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State Workforce Development Board



  Board Members

The State Workforce Development Board provides leadership and guidance to Tennessee’s Workforce Development System. The vision of the Workforce Board is to increase the competitive position of Tennessee businesses and attract new businesses through the development of a highly skilled workforce.

Governor Bill Lee

Governor Bill Lee
 Tennessee State Government
Nashville, TN

Tim Berry

Chairman Tim Berry
Pigeon Forge, TN


Jeff McCord

Jeff McCord
Labor and Workforce Development

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Penny Schwinn

Danielle W Barnes

Danielle W. Barnes
Human Services

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Bob Rolfe
Economic and Community Development


Mayor Kevin Brooks
Municipal Government
City of Cleveland, TN


Vonda McDaniel
Nashville, TN

Tony Niknejad

Tony Niknejad
Governor's Designee
Tennessee State Government
Nashville, TN


Michelle Falcon
Aegis Sciences Corporation
Nashville, TN


Mayor E.L. Morton
County Government
Campbell County, TN

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Jay Baker
Assistant Commissioner
Labor and Workforce Development
Nashville, TN


Martha Axford
ABC Design, LLC
Knoxville, TN


Rhonnie Brewer
ProGeny Place
Memphis, TN


Ben Ferguson
Personnel Placements Holdings, Inc.
Jackson, TN


Greg Persinger
Yates Services, LLC
Smyrna, TN


Kevin Vaughn
FirePro, LLC
Hampshire, TN


Senator Paul Bailey
Tennessee State Senate
Sparta, TN


Bill Godwin
BACAR Constructors, Inc.
Nashville, TN


Jason Bates
Toyota Bodine Aluminum, Inc.
Jackson, TN


Ann Hatcher
Nashville, TN


Representative Clark Boyd
Tennessee State House of Representatives
Lebanon, TN


Stuart Price
Lee Company
Franklin, TN


Christine Hopkins
Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry
Winchester, TN


Marshall Graves
Stone Door Group
Tracy City, TN

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Mandy Johnson
Assistant Commissioner 
Human Services
Nashville, TN

J. Paul Jackson
Excel Boats
Union City, TN

Kyle Spurgeon
Jackson Chamber
Jackson, TN

Ron Wade
Memphis, TN

Rick Isaacson
Gallatin, TN

Ruste Via
Christian Family Medicine and Pediatrics
Bolivar, TN

 Jonathan  Cantrell
Caldwell Paving
Cleveland, TN

Barry Ray
Legacy Senior Living
Cleveland, TN

Jeff Vance
Morrison, TN


The State Workforce Development Board has three committees and an Executive Committee composed of the Chair, Vice Chair, and committee chairs. The Executive Committee shall have supervision of the affairs of the Board between its business meetings, and conduct necessary business to ensure compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (P.L. 113—128) as may be amended from time to time, and applicable State and Federal regulations. The Executive Committee may make recommendations to the Board, and perform such other duties as are specified in the bylaws. The Executive Committee shall be subject to the order of the Board, and none of its acts shall conflict with these bylaws or policies of the Board.

There are three standing committees of the Board, for which the Board Chair appoints a Chair. These individuals are joined by a Vice Chair, Staff Liaison and other members. The committees shall convene at least four times per year in advance of the full Board meetings and as needed upon the advisement of the Board Chair.

Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Advise the Governor on program and policy changes under WIOA
  • Lead the development, maintenance and modification of State, regional and local plans
  • Serve as an advisor to review statewide program alignment
  • Review and make recommendations on program funding allocations
  • Lead review of statewide Workforce System

Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Oversee the continuous improvement of WIOA programs and activities
  • Be the lead monitor of State performance/accountability
  • Be the lead coordinator of policies and provision of WIOA services
  • Review and make recommendations for performance reporting, including Labor Market Information

Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Identify and share Workforce System best practices
  • Develop strategies for technology alignment and integration
  • Be the lead reviewer of service-model strategies in WIOA programs
  • Oversee all WIOA Youth program initiatives


2020-2021 State Workforce Board Meetings

Friday, November 13
Friday, March 26, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Friday, August 27, 2021  
Friday, November 12, 2021