The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board began its new program year on July 1, 2017, and started the year with a new trio of county leaders in top roles for its County Consortium. The terms are for one year and run until June 30, 2018.
Serving as Consortium Chair is Donna Kalata, Chairman of the Waushara County Board of Supervisors. Kalata is in her third, two-year term as Chair of the Waushara County Board and resides in Wautoma.
Taking on the role of Consortium Vice-Chair is Mark Harris, County Executive of Winnebago County. Harris has been Winnebago County Executive since 2005 and lives in Oshkosh.
The role of Consortium Secretary is now held by Alice Connors, County Board Chair of Calumet County. Alice has been County Board Chair since 2014 and lives in Chilton. In July, she celebrated a 36-year-anniversary as a member of the Calumet County Board of Supervisors.
The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, based in Neenah, represents the six counties of Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago. Each of 2 the counties are required to come together in what’s known as a County Consortium and are typically represented by a County Executive or County Board Chair. Together, this County Consortium exercises a critical part of the governance process for the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, including approving the Board’s overall budget and providing strategic insight to workforce planning and is fiscally responsible for the health of the Board.
The County Consortium is separate from the Fox Valley Workforce Development Board, which is made up of 28 leaders from the public and private sectors. Together, these two bodies come together to solve the critical workforce issues in our region, known as Workforce Development Area 4. The FVWDB is one of 11 workforce boards in Wisconsin.
Besides Chair Kalata, Vice-Chair Harris and Secretary Connors, also representing counties on the Consortium are Allen Buechel, Fond du Lac County Executive; Harley Reabe, Green Lake County Board Chairman; and Dick Koeppen, Waupaca County Board Chair.
The FVWDB provides local delivery of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) programs and leads a number of workforce development and job training initiatives in its six county area. The best way to find out about services that are right for you is to visit one of the six (6) Job Centers in Berlin, Fond du Lac, Menasha, Oshkosh, Waupaca or Wautoma, or check out the web site at www.foxvalleyjobcenters.com.