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The 33 members of the Workforce Innovation Board of Ramsey County are key decision makers within their organizations and experts in the workforce arena representing business, organized labor, community-based organizations, education, economic development, and the public sector. In addition to serving on the Board, each member also participates on at least one of the WIB’s committees.  

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Board Member Title Company or Organization
Chad Kulas, Chair Executive Director Midway Chamber of Commerce
Tom Aasheim Director of Technical Education Finishing Trades Institute of the Upper Midwest
Robert Blake Owner Solar Bear
Shym Cook Field Operations Manager DEED Job Service
Becky Degendorfer Human Resources Manager Mustad Hoofcare
Chris Duffy Vice President of Public Relations Goff Public
Catherine Fair Executive Director Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
Karen Gerdin Assistant Supervior Saint Paul Public Schools ABE
Jennifer Germain Rehabilitation Area Manager DEED Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Lisa Guetzkow Integrated Programs Manager Ramsey County Workforce Solutions
Susan Jambor HR Director SPIRE Credit Union
Hyon Kim President/CEO MN Best Inc.
Channon Lemon Vice President of Economic Development Saint Paul Area Chamber
Tony Lusiba vCIO Upvant
Gaye Adams Massey CEO YWCA of Saint Paul
James McClean Government Relations Director Regions Hospital
Jim McDonough Commissioner Ramsey County Board of Commissioners
Yolanda McIntosh Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Associated General Contractors
Camila Mercado Michelli Advocacy and Community Building Project Manager CLUES
Sean Mullan Human Capital Strategist Lead 3M
Donald Mullin Executive Secretary Saint Paul Building and Construction Trades Council
Paul Nikstad Project Director Hubert Humphrey Job Corps Center
Sheila Olson Chief Programs and Services Officer Goodwill/Easter Seals
Koami Pedado President/CEO ElieSys Computer Services
Elisa Rasmussen Manager, Community Relations & Foundation Xcel Energy
Sheri Riemers  Interim Executive Director Ain Dah Yung Center
Trish Stevens  Membership Director Hospitality Minnesota
Julie Thiel VP, Human Resources WSB
Chris Tolbert Councilmember Saint Paul City Council
Tanya Velishek Manager of Academic Clinical Coordinator Talent M Health Fairview 
Ramona Wilson, Chair-elect Supplier Diversity Manager 3M
Tracy Wilson Dean of Business and Service Programs Saint Paul College

Members of the Workforce Innovation Board are appointed by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners or Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter.