MADISON – On July 20, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson announced new members of the Governor Walker’s Council on Workforce Investment (CWI), which oversees coordination of talent development activities across the state. The new members include representatives from both the private and public sector who possess the background and expertise to develop a strong, highly skilled workforce in Wisconsin.

“Wisconsin stands out among the nation for the investments we have made to develop our workforce,” Secretary Newson said. “We will look to the Council to recommend more bold and innovative strategies to ensure a robust and well-trained talent pipeline is in place to help employers stay competitive in the nation and world.”

The Council provides recommendations to the Governor and the DWD on strategic investments of federal funds. The advisory panel also reviews the workforce activities of Wisconsin’s Workforce Development Areas, ensuring that workforce development programing is efficient and effective.

The CWI was reconstituted this year in part to meet new requirements of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, which represents the most significant changes to the nation’s workforce development system since the 1990s. The council consists of members appointed in accordance with WIOA with additional members as designated by the Governor.

Examples of the Council’s duties include:

• Recommend talent development strategies that align with economic development and educational systems.
• Identify and advance best practices to strengthen delivery systems such as the Wisconsin Job Center system and equip workers with skills to meet labor market needs.
• Ensure resources are available to support all Wisconsinites who want to work, including youths and persons with disabilities.

Additional information on the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment, including a full membership list, is available at

Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment

The following individuals will join Governor Walker as members of the Council on Workforce Investment:

Dan Ariens Ariens Company
Kurt Bauer Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
Ray Cross University of Wisconsin System
Cedric Ellis CUNA Mutual Group
Tony Evers Department of Public Instruction
Paul Farrow Waukesha County Executive
Andy Fiene Premier Cooperative
Morna Foy Wisconsin Technical College System
Reed Hall Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Grailing Jones Schneider Finance, Inc.
Steve Klessig Keller, Inc.
Janice Lemminger Manpower Group
Steve Loehr Kwik Trip
Terry McGowan International Union of Operating Engineers
Dan Mella Plymouth School District
Michelle Mettner Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Reggie Newson Department of Workforce Development
Kent Olson Olson Tire and Auto Service, Inc.
Alan Petelinsek Power Test, Inc.
Vern Peterson Wisconsin Public Service Corporation
Rep. Warren Petryk Wisconsin Assembly
Dawn Pratt Wisconsin Apprenticeship Advisory Council
Mark Reihl Wisconsin State Council of Carpenters
Sen. Janis Ringhand Wisconsin Senate
Lola Roeh The Osthoff Resort
Sen. Roger Roth Wisconsin Senate
Kathi Seifert Karapult, LLC
Rep. Katrina Shankland Wisconsin Assembly
Dan Steininger BizStarts Milwaukee
Tom Still Wisconsin Technology Council
Troy Streckenbach Brown County Executive
Vicky Strobel Marshfield Clinic
Mark Tyler OEM Fabricators
Rolf Wegenke Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Note: Two other representatives from North Central Wisconsin were appointed: Rep. Katrina Shankland (Stevens Point) and Vicky Strobel, Marshfield Clinic (and Centery Board Chair).



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