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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

About the Leadership Committee

The Ohio Workforce Coalition’s Leadership Committee is the leadership body of the Coalition. Members identify Coalition policy priorities, guide Coalition strategy, and lead Coalition activities. Staff support to the Coalition is provided by Rebecca Kusner. Current members of the Ohio Workforce Coalition’s Leadership Committee are:

Laurie Atkins

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, The Literacy Cooperative

Cuyahoga County

Kerrie Carte

Planning & Development Coordinator, Great Lakes Community Action Partnership.

Northwest Ohio

Toni Cunningham

Managing Director, Columbus Per Scholas

Central Ohio

Rob Guentter

Worforce Board Director for Area 16

Belmont, Carroll, Harrison, and Jefferson Counties

Michael Shields

Researcher, Policy Matters Ohio


Cheryl Hay

Executive Director, Office of Talent Strategy, Columbus State Community College

Central Ohio

Treye Johnson

Regional Outreach Manager, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland


Jill Rizika

Executive Director, Towards Employment

Northeast Ohio

Hope Arthur

Director, The Health Collaborative

Southwest, Ohio

Emily Turner

Executive Director, Ohio Association of Goodwill Industry