & Career Education
Debbie Potter City of Alameda

 

Workforce Systems Committee

The Workforce Systems Committee is responsible for developing the Workforce Investment Act program policies, reviewing the performance, and evaluating the outcomes of the one-stop career center system of the . The committee is comprised of representatives of the , including those representing mandated partners. The chair is selected from the Committee membership.

NAME ORGANIZATION EMAIL
Ellouise Patton, Committee Chair United Food and Commercial Workers Union    
Kathy Mello, Committee Vice-Chair TGIF Body Shop, Inc.
David Ackerman Livermore Premium Outlets
Jeff Bowser Creative Solutions Consulting
Estelle Clemons Oakland/Alameda Co. Community Action Agency
Linda Evans Housing Authority of the County of Alameda
Sally Gallegos United Indian Nations
Dollie Hamilton Employment Development Department
Gerry Dietrich (for Theresa Woo) California State Department of Rehabilitation

 

Youth Policy Council

Youth Policy Council (YPC) is responsible to develop youth employment, employment training policies, conducting oversight of local youth programs and overseeing youth related grants. YPC members consist of individuals from the WIB, juvenile justice, law enforcement, education, labor, public housing, parents, youth, community based organizations, and other entities with interest and expertise in youth policy.

NAME ORGANIZATION EMAIL
Gana Eason, YPC Chair Ala Co Social Services Agency – WBA
John Anyosa Alameda County CASA
Faith Battles Alameda County Social Services Agency – CFS
Linda Evans Housing Authority of the County of Alameda
Michael Goldberg Alameda One Stop Career Center
Thomas Hanson Mission Valley ROP
Elizabeth Lockerbie Youth
Rachel Lozano Hayward Hall of Justice
Lisa Meza Alameda County Probation Department
Dana Mitchell Department of Vocational Rehabilitation
Lolita Nunn Parent
Lisa Shell PG&E
Elizabeth Tarango Alameda County Office of Education
Robert Wilkins YMCA of the East Bay